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5.11.08

Quintessential Paris....



I couldn't come to this city and not go to Chanel, it would be like going to Rome and not seeing the Colosseum or visiting New York and not seeing the Empire State Building.
Because you see to me, Chanel at 31 Rue Cambon is a landmark of Paris, being the flagship Chanel store and the building housing Gabrielle Chanel's private apartments.
As she is lauded with revolutionising the way women dressed in the first half of the 20th century it is somewhere I think is worth a visit to get a sense of what shopping and fashion is like in Paris.
Plus, you all know I love Chanel!I only picked up a few accessories, every time I come to Paris I buy a little something from the shop so I have a souvenir to take away with me.

We then headed back to St Germain where we are staying and cosied into a little bar for a bowl of soup and a glass or three of wine. Perfect day in Paris.
I am off tomorrow to the Marche aux Puces de St Quen which my little pocket guide tells me is the largest flea market in Europe, housing 2500 stalls. That is like shopping Mecca as far as I'm concerned so if I go missing for a while it's safe to say I will probably be lost amongst Parisienne vintage clothes.....no need for a search party, I'll be fine......
LM
Coat: Promod
Dress: Target
Boots: MK One
Brooches: Prague
Bag: Zara


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38 comments:

Sabrina said...

Your coat is beautiful. What is that gold detailing on the sides?

PorcelainBlonde said...

You're at THE mothership! Divine pictures, you look so radiant and what beautiful souvenirs...I've been lusting after one of those camellias :)

How happy you must be in Paris, yay for you! xxx

un petit receso! said...

Hello.
You're right. The best souvenir from Paris is something from Chanel and for me, from the very first Chanel boutique. Is amazing open one of those boxes, with camelias in Chanel No. 5.
Bye.
Kathy from Venezuela

GirlonTour said...

Looks like you are right where you need to be. Am impressed you are keeping up with the blogging so we can live through you!

Miss Karen said...

You look positively STUNNING! And a pilgramige to 13 Rue Cambon is an absolute must when one is in Paris. I love your new treasures :D

Siljesfashion said...

You look very chic in Paris. I also had to stop by the Chanel store, although I did not get anything (next time) I loved the accessories you got. Such classics! Hope you had a great time!

Miss_Corrine said...

Ah, wow! Those markets sound fantastic! Have a lovely time LM, and thank-you for adding my blog to your blog roll! :)

diamondsinchampagne said...

The jealousy grows and grows.
Some beautiful purchases from a beautiful designer in a beautiful store in a beautiful country!

Love your zara bag!

surimay said...

aaaaaaah! envious! you look very sophisticated standing outside chanel :)
some classic accessories there!

AusAnna said...

this is ausanna being super jealous. have fun ahhh

Brooke said...

hahaha, will you really be fine? I would have thought you would hate being lost in Parisian vintage stores!! :P

I love your tradition with the chanel boutique. "Souvenir" is the french verb for "to remember", so your tradition is so apt! what a perfect way to remember your trips!

(I did my french HSC exam today... :P)

Best of wishes for your stay in Paris, it really is magical!

<3

Miss_Red said...

Oh the earrings, I have the same ones and just adore them! How fabulous to see the home of Chanel, I'm sure you fit right in with the chic-ness of Paris :)
Can't wait to hear what you score at the market!

Mademoiselle Dauphine said...

OH
MY
GOD



Those earrings....


Are AMAZING

Me tres jealous

Nicole Jenkins said...

Lady M, I love that you wore a dress from Target to visit Chanel!

Very chic you look too: it speaks volumes for your confidence that you would walk through the door in a dress that was not from one of the great design houses of the world and still look amazing!

Songy said...

Paris, that was my play ground for a year three years ago. I always miss that place. You look wonderful.

MISS GLITZY said...

You're so right about Chanel. Enjoy your stay!!!

Alice said...

Great everythig, like ever!

Someone gave me a prize, so I must give it to my 5 favourites blog so...

You have a prize in my blog! I'll hope you like it!

xoxo from Madrid

Sal said...

Hooray! Isn't it fun to have a little personal pilgrimage?

Penny said...

oh chanel! how i love thee!!! were they snobby at all in the store?

Imelda Matt said...

swallowed by the House of Chanel...what an honorable way to die!

Kendra said...

I was just wondering if your job allows you to travel or if you simply enjoy traveling? Just curious....I so wish I could do something where I could see so many amazing fashion concious places :) ~Kendra~

Robyn said...

Oooh, your Chanel purchases are divine, and you look absolutely chic and gorgeous! I kind of regret not visiting any of the designer stores when I was in Paris, but as I was getting around in my school slicker, ripped and faded jeans and grubby runners it was probably for the best...

madeleinemiranda said...

Oh wow, have fun in Paris!!! I do wish that I was going shopping with you!!!

M.

enc said...

Ah, the Chanel camellias!

I hope you have fun in the massive flea market!

Brigadeiro said...

Beautiful purchases and pictures! I'm so very jealous! I am kicking myself not getting anything from Chanel when I was in Paris last year!

Whilst in Paris, I highly recommend visiting the Dries Van Noten store in Marais, it is just out-of-this world gorgeous! ;)

Fashion Tidbits said...

a few???!!! what else did you buy? so jealous that you're in Paris right now :P

Anthea said...

They are gorgeous! I am sure you are having the most amazing time:) Love your look too!

Anthea said...

They are gorgeous! I am sure you are having the most amazing time:) Love your look too!

Kira Fashion said...

love you at chanel!
classic!

a kiss :)

Dotti said...

Enjoy Paris, dear. So sad we can't meet. Compared to trillions of kilometers to Melbourne Paris seems just around the corner... Kisses.

Fashion Hayley said...

So chic LM. Your trip seems like so much fun, I wanna go to Europe...stupid Aussie Dollar. When are you going to show us the Eiffel Tower? You gotta show us that!

Katya said...

Gorgeous as usual. Reminding me that I really need to go to Paris next time I get to Europe.

Green Fables said...

Love your blog! Sooo jealous that you're in Paris. Just wanted to let you know that I've done a post on your Lady Melbourne TV and hope you like it.
http://blog.greenfables.com/2008/11/lady-melbourne.html

WendyB said...

Wish I were there! Have fun!

a cat of impossible colour said...

Those Chanel accessories are stunning! So covetable. And you look so gorgeous.

a cat of impossible colour said...

Oh, and thank you for adding my blog to your blog-roll. :)

-h of candid cool said...

i think if i ever went to paris i would walk by chanel, but i think id be to nervous to go into a Parisian chanel. (plus i couldnt afford anything)

but i would absolutely have to go to Dior Homme and pick me up something.

Grant said...

I have been harping on about how much I want a Chanel Camellia for months now. Mags doesn't think I could pull it off, but I am going to show her!

I love your posts darling, as always.

Xx