Looking back at these photos from my trip to Paris proves a stark contrast to my life now, wrapped up in a blanket after cleaning the kitchen. Back when things were a little more exciting on our Parisian Xmas trip, a spot of shopping and visiting a chocolate factory were our main aims. Merci was just as I'd remembered it, with the much-Instagrammed red Fiat 500 out in front and a covetable lifestyle sold within. It was tricky for me to buy Christmas presents there because they would have all been for myself, there were travel journals, maps that you coloured in yourself and the perfect edit of pared down basics. Even the more sensible basement floor manages to make things like hardware and lightbulbs seem desirable. How do they do it? I can't imagine getting this excited in Wilkinsons!
Jumper - COS
Jeans - Paige
Trainers - Nike
Isn't it crazy to think that I barely wore trainers a few years ago and now I have enough pairs to almost rival my chunky heel collection? I spotted a fair few Nike wearers in Paris too, almost a sort of default uniform especially in Le Marais. That's probably where the similarities stopped, in terms of my outfit it was less Isabel Marant and more Wonderwoman. I rediscovered this bright yellow jumper when I popped home, I think I avoided wearing it for a while because it seemed so crazy but now it seems perfectly cosy. Sometimes it's nice to have some distance from some bits of your wardrobe so they seem new again, who knows what I'll be bringing back after the Christmas break!
After a morning wandering around Bastille, it was time to head west to the more hectic Boulevard Haussmann for lunch at Galeries Lafayette. I like their thinking here, there's a whole department store that's pretty much dedicated to food, so if your designer budget is lacking then there's always cake. It was worth popping to the main store though to see the ridiculously opulent upside-down Christmas tree, my 35mm didn't quite do it justice but hopefully you get the idea. Oh, to have a full frame camera!