It's certainly true that everything seems a lot prettier in Paris. Even though it has all of the familiar components of a city, the streets just seem a lot grander, the street signs more elegant and I found that a photo oppurtunity would arise for even the most mundane of objects. The day wasn't just filled with visiting all the SS12 collections for La Redoute and luckily we managed to have a good wander around the streets nearby before and after. After looking at my photos, I managed to work out that we were in the 3rd arrondissment, home to numerous small art galleries and what seemed to be lots of accessory wholesalers. This probably isn't an area that I'd have enough time to visit on one of those weekender type trips, so I was glad to get a sense of a different area, far from all the typical landmarks and main shopping streets.
Upon arrival, we were whisked to lunch at the intriguingly named restaurant, Derrière. It's hidden away beyond an arch on a tiny side street and leads to an eclectic space, which instantly makes you feel right at home. Each room is very different with some looking more like a traditional place to eat and others looking more like a bedroom (complete with naughty wallpaper and Chanel make-up), so it was tricky to choose where to sit. The non-uniform nature of the place was naturally, right up my street and has given me much inspiration for how I want my future home to be, whenever it happens. There are a few more pictures here featuring a few more rooms I never managed to find, but wish I had to fuel my obsession with taking pictures of collections even further.
Coat - Vila
Cable Jumper - Asos
Denim Shirt - Forever 21
Denim Shirt - Forever 21
Wool Shorts - COS
Tights - Pretty Polly (goody bag) and Calzedonia
Meet the second of my new Winter coats, the duffel style I've always wanted. It's described by the Guardian as the Peter Pan of coat styles and it's probably true that I don't want to 'grow up' any time soon. The cable jumper is another addition to the knitwear collection and it comes with a furry collar that I haven't managed to brave yet for fear of looking slightly too twee (unsurprisingly, I have my limits) but maybe I'll brave it soon. The shorts are another accidental purchase as a result of blog reading and as soon as I saw them here, I knew I had to have them. They're slightly big on the waist, since Cos seems to adopt vague SML sizing in most cases but I love the fuller shape elsewhere and have worn them enough to get the cost per wear right down. My Vagabond boots are still going strong as I continue to wear them to death, as they've been given the title of being the most comfortable heels I own. I'm very much tempted to get a similar pair as a slight variation, as you can never have too many pairs of lace-up boots.
When it comes to concept stores in Paris, I was previously only aware of Colette and I was slightly disappointed when I realised we wouldn't have enough time for a visit. Luckily another similar type of store was in the area, and we got to spend some time in Merci admiring some of the French labels (hello again A.P.C) and homeware that wouldn't have seemed out of place in the aforementioned restaurant. I was far too indecisive to find a suitable souvenir but I'm slightly regretting not bringing home even a plate to remind me of the wonderful day I had. I think that it has to be one of my favourite cities for window shopping and the fact that I can't afford the clothes is not quite as depressing as it is in London. It still baffles me that you can get on a train for two hours and end up in Paris but now I know how easy it is, I'll definitely be doing it this way again.