Friday, 7 September 2012
What's In My Bag? Sightseeing in Paris
I spent a few days in Paris recently (more posts about that to follow soon) for the first time since i was about 10. Needless to say, I've become far more aware of fashion since then. Paris now seems like that cool older cousin who you want to be like, or failing that, want to be liked by, but you know they're just too chic for you. Nevertheless, I did my best to keep up with the beat, and with my trusty Lanvin for H&M shopper bag, I think I managed to hold on my own.
Canvas bag - Unfortunately I don't live near enough to any of the H&M branches which stocked the Lanvin stuff when it came out, but I did manage to nab this (rather cheap) shopping bag which has proved to be extremely useful. It also helped me to feel a little more at home amongst the designer-clad shoppers on Rue St Honore.
Pains au lait- because while there is always the chance to stop at a cafe or patisserie, wandering the bridges of the Seine is demanding work. I maintain that it's always an idea to carry a snack for impromptu picnics the Jardin de Tuillerie. They're also less messy than croissant (seriously, how on earth do French women ever manage to eat croissants in a way that's even vaguely elegant?)
Notebook and pen - I've been writing a story set in 1920s Paris recently, and it was a great help to actually see some of the places which I've made a central part of the plot, especially since I've only seen them on Google street view before. I also think that there is nothing better than sitting outside a cafe with an espresso and writing stories as the world goes by.
Sunglasses - I stupidly forgot to bring any sunglasses to France, which made it necessary to buy these while we were in Chamonix. I like that they are completely mirrored (it means I can marvel at people's outfits without them thinking I'm being creepy) and also slightly larger than the normal wayfarer style. They're perfect for early morning runs to the boulangerie when your eyes still show all the symptoms of tiredness.
September issue of Paris Vogue - I'm trying to collect the September issues of Britsh, French and American Vogue (I have the first two, just waiting for WHSmith to get the US one in). I'll be doing another Septmember review this year hopefully, but I'll just say for now that I love the noir theme of this issue. I got the Kate Moss cover, but there are two others featuring Lara Stone and Daria Werbowy, all wearing the same beautiful Dolce and Gabbana dress.
More photos from Paris to follow soon!