Saturday, October 1, 2011

French Inspired Friday

Chicago style

Paris vintage

Chicago vintage

The goods:
• striped top by Saint James
• black jean from J Brand
• Ellen Tracy boots
• Old Navy trench
• gold necklaces from Forever21
• Topshop leopard ring

When Steve and I were in Paris last fall, we stayed in the Marais neighborhood, known for having great little vintage shops. After our daily café and pain au chocolat, I loved browsing the racks for fun, French fashions, accessories and gifts. I came across one shop with a rack of quintessential French striped shirts for around $10 each, so I sifted through for the best ones to give as gifts — some with beautiful button details, unique cuts or pretty french labels on the sleeves — and came away with as many as I could fit into my suitcase. I kept one for myself, this great Saint James "Naval II" shirt. I live in this shirt, pairing it with jeans, tucked into pleated skirts or throwing it over dresses.

After visiting, it's hard to put into words all of the reasons I love Paris ... so I will show you a few of my French faves!

Paris style
the gray mansard rooftops make even a gloomy day lovely

French style
I've always loved cheese, but soft French cheeses equal true love

Paris style
Every glass of wine was amazing (prob because we were in Paris)

French style
Pharmacies were my favorite stops for cheap, French creams and soaps

French style
The classic and lovely style of so many Parisian women was inspiring.

French style
Laduree pastries are unrivaled (that's a rosé macaron martini!)

Rooftop photo from Flickr, cheese, wine & pharmacie images from David Lebovitz

French woman photo from Garance Doré, macaron photo from our travels!

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