Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Paris diaries: Chic shopping

Oh yes, this happened.

It's been a month since I visited Paris, and I still haven't showed you all the photos from my wonderful trip (talk about bad time management!) I hope you won't regret being patient, and that you're ready for a photo overload! I can't deny that shopping for typical French delicacies, beauty miracles and enchanting little somethings that make life more beautiful is something that makes me infinitely happy. And the best thing? All these gems make me remember Paris long after I returned home, they turn my days from ordinary to extraordinary, and they make me enjoy my own la vie en rose every single day. I could hardly ask for more!

Let the photos speak for themselves. Oh, and I should tell you that Ladurée and Diptyque were so fabulous that they earned the right to their own posts. Stay tuned!



The lady at Chanel counter at Printemps was so adorable: when I told her that my purchase was a gift from me to myself, she made me the prettiest and the most glamorous package.


New additions to my Chanel nail polish collection: these four colors have been on constant rotation ever since I returned home just before Christmas (you could see some of them here and here)


I also picked up my first Estée Lauder nail polish in Smashed. It's such a pretty iridescent purple and so perfect for winter!


I bought Annick Goutal's Petite Chérie as a gift for my mom. The problem is, I really fell in love with this feminine floral scent myself, and now I want it too! Luckily, my mom has given me the permission to borrow it sometimes.



I can hardly believe that this was the first time I ever set foot in Shakespeare & Co. Book worm that I am, this is really unforgivable! Of course, I instantly fell in love with this charming little place that resembles more an Ali Baba's cave than your ordinary bookshop. Piles on piles of books on every surface, the nostalgic scent of an antiquarian bookshop and the best selection of English-written books in Paris. In one word, heaven. I could hardly leave without picking at least two gems (I've already mentioned them in this post). The sweet shop attendant stamping them both with Shakespeare's effigy was the perfect finishing touch.


When it comes to cashmere, nothing beats the quality and softness of Eric Bompard, a quintessential French brand. Their flagship store on Champs Elysées is a heaven made in cashmere: sweaters, cardigans and accessories are available in every color possible (it strongly resembles a candy shop), and all you want to do is to snuggle in the softness and admire all the beautiful pieces. I picked up this adorable and chic beret, and I'm already saving up for this beautiful sweater.


Drinking delicious tea while reading an amazing book under a soft blanket is definitely one of my favorite wintery pursuits. I don't get to enjoy it as often as I would love to (too much work, too little time), but at least I can make myself a steaming cup of black tea whenever I want. Mariage Freres' concoctions have been my personal favorites ever since I discovered their charming tea shop in Marais for the first time four years ago. This time around, I picked up Earl Grey Provence, the English classic embellished with a touch of bergamot and dried lavender flowers; and Paris Breakfast tea, the classic black tea with zesty citrus notes.

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24 comments:

  1. Oh wow!! Such a great a thoughtful shopping haul!
    Love everything you got!!

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  2. Hi Ivana! You shopped very well in Paris! Love the Chanel nail polishes, so cool! Ah you went to Shakespeare&Co, is one of my fav place there! I was sad to read the owner (so so old!) died in december, you know! btw, the hat is totally adorable! Kisses dear!:* xo

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  3. Oh, I seriously shopping envy! That beret is gorgeous and I love your Chanel buys! You are a lucky lucky lady :)

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  4. So many wonderful purchases! You must have had so much fun shopping. How cool to find a book store like that. It's getting harder and harder to find good book stores these days. I like the way you framed the Coco print, so pretty!

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  5. Great stuff! I love the nail colors! What a great lady at Chanel! I think an afternoon under a blanket with some tea and a book sounds wonderful! Great beret too--I can really see how soft it is lol! Nice shopping trip--what a dream!

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  6. I love this post!! I miss Shakespeare & Co. so bad. I bought a book by Hemmingway from there while I was in Paris. These posts make me want to go back more and more and more!
    ~Christine

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  7. OMG Ivana, I'm totally gawking at your amazing purchases! Paris really is the perfect place to spoil yourself and I'm glad you went for it. The Chanel polishes are gorgeous and it was so sweet of the sales lady to wrap it so beautifully for you :) I'm imagining that Annick Goutal scent must smell as divine as the packaging looks and that beret is so chic! Looking forward to more of your Paris adventures and seeing the fabulous lovelies you picked up at Ladurée and Diptyque.

    Hope you're having a great week!
    Rowena @ rolala loves
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  8. Wow, You've got great stuff! Paris sounds so appearing and can't wait to see more posts! Please let me know if you want to follow each other! p.s. I agree, Laduree deserves their own post ;) xo akiko
    Style Imported

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  9. Oh, Ivana, it sounds like a dream of a trip!!! You came back with some wonderful goodies and, for me, the shopping bags are almost as special as the item inside ... especially when they're from Paris! Can't wait to see the posts about Laduree and Diptique! Thanks for stopping by on the first Wednesday post, sweets! xo ~S

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  10. Oh my gosh...everything looks lovely! I'm so jealous of your trip!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  11. Amazing stuff, especially the Chanel Mauce nail polish, love that colour.

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  12. Lol I love it, yes this happened :) Would love the chance to go shopping with you, oh the damage we'd do! Retail therapy is the best!

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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  13. Shopping in Paris is a divine experience! :)) You bought really nice&classy things!

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  14. Ohh my goodness the most magical shopping in the world, so very jealous of you and all of the goodies in those darling bags!
    xx, Emily
    http://soanthro.com

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  15. Hello dear, Your blog really awesome! Love it! <3
    Btw, wanna follow each other via GFC? Let me know ;)

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  16. Ivana, I'm not sure if you answer questions in comments but I am curious about your Chanel nail polish collections. I adore the colors that Chanel put out, and I have purchased two of them - a delightful pale peachy nude called 'Innatendu' and a darker red (one of the very popular permanent colors) who's name is escaping me at the moment. My point is, after that I never purchased any more as I was hugely disappointed with the quality of the polishes... I found them very wet, streaky and difficult to work with compared to different polishes. The paler shade never seems to dry properly - I can knock my finger very slightly /hours/ later and it will dent,then the entire finger will peel off like a sticker. The darker color was also difficult to work with and stained my nails horrendously (though I'm willing to blame myself for perhaps not using a good enough base coat).
    I still keep them as I adore the colors - and the bottles! - but I'm curious to know whether I have just been unlucky, or whether this is a common experience? How do you find the quality of the colors you have to be?

    Thank you for your time, love the blog as always!

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    1. Danae, I usually reply to comments and questions via email (I find it the surest way to get the answer to the concerned person), but your blogger profile seems not to be connected to your email, so I hope you'll find my answer here. I'm so sorry to hear about your bad experience: I really want to believe that your were simply unlucky! I have quite a collection (10 bottles) of Chanel nail polishes and I'm more than happy with each of them. I steer clear of very pale shades in general (no matter the brand), because I find that they don't provide enough coverage (I had a bad experience with Sugar Daddy by Essie, and yet, I love Essie, and have at least 50 other bottles with which I'm perfectly happy). When it comes to chipping, I can tell that Chanel polishes start chipping earlier than Essie for example (then again, my worst experience when it comes to chipping was with OPI, and there are hundreds of people who swear by this brand, so maybe I was unlucky like you). But I rarely keep a nail color longer than two days, so the chipping doesn't bother me too much. Although I know many people who are annoyed by this. I just do a lot of cooking and baking, which means that my nail color (whichever the brand) chips pretty quickly, and it's put to some tough conditions :) I never experienced the stained nails, but I'm really serious about my base coat (I switch the colors very often, and a good base is essentials: and by good I don't necessarily mean expensive: I use Sally Hansen Miracle Cure or Diamond strength, and I'm perfectly happy with them). Maybe you should try to experiment with the base coat a bit, try to find the one that works best for you.

      All in all, I wouldn't claim that Chanel nail polishes are the best thing in the world. My personal favorite remains Essie. But I love the colors, the variety they offer, the unique colors that are always connected to the runway shows, and of course, the glamour that is attached to the brand. It is quite an investment, but I always use them up. And as I said, I have ten bottles and I'm perfectly happy with them, so I'm really sorry to hear that you had such bad experiences!

      I hope you will find my answer helpful. If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to drop me an e-mail at ivanka.hargasova@gmail.com, I'll be happy to answer you directly.

      Have a lovely weekend!

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    2. Thank you so much for the reply; I'm glad I checked back on the off-chance. I'm glad that you seem to think I've just been unlucky... next time a color takes my fancy I may splurge!

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  17. Ivana, I'm not sure if you answer questions in comments but I am curious about your Chanel nail polish collections. I adore the colors that Chanel put out, and I have purchased two of them - a delightful pale peachy nude called 'Innatendu' and a darker red (one of the very popular permanent colors) who's name is escaping me at the moment. My point is, after that I never purchased any more as I was hugely disappointed with the quality of the polishes... I found them very wet, streaky and difficult to work with compared to different polishes. The paler shade never seems to dry properly - I can knock my finger very slightly /hours/ later and it will dent,then the entire finger will peel off like a sticker. The darker color was also difficult to work with and stained my nails horrendously (though I'm willing to blame myself for perhaps not using a good enough base coat).
    I still keep them as I adore the colors - and the bottles! - but I'm curious to know whether I have just been unlucky, or whether this is a common experience? How do you find the quality of the colors you have to be?

    Thank you for your time, love the blog as always!

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  18. i love your shopping haul! i really want a strand of chanel ribbon of my own to make into a skinny head band.... wouldnt that be cute? you should make it a diy!

    -Nico

    www.SatinAndsalt.com

    ps, cant wait to see what candle you got!

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  19. So many beautiful purchases! The nail varnishes are adorable.

    LUXESSED

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