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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