Parisian Chic

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Blouse: Jacquemus // Pants: Chelsea28 // Purse: Chelsea28
Heels: Forever 21 // Belt: Vintage // Earrings: I.N.C. // Bracelet: Macy's

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          Cue "Tous les garçons et les filles" by Françoise Hardy, my favorite French song.  During my trip to France last September, I did what most tourists do- I immersed myself in the rich history, browsed through many museums, and indulged in the savory food, especially the divine pastries, and did a little shopping.  Let me tell you, shopping in Paris was such a dream, a very expensive dream!  I didn't have time to shop all around Paris, but I loved Les Galeries Lafayette and Kiliwatch.  They were my two favorite shopping spots during my one week stay in Paris.  (If you would like to read more about my trip to London and Paris last year, be sure to head on over to my Trip Recap blog post.)   
        To me, Les Galeries Lafayette represents what's new and upcoming in fashion, while Kiliwatch stands for timeless chic vintage treasures that will surely steal your heart in an instant.  The first time I visited Les Galeries Lafayette in Paris was in 2006, and I was about twelve years old.  I certainly didn't have the means to purchase anything crazy expensive since I traveled there as a student ambassador for the People to People Ambassador Program.  Needless to say, fashion and leisure shopping were not at the top of the list of activities to do.  Before traveling to Paris this time around, I knew I wanted to purchase one designer piece from Les Galeries Lafayette, so I saved my money in hopes of finding something I really loved.  It didn't have to be an outrageously expensive item, I just wanted to invest my hard-earned savings on a piece that I would want to keep and wear for years to come.  After I circled the amazing department store countless times, I purchased this beautiful Jacquemus blouse.  It is oozing with sophistication because it almost has a vintage Balenciaga silhouette, but there's something very modern about it.  Simon Porte Jacquemus is one of my favorite up-and-coming designers and I was thrilled that I would own another one of his designs.  More importantly, I wanted to purchase a piece from a French designer in Paris.  Now, every time I look at that blouse, I am reminded of that wonderful vacation I went on with my parents.  
       Kiliwatch, on the other hand, was a vintage store that I desperately wanted to go to after watching the video of Camille Rowe's closet tour in one of British Vogue's "Inside the Wardrobe" episodes.  I can't tell you how many times I've watched that video!  Anyway, Camille has such great vintage pieces and she mentions that her father would take her and her sister to Kiliwatch every September to purchase a new outfit for the new year, so I knew I had to take a look.  Man oh, man, I could honestly spend all day and all night at that store.  Their collection of vintage pieces is phenomenal!  There were pieces from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.  If I lived in Paris, I would be there at least twice a week sorting through all the colorful array of clothing and accessories.  There, I found a vintage Saint Laurent Rive Gauche blouse from the 70s (I know, a vintage Saint Laurent in mint condition for less than $100!), the mustard and navy blue blouse I wore in one of my favorite outfit posts, Mix, Don't Match, a light blue pleated maxi skirt, and this silver chain belt.  I know that chain belts were all the rage in the 80s, but I remember wearing them in the 90s as a kid and I loved it!  
        For this outfit, I paired together something old and something new from Paris- just a little bit of each for this outfit post . . . and I threw in a few other older pieces you've probably seen before on this blog and a couple of new pieces that I recently purchased.  The "old" pieces include my white mules and my high-waisted pants, while the "new" pieces consist of this nude chain handle purse and silver jewelry.  While in Paris, I noticed that most of the Parisian women embrace the "less is more" idea when it came to style-very effortlessly elegant and chic.  I, on the other hand, love the idea of "more is more," so I chose to accessorize with a chain belt and these statement silver earrings.  Of course, this is just my take on Parisian chic, so feel free to let me know in the comments below what you define as Parisian chic.  Until my next post, I am sending you lots of love from my heart to yours! 

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