Sunday, July 05, 2009

A FEW THINGS...


Vanessa Bruno pale mint blouse, APC Russian dress


Vanessa Bruno off white lace panel linen T shirt, Isabel Marant Etoile thin plaid shirt (nope - not sick of plaid) I used to love coming to Paris and getting one thing from Vanessa Bruno each time. But when it started to become easily available in London (same thing happened with Isabel Marant), well, it became everyone's thing. Then there was the infamous "I make easy clothes for difficult girls" quote which I LOVE. Now I just appreciate the ease of these clothes.

 When I was hitting the Paris sales, I made a conscious effort to stick to casual things I can wear in London. Though I haven't had a real shopping spree like that for a very long time and it felt strange. I also got a few other things in the APC sale and at APC Surplus: This linen jersey dress in charcoal, the sailor top version of this. At Merci, even at sale prices everything was incredibly expensive, although I loved the place. The only thing to do was get the ubiquitous Annick Goutal/Merci candle. The fragrance is Dans Les Foins and its dreamy perfume fills my flat even when it's not lit. (I just read a bio of Annick Goutal and was surprised to learn she had been a concert pianist and model before contracting breast cancer, marrying her childhood sweetheart (if I've got the sequence of events right) and starting her perfume empire fairly late in life.)

 I was also overcome by temporary insanity and bought two really heavy Royal Boch plates at Merci, which I then had to lug all the way home to London. This culminated in a £25 ten minute taxi ride home from London Bridge when I just could.not.go.any.further carrying those and my two holdalls, which kind of cancelled out the sale price. Oh, and I got a sweet little vase and some ceramic letters as gifts at Le Petit Atelier de Paris.

I think I'm unpacked now...

12 comments:

Gisele said...

Love reading these Paris posts, seems you´ve brought home quite a few treasures! Easy clothes...That´s what I love about Vanessa Bruno, A.P.C., Marant and other brands alike, the simplicity and style of the clothes, they´re just me!

lottie said...

v good that you're all unpacked. there is some more to do in battersea if you have any unpacking energy left? he he. x

erica said...

mmm, just beautiful. i love how you photographed them. i'm off to daydream about Isabel Marant plaids...

l'embrouillamini said...

Beautiful purchases - I especially love that Isabel Marant shirt.

If Jane said...

oh what you bought is simply lovely...really wonderful pieces that are elegant and timeless and i am sure you can mix and match with other items...bravo!
oh and i didn't know that (or really much) about annick goutal...

oh but really...wonderful purchases all around... ;)))

Stephanie said...

great buys! i especially love the paneled vanessa bruno top and plaid isabel shirt. lucky that you hit paris at just the right time! do you know when the fall soldes happens? i know it's in january, but i was trying to find an exact date!

Lola Is Beauty said...

Thanks! I felt a bit funny doing a "look what I bought" post. I'm so happy with the VB blouse, it's really beautiful.

Stephanie - If I remember they start after Christmas - I think officially the first week of Jan, but some start just before then.

Sneaky Magpie said...

Great shopping. I really like the first Vanessa Bruno top, actually I love them both. The APC sailor dress was on my wish list for a bit, might get it now as it's super cheap. Not sure how short it will be though...

Bombay Beauty said...

I would really love to run the bookstore at Merci. Must apply for this job when it next opens up... BB

Ashma said...

Hi Lola,
this is the first time I'm commenting on your lovely blog :)
I've been sifting through your old posts and love your Paris stories; am so very jealous you were there for les soldes!
-Ashma

annnn said...

the pale mint blouse is to die for! it looks so summery and romantic. i hope you enjoy wearing it as much as we readers enjoy drooling over it.

i am very envious!

Gold Sphere said...

The Isabel blouse is great, such a piece you can throw on.