Following on from Part Une, where we ran through what to do/see and where to eat and drink, this 2nd part will take you through Parisian style and shopping, as well as what we wore and what we bought!
The first thing to mention about Parisian style is that they are uber-chic – they literally ooze chicness from every pore! With that said, the style is very pared back, cool and understated, with lots of black. They tend not to go superglam at night, preferring to keep it effortless but polished in the evenings.
Although the weather was lovely while we were there, Paris is, in general, pretty chilly, so if you are going anytime from mid October until mid Spring, make sure to bring layers to wrap up! The temperatures in the evening and up on the Eiffel Tower in particular (for obvious reasons) are BALTIC, so make sure to come prepared!
When it comes to your choice of accessories, although I love Paris, I have to admit that it is rife with pickpockets, so choose your handbag carefully (I recommend something that closes up well and is very difficult for anyone to get access to without a zip being opened).
Makeup-wise, Parisians love a red lip, so brights are the way forward…day or night! Sara and I tend to play around with lip colours anyway, but Paris is the perfect excuse to don MAC’s Lady Danger (Brown Thomas, €20) or NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague (Littlewoods, €10). You have probably heard us harp on about MAC’s Diva a few too many times at this stage, but this dark berry colour is the ultimate autumnal shade, and was ideal for Paris nightlife!
What We Wore…
Below are a few of the outfits we wore during our few days in Paris (complete with our best blogger poses!). From the photos, you can see how we brought a few items that would work with various outfits, which minimises the amount you have to pack and maximises the space to bring home new purchases…WINNING!
Shopping in Paris…
When in Paris, splurging is pretty much a given, especially with so many Sephoras and Kikos around! The Champs–Élysées is a must for any shopper, with lots of high street favourites (Zara, H&M etc.), some designer stores (Marni, Cartier, Louis Vuitton complete with a huge queue to get in the door) and even some cool car showrooms/exhibition-type thingys to entertain the menfolk while you burn out the credit card! Make sure to pop into the Abercrombie and Fitch store (23 Avenue des Champs-Élysées), even just for the beautiful building and grounds (and let’s not lie, the beautiful eye candy too!). A visit to Laduree (75 Avenue des Champs-Élysées) is well worth it too – so decadent and pretty!
The Abercrombie & Fitch store…beautiful building, décor and sales staff. Unfortunately, to avoid looking like absolute CREEEEEPS, we couldn’t take photos of the latter!
Le Marais, Canal St-Martin & the 10th arrondissement are all great little areas for authentic French shopping experiences, with vintage shops, little boutiques and authentic Parisian designers. Visit Hermès for a truly luxurious shopping experience, and the flagship Galeries Lafayette store on Boulevard Haussman is a must – SO beautiful.
What We Bought…
For us, Kiko and Sephora are HEAVEN when we go abroad (PLEAAAAAASE come to Ireland!), so we had to physically restrain ourselves not to go WILD! Here are a few photos of what we picked up…
Sephora on the Champs-Élysées is never-ending!
Loads of Kiko goodies! My beloved Make-up Fixing Spray, some lipsticks and a lip liner (they are AMAZING) and a few mascaras to try! From Sephora, some Eye Masks for Mammy O’Broin, Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation (IN LOVE!), Sephora mascara, mini BeautyBlenders (HOW CUTE??!), MAC Swiss Chocolate Eye Shadow Pan, Make Up Forever Camoflage Cream Pot in Orange, Sephora Overnight Mask and No Smudge Nail Painter.
For Sara, lots of Kiko goodies, including her favourite €2.50 lip liners (so cheap you can buy every colour), and two different colour correcting concealers in green and orange. She also picked up the new Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation after a bit of gentle persuasion from yours truly! In Sephora, she was literally foaming at the mouth to get her hands on the Glamglow Supermud Cleanser (which neither of us has seen here or online yet), a new BeautyBlender and some of the Sephora eye masks. If Sephora was in Ireland, we’d be all be very poor ladies…but at least we’d look good!