Monday, September 14, 2009

Paris Shopping

A trip to Paris isn't complete with a healthy dose of shopping. Parisians excel in this department for sure! All shops, even the most simple, are very beautiful and tasteful with a big imagination!
Something always has to draw you into the store though, catch your attention. Whether it be the architecture of the building, like this charming lingerie shop on the Rue du Faubourg St Honore (where much of our favorite fashionable shopping was)Or an eye-catching window display. This makeup shop (again along the Rue du Faubourg St Honore) had quite a crowd gathered in front of it. The makeup 'palatte' was made out of glitter that caught the afternoon sun beautifully. A lot of shops would have a speciality, such as this 'Orchideiste' -that was a new word for me! A charming hat shop.A shop of chic houseplants! Many shops would display their products along the street, such as this cute florist shop in St. Germaine, where a lot of the fun, more unusual shops are housed. Heather and I wondered how some of this stuff just didn't walk off' with would be customers!
This florist shop was next door to one of the most famous shops in Paris, Deyrolle. You know that was coming after I said 'unusual' right?
You all know I'm not always a fan of taxidermy but this shop was too fantastic to miss!Why go to the zoo? These animals are silent and won't bite! These small birds were SO charming -I could see one sitting very happily on my coffee table! I was so tempted to get a little canary! I contented myself with taking home some candles though.The shop is surprisingly bright filled with tons of natural light. An immense collection!Turkeys and butterflies cohabiting peacefully. I loved the wall color in here! One of the shops I was most looking forward to visiting did not disappoint. Cire Trudon in St. Germain was a fun stop with very 'historical' fragrances: warning -they're not all pleasant! However, I picked up a heavenly scented candle here, Proletaire.
A lot of the shops incorporate beautiful antiques and art into your experience. Roger Vivier had some outstanding antiques that were museum worthy. I wanted to take this ebony console with me, forget the shoes!
Of course Chanel was ever so chic, across from the Ritz as always!And why waste time in a museum when you have roman antiquities filling shop-fronts along the small streets of St. Germain?
Or check out the Chagall along the Rue St Honore?
I think Paris had the most beautiful floral shops. Aquarelle is particularly well known, around the corner from our first hotel in St. Germain.
The city is so gray, that these flowers really POP! Too beautiful for words....
This beautiful umbrella shop along the Boulevard St Germain reminded me of one of my favorite movies, the umbrellas of Cherbourg!Notice the metal umbrellas hanging outside? The shop front of Zuber was black to show off the colorful wares inside.Our favorite shopping haunts were definitely found walking around St. Germain back streets or along the Rue St. Honore. Avenue Montaigne had some AMAZING super high end clothing stores but was a bit intimidating to say the least! All of that shopping is EXHAUSTING! It was always a relief to go back to the hotel room, drop the bags off and have a snack from Laduree with a cup of tea.Photo at the top of the post is of the St. Germain Laduree store where we spent a small fortune DAILY.


David said...

I get the feeling that you loved it like I did!

The shopping is just incredible with such a range of wonderful things.

Cote de Texas said...

the flowers look so gorgeous! I wish I had those treats right now to eat. I just ate something so spicy my mouth is on fire! hah!!!

Semigloss Chic said...

I wish we had more European style flower markets here in DC. I satisfy myself with flowers from the farmers markets on the weekends, but sometimes after a long day, I just want to wander through a nice flower shop.

Love the shopping pictures! Where is the feature of all your fabulous purchases?

ArchitectDesign™ said...

David, yes -i could have stayed another week!
Joni - I miss the treats so much! I wish we had more bakeries in DC!
Abby - you're right! The flower section at whole foods does not compare LOL.

Sam said...

What did you get from Laduree? I have never been to Paris but make people bring me back stuff from there all the time. lol.


ArchitectDesign™ said...

Sam, they're famous for their macaroons -which are the BEST and we had numerous times daily! I also tried a lot of other yummy (girly, according to heather!) pastries to mix it up ;-)
They also sell delicious teas and I bought a box of 'violet' tea which is really good!

Trouvais said...

That was so lovely...and my feet don't even hurt. Thank you! Trish

studioJudith said...

The flowers!
The Laduree pastries!

Heavenly .... .


pve design said...

Leave No "store" unturned.....I feel your pace, to see, to taste and to cover Paris! Wait for me!

Karena said...

How fabulous, I love seeing all of the storefronts, the Chagall in the window was such a treat! You The taxidermy shop was an unexpected,very interesting shop to see through your lens!

Julio said...

I think reading about your trip to Paris is going to jeopardize my relationship. I just called my partner at work to ask if we can visit Paris again real soon. He told me to turn off the computer and focus on our 2 year old son. Whatever.
Thanks for the eye candy.

Kwana said...

Nothing like shopping in Paris!

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Deyrolle has been my favorite place in all of Paris since my parents first took me there at 4 years old. But I can't say I'm entirely immune to the charms of Ladurée ;)

Great blog you have here!