Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Books and a top hat

I've already shared with you covers from Penguin's Great Love series here and here; this weekend I couldn't resist 3 volumes from the collection - two of which I read even before getting back to Paris: Nin's luscious Eros Unbound and exquisite stories by Katherine Mansfield.


By now, you all probably know how much I love hats; I've been wanting to buy a classic top hat for a long time. So I did! I found it in a tiny and densely stocked vintage store.

I wore it on the streets of London with jeans, a graphic black and white tee and high heels. It sheltered me from spring's whimsical showers and made me feel cool. After all, eccentricity is a classical way of life in the UK, and one that I'm happy to embrace!
Back in conservative, conventional Paris, I'm not so sure about my top hat's stylishness anymore...

27 comments:

Chelsea said...

Oh how fun! Wear your hat, I say!

pierre said...

this very British hat is beautiful but isn't it for men? I guess Paris could be more conservative than London for an ordinary day. There may still be some special occasions to wear it. Let'us go from Cabaret to Cabaret!

Laura said...

That hat looks fantastic on you, I am sure you can wear it and feel great!

yasu said...

I actually love the conventional conservative paris;)
BUT you were in London! you could contact me!!
Ive read one of those book series some time ago (bonjour tristess) and havent read the ones you read yet. I also like the covers of them. (thats also why I've read the one by sagan;)
I never look good with hats although I love them too. and you do look very eccentric, very english in that hat!

Bexy said...

i love this hat. wear it with pride and smiles. i'll bet you got alot of smiles while you wore it. and you are perhaps the very first person ever to call the spring showers in london 'whimsical'...that was definatly the hat talking!

pia said...

yes, welcome back to conservative paris, where black is always the new black! but amsterdam is wild, bold and full of flare so be sure to bring your beautiful new hat!! px

PS did that sort of rhyme?

karina said...

Great hat,I think It will travel a lot to London or Amsterdam!

Mrs.French said...

If anyone can pull it off you can...keep wearing it Paris will catch on.

marie said...

ooh i love it! it looks great on you too! i also loved mansfield, and those covers are so lovely!

design for mankind. said...

YOU ARE SO FUN!!!

chloe van paris said...

Great!ça c'est la classe!
you're so cool.
I am waiting you next time in rue des archives with this hat.

Jill said...

The hat looks superb on you! You should wear it whenever you want, wherever you want :)

Kwana said...

I love the hat. You look wonderful in it!

Octavine Illustration said...

funny how other's perceptions dictate our fashion leanings...i totally think you can pull off the hat, it is fabulous indeed and you look fabulous in it. oh, and the lining is so pretty!

Bitterbetty said...

it loks lovely on you.. I'm sue you'll always wear it at just the right occasion.. Streets of London Paris Or Uraguay

Esti said...

Ojalá todo el mundo llevara sombreros!

everybodysaysdont said...

WOW! I love it.You look very charming in it. I do really hope you wear your top hat in Paris too. Perhaps it will suit Benjy as well? !!

http://everybodysaysdont.blogspot.com/

mansuetude said...

interesting to think of you reading Nin under such a rich thick hat... and or then to have to change even your outward style for a culture/place shift. The outside world is often playing on, with our inward sensibilities. Love this.

August said...

Just wanted to let you know that I linked your April 24th post. I love, love top hats. I wish we could return to the 1900's fashion era!

fine little day said...

That is a cool hat!

MISS GLITZY said...

Well, you should wear this exquisite top hat in Paris, seems to fit you so well.

Jessica said...

the top hat is amazing...I love fun hats like that

iñaki said...

Oh, dear!!! That hat is unbelievable awesome!!!!!!!!! :D

xx

Anonymous said...

are you a model?

Mary-Laure said...

CHLOE - that's a deal, I'll meet you rue des Archives in that hat.

EVERYBODYSAYSDONT - Benjy is so small he can probably fit inside the hat!!!

AUGUST - oh THANK YOU for linking to me.
I love the 1900's style too.

ANONYMOUS - (Jen, is that you?)
No I'm not really a model, but I did model for a top Austrian brand called Luxxul. I'm actually featured on their website, under PARIS...

jo said...

what a wonderful hat!!!! i love hats so much, but i´m always a bit shy to wear them, i don´t know why, because i really would love to, and usually i´m never afraid to wear what i feel like wearing hehehe

miss cavendish said...

What a lovely hat. I adore the eccentricities of London and the freedom of dressing there.