Monday, January 04, 2010

Shops of Paris

The shop window at Guerlain on the rue de Passy...

An ancient shoe at a traditional cobbler's on the rue de Biot... A chocolate shoe in the window of a hip confectioner's on the rue de Seine.

The top floor of the Bon Marché - designer lamps under the old department store's splendid metal structure.

One of Paris's most famous department stores, Le Printemps is decorated with spectacular holiday lights.

Trying on some hats.

36 comments:

marie said...

ha! i used to go to bon marche to try their hats and gloves too -- and look at their lavin and mina perhonen collections :)

Jill said...

nice hat! oh, to be shopping in paris! enjoy and happy new year, mary laure :)

janis said...

You look great in that hat :)

Debra said...

Ohh-Thank you for the little tour and shopping spree. I love your cape and cashmere shawl.
Tu es tres belle.

Mary-Laure said...

MARIE - I'm sure you were so cute with a beautiful hat on...

DEBRA - merci merci!

Joyful said...

The hats look great. I see you are snapping photos with a Lumix. Can you tell me more? I recently bought a Canon SD780 but was considering a Lumix. I just didn't know which one to get.

Laura [What I Like] said...

Ha! I was scrolling down a bit too quickly and instantly fell in love with that shoe...I only realized later that I could never wear it as it was made of chocolate! Depressing and enchanting all the same...

Mary-Laure said...

JOYFUL - I don't know about the Canon, it may be very good.
This is the 2nd Lumix I have and I am very happy with it, as I was with the one before. I like the way it looks, it's very compact (fits in a pocket), and most importantly it takes good pics. Indoors the hues tend to be a bit yellowish but I may not be using it properly. Haven't read the users' manual.

LAURA - the same thing happened to me as I was walking past the store. I thought, mmmm, nice shoe, and then realized that, like everything around it, it was made of chocolate.

Spangler Cummings said...

How lovely to be along with you on this jaunt!

donna baker said...

What clodhoppers they used to wear. I went into the stores in La Printemps, but I think they were even more expensive than in the States.

Laura in Paris said...

You look so chic on that hat! I also love the gloves and shawl, perfect complements to your outfit!

Gabbi said...

Lovely glimpses of Paris! You're such a gorgeous girl Mary-Laure... sincerely, no one wears hats quite as elegantly as you.

Mary-Laure said...

DONNA - LOL, it's so true about the clodhoppers.
I didn't buy any of the hats, they were just SO expensive. You're right, these stores, like Le Printemps, are outrageously expensive.

GABBI - you're making me blush! You're SO stylish.

danica said...

you look most splendid in the hats, mary-laure!

Wireless ISP software said...

The shoes look old but it still looks gorgeous. I love Paris.

Accounting Software said...

Paris is like a fabulous shopping mall. It’s so beautiful and very romantic.

Mary-Laure said...

DANICA - aaaawww, thank you!

Stéphanie said...

Fabulous pictures !

If Jane said...

oh!!!! merci merci et merci..paris is always so beautiul during the holidays! and look at you being so stunning! ;))

Kwana said...

How nice you look in the hats! Oh I'd love to be in Paris right now.

The Clever Pup said...

Stunning. And look, there you are, looking like a work of art yourself.

Mary-Laure said...

IF JANE - Paris is indeed stunning during the holiday season, with beautiful lights and shop windows.

KWANA - I'm sure you would enjoy it and Jack too, as there are lots of pooches like himself around the city!

CLEVER PUP - ooooooh, your compliment is just too sweet...

TaMs* said...

YOU are so cute! Love your cute blog... and those hats!

Rebecca said...

Love both of those hats!! :)

Spangler Cummings said...

Mary-Laure, you have no idea how I look forward to your new postings...as, they add immeasurably to my life.

jane said...

lovely...that hat is fab!

Sam said...

Ooooh! Look at you! So chic and pretty! The Frnech know all about decor - these windows are so pretty!

Mary-Laure said...

SPANGLER - oh you're just too kind and adorable! I admire your taste and knowledge of art, so I'm delighted that you enjoy this blog of mine, and cyberwalking around Paris with me this winter.

SAM - I have to admit that, come the holiday season, the French do wonders with the lights and the Xmas windows - the decors are never too literal, always fresh, modern yet elegant.
I wish I had posted more pics - and taken more, too.

Marion said...

such a great shopping !
merci bcp pour le commentaire sur mon blog, c'est très gentil !

Annie said...

Thank you for sharing, I can have Paris dreams tonight. I love the hats. xoxo

J Elaine said...

You are BEAUTIFUL, Marie-Laure!

Angora said...

Très Bonne Année , Marie- Laure! je me mets sous la boule de gui et j'embrasse la fleuriste qui sautille dans les rues d'Auteuil ou de Sèvres , chroniqueuse délicate et inventive... ..."SOIS la soie"...AB
Et que ta visite à Paris te soit vivifiante!MARIE

{Tara} said...

Oh, the chocolate shoe! How wonderful!! Hope you're having a wonderful new year!
Cheers,
Tara

Angie Muresan said...

What a treat your blog is, Mary -Laure!! So very lovely, this tour you have given your readers.
And you have the perfect face for wearing hats!!!

Mary-Laure said...

J ELAINE - oh Jen! You're too sweet.

ANGORA - merci pour ce merveilleux commentaire. Comme toujours, la beaute de ton ecriture rehausse celle de tes sentiments. Je suis toujours touchee que la merveilleuse artiste que tu es apprecies ce que je fais sur ce petit blog.

ANGIE - I don't know about my face, but I'm always told I have a "hat head" or, in French, "une tête à chapeau"!

vintage simple said...

I was there this time of year for our honeymoon. Sigh. That was ten years ago..! We'll have to go back - it's time. Lovely to come along with you for a little while, though. And may I say hats suit you indeed.

xo,
-maria