• 01 April 2009
I first visited Paris in the Spring of 1999. It was a last minute deal--I only had ten days notice if you can believe it. At the time I was dating my now-husband but things weren't serious enough yet to justify sticking around. My parents always encouraged me to do interesting things with my life and not to wait for life to happen to me--and so I left on my own adventure and hoped his heart would grow fonder. Needless to say it did. He proposed to me 3 weeks after I returned home that summer :)
During this time I studied Art History in Paris with twenty other college students. While in Paris, I observed how conspicuous we were with our our loud voices, Abercrombie shirts and ripped up flared jeans. We drew attention on the metro, in museums, and at the nunnery/hostel where we stayed. Sometimes I wished I could disappear and try to blend in more with the locals. It seemed like more fun and a more authentic experience. I took note and made an effort on future vacations to France to do just that. Granted, the moment I opened my mouth the whole farce was over but at least I tried :)
Here are a few Paris street fashion blogs I found useful. It was nice to know what to bring and what to leave home. A little inspiration doesn't hurt anyone, right?
Elle - Paris Fashion Week
Garance Dore (word on the street is that she and The Sartorialist are a couple...can anyone confirm?)
Easy Fashion - take note there is music on this blog
Style and the City - Paris
I really don't know how these women pull themselves together so nicely--it appears so effortless. They must not be getting three small children ready at the same time :) Oh wait, this week I'm not either!
images 1 - garance dore; 2 and 3 from Elle