When lucky enough to be in Paris, my #1 favorite shop is Merci in the Marais. The large, three-story boutique is full of special things, both high and low. Meaning, you can spend $1000 or you can spend $10 (not kidding!). Either way you will come back with something you just love...a little journal, a mug, a set of napkins, pretty pens, etc. The collections are tasteful, interesting and superbly styled. But there is more depth to Merci than just a fantastically curated shop--it also serves as a launching pad for young designers. More importantly, proceeds from Merci feed into a charity for children in Madagascar. A perfect meld of finding success and giving back. If you'd like to read up a little more about these sorts of details, head here and here.
If you starting reading my blog back in 2009, no doubt you've noticed I post about it just about every time we travel to France to work on our little cottage in the Dordogne. I am so sorry if you are becoming slightly bored with these posts, but I just had to let you know today that Merci recently announced the opening of their online shop--with international shipping (this is huge!!). So whether you live in rural Texas or New York City, you too can enjoy a petite slice of Paris with the click of a few buttons. Hopefully that will tide you over until you can visit the brick and mortar space in person :)