Printemps Galeries Lafayette

My trip to Paris last month was my fifth visit to the world’s most beautiful city, and yet until then I hadn’t been to the shopping extravaganza that is Galeries Lafayette…what I’d been missing! Unlike previous trips when we’d only been in Paris for a few days, this time we stayed for a whole week so we had more time to explore and visit new places. Emerging from Saint-Lazare metro station, I didn’t really know where I was going, but finding myself outside Printemps (another luxury department store) I knew I was in the right area! It may come as a surprise when I tell you, but the main reason for going to Galeries Lafayette was actually to buy toys for my daughter. She’d been extremely patient travelling across Paris on a very hot day to catch a glimpse of me at various points during the marathon so as a treat I promised her a new My Little Pony toy. Of course, I had to check out all the fabulous clothes and accessories on display too, but as lovely as they are the magnificent stained glass dome outshines them all. The building itself is so beautiful, you can’t help but look up to admire the ornate architecture. I thought I’d died and gone to retail heaven!

The first floor is dedicated to top luxury labels… but you can also find high street labels such as Zara and Topshop so you don’t have to take out a mortgage to shop there!

There are three buildings: one for homeware and food, one for menswear, and the main building where you’ll find beauty, accessories, jewellery, shoes, womenswear and children’s clothes and toys. The first floor is dedicated to top luxury labels alongside up-and-coming brands in two special “laboratories”, but you can also find high street labels such as Zara and Topshop so you don’t have to take out a mortgage to shop there! It really is the most amazing shopping experience, even if you don’t buy anything it’s worth going just to look around. Despite its grandeur you’ll find plenty of people in casual dress, although I did enjoy watching the French ladies all dressed up wandering in with their dogs!

Here are a few interesting facts about Galeries Lafayette:

  • The store is spread across three buildings covering 65,000 square metres.
  • It’s the second most popular visitor attraction in Paris after the Eiffel Tower.
  • The store carries more than 2,500 brands across womenswear, menswear, beauty and homeware.
  • There are more than 20 restaurants and cafes, a Decleor spa, three hair salons and two Chanel treatment booths.
  • There’s a whole floor just for shoes!
  • You can download a geolocation app to help you plan your shopping trip.

Galeries Lafayette Paris dome

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette dome

Galeries Lafayette Zara jacket Gap jeans

Galeries Lafayette Topshop Zara jacket Gap jeans

Galeries Lafayette beauty counters

Galeries Lafayette store display Zara jacket Gap jeans

All that shopping worked up an appetite so we headed over to the Jardin du Luxembourg in the afternoon, stopping off to buy bread and cheese for a picnic. We also took a couple of outfit photos which gave me the opportunity of wearing my new hat…well you didn’t think I’d go to Galeries Lafayette and come out empty handed did you?

Jardin du Luxembourg Paris

Zara hat and jacket Gap jeans Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg Paris

Zara hat and navy jacket Jardin du Luxembourg Paris

Hat and jacket: Zara, jumper: Arabella and Addison, jeans: Gap, trainers: Nike.


I’ve got a couple more posts about my trip to Paris scheduled over the next week so stay tuned!

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Tibi black trousers Warehouse check top Kurt Geiger leopard print shoes

Happy weekend! The last couple of weeks have been incredibly busy…mainly due to the most wonderful trip to France! We spent a week in Paris (where I ran the marathon) and a couple of days in Burgundy visiting friends who live in a hamlet near the town of Avallon. I’ll be posting more about my trip in the coming days, but first I thought I’d share my latest outfit post.

I have a couple of pairs of black trousers but these ones from Tibi are by far my favourites. I bought them in sale from the Outnet several years ago, and although they were still a little expensive (I think about £85) the quality of the fabric and cut justifies the price tag for me. The leather trim on the pockets and waistband of these classic cut trousers adds a touch of luxe and makes them perfect for an evening out as well as for a smart daytime look.

The leather trim on the pockets and waistband of these classic cut trousers adds a touch of luxe and makes them perfect for an evening out as well as for a smart daytime look.

I was planning on wearing a plain white shirt to create a slightly androgynous look until I came across this check print top from Warehouse which had got buried under a jacket in the wardrobe. It feels very comfortable to wear and the crossover draping at the front is quite flattering (post-lunch food baby not a problem!). Although court shoes work really well with these trousers I picked out a pair of white leopard print heels from Kurt Geiger (which I’d completely forgotten buying until I had an impromptu shoe box opening spree!). I was astounded when I found the receipt in the box to find that they cost the princely sum of £9! Kurt Geiger shoes for less than a tenner…what a bargain! No wonder I keep buying shoes!

Black Tibi trousers Warehouse black and white fold top

Red Mila Blu leather bag

Cream chunky bracelet

Warehouse black and white fold top Tibi black trousers Kurt Geiger leopard print shoes

Warehouse check top Tibi black trousers Kurt Geiger white leopard print shoes

KG Kurt Geiger white leopard print shoes

Black Tibi trousers Warehouse check top Kurt Geiger leopard print shoes

Trousers: Tibi, top: Warehouse, shoes: KG Kurt Geiger (from Shoeaholics), bag: Mila Blu.


Do you snap up bargain items, put them in the wardrobe and then forget about them? It’s one of my sartorial sins but I’m trying to be more disciplined about what I buy lately!


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Marks and Spencer black and white faux fur coat

When I saw this faux fur coat on the sale rail in Marks and Spencer I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It’s not like I don’t already have a faux fur coat or three, but when you see one this gorgeous and it’s reduced to less than £20 it’s just not possible to walk on by. I also had another excuse: I was visiting my mum, who as well as being my shopping partner in crime, also lives in a very old house with no central heating. To justify my purchase I wore the coat all that evening and I’m glad to say it kept me lovely and warm! You see husband I really did need it! Wearing such a statement coat meant keeping the rest of my outfit fairly simple, so I paired an old See by Chloe black pencil skirt with a grey jumper.

To justify my purchase I wore the coat all that evening and I’m glad to say it kept me lovely and warm!

There was no way I was taking my coat off outside on a bitterly cold February day but you can see how I wore it previously on the blog here. I toyed with the idea of wearing plain black sunglasses (although it doesn’t look it in the photos it was quite sunny) but these black and white Ralph Lauren shades are much more fun, and I think they go with the coat rather well!

Marks and Spencer black and white faux fur coat

Mila Blu black handbag Pia ring and bracelet

aceys diamante suede ankle boots

Marks and Spencer faux fur coat

Coat: Marks and Spencer, skirt: See by Chloe, boots: Laceys, ring and bracelet: Pia, sunglasses: Ralph Lauren.


I had a look on the M&S website but couldn’t find the coat, however, there are still plenty of furry bargains out there. I love this one from Biba! Do you love faux fur? Let me know what you think in the comments or tweet me @thestylesplash!



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Navy Dickens and Jones duffle coat

Grabbing a bargain in the January sales is probably the best thing about (what is for me anyway) the most miserable month of the year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to invest in a new winter coat because let’s face it, UK winters can last well into April! A while ago I saw a navy wool coat and striped jumper paired together in a magazine and it just looked so chic. From then on I was on a mission to recreate the look so when I spied this Dickins and Jones navy duffle coat on sale at House of Fraser marked down from £199 to £53.55 I had to have it…what a bargain! Dickins and Jones is not a brand I’m too familiar with, and as I was shopping online I had to take a bit of gamble with the sizing…I ordered a size 10 and find it a fairly generous fit…I could comfortably wear a thick jumper underneath without feeling restricted. The quality of the coat is superb, it’s quite a heavy coat which is probably why it’s the warmest coat I own…it keeps out the harshest of cold winds. The only slight gripe I have is that the popper fastenings come undone easily – every time I get out of the car the bottom ones pop open, so hook and eye fastenings would have been a better choice, but the three toggles do keep the coat together snuggly.

A while ago I saw a navy wool coat and striped jumper paired together in a magazine and it just looked so chic. From then on I was on a mission to recreate the look.

While browsing the sale section on the House of Fraser website I found this striped jumper (also from Dickins and Jones) which had been reduced to £15.75, and even though I already have quite a few striped tops they just seemed like the perfect pair! The cute bird detailing on the front sealed the deal! I think my fondness for striped tops is due in no small part to their versatility…they can be worn so many ways: with a pencil skirt, tailored trousers and, of course with jeans which is probably my favourite combination. For a double splash of colour I wore my red Marks and Spencer shoes paired with my Mila Blu handbag.

Dickens and Jones navy hooded duffle coat

Mila Blu red leather handbag

Dickens and Jones navy duffle coat

Dickens and Jones striped bird jumper

Navy striped Dickens and Jones bird jumper

Mila Blu red bag and Pia ring

Dickens and Jones stripe jumper

Coat and jumper: Dickins and Jones, jeans: Gap, shoes: Marks and Spencer, bag: Mila Blu, ring: Pia.


Did you pick up any bargains in the sales? I’d love to hear all about your best buys! Let me know in the comments or tweet me @thestylesplash!




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Red Jasper Conran Debenhams coat

Although I love shopping for new clothes I have been making an effort to get more wear out of items I already own…it’s easy to forget what you have when it gets stuffed in the back of the wardrobe. This red J by Jasper Conran coat is one of my favourites and I do get a lot of wear out it. I bought it a few years ago in the height of Summer, which may seem like madness but I often buy clothes out of season because you can pick up such bargains. As well as the colour, I was drawn to the flattering fit and flare cut and the quality of the fabric, which is quite heavy so it hangs nicely. Under it I’m wearing a leopard print dress from Zara, which is another item I’ve owned for some years. I tend to wear it more in the Winter because it’s too short for me to wear without tights – it looks fine standing up but sitting down reveals a bit too much thigh! As the neckline is quite low I chose a big chunky gold necklace from Wallis. Red and leopard print worn together make quite an impact so to tone it down a little I opted for a black bag and some knee length black boots.

Red J Jasper Conran coat

Zara leopard print dress

Wallis gold chunky necklace

Leopard print Zara dress

Black Mila Blu bag

Coat: J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams, dress: Zara, boots: Pied a Terre, bag: Mila Blu, necklace: Wallis, sunglasses: Karl Lagerfeld.

You can see how I styled the dress and the coat a few years ago here and here.

Do you try to get maximum wear from your clothes or do you regularly have a purge and buy new things? I have to admit that I’m terrible at getting rid of clothes. Let me know in the comments!


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