How to shop like a Parisian

Parisians are renowned the world over for their impeccable style, and with good reason too. If you’ve ever been to the French capital, chances are you’ve indulged in a spot of people-watching from a little cafe. Aside from all the wonderful tourist attractions, this is my favourite thing to do in Paris. When I see someone whose style I particularly admire the one thing I want to know is where they shop. As an outsider it can be difficult to see past the big global brands; even in the style capital of the world, the ubiquitous Zara, Mango and H&M can be found dotted all over the city.

Although nothing would be better than a trip to Paris, I’ve discovered how to shop like a Parisian from the comfort of your own home.

If like me, you love to veer off the beaten style track every so often and seek out the unusual, I have a little secret to share with you ūüėČ Although nothing would be better than a trip to Paris, I’ve discovered how to shop like a Parisian from the comfort of your own home.

Paris.Shopping¬†brings together the best of Parisian boutiques all under one (virtual) roof. The website says: “These shops are paradise for lovers of decor, fashion, trend…We understand why Parisians keep these secret addresses and exchange them between friends!” Well we all like to discover shopping secrets, right? BTW, this isn’t a sponsored post, I just love to share my best finds with you!

I know it might be a little early, but it’s only 13 weeks to Christmas!¬†Not that I’m wishing the year away, but it does tend to creep up on us doesn’t it?

Paris.Shopping was founded in November 2017 with the financial backing of Galeries Lafayette. (If you haven’t been to Galeries Lafayette in Paris it is definitely worth a visit just for a browse and a photo on the roof.) Featuring 100 Parisian brands, the website showcases unusual and stylish clothing, jewellery, homeware and gifts. Speaking of which…I know it might be a little early, but it’s only 13 weeks to Christmas! Not that I’m wishing the year away, but it does tend to creep up on us doesn’t it? If you like to start your festive shopping early you’re guaranteed to find some fabulous gifts here.

Clothing

Clockwise from top left: pigeon sweatshirt, mask print shirt, royal finger T-shirt, mask print shirt super hero jacket

I absolutely love these¬†zebra¬†and¬†mask print¬†reversible jackets…two for the price of one! These would be great for travelling when suitcase space is limited. There are other versions available too, but these are my favourites.

 

Jewellery

Clockwise from top left: Marlowe bracelet, midnight in Paris necklace, apatite gold ring, watch

 

Homeware

Paris shopping homewareClockwise from top left: Mouse lamp,  plant growers,  cushion,  how to order coffee in Paris photo

 

Stocking fillers

Clockwise from top left: Mug, set of three magnets, Creative leisure Paris in 3D, maman cotton tote bag

 

Has anything here caught your eye? Do pop over to the website for a browse, there’s so much choice and it’s all fabulous! Delivery is free for orders Over 49 Euros and they deliver to the USA too!


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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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