This is a lighter take on the chic French girl uni and one that I saw more and more as the weather got warmer. I previously noted the amount of Longchamp totes I spotted around town but Louis Vuitton handbags are still tops in Paris. Simple metallic touches and a colorful scarf keep this monochromatic ensemble from looking too flat. When hair wasn't worn down a sleek topknot was worn instead.
Skinny pants, printed blouses, ballet flats and scarves are the well known mainstays of the cool French girl uniform, with cropped leather jackets on cooler days. I was surprised to see just how many ladies were carrying Longchamp totes and after purchasing one of my own I now understand the popularity. They're roomy, lightweight and perfect for travel. I also noticed a surprising lack of jewelry and makeup while hair was typically worn long and loose. The overall look was cool and chic but not forced...very relaxed.
Differences in culture means that ordinary products, signs & the like become unintentionally amusing. A stop at a convenience store off the highway turned out to be very entertaining what with unique drink options, Style Hollywood gum and fashion magazines that come packaged with complimentary makeup brushes. The kids "to go" lunches packed in plastic backpacks were very cute and came with healthier foods, stickers and toys rather than processed junk.
I made it to Paradis Latin for a classic, Parisian cabaret show which was just as cheesy as the scene in European Vacation --- I enjoyed every second of it. My inner 12 year old giggled at street side condom vending machines and stores with names like Plume Tit (sounds painful). I was also very delighted when I ran across normally sized and CLEAN bathrooms...thumbs up!
Street signs and graffiti are always intriguing to me.
La Maison des Pigeon made me laugh while Les Deux Magots prompted me to scratch my head and then dry heave.