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As promised, here are some pictures i took of the christmas windows at galeries lafayette and au printemps.  there were some seriously adorable displays, but in my opinion, the best window display definitely goes to maje this year. let me know if you agree!

galeries lafayette

the lights are aglow at galeries lafayette, paris' version of saks fifth avenue.

marc jacobs

marc jacobs~ bunnies frolicking in champagne- alright, marc.

zadig et voltaire

zadig et voltiare~ not exactly the most exciting, but cute nonetheless.

and the best window display goes to… maje!

maje

maje- bears cooking, baking, celebrating a feast- so cute and intricate, well done, maje!

balancing

be careful with my wedding cake! 😛

gingerbread man

the gingerbread man bakes his own, uh, snickerdoodle! 😛

and onto au printemps…whereas galeries was fun and playful, au printemps’ window displays go for a more cultured feel.

dior

winter wonderland of dior.

and he even used asian dolls!

dior

dior- asian dolls? eat your heart out, barbie! 😛

chanel

chanel goes the russian babushka nesting doll route.

i’m feelin’ the pink and purple snowflakes of au printemps. yay, christmas!

au printemps

ahhh, christmas time.

christmas windows

the christmas windows draw a crowd every year. can't wait to see how new york measures up!

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geez i’m really terrible at blogging. i started this with the intention of writing at the very least, once/week, and i can’t even do that! merde!  mais non, i’m dancing to the beat of my own drum, and there is no official blog schedule, is there? not like this is a newspaper or magazine…but i digress.  for this post i’ve decided to put up a few pictures i’ve randomly taken around paris.

la sorbonne

during one beautiful autumn night, a crowd gathers in front of place de la sorbonne.

the next one is of a couple checking out one of my favorite views of paris.

la belle paris

ooh la la, que bonita paris!

i was walking around my neighborhood and decided to sit and just chill out at place vosges, a quaint little park in the marais.  the next bench over, this guy was so engrossed in his book he didn’t even notice me taking pictures of him with my giant camera 😛

stolen moments

stolen moments of solitude

next is my neighbor from across the street. i was looking out the window one day and noticed his cute little car and just had to take a picture.

vroom vroom

i wonder how old this car is...so cute!

anyhoo, last night carlos and i went to go see the christmas windows at galeries lafayette and au printemps–sooo adorable! i took tons of pix, so will be posting them soon..promise!  til then, bisous!

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So there’s this fad in Paris called a ‘Concept’ store, which I think is pretty cool. It’s basically a store that sells a smorgasbord of goodies~ from clothing, to furniture, housewares, books, etc. from a mix of different brands that cater to specific sets of clientele. It’s like a one-stop shop for the modern, savvy, life-of-lux customer, a Wal-Mart of sorts for the rich and avantgarde.

merci, a charitable concept store

merci, a charitable concept store

Anyhoo, I finally went to check out one such place called Merci, conveniently located in my arrondissement.  The proprietors of Merci are also the ones behind the high-end children’s clothing brand, Bonpoint, except with Merci, they’ve decided to go charity instead of monetary.  All the brands represented at Merci have ceded their profit margin, and a good percentage of the sales go towards various charities.

Shopping for a cause~ what a lovely idea!

i want this couch!

if i could only make one purchase at merci, it would be this oh-so-comfortable couch. Love the color too!

painter's corner

don't know if i would wear floral landscape jeans, but props to the artist for a cool concept.

There was an ‘artists’ corner’ where the landscape on the canvas was also painted onto some jeans, and a really neat-looking chandelier.

chic chandelier

chic chandelier

All in all, merci was a fun concept store, i’m definitely diggin’ the idea.  for a list of concept stores around the world,  check out this blog: http://slowretailen.wordpress.com/concept-stores/

’til next time!

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