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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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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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Oh, how i love Autumn. It’s by far my favorite time of the year, when all the leaves change into fiery reds, oranges and yellows, and the air is crisp, making you want to put on cozy sweaters and woolly scarves.  parisautumnFirst full day of Autumn in Paris. (23-09-09)

And with my favorite season also comes my favorite fashion styles. For example, this season, my favorite shoe style is the bootie.  I used to think I couldn’t pull it off, but then I bought a pair, then a second, and I realized, heeeey! I look good in these! hahaha 😛

But I digress. The other day, one of my best friends linked me to a famous blog, http://www.seaofshoes.com, where this 17 yr.old girl showcases her collection of to-die-for shoes. I have no idea where she gets the money to buy them considering the average price of a pair will set you back around$800, but needless to say I’m way jealous.  And so, because I don’t have the wallet or the gumption to buy all the shoes I wish I could, for now I’ll just ogle them from afar.  A sampling of my faves this season:

Prada slingbacksAlexanderMcQueen

Dior

Louboutins

L-R, T-B: Prada, Alexander McQueen, Dior, Louboutins.

Oxford clunkers are also popping up all over the place.  My fave is this Lanvin one:

Lanvins

Such a beautiful, conservative-meets-funky look.     (all shoe pix courtesy of bergdorfgoodman.com, the most dangerous website ever created)

** Sigh**  Ok, so enough day-dreaming about shoes, especially considering the fact that there’s no room in the closet for any more, and I left like 80% of my shoes back in the US. LOL.

Anyhoo, I also finally took the opportunity to walk around Paris and take some pix. Will definitely post a few later, but for now, must get to cleaning the apt!

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