Navy and white are such cheerful summer colors. As I develop my love affair with this Isabel Marant distressed boot, I am a little more into a relaxed gypsy look. Just like the other local Parisian designer, Manoush, they both initiate a look that is equally beautiful, whimsical and yet giving a impressive image that won't bore you over time.
My parent flew here from Taiwan to visit us and they acclaimed how perfect the weather is. We are certainly spoiled by California's weather and for some reason I am proud of the hospitality of the weather that my parents seem to concern before their arrival. Obviously, when you get used to the tropical climate, any degree temperature drop will be a drastically change and need an adjustment. As far as my parents is concern, they will have no problem to tour around now.
As far as I am concerned, anything if it is necessary, useful or beautiful is all very subjective to individuals. I have the most impractical pieces in my wardrobe according to my hubby( but little does he know about fashion, right? ), but for me, they are my best "on set" looks. As you know, I go to all era of film auditions so my treasure-hunt pieces from vintage shops often turn out to be the best wardrobe for 60s', 70s' or 80s' films. And sometimes, it is also easier to have a "look" ready for directors and producers to foresee you in a particular role. No, I am not talking about nurse, police... costume-y roles as I don't favor those parts. Ha~ Aside from acting, developing a profound style is a brain-storm process for me to learn and to evolve and to enrich myself in a life-time journey. Now, come down to my newest addition: a silk shirt by Alexis Mabille. For some reasons, I love white shirts and I have at least 15 pieces of different style/fabric white shirts. Couple of them are torn because of delicacy parts of eyelid, and lace trim but I still keep them and I only keep torn white shirt. lol. Can't afford a closet full of unwanted or unworn pieces, right? Clothes for me is like a photo album for most people, they are my memory!
Those are the words I took picture off while hubby and I were in Marc O'Polo store in Pairs.
34 Galerie Vivienne, Paris 2ème
I love white shirt's timeless and I adore the low and round collar on Alexis Mabille very much.
Alexis Mabille silk shirt, Chanel skrit, Anne Valerie Hash oxford, Wildford socks, Moncler, Hermes' Bleu de Galice 35CM Kelly
I appreciate good art, fine craftsmanship and decadent design in pretty much about everything. It's like the object or the space will speak passion to you. How exciting!! I had several requests from friends of buying stuff from France and I got most of their loot in the southern France. I am also happy that I scored Hermes' Kelly in Cannes for myself. During our last couple days stay in Paris, it happened to be Sunday then a national holiday (Easter) on Monday that most stores closed. I made a personal note that I will have to either prolong the stay or visit Paris before any natioal holiday in the future. However, we were lucky enough that couple stores that I really want to revisit are magically open.
Here is a hip Cafe we had lunch at while waiting for my fave. store to reopen after their lunch break. It is called Le Preaumur and is very close to the place, Galerie Vivienne, where I bought lots of cute little souvenirs. I enjoyed their interior lighting fixtures, store setting and their Coin-Coin salad with Foie Gras and smoked duck breast which is very rare to see in any menu in USA.
Another note is I found an impeccable ceiling light designed by Max Sauze. They come in silver and copper. We had it in silver ordered and shipped by next Month. I am sure it will lighten up our formal dinning area and make the look grand.
The moment I sat down, I noticed this bubble light bulbs that I was intentionally to have them for my house in San Francisco. I appreciate the warmth and industrious look of them.
This Cafe has the coolest ceiling lights ever~~
This is the version of Copper!
Ply yourself with a hearty salad toady as I intended to do so myself. xoxo Rachel
I know I would freeze myself to death if I worn only Ederm lace dress out in Pairs. Therefore, just as much as I want to show off this past season Ederm runway piece, I realized I can always wear it back home in San Francisco. And you know what, it turns out it is a good call to layer my Chanel tweed dress over it. I love the look and it actually made the whole look so full of volume and depth. What do you think? ^O^
I am not sure if I was blinking my eyes when hubby took this picture or it is just I was too proud of my look of the day. ha~~
Here I was at Hermes boutique at 17 Rue de Sèvres. I enjoy the vibe here and I am so joyous that they let visitors take pictures inside the building. You now how it is everywhere in the shops that they even forbid taking pictures of those Macarons in the pastry shops. I mean?? Why?? They are just Macarons... lol...
Ederm lace dress, Chanel tweed dress, Les Fees De Bengale suede jacket, Wolford socks, Chanel boots, Hermes Kelly 35cm in Bleu de Galice.
I am flying home tomorrow and I have yet to finish posting all the pictures that I want to share with the world. Ah... maybe I should start tweeting... ha~ xoxo Rachel
(Couple wording revised) Hubby and I always enjoy driving in between small cities or big cities or any town in Europe. We never get cold feet even people comment about how difficult or troublesome or scary to drive in Europe. As a matter of fact, my kind of driving is like people in Europe, fast, precise and always look "forward" to the destination - so I enjoy NO speed limit( Actually after I post this blog, the taxi driver in Paris told us that now they do have speed limit in Paris and there are a lot of hidden cameras. ) Ouch~~ The tip of driving in Europe is you always need two kinds of maps, one is printed map while your the other map, electronic one fails. If you plan to stay longer than a week and you would like to visit some other towns near by, it would come in handy to have an Internet service on your phone. Thus, you can always upload a Google map, or whatever map to guide you through the cities. There are local phone service and you can ask about their rate of charging Internet service with phone service. They are not cheap but if you need it, you NEED it! ^O^ BTW, most of cars here in Europe are stick shift, for us, we love it. But if you don't know how to drive a stick car, you better mention about it before they give you a car.
We walk along the coast of Nice where we rent an apartment. How cute of this lady's fashion that I had to stop her for a photo!
We only encounter 1 day rain and because of the weather's mercy, we can drive to Monaco and Cannes the following day without worrying about the traffic/burring sights.
Adventure to Monaco.
This is the most beautiful ocean i have ever seen. Ah, I know, besides, Maui, Mexico, Honolulu... hee~
Here we are at Monaco. Delay no more, the next day, we ventured to Cannes where I bought OMG my Bleu de Galice Kelly!!
Hermes Kelly Bleu de Galice
It seems to be a tradition that we have to try the fish soup here. Somehow, I prefe soupe à l'oignon.
I reserved 1st class train from Nice to Pairs and it took us almost 6 hours.
Enjoy a moment of peace on the train!
There are tons of hidden gem here that you will enjoy a treasure hunt: I even found my beloved designer shop: Alexis Mabille.
I found this cute, handmade doll which is designed by a Hong Kong designer: Chocolate Rain.
I really enjoy the vibe and local market in Saint Germain area where we stay!!