Mini-Shopping Spree Paris

While on my little visit to Paris I couldn’t help but enjoy some Parisian shopping.  I wanted to spend some time visiting the iconic Parisian stores and treating myself to some lovely things, some of the best money can buy in Paris.

Rue Saint-Honore
The rue Saint-Honoré sign

I knew that if I wanted to do it properly I had to head to the famous rue Saint-Honoré.  This street and the extended part, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, isvone of the best shopping streets in the city, where some of the biggest and most expensive designers and brands are located, such as Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Lanvin. Chanel, Hermès, Christian Louboutin and Burberry.

Colette Store Logo which is very indiscreet.
Colette store logo which is very indiscreet.

However my first stop was a funky and unique store called Colette. This store sells all kinds of random stuff from which comprise of fashion, high-tech, arts, streetwear, beauty, waters and candy. It has exclusivities, pre-releases, limited editions, established designers, new talents and forgotten labels, bringing it all together into one concept store in the heart of Paris that caters to people who are looking for those unique and special items. It’s a really cool store and one not to be missed if you have the chance.

Colette Shopping
London and Paris Louis Vuitton city guides

At Colette I picked up two of Louis Vuitton’s city guides, one for London and one for Paris. These books are beautiful and are really handy for knowing where to go and what to do in a city.  Yes I could have gotten just any random guidebook, however I wanted something a little more special.

Ladurée Store on rue Royale
Ladurée Store on rue Royale

My next stop was of course my absolute favorite place in Paris: Ladurée (See previous post here).  How could I go to Paris without picking up some of the famous macarons?!

Ladurée window display with the Nina Ricci special edition macarons.
Ladurée window display with the Nina Ricci special edition macarons.

I bought one of the pretty boxes and chose a selection of flavors, which were as usual delicious.  They were so good that I ate them all before I managed to get a proper picture of them.  Oh well, next time 😉

Macarons to choose from inside the store
Yummy macarons to choose from inside the store.  I love the pastel colours!

Then the next stop on my mini-shopping spree was the iconic French luxury brand Hermès.  I was only going to go in and have a look to see what they had in terms of Twilly’s (see previous post here) and to simply see the store.

Hermès bag and twilly box. So sleek and elegant!
Hermès bag and twilly box. So sleek and elegant!

However when does that ever go as planned?  In the end I bought myself one of the beautiful silk Twilly scarfs.  The colors were so perfect for the upcoming spring/summer season and are totally my colors.  I had always wanted one and so this was a nice treat for myself that well be a great little reminder of my wonderful two days in Paris.

My new twilly in beautiful blues and greens.
My new twilly in beautiful blues and greens.

My final, most important and exciting stop on the shopping spree was my favorite shoe designer Christian Louboutin (see previous post here). This is one of the main stores besides Ladurée that I wanted to go to, ever since I had my eye on a certain pair of shoes that I saw online for the new season.  I knew I could buy them in other cities in Europe as well, but I thought it would be more special to buy them in the city where Louboutin shoes originated.

Christian Louboutin whacky window display in the spring/summer season themes.
Christian Louboutin’s whacky window display in the spring/summer colors.

The store was absolutely beautiful and totally shoe heaven for anyone who appreciates nice shoes.  Compared to some of the stores in other places this one had almost the entire range of shoes on display.  There were so many varieties of colors, patterns, heel sizes and designs, that I was mesmerized.  Plus the visual merchandising and the little décor touches in the store and personal customer service made it such a lovely experience.

The door handle at Louboutin even has the small details of the pattern being high heeled shoes.
The door handle at Louboutin even has the small detail of the pattern being made with high heeled shoes.

While I saw so many really nice ones I knew exactly the ones I wanted to get, despite how tempting others were.  Thus I bought these stunning turquoise and blue strappy sandals.  They are perfect for the summer and are also not so high since they are only 100mm ones, rather than the 120’s I normally get.  I fell in love with them as soon as I tried them on, and so I came to own my third pair of Louboutin’s.

Delicate blue, turquoise and white strap sandals.
My gorgeous and delicate blue, turquoise and white strap sandals.

Shopping in Paris is unlike other cities because it makes you feel chic, sophisticated and elegant, especially if you are able to shop at these stores.  Even just window-shopping can make you feel the luxury that envelops the city and it really does make you feel like you are in the heart of one of the world’s major fashion capitals.

Pretty and romantic window display at Ralph Laurnen in St-Germain-de-Pres
Pretty and romantic window display at Ralph Laurnen in St-Germain-de-Pres.

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