paris week – shopping in paris

one thing for sure: bring your credit cards. all of them. or make sure you filled your piggy bank well enough before you go to paris. we were lucky to come while there’s summer sale (YAY) so i could enjoy all the good shops and beautiful products.

if you’re keen on shopping the big designers – go ahead – you’ll find them around champs élysée or gallery lafayette. yawn.. mostly they let you wait in long lines before they let you in (picture below shows the abercrombie shop and LV) and that is nothing i will ever support.

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so my tip if you want to check out little indie designers and accessories you’d better visit marais. can’t say that often enough. marais rocks! there i’ve found the cutest things like little vases, lovely necklaces, some things for our home and some great 100% linen tops which i LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

accessoires

* a necklace (no-name shop in the middle of marais) *glass vase „potion magique“ and grey bamboo spoons from bensimon * little neon bowl vases from les emporte pièces * olive oil from a l’olivier * a luxurious long and wide dark grey silk shawl from american vintage

liberty

the 100% linen tops come from majestic filatures and are insanely soft and comfortable. i bought two tank tops – one is plain white, the other has binding made of liberty of london fabric; a pink shirt (also with liberty binding) and a light-blue-violetish cardigan. all those items were made in heaven and are very special!

tops

a little top with bottoms on the back and another linen top with neon pink zipper on the back from a little boutique names i HEART noa on 45, rue de turenne, 75003 paris (also in marais)

marais

marais is so fabulous that i went there on 4 of 5 days of our stay and i always discovered more fantastic little shops. it’s really lovely there.

a cafe that turned out to sell its decoration was les emporte pièces at 17 rue du pont louis philippe, 75004 paris. it was the first place i found in marais – at that time i didn’t know i was in the greatest hood of paris. the young woman who served me delicious tea and cookies and let me charge my phone created the most special place. the interior was styled with such care and a good eye, the tables were old and the chairs were all different… it was just lovely and the cafe had good karma. i sat there for quite some time and wrote into my journal and made some pictures. loved it!

les emporte pieces

in general i had the impression in paris you can buy things that you don’t see in frankfurt. i felt like i lived in the most unattractive place when it comes to shopping. really. the boutiques in paris are really special and filled with so many great items. and even the pastry shops made an effort to make everything look lovely and magnificent. i don’t see that so often…

shopping

and a big shout out goes to the food packaging i’ve found in ordinary grocery shops. unbelievably good and well done! beverages with very nice labels, quinoa salad in weck jars and coke light in gaultier aluminum bottles. WHY on earth doesn’t every food company invest some money in good packaging design?! the french know how to handle this obviously (i don’t even like kéfir and bought it anyway!!)

packaging

paris didn’t turn me into a total shopping victim but what i’ve bought is very dear to me since i can’t get anything of it here and so my goodies will always remind me of our trip. i’m more into quality than quantity after all.

i hope i could inspire you a bit for your next vacation in paris.

{hallo frankfurt} colekt frankfurt

gestern in meinem lieblingsladen colekt in der brückenstraße sind mir wieder ganz großartige sachen untergekommen… und je mehr ich mich mit der wunderbar freundlichen verkäuferin unterhalten habe, desto mehr füllte sich mein warenkörbchen. ich bin wirklich begeistert!

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monkey 47 gin – flasche gesehen. entzückend! probiert. verliebt! der schmeckt einfach himmlisch * nudo olivenöl mit basilikumgeschmack. auch hier hatte das packaging großen einfluss auf meine kaufentscheidung. heute abend wird es probiert. im spargel-bohnen-salat * NEON ROSA DUCT TAPE!! ich meine… muss ich mehr sagen, oder was?!

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ein himmelblaues notizheft und ein füller von kaweco mitsamt sepia-farbener tinte. ein wink des himmels, denn vor ein paar tagen als ich mal wieder nachts wach lag, ist mir eingefallen, dass ich schon lange meine eigene handschrift nicht mehr gesehen habe und ich befürchtete, dass ich demnächst das schreiben verlernen werde. und dann zeigte mir die liebe verkäuferin den tollen füller von kaweco und den konnte ich einfach nicht dort lassen. die braune tinte ist wirklich auch eine wunderschöne angelegenheit.

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so siehts aus. zwar hab ich direkt mal kaweko falsch geschrieben, aber ich sage ja, ich muss wieder schreiben üben. das mach ich jetzt. möchte wer einen brief? schickt mir eure adressen und ich schicke euch einen. :-)

wenn ihr mal in frankfurt seid, besucht die colekt mädels. ein wunderschöner laden in einer alten apotheke mit ganz toller ausgesuchter ware. einfach toll!

Colekt / Brückenstraße 21 / 60549 Frankfurt

Öffnungszeiten Dienstags bis Freitags 11 – 19 Uhr, Samstags von 11 – 17 Uhr

Donnerstags gibt’s sogar von 12 – 15 Uhr ein kleines Essen serviert

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yesterday i’ve been to a little store in frankfurt named colekt which i just love! the store was an old pharmacy and now the crew runs an adorable shop with the most beautiful goods. i got me a bottle of the most delicious gin, olive oil with the taste of basil, neon pink duct tape (OMG!!), a blue blank journal and my favorite thing ever: a pen with sepia ink. i always wanted to have a pen in order to have more fun writing things and there it was. sent from heaven.

i really enjoyed my shopping experience there and should you ever be in frankfurt please go there and have a look. it’s a truly special place.