What is better than Paris in the spring? Okay, maybe New York City but that’s about it. Paris is the city of lights and the city of love. Every little girl dreams of going to Paris one day and standing below the Effiel Tower looking up and thinking…this is it…in this moment. The other day Lily-girl came up to Mama and said, “When are we going to Paris? I want to go with you and eat chocolate croissants and you can even have a latte to dip it in.”
*Heart melt* Mama’s little girl has fallen in love with Paris just like Mama did when she was little. In fact, in college Mama worked two jobs while going to school to save up money to do a summer abroad program in Paris. It was worth every cent and every Nutella crepe and chocolate croissant that Mama ate while there (a minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips…which means it’s all still there…and shifted to the buttocks and belly in the meantime). It was a dream come true to go to Paris to sightsee, to take in the history, the art, the food (yes, even snails), the people, the language and the shopping!
While Mama was so broke while there that buying a street vendor brie cheese sandwich was a delicacy, Mama still walked into the Louis Vuitton and Chanel flagship stores on the Champs and just browsed. They probably were thinking “stupid American tourist with her XOXO bag doesn’t belong in here” but Mama was in one of the meccas of European fashion and was not going to pass up an opportunity to “dream-shop.”
Unfortunately, Mama hasn’t been back to Paris since but one day soon, it will happen and Mama plans on eating more than just brie cheese sandwiches and will walk into Hermes and buy a Birkin bag (not really but we’re dreaming here, aren’t we?!). But lucky for Mama, the love of everything Parisian has settled into American fashion this season as we see stripes, clean lines, scarves and tailored skimmer pants take center stage. It’s not just for Mamas either, the little girl styles with poodles and Effiel Towers are too cute to pass up (look for those tomorrow). Here’s a few of Mama’s Parisian must-haves for the season….Bon Voyage!
Happy Shopping Mamas! XOXO
1. Wildfox ‘First Date’ Graphic Tee, $64, at nordstrom.com (Mama’s going to wear this to bed…hint, hint)
2. Ultra Skinny Printed Pants, $54.95, at gap.com
3. Perforated Ballet Flat, $22.94, at oldnavy.com
4. Pim + Larkin Dotty A-line Mini, $69, at piperlime.com
5. Stripe by N Bonjour Striped Pullover, $79, at piperlime.com
6. Macaron Pill Box, $9.95, at paper-source.com (what’s more Parisian than a Macaron?)