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Paris Haul: High-end edition (aka The Mother of All Hauls, part II)

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Paris haul Continuing where we left off with my Paris pharmacy haul, I now present the droolworthy Paris haul of high-end products I sold my soul for invested in. I managed to do quite a bit of damage in a very short amount of time (about an hour…this is why I had a list!). My sister was appalled impressed.

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Paris Haul: Pharmacy edition (aka The Mother of All Hauls, part I)

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Some of you have been waiting for this, some of you haven’t, but here goes nothing. It’s taken me this long to post about my Paris haul because of all the things that I had to photograph! And the weather hasn’t been that cooperative. (I need to get some lighting!!)

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The Search for the Perfect Red: Chanel Pirate lipstick

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Chanel Pirate lipstick It’s been a while since an update on my search for the perfect red, but I’m back with a doozy: Chanel Pirate lipstick.

Chanel Pirate lipstick

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My Favorite Places: Paperdolls boutique, Paris

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When I started this blog, I mentioned that I was going to write about some of my favorite places in the world. My recent whirlwind 23-hour visit to Paris was a great place to start, since I knew I had to pop into Paperdolls boutique, one of my favorite places in Paris.

Paperdolls

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Wishlist Wednesday #31 – Barbara Rihl bag

My recent trip saw me spending most of my time in the south of France, but my sister and I fit in a whirwind 23-hour layover in Paris. This left me with only a few hours of shopping time, but I managed to do significant damage nonetheless.

In my shopping frenzy, I found myself in the Marais, and came face to face with a store window with the most whimsical, adorable bags I had ever seen. Fortunately for my already abused credit card, the store had closed for the day, and I was leaving the next morning before it opened. Doesn’t mean that I am not now pining for a Barbara Rihl bag.

Barbara Rihl

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My Surratt Beauty Experience at Barneys

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Surratt Beauty It’s been ages and ages and ages since I wrote about my desire to try out Troy Surratt’s beauty line, but shortly before I went away, the day finally came for me to head to Barneys and experience the works. I had tried a couple of the products in the line here and there, but I really wanted to immerse myself in the full Surratt Beauty experience. And oh, did I ever.

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Shani Asks You Sundays – Foreign Customs

Oh, hello. Back at home and missing France already. Walking around New York, it’s all I can do not to say, “Pardon!” when I bump into someone. But that’s not what I find myself missing most.

What are the favorite foreign customs you’ve observed and/or picked up while traveling?

For me, it’s walking into a store, finding the person in there, and saying, “Bonjour.” Not to mention the, “Merci! Au revoir!” on the way out. I know that French people have a reputation for being rude, but I find that so polite and human, if not friendly. In America, sales assistants will come up and ask you if you need help, but no one gives a fig if you walk out without saying a word. I really miss it when I get back home.

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Wishlist Wednesday #31 – New Spring Scent

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Oh, spring. First it seems like you’ll never come, now you’re here like gangbusters. And you’re making me want a new spring scent! In my fragrance forays, I wound up purchasing a sample of Chanel’s Bel Respiro, one of Les Exclusifs de Chanel, exclusive fragrances sold only in Chanel stores. I’ve been wearing that sample to death lately, and my fragrance recognition has developed enough that the first time I put it on, I thought, “Hmm. Green floral.” (It is.)

New Spring Scent

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Wishlist Wednesday #30 – Breton Stripe Dress

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I’m just a bit obsessed with stripes. I’m not sure that you knew that about me. Just in case you’re not familiar…

DSC_1653 With flash 20131001_160514_1-2 I have one or two Marinière, or Breton stripe, shirts (like so [Petit Bateau is classic, obvi], but lately I have been hankering for a Breton stripe dress.

(The history of the Marinière is really interesting, if you’re a nerd like me. It was originally the uniform of the French navy [hence the “Marinière”], who hailed from Brittany [hence the “Breton stripe”. If you want to read more, I loved this article.)

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Music Monday #30 – “Comme des Enfants” by Coeur de Pirate

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In preparation for my trip, I’ve been listening to a lot of French music. To try and absorb as much of the language as I can!

One of the first French-speaking singers I was introduced to, and still one of my favorites, is Cœur de Pirate, the stage name of Béatrice Martin. She has had shows in my area twice, and I have not been able to attend either. It makes me sad, because I really love her voice. Even when I don’t understand what she’s singing, I enjoy listening to her sing it.

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