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Paris: Fried Foods and Fine Leather Goods

Bonjour from Texas, my friends! We have been home five days and I have spent most of them in Austin, enjoying my family and tending to our sadly neglected lake house. We missed the bumper crop of Texas wild flowers, but the jasmine is still blooming large on our fence, perfuming the house through open windows (for a few more days, anyway). It’s good to be home.

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Yes, we still have no lake, but my sister’s house is on a part of Lake Travis that is still a little wet. We had a nice family dinner on the deck Saturday night.

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Notice how much nicer docks look when floating on water than when perched precariously on rocks as in the photo from our house.

Not so long ago Mark and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at a new restaurant in Paris called Ellsworth. The newest offering by the darling couple who owns one of our favorite special restaurants, Verjus, Ellsworth is more casual, serving tapas seven days a week. Here were a few of our favorites.

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These were not your freezer’s corn dogs, my friends. The tender cornbread wrapper concealed duck sausage, and arrived with pickled mustard seeds and strong French mustard for dipping.

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These flaky, golden scoops of goodness were fried chicken atop a slightly spicy slaw. Fried chicken is not easy to find in Paris, and this is the best we have ever discovered.

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Dessert was apple fritters and cinnamon cream sauce. Oh my. I wish I could conjure some right now. They were so good.

of course there was some of this, too

of course there was some of this, too

Both Verjus and Ellsworth are centrally located near the Palais-Royale. Check them out the next time you are in the hood. Tell them Mark and Kate sent you.

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After all those fried calories, we opted to walk home that evening. Our route took us right by the Hermes store, which provided me the opportunity to photograph the windows without the glare of daylight. I didn’t love them, but preferred them to the previous windows, which were just weird.

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Thanks for stopping by Paris via Texas!

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Louis Vuitton and Liz Lemon in Paris

Bonjour encore from Paris. Today (Monday) in Paris felt almost normal. The only thing I noticed out of the ordinary was an increased presence of security. Police vans were rolling or parked in Saint Germain. Armed police stood outside of the doors of various buildings that appeared to be normal apartment buildings. Also, when we entered the Bon Marche and Hermes, our bags were inspected at the entrance. The bag inspection was most unusual and I have to say, I hope it doesn’t last long. I don’t mind it when I go to the Musee d’Orsay, but please, let me fawn over fine leather goods without having to show you the inside of my own messy, receipt-strewn purse. Fortunately, I had removed the 38 breath mints that had spilled out into the bottom of my bag. (Yay)

Last night I got antsy after watching the Solidarity March for several hours, so I went for a brisk walk up and down the Champs-Elysees. It felt so good being out in the cold night air, with the last of the holiday lights still shining on the buildings.

The Four Seasons "George V" looked pretty fine. As usual.

The Four Seasons “George V” looked pretty fine. As usual.

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But we all know that the best window porn is to be found at Louis Vuitton. You’re welcome.

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I love how the ribbon actually goes outside the window.

 

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I would hang upside down for one of those bags ,too.

 

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“come to mama….”

 

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I really love these windows. I think the ribbon is fantastic (unlike Mark, who thought it looked like bacon). The shiny balloons appear to be suspended in air. And the clear presents are perfect. No need to wrap such gorgeous bags. Which one would you like? I know the totes are more practical, but I quite fancy the bags with the diamond shapes on them. Not that anyone is asking, mind you.

I have yet to consult social media for a recap of last night’s awards. I hate those shows but LOVE Tina and Amy, and was sorry to miss them. What was the best line? Those two gals are just the best. I wonder if they carry Louis Vuitton? Or maybe I should ask whether Oprah carries LV, because we all know that Liz Lemon said, “I pretty much just do what Oprah tells me to do.”

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Sending you all high-fives and LV love from Paris.

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Window Shopping In Paris

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Bonjour mes amis, and Happy Friday! I have hardly seen my husband all week and am so excited to be going to the north of France for the weekend with him and two other couples. I have just a little time to gather my photos from yesterday’s walk along the fabulous Rue Saint-Honoré and its environs. Like Avenue Montaigne, which I photograph a lot, Rue Saint-Honoré is lined with chic shops, including the flagship Hermes. I spent a lovely couple of hours late yesterday afternoon admiring the windows. Some of the photos have a glare, as the sun had not yet set, but just put on your designer sunglasses and pretend like it’s not there.

My first stop was my favorite shop on the street, Astier de Villatte, whose Paris-made ceramics are my weakness. I have a little collection going and hope to add a few more pieces, so I like to pop in frequently to see what I might want next. The shop is tiny, with a front room and a back room connected by a short hallway, but full of wonders. This is the only shop where I actually went inside, because it’s impossible for me not to.

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front window

yes I will come in, thank you

yes I will come in, thank you

back room

back room

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Garnier Opera House

Garnier Opera House

I took a little detour to peek at the Opera House, and then went back to Rue Saint-Honoré through the Place de Vendome, which is lined with amazing jewelry shops.

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Suddenly my little dish obsession seems completely harmless!

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Needless to say, I couldn’t go home without checking out the windows at Hermes.

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Bon Weekend, my friends! It has been wonderful sharing Paris with you this week.

 

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When We Weren’t Eating (ok- so we ate a little)

My sister-in-law appreciates the finer things in life as much as I do, so of course I had to take her across the river to Saint Germain. We had a great time peering in shop windows and occasionally even going inside the stores for a closer look. I even took her to the discount pharmacy, where I warned her that she had to push, search, and purchase as quickly as possible.  She had done her homework and read up on French beauty products to try, so we were in and out before any homicidal tendencies bubbled to the surface. Fortunately it’s still cool here, so the inside temperature wasn’t 85 degrees, as it can get in there during the summer.

The morning was gorgeous.

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I showed her my favorite bus stop.

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We made our way to the Luxembourg Gardens and ate leftover sandwiches in the sunshine.

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The beekeepers were busy harvesting honey from the bee boxes.

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Next I showed her a design wonder of the Left Bank. This Hermes store, opened at 17 rue de Sevres in November of 2011, completely blows me away. The entrance is a discreet doorway into what appears to be a handsome apartment building. When inside the space opens up into an old swimming pool from 1935. The old mosaic tile and wrought iron has been preserved, and large contemporary structures made of ash add style and warmth to what was potentially a cold, vast space.

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My pictures do not do it justice, but this article describes the design and has great photographs.

I took her to the Bon Marche and the little park that sits just in front of it.

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Of course, the afternoon would not have been complete without a flower cone from Amarino gelato.

 

 

 

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Tired, happy, and carrying large plastic bottles of make-up remover from the pharmacy, we boarded our bus and went back home.

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Fashion and Flowers

When I loaded my photos of store windows, they became interspersed with photos of blooming trees. I was struck by how compatible they were.  Enjoy.

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Happy Spring!

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Paris In The Pink

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We have arrived! Our apartment was a tad dusty but a welcomed sight, nonetheless. After a (too) short nap, we headed out into the sunshine that was bathing Paris. First stop was the metro, where we were puzzled why none of the turnstiles seemed to be working. A helpful local pointed out the monitor message that the metro would be free today and tomorrow due to the high level of smog in the city. Ick. But thanks.

Our destination was just a short trip to Trocadero. My friend Mary Kay at Out and About In Paris had written about an event happening there at 3:00 that sounded fun.  The “Pink Bra Spring and Bra Toss” is an annual event sponsored by Pink Bra Bazaar, a charitable organization dedicated to breast health education and supporting women with breast cancer. A very happy group of men and women, many sporting colorful bras on the outside of their clothing, enthusiastically participated in song and dance celebrating breasts and breast health.

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I met this American woman when I asked if I could take her picture.  Her name is Kate and she was in charge of the event.  She said a friend made her bra top for her.  Isn’t it great?  It tied in the back with a large orange bow.  I don’t imagine she has many other opportunities to wear it!

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We had to peek around heads and through elbows to see the dancers and singers, so I apologize for the obstructed views!

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This sweet pea next to me enjoyed the show from her daddy’s shoulders.  Lucky girl.  Mark was not as chivalrous, unfortunately.

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The entertainment culminated in, yes, a bra toss.  Only exterior bras were jettisoned.  No boobies were bared in the making of this spectacle!

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Mine were kept safely under wraps the entire time.

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It was a great way to spend our first afternoon back in Paris.  Thanks, Mary Kay, for telling me about it, and thanks, Pink Bra Bazaar, for sponsoring the festivities!  Mark said how cool it would be if the same event were held at the same time in front of other famous monuments.  I love that idea.

We ate an early dinner (which is not easy to do in Paris) at this pretty restaurant near the Place de la Concorde called Brasserie Flottes.

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Yep, it’s definitely good to be broadcasting from Paris again!  Thanks for stopping by.  Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?  Because on the walk home I may or may not have snapped some pics of the windows at Hermes……

Have a good Monday, mes amis, and don’t forget to check Your Girls each month!

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Checking In With Hermes

After the Roger Vivier party, my friend and I lingered on Rue Saint-Honore, which had a heightened vibe that night.  I think it was because it was Fashion Week , and more beautifully dressed people were out and about after dark than usual on a week night.

I know you all like to see how the Hermes windows are dressed, and I was happy to be right there to get these pictures for you.  The windows seemed a bit more simple than usual (for Hermes), with a gorgeous silk scarf hung as a backdrop and assorted Hermes treasures in the scarf colors scattered throughout the window.

The largest and most impressive window features a winged motorcycle!

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So gorgeous.  So luxe.  So Over The Top!  I do  love Hermes windows.

Thank you for shopping at Hermes and please come back.

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