FASHION, France, Shopping, Uncategorized EUROTRIP: SHOPPING & SIGHTSEEING 16 August 2010

Ahhh…. sight-seeing around Paris… on a perfect Parisien summer’s day. Clear blue skies and fluffy white clouds with warm balmy weather, if only Shanghai was just like this every day!

OK, I lie a bit. We did maybe 20% sight-seeing, 40% eating, and 40% shopping πŸ˜‰ I mean… isn’t that the recipe for a perfect day?? I loved pottering around Paris, and checking out all the shops. The brands are different here, and the ones that exist outside of France are cheaper here, which is a bit dangerous πŸ˜‰ Thankfully, since falling pregnant, I’ve lost interest in shopping/buying stuff (SHOCK HORROR!). So I didn’t go crazy but I did cave and buy a pair of really nice Repetto shoes. I like the brand because they do lovely ballet flats, and I discovered they have these pair of pumps with a small heel – perfect for work or dinners yet low enough so they’re still comfy. I bought them in basic black leather so that they’ll be a classic πŸ™‚

We did so much we were exhausted by the end of the day. The French lifestyle may be relaxed, especially in the summer months.. but as tourists, because we walk around so much (or maybe we’re just not used to walking), it’s especially tiring! I’m just glad I’m 4 months pregnant (prime time in a pregnancy for travel) and not 8-9 months or I’d completely collapse πŸ˜‰


At the very ornate OpΓ©ra national de Paris building

This looks like a Photoshopped the sky. I didn’t!

At the famous Lafayette shopping mall… *quivers*

Beautiful domed interior of Lafayette

Pretty tiered levels. If only all malls were this gorgeous inside!

And of course, some famous Pierre Herme macarons. I had the Chocolate one, which was
divine. See later for comparison with the other famous macarons from Laduree!

My wee Paris souvenir – Caroline Najman bracelet

A bigger Paris souvenir.. Repetto, a fantastic comfy shoes brand!

Love the nice box!

Leather low-heel pumps. Fab ‘cos I can’t wear high heels now

Us doing the tourist thing at the famous Champs-Γ‰lysΓ©es

Down Champs-Γ‰lysΓ©es

My mini Sephora haul. I ADORE Bare Minerals.

The mega Sephora store on Champs-Γ‰lysΓ©es

Well, at least I didn’t cave and buy anything at Louis Vuitton, unlike some people πŸ˜‰

Then it was off to the La VallΓ©e Village, a little village
in the middle of nowhere, with outlets galore! How surreal does it look?!

Shopping pals πŸ˜€


68 Comments

  • starbucksweetie posted on August 15, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Nice! I bought a pair of Repetto flats and I still adore them.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm

      The flats dn’t work for my feet (so weird) but these lil heel ones do, I love em!

      Reply
  • rollagirl9 posted on August 15, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Glad you’re having an awesome time. Paris looks amazing – wish I was there!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm

      At least you’re in US now.. the shopping is even better there IMHO πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • sistersugar posted on August 15, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I’m so happy you’re posting updates of your trip! The shoes are precious and I love macaroons! I’ve only ever had strawberry and chocolate from a little macaroon boutique in Charleston. I’d die for lavender ones!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      I normally don’t like macaroons but the ones in France are really nice πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • rainingumbrella posted on August 15, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    SHOPPING, yayyyy! That mall really is so darn pretty. And I love your shoes! You look great πŸ˜€ Oh yeah, and… MACARONSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I’m going to scream. I love love love macarons and I’ve only tried Laduree before. Pierre Herme makes some wacky flavours! (I heard there was foie gras?!)

    Wei-Wei

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm

      The shopping places are DANGEROUS in europe.. lol.

      We did see some strange flavours at PIerre Herme, but I just stuck with chocolate!

      Reply
  • emmakins888 posted on August 16, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Heh heh good times! Although I don’t know who caved in… *whistles*

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      Ahahaha have you used it yet? πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • ourownact posted on August 16, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I’ve never heard of Pierre Herme macarons before! My research of Paris failed me! doh! You look so happy and healthy – glad the pregnancy didnt have negative impact on your travel! πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm

      They always go head-to-head with the Laduree ones! Personally, I though tthey were about the same, heh

      Reply
  • exhileration posted on August 16, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Bev you look fab! <3 the black dress!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm

      Aww thank you hon πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on August 16, 2010 at 4:10 am

    La Vallee is a sister to the one in Bicester in England that I always go to. Surprised they let you take photos.

    http://www.bicestervillage.com/en_GB/

    At Bicester the security guard will come running if you take your camera out!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:27 pm

      Oh we just showed the guards some leg and it was all good.
      Nah just kidding! No one was around to stop us anyways πŸ˜‰

      Reply
  • islegrl posted on August 16, 2010 at 4:16 am

    How are the LV prices in Paris? Is it a lot cheaper? I probably would have wanted to shop there if there was a big difference in pricing even after the awful exchange rates. ^____^

    I love the shot of the skies! So cool looking! πŸ˜€

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      Yep cheaper I believe, esp for all the French brands!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on August 15, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Nice! I bought a pair of Repetto flats and I still adore them.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm

      The flats dn’t work for my feet (so weird) but these lil heel ones do, I love em!

      Reply
  • hyperion1 posted on August 16, 2010 at 5:04 am

    great pics! glad you’re having fun!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm

      It’s just so nice to go on a loooong holiday, wont get a chance to do that once the baby is born, hah!

      Reply
  • am_klutz posted on August 16, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Great buy on the Repettos! I love it too for the ballet flats. Was a pity my size was all sold out in HK :\

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm

      I loooove Lanvin flats, they’re my #1 by far! I find Repetto flats a bit hard/thin for me, but I like these lil heels, they work *whew* πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • rollagirl9 posted on August 15, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Glad you’re having an awesome time. Paris looks amazing – wish I was there!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm

      At least you’re in US now.. the shopping is even better there IMHO πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • sistersugar posted on August 15, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I’m so happy you’re posting updates of your trip! The shoes are precious and I love macaroons! I’ve only ever had strawberry and chocolate from a little macaroon boutique in Charleston. I’d die for lavender ones!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      I normally don’t like macaroons but the ones in France are really nice πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • rainingumbrella posted on August 15, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    SHOPPING, yayyyy! That mall really is so darn pretty. And I love your shoes! You look great πŸ˜€ Oh yeah, and… MACARONSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I’m going to scream. I love love love macarons and I’ve only tried Laduree before. Pierre Herme makes some wacky flavours! (I heard there was foie gras?!)

    Wei-Wei

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm

      The shopping places are DANGEROUS in europe.. lol.

      We did see some strange flavours at PIerre Herme, but I just stuck with chocolate!

      Reply
  • emmakins888 posted on August 16, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Heh heh good times! Although I don’t know who caved in… *whistles*

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      Ahahaha have you used it yet? πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • ourownact posted on August 16, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I’ve never heard of Pierre Herme macarons before! My research of Paris failed me! doh! You look so happy and healthy – glad the pregnancy didnt have negative impact on your travel! πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm

      They always go head-to-head with the Laduree ones! Personally, I though tthey were about the same, heh

      Reply
  • exhileration posted on August 16, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Bev you look fab! <3 the black dress!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm

      Aww thank you hon πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • joannako posted on August 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

    you’re glowing!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm

      Hee thanks!

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on August 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    oooh outlets galore!! ♥

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm

      Yeah the outlet shopping had really good deals!

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on August 16, 2010 at 4:10 am

    La Vallee is a sister to the one in Bicester in England that I always go to. Surprised they let you take photos.

    http://www.bicestervillage.com/en_GB/

    At Bicester the security guard will come running if you take your camera out!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:27 pm

      Oh we just showed the guards some leg and it was all good.
      Nah just kidding! No one was around to stop us anyways πŸ˜‰

      Reply
  • islegrl posted on August 16, 2010 at 4:16 am

    How are the LV prices in Paris? Is it a lot cheaper? I probably would have wanted to shop there if there was a big difference in pricing even after the awful exchange rates. ^____^

    I love the shot of the skies! So cool looking! πŸ˜€

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      Yep cheaper I believe, esp for all the French brands!

      Reply
  • hyperion1 posted on August 16, 2010 at 5:04 am

    great pics! glad you’re having fun!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm

      It’s just so nice to go on a loooong holiday, wont get a chance to do that once the baby is born, hah!

      Reply
  • oldron posted on August 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    HI

    Looks like you are having a great time, Please take care of yourself. Like the photos!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm

      Re: HI

      Thanks ron!

      Reply
  • am_klutz posted on August 16, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Great buy on the Repettos! I love it too for the ballet flats. Was a pity my size was all sold out in HK :\

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm

      I loooove Lanvin flats, they’re my #1 by far! I find Repetto flats a bit hard/thin for me, but I like these lil heels, they work *whew* πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • carorules posted on August 16, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    The macarons look yummy!

    The sky dek looks unreal!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm

      I was surprised I liked ’em, normally I dont!

      Reply
  • joannako posted on August 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

    you’re glowing!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm

      Hee thanks!

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on August 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    oooh outlets galore!! ♥

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm

      Yeah the outlet shopping had really good deals!

      Reply
  • oldron posted on August 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    HI

    Looks like you are having a great time, Please take care of yourself. Like the photos!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm

      Re: HI

      Thanks ron!

      Reply
  • carorules posted on August 16, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    The macarons look yummy!

    The sky dek looks unreal!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm

      I was surprised I liked ’em, normally I dont!

      Reply
  • tyra8 posted on August 17, 2010 at 4:12 am

    You have an awesome Mommy glow, Beverly!

    Your lovely pics makes me miss Paris!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm

      Aww thank you!

      Reply
  • tyra8 posted on August 17, 2010 at 4:12 am

    You have an awesome Mommy glow, Beverly!

    Your lovely pics makes me miss Paris!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm

      Aww thank you!

      Reply
  • marmalade81 posted on August 20, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    you look amazing! the weather looks great too.. am really curious to see what your friend got at LV :p

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 4:21 pm

      Hehe she’s here !

      Reply
  • marmalade81 posted on August 20, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    you look amazing! the weather looks great too.. am really curious to see what your friend got at LV :p

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 24, 2010 at 4:21 pm

      Hehe she’s here !

      Reply

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