Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fun Things from Paris

We got back on Thursday from our five-day trip to Paris. Thankfully, we didn't fly (it's only a four-hour drive--well, make that five if you're actually braving driving into and out of the heart of Paris, as we did--not for the faint of heart or claustrophobic, mind you). Of course, we had a delightful time and ate waaaaaay too many croissants, crepes, and baguettes. But more on that another time. Right now I'm sharing a few things I picked up while we were there--just some items that are small and (fairly) inexpensive and which make me more than a little bit happy.

Yes, those are Nathalie Lété notebooks! One is a garden journal, and the other is for "idées folles" (crazy ideas). I couldn't pass up either one. One came from the largest shop in the Pompidou Museum--so much great stuff there--and that's also where I got the "carnet de collages" book. The other came from a little shop I loved in Montmartre, called Trait, which is also where I bought three rolls of washi tape. They sell the "carnet de collages" book (and others in that range), too.

Aren't these just the most adorable key chains? I found them at Les porte-clés, on rue des Rosiers in the Saint-Ouen (Clignancourt) flea market. There were so many porte-clés in that little place, I had a very hard time choosing--but the French cheeses won, and for only one euro apiece! And just down the way I found...

...these little vintage tins, in a stall run by Tombees du Camion. They also have a shop in Montmartre--I also visited that one, but I didn't buy anything there. So much cute vintage stuff, all displayed in lots, though you purchase most items individually. Nothing's cheap, but it's a stylist's dream.

Yep, I had to make the requisite stop at Ladurée. The macarons really are as tasty and beautiful as you've heard. Trying different flavors is a must, though I think I could be happy sticking with chocolat forever. And speaking of macarons, the lovely Katrina of Pugly Pixel, which has become one of my favorite blogs, is kindly offering an adorable set of free macaron digital clip art! I know, isn't she sweet? 

I'd been wanting to go to a Kusmi shop, and we found one in the Marais. I'd actually never had Kusmi tea before, but I've been a fan of their packaging for quite a while. Now that we're back home, I'll be trying out the tea soon!


A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie said...

Hi sweetie -

I'm glad to have you back!! You picked up some lovely treats! Missed you!


Mary said...

i am a sucker for packaging! i love the items you picked up. i would love to shop at a French flea market (one day i will.) i wish i lived 4-5 hours away from Paris :)

Dragonfly said...

What a fab trip!! Lucky you :-)

vmichelle said...

Thanks so much for the awesome comment you left with Paris trip advice! This post is great too, because it gives me some nice shopping ideas. I especially like the Natalie Lété notebooks and Kusmi tea (lovely packaging!). How's the Kusmi tea turning out?

Relyn said...

Only a four hour drive... Can't tell you how much I envy that fact. So glad you had such a wonderful trip.

The Hausfrau said...

Thanks, girls!

Vmichelle, I still haven't tried my Kusmi tea, but I will, soon!

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