Is it really Friday again? How did that happen? Although I’m not unhappy that another week’s gone by, because that means it’s time to plan the weekend, something I’m looking forward to even more since Okka and Steffi started packing the weekend full of happiness.
And I really will be packing this weekend: my suitcase, because I’m going to Paris on Tuesday. Oui! Right in time for the Prêt-à-Porter shows. I’ll be there all week, going with a photographer friend (the very talented and lovely Sandra), armed with my own camera. I’m so ridiculously excited about going, I’ll probably spend most of my weekend wearing a striped shirt and re-reading this charming recount of Paris fashion week in 1947 by the wonderful Rosamond Bernier. That article will be my manual for the week. Especially the part about keeping sober.
The thing about packing for Paris: what to take, while leaving enough room for things to bring back? So far I’ve only decided on three things (to take. I’m not even going to pretend I won’t bring back more than three new things): 1) My trusted white shirt, because I can throw it on without even thinking about it. That shirt is so well-loved that it might be time to get a new one. I’ve got my eyes on a white shirt with a Mandarin collar from the J+ Uniqlo collection, Jil Sander’s last for the label. There are some great coats in the collection, too. I just hope there will be some left by the time I get to the store… 2) A pair of stupidly high leopard print patent leather pumps. Stupid, because: I will be running around all week, taking pictures of other people in high heels and these pumps are many things, but they are not made for running. I’m taking them anyway. After all, who travels to Paris only with flats? Exactly. 3) James’ Persol sunnies. Because they’re cool.
Okka has supplied me with a great guide to Paris, and whatever else I do, I will be making these two stops: One to Ladurée to gorge on Macarons. And one to City Pharma to stock up on whatever the legal amount is for exporting Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré out of France. It’s the best face cream I’ve ever used. In the 51 weeks out of the year I don’t go to Paris, I buy it online here.
There are lots more things to plan and pack (and unpack and re-pack), so I better get started…
What are your plans for the weekend? And do you have any tips for what to see and do in Paris?