Anyone for shopping in Paris?

With our good friend Cindy away in France, Keri and I have been longingly discussing the absolutely perfect vacation she must be having. Until yesterday, when she called and we found out that the airline had lost her luggage! Instant reaction: horror. But then we thought, hmmm… forced to go shopping in Paris? Poor Cindy!

If I was Cindy (and right now, I fervently wish that I was!) the first purchase I’d make is a traditional French market basket. These durable bags are multi-purpose – from beach, to market, to sightseeing – and quintessentially French. One of my favorite incorporates two sets of handles – one for carrying over the shoulder and one shorted set to use when toting heavier loads. At only $38 this is a great investment and will look trés chic for years!

Then, I would definitely need some comfy shoes for all of that sightseeing! And what’s more appropriate than a saucy pair of espadrilles? Rope-trimmed, canvas shoes with a rubber sole – more comfortable than going barefoot! My favorite pair is called Atlantique and incorporates nautical-inspired blue stripes reminiscent of Brigitte Bardot frolicking on the French Riviera. These are still made by hand in a tiny village high in the Pyrénées (yes, truly)! Retail $48

For more great French style, I like Quel Objet. If I can’t actually be vacationing Paris, at least I can look like I did!

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and social activist. In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for Style on a WHIM, It’s how you play the game!, and Success Won’t Wait!

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