With our good friend Cindy away in France, my coworker 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 market basket – one of the true Traditional French Style Essentials. 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!
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