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Happy Monday Loves.  Hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend with family, friends, and/or food.  This is the last of my vacation recap.  We only had one full day in Paris, and YOU KNOW this gal had to get her shop on!  So I planned a walking/shopping tour to do in one day!  The other day in France was spent on a 14 hour tour of Normandy, which was absolutely beautiful.
In front of the Jardin des Tuileries with a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in the background

After a hardy breakfast at Hotel Baltimore, we took the metro to the Bastille stop.  We started at the Place de La Bastille and headed west on Rue Saint Antoine which turned into Rue de Rivoli.  We did a quick detour into a gorgeous courtyard of Saint Paul {I think} and then headed into the Le Marais neighborhood.  Thank you Grace for the recommendation!  What a fabulous place!  I wish I would have taken ANY pictures, but I was too enthralled by the fabulous architecture and gorgeous surrounding to think.  That means we must go back!
Courtyard of Saint Paul, I think Hôtel Sully Courtyard – thank you for the correction Prête-Moi Paris!
First, I sighted the mongolian hair jacket {in the first pic} at Tilt Vintage.  Mr. S thought I was coo coo for cocoa puffs, but it was LOVE and swooning at first sight!  We passed a long line at L’As Du Fallafel and decided to take a lunch.  The falafel was absolutely YUMMY!  The long to-go line was totally worth it.  No wonder they have pictures of celebs like Lenny Kravitz and Celine Dion on their window!  
While Mr. S was in line for the food {that’s how long the line was}, I hopped into Vintage Desire next door and found a leather top for 15 €.  It’s so eighties and SO RAD!  Outfit pic coming soon.
After our standing sidewalk lunch and people watching, we continued with the touring and thrifting.  Before leaving Le Marais, I quickly browsed in Free’P’Star and bought a wool army sweater for 12 €.  
Crossing Pont Royal with a sunset view of the Musée D’orsay

We left Les Marais and headed toward the Saint Germain area to find the mecca of all things Hermes and Chanel, Les 3 Marches de Catherine B.  I first heard about Les Trois from Briony of A Girl, A Style.  Catherine has been in business for over 18 years and specializes in finding unique and rare Hermes and Chanel items.  OH.MY.GOSH.  That place is a treasure trove!  My eyes were going to explode from seeing all the wonderful things.  Lucky for you, I DID remember to take pictures at this boutique and I took many.  We didn’t get to meet Catherine that day {she was off}, but we did get to chat with her very friendly husband, Kouros.  These pictures showcase some of the amazing items.  You can see the rest of the pictures on my facebook page
Style of Sam / Les 3 Marches de Catherine B, Hermes, Chanel

Style of Sam / Les 3 Marches de Catherine B, Hermes, Chanel

Style of Sam / Les 3 Marches de Catherine B, Hermes, Chanel
Style of Sam / Les 3 Marches de Catherine B, Hermes, Chanel

Style of Sam / Les 3 Marches de Catherine B, Hermes, Chanel

Style of Sam / Les 3 Marches de Catherine B, Hermes, Chanel

Style of Sam / Les 3 Marches de Catherine B, Hermes, Chanel

Although I left Les 3 Marches empty handed {I wanted to buy EVERYTHING especially that Union Jack Chanel}, we merrily headed toward Rue de Fauborg Saint-Honoré.  Do you know what’s on that street??!!  It’s HERMES!  We didn’t make it to the store when Mr. S and I were in Paris in 2008, so it was a MUST VISIT this time.  I mentioned here that Mr. S was so sweet and told me to pick out a scarf.  I happily obliged!  We ended our lovely French adventure with dinner at Restaurant Jamin.  It was 9 hours of walking, shopping, and eating bliss!

Window displays at Hermes

The Happy Rx:  Check out these places if you have a chance while visiting Paris!

Tilt Vintage
8 Rue de Rivoli
75004 Paris
www.tilt-vintage.com 

L’As Du Fallafel
34 Rue des Rosiers
75004 Paris 

Vintage Desire
32 Rue des Rosiers
75004 Paris 

Free’P’ Star
8 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie
75004 Paris
www.freepstar.com 

Les 3 Marches de Catherine B
1 Rue Guisarde
75006 Paris
www.catherine-b.com 

Hermes
24 Rue de Fauborg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris   

Restaurant Jamin
32 Rue de Longchamp
75116 Paris
www.restaurant-jamin.com

Hope y’all enjoyed all of my vacation recaps!  We’ve been busy filling out adoption papers!  It’s SO EXCITING!  Now, I need to starting thinking about the nursery.  :)

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. – Marcus A. Antoninus
{I am responsible for my life, my choices, and my thoughts.}

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  1. Stacey says:

    Oh all those Chanel’s are gorgeous!!

    I hope the adoption process is going well for you both, I’m so excited for you!

    xoxo
    Stacey

    Five Minute Style 

  2. Aline C. says:

    AH I died a little. I LOVED France, I thought I wouldn’t at first but it’s so beautiful and I just fell in love! Great shopping there :)

    Good luck with the adoption process :) :)

  3. Michelle says:

    OMG that Union Jack Chanel is divine. I don’t know how you walked out without taking it with you!

  4. Mica says:

    Oh wow I want to shop in Paris even more now, that store is amazing, such a treasure trove! Sounds like a very busy but fun day :)

    Glad the adoption process and paperwork is going well for you! :)

    AwayFromTheBlue.blogspot.com.au

  5. MissA* says:

    Those beautiful Chanel! All the best with the adoption process! Can’t wait to hear more :)

  6. Sam, I’m so envious of your trip to Europe. We’re planning to go soon, but haven’t set a date yet….sigh.
    I’d love to check out some of your recommended shopping stops. I’m going to have to save up some serous money!
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Samantha says:

      Jeannie! Would love to answer any questions and give recommendations on Paris. YES, SAVE MONEY because there are so many pretties to buy!!

  7. plauschinat says:

    Paris is my absolute favorite! That picture of the D’orsay is lovely.

  8. LyddieGal says:

    looks like you made the best of your day – and oh that union jack channel!
    Chic on the Cheap

  9. kimberlyloc says:

    ohmygawd. what a treasure trove indeed! i loved seeing your vacation recaps, sam! looks like you had an amazing time, and i will definitely refer back to this if/when i get to go to paris! xoxo

  10. Lucky lady – glad you had a fantastic time in Paris!

  11. Kay says:

    Love all the pictures! You showed great restraint by not buying everything :D
    Have fun with the nursery planning and decorating :D

  12. Alyssa says:

    Wow, wow, wow! Everything you found and bought is of course amazing. You may have to go back though for that Union Jack Chanel.

    And good luck as you two begin the adoption process!!!

  13. Stephanie G says:

    will definitely check out some of these places when i’m in paris – love the union jack chanel, so classic!

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

  14. Chloe says:

    Gorgeous photos!! Ahh those Hermes Constance bags!!

  15. Catherine B* says:

    Hi dear Sam
    i hope to meet you next time ! many thanks for this amazing article ! i am very proud :)) xx C*

  16. Kimberlee says:

    Oh man… shopping in Paris! I’d be bum to only have one day but looks like you picked up some great things. I will get my butt there… one day, one day.

  17. Hi! I LOVE the look from your first pictures – so luxe but comfy too. Something about that gorgeous coat!
    Paris is amazing!

    xx
    The Fashionable ESQ

    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

  18. Mona says:

    You look absolutely fabulous,dear!
    i love your sence of style so much!
    have a beautiful day!<3

  19. wow…love the shopping spy photos….
    and you looked so fab in that fur coat…

  20. […] last pic was an outtake.  It was really chilly on that day so I brought my furry jacket thrifted from Paris.  Mr. S thought it should be part of the post so here it […]

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