Parisian keepsakes

I’ve been missing Paris a lot lately. Talking with friends from the program, I think we all are. At some level it feels like a distant dream that is impossible to reach or recover. On the other hand, it feels tantalizingly close, like we can blink and be back among the boulevards and boulangéries.

So, although it’s no anniversary or anything special, I thought I’d share a list of some of my favorite finds in Paris. I never did much shopping, but here are some of the things I decided were too special to give up entirely:

1) Tea — I almost bought some from Mariage Frères, but didn’t have time to go back to the store. I DID, however, have time on my last day to swing by Angelina’s. I couldn’t leave without their delightful, signature mix.

2) Jam — One afternoon while exploring the Marais, a friend and I stumbled upon “La chambre aux confiture,” magnificent little spot filled with every yummy jam and spread you can imagine (and then some more). I couldn’t get enough of their special treats. The chestnut jam, in particular HAD to come home with me.

3) Perfume — and lotions, and other yummy things. I swung by L’Occitane for some special somethings for my mama’s birthday. She got one of their gift packages filled with hand cream and shower gel and such. I picked up a rollerball of their Peony eau de toilette. It’s the perfect scent, light and fresh and perfect for everyday wear.

4) Headphones — Any self-respecting, metro-frequenting Parisian has a good pair of noise-cancelling earphones. These Urbanears were super popular in the City of Light. In the end, I too could not resist their fantastic sound quality and fun colors. What’s not to love?

5) Macarons — I mean, really, how could I not? The little Ladurée cart in the airport sealed the deal. I bought a little box for the family to share. Luckily for me not everyone loved them as much as I do, so I got more than I counted on!

6) A leather jacket — I caved. About first week my friend and I (both interested in getting one) discovered Naf Naf’s great collection of them and were instantly in love. She bought hers after a couple weeks as a birthday present, but I held out until the last day. Then, with serious pressure from friends, extra cash, and 3 months worth of pining, I went into the store, tried it on one last time, and bought the dang thing. The one pictured above is not the specific one I bought (it’s no longer online) but you get the idea. And it’s all the more special since I quickly realized that every self-respecting Parisian woman owns one. Now I have a little piece of Parisian fashion.

But wait! There’s more! Do you guys remember this little gem?


In the end I decided that I absolutely COULD NOT resist this baby. Too cute and original to pass up. I LOVE it and have already worn it out once. I couldn’t be happier.

Hope you all are enjoying spring! Stay healthy, stay warm, and stay tuned for future posts!

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