Worth the Wait

“How much further is it?  It seems like we have gone in a circle.” sighs my husband as we walk.

I glance down at my phone and realize I asked for driving directions, not walking directions.  We have, in fact, made almost a complete circle.  Before he sees the metro station where we originally started  I say “Let me refresh the GPS.”

“How much further?” my son asks.

“Let’s stop for a minute and get a cold drink.” We duck into a cafe and order two iced teas and an Orangina.

As we cool off I say “It’s really close and I promise not to take too long.  I just really want to see it.”

“OK.”

“We can catch the metro back to the hotel without a transfer.  We will be back in no time.”

We set out again.  This time I am careful to click the walking icon.  We walk for a few minutes and I spot it on the corner.  There is a line to get in and a cute set up with water and coffee.  My husband spots the line and sighs loudly.  Luckily it only takes a few minutes.  My boys sit in the shoe area until a man comes over and invites them to go downstairs.  I look around and notice the line for the fitting room is long as is the check out.

A few minutes later I get a text from my husband “Take your time.  We have snacks.  There is a movie down here.” Whoever came up with the idea to have a “Cinema” in the basement was a genius.  Most of my shopping on this trip has been solo in the late afternoon when my boys have their required siesta, but now I don’t feel pressured and rushed.

I look at the blouses and spot one I love.  I ask for my size.  A few agonizing minutes later the sales lady returns. I caress it and I go to brace the dressing room line.  It is now much shorter.  I try it on. We are a match.  I happen to be wearing white denim; the blouse’s length and ecru color are perfect.

I text my husband to make sure they are still OK.  I get in line and debate whether or not to add a couple of clutches as well.  Just as I get to the cashier, my husband and son emerge from “the cinema” downstairs.

The lace top (which is now sold out – I have linked a few great options below) was worth the walk and the wait.  I was thrilled to check out Sezane at L’Appartement in Paris. My husband and son enjoyed their rest in the cinema. It was the perfect spot on our last day in Paris after logging well over 100k steps

For a recent lunch in La Jolla, I styled the top with white denim, my Ark bag, sunglasses and denim slides.

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Lace top (similar here, here, here, here and here)

Denim Mules

Sunglasses

White Denim

Cult Gaia Ark bag in Large (also here).

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

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It’s Finished…

The sales person at Le Bon Marche sighs as I try them on again.  It’s 7:45 pm and the store closes at 8:00 pm.  My birthday is tomorrow.  They are extravagant, but I do love them.  I am not 100% sure about the comfort and after the pair I bought in Amsterdam last week gave me blisters,  I am a little hesitant

“Shall I wrap them up?” she says with thinly veiled annoyance.

“What time do you open tomorrow?  It’s my birthday.”  I say with a smile.

“10 am.” she says as she sets the box down and gestures to put them in the box.

“Ok.  I am going to think about them and I will come back tomorrow.”  I say as I take them off and hand them to her.

She just stares at me like I am a crazy person, boxes them up and walks away.

The next morning I wake up with the sun and my first thought is of the shoes. They are perfect and will go with everything.  Prada mules with rainbow bands.  It is my 36th birthday.  I head out for coffee and a croissant at Cafe de l’Esplanade.  I enjoy the view of Les Invalides while keeping an eye on my watch.  At 9:15 am I pay my bill and head over to Le Bon Marche.  I arrive at 9:45 and wait for the doors to open.  I can’t stop thinking about the shoes.

The doors open and I head straight for the third floor.  I find the display shoe and pick it up.  I look for a sales person.

Finally one greets me “Bonjour, Mademoiselle.”

“Bonjour, I would like these in a 39.”  I say with a smile.

She smiles and goes to get them.  The wait goes on and on and seems to take an hour.  She returns with a scowl on her face and she is empty handed.

“I am sorry.  We don’t have it.  It is finished.” she says.

“But, I just saw it last night at closing.  Are you sure?” I plead.

“It is finished.  I am sorry.” she says again.

Defeated, I leave the store.  I walk aimlessly on Boulevard Saint-Germain.  How could I be so cautious and let them slip through my fingers.  I must have them.  I jump on the metro and head to Prada on Rue Saint-Honore.

I head into the store and look around and don’t see them anywhere.

“Bonjour, Mademoiselle. ”

“Bonjour.  I am looking for the sandal with the colored straps.”

“Ah yes, we only have a 35 left.  Very popular.”

After I returned to the states I continued to try to find them.  InStyle magazine featured them a few months later, but they were no where to be found.  I still think about them from time to time.

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Fourteen years later, I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday in Paris, again.  This time with my husband and son.  I was very determined not to hear “It’s finished” while still being cautious about my purchases.  I did not buy that many little things, but I did go for a couple of bigger things like the shoes below and a handbag (coming soon).

I had my eye on this Veronica Beard blouse (below) before I left.  I was saving all my shopping for Paris, so I held off.  Imagine my delight when I learned it was on sale and still available in my size upon my return home.  I styled it with denim, a striped clutch, my new sandals and my sunglasses (which were perfect in Paris as I could leave them on going in and on the metro and still read signs and be chief navigator for my family).

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Blouse (also here )

Striped Clutch

Sunglasses

Denim

Hermes Sandals (similar here, here and here)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Evil Eye Edition

I still have not broken my shopping detox,  but I have my (evil) eye on this bag for summer.  I feel like when I finally buy something it will be significant.  This bag is a contender too.  I love the denim.  I also love this limited edition year of the dog clutch.

My son had last week off school and we visited my parents in San Diego.  The week included trips to Legoland and Old Town.  It also included a quick shopping trip.  My mom was amazed that I left empty handed (a first!).  I do have a J.Crew reward card that will expire soon and I have my eye on this western chambray shirt (a lighter shade than the one I have and wear ALL the time), these flats, and this jumpsuit.  I have been holding off spending the reward card (it does have an expiration date) to keep the detox going.  I am deciding if spending the reward card counts.  It seems silly to let it go to waste.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Don”t Bossa Nova Me Around” by OPI.

Items in the photos include:

Tartan Wallet

Embroidered Chambray Top

Heart Pouch