Friday, December 11, 2009

Oooh la la. Paris for a day!

Oooh it's been a long week without any posts but here is a nice juicy, picture heavy one to make up for it!

Unfortunately I was unable to make the London press event for SS10 for New Look but, even better, I was very VERY lucky to be invited by New Look to the press day in Paris along with Selina from Flying Saucer Even though we are both from Birmingham, it was awesome to finally meet her in London, hop onto the Eurostar and browse the wonderful collection from New Look.

So, 2 hours after leaving Kings Cross, St Pancras we were in the heart of Paris! It was very surreal walking out into a bustling Paris, hearing the babble of French and amazing architecture.We hopped into a cab...and went on on our way to the Press event in the beautiful Parisian district, the Marais. It's a lovely part of Paris and a place where I hold fond memories from my last trip to Paris with my History of Art buddies.
...and so we arrived and this was the lovely sight before us!
I've always thought that when brands display their clothes this way at press events, it gives you a different perspective, and is definitely a world away from the bustling crowds at your local store.
There were embellishments galore...
And...I'm sure you all recognise Selina! She is super lovely and I am a little bit in love with her gorgeous coat. It was great hearing about her Swedish experience in person too and discussing how we seemed to be the only two bloggers who were Birmingham based. It was strange because after reading someones blog for so long, It felt like we were old friends!
One of the collections I really adored was called Cowboy Crinoline and consisted of lovely Spring denim, blues, delicate lace and Broderie Anglaise. I was lusting after this lace vest...which I NEED in my life! These vests have been a regular feature in the only magazine I buy nowadays, Japanese Vivi magazine. I am definitely going to be snapping this up when it hits stores. It's so pretty and a great layering piece for sure. Of course with Spring/Summer come the obligatory shades of pastel...
I could not help but LOVE this collection which was aptly named Cupcake. Hello Obsession. Cakey colours, stripes, polka dots, a little bit of Luella influence (forget that, a LOT of Luella influence) in the heart shaped cut out details. Yum.
There was a little bit of tough thrown into the mix too...but it was vastly outweighed by the girly chic. One thing was for sure, studs will still be a popular hit on the highstreet. I love the combination of tough and girly so this is definitely a plus in my books.Girls who love their shoes and accessories would have found heaven in one of the rooms upstairs. If I had a walk in wardrobe for shoes and accessories...it would look like this!
This ring reminds me of a ring my mother gave to me when I was younger. Her one was Silver but it is sadly lost now and I must make a mental note to only ever give away jewellery to future kids (scary scary) when they are old enough to truely appreciate them!
We also got a sneak peak at the kids/teen range too. This is great because being petite, I can still fit into some kid's clothes/shoes which means it's cheaper too!
A big bow made of lace...clearly this is a winner!
I wish I dressed this cool when I was 13.
Gingham, pinks and white made me crave for sunnier climes instead what do I get today? A blanket of fog all over Birmingham.
After having a lot of fun at the press event, Selina and I had lunch with the French New Look team and some awesome French/Belgium bloggers! I met Geraldine of Punky B, Kenza, Klodia, Marie from Be Snob and the lovely Typhaine from Cookies. I love Typhaine's photography, very beautiful and she is so sweet too. Apparently there's talk of them coming over to London at some point so I hope to meet them all again one day! I now have a much bigger reading list than before. This reminds me, I MUST clear Google reader and start over soon...
To finish off we stopped by Les Halles to check out the French New Look flagship. I'm not really sure of the history behind the brand name but surely it relates back to Dior's infamous 'New Look' collection which debuted in Paris in 1947?
Outside the shopping centre which housed New Look, were some lovely architecture and the stunning Saint-Eustache church. I instantly forgot all my art history and cooed at the 'heart shaped' windows. Sometimes pretty is enough...no need to talk about Gothic architecture.
So to end the post, I had a brilliant time. A huge thank you to the lovely team for whisking us away to Paris, especially Brooke and Cat!

Update>>> A friend told me that my page wasn't loading up properly (thanks Carly!) and I spent the last half hour deciphering the alien language that is html. I have no idea what I did but all seems to be working now! Phew!
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38 comments

  1. WOW your Paris trip looks amazing! I hope to go soon! Lucky you!

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  2. Love those New Look items you featured here. The lace vest is a winner.

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  3. Woah so lucky you got to go to Paris, I was overwhelmed enough just in London. Looks like so much fun. I agree the kids clothes were great, the Luella-esque heart cut out dress is one I'll be trying to squeeze into. Wish my siblings would take my style advice.

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  4. that lace vest is amazing! so many different textures on one thing! Snake eating itself = an image i've always liked.

    and giant black lace bow is super awesome.

    how long does it take you to get to paris from where you live? If it's like, just a long train ride or something then you are very lucky.

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  5. ah yes n/m 2 hours train ride. Very nice. very nice. It's weird to think that the entire country of france is the size of texas.

    I was reading a book called 'proust was a neuroscientist' and one chapter talked about the guy who basically started fancy french dining as the world knows it today.

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  6. oh i wanna go shopping with you. gorgeous shoes and accessories!

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  7. wow. such great pics. the group pic looks lovely. i love the town. and when i see those wunderful pics i feel removed. oh i love those studs...i hope you enjoyed the short trip

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  8. Hi there-wow, what a fabulous collection on offer and it sounds like you had such a wonderful time, lucky you!!

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  9. Sounds like fun! I always forget how good New Look can be - must pay my local one a visit some time soon.

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  10. Wow, that looks so fun! I like the cupcake pieces. And the heart-shaped windows!

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  11. you seem to be having a ton of fun in paris !?

    where are those shops located ?? they seem to have SOOOO MANY good stuff waiting to be purchased ! were they expensive !

    the lace bow headband is definitely amazing !! id totally buy that !

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  12. Paris is my favorite place on Earth! I love the Marais, it's the only place I'll stay.

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  13. glad to hear you enjoyed paris, im living there right now and im always at that new look

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  14. How lovely, the photos are so pretty, glad you had a nice time :D wish I could go to something like this!

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  15. Oooowwh These photos makes me smile. It looks absolutly lovely there. And I can imagine it was a great great trip ! seriously ! And such cool clothes ! Dude, just want 'em all !
    And oh, you asked how long I've been an au pair- I've been here for.. 15 months now. It's crazy how fast time passes so quickly ! My hostmum and I talked the other day, when we took out all the x-mas stuff, that it did not at all feel like a year ago we decorated the x-mas tree last year. Times flies, indeed !
    Hope you're friend will have a great time in Milan. That must be an awesome place. You should def. go visit her ! :)

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  16. Great photos. It looks like a wonderful time there. I love Paris. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I really appreciate it. Hope you're having a great weekend. Cheers!

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  17. Oh ! Thank you so much, it was the same for me ! I will be in London soon for the new year. It would be fun to see you again hihi. I'm not so hurry to see the video of "the style-wars", it was funny but so ridiculous at the same time ;)

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  18. omg!! you're so lucky! I really want going to Paris but I can't =(

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  19. This trip looks amazing I enjoyed seeing all the pictures. This place is so beautiful and I would love to go there sometime.

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  20. i am sooooooooooooooooo jealous of your stylish trip!

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  21. Wow, wow, wow and more wow! Beautiful buildings and beautiful clothes, it doesn't get much better.

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  22. i love all the photos... they made me drool! I missed your blog!!!

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  23. Ooh, the store looks fantastic. Wish I could go. ;)

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  24. How cool!!! Not only did you get to go to Paris, get a sneak peak of New Look - you also got to hang out with a fellow blogger.

    Great post! I can't wait to check out New Looks website.

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  25. Ahh I'm so jealous!! This looks amazing! I can't wait til this all hits the shops... we've got quite a big new look in Liverpool so hopefully plenty will make it's way up here. Love it! :) x

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  26. Oh my . After looking at this post , I really want to shout 'We need New Look here !' Gee , the collections are amazing . Totally adore all of them . Seems you had so much fun ! :D

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  27. Oh my god you're so lucky!!
    What an amazing day! Must've been so surreal to just nip over to paris for the day and be back home by night time!
    I love the look of the kids collection.
    Your pics have made me miss Paris loads! xx
    Ps - AMEN to your love of Breathless! It's amazing! x

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  28. Fabulous pics! Looks like you had a great time!

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  29. Wow, you went to the press day in PARIS? Lucky girl!
    & congrats on winning the Aussie competition! You deserved it, your entry was perfect!

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  30. You were so luck to have gotten invited to Paris! I went to the London press day, my fave collection was Cupcake :)

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  31. Omg, these pictures are amazing! :) and Paris totally rocks, love those items you showed from new look. I can't believe new look has such a beautiful collection. Seems like you had lots of fun there and your blog is very nice. xoxo

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  32. Oh I'm so sorry about your friend. Yea, it's always a risk, and you're only lucky if you get a good family (I really do consider myself extremely lucky that I got a great family !) And too bad you can't go visit her now.. but maybe she'll go to a cool place in the uk where u can visit her :P

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  33. I tried to comment other day but the comment thingie wouldn't show up. Really, quite a trip you got there..and sounds like your new year is packed with even more fashion stuff. How cool!

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  34. Hi !
    Im' french and I would like to tell you that it's not the only New Look shop ... Little mistake ;)

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  35. Thanks Anon...I didn't realise and just googled it and realised there were loads of stores in France! Oops!

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  36. wow, what a fantastic opportunity, well documented.

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