Friday, September 13, 2013

Shopping in Paris: Mini Haul!!!

I didn't do much shopping while in Paris even though it is one of the world's shopping capitals. You would think I would have gone crazy in all the wonderful shops but I just didn't have the time. With all the walking, monuments, museums and beautiful sights to see shopping wasn't a top priority. That being said I did get a few things during my trip and I learned a bit more about some of the good shopping areas in Paris.

Champ de Mars
Right along a side street close to the apartment I rented in Paris was a street called Champ de Mars. There was an outdoor market with tents set up on the way to the train station and I decided to stop by because I saw a good sale.

I purchased this black wallet with zipper detailing for just 5 euros! It is a great size for all my essentials and if I only want to carry my wallet instead of a purse it still looks stylish enough.

I also purchased this large black bag with sparkle detailing. This bag reminds me of a doctor's style bag. I like that it is large enough to travel with and the material is good quality. I got this for just 15 euros.

The last item I purchased from this outdoor shop was this beige studded clutch. I thought it would come in handy when I don't want to carry a large purse and I like the color.

At another shop running parallel to Champ de Mars I bought this beautiful print of a painting of Paris. I plan to frame it and hang it in my bedroom or office. Paintings and prints can range in prices but I got this one for just 4 euros.

You can find these outdoor markets on many busy streets in Paris. It is not unusual to randomly come across vendor's tents set up on the sidewalks.

Champs Elysees 
Champs Elysees is the most popular street in the world! it is a great place to browse the shops both mainstream and high end. It leads right up to the famous Arc de Triomphe




I didn't do much shopping on this street because my feet were killing me from all the walking and I was literally hobbling along in agony, but I did buy a vibrant orange scarf at H & M; scarfs are quite popular in Paris and so are ankle boots. I thought this one would be perfect for the Fall season.

The largest Sephora in the world!!
Also on this street is the largest Sephora in the world! I was in makeup heaven! Sephora is a French company owned by Louis Vuitton so the flagship store is on Champs Elysees. This Sephora was massive and there was even a MAC counter in it! It was makeup as far as the eye could see.


Galleria Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann (shopping mall)
This shopping center is another great shopping area and it is close by the breathtaking Paris Opera House. here are some photos from inside of the shopping center. 
 This mall is gorgeous inside.

There are many high end stores here such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior Prada and Gucci.


While in this mall I purchased a charm for my Pandora bracelet, a small replica of the Eiffel Tower to commemorate my trip.

I also made another trip to H & M and purchased this cute printed knit skirt. This skirt was about 15 euros. H & M is a very popular store in Paris and although we have H & M in Toronto I found that the Paris stores have a better selection.

Tally Weijl 
Further down the street and on the opposite side of Galleria Lafayette is a store called Tally Weijl. I have never been in this store before but the prices were very affordable and I saw a lot of trendy pieces. I purchased this long maxi, mint green pleated skirt. I also bought a cute black cardigan for Fall. This skirt was 25 euros.

The Latin Quarter

Etam
While browsing in the Latin Quarter I discovered a trendy shop called Etam. They sell clothes and accessories and I managed to pick up these white sunglasses for just 5 euros before the shop closed for the night.

Souvenirs in the Latin Quarter
No trip for me is complete without getting some great keepsakes from my trip. The Latin Quarter overall had the best prices and the largest variety of souvenirs I saw while in Paris. 

I usually buy a tote or beach bag from almost all of the places I travel to. 

 Paris coasters, you always need somewhere to rest your drink
 Mini Eiffel Tower 
 Key chain

Makeup mirror
There was also a big outdoor flea market that I wanted to go to but we didn't get the time. Shopping in Paris is great but I didn't notice any mainstream trends that were very different than what I see here in Toronto.

At the shops at the base of the Eiffel Tower I purchased this cute purple watch with rhinestones around the face. The design on the inside of the face is actually the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe

31 comments:

  1. I've been planning on doing a post like this about my souvenirs from South Africa, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I love seeing what other people buy on trips! Those coasters are really cute and practical. :)

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    1. I love seeing what other people buy on trips as well. I didn't buy as much as I usually do though because there was soo much to see that I did not want to waste my time in the shops. I would love to see what you bought in South Africa!

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  2. I swear I am going to win the lottery jackpot and go on a major shopping spree in Paris. First thing I am going to buy is a Hermes Birkin bag.

    I was in the Sephora too, but it was so dang crowded, I could barely move. I felt so weird taking pictures in there. I was afraid I would get into trouble. I was very stealthy about it.

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    1. OOOh Ginger a Birkin!! Good luck with the lottery, if you win would you get me one too? lol I try to use my designer bags as much as I can in my bag rotation.

      I know what you mean, that Sephora is hectic! I was taking photos like I owned the place lol. It was my first time in Paris and since there are so many other places on my travel list I don't know when I will be going back so I went nuts with the photos.

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  3. My husband's first gift to me when we started dating was a mini Eiffel Tower like the one in your picture.

    I just love all of your pieces that you bought and all the pictures you took. I am getting excited for my upcoming trip to Paris!

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    1. Awww I love my Eiffel mini! You should be excited, all I have talked about since returning from Paris is how much I want to go back! I miss it so much. You can always fit me in your suitcase you know :)

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  4. This is such an amazing post Erica!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I DREAM of going to Paris. It's the number one country I want to travel to first! All of your purchases are so beautiful and very drool-worthy! I love every single thing that you've purchased! xx

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    1. Hi Liz, you should go when you have the chance. Paris was so much better than I ever thought it would be.

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  5. Looks like an amazing shopping trip - really want to go to Paris!

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  6. Omgomgomggggg shopping there looks AMAZING!!! O_O

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  7. Hi Erica, thanks for stopping by and linking up at FUn Friday Blog Hop. FOllowing you on GFC :)

    Anne @ The Pink Momma

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  8. hello love your stuff! stopping by from the blog hop hoping to see more of your stuff soon
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  9. That mall looks SO AMAZING!!! WOW I'd definitely have fun just looking around everywhere!

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  10. Amazing trip you've had! And love your hauls, especially the purse, bag and clutch, soo gorgeous <3 Awesome stuff!

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  11. Everything you got was beautiful! I hope to one day go to Paris! That wallet is super cute and chic!

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  12. I love those bags! And they were from an outdoor market?! It looks like you had a fruitful trip to Paris

    Madeline | Ring-a-Round a Rosey | Bloglovin’

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    1. Yes they were from an outdoor market on the streets of Paris and I got them for such a great deal.

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  13. I love love loveeee the painting!

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  14. OMG the color of the scarf is BEAUTIFUL! :X Great finding at really good prices, I pretty much like everything you got haha :D WOW! That mall is beautiful, I have never seen one like it :)

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    1. Thanks, that is what caught my eye about it, when I wear it out it just amps up my outfits with color.

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  15. I absolutely love your blog! I want to go to Paris so badly. Thanks for sharing your time there with us.

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    1. Thank you so much :) One day you will get there and you will have a blast!

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  16. wow erica, you made some beautiful purchases. I love paris!

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  17. I'm loving all the Paris bits :) and the Pandora bead :)

    I found you on blog hop and i am a new follower

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  18. Precioso post tienes un blog maravilloso
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  19. wow, what a haul...i love each of the pieces you got...especially the "doctor" bag! very pretty. wish we had an h&M period! rumor is, we are supposed to get one soon :)

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  20. That mall is amazing! Please send me everything from your Paris Haul...thanks! But, seriously. You bought some very fabulous things.

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  21. OMG - you got such cute stuff! I LOVE the wallet. The opera house is amazing and the churches are breathtaking!

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