On Saturday, I was lucky enough to go to Paris on the Eurostar on a ‘secret mission’ with fellow bloggers. It is difficult to pinpoint the best thing about the trip because the whole day was fantastic – an early start at St Pancras was made better by a cappuccino and my ‘first day at school’ nerves were allayed when we started chatting away.
The train journey was pretty seamless and I chatted to the lovely Flying Saucer, Frassy, Inspire the Starling, disneyrollergirl , Young Shields & Vanessa Jackman. All on pretty good form considering it was so damn early- main topic – why are there so few dedicated menswear bloggers? Discuss. With breakfast.
We got off the Metro at Concorde and walked out across the Jardin des Tuilleries, in an attempt to recreate something akin to Jak & Jil’s lovely photos. Sadly, I just couldn’t look stressed enough.
We headed to Collette, the hippest of all the shops in Paris. It was all minimalist clean lines and shop assistants telling us not to take photos. Now, there’s nothing more likely to irritate a gaggle of bloggers than that and to be honest, I have little patience for shops like that. But I did buy a Nixon watch so I can’t have hated it that much. Funnily enough, a middle aged man & I bought the same watch at the same time and amazingly, it is versatile enough to work on both of us.
We had a lunch at stylish restaurant B4, and my rosbif arrived amazingly French, delicious and practically raw. Lunch was accompanied by a presentation from Marion Cointot, an ex-Lacroix, award winning designer who is currently drawing up business plans for the production of her first collection. I think she merits a blog post of her own so watch this space.
After lunch, a rushed but brilliant guided tour of Madeleine Voinnet at Musee Les Arts Decoratifs (must go back to see the rest) and off to the champagne river cruise. My, weren’t we spoilt?!
At the start of the day I was wearing my ‘disco’ jacket, a black sequin vintage affair. By mid-afternoon, it was just much too hot and I changed into my new Chemins Blanc top for the cruise.
After a quick ice cream by the Eiffel Tower, it was time to go home. I felt as if I could stayed another night and day, but the journey back was as smooth as the one there and before I knew it, it was time to say goodbye to everyone including Lorraine from Beauty and the Dirt, Fashion Dreamer, BitchBuzz, Styleslicker, Mademoiselle Robot.
P.S. The only thing that could have made it better would have been to have fellow blogger, S, there too. She was away in Cornwall sadly but in homage to her, I constantly referred to myself as ‘we’ whenever talking about the blog, a bit like the royal ‘we’ but better.