merci!

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Today after school, I set out along the bustling Rue Beaumarchais in search of a trendy little concept store called Merci.  I had previously read about the Anthropologie-esque vibe of Merci, but was pleasantly surprised to find out that there is also a super cozy cafe/miniature library attached to it.  Trés chic, non?

When you pass by the café terrace and under the archway, you find yourself in an open courtyard full of potted flowers, benches, and a little red Fiat thanking you for your visit.

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Once inside, you’ll notice Merci‘s deconstructed loft, effortlessly cool, je ne sais quoi feel.  The racks are overflowing with designer clothing (the likes of Isabel Marant, James Perse, and Stella McCartney), high-end jewelry, buttery leather bags, on-trend shoes of all styles, and super soft scarves, all taunting you with their expensive beauty.  And when you realize their second floor is all home furnishings and a unique kitchenware line it just gets even better!  The one obstacle holding most of us commoners back from making any sizable purchases here are the sky-high prices.  But before you nix Merci from your list of Parisian shopping destinations, know that they donate 100% of their profits to woman and children in Madagascar, one of the world’s most impoverished countries.  So that means the shopping is guilt-free…merci indeed!!!DSC02188

Although I say with absolute certainty that visiting Merci is a must even if you don’t plan on buying anything, I decided to make my little contribution to the cause anyway (mostly because after smelling this Annick Goutal for Merci parfum, I couldn’t leave the store without it!  And at 22 euros, the price beats any overrated designer perfume at Nordstrom).  I also left with one of their signature “merci medallians”, a little wrap around bracelet made with Liberty print fabric and a round gold disc dangling down inscribed with, well what else but, merci, of course?!

I’m looking forward to returning to Merci and visiting their café for one of the many interesting cocktails offered up on their chalkboard menu…stay tuned!

golden train

just a few beach-inspired items from the interwebs I’m currently lusting over…

  1. Isabel Marant ‘Merry’ leather sandals
  2. Current/Elliott ‘Boyfriend’ printed denim shorts
  3. Current/Elliott ‘Boyfriend’ distressed denim shorts
  4. Audrina Patridge’s unidentified floral bikini. and her beach bod. yup.
  5. Anthropologie rain-dotted anorak
  6. J.Crew featherweight cotton colorblock cardigan
  7. Tori Praver ‘Dusty’ ruched bikini bottoms
  8. kate spade ‘all in a day’s work’ iphone 4 case
  9. Mulberry leather strawberry keyring
  10. Alexander McQueen ‘De Manta’ leather clutch

Duck & Bunny

Okay, okay guys I know you’re sick of hearing about my birthday…this is the last post I swear!  I just needed to share my brunch at the ahdorable Duck & Bunny.  Located on the bustling East Side of Providence, Duck & Bunny is a “snuggery” (apparently this is a word that refers to a cute and cozy old colonial home where breakfast is eaten), fully adorned with sparkling little chandeliers and decorated fireplace mantles.  With the floors and architecture of the old home still in tact, but embellished with modern accents, Duck & Bunny really does deserve its own word to describe the ambiance.  I had the most delicious crêpe filled with honey-smoked ham and gruyere cheese and drizzled with caramelized mustard. YUM.  As for the proper tea party attire, I wore my new Jack Wills dress, Isabel Marant boots, and of course a birthday girl crown.  Duck & Bunny is such a unique spot to have brunch because everything has a really well executed, springy theme- even the paintings (reproductions of famous works) have been altered to include one of the two Easter-related animals (see “Duck with a Pearl Earring” above).  Can’t wait for my next excuse to have brunch with the ducks and bunnies!

Oh, Isabel

Every so often on this blog, I freak out about a recent find that I can’t help but obsess over, such as this Chloé top or this bag.  Well, my friends, I’m afraid this is going to be one of those times.  But can you blame me?  The Isabel Marant boots pictured above are f l a w l e s s.  They’re the ultimate (now bear with me while I throw in this extremely overused expression and actually mean it) “effortlessly cool” shoes:  so slouchy and comfy-looking in a totally classic and time-ignorant way…ughhh, I NEED to own them!

What do you think?  Splurge?  Save?  Love ’em?  Hate ’em?

“Can I have your entire outfit, please?”

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{So Let Them Eat Cake}

Proenza Schouler Bag / $1850

Isabel Marant Dress / $380

Jimmy Choo Boots / $895

This outfit.  My eyes.  Luuhhhve at first sight.  After drooling for a while, I realized that I had “wish listed” a very similar dress on net-a-porter.  Just pair it some awesome Jimmy Choo motorcycle boots (also wish listed) and Rumi’s Proenza bag, and BOOM! drool-worthy outfit, capable your friends jealous in no time.

Now I’m off to find the Forever21urbanoutfittersH&Mhybridcheaperlittlesister version of this entire ensemble.  :) Ciao.