Ever since I moved to Paris, friends inevitably pose the question: “Do you feel pressure to look perfect every day when you walk out the door?”  Lucky for me , my answer is “no.”  I’ve come to accept my American-ness.  In fact, my Boston style seems to fit in here just fine.  Although Parisian women do look beautiful everyday- I think it’s because they rely on classic staples:  great pants, ballet flats, a nice shirt and a scarf.  They keep it simple- which, in itself, is great fashion advice.

However, I recently had a good excuse to do a little shopping:  my (very stylish) brother’s wedding…

Shopping excursion #1: Les Grands Magasins.  One of Paris’ shopping meccas is on Blvd Haussman.  Here you’ll find Galeries Lafayette (http://www.galerieslafayette.com/) and Printemps (http://departmentstoreparis.printemps.com/).  These stores carry many of the brands that you’ll find in Paris.  I had been eyeing the clean lines and 60s vibe of Tara Jarmon (http://www.tarajarmon.com/).  And after trying on a few options I settled on this simple and pretty dress…

Shopping excursion #2:  Search for an accessory.  My uber-fashionable hairdresser had suggested that I stop into Anna Rivka’s shop in the Marais (http://www.annarivka.fr/) to look for a necklace.  So after a bad day in the kitchen (I started a fire– but that’s another story for another day) I walked over to Anna Rivka.  One look in the window and I was in love.  She designs beautiful pieces that have a slight vintage feel and she helped me pick out this gorgeous necklace herself!

Shopping excursion #3:  It all comes down to the shoes.  In my opinion, you can have a great outfit, but if you don’t have great shoes, then the whole thing can be ruined.  So I went over to Rue de Rennes to find the missing piece:  a really fun pair of shoes.  I found these at CosmoParis (http://www.cosmoparis.com/)…

Et voila!  My outfit was complete.  So even though I brought a little bit of Paris to Cape Cod, there was no competition for best-dressed…

Joe and Ali looked fabulous.  Which makes me think that happiness is probably the best accessory.  And we can all choose to wear a smile every day of the week.

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