Day 5 was my last day in Paris. It was going to be a long one too knowing that I had a late flight that evening as well as the much anticipated shopping and all the last minute sightseeings in the day.
Paris is brilliant for shopping, as everyone knows, but there are two French stores that I was particularly fond of – celio* and San Marina. I stumbled upon celio* when mooching up and down Rue de Rivoli looking in stores I was more familiar with, like Zara, Bershka, Pull & Bear and H&M as I insisted on retaining my “better the devil you know” attitude but it was proven that a bit of impulsive exploration into foreign shops wouldn’t hurt. In fact, it benefited my retail therapy greatly. They had a huge selection of classic and contemporary menswear at amazing prices, especially at half price (sale still on as of time of posting). I bought a shirt and 2 great jumpers, one of which has already had an outing at the 7 For All Mankind event I was invited to last week.
In San Marina near the Saint-Michel Metro stop, I got to try on some fabulous quality leather shoes… and bring home with me a pair of my own. In terms of prices, I probably could’ve found more affordable but when converted to Sterling, they actualy weren’t ridiculously expensive considering what you get. Life is just too short for tacky-looking shoes. Yes/Yes?
Afterwards, we hit the Eiffel Tower!!!
I’d highly recommend pre-booking an entry ticket that grants you an instant pass through the first gate but even if you do, still make sure you leave plenty of time for queueing on the second stage if you’re planning on climbing all the way to the summit – I was put off by the size of the queue. I personally didn’t relish the thought of a potentially hour-long wait.
Here are some outfit pictures taken on the tower, a couple of them on the glass floor at the first stage:
My outfit decision on this occasion was influenced by the gloomy sky and damp rooftops when I gazed out the window that morning. I was pretty determined to wear this new H&M coat (a fantastic bargain at only £20!) at least once during my time in Paris and although the weather wasn’t favourable, it was perfect for this beaut!! It went well for the feel I was going for, which was simplicity and plainness so no prints, no patterns and not much colour either.
I was already thinking of returning even before I left Paris. I found the general atmosphere extremely pleasing and I was very much inspired by the stylish locals and how seriously they seemed to take their fashion. No jokes but I saw a homeless guy on the Metro in a head-to-toe colour-coordinated outfit.
It was most definitely an eye-opening trip for me stylistically but Paris is simply too big for a weekend. There were plans not solidified. There were tons of clothes brought over but never worn. I mean you may spend a year there and still be scratching the surface of its charm. So I vowed in Charles de Gaulle before taking off that I shall be back sometime next year. And I will.