Sunday, 25 May 2014

A Postcard from Paris with La Redoute - La Deuxième Partie

Postcards from Paris with La Redoute
Part two of my trip to Paris in my role as a La Redoute brand ambassador - this was the day we had a tour of the boutiques and experienced yet more amazing food (well, you know - when in Rome...)! It was the best day weather-wise - we missed the rain and had a beautiful spring day to hit the shops: La Redoute had arranged for a guide to show us round and take us to all the best places. If you really want to do some serious clothes shopping whilst in Paris, I can thoroughly recommend getting a guide to take you round. We went to smaller boutiques which were perfect for spending the money myself and the other ambassador Nicolette were given to treat ourselves with; I've already posted about the sequinned stripe top that I ended up buying from Les Petites which you can read about here.

For another day of walking and sightseeing I wore my comfy sandals with my trusty nude pleated maxi skirt and my La Redoute embroidered black sweatshirt - pretty neutral for me, but it did have the most amazingly bright colours in the detail. So until next weekend where I'll show the photos from day three, here's a few shots from our shopping trip day and a day of Parisian foodie treats!

Embroidered sweatshirt & pleated maxi skirt
La Redoute embroidered sweatshirt
La Redoute Ambassadors Catherine & Nicolette with Sarah & Annie
Above left: Myself and Nicolette of Archie and the Rug - La Redoute's two brand ambassadors for the year. Plus the most gorgeous accessory of the trip: four-month-old Sebastian. Above right: Our wonderful chaperones from La Redoute, Sarah and Annie. I couldn't have spent my time with three nicer girls!

Saint Laurent, Paris
Flowers, Paris
Flowers, Paris
The window displays and flower stalls are just as beautiful as you'd expect - peonies have just come into season so they were everywhere, and in every shade imaginable. I desperately wanted to buy a ton of them, but it's not the sort of thing you can take back on the train and carry easily with luggage :(

Laduree, Paris - macarons
Laduree, Paris - patisserie
If you make a trip to Paris, you simply MUST visit Ladurée. Known for their macarons and jaw-droppingly beautiful selection of cakes, it also boasts a stunning restaurant - we went to the one at 21 rue Bonaparte. The interior is nothing short of exquisite, and as we were saving our tummies for a much larger meal in the evening we all went for something lighter, and my Salade Concorde (below) was almost too beautiful to eat. In fact I sat admiring it for quite a while until I had the heart to dig in. The French really, really know how to do food and how to present it in the most stunning way.

Laduree, Paris - Salade Concorde
Paris architecture
Paris architecture
So as the sun came out we took in the architecture, spent our day at a leisurely pace and thoroughly enjoyed spending some money on clothes and having a proper girls shopping trip out. I wore the top I bought that evening and took a quick selfie in the bathroom when we went out for dinner. I can't think of a better place to do all that than Paris, can you?!

Breton striped sequinned top

Part three next weekend - I hope you've enjoyed my pictures of the trip, and I apologise for the fact that I've probably made you very hungry with those pictures of the food...! Have you ever experienced wonderful French cuisine, either in Paris or elsewhere? Or have you ever had a private tour of a city, and how did you find it? Do share in the comments!

Catherine x
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Sweater: c/o La Redoute, Skirt: New Look (old), Sandals: c/o Lulus, Bag: c/o La Redoute, Sunglasses: c/o Lulus (similar)

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I am a brand ambassador for La Redoute after winning a competition to find two bloggers to represent the brand for 2014-15. La Redoute paid for the trip and all expenses. All content is original, however, and opinions are my own and 100% honest.


  1. Lovely photos! The French really are masters of presentation. My heart first soared, then sank when I saw the Laduree shot -- sad that I wasn't there.

  2. This is my favorite post of yours so far...because I love your outfit and I love to see pictures of Paris!!

    1. It's so beautiful, isn't it Pam...?!!! Thank you x

  3. Amazing skirt!

  4. Love the photos! ^_^ Your trip looks like so much fun! And fashion wise, those shoes of yours are so original! I've never seen something as beautiful as this!

  5. Paris is always a good idea!!!!! love your sweater :-)

    Baci, Ylenia di Longuette

  6. Looks like a fabulous trip and you look gorgeously chic! La Duree is a classic and I can never resist it especially the hot chocolate is to die for! X

    1. Oh I didn't have the hot chocolate... I'll have to remember that for next time!!!! ;)

  7. Paris is such a lovely city! Great photos Catherine, I love your sequin top :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

  8. You did Paris proud with your second-day look, dearest Catherine!! Love the pairing of your pleated midi-skirt with the edgier sandal...and the striking embellishment of your sweater!! I'm so envious of your whirlwind tour of this amazing city; but I'm really happy that you are sharing your adventures with us!! It's -almost! - as good as being there!! XO

  9. This all looks so fabulous! Your outfits are so chic too, but you're definitely out-accessorized by the baby!! P x

  10. oh this looks so wonderful. I am desperate to return to Paris but Salv doesn't fancy it (bum!!)
    These photos are dreamy and the sequin top? LOVE! what a great little paris reminder xx

    1. I think us Brits see Paris a bit as "only" going to Paris because it's so close... it doesn't seem as exotic as further-flung places. Mine thinks the same about Paris!! But it really is so lovely, I think we may have to do convincing of our other halves...!

  11. Gorgeous pics of a beautiful city and pretty ladies and outfits. Very cool! Envy!

  12. I love that sequin top. You were obviously having a good time in Paris. Oh.. and I see, my friend Anja is commenting above me haha.


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