I sure do love les soldes.
I grew up in a household that talked a lot about deals (thanks dad!). I get a thrill waiting for one, spotting one, angling for one, and finally getting one.
Thus, on my recent trip to Europe, I was geeked for the July sales.
My year-long shopping hiatus was fini and I had money burning in my pockets.
Although I could have used a few more hours to dive into full-on shopping mode on the rue de Rennes and in the Marais neighborhood, I took inventory before leaving the US of A and was quick to find my favorite shops on the march.
I snagged a stylish scarf from a street vendor in Florence that I wore the next day in Nice, France.
I snuck into my newish go-to store while my students were across the street savoring the macarons from Pierre Hermé.
I fell for la mode at Comptoir des Cotonniers in 2012 and am begging for more each time I return to France.
It’s a little pricier, but the pieces are statement, of quality, and when on sale … watch out. My mom’s friend would be happy to know that stopped by on Bastille Day (aka Best Deal Day). I bought a reversible skirt and stepped out outside my standard style and snagged a dress of my mom’s liking (black and blue with bits of leather – I’m thinking Anniversary dinner!).
Kookaï was my favorite store in high school. It’s where our French exchange students bought their gingham oxfords and introduced us to our inner French girls.
I bought a fun pair of high-heel sandals at Minelli, but I also like the shoes here:
J’aime les soldes.
As tempted as I was with the 7-euro price tag, I resisted this gem I found at Mango …
In the end, my favorite purchases were not on sale.
I acquired two bracelets – one in Vatican City and one in Nice – that I quite love and haven’t taken off since purchase. The black bracelet is in French – une belle vie – and translates to a beautiful life.
P.S. I’ll share some pics of the adventures soon. I’m sinking into summer break with my girls, so it may not be quick. Hope you are enjoying summer!