Favorite Parisian Drugstore Buys

Trips to Paris do not have to cost a lot of money.  Small pharmacy purchases are the secret, (aka les Petits Objets).


Some of my favorite purchases are made at the pharmacy. And that is a budget friendly store found on many Parisian corners.  There is something so fun about searching through a drugstore that is not a cvs and seems somehow so glamorous, how stereotypically French is that?  As French as a French poodle wearing his Goyard collar!


Marvis toothpaste is a must, especially at half the price that it is in the US.


Klorane hair products are some of my absolute favorites.  Blondes love the camomile line, but there are a multitude of options available.  Mango butter shampoo anyone?  Yummaroo!


Klorane is a natural plant based hair care company, and one of those lines that actually delivers immediate improvement to your hair.  ❤ that!


Nuxe body oil is pure magic.  I always stock up on it in Paris as half price is better than full – plus it leaves more euros for other purchases.  Nuxe is the only after shower oil that saves me from New England winter dry skin.


Et voila!

Style Mafia Bella!

Miami Swim Week.  What part of that statement doesn’t deliver excitement? 


A beach lined city of pulsating music, bikini clad models strutting the newest swimwear lines on floating swimming pool runways, Latino energy and fashion, fashion, fashion.  


I may never go home.  Seriously.

One event reversecommuter was lucky enough to attend was Coast’s rooftop party presenting a handpicked lot of designers and their incredible lines.  Designers included Acid NYC, Luxchillas, YannaK and Style Mafia.

Style Mafia is a Miami based line of beautifully designed clothing, incredible craftsmanship and seriously ridiculous-in-the-good-way pricing.  


Ruffles, pinstripes, off-the-shoulder tops, cropped frayed pants, scalloped tanks and tops, flirty crop tops and nautical striped flowing tops in a clever color assortment.


Valeska and Simmonett Perera are the mother/ daughter masterminds behind Style Mafia.  Creating a line that didn’t break the bank yet still delivered trend on fashion was the absolute goal.

No exaggeration, I saw the Maeve top in yellow and thought it was Fendi.  The price on the Maeve top is $69.  

Valeska (on the far left), having just returned from traveling abroad to Lebanon and Columbia, was not exhibiting any jet lag at the party, but rather was warm and friendly towards the crowd of Mafia Style fashionistas!

Sarong SO Right!

  
The next time you find yourself longingly stroking a scarf or sarong

  
thinking that yet another purchase would be “so wrong” (tee hee)

 
think lovingly of THE easiest, chicest beach outfit option, and swipe that credit card like a boss! 

T-shirt, espadrilles or flip flops and GO Beach Baby GO!

  

Sexy Lingerie Partout en Paris!

reversecommuter spent Easter in Paris and as a result I have come to conclusion that French women love their lingerie.  Like really love their lingerie.  As I am quite sure the French men do as well 😉  Maybe even like lingerie more than les patisseries (bakery).

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It is truly everywhere in Paris.   Walking about the Parisian streets one is suddenly in possession of a burning desire to buy MANY lacy, frilly pieces of lingerie in a great variety of colors and styles.  A neutral t-shirt bra did not make the shopping list AT ALL!

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Printemps is a gorgeous, huge, designer stocked department store that has dedicated an entire floor just to frilly bits.  Beautiful, florals, bright hot pinks, seductive blacks, lacy, racy, frilly, sexy, sumptuous lingerie.

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Aubade is one of reversecommuter’s favorite lingerie lines, and whenever I am in Europe I try to stock up due to better selection and price.  Their trademark lace up design is trés coquette (very flirty).

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La Perla is another crowd pleaser that held major real estate in the Printemps store.  DROOLWORTHY lingerie.

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La Perla’s Everyday Essentials is a new line, softer pricing and ridiculously soft cotton.  reversecommuter has numerous pairs of the drawstring pants and tanks – makes for great post bubble bath hangout wear, comfy with a subtle side of sexy (and less than a pair of yoga pants).

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There is also Princess Tam Tam, which has stand alone stores plus is in Printemps.  Great selection and even better prices.

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Sort of a sexier version of Victoria’s Secret, imagine that!

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So here is a golden nugget of knowledge.  Lingerie makes the outfit.  It reminds you that  you are STILL the sexy little vixen you were before becoming a mother, a chauffeur, a cook, a laundress and a nose wiper extraordinaire.  So take a moment to tour the links littered throughout this post, and treat yourself (and the one you love) to a quick Parisian update to your wardrobe.

“Not As Flat As Her” – O.W.O.

Yup, some lady in a shop actually pointed to me and said that, LOUDLY, when describing to a salesperson the shape of her daughter.  Stellar Moment.

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reversecommuter responded in an appropriate manner for a fashion blogger…

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Nothing like a teeny weeny Italian bikini to make a girl grateful for her “limitations”.

Blue Jean

Even David Bowie seemed to get rather exasperated by blue jeans….

So it shouldn’t surprise the common folk that jean shopping has gotten challenging!

Rag & Bone has these beautiful embroidered jeans on offer this fall

(for the love of my readers I declined to photograph the sausage impersonation that occurred when reversecommuter tried them on – ew)

The detail is SOOOOOOO Pretty!

Rag & Bone also has these black color coded skinny jeans with your choice of either burgundy, black or white.

The wall in Rag & Bone’s Newbury Street store is way cool but you will notice not a lot of blue hanging. WWDBD?  (what would David Bowie do?)

Go back to the beginning.  Levi’s – home of the original blue jean.  By the way, Levi’s did not make my choice easier, thanks to Levi’s Made & Crafted (new line of designer denim, slightly higher price point with jeans around $200.00).

Finally decided on Levi’s Made & Crafted coated jeans in Indigo Blue – looks like leather, feels like your best broken in jean. Click the pic of the jeans to go to net-a-porter to purchase.

And now back to dancing to David Bowie…….clearly my hair is in the mood (yeesh!)