My trip to Paris

My trip to Paris

I have just returned from spending two wonderful days in Paris with Susan of Une Femme. We spent our time wandering round the Jardin du Luxembourg , window shopping and absorbing the atmosphere of Paris in the Autumn. We spent many a pleasant hour sitting in cafes watcing chic parisian women walk by.

My trip to Paris

I took the early TGV up from Les Arcs to the Gare de Lyon and met up with Susan for a quick salad lunch in the 16th arrondisement.  In the afternoon we visited the Dior exhibition.

I had planned my capsule wardrobe well. I wore most of the pieces I had packed at least once and sometimes twice. I wore my J.Crew parka every day as the temperatures were much lower than in the South and on the second day it rained. Layers were essential. The photo above was taken in the Jardin des Tuileries. I am wearing my MeandEm frill collar shirt (similar) under my cream sweater.

Susan and I spent many hours each day exploring Paris. My Paul Green brogues (similar) were very comfortable and supported my feet well..

My trip to Paris

The glorious Jardin du Luxembourg in the Autumn

My trip to Paris

As you can see I was well wrapped up against the cold in my parka. I am wearing it over my Finery polka dot shirt, velvet trousers (similar UK US) and metallic ankle boots (similar UK US). I have my warm burgundy scarf wrapped round my neck for extra warmth. I buy my scarves in St.Tropez market. Nordstrom and John Lewis both have a good selection.

My trip to Paris

Susan and I having our morning coffee at Les Deux Magots in Saint-Germain-des-Pres. Watching the world go by. I did manage to get a few street style photos which I will be sharing with you in a future post.

Dior exhibition

The highlight of my trip was the Dior exhibition at Les Arts Decoratifs. It was stunning. If you are visiting Paris I would hightly recommend a visit. The queues are long so I would advise booking in advance.

For further details of the outfits I am wearing check out my packing for Paris post.

Photos in the parks taken by Susan. The one in the cafe was taken by the waiter.

More news and views from Paris next Monday. Join me then.

PS. I am happy to announce that the winner of the WoolOver’s giveaway is MandaO. Congratulations Manda.


  1. Margie
    27th October 2017 / 15:08


    You are sooo cool! I love reading your posts and I also read Susan’s. I do find your selections to be more monetarily friendly, though. Love your style!

  2. Ann
    27th October 2017 / 15:44

    Love the photo of you and Susan taken by the waiter!

  3. catlover53
    27th October 2017 / 16:17

    Lovely photos, Josephine. I agree with Margie that your choices are are much more budget-friendly than Susan’s. Susan’s selections are far too expensive.

    27th October 2017 / 17:13

    She does get around OUR SUSAN…………..I think I can count 4 or 5 times she has been in PARIS the last THREE YEARS?
    Is that correct……..SUSAN???Her emails NEVER come to my INBOX so I seldom comment there but I will Jump over TODAY!

    • 29th October 2017 / 11:02

      Hi Contessa
      You must read Susan’s blog it is great and very inspiring.

  5. Sandra
    27th October 2017 / 17:32

    You look like you are having a wonderful time! Paris never disappoints. I saw the Dior exhibit last month and loved the dresses and the accompanying films. Were you able to see the woman assembling the Dior bag? Quite interesting!

    • 29th October 2017 / 11:06

      Hi Sandra
      Yes, the Dior exhibition was great. Did not see the woman assembling the bag but did listen to two women talking about the perfumes and how the delicate beading was created.

  6. 27th October 2017 / 17:38

    Love the picture of you both together: such happy faces. Meeting friends in Paris is one of life’s pleasures!!!

  7. 27th October 2017 / 18:37

    Josephine — you and Susan were sitting at my husband’s favorite Parisian outdoor table. We love that neighborhood and usually stay nearby. Susan posted a Parisian soundscape on her blog a few days ago that made me think you were at Deux Magots. The church bells sounded like Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the intersection shot on her blog pretty much gave it away. Yes, those kinds of cafes are tourist highlights, but who cares! It’s like going to Cafe du Monde in New Orleans — you love it every time, and your friends who live there are happy to come along. 🙂

  8. Susan B
    27th October 2017 / 20:25

    Josephine, I had such a wonderful time in Paris with you! Thank you again for making the trip.

  9. Leslie O
    28th October 2017 / 04:29

    Great pictures! You girls really know how to have fun!

  10. 28th October 2017 / 18:19

    In reply to your comments regarding the cost of some of the clothes I wear and recommend. I do feature some investment pieces such as my new leather jacket which was quite pricey and I did have to save up to buy it but it should last for many years. I try to feature items that cover a variety of price points from the budget to the more expensive.

    • catlover53
      29th October 2017 / 09:42

      Thank you, Josephine, for being considerate to those of us who can’t afford to spend a huge amount on clothes. I think it’s more in keeping with the times, too. I also like that you’re interested in sustainable, fair-trade clothing brands like People Tree. Keep in up the good work!

      • 29th October 2017 / 10:42

        Hi Anne
        Yes, I hope to use People Tree again. I do think it is important to be mindful of the environment. I think I might revive my “Shop your closet series”. It is something I continually do before I make a purchase. Just had a wardrobe clearout here in France and am off to the local “social security office” with some of the clothes that no longer work for me.

        • 29th October 2017 / 16:41

          “Shop your closet” is a great idea!

  11. tabitha2
    28th October 2017 / 23:41

    How I envy you both being able to ‘pop over’ to Paris for a few days. I live on the other side of the world and it is just a dream. I have been to Paris many years ago and was only there for a day or two but found it magical. I enjoy reading both your blog and Susan’s and find your shared knowledge of style inspiring.

    • 29th October 2017 / 11:01

      Hi Tabitha2
      Yes, I am very lucky that Paris is not far away. About 4 hrs on the TGV from the South of France. Glad you enjoy our blogs.

  12. 1st November 2017 / 18:40

    Love Les Deux Magots. So good for people watching. It is layering all the way when I travel.

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