Hello Internet Peoples! How’s it going?
Last Saturday, I did something which I’m really proud of myself for- I went to Paris all by myself. Now, I know people do this every day, as part of their daily commute. And I have went to Paris by myself before, but it was either to go to the airport, or to meet someone. When it’s a day of strolling around all by yourself, it’s a bit different.
I’ve tried a million times before, but I always let something hold me back. I’d think “Oh, it’s too dangerous!” or I’d make up some other excuse not to go. And then I’d spend the rest of the day sitting in the house, bored and miserable. So, I gave myself a big kick up the bum, and spent the day flaneuse-ing around Paris, and had the BEST time!
The main reason I was going was shopping- I’ve got a couple of holidays planned for a few weeks’ time, and I needed a few things to take with me. I decided to go to the Champs Elysées to pick up the few things I needed.
Paris Pro Tip: from Gare du Nord, take the ligne 2 in the direction of Porte Dauphine, and get off at Charles de Gaulle Etoile, for the Arc de Triophe/Champs Elysées
If you’ve never been, or don’t really know much about it, the Champs Elysées is a HUGE road, lined with a mixture of normal and designer shops, and it’s viewed as THE place to shop by most tourists. I’ve been a few times, and I love it, which was why I was convinced I was going to hit the jackpot there. However, it let me down! Everywhere was so busy and crowded, and the selection was actually really poor.
So, I hopped back onto the metro, this time taking the RER A to the Opera stop, which brought me to the Galeries Lafayette. For me, this is a much better place to shop, if that’s why you’re in Paris. As well as the two huge department stores (GL and Printemps), there’s also your normal selection- Zara, H&M, Sephora, things like that.
I visited the Urban Outfitters section in Galeries Lafayette, and picked up a cute baseball style top. I have lusted after it for the longest time, but I couldn’t justify spending a lot of money on such a simple item of clothing! However, they had this crazy “3 jours” sale on, so I got 40% off. And I’m so happy I got it!
I then went off to Printemps, where I got this Estée Lauder BB Cream, and boy, was that an experience!
On a sidenote, am I the only one who HATES beauty counters? Like, I get that it’s Paris and they’re busy, but I visited three other Estee Lauder counters before I got served by someone. Not impressed lads, not impressed. (I’m also one of those really stubborn “I’m not gonna give you my business!” types when they call you over when you start walking away. Take THAT, Sephora. It was ten minutes, and I am too fabulous for you.)
I got served by this adorable little Asian lady, who kept getting muddled up in her French, so I was like “It’s cool, I’m not French either!” and when she found out where I was from, she absolutely lost it. “IRISH?!?! I LOVE DUBLIN YOU GUYS HAVE GREAT MOUNTAINS AND AMAZING FOOD!!!!” It was so so funny. She also led me down this staff passageway, to get me the exact colour I needed, and when we came out a secret floor at the bottom of this staircase, she whispered “This is where we keep the Asian tourists. Be quiet and it’s okay”. Cue the weirdest make up buying experience of my life.
ANYWAY, I got the make up, and I’m really excited to try it out. I will let you ladies know what I think if it’s any good!
I then called into a L’Occitane shop, because I wanted to pick up some lip balm for my boyfriend. They didn’t have any left, but they did have wonderful hand cream, which I desperately needed! I got the standard shea butter one, which I am already a little bit in love with. It cost €8, and it’s so luxurious! Definitely going to call back in soon to see what else they have on offer…
Finally, from H and M, I bought this bikini. I looked in soooooo many different places for a good bikini- it’s really hard to get a good one, though, because for me, I’ve got nothing going on up top, but a lot happening downstairs, ya feel me? What I lack in the rack I make up for in the back? So I can’t ever buy the ones which come in sets, because they just don’t work for me. I settled with this one- it wasn’t my favourite, but when you have small boobs, it’s better to go with something more fitted than something with cups. The only downside is that buying the parts separately makes it a little more expensive- it was just under €24 for the two!
Before heading home, I had a TWO HOUR WAIT for my train, so I treated myself to a nice wee McDonalds outside Gare du Nord. The thing about a day like that in Paris, is it leaves your legs feeling absolutely DONE! I’m so proud of myself for going it alone, though. It won’t be long till I go back!
Thank you so much for reading this, it means a lot! I hope you all had the best weekend, too.