Shopping & Football

After a late night out, we slept in.

Having given up on trying to preserve the darkness of night, we threw open the curtains and snoozed in the patch of sunlight streaming through the huge old windows.

Eventually (and as usual) my stomach started to protest and growl with hunger; “We’re in Paris” he said. “There are croissants around these parts, and I know my rights!”

So in the late morning we sat on the terrace, and while I fired off a few emails, the Mr organised a breakfast of cappuccinos, buttery croissants and berries. An excellent hunter-gatherer if you ask me!

Then, having satisfied my hunger for French pastry, we pulled on jeans & sneaks… and trotted off to do some serious shopping.

Prabal Gurung military jacket (similar option)

M&S tee // ASOS jeans

Prada bag // Converse shoes // ASOS sunnies // Seasalt socks

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Now, when I say “serious shopping” I actually mean that we mooched around Avenue Montaigne, which is officially the quietest street in Paris (during August, the rest of the time it’s ruddy overrun!)

I fell in love at Saint Laurent…

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But couldn’t decide between the colours, so thought I’d ask you to help.

Red? Bold, very pretty, good for winter…

Cream? Neutral, goes with everything, understated, classic…

Which is better? I’m also fairly enamoured with the wine coloured one. Just to throw that into the mix!

It’s safe to say we shopped ’til we dropped.

For lunch we sat at a table nestled between the pillars at MiniPalais.

Here they make the most deliciously soft, pillowy bread rolls that just melt in your mouth.

I kicked off with buratta & ham.

With just a few nibbles of his paté on toast!

Can you blame me? Look at it…

Munching away we sat and chatted under the ornate ceiling. The breeze whistled through and the occasional shower sent the crowds (queuing for the Petit Palais) shrieking as they ran for cover.

We talked about work and art and cameras (I’m in the market for a new one as I haven’t yet replaced the Sony that went walkabout at Glasto!)

I’m using my trusty old Lumix now and had forgotten how much I love it. The shallow depth of field is great for food and look what it does to the background of a basic portrait…

But all photography discussions were interrupted by the exciting arrival of steak tartare & salty frites.

After lunch we continued our shopping expedition & generally bounced around the streets of Paris for a while.

Before grabbing an early supper at Brasserie Valois.

(No website but you’ll find them at 1, place Rio de Janero.)

We arrived during Happy Hour, so celebrated with crystal buckets of mojitos.

^ How delicious is that branding?

Almost as delicious as this lot…

We shared steak n shrimp.

We ordered dessert, I went for ice cream and he went for millefeuille (layers of flaky pastry sandwiching creme patissiere, which is a thick, sturdy, sweet, vanilla custard really.)

When my Berthillion ice cream arrived I was pretty pleased with my decision…

… until his arrived.

Thumb for scale.

I immediately abandoned my icecream and he sweetly traded with me.

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With sugar powdered lips and stuffed with custard, we didn’t have much time to hang around before jumping in a car and driving out to Les Puces.

A friend’s football team was playing and we promised to go and cheer them on!

Red Star are trying to battle their way up to the premiere league, so the atmosphere was tense to say the least!

They played well, and won! (Partly helped by our shouting and cheering, I’m sure.)

I’m a complete convert and shall faithfully support Red Star from here on out! Now I just need to convince some of the locals to teach me some of the filthier chants…

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  • Nicole Priestley

    which lens are you using here on your lumix?

    • duffle

      According to another page on this site, Rosie says it’s the 20mm f/1.7 ‘pancake’ lens from Panasonic.

    • duffle

      According to another page on this site, Rosie says it’s the 20mm f/1.7 ‘pancake’ lens from Panasonic.

  • I really can’t believe you had supper there… I went to Valois almost everyday for coffee or lunch with my colleagues when I used to live there (I moved two weeks ago and I haven’t gone to Valois since, even if I still work very close).
    Wine colour, less common than the other two. Cream is too old school and this red doesn’t convince me.
    Go for a good Bourgogne, it makes you think of french wines and escargot.

  • Laura

    Food looks sooooo good!

    Which colour bag did you pick?! Tough choice but I’d go red!

  • Queenie Lee

    Definitely go for the red YSL bag! πŸ˜€ That millefeuille looks incredible! I’m also looking into getting a new camera, the Lumix ones always catch my eye πŸ™‚ xx

  • The slow pace

    I would go for the wine coloured Saint Laurent. The cream one is pretty but it would get dirty really soon. And talking about cream… that Millefeuille looked amazeballs!

  • Sophie Groos

    Definitely the red one x

  • Libbi

    The red!

  • Definitely the wine coloured bag πŸ™‚
    I bought the Lumix GF6 because your review of the GF5 was so glowing. I LOVE it. Especially the flip up screen with the selfie mode! Ha! I got the kit lens but a turbo version so it’s smaller (came as standard with GF5 I thinks…) but still want that pancake lens you rave about.

    Think I could geek about cameras all day!

    Paris looks beautiful, I want to go!

  • Tales of a London Girl

    That Prabal Gurung jacket is to die for. Also, I’d go for the red ysl x

  • Amy

    Definitely the red one – very demure!
    Amy x

  • I prefer the red one too. Great pictures, as always.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

  • Ahhhh this collection of posts is making me miss my time living there…you quickly become bored of the touristy haunts and find these quiet little corners. The only thing I don’t miss is not being able to go out in a jeans and hoodie for fear of severe fashion reprisals!

    Go for the wine coloured bag!

    Ellie |

  • I love YSL bags at the moment, I’m particularly in love with one of their black clutches with the gold tassel hanging down from the logo.
    I’m possibly off to Paris in the autumn but I don’t think it seems very veggie friendly!

  • I’m a sucker for classic pieces, so I must say I prefer the cream YSL! πŸ™‚

  • That bread roll made me so hungry… and your blazer is so chic! Love it!

    Every Day In Grace

  • Go for both! I love both, but slightly prefer the classic nude.

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • Gorgeous portrait shot. I’d love to know what lens you’re using! πŸ™‚

    PS I like the red YSL! XX

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

  • Looks amazing! I’d say DEFINITELY the red, however if you want to be a bit less bold, the wine is gorgeous too. I really want one now!
    Your posts at the moment make me miss Paris!
    B xoxox

  • Adelaide Newton

    The red bag!

  • Stephanie Peers

    Hi Rosie, I have the same Lumix as you although I just cannot seem to get a shallow depth of field for portraits or wider shots…and it’s really bugging me…can you let me in a little secret and tell me how you mastered it? (different lens, or setting?) It’s great for close ups but I’m always a little disappointed with wider shots. Pretty please, I’d be forever grateful!! xxx

    • duffle

      Rosie uses a wide aperture lens, the 20mm f/1.7 ‘pancake’. Using the widest aperture (lowest f number, meaning f/1.7 for this lens) and getting as close to your subject as possible will reduce depth of field, so you get blurrier backgrounds.

    • duffle

      Rosie uses a wide aperture lens, the 20mm f/1.7 ‘pancake’. Using the widest aperture (lowest f number, meaning f/1.7 for this lens) and getting as close to your subject as possible will reduce depth of field, so you get blurrier backgrounds.

  • That cake …………..

  • Looks like a blast chΓ©rie <3


  • Debbie Walpole

    RED – especially if bought in Paris, the city of love… the colour of love…. PERFECT!
    Tempted to buy the bag for myself now too!

  • Go for the red!

  • I vote wine colored! It’s stunning, classy, and seemingly more versatile than the red but more prominent than the cream.

  • Emily Kalbun

    If I were so suggest a colour for your purse I would say the darker the better! I think this looked like a lot f fun and I cannot believe you guys ate that gargantuan cake and still were able to stand up afterwards! Looked very good though:D Hope the rest of the trip is fun and can’t wait to hear whats next!

  • That jacket is beautiful and that prosciutto looks amazing!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Celestine

    Those aren’t rolls, they’re popovers and they’re the most AMAZING things! They’re very easy to make although you do need a special pan.

  • Oh mon dieu, those bags! That bread! I neeed to got to Paris!!

    (I also love the wine colour YSL, red goes with less, and I know I’d have the cream one filthy within the hour!)

  • Fabulous food shots! My mouth is watering all he way over here in Los Angeles! Yum…

    xx, Kristi

  • ellak27

    red! the cream is a little naff with all the gold hardware…wine is good too

  • without a doubt i’d go for the red one!

  • I see a few photos in from of the Elie Saab boutique.. I just adore Elie Saab, he’s an idol to me.. did you go in?? My first time there was like going to a museum.. I was in awe at all the beautiful dresses, and even afraid to touch them, lol


  • Donna Louise

    Fabulously chic, perfect for Paris x

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  • Nicole

    He switched desserts with you?!? He’s a keeper!!!!!

    P.S Loved the red bag! πŸ™‚

  • Sounds like you’re having such a lovely and relaxed time there. I say go for the deep burgundy YSL. Red is too common and while cream is classic, it won’t make much of a statement. x

    Lubna | ELLE VOX

  • I would definitely go for the red YSL bag!! Jealous of all of the delicious looking food you’re eating over there

  • I think I’ll follow your lead and look back into the camera market… I want something muuuuch lighter and portable, but with DSLR quality. Lugging around my big Canon everywhere has just gotten to be a bit much! & you look so glowy and radiant in these photos… happy that you’re happy, girl πŸ˜‰

  • After a long while without internet I finally caught up with my dosis of Rosie (oh boy I missed this!) and the question that keeps popping up in all your paris posts is: “Where did you get these ridiculously cute socks?” I know, I know its weird, but I’m curious! Also, I am so happy that you’re looking so lovely and happy with this Mr!!


  • JESUS that millefeuille looks like heaven! My favourite dessert and my goodness that’s just enough to make me hop on the eurostar over there

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • Oh. My. God. I can’t believe the size of that millefeuille! haha πŸ™‚ Oh and definitely go for the red!

  • Looks like a pretty perfect day! Slightly jealous of that nice weather you seem to be having. Here in Austria is so cold and raining all the time. πŸ™‚
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • Rosie…your eyes in that portrait – they look unreal!

    And yes, that Valois drink coaster is quite aesthetically-pleasing from a design standpoint!
    As always, so jealous of your travels.

  • JacquiMaxted

    I’d go burgundy, like a fine French wine

  • You look like you are having a great time. I love your post, I get a real peek into your trip. I love the casual look and the green boots are to die for. Enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

  • You are so beautiful! Also, can’t believe that’s an M&S tee – it’s AMAZING! x

  • That dessert looks amazing! I’d pick red!

  • Hmmm… I can tell you fancy the red! The beige is very on trend, but could get dirty more easily. Wine colored is always a good choice. The truth is that you can’t go wrong!

  • Love your outfit!

  • Eguono Ogueh

    The food looks so amazing! Hope your having a great time x

    Gegsy Lifestyle & Fashion Blog

  • Those heels are KILLER! And I cast my vote for the red bag. Good luck with your camera hunt!

  • That jacket is so cool! Your purse is gorgeous too.

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    ugh yum! πŸ™‚ and love those boots

    ladies in navy

  • I think the wine colored bag would be devine! Omg you are making me jealous. I miss Paris


  • sarah torrence

    The wine colored YSL bag is ah-mazing! Love it!

  • This jacket is to die for! So pretty! Especially leading up to the Fall months! Looks like you’ve had a lovely time:) xo, Hayley

  • The food looks amazing!! OMG I want to go back to Paris so badly!! πŸ™‚

  • NS

    This looks like a perfect day! I’d go for the wine coloured YSL – such a lovely colour! x

  • Definitely go for the red bag. Looks so nice against the navy coat. And just think of all your blue wardrobe pieces you can team it with!

  • Mahera Inaya Kamal

    red one, as you tend to wear more neutrals; and i think i have seen you carry bags similar to the beige one

  • Definitely go for the red YSL bag, as you wear a lot of navy it’s going to be perfect & of course it’s a hot colour for AW14! Amazing food again!

    Hugs xoxo

  • The Red! It’ll pretty much go with everything anyway! And that mille feuille looks to die for!

  • What a delicious day! The size of that pudding is just ridiculous! I’ll be so impressed if you guys managed to finish all of it! My best friend just signed to a team in Slovakia and I couldn’t be prouder! –

    Katie <3

    P.S. I think I prefer the red YSL – It would look so gorgeous against the coming autumn leaves!

  • So in love with your posts, Rosie! And, I have to say, I love the red YSL bag on you. I think it goes really well with the color schemes you very often wear (black, white, blue etc.). So cute! Looking forward to seeing which one you pick out πŸ™‚ xxx

  • Janine Maral

    The YSL bag, I would go with the white! It works with all seasons and with many outfits.
    Also, loving those socks of yours!

    Janine Maral from

  • Food in France is so amazing. I just recently came back from Paris, and I must share that I have never tried better dates in my life than those I bought in the grocery shop at the Galeries Lafayette. They were even better than the once I tried in Dubai. For all of you dates lovers out there, if you are going to be Paris try them. Pretty outfit πŸ™‚

  • Hi Rosie, I recently started a blog and bought a Lumix GF6 (at your suggestion!). Do you have any tips for using that camera in particular? I particularly haven’t been able to master the blurred background as well as you have (mine never looks quite “blurred” enough). Thanks!!!

  • love everything saint laurent!

  • Catherine

    Hi Rosie! Thank you for another delicious (in every respect of the word!) post. Having recently purchased a cute little red number from Kate Spade (for a steal at Bicester Village), I’d have to vote for the beautiful red YSL bag – my red Kate Spade makes me smile whenever I wear it, so I think everyone needs a “happy bag” in their lives!
    I love your coat in this post, and your recommendations on SheInside; however, please could you tell me whether, in your experience, when purchasing from this site, have you been sent an additional bill for tax on the clothes you ordered (either at the checkout, or afterwards as a separate invoice)? I’m worried the low prices are too good to be true (being the cynic that I am)! Thank you xx

  • I’ve got caught up in the details and have fallen in love with your anchor socks! Initially thought they were on the Converse and wanted a pair immediately. I love the red YSL and am now coveting a millefeuille the size of my head…

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  • gina
  • I like the wine bag myself. It’d be the perfect Fall bag! The Lumix is taking great photos, is your preference still the Sony for blogging?

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Lovelyy post Rosie! Your Parisian posts are making me miss Paris more than I already do! I just posted about my unforgettable 5 months in Paris. If you have time please check it out xx

  • love the prada bag with the contrasty lining. and those food…!xx