Paris recap

I never did a proper Paris recap. If you’re not particularly interested in a travelogue,  I’ll try and pepper enough new perfume details as I go through to make it worth your while.

We very much were tourists for the first week, doing almost no shopping. We did finally get in the cemetery after going out there like three days in a row. I know that Metro route like I know my own nose now.  Peaceful, melancholy, it is the resting place of our love and lives.  As I stood there, a raven would fly by and caw, and it was so Poe’ish, but without the beating heart or the guilt -a nightmare sanitized of its fear.  Can you tell how much I like cemeteries?  I wish I knew why, it seems a little ghoulish, but it has alway been a place of comfort and happiness to me – maybe it’s just seeing so many people that journeyed through life and are at rest reminds me that pain will never last forever and life is too short to not blast through it with joy.

The picture above is one I took while we were there.  I took a picture of Jim Morrison’s grave too and was vaguely disappointed that nobody was screwing or taking drugs on it, which is what I’ve been led to believe happens with regularity.

One of my favorite places was the Musee d’Orsay.  Now, as a big art museum, it might be considered a little light, but as a beautiful place to eat lunch – pay the price of admission, head one floor up and just brace yourself for light and joy while you dine on some mighty tasty eats.   The whole museum is airy and beautiful and not tooo much to see in a couple of hours.  The Louvre takes days, and I still haven’t carved out sufficient time to get in there – next trip.

We walked and walked and walked and rode trains forever, and that is truly my favorite part of Paris.  It was in the 30s and chilly, but you just bundle up as fashionably as you can (except my footwear… listen, my feet have to be warm when it’s cold out or I’m a horrific bitch to be around) and enjoy.

Oh, perfumes?  Let’s see, snifed the new Armanis briefly, not enough to form an impression.  Tried the new Olivia Giocobettis, which I’ll post on later.  Loved two of them, couldn’t smell another, one – or was it two? – bored me.  Went to Arabian Oud, and they discontinue stuff too often, which is irritating, but they had some amazing new things, which makes up for my irritation. There was one that was a his and hers set of scents, and the woman’s scent went on Shirley’s neck, which we all happily snuffled off on the rest of the day.  We even got to see the same lovely man that we met the first time, Mahmoud (sp?).  He tells great jokes and has the heart of hospitality built into every fiber of his being.  Harry was really miffed about skipping the perfume shopping that day as Mahmoud could have totally hooked him up with a hookah bar and some  of whatever kind of tobacco that goes in that.  He groaned and whined and carried on like I’d stolen his “The Office” DVDs. 

Sephora on the Champs seems to have cut back a lot on their perfume, but I do need to figure out how to get that lovely woman who did my makeup in there to come and do it every morning. She turned me beautiful in about 10 minutes with a little bit of Chanel foundation, undereye concealer and lipstick.  I went in a little worn out from a long day and walked out to Shirley and Diane asking me what in the hell I had done to flip that around so quick.

Speaking of lipstick, those of you who have friended me on Facebook might have a clue what’s coming next, but… March finally got to me on the red lipstick. All through Paris, I kept trying red lipsticks on, even bought three – that Giorgi Armani Lip wax thing and a couple of pretty YSLs –  which I promptly lost somehow.  But the perfect one?  Now, I know I’m going to be laughed at here, but I just don’t care.  I tried it on in Serge Lutens, and it’s the perfect shade for me.  Here’s a link to someone (not me!) wearing it.  I put it on, wore it around for about six hours, and still had prettily tinted red lips with no caking or smearing or otherwise goofy crap going on around my mouth.  Now, you must understand, lipstick lasts on me for about 3 minutes.  Red lipstick seems to last longer because it tints my lips a little better.  But Serge Lutens No. 1 Mise a Mort is perfect and horribly overpriced, and I didn’t buy it… um, then.  I promptly ordered it from Barneys the day after I got back home.  It should be here later today. If I get it and have time, I’ll post a picture here or on Facebook with me in it.

Look ahead to some English bulldog puppy pics on Thursday. Yes, I got him, his name is Vinnie, and he is perfect and wonderful and bounces around and has charmed everyone.

17 Comments
Mahmoud January 28, 2009

"i am so glad you had a lovely time in Paris and you enjoyed my jokes. It was great to see you all again and hopefully you had a good trip back to united states." by the way spelled my name, Mahmoud, correctly!"hope to see you soon in Arabian oud ....take care

Zoe January 21, 2009

Great photography! If you enjoy cemeteries (happy to know I'm not the only freak who does), you cannot miss Il Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno, in Genova (Italy). I visited it during the most wonderful two-week trip starting in Genova, through Cinque Terre, up to Firenze and lastly Sienna. Definitely recommended for a high eeriness-index. The pup sounds darling. I want one. :(

Catherine January 21, 2009

Patty, If your new puppy is the one on Facebook, he is *darling*. So, so, so, so cute. Can't wait to see more of him on Thursday. And I'm with Zara, "the right shade of red is priceless." Not that I've found the right shade of red--Lipstick Queen Saint Natural is about as red and rich as I'm willing to go right now. I'm a wuss.

March the Impressed January 21, 2009

I'm so glad you had such a wonderful trip. And can't wait to see the new Serge lipstick! :x

zara January 20, 2009

oh my, 50 GPB for the serge lipstick they say? but oh, the right shade of red is priceless ;) glad you enjoyed the good old continent. oh and btw, your new puppy is insane! such a cutie :)

Dusan January 20, 2009

Fab photo, loving the whole atmosphere & positively turning pea-green with envy. Would have loved to have joined you in gay Paree ~ next time is a sure thing. Luv ya, sweetpie!

Liesl January 20, 2009

Congrats on finding your perfect red! No small feat, as you well know....

Musette January 20, 2009

Gorgeous photo! Jealous Musette! I miss Paris - must return! xoxo>-) ps. was it you who was going to do the Soivhole (or however it's spelled) review? Can't wait!

Melissa January 20, 2009

Love the photo, but I will be waiting for the lipstick picture. And really. You and March must stop posting about red lipsticks. Unlike fragrances, I can find no reason for me to own more than five. I have a NARS that is probably the perfect shade for me. Do I really need more? But judging from my reaction to your post, the answer seems to be a resounding yes!:d

Erin T January 20, 2009

What a fabulous photo, Patty! Really impressive. And I love the d'Orsay. Apparently, people always complain about it, but I think it's a wonderful museum. I particularly like the caricatures as well as the Degas scuptures and, well, Degas anything.

Pikake January 20, 2009

I just want to know if I can be your facebook friend! LOL Seriously. ~Trish