4.23.2010

Girls in Paris...trois..





This issue of girls in Paris...the style edition....


is brought to you by Credit Card services...


because if it were not for them...


then my secret of monetary infidelity wouldn't have come to light.


{that's a whole other post....}



What caught my eye first and foremost in the photo above was not


just the cobblestone alley filled with people...


but the gentleman with the dark grey shorts on the right.


His hands are in his pockets....


the black vest a bit slouchy over his long sleeve white shirt.


I hadn't meant to take people photos...


i was just taking a photo of an alley.


There just happened to be a lot of French men heading to and fro.

I'm heading out to buy Bryan some new grey shorts this morning.



This is Franc the "pharmacist".

He's the one responsible for Kim's French band aids.

Franc was shy.

Kim was not shy.

Kim wanted her band aids.



Darling French vespa man smoking a cigie.






This is little Madeleine.....



and violet....


even though violet had a red coat on.


I coveted that red coat.





All the girls had bangs.


I have an appointment tomorrow with my stylist.


I'm going to get bangs.


I know....


i realize i haven't had bangs in 25 years...


but i will have bangs as of tomorrow.


Alrighty...


this next girls was gorgeous.


And i think she was only 13 or 14.



She was with a bunch of girlfriends...


and at the time i took the photo..she was being talked up by one of the


artists at Montmartre.


He was trying to draw her...then her friends all walked away


while she was stuck.


She reminds me of what i looked like when i was 13.


Except i was overweight and had an acne problem....


and i don't think i could put an outfit like this together.





I almost brought this boy home with me....





the problem was...


i tried to take his hand and pull him away...


but his dad yelled something in French.


I swear it sounded like he yelled..


get more macrons at the bakery.





So we did.


This is where we met Fredrick.


Fredrick is the nice boy who runs the patisserie in St. Remy.


I'm sure Kim might have a good photo of Fredrick.


Fredrick wouldn't look up at me....


but he looked up at Kim.


I bought macrons anyway.



It's really hard to get people photos.

Sometimes they look and smile...

sometimes i had to use my zoom lens and

act like I'm taking photos of a tree in the distance.

Then there was this girl.

For the life of me..she wouldn't look over....

so i said...forget it.

She was sitting right next to us...

and i just snapped away.

I love her short shorts...with tights.

I'm heading shopping tomorrow for some short shorts.




This next girl reminded me of Lola.....





not the way she dressed....

because i couldn't pay Lola to wear a dress...

a scarf...

a coat...braid her hair...boots with leggings.

Nope...



Lola would have closed her eyes as well as soon as she saw me taking a photo.


I'm going to go and buy a new scarf for lola tomorrow.


I'm also going to learn to braid hair again.





I don't know if i told you how hard the trip was on Kim...


she had a heck of a time with the stick shift of the car we rented.


Needless to say....


i believe i was doing all the navigating and the map reading.


I even had to parallel park us at one point...


but more to come on that later.


I also think Kim smoked one tooo many cigies......




Okay...that was SO not funny.


This lady was fabulous...she was hanging in the town square in St. Remy.

She even started chatting us up a bit.

The no teeth thing made it a bit complicated in trying to understand..

All in all....

she made the reality of conversing with a local who had probably

lived there her entire life...

pretty amazing.


I decided to not color my grey hair anymore.



Seriously....it's really not my fault that Jean-Pierre keeps showing up.

I also did not accidentally order 25 prints of him.

I'm even sending one to my mother in law...

for helping while i was away.

I know she would appreciate it.

69 comments:

LouBoo said...

So, so enjoying these installments - you have us hanging on every picture. Love this one - especially the kids - french kids - just born stylish. Louise x

Mrs. Adventure said...

Love the photos.... especially the one of the girl in shorts those were fabulous!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I almost feel as though I went along on the trip,other than the blisters and good food I'm enjoying the view all the same!

Privet and Holly said...

I have to admit....the people watching in France and Italy compares to NO WHERE else!!! I could just show up at a cafe or park with something yummy in a glass and just SOAK it all in. I think the children look so good {as well as the adults!} because the Europeans buy fewer, well-made and well-tailored pieces of clothing. For some reason, that philosophy is harder to follow here in the States....I find that I am always wanting to add something new to feel "current." CURRENT in France is just a different concept....LOVE these pictures and the feelings that they evoke! Thank you! xx P&H

Lisa said...

LOVE THE PICS. LOVE THE TRIP. FEELS LIKE WE WERE THERE WITH YOU. THANKS!

HUGS FROM MAINE

Lisa said...

P.S. I HATE IT WHEN A 7 YEAR OLD DRESSES BETTER THEN ME!

HUGS FROM MAINE

Anita said...
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Anita said...

I was imagining french men to be more fair in coloring for some reason. I think they could all pass for Italians! Great looking either way. I almost stole a child from the grocery store yesterday. I was telling my son how darn cute he was. My son advised me not to repeat that.

Martha said...

it was all amazing...no way I could dress myself so cute at that age either...everyone was just gorgeous! Loved it!

xo
{received it yesterday so BIG thanks to you}

mimi charmante said...

One word: STALKER.

Just think where we were two weeks ago today - dinner at that little place we found accidentally, two bottles of wine, and the little bar with the french cigies. I MISS YOU!!!

xx

Tiffany said...

Ur dress was cute. I rolled up like 3x to see it. And you chose some great folks to photo.

Leah C said...

Fabulous photos! And so fun to see all kinds of fashion statements being made:)

AuroraSuzette said...

I have bangs. I have for-ever. Kim can tell you. Your pictures are amazing, Kasey. Lucious.

Kelly Berkey said...

Oh my! The beauty and style of everyone...and the bangs!
I want bangs. Show me yours first though:-) If they look good I'll do it too!
Hugs,
Kelly

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

J'adore! You truly get a feel for a country by it's people.

The green Antho sweater I am coveting looks swell on you.

Megan said...

What an adventure! WOW, the guy on the Vespa...smokin' hot, I think I'm in love! Being in Pairs with my girlfriends might look a bit the same. Too many cigie's, wine, photo's, food and of course endless laughter. Love your pics.
Next time your in Seattle let's grab a coffee.......

Alecia said...

You are HILARIOUS!!! Jean-Pierre is pretty Gorge! :-)

I'm wishin' I would have taken the train to Paris while I was in London...seems sooo fun & beautiful!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Such a fun post. Thanks for taking me there! So real and authentic. So enjoyable to read and photo oogle.
:)

Brenna LaPray said...

Amazing photos Kasey. I love to see "The French in Real Life" Oh...sorry. I guess I'm still thinking of names for your trip! I really liked the necklace...j/k. But really, I wore tights with shorts in the 7th grade. I'm not sure I could pull that off at the fine age of 34! About the bangs....are you sure you want to do that? You will love them for a few days and then have to tape or hairspray them back for the next year!! That's been my experience anyway. Can't wait to see what you do next!

Mande said...

Love how the French dress their children- so classy & chic. And the bangs....love them.

Kimberly said...

Jean-Pierre is handsomer every time I see his picture.

Chantal said...

I've got bangs, I speak french! Si,si... comment allez-vous? Tall and thin. That means I could be parisian, but I'm not. The pictures are great and so is your humour! They say that Quebec city (Canada), the old Québec, chateau de Frontenac, it's like being in Paris. I've been to Québec city, love it!

Leslie said...

such cute stuff! I'm sure you blended right in- I'd have stuck out like a sore thumb!

Shirley said...

Where are all the food pictures? LOL!

fawn said...

...le sigh

Rebecca said...

boy do they have it right....we are just a bunch of dummies in jeans...im hoping youre going to show more of the fashions...this might be my favorite post thus far...thanks for the inspiration with this one...time to go do some work with my wardrobe...

♥rebecca

KarenB said...

Isn't people watching in Paris the best? I wasn't as daring as you to take photos of people. Or at least mine didn't turn out as well. That's it. I have a friend that lived there for 30 years. She told me that the French women buy very few, but VERY expensive clothes. They wear them and wear them, then start over. Maybe once a season? I don't remember. But, she was the recipient of many beautiful clothes. I can't wait to see more photos of your trip!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love how the frech dress. The girl with the boots and braids is darling!
Take care
XO
Kristin

ZAIRA said...

Nice to see all those pictures of people, they say a lot of a place!!! The boys and girls are so lovely!!!! I would have taken all them with me, except I wouldn't like to finish in a french prison...

Hugs, Zaira

Florence said...

Your photos are priceless, capturing the essence of some of the subjects. Can't wait to see more of your photos. Keep them coming. Florence

Kacey said...

So lovely going on your fabulous trip with you via photos. I feel so incredibly boring and American now!

Alisa said...

Oh my word, I want that coat that the little girl with the boots has on!

Sarah said...

I love the fashion sense everyone has ease with attaining there! You just don't see that when you go to the grocery stores around here! You see kids sagging and wearing pj's in the middle of the day. Time to move! ;) I love how almost everyone you captured in photos is wearing...gray!! But of course! ; )

Vintage Junky said...

ahhh to be French! I just got bangs 2 weeks ago and the hubs LOVES them. Trust me, it will get you out of whatever credit card trouble you may be in.

Love these posts!
Michelle

Bonnie said...

Ooohhh I love seeing everyone in their "perfect ensembles" for the day. Makes my yoga pants look so sad!

Ummmm.... if you happen to have an extra print of the luscious Jean-Pierre, I'll send you my address. :)
Your mother in law will love her gift!

xoxo,
Bonnie

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Great post, Kasey! I had to laugh when I saw the young gentleman wearing shorts. Back when I was living in Paris in the early 90's, that was just not done. Other things that were "just not done" fashion-wise: running/jogging/sports shoes (leather shoes only, even for the park), no t-shirts, especially for men (button-shirts only), no jeans for women at work, not even in the laboratory where I did my PhD research (we were doing experiments with animals and chemicals, but the women were always dressed top-notch - it was crazy!!!). p.s. I learned the hard way :)

BellaRosa said...

Beautiful pictures, I love their fashion sense there, although I will tell you that a couple of years ago, I went to Mexico where some of our family is from on a trip I so didn't want because of reasons I won't bore you with here ;) I was really surprised to see how European everything was there, the architecture was beautiful...peoples fashion sense so lovely, I their coats, shoes, I wanted it all, then I stopped to buy some hot chocolate and sat outside of a lil bistro and all around me I heard so many beautiful languages, German, Italian and even French...I bought this up to my cousin and she laughed and said...Amor, the world is a small place is it not" such wise words from a 16 yr old lol and she was wearing the most adorable outfit and turned and spoke in German to the lady next to us, I don't know what they said...but they both looked at me and smiled :) I love you sharing your trip...I might not make it to Paris, but I can live it vicariously through you and the other wonderful bloggers that are nice enough to share their beautiful trips with us :) Besos, Rose

Tinka said...

Such great photos and comments!! You are a really good observer...
best wishes
Tinka
(My English is really bad, sorry about it)

maria said...

As always a wonderful post. I loved seeing what the children were wearing. No cartoons on their clothing, thank goodness. What darling coats the girls were wearing. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Love you humor.

Andi, On Call RN said...

I love your pictures! I've been trying to get the same pale, vintage effect with my photos but I just can't seem to do it like you do!

sheer whimsy said...

i love all of these photos!! especially that darling little red coat!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

You are hysterical. It's like French girls just KNOW how to dress and everything don't they? Instinctual. (is that a word?)

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

I just love the outfit on that little girl that reminds you of Lola...how is it that even the kiddos have style in France?

Julie Harward said...

This guy Jean-P...not cute..he looks like a sissy to me! LOL The children..everyone of them..bring them home for me, especially the little boy with curly hair! They are all so precious! And, I think you would look very beautiful in bangs, I hope you are brave and really do it! Have the best of times :D

Lisa said...

What a fun post to read! Glad you had such a great trip! I'm off to read more of your blog! : )

Debby said...

You make me laugh and I love your sense of humor. I just love all the pics, that sweet girl that reminds you of Lola, so darling, they all are really, love the little boy with curls.
Thanks for sharing.
debby

Suzie Button said...

When I was in Paris in April 2007, one of the first things we did was go to a cafe nearby the apt. we rented and we're sitting outside there and a car is pulled up on the street by us and there's a young girl, prob. about 9 years old, and she's picking her nose and I'm looking at her thinking YUCK, and she sees me looking at her and she smiles and gives me the FINGER!!! ha! like 9 years old! It was shocking at the time, but is funny now. Oh, I'd love to be there this April! So much! Suzie

Gaia said...

Thanks for your pics and your comments. for a second it was like I was in french with you.
French girls are so cute and with an innate elegance!

Have a great weekend!

jaclyn said...

bahaha! very entertaining and beautiful, thanks for a peek at french style!

Katy Noelle said...

Gorgeous people!!! This is so fun. I just LOVE hearing ALLLLLL about it - really, truly!

Love, Katy Noelle

Beth said...

that old lady looks like a TEXTBOOK old French lady!
and I WANT TO SEE YOUR BANGS! EEE ARe you seriously getting them? Can't wait to see them!
Oh...got my BADBOY winery/B&B pics up.
Loving the STYLE EDITION!
have you come up with a Paris Album Name?
Maybe you should call it THE PARIS ALBUM. hmmmm...maybe less is more.
Alright..I have talked..er..typed enough.
what are your plans for the weekend?
See ya!
b

LuLu said...

Oh my goodness you just gave me the shopping bug! I love the fashion... thanks for doing a post on all the great outfits!!!
i love how you are telling your story of this trip.... it's hilarious!! Wonderful memory!!!
xo,
LuLu

Esme said...

cococroissants

Paris giveaway http://lolabboutique.blogspot.com/

thanks

Dreamy Whites said...

Kasey You are the Best.
Thanks for giving me a great laugh before I went to bed! Glad I checked to see if you had posted!
Your pictures are all amazing!
You are so talented, and yet so darn funny. Just love it.
Take Care,
Maria

Ange said...

Damn! I'm going to have to let my daughter keep her bangs now aren't I? Can't dress my girls like that anymore - too much MUD here in the country. SIgh - think I may have to move back to Paris!! And the Lamb Knuckle ...When do you get to the part about the Lamb knuckle? ;-)

A Write Life said...

Wonderful photos. I, too, love to take pics of people. I pretend a lot that I'm getting something just over their right shoulder.

à la parisienne said...

Merci pour le défilé de mode (fashion show)à Paris. I love seeing pictures of people dressed up in Paris, whether they are locals or just really artsy fartsy tourists! Little "Lola's" ensemble is my favorite!

Mandy

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Oh mercy. The fashions are making this poor Kansas housewife look frumpier by the moment...

truly blessed said...

p.s. i wanna see your new bangs!!!

Laura said...

I turned 40 today, and I thank you for these pictures...I am pretending I just went to Paris for the day...I just need a cute outfit on like you....

Our really empty nest said...

Your pics are amazing, your story so fun, I really cant wait to go there, it is on my bucket list, and I WILL get there! Thanks so much for sharing. Oh and I borrowed/stole a song or two or 10 from your playlist! Cant wait for more!

hometown girl said...

love seeing photos of your trip! xo susan

Anonymous said...

I am sorry, but I do not see what is so special with Jean-Pierre??
I can see why you had to took photo of the boy in shorts and guy on Vespa, but Jean -Pierre???

PS~Erin said...

Having the best time reading your installments! This one was so fun! I've been contemplating bangs too. I even InStyle-ed myself with them. I'll have to email you the photos. I don't look quite so French-chic though!

Laurie said...

You have a gift for putting words and pics together that would put a smile on any face. Thank you for sharing!!!

Mc Allen said...

you have such an eye. I love that little red coat too and the hair on the little boy I just want to touch it! cute post! xoxo LA

a.love said...

wow i would stick out like a sore thumb in france.
those little kids are effing adorable. ;) i can't help it--they ARE!!! how much do you think it costs to dress them??!! doesn't matter. i want to move there -- and smoke, drink wine, and dress my kid adorably.

Farmgirl Paints said...

I wish I was half as stylish as those french kids...goodness me!

Meg said...

Oh my goodness... the pictures are absolutely lovely. And the kiddos, how incredibly cute they are. I can't wait to have a child to dress in wonderful clothes :)