Well it's time to head back to Paris to source for more treasures for Green Bijou! We've rented an apartment in the Montmartre district - near the famous Sacre Coeur and Montmartre cemetary. What a great village, close to the most amazing shops, restaurants, bakeries, wine and cheese stores. And only a 2km walk to Les Puces Saint-Ouen, the markets at the north end of Paris. Not a bad jaunt to walk off some of the chocolate chip baguettes I can't seem to resist! So happy with another successful sourcing trip and looking forward to using all the great finds in new designs.
Ahhh Paris... where better to be for fashion, sightseeing, great food and wine.
One of my favourite cities. We went again in June for our photo shoot and to hunt down some great antique finds for the jewelry. The weather for the week was rain off and on but we really lucked out - two days of rain before and rain the day after - but the day of our shoot was fantastic! The sun was shining, birds were singing... is that what I was looking at?! Or maybe smiling at the heavens for letting the sun shine.
Having never done a professional shoot before I wasn't quite sure what to expect.
I met with our photographer Cara, early in the week to finalize our plans. Having
had this arranged over the internet before we left, it was nice to meet face to face. We shared the same vision for the shoot - mostly street photography, relaxed, with a retro edge.
Watching everyone work was fantastic. Laura, our makeup artist, came armed with
her many supplies (and I was slightly jealous of my makeup selections at home!).
Madison, our model, arrived beautiful even without makeup - and it was amazing to see the different looks Laura could give her. Cara had everything arranged for us at many different locations through the day - our first being a wonderful café on the left bank. We sat and enjoyed café au lait, and chatted while Laura got to work.
Every location was fabulous - from the café, to old cobbled streets, architectural old doors, fountains, courtyards, statues, and a famous view of the river Seine with the Eiffel Tower in the background, taken from historic Pont Neuf bridge.
All in all we couldn't have asked for a better day. I think the tourists on the streets had just as much fun as we did - it was great to hear people stopping and whispering "look, they're doing a photo shoot!".
Special thanks to our photographer Cara Tobe www.caratobephoto.com, our model Madison Detro, and makeup artist Laura Wojazer www.ditamakeup.book.fr.
Paris flea markets - ooh la la! The biggest antique flea market in Paris is located at
the very north end of the city in Porte de Clignancourt, called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, or "Les Puces" to the locals. Filled with treasures upon treasures, it is worth the time
to include a visit on your next trip to Paris. Les Puces consists of 13 independent flea markets within the area, hosting around 2000 vendors. Open only Saturday, Sunday
and Monday, you will need all the time you can get to do your searching!
I was on the hunt for anything and everything different and uniquely parisian to use
in the French Impressions Collection. I searched through countless old crates and
boxes fearful I would miss some great find. Ending every day tired and dusty was
totally worth the effort.
My only disappointment was not having enough time to get through all of the markets! But did I have fun trying? Oui.