Just when I didn’t know what to ask for for my upcoming birthday, Kate Spate came out with a collection dedicated to and inspired by The City of Lights. And even if you’re not a fan of Kate’s colorful clothing, bags, and jewelry, there’s still lots here for you.
The city guide is printable and includes lots of helpful tips for travelers (like a warning not to fall for the gold ring scam in which someone purports to return a “gold” ring to you and then extort a finder’s fee).
There’s an ideal itinerary to pursue by Velib, the bikes available for rent all over the city.
A local has shared her favorite addresses, such at her favorite pâtissier, Sébastien Gaudard at 22, rue des Martyrs.
And each day for 32 days, Kate Spade will reveal a new discovery. It’s better than an advent calendar at Christmas.
As for the Paris-inspired fashion, can one really have too many striped sweaters?
The fabric of the Tulip top is an homage to Monet’s garden at Giverny. There are several other pieces (dress, capris, scarf) with the same cheerful print.
Today’s expression, c’est cadeau (seh kad-o) literally means “it’s gift.” It’s used to mean “it’s free,” as in a freebie from a store, like the redundant “free gift” in English. If it’s a gift from a family member, like a husband, for instance, you’d say c’est un cadeau (set uhn kad-o), or “it’s a gift.” So all the Parisian extras on the Kate Spade web-site – c’est cadeau, and whatever lovely thing my husband comes up with for my birthday – c’est un cadeau. Lucky me.
Oh, and by the way, if something catches your eye (hubby, dear), use promo code SPRINGWD20 at the checkout for 20% off on Saturday, February 8.