C’est cadeau

imageJust 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.

imageA 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?

tulip top

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.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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4 Responses to C’est cadeau

  1. valentine says:

    The gold ring scam is real…it happened to me!

    • How awful! Did they manage to extort money from you or just freak you out?

      • valentine says:

        A young girl (gypsy?) dropped a “gold” ring and asked if it were mine. My husband and brother joined me to see what she was saying. At that point an older (gypsy?) couple said “no, no” to the girl (too complicated with 3 people?) and all hurried off! I knew the ring wasn’t gold and I had told her I wasn’t interested in it. but it left me quite shaken from the experience!

      • You are one of the lucky ones. I wonder what the 2014 scam will be?

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