Shoes, Scarves and Olive Bread

It has been a very busy week. Preparation for an update on my website has got me crazy. Trying to decide the best direction for my new blog is proving to be a challenge. However, there are truly talented people out there, and I am fortunate enough to have good teams on both projects. These will be coming out simultaneously in about three weeks......

All work and no play!!! No way!!! I decided to walk around Paris a bit on saturday and just let my eye wander. I told the girls in my shop that I needed some air. They laugh knowing that means danger...........shopping.........YAY.........I felt I deserved a try on here and there.

I have been looking for some new short boots for this winter. Cannot find what I want, so I bought something I did not need. Makes sense. Found these great tassled loafers by Paul Smith. He just happens to be someone I have known in the fashion business for about 25 years. Paul has travelled the world over and has boutiques all over the world also, so one day I asked him what was his favorite place to shop in the world. His response was spontaneous. He replied, "Show me a hardware store, and I am a happy chap". He is the king of quirky details in everything he does. I love that the inside of the shoe is printed with garden roses and written For Men Only. I plan on wearing these tomorrow with grey flannel pants that are just a little too short so as to make Paul's shoes stand out. Will be teaming that with a dark grey paper thin t-shirt and deep raspberry colored cardigan (crew neck with tone on tone grosgrain up the front). Socks are important, and I have quite a selection that I sell for ladies chez Crimson. My wool knee-high ones in dark chocolate will do the trick.

Remember all the scarves I told you Crimson was selling this season? Well, as I have no discipline, I just fell in love with one that is NOT in my shop. Damn Hermes!!! Leave it to them to come up with just the most beautiful new technique of making a silk scarf. It is called Overdyed. After their usual process of print screening, the scarf is dipped into a dye to give it an overall color and a certain vintage allure. What can I say, it seemed perfect with the new shoes.......

This several seasons old Marni bag actually belongs to my youngest daughter, Tatiana. As she left it behind, I am borrowing it. Loving the print and colors that seem to blend easily with everything but black. Do not worry, Tatiana, you can have it back when you want.

Are you asking yourselves what this last picture has to do with anything? Nothing, except that I discovered two new addresses today for my sunday afternoon tea. The rue de Verneuil address is an epicierie and bio and among others wonderful items sells delicious home made nut and date bars. The other is a boulangerie (bakery) just around the corner from me. Funny, how I have just walked by for the last few months. Not today.....walked in and found my favorite.....Olive bread.

Now, all that shopping and discovering was fun. Just lifted my spirits right up and away......

Love to you All, Linda

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