STYLE TALK

Marilyn

POSTED: Fri, 03/29/2013 - 5:12am

10 basic items wardrobe

We have been having a brief discussion about ten basic items for your wardrobe in 'French Finds'. So ladies if you were constructing a basic 10 item wardrobe what would your basic items be? They may be different according to climate and life style. Think about it carefully and come up with your ideas. Ignore shoes, bags and other accessories as these are the items that ring the changes and can be discussed on another thread.
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une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Thu, 07/11/2013 - 5:37am

Thinking again.....

....I THOUGHT I had a handle on my personal style, and the wardrobe that worked for ME! It's been built around core 'investment' pieces, with seasonal 'on-trend' items to brighten it up. The tried and tested French formula. BUT, I now have to go back to the drawing board, and that involves hours of making lists of what has to be passed on, what can still work, and what has to be bought to give a functioning, practical wheelchair-appropriate wardrobe, that's still half-way chic! What's more, I'm discovering the hard way that there is a dearth of advice out there. (So much so, that my rehab. team are encouraging me to start my own blog on the topic, and I just might!!)

Clearly dresses and full-length coats can't be made to work. As I'm learning from my ever-patient OT, dressing independently means separates. So out go the trench coat, the camel-hair coat and the shift dresses. Similarly, knee-length pencil skirts can't work either. Neither can stiletto heels. Full skirts (never really liked them) are a definite NO-NO! cos they get caught up in wheels and brakes. AND have you ever noticed girls, that you look at least a size bigger when you're sitting down?? So just what do I have that works?

Well, trousers. I have dressy all-season ones in navy, black and ivory fine wool crêpe: they'll be fine. I also have more casual jeans in black, indigo and white; chinos in stone and navy; and an off-white and a coral linen pair: all fine too! Tops: A clutch of cotton and silk-blend tees in navy, black, ivory, camel; and cashmere or cashmere/merino sweaters in similar neutral colours; some classic bretons, PLUS a few tees and sweaters in 'brights' like jade or coral. Jackets: Not bad!! I have a navy blazer, a black tuxedo, a cropped black leather 'biker' and a buttery suede one in a light camel. A Chanel bouclé wool one in black, grey and ivory. (Hopefully),I can make all these work. And there is just ONE dress I am definitely keeping: a knee-length matte jersey LBD with elbow sleeves, a scoop neck and an A-line skirt which - together with my black and ivory silk palazzo pants will have to be the staples of an evening look.

And that, together with a fair selection of accessories is IT!! What has to be bought?? Well, perhaps a couple of below-the-knee A-line skirts; A warm quilted jacket in a neutral colour; and wedge-heels in both black and navy to replace the stilettos. And anything else I've forgotten that YOU might think of!!! :-)

une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Sun, 08/25/2013 - 10:33am

Finished the re-think!

...I've had an exeat weekend, so the first chance to see most of the new purchases I made in the light of all I said above. It's now 4.00pm, and I've spent most of today on it, but I honestly think I have all the (wardrobe) elements I need for this new life! It's convinced me of the value of investing in a coherent capsule wardrobe, cos it has only needed minimal adjustments to adapt it to very different circumstances. What's more (with help from the boys) I've produced an Excel spreadsheet, and find I have over ninety different outfits, based on all the clothes I can carry over from my pre-aneurysm, working-mum constantly on-the-run life So just what have I bought?

The biggest investment was a mid-thigh Burberry trench with caped shoulders. A crucial 9" shorter than my other one (which my Mum's pleased to inherit), but still long enough to look sleek with dressy trousers, jeans, chinos, etc. Two black A-line skirts (I'd call them 'riding skirts')one wool crêpe, the other a heavy wool gaberdine, but both with just 3% lycra to sit smoothly. A pair of flat black leather riding boots (to go under the skirts, or over slim jeans). ONE luxury: a pair of Roger Vivier belle du jour ballet flats for evening. A clutch of classic cashmere/merino Wool Overs in basic colours (cheaper than my Parisian Eric Bompard pure cashmere, and possibly more durable. I already had EBs, but wanted to insure us against expensive replacements for a couple of years). And finally a navy pea-coat from a shop in Britanny specialising in nautical clothes (to replace my camel-hair long-coat, thanks again, Mum for relieving me of it!!). The crucial point is that EVERYTHING can be mixed and matched with what I already owned. And EVERYTHING came out of my 2013 clothing allowance (before it gets drastically curtailed as we adjust to a VERY pared-down lifestyle!). I SHOULD be fine for the next few years; just the odd on-trend accessory to buy to vamp it all up! :-)

Marilyn

POSTED: Mon, 08/26/2013 - 4:37am

You see

You see you are still an inspiration to us all regarding our wardrobes. I'm struggling to decide what to take on holiday for ten days and you have sorted your next few years! Perhaps I should have a copy of your spread sheet!! Seriously you (and the boys) have done a marvelous job. I'm going to review my wardrobe before I buy anything more for Autumn.

Suzannew

POSTED: Sun, 08/25/2013 - 9:00pm

Bravo!

It takes a lot of thought to make sure each and every piece of your wardrobe mixes and matches with something else. This is what I have been learning from you. Because of the summer and my more limited wardrobe, I haven't been worrying as much about what goes with what - I just throw it on. But now that Summer is turning into Fall, I have to go back to the drawing board and back to what I left off with...jettisoning the old, ratty, holey and pilling pieces, to make way for the new ones. The focus for me this Fall is to find new boots, the LBD, and a few more basic t shirts in white and charcoal. I don't really need anything else.

Now, what is everyone's thoughts on boots? Black or brown?

cwlorente

POSTED: Sun, 08/25/2013 - 8:50pm

I'm impressed.

I'll be using this for my homework as I work to put together my own 10-piece wardrobe.

JSB

POSTED: Sun, 08/25/2013 - 3:02pm

Very well done you!!

And well done to your terrific sons.You are a great example for us ,in many ways,dear Mairi.oxo

une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Mon, 08/26/2013 - 6:09am

Marilyn, Suzanne, Carol, Jean (in fact, EVERYONE!!)

Thanks for the encouragement, girls! but you know what?? I've spent well over half my life in Paris, I OUGHT to have learnt a bit about this wardrobe planning lark in that time, huh???

YOU GIRLS, oth, have been so very generous with your time and your love to us all, YOU are truly the ones who inspire me. So let's make a deal: I'll continue to share what little insight I've gleaned over the past 30 years living in Froggieland, and you keep on rooting for us, huh?? Cos, trust me, we NEED the strength of this community! xxxx

Suzannew

POSTED: Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:35pm

Off the top of my head

I'm not sure if this would work but what about opaque stockings with skirts and some fantastic boots? I haven't read all the posts yet so maybe this was already suggested. Sorry if I'm repeating someone elses idea.

une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Mon, 08/26/2013 - 6:58am

Suzanne: you just answered your own question!! :-) ....

....I took your boots idea on board. Flat black riding boots to pair with my new longer-length 'riding skirts'. It's a great look: the knee-high boots and the skirt that comes below the top of the boot - no lines broken by several inches of leg!!! Slimming, and elongating. For what it's worth, I'd say DEFINITELY BLACK! Great, as I've just said, with A-line skirts; great over straight-leg jeans, and even very slimming over good quality, heavyweight fabric black leggings (sexy, too.....your legs seem to go on for ever!!). I've never understood why people shy away from leggings - though they do need to be balanced with a long-line tunic shape or loose chunky sweater to provide width to balance the slimline bottom half, imo! Finally black boots will be great for teaming with your future LBD for day-time (swap the boots for heels, pearls and perfume to take you straight out on the town!!) Go find yourself a pair-to-die-for. They'll last AGES and never date. Minimal trimming, and the softest leather you can afford. ENJOY the search, and the happy feeling you'll get from wearing them!! Ooooh!! Just had another thought: you could go day-into-evening with your boots. Imagine: boots, LBD, and your gold leather biker for a bit of bling - no jewellery, tho' - a great 'rocker chic' look, very Parisian!!!! xx

NewMe

POSTED: Fri, 07/12/2013 - 1:01pm

Dear Mairi

having read and retread your post,I have a number of thoughts.Since I am about to go to,work,I will reply at length later.oxo

Marilyn

POSTED: Thu, 07/11/2013 - 9:08am

Wow you amaze me

You have been giving it some thought. I think the idea of starting your own blog is tremendous idea when you are ready. The advice out there looks very 'fuddy duddy'. You could design your own as well.

All your lovely ballet flats and espadrilles will be fine as well. LEBEK do some lovely quilted jackets, summer and winter weight. You most likely will have thought of this but remember that when you sit down trousers ride up at the front hem showing an expanse of leg so you may have to think longer length trouser legs (I'm probably stating the obvious here). Could you manage a pull on dress like my new longer length Tshirt dress? It's just a long Tee, no zips, no buttons. Just a thought. I'll go away and think about it and see what else I can come up with. A bientot!

une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:40am

Marilyn

Thanks for the LEBEK tip! I knew that Max Mara did some quite nice quilted coats cos I had one before, but I didn't know about this company. Need to see if they have outlets in France. I'm looking for something to replace my Burberry and my camel-hair coats. And, I've just realised this minute as I type that I won't have a free hand for an umbrella!!!

The trouser observation isn't 'obvious' at all. But I'm lucky there. Most of my 'smart' trousers were long enough to wear with heels (and had to be 'yanked up' when I was running in ballet flats) so I've tried them, and I think they'll be OK. The cream ones perhaps will need the hem adjusted. It'll probably be more of a concern with jeans and chinos. So far I've been OK, cos this Summer ankle-grazing ones seem to be 'in'. Hmm! You're right too about ballet flats and espadrilles. They'll be fine! BUT you're the author of this thread, and I re-read your instructions before posting. I'm not supposed to talk about 'accessories', right?? :-) So I didn't!!

The problem with a dress isn't the fastening, apparently. It's the dressing technique. Pants, tights, trousers, skirts all have to be put on lying on your back, doing a press-up to get them over the butt. THEN, you have to sit to do bra, sweaters, etc. (or vice versa). It's almost impossible to do 'press-ups' from a sitting position, so dresses and long coats don't work well, I'm told. Hey, I'm very much a learner, and for the moment can't do the press-ups anyway, tho' I'm working on 'em!! But the more experienced people here seem to think dresses are tough! EVEN SO, I simply must keep one LBD, huh?? So I'm making it the easiest one I've got!! Mairi, x0x

coco1960

POSTED: Thu, 07/11/2013 - 8:51am

Some ideas for Mairi

First off I love the idea of a blog..I'm sure there a lot of women out there facing physical challenges that want to look fashionable. And I do believe it's hard to understand another's path unless you yourself have been down that path...so yes Mairi start working on that blog ! As for ideas since it sounds like your fashion focus will be on the top..statement necklaces , good bras for support , form fitting tops , scarves , I'm thinking there will be upper body exercises and that will help to give you a trim look while sitting. Just some thoughts and I'm so very proud of you ! xo Marie-Jeanne

une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:44am

Thanks, Marie-Jeanne..

..for your thoughts and encouragement! Most of your observations are spot-on. I'm proud to have YOU as my friend! x0x

une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:48am

Tell you all one thing.....

...I'm going to make sure that my blog is CAPTCHA-free! (Bet this won't post now I've said that!!)

snorklee

POSTED: Mon, 06/10/2013 - 6:24am

Seasonal

Maybe I missed it, but has anyone suggested basics for summer? I have a work and leisure wardrobe for "fall into winter into spring" but I am at a loss for an appropriate work and leisure wardrobe for those humid, sweltering days of summer that we get here. Any ideas?

meneia

POSTED: Mon, 06/10/2013 - 4:21pm

Summer

If you look back to the early posts on this thread, I posted my hypothetical capsule wardrobe. It consists of the items I was wearing the most at the time.

une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Mon, 06/10/2013 - 11:47am

For Deb

Hi! I think you really have identified a glaring gap in the capsule wardrobe concept! It's much less of a problem for us in Europe, because we simply don't have too many 'humid, sweltering days'. :-(
Most of my basic 'învestment' pieces work for all seasons. For example the navy blazer gets worn with white jeans, linen pants (including palazzos), chinos or a summery skirt (this year, for example, I bought a navy and ivory polka dot A-line skirt in a linen and slub-silk blend). Thus I can wear the navy blazer with 1) a classic navy-and-white breton top and white jeans; 2)ivory-coloured linen palazzo pants, a navy knitted silk tee, and a navy-and-ivory 'wrinkled' silk scarf; 3)coral-coloured palazzo pants and the same navy tee with some coral jewellery; with an ivory OR navy tee and the polka-dot skirt; 4) over indigo jeans or bermuda shorts in navy, white or beige (usually with a navy cotton or silk tee: sleeveless, cap-sleeved, long-sleeved, depending on the weather; 5) over the three (yep! that is ALL, I'm afraid) true Summer dresses I own: one a jade halter-neck; one a cream and navy shirt-waister; the last a soft coral lin en-blend shift. Shoe-wise it's ballet flats; espadrilles; or Tropezienne sandals, depending on the weather. Espadrilles (the genuine flat canvas-and-rope flats are cheap enough to buy in multiples to add the 'pop of on-trend colour' to an otherwise neutral palette, I find). I think there might be elements of this mix-and-match collection that would work even in your sweltering heat. Perhaps the breton (or at least a short-sleeved version)? Maybe white jeans, or cooler linen palazzzo pants perhaps? Bermudas? (These can even be dressy enough for the office.) Cool St Tropez sandals paired with dresses in natural fibres? Like I said, recent Summers have been pretty dismal here in Paris, although we do have a few days when the thermometer climbs to over 30°, even 35°. BUT down on the Côte d'Azur it gets very hot far more often, and the breton or other cool tee, white pants or shorts, espadrilles or Tropezienne formula is almost an über-chic uniform in Nice or Cannes. Hope this gives you a few ideas, though you're right, the basics-that-work-in-all-seasons formula doesn't really take into account extremes of climate, does it? :-)

coco1960

POSTED: Mon, 06/10/2013 - 5:20am

A book recommendation for this thread

I was reading this book over the weekend.."Secondhand Chic " by Christa Weil. It's written in 1999 but a great resource for how to look for quality items , how garments should fit and whether you shop new , vintage , or thrift there are some wonderful and practical ideas on how to make your wardrobe the best for you.

coco1960

POSTED: Mon, 05/27/2013 - 4:03pm

Dear Sheri

Thank you for the idea...I know just the woman for that purse ! Merci !

coco1960

POSTED: Mon, 05/27/2013 - 9:29am

A navy scarf and pearl studs

Yesterday I ordered a navy floral scarf ( silk ) and pearl stud earrings. Items that should work well with my list. I ordered from Lands End after doing some research and reading the customer reviews. I find them helpful when ordering on line. I am having some buyers remorse over a pink purse I bought yesterday at a thrift store. It was one of those ..it's a designer leather purse and its only $2.99 moments ! But today is a new day ! xo Mj

Sheri

POSTED: Mon, 05/27/2013 - 3:32pm

A good gift?

Everything sounds wonderful! And maybe the pink purse would make a good "I was thinking of you" gifts for someone who would use the purse?

Suzannew

POSTED: Mon, 05/20/2013 - 4:05pm

I am so Inspired

By all of you! Many thanks. I just love being here and reading the postings and getting ideas from everyone. The underwear, sleepwear, pearls, ballet flats, pedicures (!). The French woman knows how to shop, that is for sure. Having just finished Everything You Need to be Impossibly French and reading Une Ecossaise's posts - it seems the book is quite true. AND, quite by coincidence, there is going to be a very rare lingerie sale (wholesale) by Christine(she is Vancouver based but supplies Saks and other big name American stores) this Friday. 70% off. She works with silk and lace. I'm taking a bit of time off to go as this is my only chance to afford such a luxury (and I know my OH would just love for me to get rid of the flannel!). I guess I will have to get used to the hand washing. Like you, Une Ecossaise, I too live with a house full of men and their football gear! Lol! Happy Monday!

JSB

POSTED: Mon, 05/20/2013 - 7:47pm

Hello!

How nice to look forward to buying new undies.Silk and lace sounds marvelous.Spoil yourself rotten,dear girl.oxo

JSB

POSTED: Mon, 05/20/2013 - 2:39pm

Ecossaise!

The truth about Parisiennes!I love it.And I love the bit about the undies.We all have something to bring to the world.And I do appreciate your contribution here.oxo

JSB

POSTED: Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:28am

Following this thread

and since I am at work,I may be able to post.My wardrobe is getting pared down and I am liking it.Decided I would buy scrub pants for work but can't find a proper fit.Most vexing.Have to rethink that plan.You all sound quite stylish.Have a fine weekend. oxo

Marilyn

POSTED: Sat, 05/18/2013 - 2:14pm

Jean

Do you no know a reasonable dressmaker who could alter the scrub pants to fit. It may be worth it to be comfortable and stylish.

JSB

POSTED: Mon, 05/20/2013 - 2:41pm

Hi Marilyn

Not worth it for scrubs.Think I'll order on line.oxo

une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Mon, 05/13/2013 - 5:32am

My personal life-style list of (about) ten

I think the obsession with this whole concept has become a source of amusement here in France cos quite simply, with a few personal variations, it's how les francaises are taught by their mothers and grandmothers to dress. But for what it's worth, as a middle-aged working Mum here in Paris, these are the staples of my wardrobe: the absolute 'must-haves'; blue-chip items I invested much-fine-gold in acquiring and which I expect to last for years: - a Little Blag Dress (I actually have several)cos it's perfect dawn-till-midnight wear with just a change of accessories - my Burberry trench-coat (mine's classic beige, but some women prefer black) and a top-stitched camel-hair coat for Winter warmth - a black tuxedo jacket which I wear with all three following: - some super wool crêpe palazzo pants - a knee-length slim skirt; well-cut, good fabric = v. sexy - well-cut jeans. I prefer mine to be boot-leg and dark indigo (tho' I'm cheating a bit here cos I also have a black straight-leg pair, and white ones for Summer); - a classic navy and white Breton sweater in good quality cotton (and accurately matched stripes on shoulder and side seams) - a black leather short jacket (all seasons, specially Winter) and a buttery-soft camel suede one (lighter weight for Spring) - a shoe wardrobe built around the following: a few pairs of ballet flats (for shopping, métro-hopping, walking across city in comfort); a pair of black patent-leather stilettos; a pair of riding boots; some St Tropez sandals ('les Tropeziennes'); a pair of rope-soled flat espadrilles - a few cashmere sweaters ('les basiques') which can be accesorized with bright on-trend bits and bobs - an evening and occasion clutch; a well-polished big leather bag for everyday; a shoulder-slung leather handled straw 'pannier du marché' - a classic silk twill foulard (Hermès) and a few other brighter ones - a really good classic watch, some pearls, pearl ear-studs; a couple of fine gold chains. ET VOILA!... that really is my ENTIRE outer wardrobe. I suspect it's similar for most Paris-dwellers. It needs the very best coat hangers (sandalwood smells nice!), and friendly but efficient dry-cleaners and cobblers to keep a small wardrobe impeccable. Of course, there are a few on-trend buys as well. A Summer dress or two. Some basic tees. ALWAYS, ALWAYS good-fitting sexy lingerie. Adventurous we might not be...but we do TRY to be quietly elegant. Any thoughts from across the pond? Advice welcome!

Suzannew

POSTED: Fri, 05/17/2013 - 10:47pm

Envious!

I loved reading about this. Very thought provoking. How do we North Americans get so consumed with shopping for clothes we don't really need. I have many clothes in my closet I don't wear, sadly.... I think, one day I will, but that day never arrives! I should print your list and tape it to my closet door and start editing. Its very inspiring for me to read this. I love how French women feel it's important to have beautiful lingerie. Over here, in Canada, all we seem to see is cheap, neon coloured stuff that falls apart after a few washes. Can you tell us, une Ecossaise, what kind of sleepwear do French women wear? Thank you for sharing your closet with us! Suzanne

une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Mon, 05/20/2013 - 4:32am

Reply to Suzanne

You know, French women are pretty chic, especially here in Paris, but you know what? (and remember by marriage, I'm one of them!), we're not half as friendly and - darn it - LIKEABLE as you North Americans. That's the truth! Parisiennes are, by and large, a smug, self-satisfied lot (albeit elegantly so!) I guess the moral is that we all have something to learn from each other, which is why I'm loving this community. As to the lingerie bit, yes, we do take our under-pinnings seriously. For me, there are two reasons, I guess. First, good, well fitting lingerie enhances the appearance and fit of what's on show to the world, and secondly, my husband loves me to wear pretty undies and I love to please him. (I also feel better knowing that my panties, camisole and bra all match, fit well, and are usually made of silk - a natural, far more effective insulator than the dreaded 'thermals'!) Sleepwear? Again silk and lots of lace. Has to be handwashed, of course, but I find even that a NICE ritual. I always add perfume to the last rinse (tho' apparently I shouldn't cos it can weaken the silk fibre over time). As the only woman in an all-male household it makes this middle-aged mum feel slightly 'skittish' to hang out pretty undies. A counter-weight to rugger shirts, I guess. LOL!

Sheri

POSTED: Mon, 05/20/2013 - 6:46pm

Which lingerie brands?

I saw Christine mentioned in this thread. I'll see if Nordstrom's carries her brand. But when it comes to underwear I'm lost as to what is good or not. I don't mind spending on quality...I just don't want to waste money on trial-error in trying to find good brands. Thoughts?

Suzannew

POSTED: Mon, 05/20/2013 - 7:58pm

Sheri

Where are you located? Christine Lingerie is mostly, if not all, sleepwear I believe. For underwear and bras, find one of the best lingerie stores in your area and then see what brands they carry. A friend and I are going to a very swanky lingerie shop that she's been to before and I looked at it online to check it out and discovered it shows which labels it carries. If you want an idea, check out www.barebasicslingerie.com I think one good (matching) set that fits perfectly would be worth it! Good luck!

Sheri

POSTED: Tue, 05/21/2013 - 5:59pm

MMM

I checked out the site. Wonderful resource! Thank you!

Sheri

POSTED: Mon, 05/20/2013 - 9:14pm

Thank you

I'm in Tennessee. I'll check out the website and see what lingerie stores are in Nashville, other than Victoria Secret. I like their bras, but have never found good panties there. Thanks for your help!

strawberrybuff

POSTED: Fri, 05/17/2013 - 5:04pm

Inspiring!

I plan on taking some time this year to really work on building my wardrobe. You have really given me some ideas. I think sometimes I am in such a hurry to have something right now (typical American style thought as pointed out by my Filipino best friend) that I just settle for anything. I wear it a few times and then it's off to the donation center which equals money wasted! Right now I want to find some super cute, comfortable, and classic flats/ballerina slippers. Any suggestions? Sherri

une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Fri, 05/17/2013 - 7:23pm

for Sherri

Hi, it's good to read you, Sherri! I totally understand your quest for the perfect ballet flats. Here in Paris we walk pretty much everywhere, and do our food shopping in street markets. So all-in-all that means quite a bit of pavement-pounding, much of it on cobblestones. And whilst we love our flattering, leg-lengthening (and quite simply sexy) stilettos, we ALL wear ballet flats (and change into the stilettos in the office). One of my favourite makes is Repetto (this company began by making REAL ballet shoes, and still makes satin ones for dancers) and I know they export to the US cos I've seen them in New York (Saks on Fifth Avenue stock them). I also have some super-soft quilted leather ones from Chanel, and Lanvin are world-famous for their incredibly soft, comfy ones. The last two are ultra-pricey, though. I think Repetto, at around $200 are a pretty blue-chip investment, and they come in a vast range of colours, so they should fit your 'cute' brief! :-)

MollyA

POSTED: Thu, 05/16/2013 - 7:58am

Merci Ecossaise

Inspiring!

une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Fri, 05/17/2013 - 7:30pm

Avec plaisir, MA!

After all, YOU inspired ME first! You sent me on a (successful) quest for Butterfly. :-)

MollyA

POSTED: Sat, 05/18/2013 - 8:31am

de rien, un Ecossaise a...

i enjoy your posts especially this one (above) on basic wardrobe ...inspiring again. Thank you for sharing!

kb1957

POSTED: Tue, 05/14/2013 - 9:28am

..Great posting!

..Great posting!

JSB

POSTED: Sat, 05/18/2013 - 12:10pm

Hi Kathleen

Wanted to check in with you,as I have been reading your posts but unable to reply unless I'm at work.Hope you are well and having a fine weekend.Take care.oxo Jean

kb1957

POSTED: Mon, 05/20/2013 - 8:59am

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une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Fri, 05/17/2013 - 7:34pm

Thanks, Kathleen....

...mutual admiration society, methinks! Bonne fin de semaine à toi! :-)

Marilyn

POSTED: Mon, 05/13/2013 - 8:44am

Interesting

Interesting as the staples of my English wardrobe are very similar, though I confess to an addiction to jackets! I have still to find the perfect trench so am doing without at the moment. Mine will have to be black as beige takes away what little colour I have. Also my 'pannier du marche' has died as it was very old and battered. I'm not across the pond from you but across La Manche in the very North of England.

une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Wed, 05/15/2013 - 11:43am

Hi, Marilyn!

Great to meet you. Thanks for your response. Listen, as I guess you'll have gathered from my pseudo: 'une Ecossaise à Paris' I'm from Scotland, tho' my husband and children are purely French, and I have dual citizenship. I actually order books and English-language resources regularly from amazon.co.uk, and I've noticed they have some great panniers du marché, if that helps you to find a replacement. I find the ones that work best are those with both short and long leather handles cos I like to sling mine over my shoulder. I also try to get one that has a drawstring lining to keep my purse safe. Greetings to the Royaume Uni (I drive up to Scotland from Paris a couple of times a year, usually via the M6. Anywhere near you??) x0x

Marilyn

POSTED: Fri, 05/17/2013 - 4:50am

Hi Ecossaise

Thank you for the pannier idea, I never thought of Amazon for some reason!!

If you drive home up the M6 give me a wave as we are in a village 8 miles from the A69 junction near Carlisle. I envy you living in France, it was my dream many years ago to retire to France but life stepped in the way and the chance went. Mais c'est la vie!!

une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Fri, 05/17/2013 - 7:41pm

For Marilyn..

..and I envy you! Cathair Luail is a lovely town (oops, city), and in such gorgeous countryside. I'd LOVE to stop off and see you. Last time I was driving up to Scotland, I passed the Carlisle exit at about 3.00am. I'll try to make it at a respectable hour, I promise!! :-)

Marilyn

POSTED: Sat, 05/18/2013 - 3:46am

You might find

You might find Carlisle sadly changed in the austere economic climate. Whilst the cathedral area is still ok there are so many signs of the economic down turn with shops empty, scruffy pavements and badly dressed, badly spoken people. Obviously there are many exceptions if you look but to my eyes the overall view seems grey and not in a nice way. But heyho, I understand that many towns are the same, lacking a vibrance and a sense of style.

If you are passing by one sunny day (!!) it would be lovely to spend a coffee break with you.

miamoki

POSTED: Sat, 05/18/2013 - 12:41pm

Badly dressed and badly spoken people

Marilyn I know what you mean about that! Here in the States it is so bad that they have to put signs in the stores and restaurants, especially here in Miami where it's so warm. They put signs that say no shirt, no shoes, no service. REALLY sad that you have to tell people to put shoes on!!! There just seems to be no sense of pride in oneself anymore. You see kids with their pants half way to the knees so that the underwear shows. You see people that wear sandals (which we do almost year round) that their feet haven't seen a pedicure in their lives. I feel like telling them - hey I know it's hot here but if you can't afford to get a pedicure then at least do it yourself because your feet are gnarly!! I just don't understand it at all. You don't have to be rich to present yourself in a decent manner!


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