Fall Color In Paris

Style blogger Susan B. in Jardin des Tuileries. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

It’s been a whirlwind visit so far. Greetje was here Friday and Saturday (she’s sent me some better photos which I’ll download and share soon).

Susan B. and fellow blogger Greetje enjoy a glass of champagne in Paris.

Greetje left to go back to Amsterdam late Saturday afternoon. That evening, I had dinner with the fabulous Alyson of That’s Not My Age, and Mr. TNMA. Sunday morning I got up and took a stroll while the city was still waking up…

Paris cafe on a Sunday morning. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

It’s Dior, Darling

Sunday afternoon, Josephine arrived from the south of France, and we set right out for the Dior Exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Dior Bar Dress at Musee des Arts Decoratifs. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I took loads of photos which I’ll share in a separate post once I’m home, but will say a) if you can get there, by all means GO see it and b) buy tickets in advance. Even with advance tickets we stood in line for about 30 minutes…the line for those without tickets looked to be a couple of hours long. It’s an amazing, large, and dazzling exhibit.

Navy, ochre and pink outfit in Paris. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I Love Paris When It Drizzles

Wearing: scarf (similar) | jacket (similar style) | sweater (similar| bagjeans | boots (similar)

The weather turned cool and blustery yesterday. I decided to wear this cashmere sweater which I’d just purchased at Comptoir des Cotonniers.* It’s an ochre color, a little more golden and less orange than it looks here. Between the weather forecast and the guy at the front desk who said, “no, it’s not going to rain today,” I decided to leave my umbrella behind. Sure enough, as we were waiting for our bus, the drops began falling. As we were standing in line on the sidewalk for the Dior exhibition, it was raining steadily, and I was rather damp by the time we got inside. (Dried off quickly once in the heated interior, fortunately.)

It had stopped by the time we left the building, but the sky still looked threatening so we took a quick stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries before catching the metro back to the hotel. I’ve learned my lesson, and won’t be leaving my hotel without the umbrella, regardless of what the forecast says.

Josephine (who shot these lovely outfit photos) and I are heading out the door to make the most of our time here. More soon!

Below, people-watching in St. Germain…

*Comptoir des Cotonniers is one of my favorite French brands. Sadly, they don’t sell online in the U.S. I’ve linked to some of their pieces available second-hand. If you are in France and spot one of their shops, it’s definitely worth a browse.

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  1. I love seeing you in these colors, Susan! You should wear them more often…and, as always, thanks for sharing Paris with us!

  2. Having lived in NYC for many years, I’ve learned to never leave home without an umbrella —and in Paris, I always throw one in my bag! You’re so lucky though -Fall is my favorite season to be in Paris and the gray lighting of a rainy day makes the buildings look more beautiful ! Looking forward to the Dior exhibition post!!

  3. I love the navy blue with the burnt orange! I much prefer the dark wash jeans too. Dark wash jeans always look a little sharper and crisper than the light wash. For me, light-wash jeans always seem like more of a summer-casual beach look.

  4. I just returned from Paris. It seems that we had similar trips. The Dior exhibit was so vast, I felt that I needed to go back for a second look. We stayed in St. Germain. I would highly recommend the restaurant Ze Kitchen Gallerie!

  5. Love seeing your photos. That scarf with the orange top is great. i gasped when I saw that iconic Dior jacket and skirt. What a treat to see this show. Keep on sending those photos. Loving them.

  6. Susan, I love love love your picture in navy/orange/berry combo! You look beautiful. Love that you met with Greetje. Two of my favorite bloggers. More please of your Paris adventures!

  7. That looks like my husband’s favorite table across from Saint Germain des Pres. But even if it’s not, your photo just lit up his face! 🙂

    I’m loving that burnt orange with your floral scarf. Never thought of orange/pink going together so well.

    And you have on that fab long navy jacket you bought on your last European trip.

    Loving your pix AND the soundscapes!

  8. My mother remembered very well when the “new look” came in after WWII. She had several suits influenced by the one you show in your photograph. They were so graceful and beautiful on her – even though she was hardly a model. I sometimes wish we still dressed as well as that…

  9. Whoha.. such a strange feeling to see these sights, to see our faces with the champaign (you have to send me the high res photo; this one is cute!), to hear the bells. I always leave Paris with pain in my heart. It was so nice seeing you again. I am all for making this a yearly event.