Because Treat Yo Self.
I have always wanted to visit the original Chanel shop in Paris. Coco Chanel was such an inspiring woman. Now that I actually needed to buy a new perfume I figured why not make a whole day out of this. My birthday present for Magdalena was a nice cake and tea date and that gave me a perfect opportunity to combine shopping + cake and tea, spend a little more than usual, and treat myself with a fancy day.
Since I did not want to just pop into any random store, I had a proper Googling session the evening before. Paris is a heaven for cake-lovers so it’s not particularly hard to find something. However, I wanted to make sure they have a nice seating area and the location is central, close to all the boutique shops. I found this old cafe called Angelina and booked it straight away. The place looks like a dollhouse and I loved that it has such a long cake-making tradition. It was founded in 1903 and Coco Chanel herself was also visiting the same cafe. Pretty cool.
We ordered something for late breakfast and later had cake and tea. I had Eggs Benedict with salmon and Magdalena had French toast. Oh, it was just lovely. The egg-yellow just oozed out of mine and Magdalena’s toast was just so spongy and soft. The coffee was perfectly made and Magdalena’s cocoa, almond and rose petal tea was really interesting. The service was quick and we got to practice our French a bit, so overall we were really happy. And then they brought the cakes – oh my! They are just a piece of art and even though I had a serious case of sweetness overdose later, it was completely worth it. I heard that their hot chocolate is on point so I plan to go back there when the weather gets even colder. The bill was 55€. And I think worth it.
Tummy full of all these goodies, we continued our way towards the Chanel shop. I was excited and a little bit nervous. After all, it is a very expensive and fancy shop and the one we were heading towards to is the most famous one from the whole chain. Naturally, I felt a little bit out of my element. However, there was no need to worry because the staff was warm and welcoming. The doorman opened the door and security checked our bags (this is normal in Paris) and we started to wander around this magical place. We looked at all the different clothes and checked some of the price tags. A pair of shiny trousers was 4000€ (!). We continued looking and we found some “cheaper” things as well, like 1000€ shoes. Magdalena was daydreaming and said that maybe she will treat herself after graduating masters. Alright, well, luckily I wasn’t there to buy clothes, cause that was obviously out of my league. And frankly, I am not sure if I would even want to buy the clothes. I feel that they age rather fast. I would much rather like to buy a Chanel bag or some accessories, which I could give on to the next generations.
What I wanted to buy instead was a perfume. I had always had my eye on the Chanel Mademoiselle one (140€ for 100ml) because I liked the design, the name, their model they used (Keira Knightley) and the specific smell. However, I was pretty disappointed to smell it again now. I did not like it. Instead, I like the Chanel Chance (104€ for 100ml) one which had a design I did not fancy that much. Since the smell of the perfume is obviously more important than other qualities, I decided to buy Chance instead. I also checked out their make up and figured that it would be really cool to have a classic red lipstick (34€) by Chanel. So I bought that too.
Before we headed to the checkout the saleslady asked us if we would maybe like to try on some earrings and necklaces as well. Of course we said yes. So we followed her and she took out some amazing sparkly jewellery with Chanel logos everywhere. She also asked us what drinks would we like to have, called the service and got us some drinks on the house. That’s how they treat their customers. Also, there are lounge areas everywhere so if you get tired then you can just wait for your friend on the couch while having some nice cold drinks. Anyways, I really liked some of the smaller earrings and I think that when I manage to save enough money, I might make myself a Christmas present and buy the 300€ ones with a small pearl. Necklaces cost around 600-800€. But the thing is that when I asked her whether it’s silver or cold then she said that it’s just mixed metals. The design is what makes it so expensive. But then again, how cool would it be pass these earrings on to my daughter and then granddaughter? “Oh, these are the Chanel original earrings that your grandmother wore when she lived in Paris…“.
Anyways, I paid 140€ for that trip to the shop and left with a perfume and a lipstick and a longing wish to return to buy those pearl earrings. The checkout was an experience itself and even the receipt looked like a work of art. I’m definitely happy with that experience.
We continued our way and walked by all these amazing designer shops. Our final destination was Galeries Lafayette at Haussmann, which I also had wanted to visit for a while now but never got the chance. Galeries Lafayette is the most expensive and fancy department store in France and their Haussmann building is a work of art. Just look at that ceiling. We wandered around a bit, tried on some scarves and hats, browsed designer bags (oh I was drooling over that 1500€ YSL bag) and then left because it was too crowded. They were in a middle of a small sale. However, I am planning to return in January when they have the biggest sale of the year to finally buy myself a nice designer handbag. Right now I really liked the Furla one, we’ll see.
I can’t wait for the next fancy day!