Secondhand bargains

It’s been a while since I shared some of my bargains, so here’s a look at some of my recent finds: mohair and wool blanket (for the fabulous Parisian apartment I’ll probably never be able to afford), Guess Starlight Skinny jeans (the first time I’ve bought Guess jeans and I love them) and Moroccanoil hair oil (because this has rave reviews so must be worth the hype). All found at vide greniers, Paris’ version of carboot sales.


Violette Sauvage at Kube Hôtel

This weekend (9-10 December) is the Violette Sauvage blogger and fashionista vide dressing at Kube Hôtel in Paris’ 18th arrondissement.

I went yesterday and while it’s €3 to get in, the entry fee is definitely worth it. Blogger vide dressings always rate highly on my agenda as there is usually a great selection of items, many of which are new with tags and from recent or current collections. Which of course is great if you need to buy someone a gift and want to look generous (although to be honest I usually just buy presents for myself).

Some of the good deals I saw yesterday included a brand new with tags The Kooples silk dress for €40 instead of €278 and a Patricia Blanchet bag for €80 instead of €295. And not cheap but utterly fabulous was a brand new with tags Acne jacket for €900.

So what did I buy? A pair of jazzy Adidas shorts (I have vague plans to become a fitness fanatic in the New Year) for €5 and a Marc by Marc Jacobs skirt that is very Chanel/Cher Horowitz for €20.

At 1 Passage Ruelle, 75018

Friday blues

IMG_0942Every time I think spring has finally arrived in Paris, it starts to rain. Today’s outfit is all a bit blue: H&M jacket that I originally bought for a friend but which she said looks better on me (I wasn’t going to argue with that); See by Chloé patterned top, and J brand jeans. Everything was bought secondhand in Paris.

If you haven’t yet tried J brand I recommend you do so, but if you can’t justify the price tag, I find H&M and Zara jeans to be very good as well.

The Miu Miu perfume in the picture was a gift—I love it both for its smell and the fact the ad campaign featured a black and white kitten.


Black and white

IMG_0880Going to hip bars in Paris requires a suitably cool outfit, and since Parisians mostly seem to wear black or white, or sometimes grey, I decided to go for a monochrome look.

This outfit is a collection of secondhand finds sourced in the French capital. Because who does style better than the French?

Boots, H&M bought at a vide grenier. Opening Ceremony cut off sweat tee and The Kooples zebra sequins skirt, both from Emmaüs.

Cosy in cashmere – Emmaüs fashion finds


This week’s fashion finds are some of the best bargains I’ve had this year, and all are courtesy of French solidarity movement Emmaüs.

The pink cashmere jumper with glitter hem and cuffs is a new favourite, and has already received lots of compliments – bought for 2 at the Emmaüs kilo shop on Paris’ Rue Quincampoix. The black United Colors of Benetton cardigan with pearl buttons was snapped up at the same shop, also for 2, and the brown heeled lace-up brogues from Portuguese footwear brand Tatuaggi were bought from a different Emmaüs outpost for 4.

Snapping up a Sandro

This week’s fabulous fashion find comes in the form of a midnight blue dress from French fashion brand Sandro. It features three-quarter length sleeves, an exposed zip and a belt with a snap fastener.

I saw this dress on luxury fashion resale site Vestiaire Collective, priced at a bargain 29 and described as being in excellent condition. With postage, the total came to 37.90 – a pretty good deal given that Sandro dresses retail at between 165 and 325. I’ve never seen a Sandro dress priced this cheaply in a dépôt vente, and such an item would probably be quite hard to come buy at a vide grenier, so I snapped it straight up. Luckily it fits my colleague like a glove – stay tuned for it being modelled by her!