Thursday, May 20, 2010

Town(!!!) & Country: Out and About

You'll never believe this. . .

So, I'm out cruising les rues de Paris (as promised) and who did I spot buying her newspaper at the kiosk on the Place Victor Hugo?

Tom and his mistress. 

We both burst out laughing. (You may recall she was at the top of last week's on-the-street feature.) Again she looked unspeakably chic in that only in Paris nonchalant elegant way. Take a peek at her sac, when one owns an Hermes in a plummy mauve, one can only assume there are more where that came from. 

You know I like to keep you au courant about the good, the bad and the ugly encounters I have. Wednesday was one of the worst. I approached two very attractive women (both in skirts!), proffered my stunning card (previously described to you), spieled my spiel and the two of them looked at me as if I were asking for money and did a back-off sort of movement thrusting the cards in my direction. They didn't even give me a compliment. Normally, when women want to get away fast they toss off a throwaway line to make me feel better. Not these two. 

Then along came the two friends pictured above. Charming to the point where I wanted to spend the rest of the afternoon with them. (Please note other status bag, Dior this time.) They were great fun and made up for the others.

The first four photos are from Paris, the final five from the country. These days when women see me in the village near ours they strike a pose and ask in which direction I would like them to walk. I think my big mistake in Paris is to spend too much time in the 16th arrondissement. I've had excellent luck in the First, the Eighth and the Seventh. 

Before I forget: Ballerinas everywhere in all colors with a slight penchant toward taupes, beiges, black patent, lime, hot pink, silver, copper and the ever stylish two tone numbers either a la Chanel or the real deal. 

P.S.: Bitsy, I swear I lost your picture last week. It has happened before. Your American friend in the red trousers was a big hit and I'm certain everyone would have loved to have seen you as well. To answer your question, yes, by all means send me your picture from Skaneateles, N.Y., I promise to include it in a post. (Did you make up that name? I'm from New York state and have never heard of it.) Leave me a message and I'll give you my e-mail address.


That's Not My Age said...

Oh I clocked the Hérmes bag alright. Nice selection of pics- I like the monochrome outfit in the shop and the cut off denim shorts are fun. I just posted a very old photo of myself in cut-offs - obviously I wouldn't wear them now!

Stephanie said...

So inspiring! I love the girl in the low v white t shirt and shorts. There is something very interesting about that whole outfit.

Dorky Medievalist said...

I so enjoy these posts and I admire your bravery in taking pictures of stylish strangers. Great for anecdotes but, I imagine, a bit tough on the self-esteem. Thanks.

And there is something great about seeing Tom's mistress using her Hermes like I use my ratty old handbag. Status or no, it's a great, roomy bag and a useful accessory. How strange to have forgotten that.

Deja Pseu said...

Once again, fabulous photos!

Being the bagaholic that I am, when I visited Paris I kept an eye out for what les Parisiennes were toting. In the 6th, lots of Hermes Birkins. The occasional LV Damier Speedy. Other than that, I didn't see a lot of obvious designer bags, which is why the woman with the Dior really stands out.

James said...

The last shot is a great blend of an interesting background and an equally interesting lady.

Jacqueline said...

Hi Tish,
I can't believe that it's Town and Country, Out and About again. That week has come round a bit too quickly for my liking !!
Well,you are not going to like me and will probably stop speaking to me and no longer be my friend BUT....I'm one of those women who is not interested in handbags !!!!!! Yep, really. Shock horror and, I can hear the whole of blogland taking a sharp intake of breath !!!! I'm a coat and jacket freak. I have enough to open my own shop but, bags leave me quite cold. I also hate having to swop everything over when I choose a different bag for the day. I obviously have a few handbags but, not many.
I love all of these ladies. They all look so beautiful and, as most French women, have that wonderful French 'je ne sais quoi ! I think that they are just born with it.
Thanks for taking your life in your hands to get these shots. What we do for the love of blogging. XXXX

Drea said...

Looks like Tom was in NO mood to have his picture taken... Great Paris shots! Is that Christelle in the shorts? Love her creativity.

Belle de Ville said...

Tish, great photos as usual. I'm a little surprised to see so many blonds. These women could be in LA or Newport Beach.

vicki archer said...

Great to see Paris and the countryside 'live', xv.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

That plum bag grabbed my attention immediately. I have such a soft spot for handbags.

Anonymous said...

The color of that Birkin is to die for!

Dear Cherie:

What are the must-buys from Monoprix and la pharmacie for an American who finds herself in France?


Karena said...

Fabulous images, and ladies all looking very good!! Love your site!

Art by Karena

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Tish,
Another great collection you brave photographer. With my poor (dreadfully embarrasing) French they'd probably think I was asking directions.
Phooey on the two from the 16th, some can be real stinkers! I can say this because I live there...don't ask me how that happened, for now anyway... All the ladies look lovely, your action shots are very well done Tish!

Metropolitan Mum said...

Tish, mon amie, ma cherie. If I met you in the street and was offered the honour to be banned on picture for your blog, I'd stop there and then and don the brightest smile I have in my repertoire.
PS: Please send me your mailing address. I have sent an email to your yahoo account but haven't heard back from you. I really want to send you your Liz Earle pamper packet. After all, you are in France and we all know how serious preening and pampering in France is being taken... ;)

Metropolitan Mum said...

PPS: It just occurred to me - you may have deleted the email bc the surname sounds really odd. It's not my fault and I am not in the porn industry. It's my husband's ancestors...

Aleatha Parker-Wood said...

Dear Tish,
These photos are amazing, as always. And I admire your courage at asking strangers for photos. I love taking portraits, but am always so shy about asking people to let me take them.

I have a topic soon to to be near and dear to my heart, and I was wondering if you and Jeanne-Aelia might consider taking a stab at it... What do French women wear when they are expecting un petit cadeau? Maternity wear in the US seems very frumpy to me, and I assume if anyone has it mastered, the French must.
Merci par avance.

Jeanne-Aelia Desparmet-Hart said...

These photos are so much fun! I can immediately spot the Parisians; a little more "dressed". And I agree with Dorky Medievalist about being brave enough to ask for the permission. Even asking for the time of day is asking for disdain...especially in the 16th where we lived for many years when my family was in France not too far from the place Victor Hugo. St Germain is perhaps a little friendlier, though....not sure. Love the first lady, love her scarf her color combination her nice smaile. and the cutest dog. Bravo again, Letitia.


I knew I recognized that woman! One thing I've noticed in travelling is that the French only wear/carry French - the Italians only Italian. So Hermes, Dior yada yada yada. Just so damn ordinary, Tish. LOL

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

Looks like you are having fun!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Another great on the street post Tish. I noticed the long sweaters or are they sweaters? I can't tell, but they make you look taller and chic. I really like them. I'm thrilled to see the ballerinas. That you Carla for this (comfortable) stylist trend.

I have sympathy when it comes to the cards. People always think I'm selling something. Please keep the pictures coming, even if some refuse.

But on the flip side, when I'm approached in a store or in a mall by someone selling something, I don't even wait to see what it is. I automatically say no thanks and move along quickly. I guess that makes me just as bad, doesn't it.

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