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Paris – Part 3: Passage 53 and Chanel

Today I wanted to share Part 3 of Paris with you all (Part 1 and Part 2 here). Before we did our shopping, Mr. Feather and I had lunch at an amazing restaurant called Passage 53, which serves French food with a Japanese touch. The restaurant was recently awarded its second Michelin star (may be about to get a third soon) and I would really recommend it for lunch – four courses were quite affordable too by Paris standards, I think less than 60 euro each per person). Unfortunately I forgot to take photos of all the food except for the dessert below – I am so happy when there’s lots of dessert at restaurants because I have a total sweet tooth.

Passage 53 is in the Passage des Panoramas which is the oldest covered passageway in Paris! There are tons of affordable and delicious looking dining options inside.

There are also a ton of really lovely, unique shops! I saw more than a few stamp shops, I thought this giant vintage suitcase with all these used stamps below was so cool:

There was also a very interesting doll shop that sold all kinds of doll parts including empty doll heads, eyes, hair, etc. Here are all the different eyes that you could buy to put in your doll – to be honest, while the shop was definitely cool I was a little scared. It seemed like somewhere Hannibal Lecter would shop (come closer, Clarice…).

After eating, Mr. Feather and I headed back to the Vendome area to do some shopping (we walked – it’s a very nice walk, around a mile or so). You know that I had a wonderful time at Hermes, but to be honest, the best shopping experience I had was at Chanel!

Chanel Rue Cambon flagship

After the crazy crowds at 24 Faubourg I was a little scared of visiting the Chanel flagship at Rue Cambon. It was indeed really crowded. But as soon as I walked in, it was such a great experience. A lovely sales associate immediately went up to us and asked if I was looking for anything special. I replied that I just wanted to walk around, and she said of course, would we mind if she walked us around the store and had some refreshments brought over as well?

After I got my green tea (hey, tea is 8 euros at Laduree – I take free whenever I can), we ended up in ready to wear, where they have racks and racks organized by your size. I was DYING! Everything was so gorgeous, I was well past my 8th iteration of “OMG, I love it, I love it, so pretty, DEAR LORD look at theΒ PRICE, why didn’t I listen to my parents and study engineering so I could have started the next Facebook and thus could BUY THIS JACKET” when Mr. Feather began to yawn conspicuously and mutter worrisome sounding phrases such as, “fiscal responsibility” and “when are we going to see some cultural sights.” So I quickly moved onto shoes and accessories…where I eventually fell in love with these sweet shoes. They are not as jaw droppingly beautiful as a Lesage tweed jacket but hopefully they will be more durable…!

By the way – most luxury shops in Paris will deliver to your hotel, free of charge (not the case in other European cities I’ve found), and so I would definitely take advantage of this – it leaves you free to walk around and the bags appear nicely in your room at the end of the day! I have never had an issue with this.

I have been looking for the perfect pair of slightly cowboy + slightly Isabel Marant-ish plus totally comfortable boots in a particular tan shade for the longest time – I finally found them at Chanel! I would recommend these little boots very much, very stylish and comfortable.

Next to some oxford heels that came in the mail while I was gone..

Just leaving you all with a little totally unrelated anecdote. I love the camellia that Chanel includes on its packaging and when we came back, I was searching for it in my luggage. It turns out Mr. Feather stuck it on the fridge! I took a photo for you all and then noticed it was next to this obscure magnet from Lacock, Wiltshire. I got this magnet when I was once stuck in Bath, England for a long time for business related reasons (don’t ask). One weekend I was so bored that I decided to go on a Harry Potter EnglandΒ tour… even though I don’t even watch Harry Potter! Apparently Lacock is where some of the movies are filmed – since everybody was oohing and aahing I decided I might as well get a magnet!

Okay, I hope you all enjoyed Part 3 of Paris! Look out for Part 4 sometime soon πŸ™‚

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  • Vasu
    June 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    wow….would soon be going there….would love to check out that restaurant… the shoes….they are so so amazing

  • Jenna Lee
    June 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Love those boots! That suitcase looks fun! Seems like a great time!

  • Something Old, Something New
    June 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Love those boots! And that suitcase with the old stamps is very cool.

  • Julia
    June 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Another interesting and wonderful post as usual. Too bad Mr. Feather was cut off the picture πŸ˜‰ I have studied engineering and still can't afford to buy lots of things I want. It doesn't make a difference. You do what you love is the most important πŸ™‚

  • Neris
    June 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your boots! Perfect color, perfect style, perfect brand πŸ™‚ Also, the suitcase full of stamps is pretty cool πŸ™‚


    Fashion Fractions

  • homestilo
    June 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    That second image is so romantic- ready to be there now.
    Cute boots- can't wait to see them as part of your outfits.

  • Alysson
    June 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    oh my gosh!! your boots are beautiful..I am officially reallly jealous of your trip! XO

  • The Blonde @ Stylish3
    June 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Do you know the style name of those boots? I'd love to try to find them for myself. They're gorgeous!

  • B.Inspired
    June 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    LOVE your new boots! Can't wait to see them on you!

  • Tangled In Texas
    June 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Wow! You have had so many adventures! Your shoes are simply gorgeous. That's amazing when the RTW clothes are arranged by size – why doesn't every store do that?

  • Chic 'n Cheap Living
    June 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Um can we just brunch and shop together some time? I was thinking about getting the Camelia sandals but wasn't sure if I "needed" them. Glad you got great shopping done!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  • Michelle
    June 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Love those Boots! Isn't the Chanel store gorg, was one of my favs during my World Tour last year. Looking forward to Part 4.

  • audrinajulia
    June 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I enjoy reading your travel and shopping adventures! Looking forward for another post.:)

  • Melissa
    June 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Aw! I love the boots, you're right, they are a perfect mix of the perfect boot-elements! Good find. Jealous of your unbelievable excursion, you are making me get off my iPhone and get back to work so I can afford to go on a trip like this in–ohh, about–3948795 years!


  • Annette
    June 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Ahh! Going to Chanel in Paris, such a dream πŸ™‚ The boots look like they will carry you through many seasons! Love the subtle stitching in the back.

  • Sarah
    June 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Lady – I hope you let Mr. Feather know that CHANEL IS A CULTURAL SITE!!! πŸ˜‰ those boots are to die for, I'm loving your posts about Paris. Can't wait for Part 4!!


  • vanda
    June 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Love the chanel boots!!!! So original!!

  • amy b.s.
    June 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    these photos are lovely and those boots are beyond amazing!

  • Michelle
    June 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Love the boots so hard. I will say the doll shop is now conjuring up scary images in my over active imagination. If I have nightmares tonight it's on you πŸ™‚

  • C'est La Viii
    June 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Oooh super love the vintage luggage filled with stamps!

  • Holly
    June 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    WOW the food looks yum! i love fusion food!

    your boots and heels are so cute, too! where are the heels from? great finds!

  • Kate (Embarrassment of Riches)
    June 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I am insanely jealous! The one thing I didn't do when I went to Paris last month was shop. Your pictures are lovely. I remember reading raves about Passage 53 when we were planning our trip.

  • Brownie
    June 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Oh cool am off to Europe n Paris soon n have booked passage 53 too. Can't wait for your other Paris posts. I've been looking for tan or brown boots for ages- so hard to find. Lucky you – got those lovely Chanel ones.

  • Kate L.
    June 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    The boots are stunning!

    Fashion Cat

  • Meisha.Style
    June 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    C'est La Vie!

  • chanello
    June 28, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    By far my favorite post. The doll shop looks like my personal funhouse!

  • Melanie
    June 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Love it! ;D You have a great blog πŸ™‚ I follow you now, want to follow back? ^^

  • Eve
    June 28, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    love the boots!
    ughhh i wanna go to paris!

  • alison*elle
    June 29, 2011 at 12:33 am

    OMG, love your Chanel boots! I'm so excited to check out the store while in Paris (and a lot of the other sights you've posted). Also, your anecdotes about Mr. Feather are always so funny πŸ˜€

    xo, alison*elle

  • Carrie
    June 29, 2011 at 12:35 am

    love those boooots! they look sooo cute.


  • mew mew
    June 29, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Haha I love your write-ups! Always interesting and makes me laugh. πŸ™‚ Sounds like a dreamy experience at Chanel, I totally get the rush of excitement that somehow incredibly beautiful clothing can provoke, haha. Sometimes I gotta laugh at myself for getting so excited over clothes…but really it's the beauty, right? Any other thing so visually appealing is equally effective, but anyway sorry I'm rambling, hahaha.

    I'm looking forward to part 4! πŸ˜€

    mew mew

  • Finley
    June 29, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Love all of this!! Thanks for sharing your trip in such detail! And all the pictures — oh my. So fun! The new shoes are to die.

    {mommy chic} latest post: mini lanvin

  • Lisa
    June 29, 2011 at 2:10 am

    yum that lunch is crazy afforadable for a 2 star michelan restaurant in paris of all places! will most def have to try it when we're visiting paris.

    eek!! your new chanel boots are gorgeous kat wear them in good health :)!!

  • DSK Steph
    June 29, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Chanel cowboy boots!! That's so unique! I'm loving your travel posts! Can you go on more vacations? πŸ™‚

  • RAW
    June 29, 2011 at 2:37 am

    I'm enjoying living vicariously through you as I read these posts. Those boots are great.

    June 29, 2011 at 2:39 am

    oh wow those are some great boots!

  • Nicole
    June 29, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Great boots!
    Thanks for your comment!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,

  • β™₯Mishi Γ  la modeβ™₯
    June 29, 2011 at 4:55 am

    awww paris!!! So beautiful and love the pictures.. I wish I could visit soon.

  • Erin
    June 29, 2011 at 5:27 am

    That dessert look SO good! And, let's talk about these boots! Paris was such a success-between Hermes, and these lovely boots! I love the color and the subtlety of the interlocking Cs-visible, yet understated! Gorgeous pick!


    Erin @

  • 0000
    June 29, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Your posts on Paris definitely make me want to go, and now I'm feeling a little regretful I turned down the opportunity to study abroad in Europe over the summer (but then again, staying alone in a new country is probably loads more interesting than staying with a bunch of law students on vacation haha)! That passageway looks wonderful! I've never even been inside a Chanel store before, so it was interesting to read about your experience. The boots look great, and I can't wait to see how you style them!

  • Katarzyna Zuzanna
    June 29, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Those chanel boots are amazing! xx

  • Lauren
    June 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    a friendly hello from your newest follower.
    I <3 chanel and camillas.
    safe travels.

  • Lydia
    June 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    So jealous right now πŸ™‚ Love that Chanel boots! Yummy!

  • Nelah
    June 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Those boots are so adorable. Can't wait to see what you will wear with them.

    Yum..yum..I am dreaming about having lunch at a chic cafe in Paris…dream..dream..dream.

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  • Claire
    August 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I am totally enjoying your posts about Paris; I will be staying at the Park Hyatt Vendome too, and also Passage 53 is one of my restaurant lists! Did you enjoy their food? How did you make a reservation? I heard that they don’t accept reservations πŸ™ Should I ask the hotel concierge? Thank you so much in advance for your reply πŸ™‚ And thanks for the great post!

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      August 25, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Hi Claire! Thanks so much, I’ll hopefully be returning soon so can do an update then.

      I believe we did make reservations at Passage 53 – maybe the hotel concierge did them for us? I can’t remember. The food was quite good and not as expensive as I’ve typically found Michelin starred restaurants in France. Yes, ask the concierge!

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