Souvenirs from Paris

My last trip of the year was unfortunately another work related one – but at least to a nicer destination, Paris! As an added bonus, I was able to spend a weekend there. And even better yet, Mr. Feather also happened to be in Europe for work, and we were able to have a day together. Hoorah!

I’ve been really trying not to turn my travel trips into shopping ones (the temptation is strong), partially because I always end stamping on my luggage on the last day to make it all fit. Anyway, since it was nearing Christmas and also because I had a willing if ever-so-sulky husband with me who could help with ferrying carrier bags, we made our way to a few shopping destinations, including over to the mothership Hermes, on Rue du Faubourg.

I had a couple items on my wish list and since the inventory was quite good during the Christmas season (the best I’ve seen in years), I was able to snag both! A Christmas miracle, as far as Hermes is concerned.

Hermes Orange Boxes

First up was a new cashmere/silk shawl. I love these shawls and find them much easier to wear than the silk scarves, personally. I usually only buy one or two maximum per year, so try to be really picky and only buy the patterns/colors I love.

As soon as I saw this colorway and pattern (Peuple du Vent), I knew that it was the one! I love the complimentary colors and don’t have enough blue. Plus, this pattern is so awesome. I adore all the animals on it.

Peuple de Vent Shawl Ciel

My favorite animals in the shawl include the little cat and polar bear. I have a thing for polar bears. Did you know that I still sleep with the same stuffed animal I had as a little kid – the ubiquitous Gund polar bear? His official name according to Gund is “Snuffles” but I’ve always just called him “Bear”. Anyway.

Hermes Peuple de Vent Shawl Ciel

This is a current season shawl, so you should be able to find it in stores online. Right now Hermes USA has the Peuple du Vent shawl in five colorways.

The next item on my wishlist was a bit tricker. I had a few very specific bags that I wanted and had requested. At this point I’m pretty happy with my accessories collection, so I’m very exact and quite picky about what I will add. Hermes mistakes are costly, my friends! Each of the bags on my wish list were ones I knew weren’t produced very often, so I wasn’t exactly holding my breath. Even with our salesperson returned with some boxes and a smile, I still had some doubts.

As soon as she opened the first box though, I knew I’d be taking something extra home.

Hermes Box Open

This is what I ended up keeping – an ostrich Kelly Pochette in the color “Bleu Iris” with palladium hardware. Hello my new friend!

Kelly Pochette Here

I had asked for a darker colored pochette in ostrich earlier, thinking that I was going to take one in black. The manager advised though that a) Hermes didn’t make the pochette in black ostrich unless specially ordered, and b) she thought that any color but black would be better for ostrich anyway, since it showed off the unique skin better.

When the bag first came out, I knew that it was a super duper color. I still had been thinking about black though, so I mulled it over for a few minutes. “If I don’t end up taking this one…I wonder if I’ll cry in a few days,” I said.

The manager considered this for an instant, and then replied, “Yes. Probably.” She’s the kind of cool, chic blunt French woman who wouldn’t hesitate to tell you not to buy a wedding dress while all your other friends are blubbering over how beautiful it is, so I knew I should obey. And I’m glad I did!

I’ve been abstaining until after Christmas to use this bad boy (Mr. Feather says I have no self control…I’ll show him) so I’ll be taking this one out for a maiden voyage soon, and will follow up with a more detailed review post on the pochette. In the meantime, thank you for reading along, and I hope that you all got a Christmas wish (or many!) this holiday season.

Happy 2015 to you and your loved ones!

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  • Tabitha
    January 5, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Oh that is utterly stunning and what a colour.

  • tata
    January 5, 2015 at 8:05 am

    it’s beautiful. i’m so jealous!

  • Riquita604
    January 5, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Gorgeous scarf and bag! I don’t think I’ll ever own anything in ostrich, so lucky you! Congratulations!

  • Mod
    January 5, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Beautiful!!! Happy new year, Kat!

  • Elaine
    January 5, 2015 at 9:14 am

    OMG, the Kelly pochette is stunning! I wouldn’t trade this for a black one! Congratulations!

    I hope to get a Kelly pochette one day 🙂

  • Sarah
    January 5, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Enjoy your KP my favourite clutch bag! – the colour is great it will work with jeans and with more formal outfits which is partly what I love about it. Yes, don’t you love french sales assistants?

  • Vivian
    January 5, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I have to say this blue is stunning! You should be proud of getting this instead of black

  • Cassie
    January 5, 2015 at 11:11 am

    The colour and skin combo on that bag is gorgeous! I’m so glad you decided to go with it 🙂

  • irina
    January 5, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Marry Xmas and happy holidays, Kat! Sorry, it’s a little late but I wish you a great year, full of travels, books, gifts, and meetings with good people! Irina.

  • roxyturtle
    January 5, 2015 at 11:54 am

    That Pochette is seriously gorgeous!! You made the right color choice for sure. 🙂

  • Philip
    January 5, 2015 at 11:59 am

    The pochette is beautiful!

  • Revanche
    January 5, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    *laughing at the mental image of Mr. Feather*

    I love the brilliant colors of both the scarf and the pochette, they’re such great vibrant choices. The saleswoman had to be right about the blue over the black 🙂

  • Jennipher
    January 5, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Wow, that bag is spectacular! Great purchases and what a fun way to end the year!

  • Lisa
    January 5, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    What amazing purchases! Thank you for sharing.

  • Michelle
    January 5, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Happy New Year! Amazing Kelly Pochette!! It is on my wish list too !

  • cate
    January 5, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Congratulations on your lovely purchases! That pochette looks spectacular! I’m usually not even a fan of blue bags, but in the ostrich leather it is stunning!

  • DSK Steph
    January 5, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    gorgeous gorgeous clutch!!!

  • Audrinajulia
    January 6, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Yay i’m so happy for you with your Hermes addition! Beautiful! Looks like Christmas treats your wish list so well to come out with both. And now atleast you showed to Mr. Feather that you have self control, kudos to that! it’s so hard to do.:)

    Happy New Year Katherine!


  • laura
    January 6, 2015 at 9:13 am

    oh my – both of those are just lovely! i have yet to purchase a shawl from H but i feel the urge is leading me to one soon. yours is just beautiful! happy 2015 🙂

  • Maria
    January 6, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I think I just fainted. The SA was so right – the ostrich is spectacular in deep blue and a much better choice. And PduV is the shawl of the season. Two perfect additions to your Hermes collection! Happy New Year!

  • ABG
    January 6, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Stunning on both counts, congratulations Katherine.
    Happy new year!

  • Amanda | The Cool York
    January 8, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I love the navy ostrich. The white accent makes matching much easier as well, as I know I gravitate towards black bags because of the versatility. Best of both worlds. Love it.

    Amanda |

  • Audrey
    January 8, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Congratulation!! It is stunning. Blue is still a good neutral, very special but not loud 🙂

  • Danaya
    January 10, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    You’re pochette is beautiful! Do you mind if I ask how much you paid for it?

  • Falnangel
    January 11, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Both the scarf and Pochette are beautiful! Have you done a post on Hermes silk knots? Are you big H silk fan?