a parisian holiday: part three where to shop.
by victoria comment

9/7/22

i’ve posted part one on my holiday in pairs, where to stay and what to see; part two where to eat and drink, and now here’s the latest and last chapter — where to shop. shopping in paris is always a good idea and so much inspiration! such great design, with excellent vintage treasures to be found and, of course, fun fashion. I’ve rounded up a few of my old favorite boutiques and some wonderful new discoveries i was excited to find. for instance, be sure to check out the areas surrounding canal saint-martin in the 10th arrondissement for some great shops like centre commerical for fashion and artisan homewares and one-of-a-kind home goods at jamini. macon & lesquoy is a perfect spot for hand-beaded souvenir brooches and artworks — i brought home a darling little baguette. in the heart of Palais Royal’s gardens is maison bonnet, where if you want to order a custom pair of eyeglasses, this is where jackie o would get her signature sunglasses — ooooh la la! and nearby is astier de villatte where they carry the most gorgeous ceramics as well as an incredible home accessories collaboration with john derian (sorry, no photos are allowed). here are what other shops we found along our travels around paris.

first up is vintage shop extraordinaire axs design because it was one of our favorite finds, thanks to the shopkeepers who recommended it to me. the shop owners and designers Ariel Novak and Sydney Sabatier couldn’t have been kinder and more welcoming, and their vintage curations are just so special and surprisingly affordable. we all left with many, many treasures and some fun history to go along with them as well as some newfound friends. the shop is in a beautiful courtyard tucked away from the street, so use your GPS! 12 rue saint-sabin, 75011 paris.

sharing the same courtyard with axs design is the incredible antoinette poisson. the stunning boutique houses the old charm of 18th-century interiors, using designs and motifs based on original creations and prints from historical archives. the brand’s flagship products include leaf-printed papers, wallpapers, printed linens, perfumes, stationery, and handmade decorative objects for the home. The store’s windows open onto their workshop, where you can see the block printing and coloring of their signature wallpapers and prints. i found a one-of-a-kind journal here with my favorite pattern, ‘pretty wood.’ do stop in and say hello to the lovely staff here. 12 rue saint-sabin, 75011 paris.

also for vintage lovers — a must visit to paul bert serpette, the flagship of the puces de paris saint-ouen, Paul Bert Serpette is the world’s largest antique market, so wear your sneakers because you’ll be covering a lot of ground. The Paul Bert Serpette is actually the specialized antique market within the larger flea market, which spans several city blocks where you’ll find loads of bric-a-brac and some excellent people-watching. do not miss it. 110 rue des rosiers, saint-ouen, 93400 paris.

drole de monsieur is a must-visit fashion boutique in le marais offering distinctive and wearable everyday wardrobe, presented as an hommage to iconic sportswear. their collections are halfway between fascination for the 70’s and 80’s aesthetic, nostalgia for the 90’s, with true attention to today’s chic comfort. past and present meet in their fun collections, with the sophistication of retro silhouettes and a cheeky motto that i had to have hanging on my walls — you can wear it on a t-shirt, too: not from paris madame. 52 rue charlot, 75003 paris.

also in le marais is a lovely little shop i stumbled upon, inoui editions, a french accessory brand created by stylist lise guitton and textile designer mathilde bon. starting with their signature scarves, they moved on to collections of leather goods, home decor, and ready-to-wear using the same design identity as their iconic prints. each print on their scarves tells you a story like a painting. there are several paris locations, but i visited their le marais location. 17 rue des blancs manteaux, 75004 paris.

a longtime favorite of mine is merci, a concept store where you can shop for not only french fashion but fabulous homewares, too. it’s kind of my home away from home in paris, and if i’m feeling a little lost or overwhelmed, i head to merci to feel comfortable and welcome. and i always dine in their used book shop cafe at least once while i’m there. or i’ll also stop into their very charming le cine-cafe. the store always has amazing displays happening, usually around a general theme, so i promise you’ll never leave uninspired. 111 boulevard beaumarchais, 75003 paris.

jamini is a beautiful homewares shop i’ve been following for a long time on instagram, carrying a range of household linens and home decor with printed, woven, or embroidered patterns on everything from clothing to table linens, cushions, bed linen, and handcrafted Indian quilts — unique textile pieces with a bohemian aesthetic. i found this gorgeous kimono robe here, too. 10 rue du chateau d’eau, 75010 paris.

artefact paris is another shop i happened upon by chance. located in le marais, on the historic Rue des Blancs-Manteaux, a road was named in 1289 after a monastery located just behind the boutique specializing in carefully sourced teas from all over the world as well as delicious house blends you can try in their small tea tasting area. it was a very hot day in paris, and the very kind store owner offered me some refreshing cold herbal blend to try, which i ended up buying and bringing home. they also carry some exquisite ceramics, art books, and homewares. a truly lovely little shop. 23 rue des blancs manteaux 75004 paris.

if vintage clothes are your thing, don’t miss mamz’elle swing, also in le marais. i’ve never seen so many well-curated vintage dresses in one place and could have taken home an armload of their pretty prints. the handbags and hats were pretty grand too, so while you’re shopping all the new clothing shops in le marais, stop in to mamz’elle swing and get your vintage fix. 35 bis, king of sicily street, 75004 paris.

i’ve been stopping into concept store la mouette rieuse for years now, and it’s always a fun and inspiring visit filled with wonderful art and photography books, whimsical paper goods, parisian souvenirs, home accessories, and even a sweet little coffee and co-working cafe in the rear. 17 bis rue pavee, 75004 paris.

le monde sauvage from founder Beatrice Laval is also a longtime favorite of mine and I’ve purchased many a beautiful pillow and bedroll from this pretty textile shop. it’s somewhere you’ll fall in love with. 21 rue de Savigne, 75004 paris.

i’ve been following the socialite family design and lifestyle blog forever, but founder constance gennari has now opened several brick and mortar stores in paris. i stopped into the shop in the 12th arrondissement, where the socialite family carries chic modern lighting, furniture, textiles, and an abundance of beautifully curated homewares. 12 rue saint-riacre, 75002 paris.

bonton in le marais is always a stop for me, not only for their adorable children’s goods but for their famous photo booth. drop in a few euros, and you’ve got a parisian memory for life — always good for a laugh. the concept store is also super inspiring and now carries furniture, homewares and even fashion for women. right down the street from merci, it’s a must-visit for those who crave creativity and inspiration while they shop. 5 boulevard des filles du calvaire, 75003 paris.

la tresorerie is another shop i never miss when coming to Paris. much like the general stores of yesteryear, drugstores-hardware stores-merceries in which one could find everything necessary for the equipment of a household, it’s a homeware junkie’s paradise with everything from cookware, unique kitchen gadgets like champagne corkers to incredible linens, shopping totes to fragrance and soaps. don’t miss it! 11, rue du château d’eau, 75010 paris.

who says menswear is just for men? when in paris, i love to check out the shops for men, and anatomica paris is a new favorite find. i found an amazing canvas tote bag here (so large that i lugged all my treasures home in it), and we had a very pleasant visit with the gentleman who runs their chic flagship shop with vintage vibes. follow them on instagram for an inspiring experience, too. 14 rue du bourg tibourg, 75004 paris.

• all photography by victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.

best of: friday finds.
by victoria comment

9/2/22

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

happy weekend, one and all! i just wanted to thank you for the time off and let you know I’ll be back next week. i had a very good friend in town for her birthday for a few weeks, and it being august and all, much like the french do i thought i’d take one last summer break before we dive into fall. don’t you wish all countries took that kind of time off for our mental health?  here’s this week’s friday finds — an eclectic little round-up i hope you’ll be inspired by. also — a big announcement on Monday if you haven’t checked it out on Instagram yet!

xo, victoria

  1. i love everything about this very simple but stylish home office. it’s the charming home of Mauricio Arruda, an Architectural Designer. that small turntable is so chic! for more design inspiration from him, be sure and follow him on instagram.
  2. who doesn’t love insider travel tips? this site called 500 hidden secrets is sharing the best 5 places for graphic art and paper in paris — my dream come true. i’m kind of a journal addict and love pretty papers and cards, too, so this was a sweet find! check out their other hidden gems and their great city guidebooks, too.
  3. this is a genius room divider idea for creating separation and open shelving in a large space. open, functional, and so very lovely to look at (and see-through, too!). those terrazzo floors are pretty great, too.
  4. i’ve never seen sea fans displayed in this way before, but it’s quite a lovely and inspiring idea. displayed in tall narrow vases, or perhaps they’re actually candlesticks, these black sea fans look like gorgeous leggy branches. love it!
  5. this is such a beautifully layered and textural living room photographed by nicole franzen. everything nicole photographs is always truly gorgeous so be sure and check out her online portfolio for more inspiring interiors.
  6. this is a beautifully styled vignette from one of my very favorite photographers, salvo lopez. i love the effortless look of it all — the art collection and eclectic lighting are spot-on wonderful. salvo is another wonderful interior photographer, so check out his instagram feed and portfolio for more.
  7. i love built-in cabinetry, and this is a beautiful example of some really creative shelving. what i love most are the louvered cabinet doors — they almost look like window shutters re-purposed as doors and i love the look!
  8. open beamed ceilings are always a huge draw for me and i’ve lived in a few places that had these lovely special ceilings, but i’ve never had exposed wood beams, au natural so to speak. these are lovely-looking beams in this beautiful home in the U.K. — St Leonards-on-Sea, to be specific. for the full home tour visit the modern house.

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits: click on the image which will take you to its original source.

best of: wear this there: paradise soho london.
by victoria comment

9/1/22

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

alrighty, my friends, we’re popping across the pond to paradise today, but perhaps not the palm-lined beaches you might be imagining. instead, we’re actually headed to lovely, old londontown — and another surprise, we are not eating traditional English food. instead, we’re having Sri Lankan cooking with contemporary, ingredient-focused cooking doused with a fiery island accent at Paradise soho. the dishes here had my mouth watering and are based on family recipes influenced by Portuguese, Malay, South Indian, and Dutch cuisine and served up in a very brutalist-inspired interior — think spare steel and concrete, but somehow still cozy and charming. we’re going casual and feminine today, with a darling print summery vest worn over a matching black crop top and gathered skirt. add to that some cool but comfy woven black flats, my favorite bucket hat, a very chic shoulder bag, and a whole bunch of baubles. before we jet off to london, or on the flight over i suggest reading a classic — mrs. dalloway by virginia wolfe. the novel takes place over the course of a single day in a woman’s life in 1920’s London. There are flowers to buy, outfits to choose, but also a visit from a past lover, and the tragic fate of a young war veteran who cannot adjust to life in post-war London. Ms. Woolf’s mesmerizing account of this ordinary day draws us into the minds, perceptions, and emotions of an astonishingly varied and vivid cast of characters. brilliant!

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: anthropologie Mignon Doo Printed Vest; allsaints SKYE BUCKET HAT; allsaints crop top and ALEX GATHERED MAXI SKIRT; JENNI KAYNE Raffia Mule; madewell pierport sunglasses; madewell Seree Bunny Jade stone charm earrings; read this there mrs. dalloway by virginia wolfe; Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Luminous Lip Crayon; j. hannah blue nudes nail polish; madewell Earbud Circle Pouch in Leather; clare v. Poche bag in Crochet Checkers; anthropologie Shades of Sea Triple-Layer Necklace.

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: paradise soho london / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of paradise soho and @paradisesoho.

best of: instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland.
by victoria comment

8/31/22

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

i’m not sure when i first discovered this week’s instagram worthy feed, but it’s definitely been a favorite for a while now. meet (if you haven’t already!) @liliinwonderland, aka aurelie and antoine, a very talented creative couple who together produce Lili In Wonderland, a beautiful french design and lifestyle blog. together they photograph, video, and create such inspirational content, including decor, travel, fashion, and diy. i’m pretty much hooked on @liliinwonderland’s photographs and get endless wanderlust and a serious longing to travel back to France through their very clever eyes. here’s a peek at what you have to look forward to.

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @liliinwonderland a french lifestyle and decor blog / sfgirlbybay

• all photography by @liliinwonderland.

best of: on trend: the modern mediterranean garden.
by victoria comment

8/30/22

on trend: the modern mediterranean garden / sfgirlbybay

ah, finally daylight savings time — now can we just leave it alone? i have to admit, it’s been awfully hard to wake up and have instead been sleeping in later than usual which doesn’t feel very productive, but my body knows what it wants and it wants to keep sleeping! i love the additional hours of light at the end of the day though, when we can all start spending more time outside, rather than rushing home to get cozy and warm inside when it’s already dark at only 5’oclock. i always feel like the extra sunlight at the end of the day is much healthier for us — an evening walk, or bike ride, and then a lovely dinner al fresco. so it’s time to spruce up the garden and i’m really drawn to this modern Mediterranean trend, with pea gravel and cement pavers, weathered old terracotta pots, and outdoor furniture with a mid-century modern twist. it’s simple, yet elegant and very inviting. add some greenery like succulents, cacti, agave, and olive trees and you almost feel like you’re spending time somewhere else entirely, somewhere far away, rather than your very own backyard. and it’s a relatively easy look to achieve and less is more — with minimal vintage wrought-iron outdoor furniture that only gets better with age and patina, some old oil bottles,  perhaps a few cactus paddles (love that idea!). so here’s to the soon-to-be springtime and more time spent outdoors!

on trend: the modern mediterranean garden / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the modern mediterranean garden / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the modern mediterranean garden / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: montage hotel laguna beach via ocean time; Les Anges
by Jean Cocteau, 1949 art print from h prints; clay pottery via three chic house; SANTOS OUTDOOR CHAIR from dear keaton; cactus paddles by carla coulson photography; stonework by m.k. sadler photography; Vintage Cast Stone Urn from chairish; chair under palm via indie home collective; cactus paddles by m.k. sadler photography; vintage Wooden Garden Chairs from chairish; vintage oil bottles from elsie green; Vintage French Iron Garden Table from chairish; jean cocteau, 1966 via type room; Vintage Cast Stone Concret Garden Frog Sculpture from chairish; vintage green bottles via marie claire; MICHELANGELO RATTAN DAYBED from dear keaton.

on trend: the modern mediterranean garden / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the modern mediterranean garden / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the modern mediterranean garden / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the modern mediterranean garden / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the modern mediterranean garden / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the modern mediterranean garden / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: patio in greece by days of camille; Jardin Teak Round Dining Table from terrain; green bottle by m.k. sadler photography; miami patio project by @nightpalm; Seashore Urn from terrain; bicycle via @ilrandagio_; artwork by rf. alvarez VIA UPRISE ART; Vintage Outdoor Armchair With Verdigris Patina from chairish; olive tree patio via la grange interiors; Bergs Fluted Hanging Wall Pot from terrain; bench under tree in cyprus via find us lost; Aged Ceramic Moss Drip Vase from anthropologie; 1960s Vintage Iron Garden Chair from chairish; agave plant via free people blog; Cast Stone Modern Classic Figural Head Planter from chairish; JEAN COCTEAU Pen And Ink Drawing by Stanford Auctioneers.

on trend: the modern mediterranean garden / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the modern mediterranean garden / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the modern mediterranean garden / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the modern mediterranean garden / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits: click on the image which will take you to its original source. in the case of my collages, the links are listed just below clockwise from left to right.