Fashion Validation for This Ol’ Bag, er, Gal

For kicks, I’ve just finished reading Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange with Sophie Gachet. Although I have fashionista friends who watch all those reality shows centered on up-and-coming designers or clueless middle-aged women still wearing sweatpants on the street (guilty!), I tend to do my own thing when it comes to clothes.

But this book–with its red-and-gold cover–jumped out at me at the library, so I went for it.

Turns out that I have a lot in common with what de la Fressange declares to be Parisian style. I like to mix cheap with expensive. As I’ve aged, I’ve dressed more conservatively. (The darker, leaner sweat yoga pants are more flattering.) And I was more concerned with wrinkles in my twenties than now in my forties. (Why fight Mother Nature? Just smile more and make those suckers dance around!)

No surprise, I guess,  that I’d be down witt the Parisian thing. I am, after all, from the Second Largest Paris in the WORLD! (Echo… echo… echo…)

The real kicker was the validation that Mme. de la Fressange gave for my new, all-purpose, plain leather satchel, a birthday present back in October.

I’d coveted such a bag for months and searched high and low–through piles of trendy and flashier bags– to find the perfect one, which wasn’t to be had at either TJ Maxx or Nordstrom.

Instead it was sitting on the shelf of a small, independent retailer’s shop in Boerne, Texas. It wasn’t cheap–not to me at least, but it wasn’t outrageous either. It was a bag made to last, to stand the test of time.

Mme. de la Fressange says that such a bag is “… a guaranteed antidote for It-bag-itis! A satchel is for life…”

Mais oui!

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