One of my favorite things that I did in France whenever the stressors of the studying abroad got to be too much was to partake in my favorite form of therapy: that of the retail variety. The shopping in both Tours and Nice was wonderful!! It was different yet similar from shopping in the US. Shopping in both of these cities reminded me the most of shopping in a city like Boston. All of the major stores lined one of the main streets in each city, and it provided a lively city-like shopping environment. (Very different from Charlotte- in which Uptown doesn't have any shopping, and malls on the outskirts of the city provide all of the retail action!) While I did purchase a few things on my trip, what I really enjoyed the most was window shopping! There was so much to take in, and window shopping that meant that I didn't have to worry about fitting anything else into my already almost overweight luggage for the trip home.
My favorite French store that I discovered was a department store called Galleries Lafayette. It seemed like the French version of Nordstrom (but nicer!). I enjoyed visiting Galleries Lafayette in both Tours and Nice. The Nice store seemed to be a step above the Tours location, and they carried just about every high-end designer brand that you could think of (YSL, Gucci, Chanel, etc). The Nice store even carried some American brands like Anthropologie- they had what looked like a mini Anthro store set up in one part of their upstairs section!
But what I loved the most about my visit to the Nice Galleries Lafayette was discovering the most darling French fashion brand: Manoush. The Manoush section in Galleries Lafayette was the happiest little pink corner of the women's apparel floor, and it was filled with the girliest and most darling dresses, skirts, tops and other accessories. I literally wanted to move in to that corner of the store! (See the picture above of the most adorable purse ever- photo from my Instagram account!) wish that I could have taken something home with me, but sadly for my budget of euros, Manoush is a slightly more expensive brand (think along the lines of a French version of Kate Spade).
I still thought it would be fun to do a little round-up on my blog though of some of my favorite Manoush pieces, since the whole line is absolutely stunning! My favorite item below would have to be the embellished peplum top.... #getinmycloset. Everything is just so unique and darling and pretty! Okay, okay. I need to stop now.
Sadly the Manoush online store through their official website doesn't sell to the US, and I don't think the Galleries Lafayette website does either, but I was still able to find some pretty Manoush pieces (including that amazing peplum top!) on a website that does ship to the US, in case any of you want to treat yourselves. It's all linked below. :-)
I'll be sharing more of the highlights from my trip to France soon! Over the next few weekends, I will be sharing about some of the fun things that I did while abroad (on the days that I was feeling not so sick/not so bed bug bitten ;-) ). As y'all know, travel is one of my loves, so I hope that y'all will enjoy hearing about some of my favorites places that I visited in France and beyond!
xoxo Miss ALK