How lucky are we? Not only do we get to spend the month in London studying fashion, but we managed to squeeze in a 3-day visit to Paris while we were at it. Yes, very good thinking. We packed it in, naturally, beginning with a bus tour of the city following our arrival. I think we all were a bit too tired from the early wakeup call to fully enjoy it, but a good night's rest got us going. We woke up the next day to a classic french breakfast - croissant, rolls and espresso and orange presse. Mmm. No complaints here. We then set out on foot to explore St. Germain des Pres, where we spent an hour in the Pharmacy. Now, if you don't know, "Pharmacies" are everywhere in France, and are marked by a big green cross outside. In classic French style however, this is no CVS. The French Pharmacy contains all kinds of great beauty finds including brands like Caudalie and Biotherm (which you can get in the US) to French-only brands that got some of us going. We went crazy for mineral water sprays, face masks, lotions, potions - oh the delight. We figured the beauty industry is a big part of fashion, so this counted as "research".
Speaking of shopping, Tina arrived at breakfast that morning in this great outfit, which she shared she purchased entirely in Camden (London) the weekend before we left - dress, shoes, handbag - the whole lot! Camden is this fantastic area of London that houses 7 different "markets", focusing mainly on young fashion, including alternative fashion. As you can imagine, it was a big hit with all.
Tina's Camden Look