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Paris… Glows Golden…

And then… there she was with a golden haze…

The golden leaves, a warm contrast against the traditional greige of Paris…

The lights in the apartment buildings reflected the turning leaves… I wondered about the Parisians in those cosy bolt holes… the stories those homes could tell… I wanted a magic zoom… one that could take me far beyond the exteriors…

The glowing tip of the Luxor Obelisk shined brightly against the messy sky…

The Eiffel Tower rose high above the Grand Palais and the Christmas market at the bottom of the Champs Élysées…

And the Ferris Wheel continued to turn in every colour…

Paris is never constant, never the same… and yes… she is often pink… but not all the time… xv

j.crew leopard heels… here  tortoiseshell glasses… here  scarf… here  j.crew chiffon blouse… here  louboutin pumps… here  loafers… here  take it away… here



‘The Leopard’ by Giuseppi di Lampedusa… here … a must read and great stocking filler

Animal Print Christmas Ornaments… here… mix them up with the red…

Lace Trimmed Chemise… here  for the girls in your life…

Calf Hair and Leather Gloves… here  for the friend who has everything…

Golden Spike Loafers… if you dare… here or the more subdued satin numbers… here

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49 Responses to Paris… Glows Golden…

  1. She is looking lovely right now isn’t she? You’ve captured it all beautifully Vicki.

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Mimi… It’s not hard… and there are so many facets to Paris.. always changing… and so many different areas with all sorts of moods… i could snap away there forever….;)

  2. Anita Rivera says:

    Oh, I am loving this color tour of the greatest city on earth! LOVE IT! I wonder if you will have another color to share? Anita

  3. LOVE this post…all those golden hues casting a spell over one of my favorite cities and love a touch of leopard too!

  4. Paris is indeed a “golden” place, to live and to visit! Love the leopard heels, too.

  5. Cynthia says:

    Love these pictures, they are so pretty. Love the leopard glasses.


  6. What a nice post! You’ve totally made me miss being in Paris. Although I’ve only been there during the spring and summer months, I imagine it must be magical at Christmas time.

  7. Pauline from Phillip Island says:

    It’s one o’clock in the morning here in Australia and I couldn’t sleep so I thought I’d come and see if there was anything else from my favourite French Essence blog. I wasn’t really expecting another post so quickly after the last one but there it was – more gorgeous pictures of my favourite city. How do you do it, Vicki? So many beautiful photos and such mesmerizing writing with barely a day in between. You truly do have a gift. Thank you for sharing it with the world.

    • Vicki says:

      I was so inspired this week in Paris to click away… that I couldn’t really keep them to myself.. and then I saw them in colours… so that’s how it happened… never planned… just as it comes… And when I thought of golden I started looking through all my favourite sites… and voila… :)

  8. Amy Kortuem says:

    I don’t know if there’s another city anywhere that takes on the color of the atmosphere quite like Paris does.

    She certainly is lovely in gold. I do love the pearly-silver that she gets, too!

  9. francoise coadou-porter -myfrenchlinenarmoire.blogspot says:

    love Paris two tones,very clever photos captivating the different light tones such as a color filter on the lense will do,like a painter using 2 different palettes

  10. Oh Vicki, you are making me want to pack my suitcase full of leopard chic-ness and jump on a plane to Paris. So much beauty here. I could look at your fantastic photos all day! XOXO

  11. Karena says:

    The City so Beautiful Vicki! Oh and the fashions of course!

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  12. I thought I loved the blue pictures but now I love the gold! Leopard has my vote always.

    • Vicki says:

      There is nothing like a leopard accessory to lift your outfit to the next level… I am with you Peggy.. I loved the blue but now I think the gold are beautiful… That is Paris for you…:)

  13. Pamela Terry says:

    Do you know, Vicki… I’ve never read The Leopard.
    Perhaps I shall rectify that over the holidays.
    Thanks for the reminder.
    Now, on to those Louboutin shoes!

    • Vicki says:

      It is a wonderful read Pamela and I also love the movie… old and scratchy but fabulous…

      As for those shoes… they are on my Xmas wish list Pamela… love them… I hope the husband or children are reading…;)

  14. Barnali Guha says:

    Vicki, we need a photo book from you soon!! i would pre-order it already :) Fantastic work !

  15. “The golden leaves, a warm contrast against the traditional greige of Paris…”
    This lovely image just confirms Paris’s transeasonal splendor …..a magical place any time of year.
    Both by daughter and I are lapping up the leopard print inspirations. Bon weekend.

    • Vicki says:

      That’s the beauty of leopard… we all love it and can wear it in some way…
      Paris is magical… I am trying to work out how she can look so good for so long…;)

  16. I would love to be in Paris now. Would see every window there and them shop, shop, shop.
    Great choices here, Vicki.

  17. These are truly beautiful photos, and so truly golden. A view of the city I can’t remember ever seeing. Just lovely, thanks for sharing. Jennifer. x

  18. Trish Murphy says:

    I was truly captivated with the blue Paris and now to see the golden hues of beautiful Paris is just wonderful.
    I hope that you have had time to enjoy your anniversary with all the photography going on!
    I am a real leopard print fan love all the gear especially the shoes.Have a wonderful weekend and thank you
    Vicki for another lovely post.xTrish

  19. It truly is a season of constant delight. Lovely post and love all the leopard print items I have many of them myself. Always a classic touch.

  20. Leslie in Little Rock says:

    Dear Vicki, You keep wooing me to Paris with those grogeous photos! If I wanted a good read about Paris that is not an actual “guide book”, what would you suggest?
    P.S. Bought Nine West Leopard shoes from Zappos. 60.00. Very comfortable! I feel very stylish! Love your books and blog.
    Take care!

    • Vicki says:

      I shall have to think about that one… there are so many wonderful ‘Parisian ‘reads… In the meantime, have a look in the section on my site… “French Reads’.. on the sidebar… there are loads of Frenchie favourites in there… :)

  21. Paris continues to cast her spell. Beautiful Vicki


  22. Rena says:

    Leopard….I have a trouser, shoes and a bit more accessories and I thought it is already out of fashion though I stopped to wear it . …magic zoom for looking into the apartments remember me to Hash
    Hemingway when she walked through Paris at the first weeks on her stay. I just read this book which you recommended a couple of weeks ago. Not finished yet but I like the style of writing. Always try to
    get a glimpse in other peoples home…am I curious or shameless?

  23. Irina says:

    Stunning….as always…oh Paris, how I miss you… :)))
    Thank you chere Vicki…the photos are glorious!!

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