Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My cheapie-deapie cashmere dress, and amazing Lancel handbag


Annecy continues to be beautiful this Fall, as this recent pic of the canal attests, snapped by my hubby. Just beyond the bridge at the far end of the photo is the lake and the mountains. I just love the light and the colours here -  the photo could almost be a postcard!

I'd like to thank all my fabulous blogging buddies for their kind words and comments the last few posts. It hasn't been an easy time and I still miss Dink like hell and grieve for her, but life has a way of taking over, and sadly, or happily, the pain has slowly subsided so that little things make me smile now. I'm still not in a major fashion frame of mind, but I have been snapping the odd photo of my get-ups (or rather, hubby has). Here's a an outfit from the end of September:


This pic was taken on the very bridge you see off in the distance in the first photo, called the Pont des Amours (Bridge of Lovers). It's normally swamped with tourists and since it connects people from one side of the lake to the other, it's quite busy. I'm not sure how romantic crowds make it, but I love it anyway.

I'm wearing a stretchy cashmere blend dress I picked up at the weekly market for 10 Euros, from the same guy that sold me my 3 Euros dresses in the summer.

The 80s-esque scarf was thrifted for three bucks CAD at Goodwill in Toronto.



And the leather bag? Goodness I've been meaning to show you this for ages. I found it for 4 Euros at the second-hand place I told you about months ago, Bazar sans Frontiere.

The French, as you may know, are very into their bags, and this is a high-end French label called Lancel - there's a shop in the old town where a mere wallet will run you 500 Euros, so I think I got a major deal on my huge bag! It was a bit beat up so I cleaned it well, and a black Sharpie marker filled in the edges where the corner tubing detail was starting to wear away.


The logo has changed and I couldn't find this one in an Internet search, so hopefully the bag isn't a fake. Apparently there are a lot of fake Lancels out there, but this bag says Made in France, and you can tell it's well-made ... and besideswhich I somehow doubt that the knock-off market would do a booming business here. The French, as I have joyfully discovered, are very much into items made in France, and rather obsessed with quality. I'm sure a French woman would rather jump in the lake in the middle of winter than be seen with a fake bag. Even in Annecy, which is fashionable but not the fashion capital of France, it's not uncommon to see Celine handbags draped over the arms of girls in their early 20s!

So now, hopefully, I look like a true French woman!!


The cute studded lace-ups were new and not cheap, but hey, nothing's cheap if you buy new in Annecy.


17 comments:

  1. Love your outfit, but especially your shoes. I'm just looking for a perfect pair of brogues for the winter.
    We stood on that very bridge during our trip to Annecy this summer. We're just debating where to holiday next year and may even come back to the same place, which is unheard of for us, but shows how much we loved the area. M x

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    1. Yu know, my sis and bro-in-law loved the place so much when they visited in the summer that they're coming back again too! Let me know if you do! xo

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  2. Nice to see you posting again. Great score on the bag - I like the little golden acorn (pine cone?)! Brogues are awesome - I have a couple of pairs myself but mine don't have studs on them :(

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    1. I'm not sure if it's a pine cone or an acorn, I've wondered the same thing! I'll have to do a post on the vintage Benneton patent leather brogues I found second-hand here. The studs were the deal breaker for me. :)

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  3. Welcome back, Kelly, it's good to know you are feeling a little brighter and happier.
    Your dress is great, and that bag looks right up your alley - slightly beaten up/worn in leather, well-made, and a fab little pine cone logo! Not to mention a bargain!
    Annecy always looks so beautiful. xxx

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  4. Your shoes are gorgeous. And I'm glad you found the right bag for a bargain. Sharpies are great! And I laughed at your description of women hurling themselves into the lake once their fake bags have been discovered! I'm glad you're feeling better - you look fantastic in your cashmere dress. What a beautiful place.

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    1. Thanks Melanie, I doubt a French woman would even have a fake, to be honest! xo

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  5. wow, what a gorgeous place and it looks like you can pick up some really nice high end stuff for next to nothing! lucky!!

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  6. Fab scarf, and the lovers bridge looks great.

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  7. GLAD to have you back Kelly!
    Loving on that scarf and Fall in France looks heavenly
    8-)
    S~

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  9. What a beautiful place to live, I know I always say that but Annecy seems to look lovelier every time you post.
    You look wonderfully chic, those brogues are quirky and stylish, and the dress looks strokeably elegant! Don't get dying you hair that strange burgundy colour the French seem so keen on! x

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    1. Vix, I haven't been to too many places in the world, but I gotta say, Annecy seems like paradise, and I've had many people who have passed this way say the same. It would be hard to leave this place.

      You must be thinking of the women further south in France who die their hair that shade! Honestly I don't see it here, but now I'm keeping my eye out. :) xo

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  10. ooh la la... You are certainly looking tres French & chic these days. So sorry that your poor Dinky is gone, hope you are feeling a bit better with time passing...

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