Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Alpine Christmas prep


Hubby's been flying a lot but we've managed to pack in some good quality time when he is here. Last week, after (finally) getting my carte de sejours (French residency card), we celebrated with hubby - let's have this in writing, folks - offering, yes offering, to take me shopping for boots. The leather ones I bought in Annecy (new) were freezing my feet (it's a damp cold here). Hubby insisted I go the Ugg route.

I've resisted for a long time. I hate the Uggs I see every one wearing; they look like slippers to me, and besideswhich, I'm not a fan of looking like every one else. But I liked these lace-ups. Tres alpine chic and supremely comfy. I am now wearing them with everything from dresses to jeans. Still, buying new doesn't have the same thrill as buying thrift. I used to thrift practically every piece of apparel, boots included, in Toronto, and sadly, it's just a different ball game here.


Though there's been heaps of snow at higher altitudes, Annecy didn't get the white stuff until the weekend. Here's a view of one of my fave shortcuts home after shopping, behind a large church and alongside one of the canal's (really a river that runs out of the lake) little offshoots.


Even on a grey, snowy day, Annecy looks picture-postcard perfect.


Speaking of new, the coat I'm wearing was bought new a few years ago. The only thing that was thrifted here was this 1980s scarf. Not normal for me, but there you have it.


We took advantage of the festive weather and bought our Christmas tree at the market (25 Euros). Isn't it cute?


This is the final product, sitting on our dining room table all aglow.I love the two branches jutting out on either side at the top - it makes the tree look like a little alien being.


View by day, in our sweet French apartment.


I just have to show you a bit of the rest of the room, including the amazing ceilings. Our living room is huge and it's my fave room in our little apartment.

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  1. Oh nice flat you have there! Wow!
    Your x-mas tree is so adorable
    Uggs! Yes i know they are all over here too
    But if you like it good for you! They do look super confortable
    Annecy is nice with all the snow

    Ariane xxxx

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    1. We live in a charming apartment in the old town, Ariane, and we were so lucky to get it. It's got timber beams everywhere and exposed stonework - very medieval! Xoxo

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  2. Love your all gray outfit! Happy holidays!

    Lindsey
    thriftandshout.blogspot.com

    PS I have a giveaway on the blog today!!!

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    1. Lindsey, nice to see you again - not sure how I deleted you from my blog roll but I am def adding you again. You look so great in your thrifted goodies! Sorry I missed your giveaway. Happy holidays to you!

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  3. What a beautiful town & apartment! Feels like Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Jancie, it is so very Christmasy here!

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  4. Wow - that looks so COLD!!! And beautiful! Stay warm and happy! Sarah xxx

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    1. It's warmer than it looks, Sarah, and it better stay that way! Xoxo

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  5. FAbulous pics. Your appartment looks divine. The ceiling! xx

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  6. You look like you're living in a Christmas card! What a beautiful setting and I absolutely adore your flat, the simple but elegant decor and those divine ceilings.
    Well done on getting residents' status! xxxxx

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    1. Thanks, Vix, it's funny that you say that as I've come a long way in a year - before I got rid of most of my stuff to move overseas, my style was def bohemian-clutter bug. Alas, I've pared down and toned down as hubby's a contemporary minimalist!

      I won't tell you bureaucracy involved in getting that permit; I'm just glad to have it. :)

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  7. I'm totally in love with those boots, and don't you live in the most beautiful place! Stunning snowy photos and your flat looks wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Emalina, it truly is like paradise here! :)

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  8. I absolutely love your apartment and your tree! I'm also jealous of all the snow you have there. Those boots look great on you, and thats OK that they're not thrifted. Some things are better off buying new. They look so warm and chic!

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    1. Alas, the snow is gone, it's rainy and 7 degrees C and it's going to be like this all week!

      I know, I bought semi- crappy thrifted boots for so long - it is worth the invest.ment to buy new when it comes to your tootsies.

      I haven't left a recent comment but I have visited yours blog Nd your new house looks lovely - congrats again!

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  9. I'm not an Ugg fan either, but those are pretty darn cool!
    Hope you never lose your thrifting passion - hey, why not start up your own secondhand shop??
    I've been dying to see your apartment - it looks terrific and I like your styling. The ceiling is amazing - and that light fixture!
    The photos of you in the snow look like calendar pics.
    Cheers,
    Nan (who posts as Anonymous because she doesn't know how to use those other thingies). :)

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    1. Nan, I should have dedicated this post to you as I know you wanted to see the place!

      You know, I have thought of the second-hand thing, but I'm not sure it would fly here as the market for good vintage stuff doesn't seem huge, but I could be wrong. Maybe there's no market as there are no shops!

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  10. what a gorgeous apartment! I think you made a great compromise with the boots, the weather looks beautiful but you really need something warm xxx

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    1. Thanks Clare!

      Yah, think my tooties will appreciate it. :)

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  11. Lovely Christmassy post. A few observations..those particular Ugg boots are fab! Your tree is about the same size as ours and is also adorable. Your apartment is also mightily attractive.
    :)

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    1. Thanks Thrift Bee, I think these boots are the nicest Uggs I've seen. I like wee trees, very Charlie Brown. :)

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  12. The snow looks beautiful, even if it isn't so much fun to get around in!
    You have a gorgeous flat, the tree is cute, and Uggs... well, the usual slipper-esque ones aren't to my taste either, and SO ubiquitous as to be dull dull dull, but your version are different and much more stylish. Gotta keep those tootsies warm in the snow, Kelly! xxxx

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    1. Thanks Curtise, this is definitely a walking town and because the lake is protected, they don't salt at all, meaning it's slippery! So good boots are a must. :) I tried on the slipper kind but just couldn't do it. Xoxo

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  13. Kelly,
    Not a big fan of Ugg's, but those do look different and suit you.
    Your apt. has such a warm and inviting feeling. I love the ceiling and your tree is just too funny looking. Like the decoration did you bring those with you?

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    1. The Witch, I brought most of my decorations with me. My
      Mom has given me and my siblings a Christmas ornament every year. It's such a nice tradition. :)

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  16. Omgosh - beautiful photos!!! I so wish it was like that here! Also, I love your new boots- even if they're not thrifted. And your tree is lovely!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! I I wouldn't mind being in Florida sometimes! That's where I met my hubby. :)

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  17. You look wonderful in the snow with your new boots and coat.
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  18. I love your little flat, and the adorable tree! I cannot stand the look of UGGS, especially after being worn for a season and they are squished and salt-stained, but the students here don't seem to care. The boots you got are definitely classier, and still look nice and warm. Have a wonderful first Christmas in Annecy. I like the new photo on your blog header - you look chic and happy!

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    1. Aw, thanks Shelley! Yes, the Ugg slipper look makes sense as a student phenom, for some reason. I hope you have a great Christmas too. Xo

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  20. Everything....and one....is picture perfect.

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  23. Bohemian clutter-bug would fit as a description of my living space as well! And my boyfriend is into mid-century minimalism in his studio flat in London. I can't even imagine reconciling the two styles. I'd love to chat with you about your de-clutter and move some time.
    I envy your sweet tree and medieval-esque flat. I'd be filling it with velvet and dark wood and rustic-y things so I don't know how you resist the urge.

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    1. Jo, it's somewhat easy to resist the urge as much of the apartment came furnished; we had both divested ourselves of much stuff before moving to France; and finally, everything is so pricy here that it would cost a mint to refurnish! But I will one day soon do a post on my old digs in Toronto, filled with lots of clutter, and lots of velvet! How I miss it. But then, life changes, and you go with it. :) would love to chat about de cluttering etc - feel free to email at grungequeen@yahoo.com or better yet, add me to your Skype contacts (Kelly.gadzala) and we can meet 'in person'!

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  24. Everything is so beautiful, especially the picture of the street as you would see it under the snow.

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