Gifts that keep on giving. . . They’re washable.
You know about my love affair with Monoprix, the chain of fashion forward, modestly priced stores full of waaaay too many desirable products.
I find adorable clothes for Ella, the occasional cashmere for Andrea or for me, all sorts of delectable bath and beauty products and a parapharmacy department that is a one-stop shopping opportunity for everything from Filorga and Eurcerin to Avène and La Roche-Posay creams and potions, all highly recommended by my dermatologist.
Do I turn to Monoprix for investment dressing, no, of course not. Do I turn to Monoprix to rationalize certain purchases? Umm, well, yes, sometimes. I look at it this way for example: Ella is four. How long is she going to wear the cotton skirt with a dog print, paired with a turtleneck sweater that echoes the color of one of the dogs?
Furthermore her warm winter tights that finish the look are three Euros and they come not only in classic colors, but also the latest season’s trends — not that Ella cares, but you have to admit at four yellow tights are pretty exciting. Think Crayola.
Now that I’ve set the foundation (rationalization?) for this post in motion, I have what I think is an interesting proposal if you are coming to France this year and looking for take home gifts or small splurges for yourself.
I get regular emails from Monoprix telling me about the latest and greatest offerings so I’m ever on the cutting edge of low-priced “stuff,” which brings me to a few little items I find totally irresistible: cotton totes that proclaim “féminististe” and “amoureuse” (in love) scrolled in red against the classic marinière stripe.
Then there are the T-shirts, and you know I don’t approve of message T-shirts after a certain age, but, but. . .these made me smile: “Merveilleusement Futile, Absolument Utile” (Marvelously Frivolous, Absolutely Useful). How fabulous is that?
Rationalization alert: If, in her first collection for Dior last spring, Maria Grazia Chiuri made a feminist T-shirt statement, in English — “We Should All Be Feminists” — perhaps exceptions can be made from time to time, or at least chez nous. I’m thinking, nice pajama top.
Back to the totes, if you think they would make perfect little gifts I would toss in a few French beauty products to complete the total immersion experience.
Ed. Note: I have a small hiatus from chapter editing so I thought there would be no better way to take a break than writing a blog post. Here’s hoping you agree.