When you walk through the door of Babette’s petite boutique, you might think she was giving away the new season’s apparel. I mention this simply because it’s not always easy to separate Babette and Stephanie from their clingy, demanding clients or find a corner in which to photograph them. This week was particularly tricky, so I have only two pictures to share with you.
However, not to worry, I’ve got us covered. I did some stealth shopping — on days when I’m not doing “virtual” shopping, I’m sneaking around Monoprix snapping the latest and the greatest at unbeatable price points.
As I’ve mentioned there is never anyone to give counsel and comfort at Monoprix, unlike chez Babette, (unless I’m being photographed from somewhere in the ceiling and they’re putting together a dossier before the police arrive chez moi).
I not only take pictures of individual of-the-moment items, but also put together outfits I think we would like and photograph them as well without ever being disturbed by a helpful salesperson.
A little Monoprix anecdote for your delectation: On my stealth trip I wanted to exchange a boyfriend sweater — no refunds, no problems, never worn (of course), just a question of size. I had passed the one-month deadline for exchanges by four days and the quite unpleasant lady at the “customer service” counter (now there’s a misnomer if ever there was one) told me I was too late. I said: “But I’m a major Monoprix client.” Whereupon she said: “Madame, everyone is a major Monoprix client.” (In fact, that very thought was going through my mind as I told her how lucky the store was to have me shopping there.)
From the top: Stephanie in a camel and gray plaid swingy, A-line dress with a corduroy vest as a jacket and what’s more perfect than her boots(?); Babette in another of the fitted, band-collar shirts she bought in different colors, patterns and materials.
From you-know-where: a very Sonia Rykiel looking sweater, note black detail at neck and bottom, also see the double belt (I told you, big, big, big); the outfit I put together because I’ve seen it twice in extremely pricey boutiques — take one black and gray striped turtleneck T-shirt and layer a bat-wing sleeved pullover/tunic on top; a charcoal and medium gray plaid dress or tunic with which one would wear either black opaque tights (probably boots) or pants or jeans and a long-sleeved turtleneck beneath and finally a pair of sweet suede ballerinas in plum, they also come in gray, black and red.