Justin and I spent the other morning at the sprawling Paris Flea Market. I’ve been a couple of times in the past, but on this trip I discovered just how enormous it really is. It’s famous for a reason! Some people say that the Saint Ouen market is “over” and too touristy now, and while that is probably relatively true if you go on a Sunday at prime time, I actually found there to be a lot of Parisians there and plenty of good deals to be had.
We unfortunately (or, luckily if you ask Justin) have almost no room left in our suitcases to bring anything back with us so we didn’t buy anything, but there were definitely a few items I was eyeing like a gorgeous oil painting in a gilded frame and an amazing vintage tweed Chanel jacket that was in near-perfect condition. Even though we didn’t bring anything home, it was so fun to look at all of the gorgeous, well curated stuff, get some decor inspiration, and have lunch at Ma Cocotte.
If you have never been before but are planning to go, it can be a little tricky to find the market so this is a really great resource for directions and information. Hope you enjoy the pictures…they made me want to go back already!
Justin and I had lunch this afternoon at Ma Cocotte, which is an absolutely stunning (as you can see) little spot tucked in among the equally amazing Paris flea markets. I ate there when I last visited a few years ago, and it was just as exciting this time around. The warm, inviting space is designed by Philippe Starck and features a gorgeous tiled floor, low slung furniture, plenty of natural elements and really great, flea market-esque accessories. I would be happy enough just enjoying the decor (and people watching – I think that just about every chic Parisian was there) but luckily the food stands up to the gorgeousness of the space.
Favorites of ours were the free range roast chicken served with jus, the smoked salmon with gravlax sauce and the very French marinated lentil salad. We were trying to be relatively healthy since we’ve been eating pretty much every pastry, baguette and piece of cheese in sight but they have plenty of super rich, amazing sounding menu items as well if you go and haven’t been eating with abandon.
I took some photos at the flea market while we were there, which I’m hoping to get up soon, hopefully tomorrow. If I don’t get to it (and even if I do!) be sure to follow along on instagram @whitneycampeau. Have a good day!
The other night Justin and I ventured down to the Santa Monica Pier for dinner. We don’t usually go there unless we have friends in town who want to see it, but when we were invited to come check out The Albright, we jumped at the chance. I had heard good things about the recently opened restaurant, primarily that it was actually good food among a sea of fried food and chain restaurants.
We went down a little early to wander around the pier and then headed over to the nautical themed restaurant, where we honestly ate pretty much everything on their menu. Favorites included their incredible lobster roll (it’s on a really delicious buttery bun and is chockfull of really tasty lobster), the tuna poke, and the crab, which comes fresh from a tank by the front door. Justin loved their clam chowder and the fish and chips, too. I told you we ate a lot!
I will definitely go back to take visitors, and will hopefully check out the ferris wheel next time – we thought about going but didn’t think it would be such a good idea after our epic meal
Have you ever heard of jewelry design Janna Conner? Leslie, the designer I work for, introduced me to the brand a few months ago but it wasn’t until I actually saw the pieces up close (and met Janna herself, who is very sweet!) at a trunk show last week that I realized how stunning her designs really are. There are amazing statement earrings, colorful bracelets, pretty rings, and everything in between. I may or may not have bought four different pieces of jewelry.
In fairness, one pair of earrings was for my sister, and the others…well, I’ll just call them a birthday gift to myself. I don’t feel all that badly though, partly because everything is so unique and gorgeous, but also because her line is seriously well priced. I had been spending $35 a couple times a year for cheapie fun earrings that would end up broken and tossed in the garbage, but now that I have this gorgeous pair ($125) I won’t have to do that. I’m basically just being environmentally friendly