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Soldes: The best time to shop in Paris

 

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The French sales period, SOLDES, is the BEST time to shop in Paris. Like many things in France, the timing of the biannual sales are regulated by the state. For 2017, the sales periods in Paris are: winter  11th of January until the 21st of February and in summer the 28th of June to the 8th of August (the dates can vary slightly in different regions of France).

During the sales period, products can be marked down 3 times: 1er démarque, 2eme démarque and 3eme démarque.  Each time, the cost of goods can be reduced to up to 70% in the third mark down.

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As a tourist, the best areas to shop would be the Champs Elysées, Rue de Rivoli in the Marais, les grands magasins/ department stores (such as Printemps & Galeries Lafayette) and, my personal favourite, Rue de Saint Honoré in the 1st arrondissement. These areas have a mix of shops with French brands, chain stores, luxury brands and boutiques.

I’ve been lucky enough to be in town during the summer and winter soldes, and the bargains are amazing.  Living in the southern hemisphere is a bonus as I’m able to shop for the upcoming season!  Only con is that the shops are absolutely packed, not just with people, but with shelves and shelves of products.

img_1460edit-copyMy top tips are:

  • Be prepared.
    • Do have a look online to see what to look for.
    • Check for the shop’s opening and closing times.
    • Give yourself enough time (ie don’t be in a rush, there are piles of stuff to search through!).
    • Make sure you have your ID in case of checks in store for your credit card, as well as for the DETAXE (tax refund scheme) paperwork.
  • If you find what you are looking for, take it!
    • If you can’t find it in the store, try looking online to see if another store has it in stock, or if available online, to purchase.
  • Be efficient: lines to the changing rooms are long so make sure you take in whatever you can.
  • Dress comfortably:  flats shoes and an easy outfit to change in and out of are helpful!
  • Make sure you have enough luggage/luggage allowance to fit all your purchases 😃

 

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Soldes By Joy Loves Paris.    Brush lettering by hand, edited with Adobe software.

For more information for dates of Soldes periods around France see: Le portail de l’Économie et des Finances

For more shopping ideas: Paris Info Site officiel de l’Office du Tourisme et des Congrès

Bonne chance! (Good luck!)

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JLP

 

 

Travel changes you

Travel changes you – By Joy Loves Paris. Brush lettering, watercolour

The hardest part of a trip away is coming back home and almost feeling like you had never left.  But I seem to always feel… different.  Everything is as it was when I had left it, yet not.  As I unpack my suitcases I’m reminded of all the experiences that I had just come back from: the different surroundings, the aromas, the sounds, the people.  The memories remind me that I am but a tiny part of this world.  It reminds me that there is so much out there in the world yet for me to discover, that there are so many possibilities.  And it reminds me that the world is a beautiful place, that there are so many kind people out there.  In effect, I return home inspired with a sense of hope, possibility and confidence.

For travel isn’t just learning about the world, but learning about yourself.  And discovering these things about yourself, whatever they may be, is the best part of the journey.

JLP

Create, create, create!

I’ve finally come through jet lag, uploaded my holiday photos and put into place the last of my souvenirs.  Now it’s time to create, create, create!

My head is full of ideas and my desk is ready to go! Stay tuned 🙂

PS Apologies for the blog being a little out of sorts, I’m currently trialling themes and am finally in the process of reconfiguring the blog!

JLP

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Create, create, create By Joy Loves Paris. Brush lettering by hand, edited on Adobe software

I love to create: an update

The last 8 months have come and gone, but in that time I have learned so much.  Not just the technical skills one learns when doing a graphic design course, but more about myself.

The one thing that became clear to me after all this time was that I love to create.  It has always been there, and in one way or another I had known it all along.  From making invitations, to planing parties, baking, and even this blog,  I enjoyed doing all these things because it gave me the freedom to create something out of ideas.

Now with this newfound knowledge and energy, I have this urge to create.  I am not sure where it will lead, if anywhere, but I know that it will keep me content knowing that I am doing what I love.

This blog has always been in the back of my mind amongst all the chaos of study and life.  When I had originally started it, I thought I knew what direction I wanted it to go, that I would use my love of Paris to write articles on Paris.  I had many ideas but they didn’t really inspire me.  So I thought hard about why I loved Paris. After some time, I finally realised that it was because Paris inspired me.  Thought it was about all the beautiful landmarks and boulevards, but it was really about the way that I had felt every time I was there, and what keeps me coming back for more.

So with these realisations I decided that I wanted to change the direction of the blog.  I want it to be an outlet of my inspiration and creativity. I have rediscovered my love of calligraphy and art and want to revive these skills by using them here.

I started off by creating a logo with the lettering done by hand, and by using my new skills on the Adobe Creative Suite I developed my new identity.  I tried to create a unique, off centre design that gives the feel of something hand made.

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Joy Loves Paris Logo.  Brush lettering by hand, edited on Adobe software.

My new tagline is: Lifestyle. Art. Design. Inspired by an insatiable love of Paris.  I hope to be able to post some new creations with every article, whether it be a  painting, hand lettering or photography, taken or edited by myself.  Not every article or piece will be obviously Parisian based, but inspired in one way or another by Paris or by my experiences.

I am ecstatic to share that I will be in Paris again in the coming week!  To be able to reinvigorate my love for the city that inspires me is exciting.  I will be seeing Paris in a different light to my previous visits, as when I gather inspiration I’m sure that I will notice things that I hadn’t noticed before.

I look forward to sharing my experiences and inspired creations with you very soon!

JLP