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Is Chanel Cheaper In Paris? (Yes! Here’s By Exactly How Much.)

Is Chanel Cheaper in Paris? is part 3 in an ongoing investigation. Please also see Is Sézane Cheaper in Paris? and Is Diptyque Cheaper in Paris? If you’re wondering if it’s cheaper to buy Chanel — a French, largely made-in-France brand — in France, the short answer is: Oh, it sure is! Let’s do some super exciting math! And we’ll take a look at three Chanel pieces: a handbag, a lipstick, and some perfume. Note that these are prices for new, retail Chanel goods. For this post, we’re leaving out the myriad possibilities of resellers, vintage shops, etc etc. Is Chanel Cheaper in Paris: The Handbag To start off, we’re talking full-fat, retail prices. Let’s look at the Mini Cabas in pink, it’s beautiful: As Chanel fans know, it is at this time not possible to purchase new Chanel handbags online. The Chanel website, though, does offer “recommended retail prices,” which you can toggle between English/USD and French/euros (look for the option at the bottom of the website, where it says “Change language and location). In …

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Is Diptyque Cheaper in Paris? (Yes. Here’s by Exactly How Much.)

Is Diptyque Cheaper in Paris? is part 2 in an ongoing investigation. Please also see Is Sézane Cheaper in Paris?  Short answer: absolutely yes. Here’s by how much. Diptyque candles come in two primary sizes: small and Classic. Something that will make this article fairly brief is that each size has an equally standard price, wherever you purchase your luxury candles: Small Diptyque candles are 70 grams, with a burning time of around 20 hours, and cost $42 USD and 38€. Classic-sized Diptyque candles are 190 grams, with a burn time of around 50 hours, and they’re $74 or 58€. Is Diptyque Cheaper in Paris? Yes! But Also in the US So let’s do some math. Just to start with, these are not cheap candles. Per gram, a Classic Diptyque Feu de Bois, for example, costs 38 cents. A small Diptyque Feu de Bois costs 60 cents per gram! That’s already a sizable difference — you can save 37% just by splurging on the larger candle. And of course, the savings are more pronounced if you buy …

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The Best Diptyque Candle (And 6 Runners-Up)

What is the best Diptyque candle? I have an answer for that. A Diptyque candle is an investment. I like to think of it as what I do instead of drinking alcohol. I have rarely regretted the money I’ve spent on a Diptyque candle (argh thinking of you, Eucalyptus!!! you are the worst!), but nonetheless, you want to invest wisely. And yeah, I am very aware that when I think of “investing” I think of “getting the right Diptyque candle,” rather than, like, mutual funds. It bodes well. So let’s get down to brass tacks: The best Diptyque candle is Feu de Bois. Don’t argue. I’ll tell you what it definitely is not, and that is Baies — arguably (perhaps also factually, IDK) the brand’s most popular candle. If you went into a chi-chi shop in the early ’00s, I swear to God, every one of them was the Red Currant candle from the still-extant brand Votivo. I hated it then, and I hate it now, and it smells exactly like Baies. Feu de Bois, …

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What’s the Best Way to Travel from London to Paris? An Investigation

Now, for those who prefer listening to reading, you can listen to me read this article aloud! Just click below or download or whatever.  It’s a truly pressing question: What’s the best way to travel from London to Paris? I’ll tell you what is not the best way to travel from London to Paris: driving (unless you need to), cycling (unless you want to) or taking a nine-hour bus. Which pretty much leaves you with Eurostar, or flying. Paris and London are just over 300 miles/several worlds/one time zone apart. It’s an incredibly quick flight — if you don’t add in all the travel to and from the airport(s) and the rigamarole getting through security. It’s also an incredibly efficient train trip — but often unbelievably expensive (closing in on $500 if you don’t buy in advance). Each method has big-time pros and cons. This summer, I had the opportunity to fly to London from Paris, and then return by train — which made it easier than ever to compare the two services, which are …

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The Best French Beauty Products in Amazon’s Prime (October) Sale

So! Here we are at another Prime Day, another turn of the calendar page. All the French beauty buys I saw were centered around a few brands: primarily Klorane, Avène, Bioderma and Vichy. To be honest: The American brands I saw on Prime Day this time around were more exciting than the French ones, primarily R+Co (I’m obsessed with their thickening Dallas shampoo and conditioner). That said: Below, the top-selling French products on this October Prime Day, and my review, where I have one. 1. Klorane Dry Shampoo Powder with Oat Milk: The reality is that I personally find dry shampoo annoying (it just tangles everything up, in my experience), but this one, from Klorane, smells so good it might as well be hair perfume. Our review: 8/10 2. Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water: Bioderma was the brand at the center of all the buzz about micellar water in the years past, but IDK, I don’t find it that exciting? Our review: 2/10 3: Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water: If you’re looking for water to …

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The Best from Maje’s Friends and Family 25% Off Sale

Maje just announced it’s 25% off Friends & Family sale — and these are the best picks from it. Wouldn’t it be nice to get these recs directly in your inbox? So convenient! Sign up for a weekly dispatch about travel and Paris — or for our new weekly email about shopping, mostly French brands but a mix of everything! 1. Obsessed!! What would you wear this to? A goth ball? A five-star hotel on Halloween night? I love this. I would buy this now and hold on to it until the right event present itself, because it’s unstoppable. Those shoes FTR are a monstrosity, speaking of Halloween. Maje long sequined dress, was $565, with discount $423.75 2. Sometimes you just want to look like an Olympics-caliber skater going to her prom, am I right?? Why are those same shoes back?? I have only questions, and no answers. Maje short sequined dress, was $445, with discount $338.25 3. This is like the epitome of Maje to me: sexy dresses that would make sense at a magazine party in 2005 SoHo. …

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Sezane Earrings: A Regularly Updated Guide to the Best

I love Sezane earrings — of all my Sezane purchases, they’re probably the ones I get compliments on most often. I personally break Sezane earrings into two categories: vintage glam and boho summer. The vintage glam are most of what you’ll see below: lots of gold (well, gold-plated brass, for the most part) and resins/glass — shiny! Feminine! Beautiful! The latter vibe is omnipresent in their spring/summer collections, when natural materials life raffia, thread and the like dominate. I like them both equally, though I’ve found that the glammier (read: metal-based) pieces tend to last longer. Let’s say there’s a third category, and that is: Sezane Earrings i Do Not Wish to Buy. These include too-basic shapes (which you can dupe with cheaper brands) and more delicate, demure pieces, which I think are done better by other brands, including Lou Yetu. I’m not paying Sezane earring prices for a pair of basic Sezane earring hoops. I’m getting those at H&M. If you’re looking for the Sezane earrings worn by Kate Middleton — the Dinas — I’m …

How To Dress Like You’re Going to the Gym at a Giant Division I Public University in the Midwest

In this week’s edition of “How to Dress Like…”, we consider the fashion sensibility of gym-goers at a giant, fancy gym at a Division I public university in the Midwest (which might bear some connection to the University of Iowa). I did my undergrad in New York City, where our gym was literally underground, and a second bachelors degree at the San Francisco Art Institute, which…did not have a gym, or even some sort of deal with, like, the YMCA. So going to a school with a deep, deep gym culture was totally new to me. I’m here for it, though — and I’m obsessed by the very rigid dress codes enacted there. Here’s what they’re wearing at the gym (TL;DR: more Lululemon than I ever would have thought, that stuff is expensive!!) It all starts with the shorts! Here I am in my high-waisted leggings; there’s everybody else, in 4-inch Lululemon Align shorts — most often not in black, but in some other, often jewel-toned color. Also available in 6″, 8″ and 2″, but …

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46 Diptyque Candles, Ranked

Diptyque candles ranked: Without a doubt, a Diptyque candle is one of the best souvenirs you can bring back from France (not least because depending on the exchange rate they’re about 25% cheaper there than in the US, for the same size). How, though, to know which one to get? Some of them are amazing — others, incredibly meh, and yet they all cost the same, so it pays to do your homework Below, all of the standard Diptyque candles, ranked, from 1 to 46. Feu de Bois will forever be my number one; I will forever despise Baies (note that many people think Baies is the best Diptyque candle; you will decide for yourself.) This ranking of Diptyque candles includes everything but special editions, like the city editions (which I haven’t had the good fortune to see in the flesh) and the holiday candles, with which I am completely obsessed and I love all of them. Diptyque Candles Ranked: #1-#46 46. Baies You may love it. I hate it. A dupe for all those redcurrant …

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What I Love (And Hate) About Sezane Bags

Sezane bags are excellent, stylish and well-made. Here’s what you need to know before you buy one — especially if you’re buying it from overseas. Sezane has a collection of ten leather bags (the Claude (love), the Milo, the Romeo, not to be confused with the Romie, the Mara, the Marcel, the Abel, the Victor, the Gabin, and the Farrow) in a variety of colors and finishes), as well as a collection of small leather goods — wallets and that sort of thing. Generally speaking: What I love about Sezane bags is how classic they are. Like many of the best French goods, they stick with the tried and true. There’s nothing wildly outré here; I can’t imagine Emily (as in Emily in Paris) ever carrying one into Saveur, unless she was cos-playing a Parisian It girl. Buy it once, use it ’til the stitching gives out — these are bag, in my opinion, made to last a long time. What I don’t like: Compared to similar bags from similar brands, I find them a …