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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 …

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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 …

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The Last Great Buys in Sézane’s Summer Sale

Sézane’s annual summer sale is about three days from feeling extremely picked over. There’s like one piece of jewelry left. Tops are suffering. Dresses are hanging in there, so that’s where we’ll start. Note: Sézane organizes their sale pieces by size — it didn’t seem practical to sort through everything by size, so I just picked the size in the middle rather than focusing on the ends (32 or 48). If you’re coming to France in the very near term, don’t buy anything from the US — the same pieces are remarkably cheaper in France, so it’s like built-in Archives all year long. Note: The shirt above (which looks amazing from the back, iffy from the front (but amazing from the back) is the Katy (available at the moment from M-XXL for $50). I have this shirt and I love it — just get a size down, because that cotton stretches out. Ania top, was $100, now $70 I’ve tried this on and it’s incredible, just very body conscious — it stressed me out too much, but …

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Ranking the Sézane Shops in Paris

Depending on how you count, Sézane has about a half-dozen shops in Paris — but they are not created equally. Let’s rank them so that your shopping time may be well spent. A few things to note: I was surprised by how bad the reviews are for the shops on Google — they all hover around 3.5 stars — and I think most of it is international shoppers colliding with French customer service. For what it’s worth, I actually think Sézane staff is nicer than average. Oh, also, the lines: When I complain about lines below, I don’t mean the lines to pay; those move pretty fast. I literally mean the lines to get in. If you hate lines, go straight to #3. We publish two great newsletters: 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!) Several of the Paris shops are closed on Mondays, and many close for big chunks/most of August, so be forewarned. …

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8 Picks from Sézane’s July Vacation Capsule Collection

Sézane’s July vacation-themed capsule collection debuted this morning at 9:30 Paris time, and a few things are already sold out! (TBH we like what’s here better.) Below, our top picks from the very summery vibes. You might look like a giant marshmallow in this, but I’m still interested — even if those pleats look like a lot of work to take care of. Gloria dress, $195 Ohh, this is just very cute, with those shoulder ties. Aria top, $70 I would love more information on how well this is constructed, but it’s going to be the first thing I try on in Paris. Love the shape, love the color. Calanques swimsuit, $130 The average piece of French denim is always just that little bit more tailored than the average piece of American denim. And so: Niels shorts, $125 One of the last pieces from the Farm Rio collab. Bikini, $150 (sold separately as top, $85, + bottoms, $65) I love Sézane earrings, and I particularly love these little flowers in resin and gold-plated brass. Also …

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7 Picks from Maje’s Summer 2023 Sale

I think of Maje as a meeting point between Sandro (a little primmer/properer) and Zadig & Voltaire (a little more rock ‘n’ roll.) I don’t like everything (like this — what is happening here?), but every once in a while I’ll get something I love here, like my favorite winter coat — not cheap but made to last. Prices are deeply changeable: These reflect a 20% off for the Fourth of July, so who knows how long that will last. FYI the dress above is not on sale, but it’s here if you’re interested. I am hesitant to call this, as Maje does, a “playsuit,” but I guess it’s better than when they were called rompers. Wow, those cowboy boots. Sequined playsuit, was $415, now $199 As a past Maje coat-buyer, I love this coat, though note it’s made from a “wooly fabric” (78% wool, 22% polyamide). Maje single-breasted coat, was $645, now $361 A (pink) variation on a theme. This one is 67% wool, 33% viscose. Maje pink coat, was $715, now $400 Another …

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6 Things Worth Buying in Ba&sh’s Summer Sale

Ba&sh has never been my favorite French line, but it has been responsible for some of my favorite French clothes. This is possibly because they seem to make a tremendous amount of clothing — the new summer sale has precisely 383 items — with maybe a poorer hit-to-miss ratio than other lines. But what I like I really like: I wore Ba&sh to the only wedding I attended in 2022. If you’re not familiar with the line, it’s flirtier and more feminine — in a particular flowy, flowery, that sort of feminine way, with lots of floor-length dresses in dramatic prints. The collection doesn’t always cohere in my opinion, and there’s a lot of what I’m going to call “doodads” that I don’t totally get — why does this jacket have a waist-high side tie? On the other hand, what I like I love, so it’s usually worth sifting through everything to find the gems. Below, my faves from the ongoing summer sale — don’t delay, or if you do delay keep a close look …

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A Quick Chat With Emily in France

Emily Monaco is without question one of my favorite people in all of France — when I returned to Paris after my landlord had moved all of my things to the identical apartment one floor higher, she was the one who got my video tour of the new space (basically a 30-second video of my plants and bed and books and me screaming the whole time, about how bizarre the whole experience was). She’s also a journalist and food expert who’s hosting not one but multiple retreats in France in the upcoming weeks and months: The Nantes Writers’ Workshop, a weeklong writing retreat in Nantes, and a ceramics and food trip called Terre/Mer in La Ciotat, on the Mediterranean coast. (I want to do both of them, of course.) I thought it would make sense to talk to her about those events, and to ask her all the questions I forget to ask her when we’re out and about. So you’re working on two separate events: a fiction workshop in Nantes and a ceramics + …