We had the pleasure of spending the evening surrounded by French people... in Seattle. It was lovely. In fact, the entire experience felt like a vacation. It began with local beer at Standard Brewing on South Jackson. The beer is brewed on site and the ambiance is reminiscent of my neighborhood bar in Brooklyn. (Rest assured, they have growlers to go when you are short on time.) Then, off to a spectacular dinner on the patio at Marjorie in Capitol Hill. (Any restaurant with a turntable in the restroom and a shaded outdoor patio is the place for me.) Really, it was the perfect evening to celebrate our very good friend who happens to also be French.
The entire event reminded me of our country's obsession with French women. We celebrate our impression that they take great pride in how they look and insist on continuing to find time for themselves after they have children. It's not easy, as we all know. So, it's certainly logical that we'd be big fans of this behavior.
They also seem to manage dressing their children in clothing that most adults would be thrilled to own. As your very own personal stylist for women and kids, I had to ask: where does it all come from? Thanks to my good friend and birthday girl, Hélène, here are some suggestions if you'd like your child's fashion to be a little more French-inspired.
Even better? They are both having massive sales right now.
Hélène's Favorite French Retailers for Kids
(and the Rest of Your Family, too)
1. La Redoute
La Redoute has hip kids clothes and much, much more. While you are at it, you might as well check out the housewares, linens, and clothes for men and women. Plus sizes and lingerie are available and there is even an outlet! Oh my. Right now, everything is up to 60% off with an additional 10% off with discount code 1501. Just remember to change the currency in the top left corner to US dollars.
Looking for the ideal parka without logos? Or how about something J Crew-esque without the Crew Cuts price tag? Vertbaudet is the answer.
As the mother of a 4 3/4 (ha!) year old boy who loves blazers and ties, I'm always on the look out for a great suit. That's a very tall order. First you locate the retailers who carry the most current options (Crew Cuts, H&M, Zara), then you begin the hunt for the appropriate size and of course, price is an issue. The suits at Vertbaudet are just the beginning. Pieces for your child's bedroom, apparel and maternity options are all located in one place.
I hesitate to continue typing as I can imagine you are deep into these sites by now.....
P.S. You might be thinking, "who is the Hélène and how can I trust that she's has hip and beautiful as you say?" Well, she wore these shoes on her birthday with a blue and white striped fit and flare dress. Now, you have evidence.
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