In truth the French never use the cats and dogs expression, they say: "Il pleut des cordes." Cords of rain? Exactly. I checked with an expert. . .
All of this is to say because of the non-stop pluie I couldn't take any decent pictures on the street except for the shot of Babette braving the elements while adding the last holiday touches to her boutique. Thought she looked so sweet I wanted to share with you.
Because I NEVER want to disappoint you, I've pulled together a little potpourri for your entertainment. Et Voila. . .
French Elle created a list of the 50 best-dressed women of 2009, on it are: Michelle Obama, Tilda Swinton, Penelope Cruz (I know Simone, enchantress and beautiful blogger at The Bottom of The Ironing Basket, will be jumping with joy), Sofia Coppola, Audrey Tautou, Marion Cotillard (see above, immersed in ruffles), Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rama Yada (a minister in the Sarkozy government and pictured above) Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Letizia d'Espagne (see above), Angelina Jolie, Dita Von Teese (what!?), Beyoncé, Eva Mendes,Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Freida Pinto, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Scarlett Johansson and others with whom I am either bored, don't agree or they are mere babies and they don't count.
Ines de la Fressange at 52 is a class apart. She is considered by one and all a fashion icon. (She's pictured here from the famous Elle photo shoot where she wore no makeup.)
Under the "Kinda creepy, Kinda Funny, Probably Delicious" category is this trophy reindeer in chocolate from A la Mere de Famille chocolaterie.
Speaking of rain, how about these cuissardes from Bottes de Chameau (165Euros) in bright navy blue. All I can think is maybe not wet on the outside, but probably after an hour or so unpleasantly squishy, toasty on the inside. Also I see little possibility for knee-bending. It's tricky enough in leather, but rubber?
And to round out this rainy day random rambling on a too funny for words note, a hilarious finger puppet parade of fashion designers. Surely there is someone on your gift list who would be thrilled to play with them at a mere 90 Euros. Can you imagine the things you could make them say to each other in a mini theatrical production?