Thursday, December 29, 2011

Avenue Montaigne......and the "House of Dior"



       Wishing you all a very safe and healthy 2012

              I am re-posting one of my earliest "All Things French" posts
which reminds me of my first ever visit to the elegant "House of Dior" and the
trepidation I felt on that day - it was the start of my love affair with that
    wonderful city called Paris

I look forward to revisiting you all in the New Year
A Bientot  xxx

........................................

~Avenue Montaigne ~


 

How I love the sheer elegance and style of this fabulous Avenue
running right off the Champs Elysee ~ lined from end to end with a who's~ who list of labels
Dior - Chanel - Nina Ricci - Bvlgari ~ Prada



 

On my very first holiday in Paris I walked down this fabulous street feeling very apprehensive
I had dressed in what I thought appropriate for the day
(Black tailored pants - black roll neck skivvy - black stilettos - with chunky gold jewellry and of course Big fashion sunglasses ) on arrival I suddenly felt very inferior very out-of-place.



I looked across the street to see a big limousine pull up at the entrance to"Christian Dior " and amid a flurry of activity betwixt chauffeur and Concierge a tres elegant lady entered through the beautiful glass doors - I had fully intended to visit Dior - I went through the mind set - They don't know who I am and if I'm refused entry does it really matter in the big picture! So I crossed the street and walked up to the glass doors - the gorgeous concierge smiled, opened the doors and ushered me in - I was totally awe-struck - it spoke of everything luxurious,opulent and feminine- An assistant asked if I would like a little spitz of perfume - bien sur!! I chose -Miss Dior Cherie - and have loved this perfume ever since.

 


The intimate boutique- as one first enters- has on display perfumes - gorgeous scarves- belts and many other beautiful accessories - I would have to say I was treated very respectfully and left the shop with a warm heart and a spring in my step .
Now onto Chanel and Bvlgari and Nina Ricci...... !!


54 comments:

Linda said...

Oh I love this entry. I'm going mid September and I'll check this out. I really don't know if I have the nerve to go into any of these stores but if my friend is with me - then maybe. Can't wait to hear about the others.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Diane so much fun to read this. I find myself too shy to go inside of Dior of Chanel here in Houston. I just gaze from a far. You I am sure looked so chic. Bravo to you! Onward & upward to Bvlgari! Hope you had a lovely Sunday & a blessed new week to you x

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

You definitley took us on a tour of this boulevard, I love the way you wrote this. Beautiful street, but yes...pretty intimidating!

mya said...

When I first saw this blog I thought somehow I had pushed the wrong buttons and gone to French Essence - that's a compliment.
You have a beautiful post.
Some of your photographs of the outdoor restaurants remind me of the impressionists.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a note.

Genie said...

Dianne, it sounds to me that you were quite appropriately dressed avec des chaussures à talons! Thanks for lovely photos and a nice story.

Carla said...

Just the name makes me drool. J'adore Dior. Carla x

ParisBreakfasts said...

You're a braver man than I Gunga Din.
I have yet to walk throught those doors, though I've taken many a photo of them..
:)

TK said...

I say good on you for having the guts & determination....& weren't the results worth it!!! Well for a true perfume connoisseur I think it only fitting you paid them the compliment of your visit!!!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Dianne,

I love that street too and Dior, your photos are beautiful.
The day we visited that lovely street, there was a heavy downpour so instead of hoping to look glamorous looked more like a drowned rat.
Oh well everyone was the same, wet shoes and even though we had an umbrella, still got wet.

Happy Tuesday
Hugs
Carolyn

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

I am so happy to have found your fabulous blog - I just signed up to follow you! I am a total Francophile & look forward to following your French adventures. Stop by and visit sometime at www.stephaniesavorsthemoment.com - Cheers!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Funny isn't it how we suddenly feel the need to look elegant in Paris.
Somehow my normal jeans just don't "do it" there!!
I make so much more of an effort - and that applies to everywhere in France.

I didn't enter the "Dior" door, but now I think I will next time!!

Lovely post Dianne thank you.

Georgianna said...

Wonderful story, Dianne! So great that you did that and had such a warm welcome. A lesson to us all. Thank you for the tour! – g

Birdman said...

Forget the perfume... the street looks enchanting!

Nikon said...

Beautiful blog!
Thanks so much for the visit.
(I love the Monets.)

Kathy said...

What a stunning blog, and such beautiful photos! I shall follow with great interest!

Kathy

Charlotte Beecham said...

love your blog. your vibe is great. WOuld love it if youd check out mine and follow me back if you like. It features my recently launched scarf line 'Charlotte & Lisa' which i think is really suiting to your style! Fur and hoods.Check it out!

http://www.clothesovercarbs.blogspot.com/

Janie said...

How utterly very exciting! Maybe some day I will get there too...!

Dee said...

what an amazing blog. Visiting France is on my bucket list. I can't wait... although it will be some time before I can make it happen. Still... I can't wait!

Adrianne Molin said...

I'm a Dior fan here in Philippines! Love Dior. :))


Puerto Azul |
top tourist destination in the Philippines

myfrenchkitchen said...

A very elegant street...a very expensive street..even a cup of coffee is elegantly expensive!
Ronelle

kirstyb said...

oh i love dior x

Randroid3000 said...

J'adore ton blog! C'est trop mignonne.

I also have a political which is pretty cool.

Mark Norkaitis said...

You have a very nice blog! Im happy I got the chance to look!

Mark @ room363

Beauty in a bottle said...

I LOVE Paris. We spent my birthday there last year. I can't wait to go back.

http://beautyinabottleat.blogspot.com

Georgianna said...

Happy New Year, Dianne! When are you off to Paris??

xo – g

Kikka said...

Hi. Happy I found your Lovely blog. My hobbys are dollhouses(...and frogs) :)
I am now looking for inspiration for a dollhouse Cafe, so your blogphotos might be in help :)
Hugs Kikka

LaraBeTheOne said...

Oww i want to go in France :(

Trotter said...

Hi Dianne! Sorry for the delay; Happy New Year!

Av. Montaigne... So, you stayed at the Plaza Athenée...

Blogtrotter Two is leaving Corsica, finally... ;). Enjoy and have a great year ahead!!!

Garry Ladouceur said...

I love Paris. But where have we all not heard this before. She is like a beautiful lady. All perfume and love and charm and when you leave... poof, she is gone.

I would happily move to Paris but the apartments are so small and expensive and I am not rich enough so I suppose that this is impossible. I live in Switzerland where apartments are also small and expensive but it is switzerland and everything works all of the time and beside my wife is swiss and she does not care for Paris. Mainly because she is Swiss.

Anne said...

So beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your blog...♥
Anne

Merlie said...

I love your blog! Because I love France too...I am a new follower from the Netherlands,
Anke

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

You are very very quiet, I'm wondering where you are?
ronelle

Trudys Emporium said...

Love Paris it's an amazing city and Dior is fabulous! Love your Blog and I hope you New Year is Fantastic! Trudy

Senna said...

Luxus pure! Regards Senna

Simpetus said...

I'm french.
Love me.

inredningsvis.se said...

I really like your blog:) great pics and so much inspiration..I wish you a lovely weekend.
LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
(Sweden)

SandyCarlson said...

That must have been an incredible visit!

Trotter said...

Hi Dianne!
Blogtrotter Two has reached April 2011; no trips, and posting delay is shortening... ;). Enjoy and have a great weekend!!!

jyothisethu said...

very much interesting...
beautiful pictures...

La commode d'Amélie said...

I love Paris ♥
Compliments for your blog!

Connie said...

What an absolutely charming blog. It is so beautiful, and the photography is breathtaking. Well, I guess you can tell I like it here.
Your newest follower, Connie :)
If you ever have a minute please come on over and visit my blog. The welcome mat is always out.

Giancarlo said...

buona serata e felice domenica....ciao

Princesa said...

Amazing shops

Claudia Sunshine said...

How to live in this world and not leave the system dominate you?

http://blogdosultimos.blogspot.com.br/2012/06/como-viver-neste-mundo-como-viver-sem.html

God Bless You!

Xoxo

Claudia

Maalai said...

Hi all World historical events,Android apps tamil news,World news on android Breaking news for iphone

Lisa Farmer Designs said...

Hi I am your newest follower and love your posts. I hope you start posting again!! My new blog is on a black background also and I get so much advice from well meaning people that white is the better background. Of course I disagree. Your peoves to me that my decision was right!! Blessings!

Lowell said...

I remember this store...I took a photo of it from across the Champs Elysee. Didn't go inside, though. :-)

The Shop Around the Corner said...

Beautiful page. Hoping you start sharing again.
Much love,
Marcia

Moi said...

Beautiful page! I love it to read your posts!

Oman said...

Such lovely sceneries. Hope to have my chance of taking memories of ther place. Awesome post. :)

Manoel Carlos Alves said...

PASSEI POR AQUI E GOSTEI MUITO DO BLOG, PARABÉNS... CONVIDO A VISITAR E PARTICIPAR DO MEU BLOG TAMBÉM. http://inkdesignerstampas.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

Thanks, This is a good article.I liked

this article,
great!

Unknown said...

http://caramelalafleurdesel.blogspot.com/2012/10/hamburger-di-arrosto-di-tacchino.html?showComment=1352081892319#c9181729651650342078

Connie said...

Oh, I wish that you would start blogging again :)

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...