Wednesday, April 4, 2012

On The Street Outside Paris


Outside Paris means about 50 kilometers, west of the city between Versailles and Rambouillet, which is real country -- not classic suburbs -- surrounded by the Rambouillet forrest.



Nestled inside the forrest circle are beautiful towns and villages. This is the one where we do our shopping, where Babette has her boutiques, Christine and Sophie have their pharmacie, Joelle and Jean-Jacques have their librairie, Clarisse has her patisserie and Claire has her boulangerie -- among other family-owned enterprises.


It is also the location for excellent photo ops as you can see. Out here it's much easier for me to approach my subjects because if one doesn't know me, another who does will convince her friend to "walk the walk" for my camera.

Among these photos, one woman is American which I didn't realize. She too is married to a Frenchman. Can you guess which one she is? I was sure she was French. As I re-look at the photos I think I could tell.

50 comments:

Today's Treasure by Jen said...

I love seeing the buildings and the streets. The ladies are all just lovely looking, out and about doing their shopping. Thank you for more insight into true French life. BTW- My guess for the American is the lady with the red purse?

Fen said...

oh gosh, such lovely looks! I especially like the first one - I want so badly to be able to pull of white jeans! x

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Hi Tish,
Such elegance and style in a smallish town in the country ..... you wouldn't see that many people looking so good where we live !!!! I always try to make an effort, even when I'm shopping at the supermarket !!
Sorry that I haven't popped over for ages .... I somehow seem to miss your posts but, I shall be making more effort.
Thanks so much for your lovely comment.
Much love Tish and I do think of you often. XXXX

Anonymous said...

I think the woman with the red handbag is the American

Linda said...

I love looking at these French ladies...still would like to know how they get that easy elegance. Not contrived, yet still put together. They look so naturally good don't they? Unfussy hair, minimal make-up, simple clothes...sigh.

Anonymous said...

I agree. The American is the woman who is smiling.

Jules said...

I wish the shopping ladies in our town looked so good!!!!
Trackie pants and pyjama tops don't quite have the same vibe!!!!!!!!!


Well perhaps I am exaggerating a little bit...but not a lot!!!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

They all look so elegant and pulled together with ease. I would guess the American is the one smiling. I was told not to smile when we in France as it can be mis-interpreted. I found that a little difficult to pull off as I enjoy smiling. I remember departing the plane in Atlanta and I turned to my husband and said we can smile now.
Sam

Lost in Provence said...

Sam's comment made me laugh because it is so true! Trust me, I learned the hard way not to smile so much or so openly. As is Madame avec le Sac Rouge. Are we right, Tish?

Barbara von Enger said...

The first is the American;-)

LuxeBytes said...

I think it's the woman in the middle with the red bag. She's smiling.

xoxoxoxo --
Marsi

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I would have to agree that it is the woman with the red bag!! I really like the style of the last lady with the striped shirt! Always love your street style posts!

Martha said...

Only one woman is not smiling.

My guess is that the American is woman with the red bag, because her smile is really an un-French grin. Lovely, but a grin.

Anonymous said...

i think the Ameriacan lady is the one with the big Black glasses & the Black purse

Veronica said...

The all look delovely and being South African I agree the smiling gal is it... over here a smile is safe!

Veronica

déjà pseu said...

The weather must be lovely...someone has pulled out their white jeans already! And look at all of the denim and chambray. I'd guess the woman in the blue dress is the American (don't know why, she just strikes me as someone I'd see in CA).

Joni said...

Great pictures! I can't decide which woman is the American. For me, I think it's either the woman with the long hair and large black purse or the really smiley woman with the red purse. I do hope you tell us who it is.

alyssa said...

vive les jeans!

LPC said...

Chambray! Well now we know! Thank you and to all your ladies who walk!

kathy peck said...

They're all lovely. I would also guess the woman with the red purse? Love the last photo particularly. Very chic.

Corrine said...

the smile and the red purse, for sure.

la fermette said...

Yes, the woman with the red purse - the proportions of the clothes aren't great as she is wearing them, and there's a casual 'sloppiness' that's more American than French, I think.

Now, if I'm wrong I'll be so embarrassed. :)

Caryl said...

The one with the red handbag.

sisty said...

Without looking at the other answers, I'd guess that the American is the one with the red bag.

Jean S said...

Red bag. It isn't just the smile, it's that her face is so "open." The others who have slight smiles have a closed look about them, to my eye....

BigLittleWolf said...

Love love love the crispness and elegance in that last photo - yet still comfy!

(My guess is that Ms. America is the red bag woman...)

Yes indeed. Something in the hair and the smile.

Terri said...

I would guess the American is either the first woman or the last one.

Chicatanyage said...

Synchronicity blue certainly seems to be the trend du jour. I shall be wearing a blue top to travel to France tomorrow . I wonder if it will be as popular in the South. Thanks for your lovely comment.

lakaribane said...

I think the American woman is the one with the red bad. Something about her haircut and face shape.

Anonymous said...

I was going to say number three because of her smile, but upon closer inspection, I am going with number one for two reasons: her bright pink nail polish, and her Native American style necklace and shoes.

Thanks for the fun "can you guess which one" game.

CS

Tish Jett said...

I promise to tell you, but not just yet. Your comments are fascinating.

xo

Bella Q said...

the red bag gal is my guess. her face looks like it "speaks English."

Murphy said...

They are all beautiful and beautifully turned out, oui? I also think that the American is the lady with the red bag. The last woman reminds me of Christine Lagarde only with dark hair.

Mazl said...

Loving the lady with the striped shirt.

I think the American is the one with the long hair, big black bag amd pale shoes. Not sure why but perhaps she is not so 'bien dans sa peau' as the others. Interesting!!

Anonymous said...

Dropping in to guess.
The women with the red purse because of the way she carries it!

moorni said...

I'm torn between the woman with the red bag and the one before her in the chambray dress. For me its something about the mouth. I'm probably off but that's where I go. Lovely ladies all the same though. I enjoy your blog. Thank you

Bonbonroz said...

Being French myself, I don't really agree with the comments saying that smiling can be misinterpreted here. I actually have no idea which lady is American, though I'd tend to the older lady, actually the only one who's not smiling... The hair maybe, or the way she carries her handbag... Even the lady with the red bag looks, to me, very typical from those areas around Versailles where there are many "more traditional" French families (I've lived there myself for a while, no judgment here ^^)
But I find the comments very interesting :)

The Gold Digger said...

The American is the one with the red bag, I think.

The tennies on #4 made me think maybe her, but that hair on a woman that age isn't very American.

sararyan said...

Love your pictures and the guessing game! I'm going with the red purse woman. Without knowing any were American, I noticed a change in her picture from the previous two -- her smile was bigger, less reserved. After seeing the guessing game, I add to that her 'larger' hairstyle, the fact that her purse is bright, and the cropped denim.

What slowed me down was scrolling back and firth between #2 & #3 wondering if round neck blouses with the right lapel folded open is a new 'style' statement in France!

SheilaLouise said...

I agree with those that think the Americain is carrying the red handbag.

Kaye said...

I'm going to guess Lady#1. It appears is if she has on a beaded American Indian style necklace - and maybe moccasins?

Just doesn't strike me as a French accessories

Anonymous said...

I think it's the lady in the chambray dress. Not sure why, just seems a bit more casual I guess.

Nicole from NZ.

Celia M. said...

Oh my friend this is a tough choice. I'm going to say number 2 as she is the only one without a handbag. can't wait for your reveal...xo HHL

Gracie O'Tripp said...

I love your photos of fashionable women dressed casually for a day of shopping etc. I can use some advice on this subject and photos are the best way to teach.

Carol said...

Just love the shot of the last lady, she looks so effortlessly chic..

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Tish Jett said...

For those of you who chose the "red bag and big smile," you found the American in the group.

Such fun!

caroline@thebalancedapproach said...

I was just about to agree with almost all - definately the red sac and big smile- it's an "openess " about her face..they all however look gorgeous . Great photos again ..

Anonymous said...

Yes, the openness. A kind of, "do you like me? are you sure? if I smile wider will you like me more?" It's indeed not very French, or European and as an American I've trained myself not to smile hardly to anyone at all.

Anonymous said...

Red bag because trousers are too casual - they scream casual. Too casual. The type French women will spot at seaside resorts, not home.

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