I’m sure I’ve told you this before, but I came to Paris for the first time when I was fifteen, at the beginning of a ten-day-long school trip to France. We were staying in an awful little hotel near Gare Saint-Lazare and, maybe because our lodgings were so uninspiring, we went out for a walk around the neighbourhood less than fifteen minutes after we arrived… basically as soon as we had stowed our luggage. It was during this walk that I first saw the big department stores in Paris, and I fell in love with Printemps instantly. The store has changed a lot since then, but the golden dome remains a model of the beauty for beauty’s sake that is so wonderfully common in Parisian architecture. I visit it often – even in the winter, I can’t seem to stop myself from taking the long escalator ride up to the ninth floor of the store to get a bit of air on the roof, where I can admire all of the most beautiful monuments in the capital while standing in one place. On my most recent visit, it seemed only natural that since I was visiting my favourite place, I should wear my favourite dress… I will never tire of this little black lace number from Asos, which I’ve had for almost three years, but it was a lot of fun to update it with a peplum top from the most recent collection at H&M.