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Trip to Paris - take diamond rings/jeans??

Nov 12th, 2005, 07:14 AM
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My concern about traveling with valuable jewelry (monetary or sentimental) is they could be lost or misplaced, packing and unpacking, moving about, in rooms and bathrooms not familiar like at home. This would be much more likely IMO than having them snatched off your finger, rather that they get dropped down a drain or vent, behindn a dresser, etc.
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Nov 12th, 2005, 07:36 AM
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jules4je7, thank you for clarifying what trendy edgy Parisians wear (I am a custom dressmaker and am unaware of the French off-the-rack sensibility). I guess I should investigate a bit before my trip next year because I certainly want to dress just like everyone else. Or do you think the lowrise diamond rings/jeans will be "out" by then?
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Nov 12th, 2005, 07:45 AM
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To Fidel the dressmaker, what are lowrise diamond rings?
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Nov 12th, 2005, 07:58 AM
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Fidel, you're hilarious. As much as I observed in Paris, I didn't witness any lowrise diamond rings. I promise to do more research.

After all the discussion on this board on what to wear to Europe Paris in particular, (and laughing at what a sore spot it is with some people), I enjoyed my people-watching while I was there in September, and made a few fashion observations.

Of course fashion is all over the map as any big city, but there are a few "tried and true" fashion accessories, just like here. Super-pointy shoes, flared skirts, and low rise, wide-leg or boot-cut jeans were a few of the things that I noted (on the women), and men tended to dress up more, but there were plenty of rumpled over-worn suits, but I guess you could say that at least they were wearing suits...

Dare I say that I assumed that most of the people I studied were indeed French since I was, after all, in France, and not sitting under the U.N. meeting that is the Eiffel Tower. Please pardon me for not checking IDs, as I can only say it is an inexact science, but I think I had it right with a degree of error of +/- 5 percent.

I'm sitting here in sweats and a Green Day t-shirt, so don't get your hopes up that I'll be able to give you any advice this time next year when my information isn't quite so current. LOL

Happy travels.

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Nov 12th, 2005, 09:47 AM
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It is chilly in Paris today, so lots and lots of fur on the gals!
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Nov 12th, 2005, 10:14 AM
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personally, I think I am allergic to Mom jeans I like low rises from Victorias Secret (aka "vickies panty palace)
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Nov 12th, 2005, 10:18 AM
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just for curiousity. would they be called Mum Jeans in London??????
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Nov 12th, 2005, 10:28 AM
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I never wear my wedding set when traveling, that's just what makes me more comfortable though. Not because I think it is more likely to be stolen, but because it is awfully hard to get back to a far away foreign country to retrace your steps and go look for it!

As for the pants question, I wore jeans all over Europe with trendy little non-white sneakers and felt totally fine. As for mom pants, I am very familiar with the term and to me it means very very very high waisted pants that go above and beyond the belly button. By the same token super duper low rise jeans are just as ridiculous on most people.

My motto: Just wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable.
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Nov 12th, 2005, 10:41 AM
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francophile03, Lowrise Diamond Rings is a subset of Stripper Fashion.
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Nov 12th, 2005, 11:09 AM
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laustic, "very very very high waisted pants that go above and beyond the belly button"

Technical questions: At exactly what point does a non-Mom Pant fall? 1.125 above the button, 0.75 below the waist, where? And "super duper low rise" -- within a range, how low is that? Third, are you saying we were mistaken to believe that "high waisted" is above the waist? Lastly, are you certain "waisted" is in our English language?
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Nov 12th, 2005, 11:15 AM
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My traveling dears, watch this video and then you will know all about mom jeans:

www.funnyhub.com/videos/page.cgi/mom-jeans
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Nov 12th, 2005, 11:21 AM
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I was in Paris two weeks ago and there were LOTS of people in jeans and tennies. Not the white, clunky tennis shoes but Geox's. In fact, we had planned to each pick up a pair (hubby and I) before we left, but never got around to it (you can buy them here anyway.)

Just don't forget your scarf!
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Nov 12th, 2005, 11:21 AM
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LOL, thanks seaurchin. They look so old fashioned compard to today's jeans.
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Nov 12th, 2005, 02:46 PM
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Look, I didn't mean to offend anyone. Of course I know that the French have diamonds and I am most certainly not going to be mistaken as French, so I'm not worried about trying to "look French." I just don't want to stick out like a sore thumb. As far as my rock...here's the thing... It's nearly 2 carats in a ornate Art Deco setting. It calls attention to itself. The diamond earrings I have are 1/2 carat in each ear. Since I will obviously be an American, I didn't want to draw even more attention to myself. I figure that the liklihood of us being mugged/robbed is very low... especially since I am not bringing a handbag at all, and my husband will keep the passports and so forth in a money belt underneath his clothes. But if I were carrying a purse, wouldn't diamonds all over make thiefs think that *my* purse would be a particularly good one to snatch?

As far as the jeans, I am 24. So yes, I'll bring them

And as for the language, je parle francais un peu. I am most definitely going to try to use it when possible and greet shopkeepers, etc. politely.

Bottom line: I know I'm American. They will know I'm American. I just don't want to be an Ugly American, d'accord?
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Nov 12th, 2005, 02:46 PM
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P.S. Yes, jewelry is insured.
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Nov 12th, 2005, 03:00 PM
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You seem to be worried about your rock already and you haven't even left home.
Leave it and go forth and have a fun time w/o worrying or thinking about your rings.

I wear very simple jewelry that I wouldn't mind losing when I am traveling. I also don't wear $ jewelry in certain parts of my own hometime, I would rather have a footloose time than to be worrying about my bling.
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Nov 12th, 2005, 03:01 PM
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um, hometown, not hometime...
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Nov 12th, 2005, 03:39 PM
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In March, I noticed the style of very large rings being worn, often on the middle finger. The stones may or may not have been real but they were not small and subtle. .I wear what I wear here..which is not really what you would call plain..
I don't wear jeans though
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Nov 12th, 2005, 03:41 PM
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LOL SeaUrchin!!
"I am not a woman anymore, I am a Mom"
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