35 In Misc


Well, we made it here.  The Xanax was a great thing for this nervous flyer.  Paris is just as I remembered—crazy beautiful!!  It's cold, but it only makes it more romantic.  A few shots from what was really our first day–Wednesday.  Tuesday was a bit of a wash, we were all so tired from flying.   First thing Wed. morning–a fitting at  Chanel, then a visit to Coco Chanel's apartment!!   I couldn't believe it!!  Here I am sitting on Coco Chanel's sofa, in her salon where she would receive very special customers…

Co co's apt 

Wow–I will remember this moment forever.  

Coco shot 

Coco dining room 

Visiting Coco Chanel's apartment was one of the most special moments that I have ever experienced–Thank you so much Chanel for all of your kindness during the Crillon Ball–you all have made it effortless!!  

Staying out of the rain
 Getting out of the rain after Jane's fitting…..

Rue cambon 2 

Carol wanted to do some shopping at Galleries Lafayette.  Here are some photos of their annual Christmas display…


I have more pictures–but my Internet is soooo slow–I'll try for more later, or just wait till I'm home.  I hope these download easily for everyone!!  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving–everyone have a great holiday, and eat a little turkey for me.  Not sure what I'll be eating for Thanksgiving dinner, but I am in Paris afterall–it can't be bad!!

The site opens tomorrow with all or our new things at 8:00 PM central…….



  • Leia
    November 25, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Judy! It looks like you are having a lovely time. Thanks for sharing pics with us! And Carol is looking so pretty, as usual! I love the way you have covered your head with a scarf – my mum does that as well when it’s cold, windy and rainy. 🙂

  • Tara
    November 25, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Visiting Coco’s apartment must have been amazing! I hope you and the girls have a gorgeous Parisian Thanksgiving!

  • Cindy
    November 25, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Your outfit is perfection! How amazing to visit Coco’s apartment – such a special thing to be able to do. Thanks for sharing the pictures too. (-:

  • stylefyles
    November 25, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    fyi the photos downloaded perfectly. Great shots. Have fun in Paris, and at the ball, and have a lovely Thanksgiving. It’s nice you’re all together, even if you’re in a land that doesn’t celebrate this holiday!

  • The Photodiarist
    November 25, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Greetings from Marrakech! Glad that you arrived safely, Judy. It’s wonderful that you visited Coco’s apt. Truly! Cannot wait to see all of you in your gowns.

  • britty
    November 25, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    that is so awesome and bitching! and I love Carol’s coat where is from?!

  • fashion roadkill
    November 25, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing the photos of Coco Chane’s apartment! You are so lucky to have experienced that!!
    Jane and Carol look absolutely gorgeous. Love Jane’s outfit. enjoy the rest of your time in Paris!

  • Brigadeiro
    November 25, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    What an incredible & surreal experience! Thank you so much for sharing it with us, look forward to more!
    When you have some time up your sleeves, I would love to hear your tips/recommendations on what to see/eat/do/shop in Tokyo, I head there in less than 3 weeks, and it’s my first time! 🙂
    Enjoy Paris, and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Mel
    November 25, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Wow that’s amazing! Sounds like you guys are having a splendid time! You went to Coco Chanel’s apartment?! So lucky! Must have been so magical 🙂

  • Sarah Klassen/Haute Design
    November 25, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    That’s one thing about Paris, poor internet connections. But despite that, I am so happy that you have posted some images! How exciting! Judy, you look so beautiful — and what a special moment.
    Enjoy Paris* I can’t wait to see more pics and hear more about the trip {xo}

  • Chicago Loop
    November 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    The whole haute couture process fascinates me, I’m blown away by the level of skill and patience of the seamstresses. I’m looking forward to seeing Jane’s dress.
    I was curious to see the rest of Coco Chanel’s apartment so I’m taking the virtual tour. I see the spiral staircase that connects all of the floors. Amazing! I’m envious in the best way.
    Judy, you and Jane’s blogs are very inspiring. I’ve seen lots of fashion blogs and none have affected me the way yours have. After years of dressing in a very minimalist uniform-y manner, I now have the greatest urge to switch things up and express the other parts of my personality. I wonder how many others you have impacted in this way. Much appreciation to you both.
    I’d wish you all a fabulous time in Paris but you’re already having one. 🙂

  • Sandra
    November 25, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    soo nice!
    please share where the shoes and jacket is from?? looks absolutly gorgeous!
    enjoy all good things in paris!
    best, Sandra

  • Jules
    November 25, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Oh you are all so lucky on visiting Coco Chanel’s apartment. =D Enjoy!
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  • beam
    November 26, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Wow, I just love this blog. Hope you enjoy Paris. You´re so lucky to go visit the house of Chanel! Must have been an amazing experience! I miss living in Paris as I did back in the mid 90´s.
    Enjoy the vacation!

  • CC
    November 26, 2009 at 2:40 am

    thanks for the update! glad to know you two are having fun so far! i remember seeing coco chanel’s apartment on tv when rachel zoe went and visited. do you remember that episode?!
    can’t wait to see jane in her chanel dress. have a great thanksgiving!!

  • Aleksandra
    November 26, 2009 at 3:08 am

    This is really amazing! An adventure to remember for long time!

  • Andréa
    November 26, 2009 at 4:25 am

    Carol is so Pretty !! Since you arrived to Paris I always watch around me, hoping to see you !
    Have fun ! … in the rain …

  • Blogarella
    November 26, 2009 at 6:53 am

    How exciting! You look quite at home in Chanel’s apartment – tres chic. Bx

  • Daisy
    November 26, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Fab photos ! Also, how exciting this trip is already! I cant wait to hear more!

  • Israel
    November 26, 2009 at 7:37 am

    you look beautiful! Love your outfit!!!! could you please tell where are they from?? specially the jacket
    thank you
    have the best of time

  • Jessie
    November 26, 2009 at 7:42 am

    oh I have the same bcbg boots! they look great on you! arn’t they crazy comfortable!? Can’t wait to see more pics from Paris
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  • Ken
    November 26, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Lovely! Paris is really wonderful!

  • judy@judyaldridge.com
    November 26, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Hi Everyone and Happy Thanksgiving—My coat is Rick Owens, and my boots are BGBG–Jessie–they are the best, and surprisingly comfortable–Carol’s coat is old Juicy Couture—

  • bess
    November 26, 2009 at 10:30 am

    what about the pants??? They are awesome! Do share!

  • Pearl Westwood
    November 26, 2009 at 11:06 am

    OOOOOH so lucky!!!! I would give anything to see Coco’s appartment! I must say you are looking very sharp and sexy in the Rick Owens!
    All have a great time x

  • StyleAntagonist
    November 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Judy,
    Indeed a lifetime memory! You’re so blessed to be able to visit Chane’s apartment. Great post and look forward for more pictures from you on this trip. We will wait for you!

  • UnoCosa
    November 26, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    what a beautiful group of photos! love rick owens, xx

  • Dskel
    November 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    who makes that scarf? I love a good scarf. Supes jel of your Rick Owens though.

  • Julie
    November 26, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    So jealous!!!!!!!!! It all looks fabulous. I have to tell you that since I’ve been reading your blog (and Jane’s as well) you have inspired me too dump my mommy uniform. I checked out the Neiman’s sale and bought a pair of Kors burgundy patent leather, high heel, lug sole Mary Janes. I wore them to Thanksgiving tonight! They weren’t really sure what to do with me out in the country, but I felt VERY special. Can’t wait to see the rest of your pictures…

  • (always)alanna
    November 27, 2009 at 8:39 am

    girl, you are ROCKING those boots!
    ive had them on my christmas list since i first tried them on.. but now im reconsidering; i think mom might look better in them!

  • Style Odyssey
    November 27, 2009 at 9:20 am

    What a fantastic dream- Chanel’s apartment, le Bal, Paris…it’s all very incredible.
    Good tip re: Xanax. I’ll see if it’s available where I live- I’ll stock up!
    The leather pants you’re wearing…what’s the label, please? They’re excellent!

  • jeanne
    November 28, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Can you please share where you got the blue shawl?

  • Angela P
    November 29, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    o my gosh, the photo of you and Carol in the drenced street shows what a height difference there is! i imagine carol is abnormally tall! either that or you’re a petite woman.
    what a treat for your family to soak up such an experience 🙂

  • Elizabeth Jaime
    December 6, 2009 at 9:45 am

    hi judy! Could you please tell me what your amazing leather looking pants/tights are/? thanks!

  • betty
    December 7, 2009 at 11:16 am

    it all sounds wonderful!
    can you share with us the hotel you stayed as you have the talent to pick the best for the least
    how much monev did the event raise for the charity
    have a good one