French Friday – French Fantasy Christmas List

French Friday on Misadventures with AndiIt’s been a très long time since I’ve written a French Friday post, but my week in Paris for Thanksgiving has me a little inspired, I have a few francophile posts up my sleeve and soon on their way to the blog.

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I thought it would be fun to do a French Friday Christmas list. I don’t buy any Christmas presents for anyone. We reached the age in my family where we really don’t need more “stuff” and I prefer to give money to charity or buy things for families in need rather than buy gifts for people who have plenty.

The same goes for me and my husband, we don’t exchange gifts. Particularly on days where we are “supposed” to like Valentine’s, birthdays, etc. We’d rather do things when we feel like it. I know, a little nontraditional, but it works for us.

HOWEVER, if I was to be wild and crazy (and had won the lottery) it would be VERY easy for me to come up with a few fantasy items to put on a Christmas list. And since I adore all things French, the list would be products coming from France. So let’s pretend I won the lottery and lost my mind. (Come on you can envision that can’t you?)

These are the things I would put on that list:

A custom made Chanel Suit.

Photo credit: Paul-Schutzer, Life Magazine

I love the classic style of Chanel. Since I am not the world’s most fashionable person, I try to stick with classics, that way I can’t mess it up. A suit from Chanel would last a lifetime (as long I stayed within a reasonable weight range) and it would never go out of style!

A custom made Cadolle bra.

Photo credit: The Black Narcissus

Underneath my Chanel suit, I would be wearing a custom made Cadolle bra. I first read about this bra from a More magazine article published in November 2008. Ever since then I have fantasized about owning one of these.

Herminie Cadolle was the inventor of the modern bra and the store that she opened in Paris is still open today and run by her great-great-granddaughter Poupie Cadolle. Cadolle creates luxury ready-to-wear bras, panties, and corsets. I think women struggle all their life to find a good fitting bra, imagine having one made just for you?

Christian Louboutin shoes.

Photo credit: Pursuitist

They are so beautiful to look at. I love the creativity of adding the gorgeous red (my favorite color) on the bottom. But I would also need a walking coach so that I could actually walk in them without making a fool myself!

A Hermès handbag.

Photo credit: Rewind Vintage

I think a Kelly (danse), not a Birkin. Another classic never goes out of style.

I would take my new Frenchified self and…

Dinner at Georges V.

Photo credit: The Road Les Traveled

This post from The Road Les Traveled who stayed and ate there definitely cemented that this is where I want to spend my evening in Paris with my new suit, bra, shoes, and purse! Georges V for dinner in Le Cinq and a suite in the hotel after all my indulgence!

How about you? If you could have a fantasy Christmas list what would be on it?


  1. Lindsey
    December 11, 2009

    My fantasy Christmas list would include:

    having my family all in one place permanently

    a rolex (don’t judge me, I like them)

    French nationality handed to me on plate, sans all the paperwork

    a perfectly ripped body with the metabolism of a 10 year old

    lots of business and press for the company I work for (a start up)

    and lifetime supply of peanut butter (Smart Balance)

    I could keep going on… I’ll stop there!

  2. [email protected] party
    December 11, 2009

    Oo! I love this game, except you’ve already stolen everything from my list, EXCEPT for this designer bûche de noel

  3. spudballoo
    December 11, 2009

    Oh that’s a great list! I think mine would involve diamond stud earrings and a very fancy diamond dress ring. And a macro lens and super wide. And a dog. LOL!

  4. Clarabela
    December 11, 2009

    That is a great wish list. You will look incredible in this outfit for a hot night on the town in Paris.

    On my list: I would love a gorgeous Chanel Suit, diamonds, (necklace, bracelet, it doesn’t matter..just diamonds), an incredible meal at a 4-star restuarant in NYC, front row center seats to my favorite Broadway show and best of all–Hugh Jackman as my date for the evening.

    (After all it is a ‘wish list’)

  5. Amy
    December 11, 2009

    Love the idea! Hmmm…….

    1. Macaroni and cheese
    2. Hotty boyfriend (preferably James McAvoy continuously acting out the Atonement library scene)
    3. Ownership of Marshalls
    4. My own Fiji Island
    5. 100 followers on my blog


  6. Namine
    December 11, 2009

    What a fabulous fabulous list!! Chanel is the best!!

  7. yael
    December 12, 2009

    How fun to fantasize! My list would include making sure all my children were financially taken care of, owning my own home, and travelling whenever I felt like it! Not too much to ask, right?

  8. Annecychic
    December 12, 2009

    A, though I don’t need a thing, I love your list. Could you ask Santa for two of everything–one for you and one for me?

  9. Kristine
    December 12, 2009

    French lingerie, without a doubt.

  10. Kristine
    December 12, 2009

    Andi, thanks for supplying the link to the More article. Fascinating read for a lingeriesta like myself.

  11. Andi
    December 12, 2009

    I love all the answers above! Wish I could win the lottery to help everyone out!

  12. cebu Seo
    December 6, 2010

    wow.. i love it very much..

  13. tanya taylor
    December 4, 2015

    Bonjour! I have been enjoying your blog the past few days. I too sometimes fantasize of living a Parisian life. Our daughter is in her third year of French so we finally lived our dream of a family vacation in Paris during the summer. I too LOVE Chanel (found a great purse at a thrift store for less than $10 — authenticity card and all — what were they thinking??? And another authentic skirt in Virginia for about $300 — both were pretty good buys). I recommend you splurge at the cosmetic counter and get a tube of Chanel lip color…it will bring out the haute-ness!! My wish list would be more Chanel (shoes, jewelry, etc), a pill that will keep off these darn pounds, a new hair style (and a new wardrobe to rock my new look)….the list goes on but the bottom line is I already have enuf stuff!! I look forward to reading more 😀

  14. Katie @ Domestiphobia
    December 4, 2015

    Such luxury! I’ll take the dinner and the bra. 😉 Justin and I are the same way about gifts — except we do buy them for our very young niece and nephew, but even then I get this “icky” feeling — it’s hard to describe — because I love them but they have SO MUCH. I know any toys we buy just get lost in the mix. As they get older (and we inevitably get more and more nieces and nephews), I’m switching to books. Yep. I’m going to be THAT aunt.

    1. Andi Fisher
      December 5, 2015

      @Katie, I was TOTALLY that Aunt! My nieces are in their first year of college and last year of middle school and I gave them educational books and travel books!

  15. Mark Warren
    December 4, 2015

    perfect picks!

  16. Ellie C.
    December 7, 2015

    Oooo la la! That is a great wish list–I don’t think I could top it.

  17. Maria G
    December 7, 2015

    A Hermès handbag…

  18. Ronald Gagnon
    December 10, 2015

    We are French Canadians..have been to Paris only once in our lives….but your offerings/ideas are fantastic…yes to a French Christmas

  19. alicia szemon
    January 2, 2016

    i have always wanted christian Louboutin shoes but they are just too darn expensive!!!

  20. saegan anderson
    January 3, 2016

    fantasy Christmas list: a 6 month cruise around the world, a whole new wardrobe, new house, new tech, book, and eating out every night!


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