you’re invited to the ball

i don’t think i’ve ever received such a warm and inviting invite to host an event as i did from lori chandler of vignettes in san diego. apparently anyone who’s anyone knows about this treasure trove but it will be my first time visiting.  it’s an antiques collective filled to the brim by passionate, creative fairy princesses who let their love fly for all things fabulous, frilly and french!

as i was getting an image to post tonite for the event on saturday, i googled ‘vignettes’ and came across so many gorgeous pix that i got lost in interviews with lori, past hosts’ ruminations (rachel ashwell)! and the wealth of merchandise in the shop. i know it’s not easy to run a store, much less with a lot of vendors, but lori makes it look like so much fun! i’m sure they have a blast all year long, but this is their anniversary party, 15 years!  if you don’t know lori yet, check out her store via her  blog and website. from what i can see, it’s an atmosphere of pure joy and i feel like i’m heading to a princess party.

in the meantime, i spoke to her hubby today who said she’s busy putting quite the soiree together and i’ll be going on the 7th to help set up. we’re going to have a real ball, so if you’re around please come and play! here’s her adorable invite:

‘We hope you’re planning to put on your

Best Party Dress & attend

Vignettes’ Grand Anniversary Event

this upcoming Saturday, October 9th, from Noon to 5:00 pm.

From taking in all the lavish settings & luxe décor, to meeting Miss Claudia Strasser of The Paris Apartment

& all of Vignettes’ dealers who work so hard &

(just added!) the French Tent Brocante in our back lot, to the lavish patisserie & French macaron display (Edible art!) to the French Champagne – pouring all day (Ooh La La!) to having your picture taken in front of the Eiffel Tower,

(Say “Cheese”, I mean “Fromage”) you’ll feel like you’ve been wisked away on a tres magnifique French getaway/escapade – with no jet lag, luggage or passport required!

Come Celebrate 15 Fabulous Years With Us!’


and these are some of the pics i found just surfing about the place.

i could go on but it’s midnight, you get the picture tho, it’s going to be singing and dancing and chocolate and champagne and strawberries and just like the movie marie antoinette when they had that decadent party! hope you can make it!

October 5, 2010. Antique Shopping, California, Vignettes.


  1. Melissa replied:

    C ~

    If only it would have happened 2 weekends ago…we just returned from Orange County and had a grand time! I’ll be thinking of you with your party dress on enjoying the fabulous event! Give the wonderful Janet, of FrenchBlue, a big kiss and hug for me!


    • theparisapartment replied:

      oh no! i would have loved to see you and the lambchop(s)! i will send your love to janet, can’t wait to see her!


  2. Bonjour Romance replied:

    Bonjour Claudia,
    My goodness, you are racking up the frequent flyer miles. This sounds like a blast, wish I could come and join in all the Frenchified fun! Enjoy yourself!
    So sorry we were not able to visit (Bonjour-Au revoir)in Paris as I would have liked, though I had the pleasure of chatting with the delightful Claudia2 – she is wonderful.
    Safe travels,


    • theparisapartment replied:

      i know! paris was too brief, i barely saw you at all ;(
      but i’ll be back soon to see you en paris…how is your online mag going? i’ll stop by and check in.


  3. Lori @ Vignettes replied:

    Oh Mais Oui Miss Claudia – do we have a soiree planned for you!!!
    It has to be benefiting the go-to gal of all things French! (as I have been calling you to everyone I know!)
    We have been counting the days until your arrival & it won’t be long now.
    Vignettes awaits you – & you’ve got a million fans here already!


    • theparisapartment replied:

      i see you are the hostess with the mostess even from 3000 miles away. can’t wait to meet in person and enjoy all the beauty you and your gang have created!


  4. Lucinda Keller replied:

    I am stunned that with all the time I have spent visiting my friends in San Diego (including in O.B.) that I haven’t been in that shop! By looking at the website I have probably had my favorite rolled tacos with guacamole -about a block from there?- somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 times!!

    Thank you for the tip!!!


    • theparisapartment replied:

      just goes to show you there is always something new to discover around every corner. i’ll look for that taco shop. i bet they know it well ;p


  5. Splendid Sass replied:

    You lucky girl. The belle of the ball. I wish I could be in Paris this time of year. Make sure you have enough fun for all of us, and bring back a lot of Paris for us!


  6. Lee Ann at The French Maids Place replied:

    Hi Claudia,
    Even though I’m on the other side of the country, I have spent time with Vignettes on line. It looks like such a fun place, and both of you have been a great inspiration in creating my niche in the vintage and antiques I sell at my antique booth and shows. I know you’ll have a blast! Wish I could be there!
    Best of luck for great sales and meeting new friends!
    –Lee Ann


  7. Jane F @ Atticmag replied:

    Looks like lots of fun and I always love great collectibles — one of my great pleasures is browsing and your photos are a great teaser.

    Thanks for stopping by and letting us know about you event. If you ever have a giveaway, do keep our Friday link up in mind. Jane F.


  8. Judith replied:

    Hi Claudia,
    I LOVE Vignettes and I’ll be there! Can’t wait to meet in person and see all of the eye candy at the store, it really is amazing!
    Safe travel and welcome to Cali!!!


  9. Deborah Milne replied:

    What a splendid anniversary party to not miss. We own a home in San Diego but does me no good since we don’t live there. I only wish that I had known of Vignette when we did live there, but when we’re back I will be sure to not miss this incredible shop. Looks like a shopping experience that would prevent a girl from ever wanting to leave. Claudia have a tremendous time and congratulations to Lori for 15 years of spreading the French love in San Diego.

    Cheers xx


  10. Sandra Michaan replied:

    Divine post Claudia. Thank you. I truly wish I could attend such a grand affair! I’m producing The Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire on 10/9/10 and having my own vintage ball with timeless fashion from every era. Took a quick diversion to read this blog post. ;)

    This place looks heavenly. I would have loved such an escape if I wasn’t previously engaged.

    Enjoy & congrats on 15 years! I will pay a visit when next in San Diego. (Our Alameda Point Antiques Faire just celebrated 12 years!) Cheers to the next 15!


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