Ever since visiting a Paris umbrella shop filled with hundreds of gorgeous, stylish and whimsical “parapluies” back in 2010, I have refused to carry a junky or a boring umbrella.
During our trip to Paris that year, it rained frequently. When rain drops started falling, the chic umbrellas popped up, carried by women and men alike. I was so embarrassed by my flimsy, cheap and very unstylish umbrella. I wanted to be chic in the rain like the Parisians!
Years later, I still use my Guy de Jean every time it rains. In fact, I look forward to and wish for rain just so I can carry it. Over the years I have included it in quite a few of my outfit posts.
Recently, the Guy de Jean company in Paris came across one of my umbrella posts and contacted me. They offered to send me another Guy de Jean umbrella to which I clapped my hands and squealed from behind my laptop, then responded with an “Of course! Merci beaucoup!”
I was invited to choose from several gorgeous styles. Since I have never seen a Guy de Jean umbrella that I wouldn’t want to own, the decision was not easy. I decided to go for something completely different from my classic and sophisticated black and ivory umbrella and chose “Lovers”.
Romantic and playful, “Lovers” has a pale pink background that reminds me of the color of pink peonies.
I adore the tall spire on top of many Guy de Jean umbrellas and the way they open is pretty special, too. You simply press the button, and up it pops.
The floral details on Lovers are artistic and feminine.
And the Victorian touches add to the romance and whimsy.
One of my favorite features of both of my Guy de Jean umbrellas is the lucite “J” shaped handle with the logo etched on a metal band around the base.
Too bad the rain didn’t last long and now we are at the beginning of yet another long dry spell. Maybe next month it will rain again, I hope.
Guy de Jean umbrellas are worth every centime, in my opinion. They are made in France to withstand lots and lots of rain. And they aren’t just pretty and chic, they are sturdy and durable, too!
And be sure to connect with Guy de Jean’s Facebook page to stay up to date with their current styles, news and see lots of chic parapluies!
What’s your favorite rainy day item to wear when you want to look chic on a rainy day?
Rainboots? Waterproof hat? Raincoat?
Or are you an umbrella lover like me?
***All photos of the “Lovers” umbrella were taken by Sylvia Steininger. All other photographs were taken by my patient husband. A special thank you to my friends for letting me use their gorgeous home and picturesque property to take photos.
Disclosure: I was given a complimentary Guy de Jean umbrella to review and keep in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.