La Rentrée en Retard

September is always the true beginning of the year for me. It’s back to work, back to school, new beginnings, plans, fashion… After a fully packed summer and a two and a half week vacation away, we now are fully committed to the rapid and regrettable goodbye to summer clothes and sandals… Read more →

BYOB (Brew Your Own Beer)

In search of an interesting gift for Chéri’s 40th birthday, I thought about a forty year old bottle of whisky…aaaand then I learned the price. €€€€€! I figured it would be better to save that kind of money for vacation. So, I asked around and someone suggested a beer brewing workshop. Bingo! Chéri loves beer, so do I, and it… Read more →

Circus Bakery Paris

Those who know me, know that just the name of this bakery is enough to beckon me there. But as luck would have it, their baked goods are worth the treck from my corner of Paris. As I opened the door, the intoxicating scent of cinnamon engulfed me. Decadent was the word that escaped my mouth. I felt like I… Read more →

Nadia the Shoe Fairy

I could not decide on the title for this post. The « Courtyard of Happy Feet » was the second runner up. I also considered « There’s Something About Nadia, or even simply « Rouge Patine, » but, there IS just something about Nadia and it requires a magical title. It was one of those days where things just happened magically. I magically caught the… Read more →

A Taco Craving Adventure

I don’t know what it was that caused my taco craving, but it was something fierce. Me, who loooooves my charming neighborhood, les Batignolles, and doesn’t often cross the city unless absolutely necessary, well… The taco craving made me do it. It took me 40 minutes and a few methods of transportation, and I found myself at the bottom of… Read more →

Tested : Private Chef At Home

I got to test having a private chef cook us a meal worthy of a luxury hotel restaurant, at home! Forget about sweating in the kitchen for hours, a chef à domicile à Paris, is THE way to WOW your guests at home. And La Belle Assiette helped me knock the socks off of my mother-in-law! I might not know… Read more →

Efyse, French Style & Elegance

When Efyse contacted me about their French fashion brand, I was immediately swept away by the perfect simplicity and elegance of the design style. I work in fashion and I keep an eye on what is new, and lately, these past several years it’s not always thrilling to me. I feel like fashion is constantly either looking in the rearview… Read more →

Notre Âme de Paris

We watched helpless as the flames grew higher engulfing the spire. This massive monument that has endured over 850 years suddenly seemed so fragile. Parisians, the French and people around the world were stricken dumbfounded at the catastrophe unfolding against the evening sky. Read more →

Les Epiciers Modernes

An « Epicerie » in French is an entire concept. For some time now it has technically been the mini mart down on the corner where you can grab some milk that you forgot at the market and don’t have time to go farther. But historically, an Epicerie has been more than that. If translated literally an « épicerie » could be called a… Read more →

L’Instant : Café, Restaurant, Épicerie

I’m sitting in this new little neighborhood restaurant, grocer, café, called l’Instant. I’m enjoying a rare free moment. And no lie, « One Momemt in Time, by Whitney Houston is playing on their radio. You can’t make this up! So this lovely little spot is one of several sprouting up lately around my corner of the Batignolles : Pont Cardinet. It… Read more →

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