Auteur : Prête-Moi Paris

An American in Paris, blogging about Paris, the expat life, luxury, fashion, culture, people, places and pieces of the city of lights.

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 →

OMG what happened!?!

So the last time I posted was a pre Gilet Jaunes France. This is NOT a post about the Yellow Vest protests. This is me just playing catch up with the few readers I have left! (I’ve been soooooo inconsistent in posting ever since becoming a parent almost 4 years ago). But, c’est la vie folks. Anyway, most of you… Read more →

Holiday Must-Have French Gifts For All

It’s that time of year again! Paris is getting even more sparkly than usual and parties are being planned. Those of us that work in luxury retail are boosting on vitamin C! Oh yes, people are shopping and dropping. As for you… you get a little help from moi. I am so happy to send out a list of some… Read more →

Cider and Sarrasin Crêpes Satisfaction

Guillaume, we call him the crêpe guy at the Marché des Batignolles, makes the most amazing crêpes. He sources his buckwheat flour locally to be a more eco friendly commerce, as well as to support other local commerce. Sarracuisine. Read more →

Le Petit Souk a Kid’s Treasure Trove

The Brand began in the north of France in 2005 by a husband and wife team. A bazaar boutique dedicated to fun and frivolity for kids, big and small. The branch on the rue de Levis in the Batignolles opened on 2017, and frankly it couldn’t have been placed in a better spot. Rue de Levis is a charming market… Read more →

Amie Bakery : French Charm in Osterville

My grand return after a nine year absence to my hometown village on Cape Cod was well rewarded. Not only were we welcomed with open arms by so many, but I was also beyond delighted to see that the new additions made to my village have only improved the charm that graces every single facade. Amie Bakery, the new French… Read more →

Hotel Marignan: Limon Bar and Rooftop Terrace

It was a hot midsummer evening and we were headed to Hotel Marignan to investigate their Limon bar that reopened about a year prior (2017)… At first glance, I thought it would be just some five star hotel bar with leopard print pillows trying to impress me with mediocre cocktails….BOY was I in for a surprise! Nothing against leopard print… Read more →

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