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Kodak Moments : Remember When…

Raise your hand if you remember when we used to bring our camera film to the photo shop to get developed. Remember when we didn’t know what the images looked like beforehand? Remember the excitement we had when we would go pick them up!?! Oh I do, I remember those magical moments of opening that Kodak envelope with baited breath, hoping the shots came out how we had hoped, and even if the pictures that didn’t come out great they were precious, because they expose and illustrate a moment in our lives that we find important enough to capture and print onto photo paper. Remember when paper pictures were all we had?!?


kodak moments photo prints

It’s important not to forget the importance of pictures, real paper pictures. It’s important to remember to make hard copies of those precious moments, our favorite moments, because pictures are more than just an image to « like » or comment on on facebook or instagram, pictures are all that’s left from fleeting moments that pass all too quickly. KODAK MOMENTS has a new tool that helps us keep those moments so easily, that it’s as simple as using a smartphone app.

(Free and easy giveaway below…)



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Superflu is Super fun! : A Batignolles Boutique

Superflu, meaning : extra, not necessary, a splurge… Superflu in the Batignolles, emulates that little urge to splurge with a giant « S ». But when you take the time to really look around, everything seems so absolutely necessary! It is a boutique literally for the WHOLE family. Your chéri will not be bored while you browse jewelry, cute sneakers, home decor and fun nick-nacks because he will have his own nick-nacks and more to browse. And be warned if you have kids, you WILL end up having to purchase something to appease them. Everything is almost irresistible! The best gift shopping selection, and fun souvenirs you can find in this quarter of Paris is definitely at Supeflu.

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Paris Helpline – a human link to Paris

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Once in a while, you meet someone who has the kind of energy that is as impressive as it is efficient. After a chance find on Twitter, I met Laure de Boerio for coffee to talk about her brilliant business project Paris Helpline. I asked her for a meeting with a blog post in mind, but I was thrilled to not only come across a great subject for an article, I also encountered a true kindred spirit and a truly good soul.

Paris Helpline is that one thing that tourists need in Paris, that no one had yet thought of. Shocking, yes, but true ! Well, actually Chéri had thought of it back in 2001 way before smartphones, but his project Paris in Your Hand was thwarted by 9/11. So I was ecstatic to know that the idea had light-bulbed itself over someone else’s head. Continue reading Paris Helpline – a human link to Paris

Mon Petit Poulet

My little chicken : it almost sounds like one of those funny terms of endearment that the French use. they often say « My little duck » or « my little bunny » or « my little cabbage » or « my little flea » to children. Women often call each other « my hen »… so this almost strikes me as the male version. But no, it’s not a term of endearment, it is a brand new rotisserie spot in the middle of the Batignolles quarter. It is their third address in France, and the first one in Paris. And it is a hit, especially on Sundays for that midday meal. Their first Sundy open they actually ran out of chicken! It seems the Parisians want their roast chicken and to eat it too. Mon petit poulet…it’s even great for those on a student budget! So you really can have your chicken and eat it too!!!

Mon Petit Poulet
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Le Bistrot du Passage

There is a small, hidden cobblestone passage way in the 17th, with a charming little bistrot that I went to years ago with people from work at my former occupation. I never kept the card with the name and address and thus could not for the life of me find this charming place back again, when Chéri and I moved into the neighborhood. But one day, as we were strolling in the quarter, we happened upon it, and 7 years after my initial meal there, I finally found back this delightful address.

Passage Geoffroy Didelot 75017 Paris
Passage Geoffroy Didelot 75017 Paris

Le Bistrot du Passage, is tucked away on an almost secret passage in this people’s-class-turning-boho-chic area between the Batignolles and the Plaine Monceau areas. The passage is peppered with artist studios and cute restaurants and still retains an authentic air since it has yet to be over-run with the tourism industries best efforts. I hope it stays that way. Continue reading Le Bistrot du Passage

Lily of the Valley Tea Shop

Nestled in the North Marais, is this darling little tea shop that Kasia and I went to recently for a little girl time. When I say little, I mean tiny. You’ll brush the knees of other tea drinkers as you head to the counter or a spot on the bench. So try not to go there after an afternoon of Paris shopping laden with purchases and shopping bags, unless of course it’s warm enough to sit on the terrace where there is a little bit more room.

Lily Of The Valley Tea Shop Paris

It was chilly when we went so we opted for seats inside. It’s been open just under a year so far (as of Feb/March 2015), and will hopefully last as it is such a darling spot. Decorated in faux lily of the valley foliage that literally cover the entire ceiling, it is stocked with mix and match china that your grandmother may have collected, and offers home made pastries to tempt you with your tea. So feminine! Continue reading Lily of the Valley Tea Shop

Bébé Chéri’s Circus Nursery

With a lot of web searching, a little DIY and some luck, I was able to create my ideal Paris circus nursery for Bébé Chéri. Ever since my circus themed wedding, I can’t seem to get enough of this fun inspiration. And now that Bébé Chéri is just about here (due April 2nd, 2015), I have finally finished his bedroom, and I am quite happy with it. After a lot of searching, and many happy « finds » I was able to create the exact ambiance I was hoping for : circus/carnival theme for a kid without it being too « babyish » and without over doing it too much. (Did I over-do it? You’ll tell me if I over-did it right???). I have listed here where I found most of the nursery decor, just in case any of you readers are searching. I can’t tell you that it will all be available, but at least you can get some ideas and inspiration!

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Bébé Chéri’s Nursery Bedroom

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Michael Pereira : Bringing Broadway to Paris

Pereira_Headshot_New-399x600Michael Pereira is on a mission to bring quality Broadway jazz instruction to Paris. I met Michael Pereira a couple years ago through social media. We tried to meet on one of his trips to Paris the summer of 2013, but the stars we not aligned that year. This past summer though, in 2014, we managed to find time to get together. And I have to say… meeting Michael for the first time in person was nothing short of magical. It felt like we had been friends for years and years, and we slid into our new roles as friends, immediately. Meeting people like that comes along only a few times in a lifetime.

Michael has a magnetic field around him, I am certain. He knows how to draw people in, in a way that feels positive and easy. And that is how he approaches his dance students too. I watched an entire class (alas, at 8 months pregnant, I unfortunately couldn’t participate), and saw how he poured his heart, body, soul and sweat into communicating through movement with the dancers. Michael gives everything he’s got. And that is what has given him a steady following in just six short months of teaching Broadway Jazz in Paris!

(video interview in article)
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A love affair with French cheese! ~♥


Some who read this blog regularly, will know that I spent many long years intolerant to dairy. About ten years or so. That meant no cheese. Can you imagine!?! And then, one fine day in April 2014, I tested something that had dairy in it…and discovered that I felt no pain. So I tested some more, and I realized that maybe my body had changed it’s chemistry, since they tend to do that every seven to ten years. I began enthusiastically reintroducing dairy into my diet, and soon I was amorously indulging into the best and finest of cheeses that France has to offer. Our cheese budget went up. Before Chéri had no competition for those ivory blobs of moldy dairy in the fridge, but he soon realized that I was a true cheese devout, and we had to invest every week in much more cheese than before. In this article, I want to introduce to you a man with a plan, a concept, that originates in a profound love affair with French cheese

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Hotel Bristol’s Hot Chocolate & Buvette’s Chocolate Cake

Chocolat chaud au Bristol,  Paris
I like to indulge a little sometimes. I may not have a massive recreational budget, but I can treat myself occasionally to fun things like, hot chocolate at the Hotel Bristol, or chocolate cake at Buvette Gastrothèque. Both require a budget of around 20 euros or less, and I consider that a decent price to pay for a little winter indulging in the city of light! Continue reading Hotel Bristol’s Hot Chocolate & Buvette’s Chocolate Cake

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