I was invited to join a fun and delightful tour with a new company called Wonderful Time. They were in the final stages of testing their tours, and asked me to join a group (thanks to Pamela of francophilia who put me in touch with them, and who joined me on the tour) for a tour of Coco. THE Coco.
Paul Bedell of Korbella™ contacted me, and with one single sentence he had my full attention : “From our pieces of Paris to yours”. These are my pieces of Paris… but… What are his?
Small, wonderful, almost magical little “jewels” cut from an actual piece of the Eiffel Tower, and integrated into stylish and elegant pieces of fashion jewelry in sterling silver, vermeil (gold plated silver) or rhodium. Paul wanted to generously offer me a piece for review, because he felt that his jewelry line and concept fit perfectly with my site. He couldn’t have been more right.
Hosted at Café Madam, sponsored by Vaïvaï coconut water and Lillet cocktails, Olivia invited a fabulous group of friends, fans and bloggers to celebrate the cumulation of all her hard work. She was dressed from head to toe by Bineta Sanor who makes African prints clothing designs, and Olivia was of course draped in all her bling and glory!
The Sugar Daze cupcakes came out after I had to leave the party, but my sad lactose intolerance tendencies would have kept me from eating them anyway.
It was fun to run into bloggers and friends, some whom I had seen early in the week at my own “shindig“. And it was a fun opportunity to discover a new bar/café. I will have to head back there for more.
All my best congratulations to the lovely Olivia and I wish her all the luck in her adventure as a jewelry designer and entrepreneur. She’s a fun and sparkly person who matches her fun and sparkly bijoux!
Another fashion week whizzed by before I had time to catch my breath.
I didn’t have the time or energy to get to a lot of shows this season, but I did get to see Hexa by Kuho again, and snagged an interview with the designer afterwards, thanks to my friend Ko Kok who is an all-things-camera man (photography, video etc…).
Highlights from the show were : Continue reading
The Wonder Vintage Market is a wonderful place of nostalgia and the perfect venue to find the perfect piece for the current trends of everything vintage!
I dragged Chéri there. But he wasn’t reluctant at all. I only had to entice him with the hope of finding vintage lamps. We were also hoping to find maybe a 1950′s clock for our kitchen or other decorative items for our home.
We didn’t find THE perfect clock, but we did get a big old dose of memory lane. Continue reading
Post by Jenny Bailey
Why Visit Paris in October?
Well, I’ll tell ya!
In October, Paris is packed with personality.
From art to fashion (et vin, bien sûr) here are some suggestions of autumn activities and affairs to try in the capital if you’re in town this month. Continue reading
So the prêt-à-porter fashion week is looming up over us at this very moment… but before I launch into it, I absolutely must show you the Oscar Carvallo A/W 2013 couture collection that happened in July. It’s magical!
Yes, I’m boycotting Fashion Night Out Paris. It is certainly becoming a big event and is full of potential, but in Paris at least they have missed the meaning of the concept completely. They have turned it into yet another exclusive event. DON’T WE HAVE ENOUGH OF THOSE IN PARIS ALREADY?
“Invitation valide for 1 person will be demanded at the entrance of the participating stores. Access may be refused according to the discretion of each store”
Last year I mentioned my distaste at this distortion of an event that Vogue USA and Anna Wintour started in NYC as a way to celebrate fashion and make that glamorous world accessible to all for one night. I love it. It’s fashion at its democratic finest in the land of the free. But over here in the fashion capital of the world, if you aren’t a preferred client, fashion press or a blogger motivated enough to request an exclusive invitation to individual boutiques in addition to the one offered in Paris Vogue magazine, then you will have doormen refuse you entrance to certain places. As soon as I opened this invitation, I knew I wouldn’t attend. I’d like to join the fun, but as a matter of principal, I can’t bring myself to participate in bringing more snobbery to the already overly hoity-toity Paris fashion world.
“An exclusive event reserved for privileged clients of the participating houses and the readers of this magazine. “
WHAT THE F-F-F-FLIPPIN’ FLIP?!?
Really. This invitation annoyed the hell out of me.
In this video Anna Wintour explains what FNO is really about. I’m with her.
“It was an initiative that was open to everybody, which was very important to the mayor, and NYC & Company, and to all of us in the fashion industry.” She said in an interview after NYC’s FNO last year. Her idea behind FNO was to create a “stimulus package” to help the economy in the way she knows best, via fashion. And it worked, because cities all over the USA started creating their own FNO even if there is no specific Vogue publication for that city. Cities all over the world in fact have joined in the effort. But sadly, the Paris effort still doesn’t understand what this “initiative” is for, nor how to reach out to demographics and communities that are not graced with the Paris fashion touch. It’s sad and infuriating to me. And this year I just don’t want to be a part of the Paris FNO.
But I won’t feel bad! Instead of sipping a glass of generic bubbly amongst some group of snooty personalities all milling around a store trying to look important, I’ll be hanging out with a shoe designer sipping old fashion cocktails in the newest hip spot of the South Pigalle quarter, and I’ll be thumbing my nose at Paris Vogue’s FNO.
If you know Prête-Moi Paris,then you know we love pink!
Parisian gentlemen and pink, definitely go together.
I’m all for the dashing intelligent man with a chiseled jaw, in a rose hue and a good cologne. It’s the juxtaposition of a five-o’clock shadow and a light delicate color such a rose pale that really brings out the contrasting mâle and his softer side. A perfect blend of which, most women love. N’est-ce pas?!?
Annick Goutal has a new scent for men that I am dying to have Chéri try… Eau de Monsieur. It just sounds dashing and chic! I’m already convinced that it’s the epitome of Parisian male elegance.
Would you like to see YOUR chéri wearing pink? Does he already?!? Send me a picture of your chéri dressing in something pink… I’ll post them here below.
*Bisous de Paris…chéris!*
We are basculating between the last shreds of Summer and the beginning of the delicious part of Fall, the part were we get to take out our fabulous Fall pieces and enjoy them whilst the weather isn’t too harsh. Fall fashion is the best because we don’t need heavy winter coats yet. this gives us a chance to let our outfits be seen to the max.
A mix of cool, Summer inspired colors and plush Fall fabrics, and of course new Fall boots is a great way to kick of the new season, and Paris Fashion Week.
How are you dressing up for fashion week?