Article by Chelsea Kindred
“Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness impossible.” – Marcel Proust
It is not often that your first step into a new hotel surprises and enchants you. In the lobby of Hotel Joke, toys abound, lighted balloons that change color hang over the reception desk, and a corner filled with games and books invites you to take a moment to relax and enjoy. Warm croissants, fresh fruit, coffee and drinks are available for the taking. You can breathe; you’ve made it here. Read more →
At Prête-Moi Paris, romance is a staple for content, so I am glad I can finally share this fun video I did with Ambiancity to help them promote their romantic Paris picnic service. I met Sofiane of Ambiancity several years ago at a Tweetup event, and I have always been more than happy to promote him. He’s a hard working and creative gentleman and I just love the concept of his company. It’s so original : (Creating a sultry or romantic ambiance in your Paris hotel room!). So I only just LOVE the idea of bringing that same service outdoors (or indoors if the weather is bad).
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When Patrician Parisienne comes to town (she’s now married and based in London, but thankfully returns often to Paris), she has a whirlwind of soirées to attend and slew of friends to visit. Hard to do in just a few days. So she came up with a great solution… a tea party to which she invites all her friends in Paris…throw in some Sugar Daze cupcakes, a fabulous Habitat Parisien Paris apartment, some Kusmi tea, and some gorgeous handbags by Kasia Deitz and you’ve got yourself more than a tea party, you have an event! Put a bunch a young social media friendly women in the mix of all that and you can seriously get some promotion done, as well as have fun. Instagram was a buzz with #HabitatParisienXPatriciaParisienneTeaParty ! Read more →
Michael 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!
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Caroline Nin, « French chanteuse » as she is self described, is a jazz singer and has been practicing her art since she was a wide-eyed youth, off to concquor London. She traveled the world for 20 years singing in concert halls from Australia to America, and has now returned to her home town of Paris where she now shares her show Hymne à Piaf with the cosmopolitan Parisian audience.
Much to Caroline Nin’s delight a smattering of Frenchies peppered the 40 seat venue amongst an international crowd for this bilingual show. She promised to translate the show to French entirely if one day she could fill a 1000 seat Parisian theater full of Frenchies. But there is something magical in her mixture of French and English. I wouldn’t change a word of it.
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In my hometown in New England, we always had an event in mid-December called the « Christmas Stroll ». It was a a time for the residents and those of neighboring towns to come and enjoy together the Christmas ambiance that was always so well exemplified in the decorations. The town (a village really) had a tiny little central « place » that housed the tall Christmas tree and the crèche de noël, and all the black and white façades of the boutiques on Main Street were spruced up with fir greens and red bows with pretty little white lights to accentuate the falling snowflakes that always arrived just in time. The shops opened late for the Christmas stroll and served or sold their best and most festive holiday wares. It was a place to run into your old school teacher, or meet up with past classmates, see old high school pals or towns people that you know and recognize for years.
While that may never happen to me ever in Paris, I did get to experience a different, perhaps more glamorous type of Christmas stroll and although there was no small town charm or reminiscing, there was plenty of holiday cheer and happiness shared between me and a darling friend who was enjoying it all for the first time. I couldn’t have felt a warmer Christmas glow if I had been at the foot of that New England village Christmas Christmas tree. Read more →
It was a cosy and charming party at Treize Bakery, tucked away at the back of a darling courtyard on rue des Saints Pèeres. Friends and fellow Paris bloggers came to help toast to me and my blog. Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement.
The party was sponsored by 5 amazing people whom I care about.
Laurel of Treize Bakery hosted us in all her hospitiable glory packed with her endless enthusiasm and warmpth. A true friend indeed, she also offered up a gift certificate for the free raffle at the end. Laurel I can’t thank you enough, you never cease to amaze me with your generosity. Read more →
I know the Parisians aren’t really into Halloween, but what if you are invited to a costume party!?! Where will you find a costume???
Image credit : http://sb-decoration.blogspot.fr/2011/05/deguisement-de-scene-pour-un.html?m=1
I’ve got a list of solutions right here.
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I met Alexis when I visited my ultimate dream apartment in Paris. He was the owner. He has since done away with luxury apartments and is now focusing his attention on something closer to his heart : all things made in France. Just a handful of months ago he opened up Gab & Jo (named after his two kids) where there is something made-in-France for everyone, EVEN for the FRENCH.
Alexis is incroyablement friendly and very enthusiastic. I met him at the boutique as he sauntered back from grabbing his lunch and a few macarons. He eagerly showed me around his boutique, excited about the smallest details and most delightful elements of his endeavor. Seriously, Arnaud Montebourg should come in to visit for inspiration. Read more →