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Holiday Hues with Serge Lutens Maquillage

Melissa Ladd | Photo : Vincent Gigot

Article by Melissa Ladd

I was invited to a makeup presentation one recent evening at the stunning Serge Lutens boutique at Palais Royal, Paris to test the newly added items to the maquillage (makeup) collection : « Le Necessaire de beauté« . It’s always such a pleasure to skip over to this jewelbox of a boutique at the end of the day for a little indulgence in beauty. Serge Lutens has a way of creating a story and an aura around each one of his products that I find entirely enticing.

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One of this things I love about his makeup is the dramatic effect it can have, another is how well thought out the products are. Serge Lutens leaves nothing to chance and considers every single aspect of his products from the coverage of the makeup to the durability of the pigments to the gesture one would make when using them and even the sound a lipstick tube makes when it is closed. It’s all about aesthetic. Continue reading Holiday Hues with Serge Lutens Maquillage

Luis Buchinho #PFW SS16

Article by Frank Cierpial

Frank Cierpial
Frank Cierpial


As a contributor to this blog, there are times when I feel nostalgic.  I look back into the archives and dig out articles that Melissa wrote that I really enjoyed, or that other contributors wrote that I really enjoyed, and of course I love to look at the evolution of my work.  Fashion Week is my favorite « holiday », because it is a time where the evolution of work is celebrated.  We fashionistas gather to celebrate designers and it is a time where we can live in their creative world and forget the world around us.

Luis Buchinho has been for a long time one of our favorites here at Prête-Moi Paris.  The evolution of his art is simply amazing, and I urge every single one of you to go back into the archives and dig out Melissa’s articles on him as he is a gifted designer.  Continue reading Luis Buchinho #PFW SS16

Hotel Edouard 7 Puts the Chic in « Boutique Hotel »

Melissa Ladd | Photo : Vincent Gigot

Article by Melissa Ladd

We were invited to discover one of the most charming hotels on the Right Bank of Paris, the Hôtel Edouard 7, which is the ONLY hotel on the avenue de l’Opéra, and full of history and decoratively inspired by this British prince and king who loved Paris. (He probably loved Paris as much as I do from the looks of it!) … What a delightful hotel we discovered. It’s like a jewel box or a theatrical dressing room and the perfect place to stay in Paris for a cozy or romantic getaway. And if you already live here, it’s the perfect place to go for drinks after the Paris Opera show lets out, or a fancy dinner when you are all dressed up for the ballet. I could even imagine myself staying in one of their suites as a pretend « getaway » (since I do already live here) where I feel like I am off on vacation for a weekend, and I wouldn’t even have to get on a train or plane to feel like I’m off somewhere special!

Hotel Edouard 7 purple suite Continue reading Hotel Edouard 7 Puts the Chic in « Boutique Hotel »

Galeries Lafayette Gourmand Gourmet & Grocery

Probably the chicest grocery store in Paris aside from La Grande Epicerie over at Le Bon Marché, the Galeries Lafayette saw a need in the very commercialized Grand Magasins quarter : a low count of grocery stores! So much fashion shopping and so little places to get your daily goods.

That has all changed now in this beautifully organized grocery boutique in the bottom floor of the Galeries Lafayette home department building on boulevard Haussmann. The displays beckon to you to pluck some of that juicy looking fruit, or fill a paper sachet full of nuts and grains, and the whole thing is surrounded on all sides (and above) by a massive food court with an extensive choice of restaurants and food stands with EVERY kind of cuisine you could hope for, ready and waiting for your order.
Galaries Lafayette Gourmand Gourmet & Grocery Continue reading Galeries Lafayette Gourmand Gourmet & Grocery

Summer Perfume Promenade 2015

Articel written by Barbara de la Motte Sainte Pierre et Melissa Ladd

Last year we did a fun perfume promenade with our dear friend Barbara, and to uphold this new tradition tradition, made a point of continuing our perfume discoveries again this summer with a stroll around the rue de la Paix and Vendome area.

L’été dernier nous avons effectuer une promenade parfuméé avec note chère amie Barbara, et pour continuer dans cette nouvelle tradition nous avons insister pour en faire d’autres découvertes cette été en se promenant dans le quartier Vendôme rue de la Paix.
Testing the perfume of Catherine de Medicis at Aminkadar. #Paris #perfume Continue reading Summer Perfume Promenade 2015

A Very Sweet Suite @GHpalaisroyal

I returned with my Parisian pal Cédric to the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal recently, that gorgeous luxury hotel that is tucked away on a quiet street in the heart of Paris, for more of that incredible lemon tarte, but also to get a very exclusive look into one of their top suites : Le Suite Palais Royal. And oh what a sweet suite it is. My eyes were wide with imagination as I snapped pictures of every corner I could of this tastefully decorated mini apartment that goes under the guise of a hotel suite. Think plush, soft comfort and a stellar view!
Continue reading A Very Sweet Suite @GHpalaisroyal

Nina’s Vendome : A Marie Antoinette Tea Room in Paris

If there ever was a tea room in Paris for me, this one is IT. I happened upon Nina’s Vendome by accident while on one of our Paris perfume strolls with Bébé Chéri and Chéri and our artist friend Barbara. This pretty in pink tea salon is fashioned after Marie Antoinette’s style and taste. Rose and apple flavors are given high priority, and the décor of the place enhances the theme so that you feel like you are sitting in one of Marie Antoinette’s rooms having tea like a lady of the Versailles court.
Nina's Paris.  Marie Antoinette tea room.

Nina's Paris.  Marie Antoinette tea room. Continue reading Nina’s Vendome : A Marie Antoinette Tea Room in Paris

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