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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!

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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.

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Luxury Life for an Afternoon @ Le Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal

Oh what a lucky life it is, when the chance to test the spa at a five star luxury hotel in Paris, comes wafting my way on a warm summer breeze. I was so delighted to be invited to test the spa with a massage and a visit of the beautiful luxury boutique hotel : Le Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal. Oh what a jewel this gorgeous place is, tucked away on a quiet street just steps away from the Louvre and the Palais Royal gardens. It is everything from classic architecture, to subtly chic decor, and everything you hope for in five star service. It was with pure happiness that I spent my afternoon there getting massaged, tasting wonderful food, and oggling this historic monument.

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VIP Event @ Caroline de Marchi

I was happy to be invited to a small VIP blogger press event at the Caroline de Marchi showroom on rue Saint Honoré (very chic). An French bag designer, Caroline de Marchi has existed for five years.

I saw Kasia Dietz there, enjoyed some Italian inspired hors d’oeuvres with champagne, and was put in a drawing to win a handbag at the end of the evening! Although I didn’t win, I was still inspired to write about the event and the designer.

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Men in the City Soirée eparisiens

Article by Charles Gillman


I was invited for Prête-Moi Paris to the eparisiens ‘Men in the City’ soirée given by Willina, a digital communication agency that specializes in blogger outreach for brands run by two parisian women who have been blogging for years themselves. The event was held at the Habitat Parisien’s loft appartment in the 11th arrondissement. A gorgeous apartment that can be rented for a fabulous stay in Paris. The event was introducing us to this spacious abode as well as products from Logitech, Slendertone, Gustave & cie, and Clarins Men.



But back to the soirée…

I was off to the rue Popincourt loft, where they’d invited different bloggers to mingle and to try out different brands. I thought I was running late but I was almost one of the first one’s there… Isn’t that awkward in Paris? Parisians always tend to be fashionably late. Continue reading Men in the City Soirée eparisiens

Paris Fashion Week : FW15 Augustin Teboul

Article by Charles Gillman

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Here I am sitting on my sofa, with the sun beaming through the window and the cat is passed out on the floor. I seriously know how she feels! It’s a few days after Paris fashion week, as well as after having quite a few 3:30AM wake up calls for clients having sun rise photo shoots last week, I was in the mood for a few days of hibernation at home. Last Monday I went to see Melissa at home in her perfectly Parisian apartment for tea, macarons, and baby talk… I’m pretty sure a baby could talk better then me at the moment *slowly gets off the sofa and sways towards the coffee machine…*

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Image Source : Augustin Teboul

Where was I, oh yeah, so a little tea and all things twee took my mind off an eventful work schedule. Melissa had an invite for the Augustin Teboul show that was being showcased at one of my favourite hotels in Paris, L’Hôtel Meurice, so I obviously couldn’t say no!

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Image Source : Charles Gillman

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Antonio Ortega Haute Couture SS15 – Urban Impression-ism

A captivating collection to say the least. Designer Antonio Ortega, born in Mexico, began his love affair with couture and fashion at the tender age of 8, and throughout his career has always been in search for that which hasn’t been created yet. He certainly has infused an incredible amount of energy

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Image provided by PR agency Alexandre Boulais

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