When you are over 5 months pregnant and someone offers you to review their spa, you thank your lucky stars for the much needed pampering. My Blend by Clarins invited me to have a made-to-measure skin care facial at their ultra calm über luxurious spa at the Royal Monceau Raffles 5 star hotel. The Spa My Blend, located at the -1 level is a 1500 square meter establishment with a gorgeous 23 meter pearl of a pool. The innovative My Blend skin care products are the reason I was there. This branch brand of Clarins was founded by Olivier Courtin who is the youngest son of Jacques Courtin (the founder of Clarins). Clarins is considered the number 1 in Europe for high end beauty care. And Olivier Courtin who, enriched with experience and knowledge from his medical career as a surgeon, was inspired to create a skin care line that would focus on the regenerative nature of the skin as well as a made-to-measure approach to everyone’s skin care needs. Read more →
Sometimes friends will email me and ask for advice on what to do with a long layover in Paris. Or better yet, some friends will deliberately schedule a long layover, just to get a « Paris fix » (it’s like a drug you know)! If it were me, I would certainly schedule a long layover, but I live here so I am lucky to have Paris in my life very day…even the bad days.
Merci to Lucy Miller for the fabulous graphic!
But I am a big fan of fun 24 hour layovers in order to get a glimpse of a city or see a friend, so I have teamed up with CitizenM hotel to bring you the best of Prête-Moi Paris in a 24 hour plan of indulgence in all things Parisian.
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A friend took me this past summer to the newest fanciest place to dine in town, to celebrate my good news that Chéri and I are expecting a baby!
L’Oiseau Blanc at the new ultra luxury hotel Le Peninsula.
It was such a wonderful way to feel toasted and cared for with the most luxurious service, beautiful food and setting and a view to die for! Read more →
Article by Scott Sallée
We visited the Taittinger Caves recently in Reims, a short 45 minute TGV away from Paris Gare de l’Est.
Three tasting options are available after the tour – the Brut Réserve, the Brut Réserve followed by the Rosé, the Prélude Cuvée Grands Crus, or the recently released Millésimé 2006, and the Brut Réserve followed by the fleuron of the Maison, the Comtes de Champagne 2004.
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Article écrit par Barbara de la Motte Saint Pierre, artiste Parisienne et par Melissa Ladd, et traduit par Melissa.
Article written by Barbara de la Motte Saint Pierre, a Parisian artist and by Melissa Ladd, and translated by Melissa.
Nous voilà revenus de notre ballade de perfumistas, Melissa, son Chéri et moi.
Here we are, returned from our Paris perfume prommenade, Melissa, her Chéri and I.
Nous avons commencé rue de la Paix chez Amin Kader chez lequel nous avons respiré les eaux de cologne de Santa Maria Novella, maison florentine qui remonte à 1500, et qui était le fournisseur de Catherine puis de Marie de Médicis. Dans leurs production j’ai respiré Maréchale qui est le parfam de Léonora Galigaï, maréchale d’Ancre et favorite de Marie de Médicis. Sur le moment ce jus poivré me conquit… mais j’allais au devant d’autres émotions olfactives.
We began on rue de la Paix at Amin Kader where we smelled the eaux de colognes by Santa Maria Novella, a Florentine perfume house that dates back to 1500, and who was the perfume supplier of Catherine and then Marie de Médicis. In their collection I tested Maréchale which was the perfume of Léonora Galigai, maréchale d’Ancre and favorite of Marie de Médicis. For the time being this peppery juice attracted me… but I wanted to head off to other olfactive emotions.
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Last September, yes I know, nearly a year ago (I’m a bad blogger) in 2013, I was invited to the hotel opening for the new Sofitel Arc de Triomphe in the 8th district of Paris. And this past June I went to a press presentation of the newly renovated Mercure Montmartre in the 18th.
I thought it would be interesting to compare the two hotel openings and how they went about promoting their hotel.
What’s funny about the Sofitel opening is, I figured it wouldn’t be a big deal, just a visit of some rooms and maybe a glass of champagne. Boy was I wrong! I arrived to a swinging party stuffed full of Paris socialites and celebrities. About 800 people were invited to this party. Press people and fashion people. It was aparantly THE event to be at in September 2013.
So when I headed over to the Mercure Montmartre opening in June 2014, I was expecting a party. There was no party. It was a press presentation, and a very organized one at that! We were assigned a group with a few « guides » who brought us through a tour of the hotel, explaining the services and ideas behind the new design and decoration. I have to say, it was rather tedious, especially in the beginning, and we were not offered any refreshment of any sort before or during the tour. Read more →
I was so happy to be invited by Le Meurice for a tea time tasting of their pastries, which are renowned, and rightly so given the dedication to French excellence in pastry arts and cuisine that is promoted by this Dorchester Collection hotel.
But an article about tea time at Le Meurice will no doubt spark a conversation about the recent media frenzy over the boycott against hotels owned by the sultan of Brunei, a small sovereign nation that is pocketed on a Malaysian coastline. Anna Wintour and all the celebrities have a very valid point in boycotting hotels owned by this sultan who is integrating sharia law into his country’s customs. I IN NO WAY SUPPORT SHARIA LAW IN ANY WAY. These laws are intrinsically homophobic, misogynist and inhumane. I think radical leaders like Hassanal Bolkiah should be given a taste of their very own oppression and discrimination. I support Anna Wintour and the fashion industry boycotting the Dorchester Collection hotels. But… I also support the dedicated and open minded professionals that work in and for these hotels. These people have nothing to do with the garish laws implemented in Brunei, nor its sultan’s opinions or religious inclination. These people who work in hotels such as Le Meurice, uphold the standards of luxury and tolerance of people from all walks of life. The wonderful people who work for Le Meurice support French standards of business, liberté, égalité, fraternité. I find it sad that these people are the ones being in essence hurt by this sultan’s decisions, and it isn’t fair for them at all. They do an amazing job of running a hotel with high French standards. I do hope the public opinion can put enough pressure on the sultan for him to retract his decision for sharia law without putting in danger the jobs of those who work in his hotels.
Now… can we talk about pastries!?! Read more →
Scott Sallée attended the Summertime soirée for us and offered to share his experience with Prête-Moi Paris!
Summertime on rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré is in its third edition, and following the themes of peonies and jazz in 2012 and red roses and tango in 2013, we were invited to discover New York circa 1950-1960, with vintage cars, Mad Men, Broadway, the Jets, and the Pink Ladies.
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There are perfume brands, and then there are perfume legends. Oriza Legrand is of the latter type. It is a brand that began centuries ago; in 1720 to be exact.
Sadly it did not survive the hardships of WWII and the company closed down.
But, two devoted connaisseurs, Franck Belaiche and Hugo Lambert, took on the challenge of reviving the brand. Refering to themwelves as successors of the brand, and not founders, they strive to recreate the brand’s perfumes exactly as they once were. Read more →
I have a few fun updates about some things I love in Paris :
I posted about this bubbly brand back in 2012, but did you know that Mon Champagne now delivers, in Paris, in less than three hours?!? I mean we all know how bad a champagne emergency is, right?!?!? LOL! Okay, all kidding aside, who wants to lug six bottles of champagne home in a caddie on the metro? Pas moi. Plus the delivery guys (on bicycles = they are in shape) are claimed to be hot! Hmmmm… this could be a new way to meet a French man for you single ladies out there!
Aaaand, EVEN MORE EXCITING is the Champagne Box. My friends over there are crowd funding to launch the product so hop on board and offer Mon Champagne your support. This is going to be awesome when it launches. Plus for your contribution, you can have cool stuff! http://kisskissbankbank.com/champagne-box You have until the 14th of May to participate! Read more →