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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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Busardi Haute Couture SS15 – Air

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The mother-son team from Thailand have created their own brand together since 2009, but couture has been a family tradition for much longer than that. Busardi Muntarbhorn learned her art from her mother, Yoswadee, who had created the most renowned couture house in Thailand. Busardi’s son is driving the marking and communications side of the family business. Read more →

Hotel Bristol’s Hot Chocolate & Buvette’s Chocolate Cake

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I like to indulge a little sometimes. I may not have a massive recreational budget, but I can treat myself occasionally to fun things like, hot chocolate at the Hotel Bristol, or chocolate cake at Buvette Gastrothèque. Both require a budget of around 20 euros or less, and I consider that a decent price to pay for a little winter indulging in the city of light! Read more →

Spa My Blend @ Le Royal Monceau

 

Hotel de luxe : Le Royal Monceau Raffles
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 →

24 Hours in Paris – Prête-Moi Paris Style!

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.

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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. CitizenM_collage

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L’Oiseau Blanc Restaurant

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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.
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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!
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The Taittinger Champagne Caves

Article by Scott Sallée

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tait-bottles-8sizes-brutnv-10cm-jpgWe 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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A Parisian Perfume Prommenade

Article écrit par Barbara de la Motte Saint Pierre, artiste Parisienne et par Melissa Ladd, et traduit par Melissa.
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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.
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Here we are, returned from our Paris perfume prommenade, Melissa, her Chéri and I.
Perfume Tour, Prête-Moi Paris
Perfume Tour, Prête-Moi Paris

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.
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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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A Tale of Two Hotel Openings : Partied or Pampered

@PreteMoiParisLast 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 →

High Tea at Le Meurice : Pastries of Opulence

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.
Tea Time @ Le Meurice : Prête-Moi Paris
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 →

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