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Spring always arrives Early in Paris

Spring does always arrive early in Paris, it seems. It disapears for a while in May or June, but usually in March or April in Paris we get a a burst of sun and brightness and all the trees go, « aaaaaaahhh! » and the Parisians flock to the café terraces and Paris’ gardens where cherry blossoms beckon us to take off our scarves and turn our faces to the warm light that bathes the city in a blissful glow. Yeah, the first signs of Spring in Paris make you feel giddy and poetic, and life is full of possibility.

Spring cherry blossoms in Paris

Spring cherry blossoms in Paris

I couldn’t resist a stroll through the Square des Batignolles on one of those precious days… In my 9th month pf pregnancy, waiting for Bébé Chéri to arrive, I was filled with a sense of absolute perfection.Spring in the Square des Batignolles, Paris
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Art Nouveau at the Edge of Paris

I had a regular physical therapy appointment for several weeks at a doctors’ office just at the edge of the city limit in the north of the 17th, and I would make the slow stroll waddle there to get my prescribed weekly medical (reimbursed) back massage for pain due to pregnancy. (I love France). And I noticed that in this sector of the city’s edge, there are some quite lovely buildings, some artists’ lofts and other such pretty architecture. One building in particular caught my eye. It looks like an Art Nouveau or Art Nouveau inspired building. I looked everywhere on it for a architects name and a date of construction, as there usually are on Parisian buildings, but I couldn’t find any. So if anyone may have an idea…do let me know. But let’s say this is a Art Nouveau Paris construction for the moment…

Art Nouveau Paris or Not Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau Paris or Not Art Nouveau

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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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Our Pictours Paris « Baby Moon » Photo Shoot

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Ok, so we didn’t actually take a babymoon to Paris, we live here! But, my friend Lindsey of Pictours Paris who does Paris photo tours that are beyond stunning, offered us a photo shoot as a baby shower gift. And oh my what a gift! She seriously made us look like movie stars! Isn’t Chéri handsome!?!

What I wore :

  • H&M maternity dress
  • Vintage astrakan fur coat
  • Hermès pumps

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Lily of the Valley Tea Shop

Nestled in the North Marais, is this darling little tea shop that Kasia and I went to recently for a little girl time. When I say little, I mean tiny. You’ll brush the knees of other tea drinkers as you head to the counter or a spot on the bench. So try not to go there after an afternoon of Paris shopping laden with purchases and shopping bags, unless of course it’s warm enough to sit on the terrace where there is a little bit more room.

Lily Of The Valley Tea Shop Paris

It was chilly when we went so we opted for seats inside. It’s been open just under a year so far (as of Feb/March 2015), and will hopefully last as it is such a darling spot. Decorated in faux lily of the valley foliage that literally cover the entire ceiling, it is stocked with mix and match china that your grandmother may have collected, and offers home made pastries to tempt you with your tea. So feminine! Read more →

Defined Moment – Haute Couture SS15 – The Wedding Collection

For all the past seasons that I have been invited to the presentation of Defined Moment, I have been unable to go, and have had one of my contributors attend. Finally this season I was free, and am so glad I got to see this collection for myself. It was breathtaking!

Image provided by PR agency L'Appart PR

Image provided by PR agency L’Appart PR

Defined Moment, SS15 haute couture presentation

Image by Melissa Ladd of Prête-Moi Paris

Defined Moment, SS15 haute couture presentation

Image by Melissa Ladd of Prête-Moi Paris

Titled « White Moment », this collection was entire dedicated to the wedding dress, and the moment where a couple unifies itself as an entity. Dresses were hanging from the ceiling as if suspending this most important moment in time… Read more →

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 →

Charles Gillman Cosmetics

Charles Gillman Cosmetics
Charles Gillman and I have worked together a few times, for photo shoots, sometimes I am the model, sometimes I am behind the camera, but Charles is always the make-up artist, expert, beautifier and magician. He can turn any face into a glamor puss ready for the glossies with a couple dabs of his fingers and a few flicks of his brushes, and voilà…you look like a star.

But beyond his talents as a makeup artist, he is a true businessman, marketer and creator of a brand of cosmetics with a message. Charles promotes healthy skin through using nature inspired cosmetics and being healthy inside and out.  Read more →

A Paris Christmas Stroll

It's Christmas time in the city of lights!  #Paris #ChristmasInParis
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 →

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