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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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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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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

(This article has been updated since its original publication. See the new details at the bottom of the article!)

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!

Augustin Teboul 4 PFW FW15
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