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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! Read more →

Amore e Gelosia – Italy in Paris

Amore e Gelosia
We had a fabulous girls’ night out (with Kasia, Alana and Mary) at an outstanding restaurant in the charming center of Paris just off the Left Bank. Invited by friend and restaurant manager, Kajsa, to test the imported Italian delicacies of Amore e Gelosia, we were welcomed with the warmth of a friend and the luxury of a highly experienced professional.
Amore e Gelosia
What first sparks the interest upon entering the establishment are the large portraits and images that decorate the walls, or famous Italian icons and people eating pasta with sheer and utter contentment. Large bosomed women with grand and brilliant smiles and laughing men who look well fed and well loved. It’s the beginning of an evening bathed in the Italian culture. After a tour of the restaurant (three different dining areas) I decided it has the perfect balance of cosiness and chicness to be exactly what I would hope for from this #ItalyInParis experience.

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Pretty Paris Pictures : An Eiffel Tower Sunset

My lovely readers, I am fresh out of inspiration for posts these days. I am blaming it on the 5 weeks, FIVE WEEKS! of having my foot in a cast and being mostly limited in what I can do and where I can go (I did make a couple of exceptions though, at Le Meurice and Gerard Mulot). So being low on inspiring subject matter (most of my days are spent at home in my apartment with an occasional break at the café down below), I thought I would toss up a Pretty Paris Pictures post from the 14th of July where we say pretty cozy with a snazzy view on the rooftop of the Novotel Vaugirard hotel where Chéri and I were invited to watch the festivities. (PS : they do have a restaurant with a balcony where you can dine with a view even if you are not staying at the the hotel).

Enjoy!

~Melissa


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 →

Le Dome du Marais – Apothecary meets Shabby Chic meets Art Deco

Le Dome du Marais sign It would seem that Springtime draws me out and exploring the cafés of Paris. I think the easing of chilly weather makes me feel more adventurous and I am inclined to exit the comfort of home for the chairs, benches and divans at various unexplored cafés around town. Although it isn’t that difficult to entice me outdoors given the many attractive café establishments in the City of lights.

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I spent a little time recently in two that I had never discovered before…and all in the same afternoon.
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Paris Love Locks : Photo Essay

Paris Love Locks, To thine own self be true The Paris love-locks… I know, I know. We have all discussed, photographed and blogged the death out of these little objects… They have a turbulent existence it would seem… All these declarations of passion, desire and commitment have become cumbersome to the city of Paris, but no one wants to discard them.

In a recent article in the Marianne magazine (a leftist French publication) there was an article about these locks and the weight they pull (and place) in the very heart of the city of lights, the city of love.

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Before Winter’s End…

winter lounge at the Westin.Before Winter’s end, I thought I should perhaps share with you this charming and cozy spot that Chéri and I had drinks at a few weeks ago. The Westin hotel has a bar that I like to go to in the winter, but they added a Winter garden this year. In their atrium that is open to the sky they installed cozy heat laps, faux lawn, faux furs on the chairs, and poof! it’s a magic winter wonderland to have a cocktail and pretend you are on an outdoor terrace at some ski mountain. The only thing missing this year : the snow. New england got dumped upon, but all we got was rain after the météo had crossed the Atlantic. Read more →

Pin the Shoe on the Dress

Pin the Shoe on the Dress
#ModCloth and more for a fun and chic Valentine’s Day outfit to go to dinner, dancing and beyond with your Chéri!
Which shoe would you with these two dresses? Read more →

Sultry Ideas for le Saint Valentin

Sultry Inspiration for le Saint Valentin

These all may be classic things (see above image) on the Valentines way of celebrating list, but there is no better excuse than this day to celebrate lovers, to bring out the ambiance enhancers…and entice your chéri with tried but true tools of seduction. Read more →

Pretty Paris Pictures : Night Lights

I have been braving the cold and dreary weather lately, with my camera in tow, trying to capture some of those beautiful moments that flicker across my life in this amazing city… And if course I do all that so I can share it with you! Sometimes I end up walking waaaay farther than I originally intend to, all for the sake of getting more great shots. Some of my night shots come out rather yellowish, I wonder if it’s the lights here, or is it my camera? I don’t do any image altering or filtering on my pictures that I post here. I would, if I had the time, but I am just to busy to bother. So I end up taking quite a handful of clichés for each frame, in order to get the perfect picture that won’t need modifications.

Paris a-glow Read more →

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