I LOVE PARIS IN APRIL
Post by Jenny Bailey
The new year is upon us! (Bonjour, 2014!) Although this might be the month dedicated to dismantling the festive decorations and shedding the December weight, that doesn’t mean the good times have to end too.
From spending what’s leftover from your Christmas cash to ticking off your cultural new year’s resolutions, here’s our list of things to do in Paris this month. Continue reading
In Paris, stores often add extra opening hours to their schedule so everyone can have more hours to spend their cash on their friends and loved ones for the holiday gift giving frenzy. But it never seems to be enough for this conflicted hallmark-holiday-poo-pooing population. I can’t even tell you how many French people have said to me over the past decade that Christmas has been over commercialized by the USA, yet there they are squeezed in the boutiques like sardines trying to find the best deal on presents or the perfect indulgence for giving.
Post by Jenny Bailey
From the glistening of Christmas lights to the city’s silver white winters, there’s no denying that December is one of the best times of year to visit Paris.
So whether you’re keen to step out into the crisp wintry air, or you’d rather stay snug indoors, here’s what’s going on in and around the capital to help you make the most of your voyage en ville.
Paul Bedell of Korbella™ contacted me, and with one single sentence he had my full attention : “From our pieces of Paris to yours”. These are my pieces of Paris… but… What are his?
Small, wonderful, almost magical little “jewels” cut from an actual piece of the Eiffel Tower, and integrated into stylish and elegant pieces of fashion jewelry in sterling silver, vermeil (gold plated silver) or rhodium. Paul wanted to generously offer me a piece for review, because he felt that his jewelry line and concept fit perfectly with my site. He couldn’t have been more right.
Serge Lutens team invited me in September to the opening of their new space in the Printemps Haussmann department store. I am always eager to attend the Serge Lutens events, merely because I am totally in love with his work!
The theme of the evening was the quintessential scents of Serge Lutens. There are three : Serge noir, Datura Noir & Vitriol d’Oeillet. Perhaps we should describe these three at the holy trinity of Serge’s creations. For him they embody the essence of his work.
Paris Cola delivered some of their tasty beverages to my door the other day. It’s delicious and refreshing. I thought it would make a good compagnion with me at the parc de Monceau one lovely day in July. I had brought along my French novel to read, but I ended up just working on my blog with my smartphone.
So the company that makes this lovely beverage, Fonbelle, run by two young guys, invented a first version in 2007. But although the response was great they didn’t find the time to really develop and launch the product until 2012. Typical multi-taskers of our day and age I am sure.
Once the recipe was perfected they come up with the packaging concept. And now we can enjoy their sweet and zesty beverage as much as we want!
The two guys behind this all, Yves Guilloux and Rodolphe Grosset, wanted to offer a quality product, made in France. But Paris Cola can boast that even the sugar used in the recipe comes from the Île-de-France. So really, it’s as Parisian as you can get for a sparkling beverage!
And they don’t just offer cola… Continue reading
Continuing on the subject of Lily and I’s 24 hours of extravaganza and luxury, I absolutely MUST blog about the best lingerie store shopping experience ever. It was at the Chantal Thomass boutique on rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré.
Lily and I had stopped in first at Fifi Chachnil where we were delighted with the pink and frilly décorum, but were also melting from the heat and the store did not have air conditioning. I did pick up a darling little black lace lingerie pouch to put in a few essentials for travel.
So walking into Chantal Thomass was an instant délice as they has ample cool air, and didn’t mind us photographing, well, everything!
The two levels are a charming pink white and black boudoir boutique dream stocked to the brim with the famous brand’s plethora of garments and accessories. It oozes girliness fun inside this store.
Retro is in. In any form these days it seems. When I look at fashion trends I see retro from the 1920′s to the 1980′s popping up in every magazine. Wedding decoration has gone totally retro, and even photography is looking backwards for inspiration.
I love it. Maybe it is just a sign of our times, where our future looks so dismal (poor economy, layoffs, longterm unemployment, lack of retirement funding, social conflicts, the struggle for equality, all top news headlines), so it only seems natural to turn towards a retrospective where life seemed less complicated (of course hind sight is always blurred). But we seem to all want to take the best of the 20th century and celebrate it in an attempt to ease the bitter pill of our futures.
And Paris, being that age old city that holds onto its legacies and promotes its historical monuments as the massive treasures they are, has caught the retro bug. You can find it in many different ways here. Continue reading
So as you may have seen from the amount of tweets and instagrams the other day, Prête-Moi Paris had a fun style photo shoot in Paris involving some FAAAABULOUS collaborations (see below).
But a lot of photo and video editing needs to happen before I can show you the results.
I know everyone wants a sneak peek! So I thought I would ease your curiosity and give you one! Continue reading