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Do you tweet like I do ? : Making sense of the social media circus

Sometimes, I feel like taking a BIIIIIIIIG LOOOOOOONG break from social media… That ever present need to constantly tell the world what is happening in our little lives, tugs at our fingertips without fail whenever something worth sharing is happening. Sometimes I want to stop. Sometimes. And then, I remember that I do social media mostly to promote and aliment content for Prête-Moi Paris, and I can’t let my little blog nor my fans down. (Not that they would have a bad withdrawal episode if I did). There is so much more content out there to entertain and appease them, and I am not the only one they pay attention to. But most of all, I post and tweet and instagram and all, for myself. It’s my creative way of sharing what I love with the world, for my own delight and creative motives.

But, there is something more than this need to create, that motivates me… it is the connections we make, it’s the dialogue we share, it’s the conversations we spark.

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So then why do I feel this desire to continually grow my amount of followers, readers, comments and fans??? Why do the numbers seem to validate my work? Do they validate my work? An author who publishes a novel hopes to have people read it, n’est-ce past? The more people that read it, the more people that author has reached with her/his art.

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Le Fantome – Cocktails, Tacos and Video Games

Le Fantome - bar à cocktails Paris In the trendy Tenth arrondissement, there is a great place for a whole variety of Parisians or visitors to enjoy from 11am to 2 in the morning : those of us over the age of 30 who remember what the original Pacman was like, the kids of those same thirty-somethings who will be fascinated by all there is to distract them with (there is even a coffee table with a video game integrated in it, just the perfect high to initiate toddlers), and even the new trendy youth in search of something retro and cool, as well as the hipster foodies who need a chic way to indulge but with not-so-sophisticated fare.  With its 200 square meters and mélange of styles, Le Fantôme can accommodate. Read more →

Being Served

Just a quick post as an FYI…

I am transitioning my blog’s server in the next couple of days, so you may experience difficulty in accessing it. Not to worry, pretemoiparis.com should be running smoothly no later than a day after the transition. My hope is to have a little more creative freedom and an optimized control over my layout and structure of my blog, by hosting it on a server beyond the WordPress server…  although they have served me well over the past four years. :-)

So fingers crossed this won’t cause much of a disruption in my publishing, and your reading, and I will continue promptly to serve up all things Paris!!
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In Love With An Iron Lady

Grey Day Eiffel TowerI have been in Paris for over 11 years now. Wow. It seems so long to me.

And no matter how many times I go to see the Eiffel Tower, I always always take a picture of her. She is beautiful. Weather it is against a grey cloud-cast sky, or dazzling beneath a vibrant evening blue hue, she is the star of this city, and everyone who comes her heads to her feet to pay hommage in the best way we modern humans know how : by taking her picture.

One day in February, as I was treating myself to a stroll around her gardens, I though how interesting it was to see the intense concentration on people’s faces as they captured her image. They were trance-like almost. Read more →

Why Visit Paris this March

Post by Jenny Bailey

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Avenue Carnot – Étoile via flickr by Dimitry B

Despite the recent rainy weather, the occasional blossom and warmer temperatures are all tell-tale signs that (dare we say it?) spring is in the air!

Whether you’re craving some fresh air or you’d rather stay indoors, here’s our round up of some of the fabulous stuff going on in the capital this month. Read more →

Some Things Never Change : 19th Century Parisian Activities

Expo : Les Parisiens de Daumier.
Until March 4th… HURRY!
3€ Entry.

Galerie du Crédit Municipal de Paris

55, rue des Francs-Bourgeois – 75004 Paris.

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm – Closed Sundays

I first heard about this expo via the blog Paris, Maman et Moi. Being a 19th century French literature fan (I have the entire collection of Balzac – and FYI, some editions of Balzac’s works were illustrated by Daumier) I knew this was right up my alley. So instead of waiting in line for the Brassaï expo (just like in Sheily’s post linked above), I headed over to see these wonderful drawings of what Parisian life was like in the 1800′s.

You could say that Daumier, who’s work is the entirety of the exposition, was what we would consider a lifestyle/humorist blogger today. Each drawing (there were dozens and dozens of them) mocked, exaggerated or poked fun at a certain « type » of Parisian, in different situations of social life back 150-200 years ago. Read more →

Oscar Carvallo Haute Couture Spring 2014 Collection

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Oscar Carvallo SS14 « Voyage Cinétique II » image from official Oscar Carvallo site.

Color and movement dominated the Oscar Carvallo SS14 collection, shown on January 21st at the Paris haute couture fashion week. The collection is an inspiration and collaboration of two artists, Oscar Carvallo the designer and Carlos Cruz-Diez, the painter. Cruz-Diez create six tableaux (see here and here) for the collection and Carvallo’s creations were all directly inspired from them using fabrics and textiles, prints and construction of the different pieces to illustrate the works of art and bring them to life via the moment of the female body. Read more →

Why visit Paris in February ♥

Post by Jenny Bailey.

Love locks on the Pont des Arts via Paris Sharing on flickr

While le jour de la Saint-Valentin might be coming to the city of love, the action doesn’t have to end there – as there’s plenty going on in the capital this month. We’ve got some highlights for you…

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Pastry Boy Dishes on High Fashion Design

Paul Waters, one of the sweetest guys in Paris (and he is a fabulous cake baker!) was darling enough to attend the Clarisse Hieraix fashion show for me for Paris Fashion Haute Couture Week. I have to admit, I am a little jealous that I couldn’t go, I love her work. But Paul knows her brand, so I was confident that I was handing the invite to a capable guy with style and a good eye for design.

Here is his beautiful review :

Post by Paul Waters

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When one thinks of Haute Couture or luxury fashion, labels, brands and fashion houses such as Chanel or Louis Vuitton immediately spring to mind; but it is hard to imagine these names and brands that seem to rule over the industry with such power were once founded and created by people like Clarisse Hieraix.

Born in 1973 in Marie-Galante (Guadeloupe), Clarisse Hieraix received her diploma from the Chambre Syndicate of Haute Couture in Paris in 1999. During her initial studies, she perfected her craft while working on different collections, ultimately allowing her to perfect her style and personality. A style and personality that is very strong and evident in all her work, the Clarisse Hieraix woman knows exactly what she wants and where she is going.  Hieraix, may have a very long way to go before becoming the next “Chanel” but she certainly posses some potential and I was lucky enough to attend her latest show in Paris.

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Our Paris Dungeon Basement

Our dungeon basement I have been wanting to blog about this since we moved in last July. Before getting our keys we still hadn’t seen the basement, but we were told there was one. A commodity in a Parisian apartment rental. It’s an extra room to put things, since Parisian apartments are rather lacking in storage space. My imagination conjured up images of a nice stone walled space where I could organize my excess paraphernalia in a neat and orderly fashion. I was quite impressed by the key to our basement space. It’s giant, heavy and very old looking. It should have been a sign as to what our basement storage space would look like, but my ever optimistic self paid no heed…
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