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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 →

Bébé Chéri’s Circus Nursery

With a lot of web searching, a little DIY and some luck, I was able to create my ideal Paris circus nursery for Bébé Chéri. Ever since my circus themed wedding, I can’t seem to get enough of this fun inspiration. And now that Bébé Chéri is just about here (due April 2nd, 2015), I have finally finished his bedroom, and I am quite happy with it. After a lot of searching, and many happy « finds » I was able to create the exact ambiance I was hoping for : circus/carnival theme for a kid without it being too « babyish » and without over doing it too much. (Did I over-do it? You’ll tell me if I over-did it right???). I have listed here where I found most of the nursery decor, just in case any of you readers are searching. I can’t tell you that it will all be available, but at least you can get some ideas and inspiration!

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Bébé Chéri’s Nursery Bedroom

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Bistrot Paul Bert

Two addresses exist for this Paris bistrot. Number 6 and number 18 rue Paul Bert in the 11th arrondissement. I was running late the day I was to meet my friend there for lunch. And it was raining. (It always seems to be raining in Paris when I am running late, le retard des parisiens!!). As I hurried up the street, I stopped in the first address, number 6, thinking that I had finally arrived after a few bus correspondences, and a lot of walking. It’s a small and lively space at number 6 rue Paul Bert. No friend in site. The bar man indicated that there was a second establishment just up the road. Off I went, frustrated at myself for not calculating enough time to arrive at the agreed upon hour. Thank goodness for understanding friends who are happy not only to wait for you but to order for you, and know you well enough to do so!
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Leibster Award!

It’s been a while since I participated in one of these blogger « award » (awareness) posts. I was nominated recently for a blogger award by Just Some Girl In France. But shame on me, I haven’t followed up on it yet! I’ll try to get on that… But first I want to respond to the Leibster Award that I was nominated for by friend and fellow Paris blogger The Parisienne. Thank you lovely!

Ça fait un moment depuis que j’ai participé à un de ces billets « récompenses » (reconnaissances) . J’ai été nominée récemmment par Just Some Girl in France pour son Blogger Award. Et honte à moi de ne pas avoir encore fait un billet de retour! Je vais essayer de régler cela bientôt… Mais d’abord je voulais répondre au Leibster Award pour lequel ma pôte la bloggeuse The Parisienne m’a nominé. Merci ma belle!

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The Rules (if you are nominated here below)

It’s simple really, 11 is the number we are celebrating here and there are 4 parts :

– 11 facts about me and my blog
– 11 answers to the questions posed by the blogger who nominated me
– 11 of my own questions to ask other bloggers
– 11 blogs that I follow and recommend, and nominate to follow up and answer my questions in a similar post!

Les règles (si vous êtes nomminés ci-dessous)

En fait, c’est assez simple. Le 11 est à l’honneur et le jeu se décompose en 4 parties :
– 11 faits sur mon blog & moi
– 11 réponses aux questions posées par le(s) Blog(s) qui m’ont nominée
– 11 questions à poser à d’autres blogueurs
– 11 blogs que je recommande de suivre, que je nomine donc et qui devront répondre à mes questions dans un billet similaire! Read more →

Top 10 Beautiful French Women

Some say that French women are more beautiful. I don’t know if that is true. Perhaps the myth comes from a certain poise (also known as discretion), a savoir-faire when it comes to wardrobe, and a light hand when it comes to fixing the ravages of time (also known as plastic surgery). Whatever it is, all ten of these women represent that je-ne-sais-quoi in French elegance and beauty, that women worldwide try to imitate. And these ladies seem to do so effortlessly. These are my top ten most beautiful French women today.

Isabelle Adjani

N° 1. Isabelle Adjani. -Ever since I saw the movie La Reine Margot, I was immediately captivated by this woman’s striking beauty. And her seemingly independent and fiery yet graceful nature only add to her enigma. Born in 1955 she began acting at age 14, in theaters. Actress, model, mother and with a bi-cultural background (her father was Kabylie-Algerian ~they are known for their striking blue or green eyes~ and her mother was Bavarian-German). Isabelle was born in Paris. She’s known for her intense self-implication into the roles she plays.  she has not only has talent and beauty, she has charisma. If you have never seen La Reine Margot or Camille Claudel, you’ll understand! Read more →

Michael Pereira : Bringing Broadway to Paris

Pereira_Headshot_New-399x600Michael Pereira is on a mission to bring quality Broadway jazz instruction to Paris. I met Michael Pereira a couple years ago through social media. We tried to meet on one of his trips to Paris the summer of 2013, but the stars we not aligned that year. This past summer though, in 2014, we managed to find time to get together. And I have to say… meeting Michael for the first time in person was nothing short of magical. It felt like we had been friends for years and years, and we slid into our new roles as friends, immediately. Meeting people like that comes along only a few times in a lifetime.

Michael has a magnetic field around him, I am certain. He knows how to draw people in, in a way that feels positive and easy. And that is how he approaches his dance students too. I watched an entire class (alas, at 8 months pregnant, I unfortunately couldn’t participate), and saw how he poured his heart, body, soul and sweat into communicating through movement with the dancers. Michael gives everything he’s got. And that is what has given him a steady following in just six short months of teaching Broadway Jazz in Paris!

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A love affair with French cheese! ~♥

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Some who read this blog regularly, will know that I spent many long years intolerant to dairy. About ten years or so. That meant no cheese. Can you imagine!?! And then, one fine day in April 2014, I tested something that had dairy in it…and discovered that I felt no pain. So I tested some more, and I realized that maybe my body had changed it’s chemistry, since they tend to do that every seven to ten years. I began enthusiastically reintroducing dairy into my diet, and soon I was amorously indulging into the best and finest of cheeses that France has to offer. Our cheese budget went up. Before Chéri had no competition for those ivory blobs of moldy dairy in the fridge, but he soon realized that I was a true cheese devout, and we had to invest every week in much more cheese than before. In this article, I want to introduce to you a man with a plan, a concept, that originates in a profound love affair with French cheese

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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 →

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