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Halloween Costume Emergency in Paris

I know the Parisians aren’t really into Halloween,  but what if you are invited to a costume party!?! Where will you find a costume???

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I’ve got a list of solutions right here.

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Treize Bakery Totally Awesome Cooking Class

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I LOVE Treize Bakery… It’s dangerous to have a friend with such an incredible restaurant… my hips aren’t lying!
Cooking Class @Treize Bakery, Paris

But image learning how to make all that incredible happy and home-cooked food, yourself! Eh oui!!! Laurel, the amazing magnificent Laurel, now offers cooking classes on Wednesday evenings. (Sign up in advance so you make sure you get a spot). She teaches techniques like how to make the four basic sauces and the base of all sauces (a simple combination of butter and flour but that needs to be very carefully mixed together and watched with an expert eye), or pie crust…light and flaky buttery pie crust…OH MY!!! Or how to make her famous carrot cake…Mmm hmmm… that’s what I’m talking about! Read more →

Cute Cookies in the Cuisine

Article/translation by Melissa Ladd
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I needed to make some cookies for someone’s pregnancy announcement, and just as I was thinking about scouring Paris for baby themed cookie making products, I received an email from a German company who has just opened up their website commerce in France for all things pâtisserie : Cake Mart. They asked me if I would like to test some pastry tools. What wonderful timing, I replied! So they shipped me my selection of items, and they do have a lovely collection of baby themed cookie tools. I merely wanted cookie cutters and some fun decorations to make a few batches of sugar cookies, but really I could have gone all out, and perhaps soon will, with cake molds, muffin cups ( good for cupcakes!), cake decoration supplies and on and on…

J’avais besoin de faire des petits gâteaux sablés pour l’annonce de grossesse de quelqu’un, et juste au moment où je songeais à aller à la recherche des ustensiles de pâtisserie pour le thème bébé, j’ai reçu un mail d’une boîte allemande qui vient d’ouvrir leur site e-commerce en France, Cake Mart, pour tout ce qui concerne la pâtisserie. Quel timing parfait! je leur ai dit. Ils m’ont donc envoyé ma sélection d’articles, et c’est vrai ils ont une bonne sélection d’ustensiles thème bébé. Je voulais tout simplement des emporte-pièces et des décorations amusantes pour faire quelques douzaines de cookies sablés, mais j’aurais pu en prendre la total pour le compte, et peut-être je le ferait bientôt  avec leurs moules à gâteaux, caissettes à muffins (bon aussi pour les cupcakes), les décoration de gâteau et tout et tout…

I used this recipe from the Food Network for sugar cookies. It’s simple and made great slightly crunchy buttery sugar cookies that were well enjoyed.

Je me suis servie dette recette du Food Network pour des cookies sablés. C’est simple et j’en ai fait des cookies légèrement croutillants avec un bon goût de buerre qui ont été particulièrement appréciés.

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Coffee Talk : Terres de Café

Article by Melissa Ladd (English & français).
Terres de Café by Prête-Moi Paris
It’s no secret that coffee culture has made a big comeback in Paris with the opening of many little spots that aim to serve artisan coffee and to bring back the art of the barista. It’s also no secret that the expat communities have embraced these establishments as well. But we are also seeing the Parisians and French communities release their bitter Café Richard gulped in a rush at a Parisian brasserie counter, for the more indulgent idea of lounging at a coffee shop for a while. It’s a much more delightful way to savor the flavor and appreciate the different blends. For me it brings back many memories of my youthful days spent in Monterey California where coffee shops and flavor exploration was an almost daily agenda item.

Ce n’est plus un secret que la « coffee culture » est revenue en force à Paris avec l’ouverture de plein d’adresses qui veulent servir du café artisan et faire revivre l’art du barista. Ce n’est plus non plus un secret que la communauté d’expats ont accueilli cette culture les bras ouverts. Mais on voit également les communautés Parisians et Français laché leur café Richard amer qui se prennait d’un trait en hâte au comptoir d’une brasserie, pour s’intéresser à la perspective voluptueuse de se prélasser longuement dans un bar à café. C’est une manière nettement plus agréable à savourer l’arôme et apprécier les différents mélanges de café. Pour moi, c’est un renvoie joliement nostalgique à mes années de jeunesse passés à Monterey en Californie où l’exploration du café et des bars à café faisait partie de l’agenda quasi-quotidien. Read more →

Easy and Trendy Bogger Style

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Fashion week is always a hectic time for serious fashion bloggers. Long hours, lots of travel back and forth to the venues and not much time to take care of yourself, all while needing to look trendy and fashion forward. Not always easy to feel comfortable in these kinds of situations.
But I have a solution for you! Let’s call it the « basics and bangles » way of packing for your fashion week travels.
Here are the tips to keep you smiling and comfortable as you finagle a way to look totally deserving of that front row seat you just snagged when no one was watching… (yeah I know what it’s like!)

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I Love My Lenovo

Article by Melissa Ladd (English & Français)

The French PR team for Lenovo contacted my and asked if I would like to test out their fun little « Yoga » tablet. Ummm…. OUI! I have an ipad tablet that I use mostly at home, but I have always prefered Android to Apple and I was quite keen on testing out the system as well as a tablet that comes with a keyboard (never been a huge fan of the digital tactile keyboards on the screen). So I hopped over to their offices and had a nice long chat with my correspondent there. And there is a lot to love about this little machine.

L’équipe relations presse à Paris pour Lenovo m’a contacté pour me proposer de tester leur joli tablette « Yoga ». Eeuuuuh…. Oui! J’ai une tablette iPad que j’utilise pour la plus part à la maison, mais j’ai toujours préféré Androïd à Apple alors j’étais bien curieuse d’essayer le système et une tablette qui vient avec un clavier séparé (je ne suis toujours pas fans des clavier tactile sur l’écran). Je me suis rendue donc à leurs bureaux et a pu parlé longuement avec mon interlocuteur. Et y a beaucoup à aimer avec cette petite machine.

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A Parisian Perfume Prommenade

Article écrit par Barbara de la Motte Saint Pierre, artiste Parisienne et par Melissa Ladd, et traduit par Melissa.
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Article written by Barbara de la Motte Saint Pierre, a Parisian artist and by Melissa Ladd, and translated by Melissa.

Nous voilà revenus de notre ballade de perfumistas, Melissa, son Chéri et moi.
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Here we are, returned from our Paris perfume prommenade, Melissa, her Chéri and I.
Perfume Tour, Prête-Moi Paris
Perfume Tour, Prête-Moi Paris

Nous avons commencé rue de la Paix chez Amin Kader chez lequel nous avons respiré les eaux de cologne de Santa Maria Novella, maison florentine qui remonte à 1500, et qui était le fournisseur de Catherine puis de Marie de Médicis. Dans leurs production j’ai respiré Maréchale qui est le parfam de Léonora Galigaï, maréchale d’Ancre et favorite de Marie de Médicis. Sur le moment ce jus poivré me conquit… mais j’allais au devant d’autres émotions olfactives.
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We began on rue de la Paix at Amin Kader where we smelled the eaux de colognes by Santa Maria Novella, a Florentine perfume house that dates back to 1500, and who was the perfume supplier of Catherine and then Marie de Médicis. In their collection I tested Maréchale which was the perfume of Léonora Galigai, maréchale d’Ancre and favorite of Marie de Médicis. For the time being this peppery juice attracted me… but I wanted to head off to other olfactive emotions.

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Lazy Blogging Syndrome

My dear readers, its been at least two, maybe three years, (I can’t even remember that’s how long its been) that I have been sustaining a rhythm of publishing something for your Paris pleasure ever three days. These past several weeks I have been posting a lazy one time a week. Call it summer. Call it fatigue. Call it life. Sometimes Paris is just too delightful to remember to do one’s « homework ».

I’ve been enjoying strolling the city….
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A few (almost) secret gardens in Paris

So the month of July in Paris was a-wash with warmpth and sunlight, but sadly I didn’t get to go out and enjoy it that much since I was dealing with this issue. And as soon as that cast came off, the weather went sour. August has been a total disappointment weather-wise. But the very occasional day of cooperative weather, we managed to get out and take full advantage. We were able to discover (or at least try to) a few out-of-the-way green spots in the city that are practically secret. Well, almost…
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We headed to the Musée de la Vie Romantique, which has free entry for its permanent collection. A lovely house full of George Sand’s paraphernalia, and things like a sculpture of Chopin’s hands. But before skimming through the museum, I suggest grabbing a chance to enjoy the tea garden. Read more →

Project Optimism : The Perks of Being in a Cast in Paris

FIVE WEEKS. Five long weeks with a resin made « ball and chain » stretching from the start of my toes to just below my knee. Misery, you would think. And yes while it was cumbersome, and the novelty got old really fast, I like to look on the bright side and have decided to reflect on the perks of wearing a cast in Paris. Call it a version of project optimism
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  •  People give up their seat on the bus for you. If you are a commuter in Paris, (or in any large metropolis for that matter, you know how coveted seats are. Well a cast guarantees you that someone will get off their derrière and let you pose yours. #WIN!

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