Finding Energy and Fashion for la Rentrée

Summer vacation is over, but it has instilled in my a new energy which will hopefully carry me through the next 11 months. With that new energy I am determined to dedicate myself to taking more care of my body. Weather it’s exercise or yoga or dance, I’m going to do something to keep healthy. I much prefer new year resolutions in September rather than January. January is too cold and so not motivating!

But, of course I like to look good as well as feel good. So it’s time to invest in some trendy workout gear. Here’s how I see myself feeling motivated to go out and make some laps or do some downward dog poses. Comfy in some Andrew Marc Performance wear, (45$ sweatshirt and 55$ yoga pants) and chic with a Kasia Dietz tote, rive droite of course!

And what am I going to do with all this new found energy?!? Why, I am going to take Paris by storm. And in Style. What else! The Fall season is the ultimate fashion season. All the best collections come out in the shop window displays and the hustle and bustle of the fashion weeks around the world make everyone  just nearly crazy. It takes a lot of stamina for those that skip from one major city’s shows to another. I stick to just Paris thank you. But it still requires a lot of my attention, time, and again…that word, energy. So with my new workout regime, I should have it in plethora!

I’m thinking this year should have a rocker/Art Deco theme to it. With sharp and harmonious energetic lines and angles. Gone are the lazy days of Summer! A sleek and broody Marc New York by Andrew Marc dress (138$), with a Gaultier shrug (110€),  Nicholas Kirkwood flats, a Lanvin cuff and some ultra defiant black shades (60$) should make the perfect Paris fall disguise for Fashion week this September… Who’s with me!?!

Pretty Paris Pictures : Snow!

I am sure every Paris based blogger has been posting articles about the snow blanketed city of lights! Thanks to the delightful powdering by mother nature we all got to enjoy winter for once in the city-that-rarely-gets-snow.

So now, allow me to add mine to the list. :-)

Also you can visit Le Figaro’s collection of photos of Paris under the snow, where you can see how pretty it is, and Parisians having fun, and *gasp* helping eachother!

I also enjoyed A French Frye In Paris’ post with pictures of all the snowy playfulness in Montmartre!

Enjoy!

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Two New York designers in Paris

Kasia Dietz is a pretty regular subject on my blog. I want to share with you all some of her recent achievements.
Her Pop Art and City Bag collection, plus a sneak peek preview of her upcoming collection and her new found popularity in Hong Kong fashion!

U Magazine did a spread on Paris Style and included a piece on Kasia’s work! Congrats to this fabulous expat designer on getting a great start on conquering the Asian market!
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A week in the life of Prête-Moi Paris !

Life has its ups, life has its downs, (it’s a roller coaster ride really), and there’s all that inbetween time that we stuff full of activities, writing blogs, scrolloing thousands of tweets, devouring books, chatting over wine, riding the metro to work and back, grocery shopping and oh so many more things, until life feels like one big race for time. A train chugginng at a breakneck speed down the track of an existence. Have you seen how fast it has been going lately?!? 2012?!? WTF!!!! How did we get here so fast? And why am I in my thirties already?!? LOL!

ok so, let’s ignore those questions.

I would rather recap a fun week in the life of Prête-Moi Paris, and show you how I fill my time. I was saying to someone the other day how I could hardly believe that it was already over two years that I had been writing this blog, and it has really given me the opportunity to do and see so many fun and fabulous things. And let me tell you, it certainly helps fill up all that time I keep chasing after! Although, granted, not every week is as jam-packed as last week, many of them are.

Photo by Quinntessential Style blog

In addition to my day job at Hermès, I also ran around to various events, most of them brought about because of the connections I have made and opportunities I take via the platform of this little Paris blog, and thanks to social media, like facebook and twitter, wordpress and fourquare, where the extent of a modern woman’s reach in this world is endless. I never would have met such cool and talented people nor would I be living such a full life were it not for these tools that I have put to great use.

Me and Gail of Perfectly Paris at Ô Château

Monday : After putting in a full day of work, I headed over to Ô Chateau for some wine with a big group of twitterites, most of them anglophone for the 2012 edition of the annual event organised by Pricilla of Weekend In Paris. It was great to catch up with friends I don’t get to see as often as I’d like since they like myself are also chasing after that slippery critter “time”, and meet new faces and interesting contacts, like Sofiane MOURAH of Ambiancity who’s created a fabulous business concept that I was (and am) totally enthusiastic over. It’s kitch and it’s fantastic!!! Check it out!

Tuesday : I was off from the day job and had filled my schedule with fashion shows for Couture Week in Paris. I love couture week! It’s not as much of a frenzy as prête-à-porter week, people are nicer and more champagne is served! After a morning of catching up on email, blogging and laundry, I went to see Didit Hediprasetyo‘s show at the Crillon palace hotel, thenI skipped over to Claudine Ivari’s presentation in her boutique at the Ritz hotel (which is sadly closing for 2 years to complete a total renovation of the historic building). Then I sauntered over to the 6th near Odéon to see Basil Soda‘s show at the Couvent des cordeliers. Early to the venue, I decided to grab a quick Starbucks nearby before baring through the bitter wait in the cold January rain. Fashion shows always start late! And the last event of the day was the Julien Fournié show at the Showcase club where I met up with my friend and fashion pal Quinn from Quinntessential style blog. More waiting in the rain… and then thankfully when we made it inside we were invited to sit (hallaluhia) …front row! More fashion blog posts will follow soon for the rest of these shows, I promise (just as soon as I find the TIME to write them!). Tuesday was mighty exhausting, with much running around town, dozens of metro rides, intervals of rain, and then there’s the constant umbrella obstruction, the cold and the lack of time to eat… As much fun as I had, I was glad when I crawled into bed. Yet the glass of champagne after the last show was a welcome delight! And we got our mugs shot by Runway magazine.

Runway magazine : photo by Ko Kok

Wednesday : After another full day of work, I ran over to the Shangri-La palace hotel for another couture show; this one for Eva Minge which was 55 minutes late in starting! I was glad to have a seat and chat with my pal Octave who I found next to me (Octave is afashion student and writes for Mademoiselle à Paris). After that I booked it over to my dinner invitation where Chéri and I were served a gorgeous Asian meal with chic company, just around the corner from the Elysées palace. We took a taxi home with full and happy bellies and finally turned out the lights at 2am. Aïe! The morning alarm was only a handful of hours away…

Thursday : With deepening under-eye circles, after work I headed just around the corner to meet Kasia Dietz for a wine tasting event at the new hotel with a wine bar, hôtel du Ministère near la Madeleine. Judith who runs the bar is the most wine enthusiastic person I have ever met! She threw a fun little shindig with bloggers a plenty in attendance and even a lifestyle reporter from the New York Times. We tasted some fabulous wine and won some fabulous prizes! If only this could be a weekly tradition! I stayed longer than I had anticipated I was enjoying myself so much, and I completely forgot how tired I was!

Wine tasting at the Hôtel du Ministère

Friday : After a long day at work where I got to visit the Hermès site in Pantin and observe the purchasing of the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 collections for all the different sectors, I ran over to Mademoiselle Rose to pick up my wedding shoes that had been dyed blue! And the rest of the soirée was reserved for Chéri.

Saturday : After work I was supposed to head over tot he opening of the new bakery Cake Bake in the 10th with a bunch of other Paris bloggers, but my feet just couln’t drag me there. (Is this was being in your thirties means???) I made it as far as the Tuileries bar of the Westin hotel, where Chéri and I ordered a glass of relaxation and chatted quietly in the large English leather armchairs, munched on rosmary herbed cashew nuts and let the fatigue of the week slip to the bottom of our shoes.

Sunday : Is for blogging, watching movies and if we can muster the courage, a stroll somewhere in Paris.

Kasia Dietz bags new collection!

So, ok, some of you know hat I am totally in love with my Rive Droite bag from Kasia Dietz, and I carry it everywhere. And I do believe that every self respecting Paris-o-phile should have one.

But, you have GOT to see the new collections that were just recently created and are available for purchase.

I love the Natural theme for it’s recalling of the balance of the world and the elements that depend on one another.  And I LOVE the Black and white theme for it’s pure aesthetic! So much fun, chicand oh so Parisian. Kasia continues to surprise me with her creativity, attention to detail and savoir-faire for all things chic.

Bravo Kasia! I’m looking forward to my next bag purchase!

PS : for the rest of October 2011, there is a 30% off sale!

Kasia Dietz – a natural born artist

See this article on Luxsure Magazine
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Kasia Dietz has creativity and artistic tendencies in her very essence. Perhaps it comes from the fact that her mother began creating block prints for tee-shirts by hand, while she was pregnant with Kasia, but most likely it comes from the values that she has learned both from her mother and from life.

Back in New York, where she is from, Kasia was ten years into a career and living the Madison avenue life, climbing the ladder to corporate success. Somehow, this didn’t seem like enough, and Kasia decided she wanted something more out of life. When you feel like you have nothing to lose, you can do almost anything, and that’s what she did. She made the choice to take a giant leap into the great unknown, and found herself with only a suitcase, traveling the world, belongings locked up in storage, caution thrown to the wind!

This is where life really begins…

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One year spent between Buenos Aires, Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Bali, Hong Kong, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, China, Tibet, all over Europe, and of course Poland (to visit her roots). The list of destinations goes on. By discovering other places on earth, you also discover who you are when you are in them.

This curiosity, mixed with a passion for design, is also what led the artist to dust off her mother’s block prints and begin designing. Those prints served for her first collection of bags, and still provide inspiration in her newer creations.

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Printing fabric creates the concept of wearable art for Kasia. She finds herself inspired by artists such as Paul Klee and Mark Rothko and envisions her own store someday where her bags are hung on the walls like paintings. Her idea of wearable art evolved into reversible totes, matching clutches and a continuation on the printed theme. Her most recent hits are the Rive Droite, Rive Gauche and Paris postal code bags. She also designs sashes to complement the bags. Her designs all revolve around her affinity for minimalism and versatility.

Kasia has recently enjoyed press in French Marie Claire, Bitch Buzz Style, Huffington Post Style, Style Society and Stylist.co.uk among others. She remains a firm believer in doing things herself, and makes a point of making her own painstaking prints by hand. So if you purchased a printed bag from Miss Dietz, you are sure to own something in which the artist has put her very essence.

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Kasia moved to Paris in 2009 to join her Italian fiancé whom she met serendipitiously in New York City, and took on the task of creating a business with her design talent. She didn’t grow up learning to be a designer, and is a self taught artist, but then are we surprised?!? She used The Fashion Designer Survival Guide by Mary Gehlhar (a great buy, and it has a forward by Zac Posen), to help her learn how to go about designing and selling her bags and accessories. I am sure the book helped, but Kasia seems to have the ability to succeed at whatever she sets out to do! We wish her all the best and can’t wait to see her next collection! (A little bird called twitter tells me that there’s going to be some blue and gold in there!)

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Kasia Dietz handbags are available at www.kasiadietz.com (international shipping of course!) and in select shops in Paris and NYC.

POSHGLAM LINKS : http://www.poshglam.com/whats-in-anya-sarres-chanel-quilted-handbag/ #STYLIST #ANYASARRES #HANDBAG

Chocolate and Wine

Andy Laird is a musician from Brooklyn, NY, Justine Pringle is his wife, they have a little thing for chocolate… just a little thing… that became a much bigger home grown thing, dubbed Nunu chocolates. Self taught chocolatiers, they use all organic cacao from a family run farm in Santander Columbia, and make hand-made incredible little chocolatey edibles… Their little endeavor started out as an idea of something different to sell at Andy’s music performances… and now they have their very own shop in Brooklyn, and are able to come promote their lovingly made wares in Paris France of all places.
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The event on April 15th was to promote this couple was given a little help friend their friends at Yelp Paris, Zeva B and Elodie F.

At the Brachfeld gallery in the Marais : 78 rue des Archives 75003, and accompanied with wines from La Cave du Barav (a fine gourmet goods and wine boutique at 10 rue de la Corderie 75003)… the evening was a delicatble experience of pairing wine with chocolate and sharing great conversations with my pals Jenny of  http://www.jennyphoria.com/ and Kasia Dietz designer of très Parisian ‘it’ bags http://www.kasiadietz.com/ Nothing like a little chocolate and wine to enhance an evening apéro!

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Yelp Paris team Zeva (in yellow) and Elodie (in pink)

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Nunu Chocolates will be at their pop-up boutique at the Brachfeld gallery until April 26th.

I hope Andy and Justine have many years of making chocolates ahead of them!