Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
now here is a chic souvenir with a cause-- a compilation album by french designer vanessa bruno. the plant a tree album, which features tracks by chet baker and kate bush, supports a program that plants five trees for each album purchased. pas mal, non? available at colette, vanessa bruno boutiques, and at fnac.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Anikalena Skarstrom, a Paris-based Swedish designer, has opened her first shop in the Marais. Look for structured jackets & coats, alongside flowy dresses, simple sweaters, inspired by heroines of litterature and cinema [think: Colette, Annie Hall, etc.] Her other claim to fame? That fashion should not be so age-ist-- her clothing looks as stylish on a 20 year old as it does on a 60 year old. Check out the new boutique at:
16 rue du Pont aux Choux, 3rd
Friday, July 18, 2008
if you are in town this weekend, festivals and fetes are happening all over town, so check out my previous post about paris plage, outdoor cinema, and more, or check out one of these events:
Thursday, July 17, 2008
paris doesn't have nobu, but now we have nabu [short for nabulione], a hip new resto with a gorgeous terrace, which makes it very hot property in summer. the menu features frenchy summer classics like fresh green bean salad and king crab with celery remoulade along with steak tartare and satay chicken, followed with some fromage blanc, an apricot tarte, or the hot dessert of the moment- the cupcake.
nabulione, 40 av duqesne, 7th
open every day from 8am to midnight.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
25 rue de saintonge, 3rd
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
..we all scream for baobabana? Martine Lambert, one of France's most well known ice cream makers, has come out with new flavors for summertime, including Baobabana [made with honey from baobab flowers] and morcels of flambeed banana. try it out at her boutique, 192, rue de Grenelle, 7th.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
are pleased to invite you to a
cocktail & book signing
to celebrate the release of
Chic Shopping Paris
Thursday, 10 July 2008, 18h-21h
Boutique Geraldine Valluet
5, rue Houdon, 18th
Monday, July 07, 2008
technically, it is "summer" here in paris [although most days, it doesn't feel like it outside!] paris loves to celebrate with a variety of festivals. here are a few of my faves:
- paris plage- this year in its 7th edition, a faux beach on the banks of the seine, with everything from mini golf to Segway rides and plain old beach chairs for lounging. 21 july to 21 august
- cinema au clair de lune- free outdoor movies, in parks & other settings across the city; this years theme is european capitals--featuring films such as Blow Up and The Third Man. 6- 24 august, at 9.30pm.
- cinema at la vilette- a giant outdoor movie theater, in the middle of an immense park- and its only 2 euros a film. 15 july to 17 august, every night except monday.
- paris quartier d'ete- symphony concerts in the luxembourg gardens, a circus at Bercy Village, and recital in the bamboo trees at the Quai Branley-- all this and more. 14 july to 15 august.
To announce the publication of Chic Shopping Paris, I turn the newsletter over to the author, American-in-Paris Rebecca Magniant, founder of the city's premier bilingual shopping service (www.chicshoppingparis.com). When Rebecca married a Frenchman and moved to Paris, she took as her role model her new belle-mère (mother-in-law), who taught her the secret of every stylish French woman: "les bonnes addresses," a personal list of favorite shops meticulously compiled and jealously guarded by every serious shopper.
Here's Rebecca's letter from Paris:
Even the most seasoned traveler cannot resist the allure of saying "I got this in Paris." But these days, thanks to the Internet, one can purchase almost anything from anywhere—which is why, in Chic Shopping Paris, I tried to focus on boutiques and shops that are truly offering something unique—whether it is a special service offered only in Paris (such as Christian Louboutin's sur mesure service, or the funky, one-of-a-kind accessories at Matières à réflection) or an out-of-the way boutique that is oh-so French (like Belle du Jour, which carries vintage perfume bottles, or Astier de Vilatte, with its sophisticated twist on shabby chic home décor). Bringing back something special, perhaps one-of-a-kind, is the essence of Paris, and it's what most people are searching for.
We're happy to offer Chic Shopping Paris at $12.71 (25% off the retail price of $16.95).
To see Rebecca's book in more detail, to read excerpts, and to see interior pages, please visit our website.
Friday, July 04, 2008
Indagare, the uber-chic travel site [and named the best travel site by Vanity Fair], has just published an interview with yours truly. Check out the interview here, and find out some of my shopping tips for the best that Paris has to offer-- enjoy!