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Thursday, June 18, 2009

advance sales at colette

concept store extraordinaire colette is having some special early sales this year-- stop by before saturday to take advantage of up to 50% off women's & men's spring/summer 2009 fashion, plus assorted books/cds/misc. can't get there in the next few days? sales are also happening online.

official summer sales dates in paris

it is one of my favorite times of year in paris-- sale time! the official dates for the soldes [(as set by the French government) this year are june 24- july 28. click here for more tips on shopping the soldes!

roger vivier prototypes up for auction

what a great way to own an original work of art-- bid on one of roger vivier's prototypes at the upcoming auction. vivier is one of paris' master shoemakers, responsible for the famous buckle shoe worn by catherine deneuve in belle du jour. i can only imagine that his prototypes are fabulously chic, to say the least!

the auction takes place thursday, july 9 at 2pm at richeulieu drouot, salle 8 [room 8]. you can stop by to peruse the wares on wednesday, july 8 form 11am-6pm in the same place.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

hermes summer sale 2009

the dates for this years hermes sale are....[drumroll please....].....june 24-26, again at the palais de congres, NOT at the hermes boutiques. check out the antiques diva's blog for an interview of yours truly sharing my hermes shopping tips....

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Chic Book: Manolo Blahnik Drawings

"My shoes are not fashion, they are gestures. So says Blahnik in a book that lays out his designs as brightly colored whimsies, sketches deftly convey the essences of his creations. Celeb quotes, interspersed throughout, heighten the spiraling sense of posturing and play. Madonna says, "They are as good as sex... and they last longer." Paloma Picasso, Isaac Mizrahi, Bianca Jagger also check in, and there are introductory essays by Vogue titans Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley and Anna Piaggi, as well as by Michael Roberts of The New Yorker. It should appeal to any fashionista or design aficionado anyone with a sense of shoes as art."
(Publishers Weekly)

I just ordered my copy from amazon - can't wait to have this on my coffee table.
x Stephanie

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Chic Dots!

Everytime I take clients on a shopping tour in the St Germain de Pres area I always go back to my favourite store - Sabre. [Also featured in Chic Shopping Paris, the book, FYI!] Bright, fun, happy colors are the theme of this boutique that specializes in table wear. I love collecting the big coffee cups in every color possible. If you get a chance do check out Sabre at 4 rue des Quatres Vents in the 6th arrondissement!

x Stephanie

Mini Fashionistas

A one stop shop for Chloe, Burberry, DKNY and many more - this fabulous boutique with gorgeous moldings and parquet flooring is a must for your little black book. Among the fabulous clothing there is a little corner dedicated to newborns with great gift ideas for all of those chics mamans!

Atelier de Courcelles
113 avenue Victor Hugo
75016 Paris

x Stephanie

Twice as Chic

A must see shop when in Paris -the fabulous lingerie/home wear store Princess Tam Tam is making mother/daughter bikinis in adorable cotton poplin printed fabric. For more details have a look at their website or visit one of 26 stores in Paris. My fave is at 9 rue Brea in the chic 6th arrondissement!
x Stephanie

Monday, May 11, 2009

chic spring snack

following in the steps of other fashion designers [paco rabanne, gaspard yurkievich], franck sorbier has designed this season's spring dessert at the cafe de la paix. named the porte bonheur [good luck charm], the four hearts each have a different flavor, ranging from milk chocolate with orange zest to dark chocolate. the dessert is only available until may 15, so get ready to eat your hearts out-- vite!

Beautiful Lingerie Bien Sur!

The French do such a great job of making beautiful lingerie for everyone. If you can get past the very unfrench name - Womens Secret - carries gorgeous pieces at very reasonable prices. I love the boxer shorts in this picture - stylish and pretty. [There is a nice big shop right by the Odeon metro station...]

I *heart* this blue girlie silk ensemble by Elise Anderegg. For more check out

Tres jolie, non?
x Stephanie

jewelry sale: may 15-17

yet another jewelry sale on tap for next weekend. check out the chic boho designs by 5octobre at their atelier sale, friday, may 15, 17pm and saturday& sunday may 16/17, 2.30-6pm.

address: 3 rue beautrellis, paris 4

Friday, May 08, 2009

jewerly sale: may 15-16

Check out another sale this weekend, chez Tiennette la Belette. Jewerly, "neck accessories," linens, and organic products are on sale. Hours: Friday, May 15, 11am- 8pm; Saturday, May 16, 11am- 7,30pm.

49 rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris

Thursday, May 07, 2009

chic soles?

The latest from Converse are the crocodile All-Stars. Soon to be seen on all the Parisians given their love for these casual but chic shoes. I think I’ll have to bypass this trend and stick to my cotton canvas converse in fun spring colours like yellow and light pink but all of you fashionistas should go for it!

-- Stephanie

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

secret sale- may 14-16

mark your calendars-- les prairies de paris, a great little brand, tucked away in a little street by my former pad, is having a 'secret' sale in their design offices...thursday, may 14 [10am- 8pm], friday, may 15 [10am- 7pm] and saturday, may 16 [10am- 6pm]....grab your best shopping pal and head over to the 11th, tout de suite!
xx rebecca

les praires de paris, 9 passage st. bernard, 11th

chic store

Merci, The Charity Store, has opened up in Paris- created by Marie-France et Bernard Cohen, the founders of Bonpoint. Fabulous and fashionable finds in this concept store that include a kids’ corner, a garden of gorgeous flowers, a vintage library and a tea room are just waiting to be discovered. French and international designers who have given up their profits to charity sell their goods in this store on the Blvd Beaumarchais. Come and have a look – style and a good conscience; a chic mix, n’est-ce pas?

111, boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris 3e

Petits Hauts

One of my favourite lines, Des Petits Hauts, has a fantastic selection of spring tops right now. I love the detailing in all the tops and blouses. If you are in Paris or heading this way make sure take home a few of their chic pieces for spring/summer. You won’t be disappointed!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Introducing Stephanie

Chic Shopping Paris is proud to present a new blogger to our team: Stephanie! She introduces herself below...

I've been in France for 12 years now - how time flies! My two darling boys have started school and I'm finding myself with some time on my hands - I can only play so much tennis! Rebecca and I met through a mutual friend over 5 years ago and hit it off instantly. I was keen to join her on the shopping tours in Paris and am now thrilled to be joining the Chic Shopping Paris blog! One of my many passions is shopping, especially in the fabulous city of Paris! I love discovering new shops, services and restaurants and hope to bring you lots of interesting updates from the city of light.

Bises, Stephanie

ladies love paris- an event for paris lovers in nyc

The Ladies Love Paris! Francophile authors at Flûte Gramercy

New York, NY – April 28, 2009 – There’s just something about France, and Paris in particular, that captivates us. Is it the fashion? The art? The history? Les Parisiennes? No matter how many books have been published about the City of Light, we always want more.

Join the latest generation of female authors who write about France and the French for book signing and cocktails at Flûte Gramercy (40 East 20th Street, New York) on Sunday, May 31 from 5-8pm.

  • Jamie Cat CallanFrench Women Don’t Sleep Alone: Pleasurable Secrets to Finding Love (Citadel, March 2009)
  • Jill JonnesEiffel’s Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count (Viking, May 2009)
  • Heather Stimmler-HallNaughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City (Fleur de Lire, September 2008)
  • Ellen WilliamsHistoric Restaurants of Paris (Little Bookroom, January 2001), Impressionists’ Paris (Little Bookroom, January 1999), and Picasso’s Paris (Little Bookroom, January 1999).

There will be $8 Kir Royals and drawings to win free books including Chic Shopping Paris (Rebecca Magniat) Paris, Wish You Were Here (edited by Christopher Meason), and advance publication copies of What French Women Know by Debra Ollivier.

There are two Flûte Champagne Lounges in New York, at Gramercy and Midtown, and a new location in Paris, Flûte L’Etoile. They serve over 100 different kinds of Champagne -- many by the glass -- and host events such as Charity Champagne Tastings, a monthly Champagne School, and live jazz on Sundays from 8pm.

Free entry. Please RSVP at for the guest list.

Flûte Gramercy

40 East 20th Street, New York City

Tel 212-529-7870

For more information, contact:
Tel France: +331 43 36 69 85
Tel US: 415 963 3804

Thursday, April 23, 2009

lagerfeld for repetto

karl lagerfeld designing some new looks for repetto-- what could be a better addition to your spring wardrobe? the chanel designer and fashion demigod does his thing for the famous french ballet shoe brand, designing black patent, white, and navy sandals and heels, starting at 300 euros. the catch? the shoes went on sale april telling if there are still any in stores, but if they are, they are sure to be a collector!

l'eclaireur at place des vosges

l'eclaireur, one of the most interesting shops in the marais has temporarily moved.....from rue des rosiers a few blocks over to the gorgeous place des vosges. stop by the new boutique between april 27th and may 2nd, with the invitation above in hand, for 20% off your purchases. a great chance to check out their unusual collection of up-and-coming clothing & accessory designers, in sure to be stunning locale.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

i'm back!

after an extended maternity leave and moving house, i am back to blogging again! i've got a few others joining me in the next few weeks to give you even more content, fresh from paris.
thanks to all the faithful readers out there!