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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Terroir Parisien

[top: roasted duckling and apples; bottom: braised sole with mushrooms]

I'm not one to usually take pictures of my food, but this meal at Terroir Parisien was worth writing about, so I snapped a few pics for the blog.  This is the place where you want to come for classic French cooking, but in a modern sense.  All the French classics are here, but interpreted in a new style-- lighter, funkier, newer, just better.  True bistro food, highlighting local producers around Paris.  Simple and yummy, set in a magnificent old treasure of a building, a great place for an introduction or re-introduction to French cuisine.

20 rue Saint Victor, 5th

YSL Permanent Collection

Hedi Slimane, as head of Saint Laurent, has decided some of the YSL items should be always and forever available.  Check out the aptly-named Permanent collection, including the Duffle coat and Duffle Bag, above. [Also available in black, bien sur.]  Because classic never goes out of style, n'est-ce pas?

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Mark your calendars: Isabel at H&M

Mark your calendars, ladies (I know I have!)- November 14th is the date of the launch of the Isabel Marant for H&M collection.  Mademoiselle Marant has had a cult-status following for years now in Paris, and many a New Yorker has scoured the Paris shops for larger collections of merchandise.  And now, as H&M does so well, some of the stylish Parisian looks can be yours for less.  On your marks.....

Love locks rock!

If you are a Paris lover, you've undoubtedly heard of the Love Locks tradition that has taken over the Pont des Arts.  And if you haven't- well, have a look if you are in town!  It is an impressive sight, especially if the sun is reflecting off the locks.  [And never mind if you've forgotten your own lock- plenty of enterprising salesmen on the bridge will help you out.]

We've also been spotting Love Lock themed cadeaux around town.  Check out the adorable pendant by Tournaire.  What a lovely souvenir!

And for the funky fashionistas out there- there is even a shirt printed with the locks!

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

& Other Stories

A few snaps of a recent trip to & Other Stories, the glam big sister of H&M, on rue St. Honore.  Interesting, architectural fashion and amazing jewelry- great stuff to take back home as it is not yet available stateside.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A visit to Les Puces

Visiting the Saint-Ouen flea market reminds me of Alice falling down the rabbit hole—it starts with a little innocent curiosity and then suddenly everything's a blur of color and shape, nonsense and logic intertwined. It's where the past—and now the future—comes to life. Where else can you find a tablecloth from Paris' Ritz Hotel, a collection of extremely creepy (or very cool) dental equipment, a wooden mannequin's head, a space ship that was designed as the house of the future in 1968, a print of Obama, and chairs for your garden that are as mesmerizing as a handwritten love letter? You're dreaming of the house you'll need to hold all these treasures when suddenly, after taking a few steps past the Marché Biron, you're transported to the year 1964, Habitat's new industrial loft space/vintage paradise filled with carefully-sourced furniture and home wares. Blink again and you're in Paris' high-fashion concept store, l'Eclaireur. Thankfully, there's La Buvette des Tartes Kluger nearby where you can grab a bite, or something to sip, while you make sense of it all. 

Lost in the labryinth of Les Puces?  Join one of Chic Shopping Paris' Arts & Antiques tours to let us help you find your way through this charming treasure trove.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Chic Shoes for Cabaret and Everyday

One of the amazing things about Paris is the artists and artisans that still work at highly skilled crafts, like no where else in the world.  I've recently stumbled upon the maison Clairvoy, a handmade shoe workshop that has been making shoes for French theater and cabaret since 1945.   The house was  taken over by new artisans in 2006 ; it still supplies all the cabarets, but it also now makes sur mesure shoes as well.  It takes 6 -8 months [with between 150-200 steps to make each pair!], and you, too, can have your own custom-made shoes.  [Top photo:  shoes for the Moulin Rouge dancers.]

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Spring trends in Paris: Stripes are back!

It's springtime here [at least that is what the calendar says- the weather isn't quite cooperating!]- and stripes are back in shops again!  Here are a few of my Frenchy faves for spring:
Petit Bateau, 45 euros

Dress by Sineanquanone, 109 euros

Dress by Comptoir des Cotonniers, 135 euros

Sandro,  63 euros

Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Birthday to Claudie P!

To fete their 30 years this summer, the brand Claudie Pierlot is offering a limited edition round up of it's favorites pieces- reinvented by guest designers.  How sweet is the LBD, designed by Audrey Marnay?  I'm also coveting the silky polka dot pjs.....well, most all of the collection, really!   Check it out at the Claudie P boutiques soon.....what fun items to snag that no one else will have!

Haute Couture at Hotel de Ville

Over 150 pieces that trace 100 years of fashion will be on display at the Paris Haute Couture exhibit at the Hotel de Ville.  This is an amazing occasion to see up close and personal the handiwork and craftsmanship by Chanel, Vionnet, Courreges, and many more designers.  Here is a slide show preview of some of the amazing pieces on display.  Be sure to pick up the cute kids guide [bottom picture] for your favorite jeune fille fashionista.

Paris Haute Couture at the Hotel de Ville [Salle St Jean]
until July 6, 2013
free exhibit, open everyday [except Sundays and holidays], from 10am to 7pm

Thursday, March 28, 2013

King Karl's new St. Germain boutique

We've been walking by for months, waiting for the opening of Karl Lagerfeld's new left bank boutique.  Et voila!  It's open....a sleek display for Karl's own line, alongside his accessories and a curated collection of misc. items.  Black and white dominate the shop, bien sur, and his reasonably priced watches [starting at 149 euros] are becoming a hit with Parisianistas.

Karl Lagerfeld
194 blvd St. Germain, 7th

Chocolate by Alain Ducasse- Paris' newest chocolate shop

Chocoholocs, add this one to your list of places to visit in Paris- multi-starred and multi-talented chef Alain Ducasse has opened a chocolate factory shop in the 11th.  Step off the main street, into a quiet courtyard and into this former garage to check out the chocolate being made right in front of you.   Pralines with coconut or salty peanuts, ganache with lime or mint, giant bars of chocolate that way 3.5kg....a wide range of yummy flavors await.   [Note:  they are open Easter Sunday from 10am-1pm if you forgot your chocolate for that last minute egg hunt!]

Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse

Friday, February 22, 2013

CSP 10 Year Anniversary= celebrate with us!


This spring, Chic Shopping Paris celebrates 10 years of being Paris' favorite shopping tour service.  Often imitated, never equaled, if I do say so myself!  I can hardly believe I've been in Paris for over a decade now.....and still love shopping and showing off my adopted home to visitors to Paris.

Celebrate with us by booking a shopping tour on your trip to Paris this spring!  Mention this post and book a tour before May 1st, 2013, and receive 10% off your tour.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Les Marquis de Laduree

Laduree's presence in Paris [and abroad!] continues to grow, sharing its macarons with the world.....and now it will attempt to do the same for chocolate.  Les Marquis de Laduree [not far from the Jardin de Tuileries] features all sorts of chocolates, alongside pastries and sweets infused with rum, wine, and exotic fruits.  The boutique will also offer workshops and tastings, for those who can't get enough of the brand's rich concoctions.   

Les Marquis de Laduree

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Louis Vuitton and the Art of Writing

To anchor itself in the rich literary history of St Germain des Pres, Louis Vuitton has opened a Cabinet d'ecriture, filled with writerly offerings such as stationary, ink pens (alongside an ink bar), crystal ink wells and more.  The boutique/salon will also offer special events to showcase exceptional artists and artisans in the field.

Le Cabinet d'Ecriture

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Made in France: Bespoke Shirts for Men

Very excited to discover this made in France brand, Saint Sens, as I'm always on the lookout for good guy gifts....Custom made shirts [starting at a reasonable 99 euros] can be made in a matter of weeks- either send your measurements or your favorite shirt to be copied via their "Scan Shirt" system, pick out details like button choice, collar, monogram, and more.  They ship to France, the US, and the UK, so you can even offer your cheri a custom shirt from France, even if you can't get here.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hermes - Comme des Garcons collaboration

It's here!  The graphic scarf collection by Hermes and Comme des Garcons that I blogged about in November, is finally available in stores.  The black and white collection is available exclusively at Comme des Garcons boutiques.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Family Friendly Exhibits in Paris

It can be hard to find exhibits that work well for the whole famille- either too sophisticated for the kiddos or too dull for the parents. This spring, Paris is once again offering up a host of cool museum exhibits. Here are two that the whole fam can enjoy.

A cool expo about the links between man and the machine, and the future of robotics.  Kids can check out all sorts of robots, including some famous models from the movies.
Until March 3rd

Another interesting exhibit of the mix between Oriental and Occidental culture for over a thousant years.  Over 350 items help tell the famous tales of such famous personalities such as Aladin and Ali Baba.  Be sure to check out the panoramic cafe or roof top views as well.
Until April 28

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Chic drinks in St. Germain

I discovered a charmant new bar the other night we I went out for drinks with the girls- La Companie des Vins Surnaturels.  It's tucked away on a side street that you probably wouldn't wander down, right behind the covered market at Mabillon.  The wine bar is very cosy and chic, with little banquettes and couches making it feel like you are at a private party in a Parisian apartment.  The menu features a good selection of wines and small plates [think cheese & jambon].   It was quite packed, even on a week night, so email or call ahead to reserve a table.  

7 rue Lobineau, 6th

Friday, February 01, 2013

Chloe Pop-up store at Printemps

Department store Printemps is feteing Chloe's 60th birthday with an exclusive line of re-editions, like the Paraty bag above.  But hurry- the 16 piece mini-collection is only available for a short time!
At Printemps Paris, until March 9

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Belle Bangle Bracelets

I'm loving all the classic bangle bracelets out there for spring- here are a few that I've got my eye on, all of which can be picked up in Paris, bien sur!
Lio de Gregorio, at White Bird, 3200E
38 rue du Mont Thabor, 1st

Available at Colette

Alexandra Semainier from Monsieur Paris, 150 euros
53 rue Charlot, 3rd

Two cobbs wheat bangle, Aurelie Bidermann, 270 euros
217 rue Saint Honore, 1st

Diane bracelet by Emmanuelle Zysman, 125 euros
33 rue de Grenelle, 7th

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chic Treats: 3 New Pastries to Try in Paris

If you've been to Paris before, you've most likely had macarons.  Laduree macarons on your first visit, perhaps venturing to Pierre Herme or Sadaharu Aoki to try more unusual flavors if you are a foodie or a frequent visitor.  Now that cupcakes have hit Paris and macarons have hit New York, and the taste buds are hankering for something are a few ideas for your next visit.  Bon appetit!

Les Choux, from Popelini
  These little puff pastry balls are filled with creme in different flavors- from classics like dark chocolate and salted caramel- to funky flavors like raspberry & rose.
Nine flavors on tap daily, so you might need to try a few to find your favorite.
A box of un peu [a few, or 1/2 dozen] runs 11 euros.
Popelini, 29 rue Debelleyme, 3rd and 44 rue des Martyrs, 9th

La Fabrique:  Cookies
It's always hard for me, as an American, to admit that the French might take something we are known for, and do it, well, better....but you'll have to be the judge of this one on your own.  La Fabrique specializes only in cookies, with a French twist.  A rotating 17 different specialties focusing on traditional Frenchy ingredients [like the calission d'Aix en Provence filled cookies, pictured above]- these are not your mama's cookies.   12 euros for 8 cookies
La Fabrique, 47 rue des Martyrs, 9th
l'Atelier de l'eclair and l'Eclair de Genie
L'Atelier de l'eclair has serves up mini, normal or giant eclairs, depending on your appetite.  Also available in savory flavors, such as chorizo and sun-dried tomato or fois gras- you can make a lunch out of pastry.  L'Eclair de Genie offers even more twisted flavors- rose bonbon, chocolate/mango/banana- alongside gorgeous chocolate truffles in a hip, Marais location.
L'Atelier de l'eclair, 16 rue Bauchaumont, 2nd
L'Eclair de Genie, 14 rue Pavee, 4th