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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

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chic Sneaks

Just in time for spring travels, a whole new crop of chic & comfy sneakers has hit the stylish streets of Paris.  Here are a few of my faves.....
Studded Saucony sneakers, available at 66 Champs Elysees or online, 178 euros
San Marina "Cheiti" sneakers, available in their Paris boutiques, 89 euros

Isabel Marant "Bobby", available online or at Isabel Marant boutiques, 395 euros

Bensimon tennis shoes, available online or in Bensimon boutiques, 30 euros

Monday, January 28, 2013

Made in France by Melle Emilie b

I came across these cute leather accessories online and had to share- so cute, so simple and fun, and the best part is that they are designed and Made in France.  [A fact that is becoming more and more rare these days, unfortunately!]  Melle Emilie b's line of little handmade leather goods are so charmant, you almost need one in each color.  Available online here or in Paris at the boutique below.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Valentine's Day Duo from Guerlain

A sexy new scent from Guerlain, just in time for Valentine's day- the musky Eau de Lingerie is made to be sprayed on your lingerie, so your skin be be enveloped in scent.   The beauty brand also teamed up with couture lingerie brand Absolutely Pom to create a special line to go with its new scent.  A double dose of romance for your Valentine!

Fragrance available in Guerlain boutiques on Februrary 14th; lingerie available at Printemps Haussman.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New Year, New Blog

Wishing a happy, healthy New Year to all!
We are celebrating the new year with a new look for our blog-
hope you enjoy it, and don't forget to contact us before your next trip to Paris.

Upmarket H&M: & Other Stories, rue Saint Honore

Swedish brand H&M keep moving up and up the retail ladder....first, they opened a series of artsy/ functional COS boutiques in chic neighborhoods of Paris [and across Europe], and now they are moving to one of the chic-est avenues of all:  rue Saint Honore.  The new brand,  & Other Stories, will focus on a upscale line of clothing for women, along with beauty and accessories.  Stay tuned for the opening later this spring...

Friday, January 11, 2013

The sales are here!

The big bi-annual sales started this week....are you shopping as much as last year?  It seems with the holidays just past and the economy in a downturn, the shops are emptier than usual....but that means more bargains for the die-hard shoppers out there!  Check out past posts on shopping les soldes to get my scoop on getting the best deals....