Tag Archives: Paris

Paris, “The city of lights”, one of the most fashionable, elegant and beautiful cities in the world. I come here several times a year and try to give you shopping tips, restaurant reviews and much more in this section….

Let’s get in the mood for Christmas …

Taking into account that this years holiday windows at Parisian department stores have been unveiled in early November I guess I am not sharing some great news. But anyway for me the Parisian Christmas windows are always such a great thing to catapult you into the Christmas spirit that I simply have to share some impressions with you.

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Christmas facade at Printemps Haussmann, Paris in collaboration with the British trench coat maker Burberry. Can you spot the little boy flying with his umbrella from London to Paris, picture CKM Printemps Haussmann, Dec 2014

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Jeff Koons Centre Pompidou …

After the Whitney in New York a Jeff Koons retrospective has hit the Centre Pompidou and we came to see it while in Paris last week. So that’s the most unemotional and boring sentence I have ever started a post with. But somehow it describes my initial feelings towards his art very well. Jeff Koons – “The king of kitsch”, how Forbes calls him, goes for the obvious and plays it bold – bright colors, children’s toys and sex! As a matter of fact his works do not seem to blend well with my minimalist, discreet aesthetics that are mostly defined in black and white as well as nature inspired neutrals. So what made us go there? Did we got caught up within the heavy advertisement?

Jeff Koons Centre Pompidou

Jeff Koons Centre Pompidou – The Retrospective, after the Whitney in NYC the show arrived in Paris, pic taken by CKM

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Laduree Christmas 2014 collection

Its only 20 days lefts until Christmas! Besides the never ending search for creative, witty, timeless … presents the discussion about what to serve your guests for Christmas or for all those like me, who have the pleasure of being invited, what to bring for your hostess starts tingling. One of the best answers might be one of the artful delights that Parisian pastry chefs create for Christmas!

Laduree Christmas 2014

The Laduree Christmas 2014 collection isn’t playing with the typical codes of the festive season! pic laduree.com

  • Laduree tropic Christmas collection including pinapple Macarons, vanilla rum Macarons and much more, laduree.com

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Let’s talk Chanel jewelry …

Last Monday we just arrived back from one week in Paris. And what to say it was incredible. Paris in September is always so inspiring – the fall collections have arrived in store, breathtaking exhibitions like AD Interieurs and the Biennale des Antiquaires et de la Haute Joaillerie open their doors, all the restaurants reopen after the big summer break and many of the stores like Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche organize cool events to draw customers to the retail floors. On the other hand the woman’s summer collections for 2015 are in full run. At the moment they are in Milan and next Tuesday they go into the last round hitting Paris. So what to start with? Fall 2014 trends and shopping tips? Inspirations from our Paris trip? Streetstyle and runway news from fashion month? Maybe I start with the thing that’s still most present in my mind …

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For the 27th Biennale des Antiquaires YSL’s favorite interior designer Jacques Grange designed a layout inspired by the gardens of Chateau des Versailles. To round up the experience Francis Kukurdjian design a special scent for the perfumed fountain at the entrance, pic taken by CKM

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The long coat trend for fall 2014!

After we know that peaked caps are a great headgear for fall and a blanket style jacket or scarf is the ultimate wrap around the shoulder for fall 2014 lets come to the next big thing – The long coat trend! Lets collect some inspiration from the fall runway!

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Several different takes on the long coat trend for fall 2014 were available on the Chanel runway, all photos from style.com

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Buly 1803 – The revival of a Parisian heritage apothecary!

As mentioned a few times before I am not a beauty shopping addict and usually don’t like to try around a lot. However, lately I started to develop an interest in the use of vegetal and essential oils, herbal tinctures and the likes. For that reason I started to enjoyed shopping at Herboristerie du Palais Royal and L’Herboristerie Médicale de la Place de Clichy in Paris. When I heard that a French heritage apothecary called Buly 1803 has been revived – by the way the reopening was well publicized at the time of the couture shows in WWD and the US Vogue revealed Caroline de Maigret’s favorite Buly products – I immediately knew that I had to visit what sounded to me like the French answer to Santa Maria Novella during my next stay in Paris.


The newly opened Buly 1803 store at 6 rue Bonaparte, Paris

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Hunting for Maison Michel Virginie …

Hats are definitely a big topic this upcoming fall. I somehow feel that the whole thing started with Emmanuelle Alt fighting the NYC cold with a black Maison Michel Virginie fedora back in February 2013 (… or thats at least where the whole hat theme started for me!).

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Emmanuelle Alt, editor in chief of Vogue Paris wearing Maison Michel Virginie fedora in black, photos@http://aloveisblind.com, http://coffeestainedcashmere.tumblr.com

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Top 10 summer essentials – Rag & Bone denim shorts & more

After providing some inspirations on where to get the perfect straw hats, sunglasses and sleeveless shirts for summer here comes some inspiration on denim shorts. Cut off or cuffed in summer they are the equivalent to skinny and boyfriend jeans. Need some inspiration on where to find the best styles and how to combine them?

1. Rag & Bone denim shorts

For quite some time I considered denim shorts as something for teenagers, rock festivals or the beach. However, since I first saw the boyfriend shape Rag & Bone denim shorts at Montaigne Market in Paris I knew that things are going to change for me this season. Sadly they weren’t available in my size and I had to wait and try to get them in NYC. After buying the Rag & Bone denim shorts “Aoyama” I soon realized that they are incredibly versatile for almost every day!

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Karlie Kloss seems to love her boyfriend denim shorts, photos @vogue.it, 4.bp.blogspot.com, rediff.com

Rag & Bone Aoyama shorts in dark blue, rag-bone.com

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Chanel again …! A look inside the Chanel art book.

I know its a little bit too much Chanel on the blog at the moment… But there is really a lot Chanel thats worth to be discussed right now. One of those things is the Chanel Art book, a photo book published by the German photo publisher Steidl depicting the Karl Lagerfeld created artworks that decorated the Grand Palais for the brands spring summer 2014 presentation.

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Chanel art book published by Steidl and bought at Colette, Paris

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Dior tribal earrings price – Spotted a bargain at Le Marais Paris?!

The Dior tribal earrings price is a question of debate. While the Dior homepage officially says 270 EURO for the initial pearl Mise en Dior tribal earring, 310 EURO for the kautschuk coated Gum Tee shirt and the metal Dior Tee shirt, resale prices on ebay and co. can be much higher. While in Paris about 2 weeks ago I found a store in the Marais, which offered an almost look alike earring for 29 EURO!!! Obviously its fake!?

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Ephemeral store at 11 rue rosiers, Le marais, Paris offering Dior tribal earring look – alikes for 29 EURO.

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