Showing posts with label Paris. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paris. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Guide to Paris: Books & Apps

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If you are planning a trip to Paris... here are my recommendations on what books and  apps you can read and get before your trip.

Books: from all the books I bought before the trip {and believe I bought too many...} the ones I recommend are:

Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange: I actually got this book when it came out and love it! Of course it doesn't hurt that I look p to Ines de la Fressange since I was a little girl!!  The first section is about style in general {great chic tips} and the second part was my bible for the trip... from where to eat, to great not that well known Museums {like the Musee Marmottan Monet}, to where to do some trendy shopping or great vintage shopping {she even share Doursoux, the mecca for real military vintage shopping!}, to the best places to eat {Cafe de Flores, La Fontaine de Mars, etc}. Her writing is very personable and she has great tips thorugh out her book! I would say a MUST READ if you are going to Paris, and a GREAT TO HAVE if you just want to read a book on style.

Stuff Parisians Like by Oliver Magny: I actually downloaded this book on my Ipad and read it on the plane and through out the trip. You won't find any addresses or places to go but it's a great book to get in the mind of Parisians..... and gain some insight into their habits and idiosyncrasys... like how to order water in perfect Parisian {A San Pe... !}, or when to use the word "putain", to how to behave on the Marche... the Parisian way, to the newspaper, etc,etc,etc. I love all the phrases at the end of each chapter...!! I even tested some of the things I read and it seem they where right on target.

Markets of Paris by Dixon and Ruthanne Long: If you want to do some vintage shopping {as I did},  find some great fabrics at fabulous prices or those rare shops this is a great mini book! It's organized geographically so unless you are looking for something specific I would just try to focus in the area where you are going to be living and discovered the little shopping gems Paris has to offer. I think I will travel with this little book to Paris...!


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Apps: There aso many many great iphone/ipad/android applications... and I found them to be extremely helpful to just get around walking, by bus, on metro! The ones I recommend are:

Around Me: It's great when you are looking for the last minute cafe, or want a metro station or the bank. The only thing is you need wi-fi so it was not 100% reliable but I totally recommend it for your phone.

Paris 2 Go: It's a great guide for Paris with great wikipedia articles. The best part is that you don't need to be online so you alwys have acces to the map, metro map,etc.

Paris on Foot: It's great is you are planning on discovering the city walking specially if you get to one point and are ready to go somewhere but don't know exactly where. If you know where you are going Around Me is better. The downside is again you need to be online.

The Paris Apartment: If you are planning to do just a little bit of vintage shopping this is a great mini application. It tells you what market to go, what time of the year and exactly what metro or bus takes you there! Thanks to this application I ended up on a Saturday morning on Marche aux Puces de Porte de Vanves and run into Catherine Denueve, seen here {thanks to the recommendation of this app}. You can visit Claudia's blog here..the author!


Any books, apps you recommend?

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Paris: A trip of a lifetime...! + Recommendations

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....in less than 24 hours I'll be on a plane on my way to meet my mother and ready to enjoy 12 days in Paris with her!! Yes, just mother and me... no kids, no husbands just the two of us... in a city we adore!!. We might take 2 days to visit some family in Belgium but we don't know yet...since we decided we where going to take this trip one day at a time!!! Is the first time I am leaving my kids for 10 days but the idea of having a trip of a lifetime with my mother.... OMG what a blessing!!! I am beyond excited and so grateful we are going to have this time just the two of us in Paris!!!  If you know of any place, market, museum, restaurant that we need to go or any lotion, local perfume...anything that we can buy....would love to know! I literally love following your recommendations... not only it usually turns out to be  a fabulous place but it immediately has a special meaning...!!!

I have a couple of posts lined up so it's not going to be au revoir... just a bientôt!!


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Springtime in Paris.....

"Sitting there, alone in a foreign country, far from my job and everyone I know, a feeling came over me. It was like remembering something I'd never known before or had always been waiting for, but I didn't know what. Maybe it was something I'd forgotten or something I've been missing all my life. All I can say is that I felt, at the same time, joy and sadness. But not too much sadness, because I felt alive. Yes, alive. That was the moment I fell in love with Paris. And I felt Paris fall in love with me......."
{Memorable quotes from Paris, je t'aime}

This is an old post from last year but still so current on my mind!!! I have been craving Paris lately....and these fabulous pictures make me want to jump on a plane and spend a weekend in the city.

Hope you have a fabulous day!!!

{Image 1.3.4.6.8.9. from BellaRosebyLiz you can buy her work here 2.5.7.via Alicia Bock Photography you can buy her work here}
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

World Most Romantic Hotel: Shangri-La, Paris


...imagine waking up in this gorgeous Hotel, stepping outside to your private terrace to enjoy some warm croissant and champagne by the Eiffel Tower..!..! Well that would be your typical morning if you stay at the Hotel Shangri-La in Paris... chosen by Travel+ Leisure as on he most romantic luxury hotels in the world! And since we are in the month of love, I thought it would be great to take a trip to Pairs.. the city of love and this magnificent Hotel!!


More pictures after the jump...

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An icon of elegance and style, Shangri-La was originally built for Prince Roland Bonaparte, Napoleon’s grandnephew, who took up residence at the Hotel particulier from 1896 until his death in 1924. This gorgeous residence features breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower and Seine River, Les Invalides, the Louvre and Montmartre.... now that is fabulous views!! The Shangri-la is truly one of the city’s finest properties... as you can see by the pictures! I'm not even going to try to describe the magnifient decor... it's just too much!

I would love to visit this Hotel for a like nice wedding anniversary weekend... or why not a nice Valentine's weekend!!!
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Monday, August 30, 2010

Paris in Red


Nothing like waking up in Paris, strolling down the street and stopping by a petite cafe... all surrender by lovely hues of red!! J'adore!!

Hope you have a lovely week!

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Fashion Inspiration: more fabulous fashion from the streets of Paris


I know it has been so much eye-candy from the streets of Paris this week.. but every time I try to walk away from these recurring theme I then stumble upon pictures full of fabulous fashion inspiration....! Ruffles, Nudes & Blushes hues seems to be a recurring theme yesterday on the streets of Paris! Totally in love with the Valentino Dress {pic#1}

Don't you love how they all seem to be running to see the next fashion show...?

Hope your day is going fabulous!

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer in Paris






"They say a lot of things about Paris. They say it's a place where artists find inspiration. They say it's a place where people come to discover something new about their lives. They say it's a place where you can find love."
{Memorable quotes from Paris, Je t'aime}

Hope you have a fabulous day!!

* If you like Springtime in Paris go here
* And go here for some fashion inspiration on what to pack for a trip to Paris!

{Image 1.2.3.6.7.8.9. Natasha you can buy her work here on Etsy 4.5. BellaRoseLyz you can buy her work here}
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Morning Beauty...!


... waking up in a Paris... wouldn't that be fabulous??

Hope you had a great (long) weekend!! If you started your work week yesterday or you are starting it today... hope you have a great week!!

{Images via Paris Apartment}
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