Thanks to Milsters I got the chance to enjoy my very first concert in Paris yesterday night! It’s so much fun to see new and different sides to Paris that I haven’t experienced before and this was definitely a first for me. We had a great time and ended the night with a little midnight snack at a Parisian café!
I think one of the prettiest hotels here in Paris (well, at least from the outside) is Hôtel Relais Saint-Germain. I love the white façade of the building and that they always have flowers on the balconies. The location isn’t bad either, if I were to stay in Paris for a couple of days this would be my ideal spot. I also love that you literally have five steps to walk to the restaurant Le Comptoir and their wine bar L’Avant Comptoir. I wish you could check in to hotels more often in your own city!
As you probably know by now I have a little weak spot for French macarons (mostly because they’re so darn pretty to photograph)… But hey, who doesn’t? And that’s why I wanted to tell you guys about today. Today is the “Jour du Macaron“ here in Paris. On this day you can visit several pâtisseries around Paris who gives away a free macaron, in the exchange of a small donation that goes to “Autistes sans frontières” (Autistics without borders). Sweet treats for a good cause, it can’t possibly get much better than that!
Find more info and to see the locations click here.
One of my favourite places for a little pause during my walk, shopping spree or photo shoot is by the fountain at Place Saint Sulpice.
“How do I dress to fit in among the Parisians in Paris?” is one of the most common questions I get asked here on the blog and of course there’s not one right answer to this questions since Parisians dress in a million different ways (just like anywhere else), but I thought I could share how I usually dress to blend in among the chic women here in Paris with you guys. Please bear in mind that I’m far away from being any kind of fashion expert, I only dress in the items I find appealing.
A safe colour to start with is always black if you want to “fit in” in Paris so I usually use that as my base. I wish that I would use more colour in my wardrobe but for some reason that never happens. Although I love to add a pop of colour in the form of accessories; like a handbag, a necklace or shoes. When the weather allows it I’m always in my ballet flats. They’re comfortable, easy to wear and perfect for a city like Paris. I pick a jacket depending on the temperature outside but during springtime I’ll most likely wear my classic beige trench coat or a similar jacket to the one you can see above.
Of course I think you should dress the way you feel the most comfortable! Paris isn’t that different from most other cities since everybody has their own personal style. Although I would say: please leave those training sneakers at home!
Jacket: BB Dakota – Top: Massimo Dutti – Pants: Acne – Necklace: Lulu Frost – Bag: Chanel – Shoes: Local find in Paris, H&M, Zara.
Despite a soar throat and a few snowflakes here and there Maëlle from Localers and I braved the cold weather to try out the photo tour I’m doing for the company. I’m really looking forward to doing this tour since this was so much fun and a morning filled with a lot of laughter. You can book the tour around Paris with me as your personal photographer right here!
Soon it’s Valentine’s Day and even though I don’t have a special someone to celebrate it with I’m kind of looking forward to it. I’ve always been a fan of Valentine’s Day since it’s just a way to bring a little extra love into our lives (says the hopeless romantic inside of me), so why not? Although when a person brings you flowers, sends a card or surprises you without it being any specific day or reason, that’s the very best of all in my opinion.
Anyways, I can imagine that there’s a lot of couples madly in love on their way to Paris at the moment to celebrate this little occasion together in the city of love. So what can you do if you’re in a couple on Valentine’s Day in Paris?
• Romantic dinner: What’s a Valentine’s Day without a romantic dinner? My pick for the evening would be Le Violon d’Ingres hands down.
• Love tour: Go on a guided tour around Paris in the name of love together with your own professional photographer.
• Dinner cruise: I’ve never done this but it sounds quite lovely, right? A candlelight dinner on the Seine…
• Modern love letter: Send a modern love letter to that special someone that might be displayed on screens all around Paris.
• Strolling: Stroll around Paris with your loved one and be sure to make a stop at Pont des Arts, Pont de l’Archevêché and in Montmartre.
• Sparking Eiffel Tower: Watch the sparkling Eiffel Tower together! You’ll get the best view from Place du Trocadero or Champ de Mars.
And what if you’re single in this unbelievably romantic city on Valentine’s Day? Well, I think it depends on your state of mind… If you’re ready to face all that lovie dovie stuff or if you rather hide out until the day is over. Either way, here are a few suggestions on what to do:
• The movies: If you want to hide out, go and see a great movie! Don’t forget to stock up with a bunch of popcorn, yummy candy and other treats!
• Overindulge: Grab a table at your favourite pâtisserie and enjoy. A few great picks are: Ladurée, Angelina, Café Pouchkine or Un Dimanche à Paris.
• SPA day: Book a day at the SPA or have your own SPA day at home. Buy some pretty nail polishes, make yourself a nice foot bath and relax!
• Boat ride: Go on a lovely boat ride on the Seine and see Paris from a different angle. Pick a tour during the day or the evening.
• Dinner and drinks: Dress up, meet up with some friends and go for a few drink at any of these cool new bars. Have dinner together with friends and enjoy some girl talk! The best cure if you’re having the blues about Valentine’s Day in my opinion.
So wether you’re in a couple or single on Valentine’s Day in Paris there are always great things to do. And what about me? Well, I’ll be celebrating this day of love together with some amazing new friends, dinner and drinks!
If there’s one park in Paris that has it all, it must be Jardin des Plantes. Here you can find a mini forest, a gorgeous park with beautiful flowers during the springtime, a zoo (yes, I’m serious), a little maze and a fantastic museum that you really shouldn’t miss during your visit here.
I recently took an early morning walk around here and even though it was super cold there was a crazy amount of morning runners out and about. Now when I think about it I was probably the only person not running… I guess I have to get up and join them next week!
During the weekend my mom and I went for manicures at a little nail bar in the 7th arrondissement. While waiting for our appointments and watching other customers getting their nails done I noticed a little trend; all of the women left the nail bar with dark and very very short nails. When I asked the woman who did my nails about current “trends” and what’s popular at the moment she of course told me that this was the case — short and dark. She took a look at my (medium long) nails, which at the moment were painted in a light peach/pink colour, and giggled: “That colour is very popular among the old ladies here in Paris!”.
To sum things up, I’m now writing this with shorter (much shorter) nails painted in a very dark burgundy colour from Mavala which I bought immediately after my appointment.
I love markets, and especially in Paris. A market that was located quite convenient for me last time was Marché Maubert but since I’m moving I guess it’s time to find a new “local market” in my neighbourhood. Do you have any suggestions? Which Parisian market is your favourite one?