Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Riche qui peut...

The Hôtel de Crillon is probably one of the most luxurious hotel in Paris. Crowned heads, celebrities and VIPs stayed at the hotel and diplomats for the embassies nearby hang out at the bar. The elite of Paris stop by in the afternoon for a snack at the Jardin d'Hiver. The hotel's restaurant, Les Ambassadeurs has 2 Michelin stars last time I checked. Unfortunately, if you want to visit it, you will have to wait until 2015 as the Crillon is being renovated at the moment.

If the Crillon was open, today's outfit is what I would wear if I went to the Jardin d'Hiver for an afternoon tea. The black accessories recall the black accents of the dress.

Hôtel de Crillon

Moschino Cheap Chic shift dress
$780 -

Chanel tote
$4,785 -

Astley Clarke gold bangle bracelet
$605 -

Tarina tarantino

Paul joe
$17 -

Nars cosmetic
$29 -

Mac cosmetics eyeliner

MELLOW YELLOW Escarpins col claudine Noir
$97 -

Thursday, 4 April 2013

La ville lumière

Finally, a location I've really been to. I've been to Paris twice and last time was last summer, so my memories are fairly recent. Of course, we associate the City of Lights with fashion and we want to look our best when we go there, thinking every Parisian women are oh so fashionable.

I have one thing to say to you: Don't fret. Not everyone walking around Paris look like they are about to attend a Chanel or Dior fashion show. You'll definitely meet badly dressed Parisians along with "OMG, does she work for Vogue?" Parisians. Jeans, t-shirts and sneakers can be worn around Paris. You don't have to feel bad about not being able to walk in heels for an extended period of time. Most French women seem to favor the "ballerines" (flats, but sounds so much better in french) when getting from point A to point B, hiding their pumps in their bags, or simply sticking to their flats once they reach their destination.

Paris (and France in general) is also known for it's exquisite food and, yes, Parisian are usually thin, but it is again not a general rule, though more common then one would think. The only fat Parisians (and here I'm not talking about morbidly obese people, but simply slightly fat people) I've ever seen are the chefs and "pâtissiers", which kinda makes sense. I mean, would you trust a thin chef? I wouldn't. Now, the fact that many Parisians are thin doesn't mean that they don't enjoy the good food they have access to or that they are anorexic. One of the factor for their thinness is the fact that they walk and take public transportation. If you have ever been to Paris and took the Métro, you will agree that all the stairs to get to the platform is quite a good cardio exercise. I don't think I ever saw an escalator... or even an elevator. 

The other factor is: they smoke. A lot. Way too much. They are not allowed to smoke inside public places, so it's like in North America: they do it outside, near the doorways and eat outside. So forget eating on a parisian "terrasse" if you don't like the smell of cigarettes.

I could write so much more about Paris, but I'll stick to that for now as I don't want to bore you. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.


DRESS GALLERY peter pan collar dress
$145 -

Comptoir Des Cotonniers top
$185 -


Christian louboutin shoes

Bloomingdale s rose gold ring
$620 -

$71 -

Chanel handbag