February 3rd, 2011 — 11:17am
My biggest issue with Winter, aside from the apparent coldness of it all, is the concept of bundling up. I suffer the claustrophobia of a rolled up sausage and I don’t like it. I’ve realized that given the morbidly low temperatures, this is rather unavoidable. I’ve found that the best way to make it feel better is to look good and with that, comes accessories.
Tucked away in a little town in France, the Fabre family has been in the business of glove-making since 1924. Using the finest materials, secret dyes and four generations in the trade, its no wonder why they have perfected the art of creating a second skin. Their credibility is further undeniable after collaborations with the likes of Chanel and Christian Lacroix. Whether its short driving gloves or over-the-elbow lace ones, they satisfy both men and women all year long.
At the end, all that remains to be said is thank God for those cheetah print Maison Fabre gloves I got in Paris this past summer .. they help .. really, they do.
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October 26th, 2010 — 10:21pm
While it is new on Net-A-Porter, Carven is by no means an infant brand. Established in Paris in 1945 by Madame Carven, the fashion house grew wildly and quickly clothed royalty and celebrities in the 50s. The House of Carven has done a lot since then but it took Guillaume Henry, former Givenchy designer, to bring it to the front lines of fashion once again. He has highly impressed the masses with his Spring/Summer 2011 collection. The playful shapes with a distinctly Parisienne elegance are feminine and bold and best of all, affordable. Furthermore, a backpack is subtly thrown into the mix of garments and is absolutely darling.
See some of my favourite styles below.
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September 18th, 2010 — 1:22pm
While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
More photos below.
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September 10th, 2010 — 3:46pm
A food lover’s guide to restaurants in Paris:
Le Water Bar Colette is a trendy, fashionable restaurant on Saint-Honore with an excellent lunch menu and lots of beautiful people enjoying the finer things in life.
Angelina, a tearoom restaurant established in 1903 is a five minute walk from the Louvre. This little landmark must be visited for the legendary and deliciously rich African hot chocolate and an extensive pasty bar.
Le Philosophes sits right on Rue du Vielle in La Marais and is a great place for people-watching – not to mention classic French onion soup.
L’As du Fallafel is rumoured to have the best falafel in the world. This small, hole-in-the-wall resto definitely lives up to the bold statements thrown its way with people standing on the streets, messily munching their pita sandwiches.
With no menu, Le Relais de L’Entercote, only serves steak frites in a tasty butter-based, ‘secret’ sauce. With line ups around the block every night, try to get there before 7pm to avoid a long wait and bring a healthy appetite for their large portions.
Cafe de Flore, a famous cafe in Saint-Germain, was the meeting ground for the Existentialist Movement in the early part of the century, used to be Picasso’s cafe of choice and is now Karl Lagerfeld’s. For a taste of French history and celebrity sightings, take some time for an Orange Pekoe Tea after a long day of shopping.
La Petite Tour is a cute creperie in the heart of the Latin Quarter with a warm, cosy feel and traditional sweet or savoury buckwheat crepes.
Laduree sells fifteen thousand macaron a day and is responsible for inventing the double-decker macaron. Indulge in some fresh treats for an afternoon picnic at the park.
Amorino has 12 locations scattered throughout Paris and offers some of the best Italian gelato ever made. They serve you as many flavours as you like, shaped as a flower bud in a cup, waffle cone or focaccina. A dream come true.
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