Paris, Please!

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In less than 24 hours, I will be meandering gorgeous cobblestone streets, snacking on delectable french fare and sipping a perfect glass of rose (or two or three…) in the magical metropolis that is Paris!

With only three days to burn, I have lofty expectations of fitting in the best the City of Light has to offer.  There will be no fighting the crowds of the Louvre just to see all 31 x 21 inches of the plexiglass covered Mona Lisa–been there, done that!  This trip will be about savoring the little things that make Parisian life so enviable–that perfect cup of coffee and croissant, the inner-city oasis of the Jardin du Luxembourg, the stalls of the Port de Clingencourt, flower markets, street crepes, baguettes du fromage, and, of course, a little faire du shopping!  Also on the docket: a visit to the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz or perhaps the Hotel Costes just because.  Stay tuned and au revoir pour maintenant…

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Fashion Week 2012: A Parisian Inspired Kate Spade

Kate Spade’s Fall 2012 collection debuted at New York Fashion Week on Friday with a Parisian spin on its classic ladylike silhouettes and punchy hues.  Featuring polka dots, florals, and large graphic prints, the looks, styled by Brad Goreski (love him!), embodied a playful joie de vivre.  Creative director Deborah Lloyd even positioned the models on columns inspired by those of the cour d’honneur in the gardens near the Palais-Royal in Paris.

Couldn’t leave Brad out, love him!   Images via Fashionologie.

A Break from the Mundane

As the winter doldrums regrettably set in, there’s no better time to get away than the present.  Eschewing the obvious sun soaked destinations of Florida or the Caribbean, my ideal escape is definitely Paris.  La Maison Champs Elysees to be exact.  Situated in the Golden Triangle, this boutique design hotel boasts a total of 57 suites, 17 of which comprise the “Couture Collection” designed exclusively by Martin Margiela.  With surreal touches such as trompe l’oeil wall coverings and faux ceilings, this stunning former townhouse would undeniably make a great escape.

Combining elements of surrealism such as oversized moldings and extra-large wingback chairs, the elegant all white decor of  the hotel’s Table du 8 Restaurant is praised as a perfect backdrop to showcase Chef Benoit Hilaire’s modern take on classic French fare.

A contemporary interpretation of Napoleon III style, the Gilded Lounge Suite mimics the whimsical yet chic decor of the surrounding hotel.  The trompe l’oeil wall coverings are actually made up of black and white photographs of the gilded lounge on the second floor. 

Like the Gilded Lounge Suite above, the Lost Moldings Suite is not short of whimsy with its perplexing placement of moldings set against a serene white, beige, and grey color scheme.