Archive for the ‘Paris’ Category

Oui Oui.

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Last week I actually checked flights to Paris, feeling this overwhelming urge to get away and roam the gorgeous streets of my most favorite city. I saw this gorgeous video the other day that made me want to go even more. In fact, I’ve been to Paris in the winter and hope to someday spend Christmas there. Take a five minute break and check this out:

The Quiet City: Winter in Paris from Andrew Julian on Vimeo.

And here are a few things for the home that always remind me of Paris:


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The Lost Paris Apartment

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

First of all, thank you so much for all your amazing comments, e-mails and tweets about my little post yesterday. It’s so wonderful to know I made someone feel less alone, and can’t tell you how amazing it is for ME to realize how not alone I am! Cheers to all of you.
On another note, have you guys seen this story about an apartment in Paris that was just discovered (unopened) since WWII??? It’s AMAZING and I would give anything to have been the one to find it and go through everything. Especially since they found a $3 million painting inside by Giovanni Boldini!  Turns out the grandmother of the apartment owner was Boldini’s muse and was a much adored actress during Belle Epoque.  Also found amongst the cobwebs, art and antiques were stacks of love letters to her tied up with ribbon. Can you even imagine?




I can only imagine that this stuffed ostrich came from Deyrolle- one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been.


Look at the old Mickey!


The painting that was discovered. Gorgeous.


And speaking of Paris apartments, the next time I go (which I hope will be soon) I am thinking of renting one through Haven in Paris. Look at this delightful space on the Champs Elysee!!! I die. DIE.







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A Touch of Paris

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

If I could be anywhere, at any given time, it would be sitting outside of a cafe in Paris on a warm sunny day with a cappuccino (or glass of wine, let’s be real here).  That is my happy place.  And as of late I’ve been noticing the French cafe chair trend appearing in home this side of the Atlantic.

The originals:



The Inspired Designs: I LOVE these for beach or country home kitchens or to give that feel to city dining areas.




3. ashley whittaker house beautiful cafe chairs habituallychic

15. katie lee joel domino14. katie ridder peter pennoyer virginia cafe chairs

8. trad home patrick cline


The TK Collection is the go to for this style chair-everything is custom (color, weave pattern, etc)  but you’ll have to order through a designer.



Pottery Barn has some great navy ones in chair and bar stool height:


Serena and Lilly has some outdoor lounge furniture as well as dining chairs in this style that would be adorable on a patio!





L’Wren Scott’s Parisian Home

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

L’Wren Scott kicks ass. Not only does she have an incredible fashion line in which she has perfected the long, lean sheath dress but she also is Mick Jagger’s girlfriend.  I may not totally swoon over that last part, but I know many of you might. :)  Top it off with her amazing Parisian apartment just featured in Vogue

The dresser, the floors, the WALLS…come on!

The architecture of this room is quite amazing, but I would have picked a different table and chairs, these fall flat for me.

More like a  huge Saarinen oval Tulip paired with vintage French chairs (upholstered in pink)…just sayin’.

DYING over this pink hallway with round mirrors and herringbone floors….

I cannot IMAGINE the amount of Windex needed to keep this all mirrored bathroom clean. Cannot even fathom it.

Again, love most but would have done yellow drapes not burgundy…

My dresser does not look like this.

“Oh, that’s just a silly picture of my boyfriend Mick.”

That mirror frame makes up for the doll heads.

Fashion Friday: Parisian Style

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Of course I spent most of my time outside looking at the beautiful sights of the city of Paris, but of course, I couldn’t help but take notes on it’s people as well. Right off the bat, I noticed that almost everyone was wearing copious amounts of black.  I didn’t see a ton of color, and that’s probably because it’s cold and grey and BLAH. Secondly, I noticed layers. Lots and lots of layers. Tanks under shirts under sweaters under scarves under vests under jackets- and TONS and TONS of fur! Thirdly, skinny jeans are where it’s at- not many wide legs to be found this go-round. Which leads me to my fourth point- everyone in Paris is skinny! It’s crazy, because every third shop is some delicious cafe! Food is everywhere, more so than in the US, yet everyone seems to walk everywhere and really enjoy and savor every meal/snack/drink, which means they probably eat LESS.  In fact, I saw almost no one carrying coffee to go while walking. Seriously, it was shocking! In Boston every other person has a Dunkin and Starbucks cup in their hands! But what was almost everyone carrying there? CIGARETTES! How is it that all these Parisian women looks so fresh-faced and gorgeous and smoke like fiends and drink at lunch AND dinner? My only guess can be stress.  Everyone seems SO much less stressed out in Paris.  My second guess is genetics. As I tried to take notes on how to obtain the elusive and edgy Parisian beauty I came to this conclusion: you need to be French.  Their genes just kick ass.

But we can try…. here are some items that I saw over and over again on the street (and to the reader who told me I’d be laughed out of Paris for wearing a faux fur leopard coat- they were EVERYWHERE!!!) P.S. I would murder for that Celine bag. Straight up homicide, people.

Parisian Peices

Parisian Peices by elementsofstyleblog featuring slim fit jeans

Theory oversized sweater
$213 -

Ellen Tracy long coat
$130 -

Dolce Vita faux fur leopard coat
$100 -

Pierre Balmain leather biker jacket
€1.675 -

Rebecca Taylor faux fur vest
$175 -

Dune over the knee leather boots
£169 -

It’s no secret that European men dress 1,000 times better than American men. It’s ridiculous.  Then gents take their fashion seriously and all have a GOOD TAILOR!  The secret to looking sleek, bad ass and Parisian for dudes is to make sure your garments fit you properly and wear good shoes. That’s all!

PArisian Picks- Him

Ray-Ban sunglasses
$310 -

DOLCE & GABBANA Classic shirt
£108 -

$583 -

Classic Plaid Scarf
$29 -

Men’s Laced shoe
$760 -