Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Paris: Les Soldes Winter 2015

It's one of the best times of the year.

For me anyway...
It's that time when everything is Paris goes on Sale! Twice a year, at the end of the season, almost every store in Paris discounts their clothing, shoes, accessories and more up to 75%. The sales are everywhere in France, department stores, small boutiques, online and even in very high end designer shops.

Some of my favorite boutiques to visit during soldes are Chloe, Christian Louboutin (particularly the one on Rue St Honoré, although the Jean-Jacques Rousseau is less crowded), Lanvin, DVF, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Galleries Lafayette, Fendi, Maje, and boutiques and the haute Marais district.  I have little luck at Valentino, Colette, and of course Chanel and Louis Vuitton who chose not to participate.

The sale begins this Wednesday January 7th and ends on February 10th.  During summer soldes, I wrote a little guide to help you make the most of the sales, so check that out and get prepared.

One special event during this time is the Hermès sale. This will take place 14-17 January 2015 at Palais des Congrès, porte Maillot in Paris, and is open to everyone, no invitation or ticket needed. See you there...

Happy Shopping!

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Pinsperation

I've been finding a lot of great holiday inspiration on Pinterest lately.  So I started a few boards of my own to capture the spirit of the season.

First up is gift inspiration.

Lots of bloggers out there have been posting gift guides and ideas and their have been helpful and a lot of fun to see what's out there on Pinterest.

Holiday Gift Guide
Of course it might be a little late for that now. But it's definitely not too late to bake some cookies!

The Christmas Cookie Exchange
For all other inspiration like DIY, recipes, festive drinks, decor and just cozy photos. I've created a Home for the Holidays board.

Home for the Holidays
But there are tons of great Holiday boards out there, so here are a few of my favorites.

"Holidays" by the adorable Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere

Lots of cozy scenes and decor in "Holidays" by Chairish.com

Some mouth watering "Holiday Recipes" by Food52.com

Great gift wrap ideas in "Top Christmas Present Wrapping Ideas" by The Christmas Boutique

Lots of gorgeous and yummy looking ideas for the Christmas Cookie Exchange by Lori

Awe inspiring photos of "Christmas in York" by Kate Dunphy of Taffeta and Tulips

And I can't resist.. "Christmas in Paris" by Trudy McDonald

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Leopard Spotting in the Serengeti

The next 3 days of of our African Adventure were spent in the Serengeti.

Our goal here was to spot some of the rarely seen leopards,

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My African Adventure

This autumn brought the trip of a lifetime.

We asked ourselves, as a newlywed couple...
if there was one place we would go, before starting a family, where would it be?

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Ultimate Stocking Stuffer and White Elephant Gift Guide

OK, so I know I have been seriously delinquent in posting lately.  I guess I don't really have an excuse,  I just figured out that it's not that easy being a blogger AND having a full time job.

But I'm sure you've heard that one before.  I do love blogging though, so I'm trying to renew myself and get back into the groove.. without even making it my new years resolution.

Enough about my procrastination.. here's the last edition to the gift guide for the other procrastinators out there.

This one is for those last minute stocking stuffers, white elephant gift exchanges, gag gifts, and what have you.  Hurry up and order!  And if you are looking for a gift for me I really want that cutting board.


Unusual Gift Guide 2014

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide ~ For the Gals

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

If you're anything like me (major procrastinator) you still have lots of Christmas shopping to do... maybe even all of it.. hmmm.

Well you are in luck because there is still some time to do online shopping and get your gifts before Christmas.

Don't wait too long though.. remember last year when UPS and Fedex didn't get all the mail delivered before Christmas?  Lets not go there again.

Here are my picks for great gifts this holiday season.

~Gifts for the Kids~

Don't forget about that special gentleman in your life...

~Gifts for the Guys~

9. Off Scot Free Card $10 (to be used wisely)

And how about those people you never know what to get?

~For the Ones that have it All~

7. Full Size Leg Lamp $220  ~ Very Fragile! 
8. Cards Against Humanity $25 ~ For those with an open mind, but tons of fun I promise

Gifts Ideas for the Gals coming soon...
I promise!

Happy Shopping!
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Sunday, July 20, 2014


Stef and I had a very lazy Sunday, and the best way to start of a lazy day??


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Goings On Paris - July

Bastille Day

image via wikipedia.org

This National holiday, marking the day the French Revolution began in 1789, is celebrated every year on the 14th of July. The main event is the military parade and ceremonies on the Champs-Élysées led by the French President. Other popular events are the 14 July Fireworks which take place over the Eiffel Tour, and the Firemen's Balls in fire stations throughout the city.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Sales - Affordable fashion

I've been having alot of fun this week shopping Les Soldes in Paris, trying to find those hard to pass up bargains on designer fashion, but my favorite part is shopping those more affordable stores for super cheap buys.

Sale season is a great time of year to splurge on those special pieces, but it's also a fantastic time to top off your wardrobe with those much needed items.

Here's my edit for great affordable sale picks, featuring some of my favorite brands, like Massimo Dutti, and Uniqlo.

Fashion Under €50

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Monday, June 30, 2014

A Day of Music

Last weekend, as I wrote about earlier, was la Fête de la Musique in Paris. It’s actually a world-wide festival, but the French are pretty hard-core about it. There are thousands of free music events across France and hundreds in Paris alone.

I had never been, but it was recommended by a good friend of mine, so we decided to give it a go.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

~Soldes~ A Guide to the Paris SALES (Spring/Summer 2014 edition)

My favorite time of the year is about to start... the summer sales in Paris.  In the past, I made a special trip to Paris for the sales... Is that crazy? Well, I did't think so. The deals are fantastic. Almost every store has savings of 50% or more. This includes couture designers like Dior, Prada, Elie Saab,.. even Hermès has a special sale twice a year in Paris.  A Chloe bag at 50% off, yes please!

But that's not all of course. All of those other popular brands have sales as well, like ba&sh, Isabel Marant, Maje, COS, and Comptoir des Cotonniers. And then there of those lovely one-of boutiques dotted around the city. Some of my favorites are Beija, and The Broken Arm in Le Marais and some tiny design/jewelry boutiques on my street in the 17th that I don't even know the names of. All on sale!!

image via http://haussmann.galerieslafayette.com/

The sales start this Wednesday, 25 June - and continue until 29 July.  I've prepared some Q&A to help you get prepped:

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