Sunday, July 20, 2014

Pannenkoeken

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

Pannenkoeken!!



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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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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Don't Forget - The Hague Shopping Night

Naturally this is one event I hate to miss. Shopping Night is one of my favorite parts of the Hague Festivals because it's the one night of the year when the stores are open until midnight, so you can really shop til you drop.

image via www.shoppingnight.nl
There is music, fashion shows, and performances in the Hague's busiest shopping areas, but lets face it... we all go for the Sales!  It usually falls on a Thursday, but for some reason this year's shopping night is Friday, June 27th.  I guess they are tired of people going home early because "it's a school night."
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Goings On: Paris

Since I'll be spending the next 2 weekends in Paris I thought it was time to post some happenings around the city of lights for the coming weeks.

Fête de la Musique - World Music Day  ~ 21 June

image via http://www.parischeapskate.com

On Saturday, there are hundreds, if not thousands of free music events and venues around the city as well as in the streets, as Paris celebrates the Fête de la Musique. For more info visit the website. The program is a searchable database of all events in France so type in your arrondissement to find events near you. For example, here is a listing of events in my hood.

There seems to be so much going on with this music festival, it's a bit overwhelming to me. But I'm hoping that we can just wander around the city and hopefully stumble on some great acts. I'll let you know how it goes.

Paris Jazz Festival ~ June through July

image via http://mag.agendaculturel.fr


The Paris Jazz Festival takes place every weekend in June and July at the Parc Floral in Chateau de Vincennes. If you haven't been to the Parc Floral, it's really worth a visit. When the French do parks they are no joke. It's gorgeous and a perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon (hopefully the sun comes back).

Brings some friends, blankets, a bottle of wine and a baguette or two, and head over there this weekend. Especially if the weather in nice.  Some English information about the performers can be foundry clicking here (and scrolling down to the english part).

Gay Pride Parade ~ 28 June

image via http://www.aectoulouse.fr/


In French it's Marche des Fiertes.  See this colorful event take place on the 28th of June. It begins at 14:00 from Luxembourg and continues to Republique along the route below.

image via marche.inter-lgbt.org/

The Peacock Society ~ 11-12 July

image via peacocksociety.tumblr.com/

Another event in the Parc Floral, but this one is a bit different.  It's a house and techno music festival that goes all night long. Tickets are available here. I'll be there Friday night for Richie Hawtin and Claptone, what about you?

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Summer Sales - UK edition

UPDATE: The Net-a-Porter Summer sale has now started! I have to say I'm a little bit disappointed.  So far the finds haven't been as great as they were for the US sale.  For instance, no Valentino?  It's still early so lets hope they add more stuff!

Since I'm living in Europe, I'm usually doing my online shopping on UK websites.  This is mostly so I don't have to worry about shipping charges from North America and the added duties and taxes which many websites don't include in the price.  Also, if I want to return something it's not that difficult to ship it back to the UK.

The good news is that the Summer Sales have started in the UK!  ** Heather jumps for joy**

Not all websites have started sales, for instance, I'm still waiting on the sale for Net-a-Porter to start... but many have.

Here are my picks for lux online shopping in the UK.

Summer Sales - UK Edit

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Summer Sales - US edition

My favorite time of the year is approaching, and in some cases has already begun... Sale season! While I'm still anxiously awaiting the start of the sales in Paris... I had some fun shopping on the US websites while I was in the states.  The sales have been running for some time already there, but there's still plenty of deals.  Especially if you are into high-end items.  End-of-season sales are the best time to score some of the season's best fashion... like those Rockstuds I've been coveting all all year.

Here are my picks:



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Friday, June 13, 2014

One down, many to go

Today is the first anniversary of Stef and my wedding.  I really can't believe it's been a year because it seems like it was just yesterday I was walking down that aisle.  Here's to our first year and many more to come!!

Here are some throwback pics in honor of the big day.

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