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The Passages of Paris

One of my favorite things to do in Paris is to visit the hidden passages throughout the city.  Developed between the late 18th century and the mid-19th century, these covered pedestrian walkways haven’t changed much since their opening so many years ago.  Once you step inside these passages, you will be transported back in time […]

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Live Like a European in North America

After living abroad for almost 5 years, coming back to Canada is both a relief and a little frustrating.  I am suddenly aware of the consumerism attitude that North Americans are so well known for.  I feel like everyone drives a huge car, eats tons of food, and watches too much television.  I never realized […]

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Shoe Master Massaro

In 2002, Chanel purchased 7 ateliers in Paris, and Massaro was one of them.  A master shoemaker, this atelier built in 1894 supplies boots, pumps and mules to Chanel and also creates one of a kind pieces for celebrities and royalty.  Take a look into the Parisian atelier in this wonderful video of the master […]

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Le Train Bleu

If you are looking for a unique French food experience in Paris, make a reservation at Le Train Blue.  Located in the train station at Gare de Lyon, this beautiful restaurant offers views of the station while you enjoy a fancy meal.  This beautiful, ornate restaurant opened in 1901 as part of the 1900 Exhibition […]

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Embroidered Chanel Perfume Bottle

Just wanted to share the piece that I made for my sister for her birthday.  This is a luneville embroidery piece that is hand stitched and then placed in a vintage frame that I found at an antique market in Strasbourg, France.  My sister collects perfume bottles, so this embroidery will be perfect to hang […]

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Brassaï – For The Love of Paris

Last week I visited the Brassaï photography exhibit at Hotel de Ville in Paris.  The exhibit shows the work of Brassaï and his vision of Paris from his early childhood memories of the Belle Epoque time period capturing the life and times of the city through the 1930’s and 40’s.  The time where elegance reigned supreme, […]

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Charlotte Licha Haute Couture 2014

Making my way through the streets of Paris past the shadows of the Eiffel Tower, I reached the Shangri La Hotel.  This is where fashion designer, Charlotte Licha choose to premier her first Haute Couture collection.  I was escorted upstairs to an elegant room and shown to my seat.  The hotel itself is spectacular with […]

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Paris Flower Markets of Cité

One of my favorite things to do in Paris is to visit Île de la Cité and stroll through the flower market.  When most people visit Notre Dame, they don’t realize that just down the street is a beautiful flower market.  Housed in iron pavilions, it is open 7 days a week from 8am to 7.30pm  […]

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Sorbier Haute Couture SS 2014

My second day of Paris Couture Week didn’t start out well as my train from Rambouillet into Paris was running late.  Then, once I got into Paris, the metro also was not running properly!  Luckily for me, the show that I was rushing to attend was also running late.  Making my way through the city, […]

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On Aura Tout Vu Couture Week S/S 2014

My favorite time of January is when Paris Haute Couture Week starts, and I am one of the few lucky ones that get an invite to view the collections.  Haute Couture is the whole reason I moved to Paris over 4 years ago, and I can honestly say that I am just as infatuated with […]

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