Monthly Archives: February 2013

Vacances de Fevrier | Long Live Le Ski!


The concept of a nationwide, two week vacation for the purpose of skiing seems somehow frivolous. But perhaps it’s just my envy as an American, not having grown up with same luxury.  In Colorado, we generally take day trips or long weekend ski trips.  Either that or we move to the mountains for the ski season and become “ski bums”.  But the French take this holiday very seriously, as they do all vacations.  Making sure their kids get rigorous training in the sport is no exception either.  Frivolities aside, it’s a fantastic institution!

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Getting Married in France | The Dress


After the venue and the administrative hurdles for the civil ceremony, the next (and most fun!) step is to find that dream wedding dress for you to  walk down the aisle in.  And where better to find this dress but in Paris, right?  Well, not quite.

Dress shopping in Paris is definitely not as straightforward as one might imagine.  The concept of the one-stop-shop multi-designer warehouse shops like Kleinfeld’s in the US, really do not exist here. Instead, each designer has their own showroom where they sell their designs only.  The only exception is a store called Metal Flaque that sells designers like  Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Sadoni and Vera Wang, all in one shop in the 1st arrondissement.

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Metal Flaque (Photo: Metal Flaque Website)

Paris also has several Pronovias, locations, but their dresses can be found world wide. Some of Paris’ best local designers that might be worth checking out are Delphine Manivet for her more modern and Continue reading

An Expat Life | Kristen, the Beauty Expert


For most people, living in France does not just mean eating croissants and drinking good wine every day. This blog post is a part of our series, An Expat Life, exploring what it is like for an expat to live and work in Paris. Through these profiles of expats who have made their lives here, we will show you the different opportunities that exist in France and the (many) struggles that go along with them.

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People from all walks of life find their way to Paris for one reason or another. They piece together various jobs in order to stay in Paris and have a fulfilling life. One of those people is Kristen Gonzales, the latest addition to the Savoir Faire Paris team. We are constantly impressed by the way in which she has carved out her life here and is involved in so many different activities. She is a great example of someone who wants to be in Paris and will do anything to make her life here.

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Paname | Fall in Love


Love: likely the most prevalent word that comes to mind when thinking of Paris.  Why?  Well, that depends who ask.  Our ancient city oozes with the making of romance and whimsy.  Try to imagine how many love stories have played out behind the great walls, enchanting streets and intoxicating gardens.  And as we naturally jump to the thought of stereo-typical love, two lovers wrapped in the other’s embrace, I dare to say love will never be so small.  The spirit of this city, the quiet subtlety of it’s refined, ageless beauty will quickly have you redefining your meaning of love. Continue reading

Getting Married in Paris | The Venue


This is the second instalment of our temporary series on wedding planning in Paris. I will be getting married to my wonderful fiancée this summer and we are sharing our planning tips and secrets with you.

Once you have all of the administrative papers being processed for the civil ceremony at the Mairie, the next big thing is to find a venue for the reception.

Nothing is more romantically French than having your wedding in a French chateau. This is common and there are some really beautiful chateaux for rent throughout France.  Within Paris, there are still some royal options like the Pavillion Dauphine and Salon des Miroirs, but there are also other wonderful locations like rustic atelier lofts and boats along the seine.

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Salon des Miroirs (photo from website)

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An Expat Life | James, the International Ad Man


For most people, living in France does not just mean eating croissants and drinking good wine every day. This blog post is a part of our series, An Expat Life, exploring what it is like for an expat to live and work in Paris. Through these profiles of expats who have made their lives here, we will show you the different opportunities that exist in France and the (many) struggles that go along with them.

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Of all the ways to come to France legally, getting sponsored by a company is by far one of the most difficult and lucrative options. Though the company is in charge of you paperwork, there are still many hurdles to jump through before they can get your visa. Yet for a lucky few, such as James Gebler, this is the way to make the dream of living in France a reality. James, who has been employed as a Conceptual Copywriter at the advertising agency BBDO since 2011, recently agreed to sit down and speak with me about his experiences.

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