Monthly Archives: July 2013


As we all leave you for the month of August, we conclude our month’s blog posts with an inside look on Paris’ newest development: Les Berges! Just opened in time for summer, the entire left bank of the Seine stretching from the Pasarelle de Soferino at Musee d’Orsay all the way to Pont de l’Alma has been transformed into a summer oasis of relaxation, food and drinks and sports activities....

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Ohhhh the 7ième arrondissement! Arguably Paris’ chicest and most chèr neighborhood, this glitzy quartier is home to some of the most luxurious shopping, dining, and cultural experiences. At just a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, Musee D’Orsay, and les Invalides, it’s easy to see why the 7th attracts so many tourists and Parisian aficionados. The neighborhood’s architecture and feel represent a timeless and old world elegance that has been passed on through years of aristocratic influence. When I walk through the 7th, I am distinctly reminded of Hemingway’s remark that Paris......

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Paris is almost as saturated with museums as it is with wine and cheese. 173 – that’s right. This fact, coupled with the unlikely, yet surprisingly true thought that one might ‘forget’ they live in Paris, something must be done – intentionality. We know. Sometimes there are just too many people. So, we’ve come up with a few more discreet, yet no less grande in cultural riches and diversity. Find a more intimate experience in this tiny slice of the vast museum universe....

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Summertime in Paris can be glorious, not only because of the long awaited sunshine but also because of the seemingly empty, yet peaceful streets. At the same time, the absence of traffic and human beings due to being away on vacation can in turn make doing…well, ANYTHING in Paris a real pain. Dining is at the top of that list. In hopes that your summer plans flow easy as pie, we’ve compiled our list of restaurant closing dates for this summer, 2013. Although this list “should” be accurate, it goes to say......

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While scooting down Rue Babylone on a friend’s Vespa yesterday, I stumbled upon a beautiful bit of greenery behind a mysterious stone wall and thought I would head over there today to check it out. The Jardin Catherine Labouré is named after a young 19th century nun to whom the Virgin Mary was said to appear. The gardens were opened to the public in 1977 by the covent of the Daughters of Charity whose windows overlook the gardens....

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What better way to kick off a bachelorette party than to do a make up trial run with your girlfriends? Make Up Forever Paris let’s you choose your group size in order to have a personalized class that teaches you in the ins and outs of doing makeup.  With one primary makeup artist and an assistant it’s guaranteed that everyone gets a turn to try out all the looks and get the best advice. Your group can choose one person to be the primary makeup artist’s model and canvas for the rest......

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Pink polka dots, leopard print or glitter fade? I can’t make up my mind. Meet Kim Laidlaw, English expat, blogess extraordinaire, and recent razzle dazzler of the Paris manicure. I’m sitting across from her now at the Who’s Next fashion trade show, and she has a catherine-wheel of beautiful options. “Go for the glitter fade”,  she says with a smile. “It’s a versatile one.” What started as a personal passion for Kim has turned into a surprising career path: Parisiennes can’t get enough of her skillful and imaginative designs. So far she’s set......

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The deliciously famous tarte from Saint-Tropez has finally made its way to Paris! Mouths watering, I went with my friend Andrea from Truffle Travel to go check them out. La Tarte Tropézienne has been selling their delicious brioche and cream pastries since the mid 1900s down south but just a little over a week ago, the famous bakery opened a Paris location just outside of Mabillion metro in the 6th. The pastries come in three sizes: Baby, Individual and the classic Tarte Tropézienne to share. The brioche pastry is covered in sugar......

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“Éclair” is surely a word that quickly catches the attention of curious eyes and sparks the appetit of fellow “gourmands”.  This is exactly our goal.  After a month hiatus from Paris Up Close and Personal,  we’re excited to share our recent discoveries into the modern universe of the French éclair. With the help and expertise of a friend and brilliant pasty chef, Frances (of whom you will certainly hear more about), we set out on a Parisian adventure with the purpose of refining our pallets and allowing our taste buds to run......

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After a month of heavy scouting, we have three clear winners of our first ever contest!   1st Place: Becky Quinn Gottlieb 2nd Place: Cécile Ehrhart 3rd Place: Louis Hoefler   Thanks to everyone who participated and special thanks to Kasia of Kasia Dietz Handbags. Congratulations to our three winners!  ...

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