Monthly Archives: December 2013

Holiday Gift Guide


The holidays are right around the corner and you’re gearing up to spend it with loved ones.  What better way to spoil them then finding them some awesome wintertime gifts from Paris.  Here are our top picks for this season:

For the Stylish Overacheiver:

It’s no secret we’ve been a fan of Kasia Dietz’s handbags for awhile, but have we mentioned how much we love her new Istanbul and Bali print bags?! They’re great for toting around your laptop and work related gadgets, plus the exotic print will make you feel like you’re on a mental escape from the office.  You also can’t go wrong with her classic Rive Gauche or Rive Droite bags which allow you to flaunt your pride for your preferred side of the river.

Kasia Dietz bag

For the Etsy Afficionado:

We’re more than a little obsessed with Rebecca Plotnick’s cool Paris prints on Etsy.  This is the perfect gift for all of those who want to be able to frame a little piece of Paris in their home.  Whether you’re looking to hang a picture of snowy Montmartre or a black and white photo of Pont des Arts, Plotnick captures the beauty of the City of Light perfectly.  There’s a print that’ll suit everyone on your Christmas list!

Snowy Paris image

For the Refined Taste Connoisseur:

This wouldn’t be a proper Paris gift list without including some classic indulgences that transcend the test of time.  For a proper tea-time, you can’t go wrong with one of Mariage Frères’s savory teas.  This high quality tea apothecary allows you to choose from dozens of well blended flavors that range from mild to exotic.  Be sure to check out their special holiday themed teas.  To accompany your tea party, don’t forget the cute edibles that add color to your table.  Ladurée offers the world’s most renowned macaroons and they’ve even expanded their reach to New York.  Your guests will be singing your praises after you bring them a variety box of these sweet treats.

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For the Photogenic Superstar:

A photograph is the ultimate keepsake for those coming to Paris over the holidays.  Rather than just taking photos of the famous landmarks, why not get your photo taken in front of them to forever capture your delight while exploring this magical city?  Lindsey Kent is our go to girl for snapping photos of you during your stay in Paris.  Not only is she fun to be around, she brings out the natural and simple elegance of those whom she photographs.  For more info on setting up a shoot with her, check out her website here.

For the Design Guru:

Need customizable cards to send to your friends?  Looking for the cutest wrapping paper for disguising your holiday gifts? Check out the selection that abounds at Papier Tigre and L’Illustre Boutique.  Both stores carry a huge variety of paper goods that will suit the most organized and creative of your friends.  Shop hear for a new calendar, new desk organizers, or simply grab some cute paper for crafting.

Any other gift ideas from Paris? Send us your ideas on the blog!

Male Fashion Must-Haves | Winter 2013/14


My second attempt at a blog post for Savoir Faire is in a field in which I feel a fair amount more comfortable! This week I’ve ditched the apron for a winter coat and will tell you a thing or two about what you could see being worn by men in Paris this winter.

The first thing to note is that menswear in Paris is always high quality and independent. This is not only because Parisian men naturally have more pride in their looks (some would argue it is European fashion capital), but also because laws in the city restrict the amount of chain outlets. As a consequence, male fashion is predominantly dictated by fashion week which then filters down to smaller boutiques. The stuff on show is going to be of a higher quality and more personable, than say London. Big brands are less aspirational in Paris and even France in general as its more about having aspirational style trends or looks. Individuality is key, which has also weirdly created a kind of subculture whereby semi chained brands (such as Supreme, Stussy and Lazy Oaf) which are usually hard to come by, are hugely valued by certain men.

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Photo courtesy of Supreme New York

For Winter 13/14, urban men are going to be wearing a lot of semi tailored, smart/casual wear. There’s a move away from the skinny look, which has been dominating menswear in Continue reading

Blueberry | Japanese Fun for the Taste Buds


Asian flavors have made their way into some of Paris’ top tables over the past few years with places like La Table d’Aki and Abri, to name a few, but it has always been putting Asian flavors into French cuisine, until Blueberry.

photo 3Since their opening in April 2013, Blueberry has been making maki roll after maki roll and pairing them with some serious cocktails. Blueberry is not your average sushi joint, however. Continue reading

The Best Beer in Paris


Ever wondered where the beer gems of Paris were to be found? Fear not, we’ve compiled our list of eclectic and varied bars that offer pub-like ambiances or upscale mixology backdrops.  Whether you’re looking for what’s on tap, or who has cool bottled beer we’ve got them here:

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The Bottle Shop:

This cool Anglo- Saxon hangout is just a stone’s throw away from Bastille and carries five beers on tap and a dozen handpicked bottled beers. In this small, intimate bar you’ll have your choice of Edelweiss, Kilkenny or between a bottle Continue reading

Buying an Apartment in Paris | The Guide


Now is one of the best times to buy property in Paris. Rates are low, prices are the best that they have been in years and it is no secret that owning property in The City of Lights is never a bad thing!

After our tips on making the move to Paris and our guide on renting property in Paris, we decided to talk to some property experts over at 56Paris as well as fellow expat and recent Parisian homeowner, Kasia Dietz of Love in the City of Lights to get you all the tips and tricks for how to buy your very own Parisian dream apartment.

photo 1We are huge fans of the wonderful team at 56Paris. Their like-minded service provides a superbly personalized experience. 56Paris is a real estate broker in Paris, France focusing on the particular needs of their international clients. Acting as a partner for their clients, they advise them on their property needs as well as the latest Continue reading