Category Archives: Shopping

Neighbourhood Guide | rue Saint-Sébastien


As there are only so many arrondissements we can write neighbourhood guides about, we decided to continue the theme, but more specifically with some of our favourite streets in Paris. Last month Samara started us off with the wonderful rue Henri Monnier in the 9ème. This week’s choice is rue Saint-Sébastien in the 11ème. For those of you who have ventured down this road, then you’ll understand why we’ve chosen to write about it. Spoilt for choice by cafes, boutiques, old record shops & delicious Asian cuisine, please allow us to take you on our favourite journey down rue Saint-Sébastien.

 

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Spring 2016 Wardrobe Essentials


Seeing as spring is just around the corner and Paris Fashion Week has come to an end, we thought it would be appropriate to do a round-up of the essential spring-wear pieces for this season. We are very much looking forward to the arrival of warmer weather so that we can rock our new wardrobe finds!

 

With so many beautiful fashion trends this spring it has been extremely hard to narrow it down to the essentials. From cold shoulders to clinched in waists, long floral dresses, pastel tones, ruffled dresses, metallic fabrics, pleats, stripes and mini handbags, the list is endless. Allow us to help you out with some of our favourite  “must have” items for spring 2016.

 

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SFP Picks | French Skin Care Brands


The French are known for their flawless and seemingly effortlessly beautiful skin. How do they do it, you ask? We still have yet to find all the answers, but below are our five favorite French skincare brands that, we think, get us one step closer to the world of perfectly French skin.

1. Huygens

An homage to Parisian physician and astronomer, Christian Hugens and his profound understanding of nature; Huygens uses these principles to return to the origins with a focus on Continue reading

Specialty Shops Follow-Up


As you can probably tell, here at SFP we love our shopping, especially when it’s for artisanal foods, hand crafted products, and independent boutiques specialising in specific goods. We have written a few of these posts in the past, some with more of a focus on food, but, of course, the ever expanding city of Paris is always surprising us with new pop ups and specialty shops around the city. Therefore, we like to keep you up to date with some of our favourite shopping spots in the city to find those special and one-off purchases!

 

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The Best Subscription Boxes in France


There is nothing like the joy of getting a package in the mail. With the explosion of subscription boxes like Birchbox and My Little Box over the past few years, more and more companies are popping up with delivery boxes filled with everything from beauty products to culinary items and even goodies for your pet. Below are some of our top picks to help spruce up your mail delivery each month!

 

Emma et Chloé

For: The Fashionista
Subscription Options: Monthly, 6-month, yearly
Price: 19.90 euro + 3 euro for shipping per month or 225 euro per year (free shipping)

 

Each month, the Emma et Chloé box will arrive with a bespoke piece of jewelry from a French creator with a value of 40 to 140 euro. You will learn about each creator and get a new piece of bling to add to your wardrobe! During your membership, you will also receive a 20% discount on all jewelry and accessories in their online shop.

 

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Quejadore

For: The Parisienne
Subscription Options: Every Two Months, you decide if you want to purchase the box & have it delivered
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SFP’s Paris Holiday Favorites


It’s mid-December and the holiday season has officially arrived in Paris. It is a magical time in the city and it really brings the name “City of Lights” to life. There is always so much to do in Paris and with the holiday season comes the standard Christmas Markets that pop up throughout the city as well as the smell of mulled wine and the delicious pain d’épices that is served with fois gras at almost every event.

Below are some of our favorites for the holiday season in Paris and some fool-proof ways to get you revved up for celebrations with family and loved ones!

Holiday lights this year on Rue Montorgeuil

Holiday lights this year on Rue Montorgeuil

1. Paris Lights Up!

One of my favorite things about the holiday season in Paris is seeing all of the local neighborhood street lights. Many of them change every year or every few years and each neighborhood is different. The big avenues like Avenue Montaigne, the Champs-Elysees or the exterior of the Grands-Magasins along Boulevard Haussemann always have beautiful large- Continue reading

SFP’s Men’s Gift Guide


It is December and the holiday season in Paris is in full swing!

Holiday shopping for the man in your life can be a rather overwhelming task. Paris is filled with great shopping for both men and women but the focus tends to be so strongly on women that shopping for men can leave some people stumped. There are the obvious gifts, like watches or ties, but what about when you want something a bit more creative and perfectly Parisian? We’re here to help!

Le Colonel Moutarde 

For the dapper gentleman in your life, head to Le Colonel Moutarde to help your man dress to the nines. They have bowties, pocket squares, suspenders and even boxers! You can mix and match with fun patters and colors, or go for the timeless black and white look. Stop by their store in the 3rd arrondissement to pick up everything you need to complete a holiday look.

Photo by Le Colonel Moutarde

Photo by Le Colonel Moutarde

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Specialty Shops in Paris


We all know that the shopping we have in Paris is some of the best in world. People come from all over just to experience the magic that is Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, or Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, or Rue des Franc Bourgeois. But the real magic lies hidden away in Paris’ various specialty shops. Everything from hats to honey, books to baked goods, here are some of SFP’s favorite specialty shops in Paris.

La Maison du Miel- 24 rue Vignon, 75009

IMG_4689One tradition that has been maintained in France is that the French love honey. It’s a fact. And this fact proves itself when you step inside La Maison du Miel. Immediately the different colors jump out at you (who knew there were so many colors of honey?!), and then, once you walk around and take a closer look, you’ll notice all the different flavors of honey, as well as the incredible attention to detail, down to the adorable honey bee mosaic floor.  Continue reading

Le Bon Marché: The Other French Revolution


This is a guest post by Lindsay Poulin at Context Travel. They have shared some of their expert advice on some fun new ways to discover the City of Light. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Hermès… These names remind us that fashion and Paris are synonymous, with styles and trends changing as quickly as the temperamental Parisian weather.  Every year hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the grands magasins to shop designer labels; given their grandeur, these stores seem to have been a fixture in the fabric of French fashion history since the whimsical styles of Marie-Antoinette’s court. However, the concept of shopping at a department store is actually a more recent – and revolutionary – development, a facet docent Virgina Vogwill, who has spent over a decade working as a costumer in the French film industry, explores on our new walk covering the history of fashion in Paris.

Up and Down.Throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries, the business of fashion was dominated by designers such as Rose Bertin, Charles Worth and Jacques Doucet, who held court in their ateliers on rue de la Paix and rue Saint-Honoré. Their expensive and made-to-order styles attracted royalty and aristocracy from all over the world, establishing Paris as a true fashion capital. So when did this change? Continue reading

Viaduc des Arts


Paris is one of those cities where there is so much going on and so much to see in all the neighborhoods that, naturally, there are some areas that get overlooked. For me, that area is the Viaduc des Arts in the 12th arrondissement.

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I had been to the Bercy shopping area, to Bastille, to the Bois de Vincennes, and though I had driven by it a thousand times, I had never actually stopped and walked the Viaduc des Arts, a vast stretch of artists and artisans and cafes lining one side of Avenue Daumesnil. Continue reading