Shopping


Let’s take a little tour around some lesser known, possibly overlooked English book stores. In a city where over 120,000 anglophones resides, and millions of tourists visit, famous places like Shakespeare & Co. and WH Smith seem to get all the attention. But there are those of us who would prefer to avoid the crowds and find our own more discrete, faithful land of books to explore. There is such a diverse choice in Paris, it’s just not always so obvious where to find things. A good starting place is Galignani, near......

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Marché is a familiar word to all us, and, as we should all know is the French word for market. I dare say it is impossible to visit France without walking through or past one, whether intentionally or not. Markets are an institution in Parisian culture. But what about all these other things like brocantes, vide-greniers and braderies?  “What’s the difference?”, one might ask. Allow me an attempt at clearing this up....

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The weather is finally starting to cooperate and feel more like spring! As you shed your winter coat in favor of spring clothes, here are some trends to keep in mind to feel ever fashionable walking around Paris. Colors and Patterns When you think of spring, normally you think of soothing pastels. Once again these are definitely in style, with mints and pinks being the colors to go for....

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Though the weather might not look it, it is officially spring. All across the city, plants are starting to pop up in gardens and trees are beginning to bud. The perfect way to bring that spring spirit home is by planting your own flowers! Though most of us are not fortunate enough to have a garden to plant bright, colorful flowers in, there are other ways to bring touches of spring plants into your life. You can get creative with potted plants on your balcony or hanging planters on the exterior railings......

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The glimpse of springtime weather this week seems to have brought us Parisians out of our winter hibernation. A friend and I hopped on her Vespa and headed over to the upper Marais to check out the newly opened combination coffee shop/concept store The Broken Arm. We walked into the light filled coffee shop and sipped down a deliciously beautiful café crème made on their state of the art La Marzocco coffee machine. Their coffee comes from Solberg & Hansen, the...

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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......

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From the moment I crossed the first bridge over Canal St. Martin, I knew it was love.  This is where I wanted to live.  From the romantic canal ways, the diverse, creative population, to the vibrant ever changing street art:  it’s no surprise the Canal St. Martin is among the favorite neighborhoods in Paris.  It attracts artists, Parisians, and tourists alike.  Finally able to call the 10e arrondissement home,  I find inpiration each day as the seemingly magical streets take on a life of their own.  I’m pleased to share many of my findings......

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Christmas in Paris, what a remarkable thought!  Few places could hold a candle to the beauty and magic felt in our city during this special holiday season.   And although it seems as though the year’s end has snuck up on us, there are still  joyous memories to be made in the meantime. “So, what sets Paris apart at Christmas time?” you might ask.  As there is no short answer for this question, we’ll fill you in on one “pearl” that we at Savoir-Faire consider an unmissable event: the Christmas markets. The traditional......

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If you are looking for that perfect, unique piece of clothing to add to your wardrobe,  vintage shopping is always the way to go. I really enjoy searching through the racks of clothes for the one vintage dress or shirt that fits perfectly and is exactly my style. Paris is chock full of vintage shops and as a city known for its fashion sense, you can be sure to find stylish pieces that fit any budget. Here are a few of our favorite vintage places across the city. Free”P”Star 8 rue Sainte-Croix......

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As the weather gets crisp and chilly, many of us would rather sit around in sweats all day drinking mulled wine by the fire but if you are planning on walking the wintery streets of Paris, here are some of this seasons fashion trends to keep you looking classy and fabulous! Silhouettes This season’s clothing styles revolve around experimenting with the silhouette. Be prepared to see a lot of geometric shapes from umbrella skirts to triangular princess collars, chunky heals and hourglass cinched waists.  Choose a silhouette that fits your body type......

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