August 20, 2015

Fall Fashion at Galeries Lafayette

Summer is winding down and busy parents and children are getting ready for “la rentrée”. While it’s been awhile since I’ve done any back to school shopping and tried to find the perfect outfit for the first day, there’s still nothing quite like discovering the upcoming season’s hottest trends.

This past Saturday, Galeries Lafayette presented a fashion show (part of their summer programme of events) highlighting  the pre fall collections from several major French and international brands: Marc by Marc Jacobs,  Zadig & Voltaire, Ted Baker, Maje and Diane Von Furstenberg, among others.

Looking to give your wardrobe a facelift? Check out some of the looks below. 

Galeries Lafayette 2015 Pre Fall Collection fashion show
Galeries Lafayette fashion show, outfit by Red Valentino
Outfit by Red Valentino
Galeries Lafayette fashion show, outfit by Maje
Outfit by Maje
Galeries Lafayette, outfit by Red Valentino
Outfit by Red Valentino
Galeries Lafayette fashion show, outfits by Jil Sander Navy and Zadig & Voltaire
Outfits by Zadig & Voltaire (left) and Jil Sander Navy (right)
Galeries Lafayette fashion show, outfit by Ted Baker
Outfit by Ted Baker
Galeries Lafayette fashion show, outfit by Paule Ka
Outfit by Paule Ka
Salon Opéra, Galeries Lafayette, Paris
Salon Opéra, Galeries Lafayette

August 13, 2015

Weeknight Drinks at Le Lucien

Nothing says luxury like a moment spent in one of the Lucien Barrière Group’s magnificent hotels. One of the stomping grounds of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Hotel Le Fouquet’s in Paris is nothing short of extravagant.

The hotel includes an impressive 5 restaurants and 3 bars offering a wide range of drinks and cuisine. Many tourists land in the Champs-Elysées curbside Café Fouquet's, but the real crown jewel here is the more intimate bar Le Lucien.

In summer, a tranquil terrace offers guests an escape from the lively avenue below. If you're tempted by expertly mixed cocktails, top-notch service and a gorgeous location, you'll find it all here in one fabulously wrapped package.

Cocktails and snacks at Le Lucien, Paris

Menu at Le Lucien, Paris
Terrace at Le Lucien, Paris
Terrace at Le Lucien, Paris
Art on the terrace at Le Lucien, Paris

Le Fouquet's Paris 
46, avenue George V
75008 Paris

August 11, 2015

A Modern Tea Time at Le Burgundy

In honor of our 2nd wedding anniversary, my husband surprised me with a reservation for afternoon tea at Le Burgundy.

Located just off the chic rue Saint-Honoré, Le Burgundy is one of Paris’ smaller 5-star hotels. It’s intimate size (59 rooms & suites) offers guests and visitors a welcome reprieve from the busy outside world. 

Afternoon tea is served in an elegant marble and mirrored atrium. The experience begins with a fresh glass of bubbly, followed by your choice of  a hot beverage and selection of rather untraditional sweets and savories. You won’t find clotted cream and finger sandwiches here, but you certainly won’t be disappointed. It’s in this more modern and relaxed setting that you’ll fall in love with the chef’s incredible gateau au citron. 

Tea time platter at Le Burgundy, Paris
Atrium at Le Burgundy, Paris

Savory tea time snack at Le Burgundy, Paris

Hanging orchids in the atrium at Le Burgundy, Paris

Bar Le Baudelaire at Le Burgundy, Paris

Hotel Le Burgundy
6-8 Rue Duphot
75001 Paris

For other afternoon teas in Paris, check out the Peninsula Paris, George V and Le Meurice.

August 1, 2015

Around the World with Albert Kahn

For quite some time, I have been wanting to check out the Albert-Kahn museum and garden in the nearby suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt. Recently, a beautiful sunny day gave me the perfect opportunity to discover this somewhat hidden gem.

The Albert-Kahn musée et jardin is a magical place, sheltered from the hustle and bustle of city life. Spread across the former estate of banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn (1860-1940), a modern museum explores his remarkable life, while a mix of internationally themed gardens over 8 acres represent his vision for respect and peaceful relations among the world’s people. 

Japanese garden at the Albert-Kahn musée et jardin, France

Winter garden and orchard-rose garden at the Albert-Kahn musée et jardin, France
Albert-Kahn musée et jardin, France
Contemporary Japanese garden at the Albert-Kahn musée et jardin, France
Water lilies at the Albert-Kahn musée et jardin, France

A 4€ entrance fee (free for children under 12) includes access to the museum and all gardens: Japanese village, English garden, Vosges forest, golden forest and meadow, wetlands, blue forest, orchard-rose garden, French garden, winter garden and  contemporary Japanese garden.

Albert-Kahn, musée et jardin départementaux
10-14, rue du Port 

92100 Boulogne-Billancourt