June 22, 2016

Bon Voyage With Embryolisse

Summer is officially here, which means it's time to start thinking about vacation! Luckily, one thing you won't have to spend time thinking about is your skin care routine. The experts at Embryolisse have put together the perfect package of travel size products to meet your nomadic beauty needs.

Embryolisse Pack Voyage

The "Pack Voyage" (pictured above) contains 3 multi-function favorites that will keep you fresh and flawless while on the go.

But that's not all, Embryolisse has created 3 additional summer packages to accompany you this season.
Choose from Fraîcheur, Jouvence and Douceur.


Products compliments of Embryolisse. All opinions are my own. 

June 14, 2016

Maison Chaumet: Une Education Sentimentale

Founded in 1780 in Paris, Chaumet holds a special place in French history. This now world-renowned jeweler was once the official jeweler of Empress Josephine, and for over 200 years, has been crafting jewels, tiaras and timepieces to commemorate life's most important occasions.

Since February 6, 2016 and until September 24, 2016, you can discover Chaumet's rich history through a collection of exceptional photos and pieces at their Musée Ephémère* in Place Vendôme. Titled "Une Education Sentimentale", the retrospective offers a fascinating look into the world of Haute Joaillerie.

Chaumet Musée Ephémère, Paris, "Une Education Sentimentale"
Chaumet Musée Ephémère, Paris, "Une Education Sentimentale"
Chaumet Musée Ephémère, Paris, "Une Education Sentimentale"
Chaumet Musée Ephémère, Paris, "Une Education Sentimentale"
Chaumet Musée Ephémère, Paris, "Une Education Sentimentale"
Chaumet Musée Ephémère, Paris, "Une Education Sentimentale"
Chaumet Musée Ephémère, Paris, "Une Education Sentimentale"
Chaumet Musée Ephémère, Paris, "Une Education Sentimentale"
Chaumet Musée Ephémère, Paris, "Une Education Sentimentale"
Chaumet Musée Ephémère, Paris, "Une Education Sentimentale"

Chaumet
12 Place Vendôme
75001 Paris

*Free entry and guided tour. Plan around 20 minutes for the full visit.


June 12, 2016

Puttin' On the Ritz

This past week, the legendary Ritz Paris reopened its doors after 4 years of renovations. The reopening comes a few months later than initially planned due to a damaging fire back in January, however, the results are incredible.

Stepping into the iconic 5 star hotel, the lobby alone radiates French luxury and glamor. As you wind through the ground floor, each hallway, restaurant, gallery and seating area exudes sophistication. It's no surprise that this was once the favorite haunt of Coco Chanel, Ernest Hemingway and many other notable figures.

Currently in the "soft opening" period, the hotel will be fully operational and open for booking in the coming days. Until then, you can get a sneak peek below.

Ritz Paris entrance
Ritz Paris hallway
Ritz Paris hallway
Ritz Paris Gallery
Ritz Paris seating area
Ritz Paris staircase and seating area

Ritz Paris
15 Place Vendôme
75001 Paris

June 6, 2016

Inside the Château de Malmaison

Lately, Paris' weather has been downright awful, contributing to flooding, damage and spotty public transportation. This past weekend, we were looking for a family outing that would allow us to avoid the chaos in city centre.

Our search led us to the Château de Malmaison in the suburb of Rueil-Malmaison. Once the private estate of Napoleon Bonaparte and Empress Josephine, this now museum makes for a wonderful day out. Many of its rooms, furnishings and artifacts are right up there with what you can find at the more well-known Château de Versailles (also worth a visit).

Entry is free the first Sunday of every month, and even with this advantage, we were surprised to see that we didn't have to wait in line or fight off hordes of tourists to get in. Aside from a small group of young students and a few other families, we nearly had the place to ourselves. It was nice to be able to take our time in each room and snap photos at our leisure.

The weather, albeit a bit gloomy, did not put a damper on the day. We also explored the château's fragrant gardens before concluding our short stay.

Château de Malmaison, Rueil-Malmaison, France
Château de Malmaison
Hallway in the Château de Malmaison, France
Hallway in the Château de Malmaison
The Billiard Room, Château de Malmaison, France
La salle de billard (The Billiard Room)
The Gilded Room, Château de Malmaison, France
Le salon doré (The Gilded Room)
The Dining Room, Château de Malmaison, France
La salle à manger (The Dining Room)
Dinner service at the Château de Malmaison, France
Dinner service
The Emperor's Bedroom, Château de Malmaison, France
La chambre de l'Empereur (The Emperor's Bedroom)
The Empress' Bedroom, Château de Malmaison, France
La chambre à coucher de l'Impératrice (The Empress' Bedroom)
Painting of Napoleon Bonaparte Crossing the Alps, Château de Malmaison, France
Napoleon Bonaparte Crossing the Alps by the Great Saint Bernard Pass
The Library, Château de Malmaison, France
La bibliothèque (The Library)
The Frieze Room, Château de Malmaison, France
La salle de la frise (The Frieze Room)
Garden of old roses, Château de Malmaison, France
Jardin des roses anciennes (Garden of old roses)

Château de Malmaison
Avenue du Château de Malmaison
92500 Rueil-Malmaison

Tip: If visiting with small children, strollers must be left at the welcome desk. Consider bringing a carrier or wrap for a comfortable, hands-free visit.