2.15.2012

Paris Part 1


I am sure you are all watching the NYFW,  I have to admit I love how little colour there was in the collections shown so far. Everything was rather muted or monochrome, refined, calm, structured - quite a relief after few seasons of colour blocking. I particularly loved Philip Lim and Altuzarra. 


As for Paris I arrived last Monday morning: cold, grey and dreary Paris seemed busy and indifferent towards me. Paris is not a morning city. At 9am businesses were just opening up their doors and people didn't look too happy. I had three hours before my work meeting, so I decided to explore. I walked from Neuilly, where my hotel was, to Avenue des Ternes, I was searching for the Paris from the movies and the postcards, but it's as if the city was hiding from me behind the cold.

Unimpressed and frozen I decided to head towards the one place I thought would cheer me up the Laduree off the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. There was just one thing on my mind: a hot chocolate.  Dark, devilish, creamy and delicious, it came in a silver pot and was so thick you could almost eat it with a spoon. The cafe was filling up with couples, business people and tourists. The vintage chairs, smokey windows, my cup of hot chocolate; it just felt right, I finally found my Paris.

I ran out of Laduree and walked down the shiny and beautiful Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Everything from the window sills, to the cracks on the walls, to the small flower pots and the window displays was beautiful. (Sorry for the cheese, but annoyingly Paris just puts this silly spell on you). 

It was time to rush over to my lunch meeting.
 
Back from lunch in the hotel I changed again and walked out for another 2 hours trying to get the most before my departure to Geneva. I walked the same streets I walked in the morning, yet that which seemed foreign had somehow become familiar. The city stopped treating me as a stranger. 

Twilight has changed everything and I just dissolved into the streets: walking past Arc De Triomphe, into the Celine store with the amazing mint box bag, through Champs Elysse, pass a beautiful Parisian with an amazing cream hat, I wanted to take in every second, but time just disappeared. 

I was back in a taxi again, on the way to take my train to Geneva.

P.S. I started a graphic design and photoshop course yesterday, 6 hours a week for 2 months super excited and cannot wait to start playing with my photos :)

11 comments:

  1. I enjoy reading your blog...Thank you :)

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  2. parisians...the ladies and the men as well have such a natural stylishness. Those two women looked so great, and yesss I agree, I love her hat! I thought it was you for a second! She kinda resembles you in that photo~ And I have a similar hat to yours from F21 ;p
    Alors, there's nothing like a trip to laduree to cheer up the mood. It's such a romantic and magical dessert shop. Their boxes are my favorite. Hope you enjoyed your visit and came back home safe & sound :) lovely photos! and yay for classes! what a great idea :D
    xoxo

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  3. i will always dream of Paris. every random street corner just exudes a moody beauty...and you look great in all your outfits! is that a birkin i spy?? :D

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    1. Hey miss sophie! I agree, every street (at least in the center) is just stunning, I cannot wait to show you all the other photos I took, I hope I can go back in the summer! Yes it is, a gift for my 21st that I cherish as a treasure. It ages like a piece of art.

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  4. lovely photos! i was in paris a few weeks ago but only for 1.5 days. i regret not having Ladurée's macarons :( i was stuffed to my eyeballs by the time i stumbled upon Ladurée! sigh....

    xoxo
    mochaccinoland.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks hun! The macaroons are actually from Pierre Herme I prefer them to Laduree ones, as they are less sweet. Although the hot chocolate in Laduree and the mint packaging is still a winner. I did also feel stuffed to my eyeballs after 5 days in Europe, but it was worth it!

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  5. Lol are those random girls you took photos of or your friends? You look super cold but I love the fedora. :)
    hope you're having a lovely weekend.

    Love (from across the harbour)

    Sam
    Hhahaha

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    1. LOL random girls I found on the street, was pretending to be a street style photographer. Not very successfully, but at least I tried :)

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  6. these photos are beautiful! I am so jealous of your trip :) your blog is such a delight

    xxx

    INSIDE IN INSIDE OUT

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    1. Thanks hun glad you enjoyed reading it.

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  7. i love love love the photos...you are really getting good at these!

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