a good book has no ending –RD Cumming

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bonne journée tout le monde~ i want to start the day by sharing a delicious book that was sent to me for review by Harper Collins. it’s a gorgeous tome and the perfect excuse to host a giveaway!

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i was sent two copies of ‘The Paris Style Guide‘ by Elodie Rambaud, an interior decorator and stylist who has put together a book of parisian destinations of all kinds including, green and flower markets. antiques shops and repair, craft and art supplies and couture ateliers.

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she goes on to tell us the address, phone numbers and website as well as the metro. i like that she’s included festivals and fairs, and matches each of the recommendations with a map at the back to cross reference in a couple of different ways.

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the book is nice and thick, not something you’d neccessarily toss in your bag for the day but it’s a great resource and like me, you can always take pics of the pages…which i had to stop doing too many before reposting every pretty page if it!

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some of the resources are really unusual like where to get film for your polaroid, Chanel embroideries and random curiousities that sometimes only locals really see.

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elodie lives in paris and works as a prop stylist. she says she works with objects to tell stories and focuses on lifestyle, food and decorating.

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suffice it to say she has a deep inside scoop.

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in the 10 chapters she does surprise us here and there with unusual shopping stuff but also includes what to do in a weekend, dealing with wifi and communication, getting around and some hotel recommendations.

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note that this book was published this year so it may change pretty quickly.  but then again so much in paris has stood the test of time. hopefully it will be very slow in changing and these merchants will see a boost due to the book and be there for years to come as so many of them have. she features some shopkeepers with 100+ years in business.

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anyway if you’d like a copy submit your name in the comments and we’ll draw a winner over the weekend. till then, have a great day!

May 28, 2015. Books, Decorating, Design, flea markets, France, Giveaway, Paris. 69 comments.

let’s eat cake

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bonjour toute le monde, ça va? i hope you’re having a great holiday weekend. it’s been BBQ central for so many days i’ve lost track and am finally finding a few minutes to myself. of course that translates into falling down a beautiful rabbit hole known as the world wide web of wonder.  i wanted to share two divinely lovely things, the first is my dear friend and source of endless inspiration, haleigh walsworth of making magique. she has an exquisitely gorgeous life that she shares through her blog and allows us into her personal world of deliciousness. i could practically eat her photos and want to revel in every post

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of course a girl like haleigh couldn’t go unnoticed, and not just cause she’s a modern audrey heburn/brigitte bardot, (basically the toast of paris…in my mind anyway, and i love putting her on that pedestal), but rather because she’s the essence of magic herself. she’s taken her life in paris and turned it into a full blown lifestyle brand. the more i watch her grow the more i learn from her, mainly never to lose my joie de vivre and to be utterly fearless in every aspect of life. what did that attitude earn her?

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for starters, her very own blog on Lancôme where she has been charged with the glorious task of writing about everything from beauty

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to fashion,

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culture,

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travel and cuisine.

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so you can imagine how happy i was when she asked me to collaborate on a piece for her blog at Lancôme.

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ta da!

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this post got me thinking about what my blog readers might be interested in hearing about, talking about, sharing and what you’re working on. are you carving out a bit of paris in your life, are you working on your brand, interested in collaborating, connecting with and empowering other women (and men) and encouraging them to flourish? i’d like do lots of this and want this next part of my life to be filled with that. basically overflowing with beauty and inspiration. you inspire me…what are you up to and into?

May 26, 2015. Tags: . Decorating, Fashion, France, Friends. 7 comments.

she’s a legend at any age

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hi guys, happy memorial day weekend! how’s life? that’s such a simple question but one i’ve been thinking a lot about lately. i have to admit i fell into a rut over the last year, maybe it was a mid-life crisis turning 50? but that page has turned, thank god! maybe it was my dad jokingly referring to me as an aging doyenne the other day or maybe it was seeing this fantastic film last night that finally snapped me out of it…forever.

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i’m sure you know iris apfel who was recently referred to as a geriatric starlet, a term she loves and uses at the ripe ol’ age of 95. her husband is 100 but these two have more passion for life than most 20 year olds. there are hundreds of interviews and documentaries out there with accounts of her life, her travels and accomplishments, some of which i’ve included links to below. but here i just wanted to profile her and pass on a little of her pixie dust which she sprinkled on me just by watching the film about her. just knowing she’s out there was like waking up to life all over again and i thank her for that.

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age is not in any way an issue for her, life is. she’s so alive and doesn’t cease to seize every opportunity. she has an insatiable curiosity for culture, play, books, friends, experiences, ideas and travel. and her sense of humor is priceless. she’s sharp, direct and makes no apologies.

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i loved finding these old photos of her world travels, it inspired me to really document the great moments roaming around. her husband took most of these. he said he loved watching her, and that she was the first one at the markets and the last one to leave. he adores her and is as fascinated by her today as the day they were married.

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check her out selling on one king’s lane

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https://www.onekingslane.com/live-love-home/irisapfel/

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and as a spokesperson for mac cosmetics…in her 90s

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she’s a living legend who never let anything stop her or stand in her way from living every moment to the fullest…till it bursts!

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she’s been honored for her style at the met and in bergdorf’s windows

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her closet is filled with fun, inspiring colors, the finest fabrics, embroidery and exquisite weaves. and each has a story to tell.

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funny how something as simple as her glasses helped to shape her iconic look

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this woman has made a real impact on me and my life. she’s inspired me to rethink the way i live, the way i see it and the reverence i should have for it every day in every way. i adore you, iris and when i grow up want to be just like you!

May 23, 2015. Tags: . Decorating, Design, Designers, Iris Apfel. 28 comments.

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