life as swirling & twirling whirling dervish
miss sixty window in the 2eme (wishing my wardrobe looked more like this)
hi mes amis! i feel like it’s been an eternity since i’ve been here. for some reason this trip has been non-stop action and when i’m not running around like a nut i’m fast asleep on a metro somewhere.
miss sixty windows in the 2eme
i don’t think i’ve pushed myself this hard even on the longest days in ny. guess cause it’s a high energy season and there’s so much to see and do. and i’m trying to expand every minute to the fullest extent of the law.
i’m buzzing all over town but still exploring the 2nd since the owners of the apartment have been gracious enough to send me a list of local things to do and delicious places to eat and drink. i could really get used to living in this area, it’s got something special on every block. ok, you can say that about any part of paris actually, but since i’m here i’m digging in.
you can go from a teeny tiny rue with vintage trims
and turn the corner to find topiary trees in the manicured lawns of the palais royal.
just down the block is an incredible store with those huge maps of paris. actually they have all sorts of antique ephemera, it’s truly something to behold. and the prices are good!
livres et papiers, 6 rue vivienne
the owner’s collection is truly one only a fanatic could amass. or a museum.
it inspired me to trek back to the market where i found some pencil sketches of my own the other day that i couldn’t live without apparently. having access to things like this is probably the most enticing thing about the city for me. original works of art for 10 euros! it’s the sort of thing that keeps me seduced by this city.
turns out this is an area full of trims and tassels which is one of my weaknesses. i was happy to find declerq, an unbelievable shop on the way to the metro, but there are lots of manufacturers tucked in niches all over.
of course there’s quaintness everywhere you turn, this little bistro is next to the palais royal.
tomorrow’s my first free day, and i’m going to take some advice from the apartment owners, ashley and manuel to hit some of these hotspots, all within a 3 block radius. that is if i can take my eyes off the windows!
– the japanese soba noodle shop on rue Ste. Anne
– the oyster bar and the venetian at the bourse
– LeGrand Filles & Fils for wonderful wine and jam and soup and things for the pantry
– the interior square and the reading rooms of the Bibliotheque National
– the 12 ‘Galeries de la rue Ste Anne’
– christian louboutin and jean paul gautier
in my travels i did get a chance to meet erica from haven in paris in person. she invited me to her fab apartment in montmartre where we had tea and got acquainted. she’s fascinating and down to earth and american! and i promise to post our interview in the coming days.
on another note, i met jeanne through madelyn at paris perfect. (more on her later too)! jeanne bought a sweet pied a terre as an investment and i was in the right place at the right time.saturday we’re going to outfit the new place with a trip to the flea and get her all set up, my favorite thing to do as you probably know :)
and last but certainly not least is a warm welcome and thank you to my newest sponsor, lora of lora hart designs. she’s a creative genius with a blossoming empire, creating unique pieces that have a sense of history and are modern at the same time. i hope you’ll vist her sites and take a good look around, she’s got a lot going on!
well kids, that’s it for me tonite. it’s gotta be 3 am and i have to call it a night if i’m going to do anything at all tomorrow besides sleep some more! so sweet dreams and more to come. can you tell i bought flowers? funny how it really only takes one. anyway i reshot all the pics below and met with the fab photogs. they’re back from tokyo tomorrow so we’ll be working together on the project. ok c’est tout pour sure!