the best laid plans

Room 135 Le Meurice

bon journee! we’re officially settled in to le meurice in paris. our social media gathering is in full spring and the  hashtage is #EmbraceParis. the trip is already moving a the speed of light and although i had big plans to blog, tweet, fb, instagram etc. in real time, it’s proving next to impossible! we have 5 minutes before heading out for a picnic in the tuilleries garden and i’m here as opposed to getting ready to leave for the day! but i do have for brush these dents so will just quickly bid adieu and share a couple photos of the gorgeous suite! our hosts, carina and norma have set up the most incredible trip but as hard as we try it’s almost impossible to post and i apologize for overpromising to share.  needless to say there has been a lot of laughter and great times. the women here are sensational and as i sit next to a different one at each meal or event i marvel at the power, beauty and commraderie in the room.

ok well i better go. i lifted the following from carina’s blog so that you can meet them all. i’ll try to tweet fromt the road today…

Empower * Brainstorm * Collaborate * Engage * Social Media

Bringing creative international women together for an experience full of positive energy, there will be much collaborating, sharing and brainstorming on all things related to the wonderful and crazy world of social media. EMBRACE is about empowering each other through positive peer support. Whilst initially Embrace was to be hosted by the city’s most beautiful hotel (the Hotel Plaza Athénée), a small change has taken place and events have now been moved to their sister hotel, the exquisite Le Meurice, another of the charming properties in the Dorchester collection.
Generating a Paris inspired frisson throughout social media platforms such as : Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, along with individual websites, you can follow the hashtag #EmbraceParis to see what the ladies are up to, and where they’ll be.

Of course, none of it would be possible if it weren’t for the incredible support of some truly amazing companies. You can click on over and follow them online here:

le meurice 2

The Dorchester Group:

Le Meurice

le meurice by lynn of design the life you want to live

Hotel Plaza Athénée


The House of Moynat

house of moynat by brooke of elements i love

Marie-France Pochna of Paris Unlimited

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Chateau Vaux le Vicomte:

Chateau Vaux le Vicomteby lynn of design the life you want to live

Chateau Vaux le Vicomte by norma theisson

The Dailey Method Paris:

dailey method collage by norma theisson


twiz tour by norma theisson

twiz tour


Neal Brothers

neal brothers foods

and of course the fabulous ladies who will be Embracing Paris – you can read more about them on Norma’s post ‘Calling all social media ladies’

Norma Thiessen – co-host

norma thiesson

Lisa Ferguson – Strengths Trainer

Lynne Knowlton

Jennifer Brouwer

Mary Kay Bosshart

Ann Garvin

Brooke Crowle

Andrea Claire

Claudia Strasser

Be sure to jump in and come to Paris with us across social media – we’d love to hear from you.


July 23, 2014. Embrace Paris Trip, Friends, Paris.


  1. Karena Albert replied:

    Claudia I can tell this is a trip of a lifetime, to meet with such an incredible group of women in the chicest place on Earth! So excited to hear more about your adventure!

    The Arts by Karena

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      hey karena, i have to say yes, it really was. the coordinator, carina and norma really went out of their way and so did all the sponsors. they all made sure this was a trip to remember and i don’t think i’ll forget one moment of it!

  2. Chryle replied:

    Hey Claudia~

    Wow. Since I believe in living in the moment, go… live in the moment – every single, beautiful, Parisian, worldly, delightful one of them. I’ll love reading your shares whenever you can and do.

    Wishing you your La Bel Age*,

    *that’s really a feeling more than anything: your beautiful days.

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      hi chryle. thanks for that. it’s funny that it was all about social media (supposedly) but when push came to shove, the tech end of it was tiresome and cumbersome (not to mention doing it in paris is even trickier), so we ended up putting it off…or at least i did, and as you said, living in the moment. it was actually a bit of an eye opener.

  3. tessa~ replied:

    oh what a beautiful “pad”!!! :-)

    thank you for what you can share with us.

    enjoy every moment… there.


  4. Nancy Flemming replied:

    If you get a chance, take friends to Flottes Restaurant at #2 Rue Cambon, SO close to you, their truffled mashed potatoes is an experience in itself and the Isles de Flottante is the most beautifully presented that I have ever seen.
    What an exhilarating experience being with all the fascinating women must be for you….and empowering!
    Nancy Flemming

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      hi nancy, i think meeting the women was as much a highlight as staying in what’s considered the oldest palace hotel in paris! they were all bright, beautiful and bold, with each one wanting to help and share information. i will profile each one and hopefully you’ll get to know them too. that’s how this whole thing started in fact!

  5. Peggy Braswell replied:

    what a fabulous trip + enjoy + love hearing about those women.

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      peggy, you would have loved these gals! i’ll introduce them one at a time. very special bunch.

  6. Sandra Chapin replied:

    Wow,what an experience! So looking forward to more photos and details of this magical trip. Enjoy!

  7. Sande Chase replied:

    Love that hotel! All that gilt makes the eyes sparkle! Have a great adventure Claudia, sounds like a fab one.

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      hi sande! i remember our blogger’s meetup so well…would love to do that again and this would be a fantastic hotel to do it in!

  8. Debra Ann replied:

    This is amazing! Love reading this, and look forward to future posts on your journey. Thank your for providing us with so much culture & information from The Paris Apartment! Bon Jour!

  9. Carina Okula replied:

    Hi Claudia, it’s been a wonderful experience. I was so happy to finally meet you in real life and have you be a part of #EmbraceParis.

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