embrace change

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parisian ambiance by carinaokula.com

bonjour mes cheries, happy sunday! i hope you’re having a good weekend and savoring the last of the evening hours. i’ve been nesting lately, just enjoying home after moving around so much last year and definitely not thinking much about travel and changing my locale right now. but spring will soon be sprung and that means wanderlust is in the air.


my beautiful paris, norma theison

truth is i do love to travel, there are still so many places on my bucket list to see. for you too? well, an invitation to an event in july reignighted my fire to explore the world; (or at least my favorite part of it), with a trip to gay paree.

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it’s hard to believe that paris never gets tired after all these years. it’s just a magical world i guess, why ask why? the good news is that for 3 days i’ll be with kindred spirits who share an obsession for the city. the event will be held at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée and is called ‘Embrace Paris 2014’. the hostesses who are behind the trip are two brilliant belles, norma thiessen and carina okula. they’re both magificent photographers and the city is their muse. (carina’s work will soon be featured in the paris apartment’s boutique)!


these two have put together an incredible itinerary beginning with the hotel. they have hooked up with the french chamber of commerce, recruited sponsors and planned an intimate conference to empower women using a variety of social media channels.


as carina’s blog says, the gathering is about:  Bringing creative international women together for an experience full of positive energy. There will be collaborating, sharing and brainstorming all things related to the wonderful and crazy world of social media. EMBRACE is about empowering each other through positive peer support and will be hosted by the city’s most beautiful hotel in July 2014.

We’ll be generating a Paris inspired frisson throughout social media platforms such as TwitterFacebookInstagramGoogle+, along with individual websites.


just as an aside, you may remember the last episode of sex and the city? it was shot at the hotel, the night carrie has her aha! moment in that incredible dress!

plaza en paris

i’ll check out the other ladies over the next couple weeks to get to know them beforehand. it’s a really small group with a whole lot going on. here’s a partial roundup:


so i bit the bullet and am booked for the month of july. if you’re going to be in paris, let me know and we can rendezvous! i’ll be giving tours, doing signings and roaming aimlessly with a van down south.

on another note, my dear friends from Paris Perfect are holding 28 days of clues for 28 entries to win a trip with all the trimmings! stop by their site each day for a new clue and to submit your entry.



  • 5 night accommodation in a one bedroom Paris Perfect apartment with Eiffel Tower view*
  • Two Paris Pass tickets that include free entry to over 60 museums and attractions as well as a free Seine cruise, Métro pass, wine tasting & more
  • Lunch for two at one of our favorite Paris restaurants – Café Constant
  • Two tickets for a Skip the Line Eiffel Tower tour from Easy Pass Tours
  • Chocolates and macarons from the world-famous Gregory Renard shop
  • Beautiful bouquet of flowers from one of Paris’ leading florists
  • Airport transfers for 2 people

all the details can be found here: parisperfect.com-win-a-stay-in-paristhe competition closes march 13, 2014. bonne chance!

ok well it’s getting late and time to enjoy the last few weekend hours. uh oh, just one left…sweet dreams!

March 3, 2014. Embrace Paris Trip, Giveaway, Paris, Paris Perfect Apartments, Paris Trip, Plaza Athenee, Social Media. 12 comments.

whirlwind weekend wrap-up

hey guys, happy monday. i’m back in the states after a worthwhile impromptu weekend in paris that sounds a lot more glam than it was since it was all biz.

i have to thank madelyn from paris perfect vacation rentals for hooking me up with the sweetest little pied-à-terre, pomerol in the 7e at the last minute.

i’ve mentioned madelyn before but just so you know, if you ever need a great contact in paris, she’s american, her hubby is a french surgeon and together they are just the people to know when you’re in town.

she’ll bend over backwards for you on every level. all her apartments have a view of the eiffel tower, lots of hot water, heat, mod kitchens and baths and in the summer, a/c. she knows what americans like but still keeps the spirit of a real paris apartment.

she has a way of making you feel super special like you’re an old family friend. thanks madelyn for making this little trip happen on the fly. hope i see you all there soon!

January 24, 2011. France, Paris, Paris Apartments, Paris Perfect Apartments. 17 comments.

switching it up

wow paris has been a whirlwind to say the least. we’ve been up one side and down the other. between the fleas and the maison objet, i’ve been working with madelyn of paris perfect to check out some of her other apartments and move around a bit. we spent the past couple days in this magnificent flat near the bon marche. it has two beautiful bedrooms and all the trimmings we girls could ask for. they call it the valencay, and it’s very dramatic with lots of color and style in a fantastic location:  Valencay Paris apartment rental

but as fate would have it, the apartment was booked for the second part of our trip so we’re switching over. we all seem to be the sorts who don’t mind packing up treking to another place and i must say, our nomad spirit paid off. we are in the most gorgeous place yet, the musigny. this one is near the louvre and the montorgeuil market and has everything we could ask for from pretty bedrooms to le grand salon and impeccable baths.

Musginy luxury Paris rental

i could go on with mere words but i’ll let the pics tell the story. i think i’ve hit my daily limit of verbage and better hit the hay, tomorrow is another jour including the blogger meet up at deux maggots. if you’re in town, please do come! more soon!

September 4, 2010. Decorating, Design, France, Paris, Paris Apartments, Paris Hotels, Paris Perfect Apartments. 22 comments.

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