It’s been a rainy week-end in Paris, but even in the rain this city is still the most beautiful place in the world. I love contradicting the weather with my clothes, so to fight the pitter patter, I pulled out my glittery boots and sparkling studs ! Shirt : Zara Dress & tights : H&M Boots : Primark Bag : DIY here Ring : New Look What do you wear to brighten up a rainy day ? Finally, here are the winners of my Do It Kit competition (picked out with random.org) : – Belt / headband kit : Eléonore Monasterio – Fluro kit : Arizona Thibierge – Collar kit : Isabella H Impesi Ladies, please contact me by email : firstname.lastname@example.org ! Thanks to everyone who took part ! xx – – – – – –Lookbook : Let it shine !
For those of you following me on Twitter, you may have noticed I have been tweeting a bus company recently… Weird, right ?! Not that weird. IDBUS is a coach company offering a new link between London and Paris… Now you get me 😉 I travel between England and France at least once a month, for business or personal reasons. I love travelling between these two awesome cities but I have to admit it’s a pricey lifestyle. Well, was. IDBUS offers prices I used to dream of – starting at £45 a trip. I know you can get Eurtostar tickets at around that price when you book months in advance but how cool is it to be able to book a last minute trip to Paris with no extra cost ?! Super cool ! The prices go up to £60 max and don’t change at the last minute (which is a major advantage on the Eurostar service whose prices increase MASSIVELY as you get closer your travelling date). The travel time is 8 hours which indeed is quite a bit longer than the Eurostar but you can do it over night which to me seems fair when you’re young, broke and eager to travel…! Sooooo, have I tried it ? Yep ! I took my first night bus the day before yesterday to come to Paris. I paid £100 return for a week-end – which is a bargain considering I booked it two days before so it was the kind of sudden decision I love – the affordable type ! I got the train at 10PM from London Victoria and was in Paris by 7AM the next morning. To be honest I didn’t get that much sleep but that’s mostly to do with the fact I was on the Internet all night – yes there is free Wifi on the coach ! However the seats are comfortable and lie back so I did get a few hours in before we arrived in the South East of Paris, at Bercy station. To cross the tunnel, the bus simply drives onto a train and you hardly notice anything is happening. Sooooo², besides the fact I’m super stoked about my new savings, why am I telling you about it ?! A/ Because this is a blog and bloggers go on about daily experiences they can’t fit in a tweet but consider the world should know about, B/ Because I think you and your mate need a spontaneous shopping spree (that’s because we all need a spontaneous shopping spree at all times) and C/ Because luckily for you and your mate, IDBUS are running a competition named Pardon my French offering you the chance to win 2 return tickets to make that spree come true ! All you have to do is try your best at saying a French tongue twister… I think the guy below did pretty well 😉 Click “read more” for more details ! Let me know if any of you post a video to take part – I’d love to see you try your best French accent and promise to vote for you (especially if you’ve been voting for me by clicking on the blue button in the sidebar…ahem !) – Bonne chance !Pardon my French
I know this sounds very geeky-freaky, but I have a thing for trains. It’s my dark side. I love taking trains, I find it relaxing and love day dreaming whilst watching the landscapes fly by. I also love taking photos of train stations. Now that’s all out there, let me introduce you to La Gare. This fancy French restaurant used to be a train station. The entrance hall has now been turned into a luxurious bar and the platforms are covered in set tables. The food is delicious to say the least (my recommendation : truffle ravioli !), the service is impeccable and the general experience is simply special. Now is also a good time for me to introduce you to my new watch – a square faced design by Nick Munro, inspired by Japanese train stations and their impressive punctuality. Voici le moment geek : j’aime les trains. C’est mon côté obscur. J’adore prendre le train, ça me détend et j’aime rêver d’ailleurs pendant que je regarde les paysages filer à toute vitesse. J’aime aussi prendre des photos de gare – ce qui m’amène à vous présenter ce joli restaurant parisien : La Gare. Cette ancienne gare a donc vu son hall d’entrée transformer en bar luxueux et ses quais recouvrir de belles tables. Les plats sont fins (ma reco : les ravioles à la truffe !) et le service impeccable – une belle expérience. Je vous présente par la même occasion ma nouvelle montre, un design signé Nick Munro et inspiré des gares japonaises et leur ponctualité sans faille. Dress by Vila @ Monshowroom Shoes by Zara Watch by Nick Munro xx – – – – – –Lookbook : A La Gare
Although I come to Paris regularly, I always feel a buzz when I’m here. I’m literally head over heels about this city and know this is where I’ll live “when I grow up”. My dream flat would be in one of the famous Hector Guimard’s buildings with beautiful white stone windows and twisted Tim Burton like steal gates. These buildings take you straight back to the “Belle Époque” and make me feel like Alice in Wonderland. Instead of the usual cliché Summer photos of Paris, I thought I’d share some of the award winning architect’s works with you – as well as a fairytale look. Enjoy ! Même si je passe régulièrement par Paris, je suis toujours aussi émerveillée par cette ville. Il n’y a aucun doute que c’est ici que je m’installerai “quand je serai grande”. Dans mes rêves les plus fous, j’habite dans un immeuble signé Hector Guimard aux fenêtres creusées dans la pierre blanche et aux grilles tortillées à la Tim Burton. Surtout connu pour son design des bouches de métro parisiennes, l’architecte a aussi travaillé sur de nombreux immeubles parsemés dans Paris. Lorsque je me promène dans ces rues je me sens comme Alice au Pays des Merveilles… Plutôt que de vous faire part de photos typiquement touristiques, j’ai donc décidé de partager avec vous quelques uns de ses travaux ainsi qu’un look un p’tit peu féérique. Enjoy ! Top by Esprit Skirt / Jupe by H&M Socks / Chaussettes by Topshop Shoes by Les Tropéziennes xx – – – – – –Lookbook : Alice in Parisland – Summer holidays STOP 3
I was recently telling you about the new trend called Colour Shocking (as oppose to Colour Blocking) and promised to give it a try… I even found the perfect place to shoot it : the Parisian tube ! Each station has a different design and some of the colored walls are incredible. Je vous ai récemment parlé de la mode du “colour shocking” et avais promis de tenter le look très prochainement… C’est désormais chose faite et pendant mon périple parisien j’ai trouvé l’endroit parfait pour les photos : le métro ! – Neon trousers / Pantalon fluo by Zara – Silk blouse : used to belong to my Mom / Chemisette en soie : Anciennement à ma maman ♥ – Pumps / Ballerines by H&M – Nail polish / Vernis à ongles by Accessorize – Tube station / Bouche de métro : Havre-Caumartin, Paris 9 To read the post “Colour Shocking VS Colour Blocking”, click here. xx – – – – – –Lookbook : Colourshocking in Paris
I often travel to Paris and so don’t necessarily visit all the expected spots when I’m there. This time I actually would have liked to visit the Tim Burton exhibition, but unfortunately didn’t have time. I did make the most of my stay, however, in my own special way ! I arrived in the evening and shot straight off for my favorite walk from Paris 3ème (photo 1) all the way to Opéra Garnier (photo 2). I then grabbed something to eat in a nearby sea-food restaurant (check out their takeaway booth photo 3). Then I did some nighttime shopping in Monoprix – Mavala top-up time (photos 4) ! The next day I took a stroll across the center at dawn, loving having the city all to myself (photo 5). I even came across a “pop up shop” (photo 6). What a good idea to give smaller brands a bigger chance : ) I came across some beautiful street art that morning too (photos 7, 8, 9) and bought some delish choccy from Newtree (photo 10). Photo 1 : The twilight buzz near Grands Boulevards…10 photos of Paris my way