Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I wouldn't recommend going to see the Sonia Rykiel exhibition unless you're a true fan of this French couturière, famous for her colorful stripes and for making knitwear fashionable.  I've never found her designs particularly interesting so I wasn't surprised when I found myself a bit bored during the exposition.  Luckily we had some overachiever museum guide to explain the history behind each piece otherwise I would have gotten out of there in under 15 minutes.  

Some highlights: the awesome black and white sweater that Carrie in SATC wore when she moved to Paris (I was so surprised to see this and had no idea it was Rykiel!  It's actually vintage from the 60's), and all of the designs created for Sonia's 40th fashion anniversary as well as the actual models.  I loved Martin Margiela's fur chubby made to represent Rykiels's notorious frizzy red mane.  So funny! 

Sorry for the crappy photos...we weren't actually allowed to take photos so I had to use the old camera phone :(

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Paris has been so beautiful this week! I don't remember the last time we had weather like this...not even last summer, which didn't feel like summer at all. Of course I'm now cursing having a job! The sun is out and all I can do is look through the window.

I don't have class this weekend so I'm hoping the sun stays out and I can go and lay by the pool at J's dad's house. I am in desperate need of a little skin color! Tomorrow I have the Sonia Rykiel expo so pictures are to come.........

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Someone was nice enough to tag me for a "kreative blogger" award. I think my blog is pretty boring so I was quite surprised! Anyhow, the award rules are as follows:

List 7 things that you love, and then pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you love! Be sure to tag them and let them know that they have won. You can copy the picture of the award and paste it on your sideboard letting the whole world know...you are Kreativ!


1. My little family: my husband J and our mini-cat Nala

2. Traveling and trying new foods! I loveeee to eat (too much actually)!
3. Sleeping in on Sundays and eating brunch (again, food)

4. Reading about French or English history and royal families

5. Shopping: I can't go a week without at least looking which usually turns into buying..very bad habit!

6. Reading fashion magazines while riding the metro (I've even missed my stop several times...)

7. Hanging out with my 13 year old sister whom I miss dearly!

7 Bloggers I love (I'm too lazy to go ahead and "nominate" people):

Just have a look at the column on the left :)

Thanks Katherine!

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Hopefully I'm not speaking to soon but it seems Spring is finally here in Paris!  The sun was out today and it was actually warm enough to go out with a sweater and scarf, sans jacket!  J and I woke up and made some pains au chocolat (our new Sunday morning ritual) and then rented bikes from the Velib' station right outside are apartment.  We biked down Avenue de l'Opéra all the way to the Louvre where we set down our bikes to lay down and catch some rays.  There was a nice cool breeze and it felt so good to be outside breathing fresh air (well I guess Parisian polluted air but at least I wasn't holed up in my apartment).  There were so many people out!  It's funny, as soon as the weather warms up and the sun comes out, so do the Parisians.  I even spotted some smiles, a rarity in this city.  J and I then rode over to Place de la Concorde, up towards La Madeleine, Gare Saint-Lazare and then home. I need to do this more often.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mes News

Because of what happened with my last internship I didn't want to speak too soon - but now that it's been a week and I feel pretty good it about it, I can share: I was accepted for a new internship!  I'm doing event planning for a communications agency that specializes in luxury brands.  I'll be helping with all the logistics of setting up events.  Everyone is fairly young and there's a good atmosphere in the office.  Even more, it's located on the beautiful rue de la Paix (where you can find all the prestigious jewelers - Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany, Boucheron...), and I can walk to work!  Each morning I pass by the Trinity Church, the grand magasins (Galleries Lafayettes, Printemps), the famous Opéra Garnier, and then walk down the street towards the historical  Place Vendôme.  It's a nice little promenade if I do say so myself.  I may be busy once again with working 4 days a week and having school 2 days, but things are looking up!  

Monday, March 9, 2009

Why I could never lose weight while living in France

Because even the frozen food is good.  In France they have this magical frozen foods store called Picard.  It's fairly inexpensive and they have everything...from crêpes and baguettes to mixed mushrooms, lasagna, fried rice, seafood, and even mini-desserts and finger foods, perfect for parties.  J and I are addicted to their pains au chocolat.  They come in a bag of 5 for about 3.50 euros.  You simply heat up the oven, place them on the pan, cook for 20 minutes and then voilà: flakey, chocolatey, melt-in-your-mouth goodness.  Honestly I think they taste better than any of the local boulangeries!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Living the Luxury Lifestyle (or at least learning about it)

My masters program has a lot of advantages in that we often have planned activities outside the classroom such as our previous trip to Versailles.  This past Friday we had a half day of class and were then split into three groups for three different visits: Gucci, Ralph Lauren, and Hotel Plaza Athenée.  I was very excited to be in the group visiting the hotel, one of the most prestigious in Paris and located on Avenue Montaigne, home to many high fashion stores such as Chanel, Dior, Valentino, and Louis Vuitton.  Although I've been there once for dinner and a few times to the bar, I'd never been inside the actual hotel (and could probably never afford it!).  In the final season of Sex & the City, this is the beautiful Parisian Palace that Carrie stays in when moving to Paris with her Russian Lover Alexander Petrovsky.   

Upon arrival half of us were sent home for wearing jeans and the rest of us were ushered into the service entrance, past the pressing and upstairs where we were welcomed with fresh squeezed fruit juices, coffee & tea, and freshly made mini-desserts.   We were given a short history of the hotel (opened in 1911) and then led up to the top floor to visit one of the many luxurious suites: a decent-sized hotel bedroom, decorated art deco style in purple and taupe.  I wasn't that impressed until they opened a door that led to a gorgeous salon larger than my apartment and with a direct view of la tour eiffel.  How much we asked?  Oh, only 15,000 euros per night!  We also visited another beautiful suite decorated in Louis XVI style, as well as the kitchens of the famous three star restaurant Alain Ducasse where we met the head chef and were shown the hand-painted, platinum-rimmed fine china and then visited the actual restaurant with eye-catching chandeliers surrounded by strung-up baccarat crystals.  We then took a look at the very chic and trendy Plaza Athenée bar, the wine cellar, and the newly built Dior Institute.  In total we spent nearly 3 hours visiting all parts of the hotel and learning about different careers within the hotel industry.  Very enlightening.  This week we'll be taking a trip over to Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs to see the Sonia Rykiel exhibition, and coming up we'll visit the Louvre and have a wine tasting.  I could get used to this.....