The Webster Miami x Le Bon Marche Paris

The Webster x Le Bon Marche 6It seems there really is no rest in the world of fashion… we were just 10 days into the New Year and some of the biggest designers in the industry had already launched a limited edition capsule collection celebrating the collaboration of Miami’s famous concept store, The Webster, with the much-loved Le Bon Marche in Paris!

With a unique decor combining the iconic central escalators of Le Bon Marche and the exotic pink flamingoes of The Webster, the two stores are currently hosting a selection of iconic designer pieces re-invented to fit the ‘white’ theme. My virtual wishlist already includes a gorgeous Victoria Beckham figure-hugging dress, the classic Givenchy Shark bag with contrasting black stitching and Kure Bazaar‘s set of three white polishes in a signature gift box (the only realistically affordable item on my list!).

If you’re budget is looking very much like mine at the moment, you might prefer to stay away from the Capsule Blanche and head over to the LBM x The Webster collection instead (much safer!) where you’ll find flamingo print tote bags, keyrings, notebooks and even wallpaper!

The collaboration runs until the 21st of February both in Paris and Miami as well as online.

Le Bon Marche Rive Gauche, 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris

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An Unusual Night at the Hotel Original, Bastille

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Whenever one of my London friends comes to visit me in Paris, we always try to make the most of the occasion and reserve something special… lunch at Le Fumoir, brunch in the Rue des Martyrs or even a weekend escape into the nearby Forest of Fontainebleau, these treats always make the weekend feel more like a mini vacation and it’s a great excuse to splash out a little!

Last weekend, my best friend came to stay for a long weekend and for the extra night we booked an unusual boutique hotel right near the Place de la Bastille. Let me just say that the Hotel Original is probably the weirdest hotel I’ve every stayed at! Everywhere you look, there’s something unusual staring back at you… jellyfish lamps, faux deer heads and neon butterflies; it’s definitely not your usual 4* hotel and it ended up being a really fun experience and definitely a more amusing type of accomodation for a short break in Paris.

The interior was entirely imagined by designer Stella Cadente, who has worked with numerous hotels as well as launching her own collection of clothing, accessories and fragrances. You’ll see even from the reception, the decor is something else and every room has its unique theme from quirky Alice in Wonderland decorations to a cosy Chalet feel!

Hotel Original, 8 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75011 – Metro: Bastille

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The Legendary Shakespeare & Co, Paris

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Sometimes, every now and then, you come across a place which touches you in some way. It can be anything, an interesting building or a curious little coffee shop… For me, one of these special places is Shakespeare & Co, the dusty second-hand bookshop along the banks of la Seine in Paris.

It’s small, and the books have seen better days, but it’s enchanting; you feel like Alice in Wonderland. The history of this little bookshop transports you and it’s hard not to be swept up in its stories…

Founded in August 1951 by the late George Whitman, the shop is set in the very heart of the French capital on the Left Bank opposite Notre-Dame (another location of magic and mystery). George had spent several years travelling in South America where he was moved by the hospitality of locals who would feed and accommodate him willingly. From this moment he decided he too would create a sanctuary for writers, artists and aspiring talent in the form of a bookshop. Inviting guests into his home, over 50,000 heads have slept on the pillows at Shakespeare and Company many sharing tea and pancakes with George such as Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell and Allen Ginsberg.

The best thing about this little bookshop full of tales and talent are the stories you can find directly on the bookshelves. It’s not impossible to be leafing through a James Baldwin only to discover the author has signed it to the bookshop! Today the bookshop is home to an array of events such as poetry readings, concerts, lectures and bilingual readings; you can find out more on their website but more importantly in the shop itself.

So the next time you’re passing through the City of Love, take a moment to unglue your eyes from the stunning Cathédrale Notre-Dame and look to the other side of the river, to a smaller sight with a less impressive façade but just as much mystery and delight to be found inside its walls…

Shakespeare & Co, 37 rue de la Bûcherie 75005 (Metro Saint-Michel)

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Christmas at Disneyland Paris

Disney 6Disney 4Disney 3Disney 1Disney 19If there’s one place you can rely on for the full Christmas atmosphere, it’s Disneyland in Paris! Fake snow, toys, gifts, sugar highs and smiling faces everywhere you look, it really doesn’t get more Christmassy than this and it was the perfect Sunday destination for two big kids this weekend!

Giddy boyfriend in tow, I couldn’t wait to shut out the real world for 12 hours of pure fantasy and cartoon-character-filled-joy which began the very minute we stepped into the first park, Universal Studios, which I had never visited before. Here the Christmas theme was subtle but present in tree-shaped decorations and candy canes hanging in all the boutiques and stalls around the park. We began with a visit to the brand new Ratatouille attraction which is incredible! If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to be shrunk down to the size of a mouse (ok, rat!) then trust me this is the closest you’ll ever get to finding out… 3D videos screens, giant-sized decors, drastic changes in temperature and a cosy rat-mobile will have you whizzing around Gustau’s restaurant, feeling like you’re pretty lucky to have made it out alive!

Inspired by the morning’s rat-adventures, I decided to brave my fear of rollercoasters and took a ride on Crush’s Coaster (terrifying!) followed by an even more daring venture onto the Rock’n’Roller Coaster with Aerosmith (absolutely flipping terrifying!)… I don’t know whether it was my love of Aerosmith music or the relief at still being alive after such an experience but I was in a mad laughing fit as the ride came to an end, though not in any way tempted to go through it a second time!

The rest of the day was spent in the main Disneyland park, wandering from the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse to Aladin’s cave stopping for a quick spin at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! The Christmas decorations were spectacular in the Main Street with foam snow falling from the beautifully lit boutiques and cafes, so tempting that we left with two bags of Christmas goodies (tree decorations, gifts and candy canes)!

Christmas runs until January 7th at Disneyland Paris so if you’re looking for a fun day trip or weekend getaway, check out the website and head back to your childhood!

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Gambettes Box by My Little Paris

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To my surprise, the first box was a beautiful collaboration with Diane von Furstenberg in which I received two pairs of DVF x Gambettes Box tights, one was a  plain black 60D for winter, the other was a patterned 20D with a cute spotty print. Of course, with a designer collaboration, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to receive the next month’s edition which was inspired by all things wild and exotic. Cue yesterday’s parcel which included two warmer 60D tights both with a fun but subtle pattern – python print for the wild, symmetric print for the exotic.

The subscription costs 13,90 euros each month and you can stop at any time… though you probably won’t want to once you’ve started. It’s a great way to mix up your winter outfits and it’s made a big difference to my style as I would never usually think to experiment much with tights! This month I also received a little sample of Talika’s best-selling face oil and a discount voucher for the brand so there are also some little beauty treats included from time to time.

Visit Gambettes Box online for more details or to subscribe.

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