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A Ritzy Soireé with Ernest

As my moveable feast is slowly advancing to the expresso part of the meal…oops, i meant ‘year’, I am avidly marking things off of my Paris Bucket List left and right! (which is a large contributing factor to the lack of posts lately…that, and the glorious sunshine!) Top on my list and truly a must, is the \”Hemingway Bar\”. This nostalgic & whimsical gem can be found smugly tucked away in a petite corner of the Ritz Hotel, after having wondered down and through endless lush & lavishly decorated hallways and parlors. Ranked as the best bar in the world with the best bartender in the world, Colin Field, The Hemingway Bar certainly lived up to it’s standards (as did the check please!) But, c’est la vie “ritz” n’est c’est pas? Beyond that, the candle-lit ambiance was simply alluring and we all felt taken back to the 1920’s if just for a few hours. The jukebox was playing, the conversation was enlightening and there was an air of simplicity with no rush or need to go anywhere or do anything besides enjoy the evening. A little cherry on top was that the previous night we had gone to see Woody Allen’s new film, \”Minuit á Paris\” or “Midnight in Paris”, which excellently portrays Paris in the early 1900’s. The flick includes several intellectual figures of the time, the most prominent one being none other than Hemingway himself! So, the sequence of events was quite perfect if I do say so myself!




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Chanel Haute Couture 2011: Outside the Show

my favorite.

celebrity stylists

Vanessa Paradis

Diane Kruger


Abbey Lee and other models smoking after the show...comme d'habitude


Lou Doillon

Diane's incredible hair

Giovanna Battaglia...looked sooo stunning, as always.

Gaspard Ulliel

Anna dello Russo

The one and only Anne Oblinger; my famous friend and fellow stalker

my 2nd favorite

Alexa Chung. Obsessed.

one of the models, she looks so young! so cute

oh, Pareeee

Anna Wintour; the Queen Bee leaving the building...

Sorry for the obscene amount of photos, I had a really hard time deciding which ones to post. Such an experience of a lifetime, one day I hope to be on the inside having people take my pic as I walk in 😉 If only…


*all pics taken by moi et ma copine Trisha

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Fashion Week….

I’m excited for Fashion week. C’est tout.

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Angelina’s Hot Chocolate

Angelina’s Hot Chocolate was not on my bucket list because, unfortunately, I didn’t know anything about it before coming to Paris. A couple of my friends told me all about it, and I knew it was something I just could not miss out on! Angelina’s is so well known because of her authentic, rich African hot chocolate made from cocoa beans from the Ivory Coast, obviously. BUT, more importantly, it’s become such a Parisian hot spot because back in the day, both Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel were major fans of Angelina’s and her hot coco (no pun intended).

The hot chocolate DEFINITELY lived up to it’s standards. It was pretty much a melted chocolate bar. It was very decadent, thick and creamy and truly warmed the insides. I could not handle more than a tiny mug and I don’t think my stomach will ever be the same (this is saying a lot, because I am a huge lover of chocolate.)

Here is the scrum-diddly-umptous recipe if anyone whats to try and reproduce this á la maison:

Café Angelina’s Chocolat L’Africain (deliciously decadent hot chocolate)
This recipe serves 2 small cups, or one large cup. 2 serious chocolate lovers should double it!

1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp of confectioners’ sugar (aka powdered sugar)
4 oz of chopped 72% Omanhene brand bittersweet chocolate (you may use another brand here, but ensure that it is close to 70% cocoa. We chopped up half of a Lindt 70% bar, found in the baking section of our regular grocery store.)

Heat the milk, cream, and sugar over medium high heat until bubbles are created around the pot.
Remove the pot from heat.   Add the bittersweet chocolate.
Stir until melted adjusting heat as needed.  Serve topped with whipped cream.

*Word to the wise: 3-4 people can easily split 2 jugs. We ordered 4 hot chocolates and got 2 behemoth jugs and still had a half of a jug left after everyone forced as much down their throats as possible. Oh, and one cup is 6.90 euro, so it was quite a pity we couldn’t finish it all.

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Seulement á Paris…

“Chic Pere Noël”

"Santa Clause is a chic guy"

Yes, that is a slimmed down version of Santa Clause, complete with beret, skinny tie, and a slim-fit, pin-striped suit (I’m assuming his shoes are Cole Haans?)… I hope to find his better half, Mrs. Clause sometime soon. I bet she has a high-wasted skirt, and maybe a green trench?? Only in Paris….



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Sainte Chapelle: The Radiating Cathedral

stained glass from the outside, glazed triforium and pierced gables

some pretty high relief detail of the frieze on the facade of the lower chapel

interior of the lower chapel...repetitive fleur de lis EVERYWHERE...typical Rayonnant

beautiful ribbed vaulting

detail of sculpture and engaged columns

alter in lower chapel, statue of King Louis XI (commissioner)

ribbed vaulting merging onto the pillars-gives a pretty "fanned" look

detail of the floor

upper chapel

repeated ornate motifs

detail of pillars in the upper chapel

the beautiful rose window 🙂

Medieval stained glass and window tracery...this is what makes it Rayonnant/or Radiating

emphasis on light

How stunning is this most perfect example of a Rayonnant Gothic architecture? Sainte Chapelle is a not as well known and much less touristy Cathedral in the heart of Paris on Ile de la Cité. This is partly because it is hidden by the Palais de Justice and also because it is so close to Notre Dame, the much bigger and better known Gothic Cathedral of Paris.

I have been saving Sainte Chapelle for a rainy, cold day simply because I prefer cathedrals on dark, rainy days for some reason. I think it heightens the sacred and holy feel of the interior of a church. And, I just like to hear the pitter-patter of the rain on the roof echo through out the nave. Needless to say, yesterday was the perfect day to go. It had been rainy and snowy all day long.

When I studied Sainte Chapelle in my Cathedral Architecture classes at KU, I remember it always stuck out from the rest because of it’s purpose and it’s spectacular decor. It was commissioned by King Louis XI to house relics, particularly, the Crown of Thorns. It’s appearance most definitely reflects it’s function. When I walked in I truly felt like I was inside of a jewelry box or more appropriately, a reliquary (box to hold a relic.) The blue, gold, red and green colors were simply unforgettable and I thought it very befitting to visit during Christmas time! Staying true to a stereo-typical Rayonnant Cathedral, there were repeated, decorated motifs EVERYwhere. On the ceilings, the walls, even on the floors. The ornate pillars resembled tubes of Christmas wrapping paper.

Sainte Chapelle is such a unique, ethereal and beautiful Gothic Cathedral. If you ever go to Paris, remember to make a visit to this little hidden gem! I assure you, you will be dissappointed!



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Department Store’s Holiday Window Displays



Manish Arora for Nespresso!!

oui, c'est vraiment une personne

How fun would it be if your job was to create window display’s at Paris’s top notch department stores? With no Thanksgiving in France, they like to start some festive christmas cheer a little bit earlier than I am used to…I’m not complaining!

Printemps, Galleries Lafayette & Bonmarche are the Parisian version of Nordy’s, Saks & Neimans. These pictures were taken at all 3 locations. I preferred Printemps the best, it was like high end/couture/ living room/domestic/ holiday fantasies…if you will! Galleries Lafayette is more known for their children’s windows filled with dancing toys and candies… I promise to post pictures of those soon…once it gets a little closer to the big day 😉



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