Paris Diary

Bonjour tout le monde! I’ve been in Paris to celebrate my last 3 days of 2016 with my shoppingbuddy. We’ve strolled around in Saint-Germain to visit Le Bon Marché and some vintage shops, walked over the Rue Saint-Honoré to pass all the beautiful high-end stores. We’ve had lunch, dinner and drinks in the area around Odéon in the 6th, one of my favorites. It was so nice to be back and I’ve spend a wonderful NYE at Le Perchoir!

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Gucci store @ Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré. A must see because it has 3 floors! Such a pretty store and so much to see.

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Le Bon Marché & the cutest keychains of Paris at Ladurée

Beautiful styling @ the shoe department of Le Bon Marché

Do you want to know more about my favorite Parisian hotspots? You can find all my articles in the catagory ‘Paris’ in my menu!

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10 things to do in Le Marais

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Bonjour everybody! I’m writing this post because a lot of people are asking me where to go in Paris. I would like to share some of my favorite places in the Marais neighborhood  (3rd & 4th arrondissement). I used to hang out here about about 70% of my time in Paris, because there are so many cool places and it is quite hipster. Here are some places I recommend if you want to step away from the touristic path.

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One of my favorite resto’s is La Fronde at Rue des Archives. It’s a perfect place to have a glass of wine, a cocktail or tapas and the brunch on Sunday is amazing! They serve lot of food but just take your time,  after all it’s Sunday!

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If you skip this conceptstore, you’ve missed the heart of Paris. Merci is one of the most famous conceptstores and it’s located on the border of Marais. At Merci you can find cool gadgets, fashion, interior accessories and a nice café with hipster food.

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                        Place de Vosges, a small and nice park close to Rue de Turenne and is surrounded by nice restaurants and galeries. It’s so peaceful, a good place to take a break.

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After shopping like a real Parisienne in Rue des Francs Bourgeois, Rue Vieille du Temple and Rue de Bretagne you must be starving and in desperate need of a good lunch. Paris New York is a good place to have a bite, something yummy for your tummy.

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When you’re done with faire du shopping in fashion boutiques like Sandro and Majé, you should  go to Fleux’. You need to find  a delivery service if you want to buy all those pretty accessories and furniture because it’s all amazing! #iwantitall

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It’s a pity that you usually eat 3 meals a day, at Marché des Enfants Rouges you have so many different cuisines like Italian, Mexican, Moroccan, Lebanese and Japanese. It’s hard to choose because it all smells so delicious, you just want to taste everything!

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Besides a coffee bar Maison Kitsuné also has a cool clothing brand. check out their collection, the sweater with ‘Parisienne‘ is my favorite.

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It’s noon so that means time for an apéro! La Favorite is a nice spot at Rue de Rivoli to have drinks at the terrace. It’s also nicelt decorated inside! Same style like Café Charlot.

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Lily of the Valley is the cutest tea place I’ve ever seen. They’ve got so many different fresh flavors and their cakes are amazing!

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My favorite cocktailbar with the best bites, Le Mary Celeste. L-O-V-E this place, wish we’ve had it also in Amsterdam! Also check out Candelaria and Le Perchoir.

images: @stylebyfabie / yellowtrace / @lemaryceleste

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PARISIAN SECRETS

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Bonjour mes amis! It’s been three weeks since I left Paris. It was such a nice time and experience but I will return in June for a short visit to reunite with my Parisian friends! I still have so many spots and secrets to share but here are some photos of the most recent places i’ve discovered. If you need any suggestions for your visit to Paris, don’t hesitate to ask me! Maybe I will write a book about Paris someday, what do you think? Yay or nah? Let me know and leave a comment! Bisous x

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BARBIE EXPOSITION

What if the most popular and iconic fashionista of all times visits the fashion capital of the world? Right, Paris creates a huge exposition in Musée Des Arts Décoratifs. My niece and I visited the Barbie exposition. It brought back good memories of our childhood because we used to play with the barbies together. We had so much fun that day at the expo, throwback time! During the exposition I discovered that Barbie is not just a toy, she has mirrored a culture evolution. She has adopted all the new dreams and ambitions of contemporary life. When you see the exposition you can clearly see a fashion timeline from the beginning till now. That’s why it's so interesting. It’s not only about a pretty blond doll with her perfect prince charming (Ken). Besides the 700 Barbie dolls, you can also see the work by artists, photos, video and magazines that contextualize the life of Barbie for example Vogue and the Barbie collection of Moschino. Any Barbie addict should follow Barbies Instagram account (yes she's got one!). It is really cool to follow, especially around fashion week. I’m wondering who makes all the photos of her fabulous outfits on location!

What if the most popular and iconic fashionista of all times visits  the fashion capital of the world? Right,  Paris creates a huge exposition in Musée Des Arts Décoratifs. My niece and I visited the Barbie exposition. It brought back good memories of our childhood because we used to play with the barbies together. We had so much fun that day at the expo, throwback time!

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MERCI

In Paris you find many conceptstores in the fashion field. My favorite one is Merci which is located in the 3th arrondissement. It is my favorite because when you enter it’s like a big house.  The experience inside is amazing. They sell fashion, interior accessories, stationary, gadgets and books, all in one. Last time when i was there,  they had an African print theme and the classic old red Fiat 500 had a new style. The clothes they sell are from their own brand Merci, Isabel Marant and many other cool French brands. The interior section is really big! I’m an interior junkie as well and they have a lot of cool stuff such as industrial lamps and nice tableware. If you are at Merci, I'd recommend you to take your time to see all the amazing stuff they sell on all the three floors!

In Paris you find many conceptstores in the fashion field. My favorite one is Merci which is located in the 3th arrondissement. It is my favorite because when you enter it’s like a big house.  The experience inside is amazing. They sell fashion, interior accessories, stationary, gadgets and books, all in one. Last time when i was there,  they had an African print theme and the classic old red Fiat 500 had a new style. The clothes they sell are from their own brand Merci, Isabel Marant and many other cool French brands. The interior section is really big! I’m an interior junkie as well and they have a lot of cool stuff such as industrial lamps and nice tableware. If you are at Merci, I’d recommend you to take your time to see all the amazing stuff they sell on all the three floors!

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111 Boulevard Beaumarchais

Metro: Saint-Sébastien – Froissart (3eme)

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PARISIAN SECRETS

Salut tout le monde! Here’s a little story about a couple of must-see's and just some nice pictures to share with you. Previous week, we had some really sunny but also rainy days. So I either went out to discover new places and enjoy the city or I had to stay inside and work on motivation letters. Sometimes when I cycle through Paris, I have to stop to take  a photo of a cute corner or from just a nice terrace. Never think: Oh never mind I will go back later, NO! Stop and grab your phone or camera. Here are some photos from my Instagram with a little explanation. Bisous!

Salut tout le monde! Here’s a little story about a couple of must-see’s and just some nice pictures to share with you. Previous week, we had some really sunny but also rainy days. So I either went out to discover new places and enjoy the city or I had to stay inside and work on motivation letters. Sometimes when I cycle through Paris, I have to stop to take  a photo of a cute corner or from just a nice terrace. Never think: Oh never mind I will go back later, NO! Stop and grab your phone or camera. Here are some photos from my Instagram with a little explanation. Bisous!

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SPRING VIBES IN PARIS

Last few days it was so rainy in Paris, but this weekend will be sunny (so they say). I told a french waiter that I had the feeling I was in Holland, because the Dutch people are used to a lot of wind and rain. What Parisian people surprises the most, is that Dutchies always ride their bikes, even when it’s raining haha!  It is our main form of transport. I took some photos last week before the sky turned into one big grey cloud. I can’t wait to enjoy spring and relax in Jardin du Luxembourg with some french (study)books and magazines. I’m lucky it is so close to my place, just a few minutes away!

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THINGS I LOVE ABOUT PARIS

One thing I really like about Paris is the architecture, I can’t stop taking pictures of buildings. Every street corner has something special and romantic. I always wonder how people have decorated those big apartments. Nearly all apartment buildings are decorated with carefully styled ornaments and have beautiful wrought iron balconies which give this special look which is so typical for Paris.

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HOTSPOT: HUGUETTE

One of the places I recently discovered in the 6th was Huguette at Rue de Seine. This ‘bistro de la mer’ is always full of people who are enjoying a nice plate of oysters, fish & chips, mussels with fries or a good pasta vongole. They have got a extensive choice of wine too! You can also get wine and oysters ‘to go’ if you want, but having dinner there is a treat! In the afternoon their terrace is in the sun and it feels like you’re at the Côte d’Azur for a couple of hours. I photographed the decoration of Huguette, because I like the clean style with a mix of a couple of old things like the menu plates and their white tiles. The architect did a really good job! A tout suite!

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81 Rue de Seine // Metro: Odéon

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PARISIAN SECRETS

Bonjour mes chéries! Here’s a little story about  a couple of must-see's and just some nice pictures to share with you. Believe me, when you are visiting Paris there is so much more to see than only the Avenue Champs-Élysees and Ladurée. Paris is so big and even I still discover new places!  Here some photos from my Instagram with a little explanation. Bisous!

Bonjour mes chéries! Here’s a little story about  a couple of must-see’s and just some nice pictures to share with you. Believe me, when you are visiting Paris there is so much more to see than only the Avenue Champs-Élysees and Ladurée. Paris is so big and even I still discover new places!  Here some photos from my Instagram with a little explanation. Bisous!

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