Another beautiful week in Paris

We were fortunate enough to have another long weekend in my favorite city, Paris. We took the fast train in on Thursday and stayed until Sunday. It’s not nearly enough time to spend in such a fantastic city, but it’s nice to be so close. We are going to make a point to visit every 3 months this year so we can experience all of the seasons. I’m also going to make more of an effort to photograph my outfits and excursions in Paris more.

The weather was lovely, a bit chilly in the mornings and evenings, but beautifully crisp and sunny during the day. So I’ll chronicle the four days of outfits here.

DAY ONE

After strolling around the 5th Arr. that afternoon, we attended a book signing/reading for Greg Proops’ book The Smartest Book in the World at Shakespeare & Company on Thursday night. We ended up hanging out and chatting with him afterwards for a little while, which was a real treat.

Our hotel is very near the Musee de Cluny and nearby is a quaint little park which makes for a delightful backdrop for photos.

Dress – eShakti
Purse ~ Mod Cloth
Brooch ~ The Jewellery Cloud
Shoes ~ Naturalizer

DAY TWO

We spent our second day at Disneyland Paris, we renewed our Annual Pass so we’ll be able to enjoy more Disney outings though out the year. We decided not to bring the big camera to Disneyland this time, so not many photos were taken.

Cardigan ~ Emmy Designs
Blouse ~ Tatyana
Sweater Vest ~ Land’s End
Trousers ~ Pinup Girl Clothing
Brooch ~ Kirbee Art

DAY THREE

Saturday was the sunniest and most beautiful day we were there. On our way to a museum, we strolled through the delightful Luxembourg Gardens and stopped at the Medici Fountain for a quick photo op.

Top ~ Slash Top from Vivien of Holloway
Skirt ~ Mod Cloth
Shoes ~ Naturalizer

DAY FOUR

On our final day in Paris, we took a leisurely breakfast and walked down along the Seine to the Jardin des Plantes. I could spend days walking around this garden, which includes a Ménagerie, the Natural History Museum, beautiful greenhouses and so much more.

The trees and flowers were just starting to bloom in Paris and it wasn’t quite as glorious as it will be in a few months, but it’s still an amazing place to walk around and take in all the loveliness.

Dress ~ eShakti
Beret ~ Broosky
Brooch ~ The Jewellery Cloud
Shoes ~ Remix Vintage Shoes

In search of MY fragrance…..

“Women waste so much time wearing no perfume. As for me, in every step that I have taken in life, I have been accompanied by an exquisite perfume!”
~C.JoyBell C.

“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”
~Coco Chanel

“A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. ” 
~Christian Dior

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This post is a bit different as it involves scent and unfortunately the scratch and sniff computer screen has yet to be invented. So I will do my best to use words and photographs to describe the pure pleasure that I experienced recently with the Penhaligon’s brand of fragrance.

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I have been on a life-long journey for MY fragrance. I worked for Sephora for 6 years and had access to multiple scents and fragrances on a daily basis. Through this exposure I became enamored by the history and stories of the big Perfume Houses and how they created their scents. I’ve always loved the design of the perfume bottles and how, at times they can show you what the actual scent might be just by looking at it.

However, I never found “The One”. The problem was, nothing seemed to smell good on me. If it didn’t give me an instant headache and/or make me nauseated, my body chemistry would turn the scent to (excuse my French) ASS!!! I’ve never been able to handle Sandalwood or Patchouli and most fragrances have one or both of these as a base note. I think in my history of wearing fragrances I’ve found 2 commercial fragrances* that I like (not necessarily love). Until now!!!

*(I found that wearing essential oils worked really well for me, but it wasn’t was I was looking for)

I happened upon the Penhaligon’s website and I fell in love with not only the beautiful packaging I saw, but also the descriptions and scent ingredients of the fragrances. As I didn’t have a store terribly close to me (the closest one to me is in Luxembourg), I decided to order a fragrance set with 5 of their popular Ladies fragrances. I’d heard wonderful things about Juniper Sling and I was excited that it was included in the set.

The set was perfect, adorable little bottles that I could try and enjoy. I liked all 5 fragrances, but I love 2 of them. Juniper Sling and Vaara.

The descriptions of these fragrances from their website are:

JUNIPER SLING
JUNIPERSLING

An intoxicating fragrance created by Olivier Cresp, and inspired by the most iconic and atmospheric of spirits: London Dry Gin.
For enigmatic boys and girls, Juniper Sling is a crisp cocktail shot of gin with the freshness of juniper, cool measures of angelica and brandy and a beating libertine heart of black pepper, cardamom, soft leather and orris.
A gourmand base of brown sugar, black cherry and amber add sensuality to the scent. Apply liberally and drink in.

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The fragrance begins with a delicious blend of coriander and carrot seeds, creamy saffron and juicy quince: ingredients discovered during his trips to local markets in Jodhpur.
The heart of Vaara belongs to the gardens of Balsamand, the Maharaja’s summer palace, with two glorious roses blended elegantly with a billowing white note of Indian magnolia, a touch of freesia and a whisper of iris.
The fragrance settles into a luscious combination of honey, white musks and resins dripping over an aromatic base of tonka, cedarwood and sandalwood.

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As I knew we were visiting Paris for my birthday, I wanted to make a trip to an actual brick and mortar Penhaligon’s store. So we decided on the shop located at 209 Rue Saint Honoré in the 1st arrondissement.

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Walking into the shop is like walking back in time with its dark interior, beautiful wood drawers and glass shelves. It was very reminiscent of an old Apothecary. We were met by Antonia, a lovely (I believe British) gal, who was incredibly helpful and knowledgable. I briefly told her my story of my search for a fragrance and how I came across the brand. She was more than happy to give us a tour of the shop and educated us on their fragrances.
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I love the way that they present their “testers”, in tall glasses with a wad of cotton mesh inside sprayed with the fragrance. When you walk into the store you are not assaulted with too many competing scents in the air. You can simply pick up the glass you wish to try and inhale.

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After a few sniffs, she introduced me to their brand new fragrance ~ Equinox Bloom ~. And I immediately fell in love.  It was a delicious mix of floral, citrus, and sweetness. It is just perfecting, the floral notes are not over powering at all and it has a beautiful creamy vanilla like finish.

She gave us each a few samples so we could wear them for a few days to see how they worked. I could not wait to go back and buy a full bottle of it. Luckily when we went back a few days later Antonia was working again and she helped us with our purchase. My husband also bought a fragrance, he has a similar issue with fragrance so I’m glad we could find one for him as well. She wrapped up our purchase and added a few more samples of fragrances for the both us.

I now have MY fragrance and a few more that I really love. The level of customer service we experienced in the shop was fabulous. So if you are ever in Paris, I urge you to go visit Antonia and find YOUR scent.

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Pour Paris, Avec Amour

It’s been a very emotional time since the tragic news of the Paris attacks hit. As we now live in Europe and are so close to France, things feel a lot more raw and real. Paris holds an incredible place in my heart and soul and my thoughts and love go out to all of the people affected by this tragedy.

However, this blog is my sanctuary and a place for fun, glamour and fashion, not politics or daily news, so that will be all I have to say about this event here.

On Saturday we went to Saarbrüken and happened upon a flea market. It was smaller than the Homburg market, but charming none the less.

11:14:15 - 6Camel “Colleen” Coat ~ Hell Bunny bought from Modern Pinup
Green & Black Paid Dress ~ eShakti
Green flower brooch ~ Amalgamated Clothing
Paris brooch ~ Bought on Facebook
1950’s Black Hat ~ Etsy
Vintage Embroidered Purse ~ Homburg Flea Market
Shoes ~ Naturalizer

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