Archive for April, 2012


Puffer Fever

Rarely have I seen a trend take hold so pervasively among such a wide swath of generations as the doudoune, or puffer jacket!

Sew Lame

Worst. Tour. Ever. As a connoisseur of Paris museums—the Nissim de Camondo, Espace Dali, and the Musee des Arts Decoratif are three favorites—I was very excited to tour the Gobelins, a working carpet and tapestry factory in the 13th arrondissement that dates back to the 1600s. Not only are the products of the museum something [...]

Sponsored Post: Seeking Jewelry-Making Instructor

I am seeking an instructor for private lessons in making jewelry–specifically, wire and metal work. My Internet search for one in Paris was a bust. Please click here to contact me if you know a working jeweler in Paris proper who has an atelier where lessons could be given. It’s fine if they only speak [...]

Bureaucracy’s 2 Sides

I was in the Opera neighborhood today, cursing the rain and the fact that I had to go in person to sign papers…you know, one of those many sets of papers you have to sign in person with 12 forms of ID to get anything done in France. But then something happened that made me [...]

Um…No, Thanks

1. Apparently my computer has cookies and the information highway has read my beads, because as soon as I am in France, ads such as this start appearing. 2. You would think that the French, long stereotyped as the most sophisticated lovers, would have come up with a term for “cougars” before Americans. Just sayin.’

Today’s Cat-astrophic Elections

The cliche of French ennui is alive and well, and this historic habit of navel-gazing, to the exclusion of modern realities, is why the results of today’s elections-round one–will be pointless, according to an opinion in the New York Times.

’50s Fever

If you have a look at the Secrets of Paris Calendar, you might notice there are more than a few “vintage” and “retro” events, from swing dance concerts and vintage hair salons to clothing and furniture sales. Not that this is new, but there sure seems to be a lot of them at the moment! The [...]

A Parisian Pair: Rick Owens and Michele Lamy

Amazing short film on Paris-based fashion and furniture designer Rick Owens and his muse and wife Michele Lamy. Make sure to watch to the end—after the credits—for the secret to one of Michele’s unusual beauty habits.

One Night, One Perfume

After reading her fascinating blog and interviewing her at the American Library, I wanted to learn more about Denyse Beaulieu, Parisian author of The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent (Harper Collins UK). She inspired perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour to create a new scent based on her memories of a summer night in Seville. Denyse has [...]

Who’d You Rather? (Political Version)

So here we are, two weeks away from the first round of the French presidential elections. My official voting card showed up last week, so I am all set to vote for my first French president. I have to admit, I’m not as prepared as I could/should be. C & I have been so tired [...]

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