Etat Pur: affordable effective French skincare

If you are looking for a simple skin care routine that is effective and doesn’t break your bank account, check out Etat Pur, a French skincare line developed by Bioderma/Institut Esthederm, the same company that is responsible for the amazing Crealine micellar cleansing water, a favorite among fashionistas, models and beauty fanatics around the world. […]

Long live the ballet flat!

I walk a lot in Paris so flat comfortable shoes are absolutely necessary. Often I wear sneakers when running around doing the grocery shopping, which entails visiting local farmers’ markets, or making trips to the butcher, fishmonger, charcuterie (for cured meats), fruit and vegetable stand, boulangerie for bread and fromagerie for cheese. But there are […]

MySuelly: chic retro style bags in Paris

If you are looking for chic leather bags that don’t cost a fortune, check out French indie leather goods firm, MySuelly. I found the cross-body bag shown in the first photo above in a lovely boutique called Arty Dandy in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. You can buy MySuelly’s delectable creations online at the MySuelly […]

Le Bon Marche: fabulous Paris department store without all the tourists

Ah, the Bon Marche department store in Paris! If you have been to Paris and shopped at the Galeries Lafayette or Printemps, the two largest department stores in Paris, chances are you will have bumped into hundreds of tourists, struggled to make your way through the narrow aisles and wandered around in confusion. Le Bon […]

Diptyque’s latest scent: 34 boulevard St. Germain

I recently attended the launch of Diptyque’s newest fragrance called 34 boulevard St. Germain at their San Francisco boutique on Maiden Lane (near Union Square). The name comes from the original Diptyque store in Paris. Since this is their 50th anniversary, so why not launch a new fragrance? Description from the Diptyque website: 34 boulevard […]

Gorgeous silk embroidered skirt by Yooj

I love this beautiful pleated embroidered skirt by Yooj available from the Touch2Give website. Description: Kantha, double layered embroidered skirt. Embroidered Silk inside and outside. Product Size: 40 x 180 cm. Shipping from Italy. Price: 184 EUR. Yooj is based in Milan. It was founded by Jeong-Ah Yoo, formerly the designer behind KRIZIA. Other items by […]

The Little Bookroom’s splendid travel books

Are you looking for exquisite art- and culture-related travel books that are out of the ordinary and contain secret addresses you’d never find in one of those mass-market guide books? Check out the Little Bookroom’s collection of wonderful books. Here’s a small sample: Among their other titles are The Brasseries of Paris, Markets of Paris, […]

Diptyque limited edition festive holiday candles: pine, spicy orange and oliban

The holidays are upon us again and if you want to add an extra festive atmosphere to your home, consider Diptyque’s wonderful candles, which you can buy at the online Diptyque store or at a Diptyque boutique near you. In the past I have used Diptyque’s Feu de Bois (“wood fire”), a sophisticated combination of […]