Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy 2011!


Wishing you a lovely 2011!














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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Snowy, Rainy and Lovely



Hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas.
Christmas week has been snowy and rainy here in Paris...
but we still had a lovely Christmas day!

A favorite painting of rue Royale by Edouard Cortes


2011 is on its way...

Bringing new friends,
new adventures,
and new issues of 
Belle Inspiration e-magazine.

It's going to be a marvelous year!




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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!




I wish each of you a very 
Merry Christmas!





Nativity Above was Handmade by Rhonda Spiers of Blue Creek Home Blog




Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Last Minute Christmas



 Poinsettias at Le Printemps department store
(yet another Christmas display)





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Monday, December 13, 2010

Snowy Paris

Paris had quite a surprise snowfall last Wednesday.
Airports closed, highways in grid-lock, unexpected ice skating skills....uh hmmm...

Thankfully, we were still able to get out and about - 
one of the perks of living in the city.

The 'market street' (as I call it) right around the corner was a bit empty,
 but the (slushy) snow still managed to glisten under the sheet of lights and garlands. 

This little stretch offers everything you need - boulangerie, cafés, fromagier, caviar shop, gourmet coffee and tea shop and even....brace yourself...a Mc Donald's...sad but true. 
 France has whole heartedly embraced the Golden Arches - at least it is tucked into the building like the rest of the shops.  
Sorry no photos, I just could not bring myself to do it. 

Did I mention Starbucks? 
They're really crazy about those Frapuccinos!  


My favorite créperie

Notice the powdery snow (major slippery white stuff)...no photo of me nearly getting run over by a car on the way home either...thankfully my Mocha Frapuccino and I made it home safely!  The Good Lord was looking after me that day!! 




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Friday, December 10, 2010

Villa & Demeure, Paris


Paris is literally overflowing with unique boutiques
Villa & Demeure is one of those special stops where you can pop in 
to find the perfect cadeau (gift).

Located in the 16th arrondissment, Villa & Demeure is next to lots of 
cafés, boulangeries and boutiques. 

The boutique owner, Patricia Bigot, has a flair for creating stunning displays to showcase the fine collection of wares for you and your home

I popped in to do some Christmas shopping and had to 
start snapping some photos of this gorgeous table



The creamy dishes are mixed with touches of red and crystal goblets. 
Santa even makes an appearance, the perfect gift for your guests to take home.



Patricia kindly lit the candles to set this holiday table off to perfection.
She also speaks English! 
 One of my New Year's Resolutions - improve my French...

 


The soft green is a nice background for these reindeer dishes 
(Is that Rudolph)? 


Silver accents 

The furniture and chandeliers are also for sale. 


Crystal cubes are the finishing touch to your table.  

Merci beaucoup Patricia pour votre hospitalité!   





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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Window Shopping in Paris


 A little window shopping in Paris.
It's easy to get inspired by all the creative displays and 
pretty baubles.




 Ventured inside Le Printemps  and was serenaded 
by this talented string quartet.





       We needed a sweet break after all that walking! 






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