Thursday, 16 December 2010
Friday, 10 December 2010
When passing through London a few weeks ago, I had some time to kill at Paddington Station. Just behind, is the Regent's Canal and ten minutes walk away is Little Venice. Some photos of the prettiest narrowboats.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
We're having a little pre-Christmas sale at pink milk vintage! Take 20% off any item with the code PMV10NOEL until December 14th. Last-minute Christmas shopping is easier when its cheaper...
Please note there will be no shipping from Paris from December 17th-30th. If you want your item in time for Christmas, last shipping day to Europe is December 12th, to the rest of the world, December 6th.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
After designing and printing our beautiful invitations, the wonderful Helen from Sweet Olive Press let me have the plates she had made for them. Above are the plates I had framed as a gift for my parents, with the rsvp cards and their address, and I had the plate for the invitation card itself framed as a wedding gift for D*. The finishing touch to a perfect day.
*Unfortunately, after being mounted on emerald green silk and carefully framed behind non-reflective glass at hideous expense in a gorgeous blue-grey frame, D's gift was damaged when our flat flooded while we were on honeymoon. It's part of the insurance claim however and the plate itself is still intact and ready to be re-framed when this whole debacle eventually comes to and end.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
What a wonderful wedding present, a tasting session at the scrumptious Pâtisserie des réves in Paris' 16th. Created by master patissier Philippe Conticini, these are award-winning cakes to be taken seriously.
The salon de thé on rue de Longchamp is light and airy, with double-height windows that look onto a small terrace and a smiling welcome from Vincent. The patisseries are displayed under weighted bell jars, gift items and baking ingredients are high up in niches, giving the shop the air of an art gallery. Fully deserved, as Conticini's créations are culinary works of art.
Take exhibit 1. Post-brunch and already full, we chose to taste the Black Forest gateau, one of the more extragavant items on the menu and rarely seen in patisseries. The gateau, all overblown layers of chantilly cream, dark chocolate sponge and rich cherry syrup, is tucked into a cherry-shaped chocolate shell, itself dipped into cherry glaze. With a tap of the fork, it breaks open with a satisfying crack and spills its contents.
Simple by comparison, our next choice was the sweet orange tart. A dense biscuit base, with a light orange cream and orange glaze that was bittersweet and refreshing. Brioche, bread, toast, gateau, tart, and full bellys.
La Pâtisserie des Rêves
Shop and salon de thé:
111, rue du Longchamp
93, rue du Bac
Thank you Delphine Chan!
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
The International Power 50 - the other four continents crammed onto a single page - includes 12 powerful women from the emerging economies of China, India and Mexico; nine from Britain. The eight from France was surprising, but A Good Thing nonetheless.
Time interviewed several of the women who made the list, including Chanel CEO Maureen Chiquet, and Google VP Susan Wojcicki and entertainment heavyweight Oprah Winfrey. The full list is on the Fortune website.
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Tuesday, 16 November 2010
J'apprécie beaucoup les divers fonds qu'on peut choisir avec le logiciel CeWe, j'ai beaucoup utilisé la fonctionnalité fond-ésquisse, se qui fait dessin dans un cahier de vacances...
...couleurs à l'intérieur chaudes, saturées, mais pas fausses...
Friday, 12 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
My Little Paris sort son livre from mylittleparis on Vimeo.
I love My Little Paris. My little heart skips with joy when I see an iPhone alert with a new little insider idea. When I came back from Bangalore with freshly threaded eyebrows - and a slightly raised pain threshold - My Little Paris came up trumps, with an authentic bon adresse for, threading near La Chapelle. Arriving home frazzled after a long day, My Little Paris added a touch of glam to my bubble bath with the perfect bathtime playlist. Exclusive offers (My Little brunch at Boucheron, anyone?) are tailor-made for girls like us and the whole site is wrapped up in the gorgeously chic artwork of Japanese illustrator Kanako.
A Paris (and Marseilles, and Lyons) must-have... also available in English for expats and Parisiennes by proxy. And now there is a whole book, at the top of My Little Christmas list.
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Vintage beadwork headband, also by Lola Loves.
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Cosy Sunday by pinkmilkkate featuring a pink cami
A little indulgence goes a long way on a grey Sunday afternoon...
Trying out Polyvore.com, just like cutting pictures out of magazines and making collages on school books and folders when we were younger. Love it, but it's a shame we can't clip etsy items... Above is a cosy Modcloth cardi, with Splendid Cotton jogging leggings, fabulous Nicole Farhi shoe boots, House of Fraser blush silk cami, Kate Spade pearls, Jerome Dreyfuss bag and Lulu & Nat cahmere scarf.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Blushbabies pink their cheeks with Mary Quant! A super find at a Batignolles flea market on a recent Sunday sortie: Mary Quant Blushbaby blusher, unused with brush and insert. Now that life is slowly returning to normal for the Paris half of pink milk, we will be doing a lot more of this sort of thing, and we can't wait.
A staple of the sixties London scene, Mary Quant is an iconic designer famous for the Swinging Sixties look of Chelsea girls-about-town, miniskirts, coloured tights and skinny rib knits. At the forefront of the boutique culture that took London by storm in the sixties, Quant's Kings Road shop became a favourite hipster hangout. In 1966, she was given an OBE by the Queen, for her services to British fashion.
Mary Quant cosmetics were launched in Great Britain the same year, and in Japan in 1971, where Nippon girls were going crazy for the London look. Quant made regular visits to the country thoughout the seventies and eighties, launching accessories and home lines as well, in the early eighties.
Quant designed the packaging herself, in iconic white, black and silver to highlight the product colours, all featuring the trademarked daisy logo.
Today, Mary Quant cosmetics are available for mailorder in Japan online, or from the London store.
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Sunday, 26 September 2010
After two months sleeping in empty flats, spare beds and unused beds, we are finally back in our own. A few weeks of respite while we wait for the four insurance companies to come to enough of an agreement to start the complete redecoration that is needed to rectify the water damage, time to breathe long and deeply.
Thank you dear friends, for your kindness in the bed department recently.
Friday, 24 September 2010
Two weeks living in St Michel was lovely, and just around the corner is the chic shop of chocolate artist Patrick Roger. The windows are always whimsical, in a Left Bank kind of way, note the little chocolate conkers - when I took these photos, Autumn was on its way. Now it is here.
The chococlate honeycomb is a reference to his new range of chocolates, produced with the honey from the beehives he has kept since October 2009, in the garden behind the shop, and on its roof in Sceaux.
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Living in our flat still unlikely for the foreseeable future. On the upside, we are moving around a lot and getting to know areas of the city we didn't know before. Currently at St Michel, not far from the Jardins de Luxembourg, wonderful for a Sunday run. Unfortunately no Internet in our current appartment, but having Shakespeare and Co around the corner dulls the pain.
Thursday, 26 August 2010
... we are back. Fabulous and wonderful wedding: done, wonderful and perfect honeymoon: done, returning to find our home underwater: done... In the middle of a complicated insurance claim that will take months to sort out, we are temporarily homeless and mourning the loss of some - thankfully not many - treasured belongings. Most upsettingly, this includes most of our wedding cards, which are being carefully dried out so they can still make it to the scrapbook. Bad times.
Our cheering-ourselves-up stragey includes lots of time spent looking at happy, smiling wedding pictures like the one above, burying ourselves in bed with books and films, and blog wandering to find inspiring pictures of other people's stylish and lovely homes, that have not recently been under 6cm of water. The Someday Blog is a rather gorgeous recent find, set to become a favourite... More suggestions, internet-based or otherwise, for general escapism from the whole thing would be very much appreciated.