What to do in Paris | Investing in the Experience

What to do in Paris | Investing in the Experience

What to do in Paris? As we were planning our recent trip, my sister and I wanted to introduce the city to my daughters with a balanced mix of culture, history and fun. She spent the beginning of her career as a high level corporate events planner, giving her the perfect skills set to organize a trip full of memorable activities. These days, with information and acquisitions so readily available online, investing in the experience has become an important commodity. Even with not much lead time, she was still able to find some great Parisian activities that we all enjoyed. With the help of a local Parisian concierge service, we were able to go behind the scenes at several local establishments.…

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Paris Finds | Palais Furst in Saint Germain

Paris Finds | Palais Furst in Saint Germain

The allure of Saint Germain in Paris seems to know no bounds. The challenge is to allow time for both exploring and making new discoveries with revisiting those spots you already know and love. Palais Furst actually fell somewhat in the middle. I have written before about the Prince Louis Albert de Broglie and his beautiful chateau in the Touraine. His upscale gardening company, le Prince Jardinier, formerly had a shop in the beautiful Palais Royal arcades.

The latest incarnation is Palais Furst, at 6 Rue Furstenberg. I can’t tell you how many times I walked this pretty street, above, during Paris Deco Off and never noticed it.…

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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Wishing everyone a very happy, safe and festive 4th of July!

American flag made of books arranged by Thatcher Wine of Juniper Books via the Random House facebook page

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At Ease | Low Key Luxe for the Fourth of July

At Ease | Low Key Luxe for the Fourth of July

Starting with this shopping collage for the fourth of July, I am hoping to inaugurate a light summer series entitled At Ease, where I will regularly gather some thematic product for stylish occasions throughout the summer. Since we all celebrate the 4th in different fashions, I thought low key luxe might cover quite a few bases. Whether you’re looking for a chic accessory, a stylish hostess gift or a new wine to serve or bring, I’ve assembled an assortment that hopefully includes a little something for everyone!

1) Lanvin Lucite Collar Necklace from House of Lavande 2) Miu Miu hexagonal sunglasses 3) Frances Palmer handmade ruffle vase 4) 14 karat yellow gold, wood, and diamond star motif cocktail ring – contact Camilla Dietz Bergeron 5) Oscar de la Renta brushstroke dinner plate 6) Clos Beylesse Rosé (Aerin Lauder served this at our lunch and I loved it – fresh yet flavorful) 7) Turkish – T blue compass cocktail napkins (set of 4) 8) Number Four Eleven Libeco linen tea towel custom ordered with diamond monogram in navy 9) AERIN Brava ballet flat 10) Sunnylife Luxe Beach Towel – Hamilton  11) Smythson’s leather Jackie tote for Barneys 12) CJ Laing silk crepe de chine Tangier blouse  

So wishing you a very Happy and stylish Fourth of July!…

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Favorite Paris Finds | Michele Aragon

Favorite Paris Finds | Michele Aragon

With the power of the internet and communicative nature of the blogosphere, undiscovered Paris finds are few and far between. So while some of my new favorites may not be untapped resources, I hope they may find their way into at least a few readers’ Paris folders for future reference. Undoubtably one of my favorite new discoveries, thanks to my sister’s unerring nose for the rare and refined, is Michele Aragon’s amazing shop on Rue Jacob in Saint Germain.

While some may wish to bury their ashes at Bergdorf’s (as I do on some days), I would most often opt for mine to be spread in someplace like this elegantly cramped emporium of eclectic and exquisite finds.…

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AERIN | Living the Life and the Label

AERIN | Living the Life and the Label

AERIN is more than merely a label. It’s a lifestyle. And nothing has more credibility, authenticity or appeal than when the namesake of a company lives and breathes the brand. While Aerin Lauder may lead a luxury life, her down-to-earth approachability gives her brand both aspirational and relatable allure. Last Friday, I had the pleasure of of traveling out to the Hamptons with a small group of bloggers for a visit to her new shop in Southampton followed by lunch and afternoon activities at her beautiful weekend home.

photo via AERIN

The shop is a concept store, featuring not only product from all of AERIN’s lines, but her picks from other favorite collections as well, offering a glimpse into Aerin’s life and sensibilities.…

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The Discreet Charm of the Petit Trianon

The Discreet Charm of the Petit Trianon

Today we travel back to Versailles to take a quick look at the Petit Trianon. Built by Louis XV for his influential mistress Madame de Pompadour, who died before she could ever inhabit it, it is Marie Antoinette who is most associated with the charming chateau. Given to her by her husband, Louis XVI, it became her refuge where she could escape the demands and formality of court life. And not unlike Jackie in the White House, she was the only queen to have asserted her style at Versailles. She even had her elegant personal monogram replace that of Louis XV in the amazing wrought iron and bronze-gilded  staircase made by Francois Brochois.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Eddie Ross

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Eddie Ross

Crossing the divides of styling, entertaining, decorating and production, Eddie Ross is a whirling dervish of creativity. While his career began in the culinary arts, he soon expanded his skill set into the world of decor with positions at House Beautiful, Martha Stewart, and now Better Homes & Gardens, columns in Woman’s Day and Southern Living, work in front of and behind the camera for TV shows such as Martha, HGTV, the Food Network and Bravo’s Top Design, features in almost every lifestyle mag, as well as musings on his popular blog. We are thrilled that Eddie eked out some time to be our latest guest on Stylish Shopping.…

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Timeless Design at Versailles

Timeless Design at Versailles

I was somehow surprised that my girls voted a visit to Versailles as their favorite part of our week in Paris. It just shows the timeless relevance of classic French design and the memorable impact of the palace, gardens and splendor of 18th century court life. I’m sure many of you have made the pilgrimage to the estate. I hadn’t been for years (in fact decades) and was overwhelmed yet again at the magnificence of the architecture and grounds. Even on a gray day the palace is impressively resplendent. Many of the buildings have been restored in a massive renovation project that began in 2003 and will continue through 2020, touching almost every one of the 700 rooms.…

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Small Space Big Style

Small Space Big Style

Every city dweller’s primary design concern is optimizing the small space big style ratio. Perhaps that’s why House Beautiful‘s annual Small Spaces issue is so popular. And in the upcoming July/August issue, Philip Gorrivan shows how it’s done as he transforms a 1,200 square foot NYC apartment into a dramatic jewel box of a space.

From the minute you enter the apartment every surface is maximized for visual interest and spatial enhancement. The spectacular entry just oozes glamour with a sophisticated mix, evoking images of Nick and Nora sauntering in with Madeleine Castaing. Saturated color balances the graphic walls of antiqued hand cut mirror inlaid with brass.…

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