A Moment With... Marion Galtier

Marion Galtier’s party tricks to permanent happiness

Events professional and founder of creative events agency ‘Bonheur Permanent’ - which means ‘permanent happiness’ - Marion Galtier’s life philosophy is to ‘make my own and the lives of Parisians sparkle’. With this philosophy in mind, it makes complete sense that her apartment is full of bright colors, cozy materials and upbeat, toe-tapping tunes. We speak with the cheerful Paris girl to learn the secrets to a well-balanced, joyful life.

Profession: Founder of creative events agency, Bonheur Permanent

Neighborhood: 10th arrondissement

As a Paris transplant, what typically Parisian habits have you adopted?
I’m in the habit of walking or riding my bike for hours, and observing the world around me with as fresh an outlook as I had the day I arrived. When I’m out and about, I usually listen to one of my three favorite songs: ‘Romanticise’ by Chela, ‘El Topo’ by Il est Vilaine and ‘En vadrouille à Montpellier’ by Pierre Vassiliu. During my wanders around Paris, I’m still always so blown away by the beauty of this city, not to mention the constantly buzzing atmosphere, even if that same excited buzz makes me want to get away sometimes.

Name three spots that are the epitome of Paris to you.
First would be my neighborhood, the 10th arrondissement - bustling during the week, but completely calm on the weekends. Next, it’s a tie between the Banks of the Seine where I go running on the weekends, and the rose garden in Parc de Bagatelle, a pretty little paradise for the senses. There’s really nothing better than taking some time to relax and get some fresh air. Finally, I would say high up in nave of the Grand Palais. I’ve had the opportunity to organize a few events there and it’s amazing how small you feel underneath the immense windows of the glass dome.
Parc de Bagatelle, route de Sèvres in Neuilly, 75016 Paris.
Grand Palais, 3, avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris. Tel. : + 33 1 44 13 17 17.

What makes a woman a ‘Parisienne’?
To me, the Parisienne has a blend of qualities. All at once, she is elegant, subtle, natural and proactive. She goes through life with an innate grace. Her only fault is that she is sometimes a bit stressed, but as for her attitude, she is altogether gracious, determined and contemplative.

Do you feel like a Paris girl?
Yes, because though I’m from the South of France, I’ve lost the stereotypical habit of always taking my time. Instead, I’ve gotten used to the Parisienne way: rush, rush, rush and always rush, from morning to night!

How is your beauty routine Parisian?
I have a very simple but precise approach. I apply just a bit of blush to give me a healthy glow, a sweep of eyeliner to bring out my eyes, and lastly, I quickly run my hands through my hair for a tousled ‘do. A natural look is always the way to go - isn’t the nude makeup look the coveted French woman trademark?

Which photographer best captures the essence of the Parisian girl?
That’s easy, Tamara Lichtenstein, a young 25 year-old photographer from Texas. She is my absolute favorite. Her trademark is to photograph girls, freedom, love and nudity with a certain naivety and in an incredible natural light. I would love to see her take on the legendary, enigmatic ‘Parisienne’.

Do you have a feel-good motto?
‘Don’t grow up, it’s a trap,’ which is also the slogan for my creative events agency ‘Bonheur Permanent’.

What’s the secret to your day-to-day ‘bonheur permanent’ (‘permanent happiness’)?
My freedom! Being independent, I have the opportunity to organize my days how I wish. I have trouble living life to a set code and strict hours, instead my creativity flourishes with the freedom of a loose daily schedule, and a little sunshine (even though the latter is sometimes rare in Paris). Other things that make me happy include a good movie, a bouquet of flowers from my man, dinner with friends, a nap in the sun and dancing at home by myself with the music turned all the way up.

What helps get you out of bed on difficult mornings?
Coffee and toast in bed with my love whose hilarious imitations always crack me up. And for an even better question, what helps convince me to stay in at night? The film ‘La Piscine’ by Jacques Deray. The countryside, 1970s architecture, sunny vibes and sensuality of the film make me crave summer in the South of France.

As someone who knows how to throw a party, which Paris spots would you recommend for a night on the town?
Start your night off at the restaurant Aux Deux Amix in the Oberkampf neighborhood, set up at the counter with a delicious pata negra board. Next head to Star Night Palace, an African club where Lionel Bensemoun, of La Clique and Le Baron fame, is behind the bar serving up drinks in a spot that always promises a good night. And finally, finish your night at Le Badaboum with various different spaces for a fun time for all, no matter what kind of night it is.
Aux Deux Amis, 45 rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris. Tel.: +33 1 58 30 38 13.
Star Night Palace, 52 rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 Paris. Tel.: + 33 1 42 47 09 25.
Le Badaboum, 2 bis rue des Taillandiers, 75011 Paris.

Photos: Saskia Lawaks