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Cuisine & Culture

"An Antique Table"

After sharing some of my tips for being the perfect Parisian hostess on our last Paris Rendez-vous, I thought you might be ready to do some entertaining à la française of your own! For your next soiree, check out some amazing dinner party recipes I've handpicked to share with you from Gourmet Magazine. Bon appétit!

Reprinted with permission from Gourmet: “An Antique Table”

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Cuisine & Culture

Perfect Paris Souvenirs

Every time my father comes to visit me in France, he makes the same silly remark without fail: “I know why all women love Paris—there’s so much shopping!” He’s right, but by now after many Paris Rendez-Vous we all know there are so many more reasons to love this city, like macarons, flea markets and beautiful parks to name just a few.

"The word 'souvenir' actually means 'memory' in French."

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Cuisine & Culture

"The Insider’s Guide to Paris: Where to Eat"

"When in Paris, you won't want to miss one of France's greatest attractions, its mouthwatering restaurants. In this haven for foodies, it's hard to keep up with all the hippest new places to dine, though. Thankfully, Bon Appétit has us covered with its article on where to eat with the “cool kids” in Paris. Enjoy!"

Reprinted with permission from Bon Appetit: “The Insider’s Guide to Paris”

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Beauty

A Scent to Remind You That Life Is Beautiful

What’s in a scent? For me, there’s an entire story. A fragrance can recall places, people and feelings. Smell is the strongest sense tied to memory, and for that reason even the perfumes I no longer wear I keep to decorate my vanity…

"This is the scent of this season of my life."

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Beauty

Rendez-vous with Tokyobahnbao

A girl with a pseudonym like Tokyobahnbao is destined to have some personality, and after many years of following her online, I was looking forward to finally meeting this creative artist turned blogger for a Paris Rendez-vous.

"I get inspiration from everywhere, but particularly just people I come across in real life.”

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Beauty

Awakening the Senses at The Lancôme Institute

Every now and then I get so busy that I'm swept away by my work life and the hustle and bustle of my 20s here in Paris. At night I turn up exhausted and fall into bed, skipping my skincare routine entirely. In the morning it's back to go-go-go...

French women...have mastered always making time for a bit of pampering

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Cuisine & Culture

Tips for Being the Perfect Parisian Hostess

The French have a special talent for entertaining. I’ve taken some cues from them over the years on the art of the dinner party. After recently throwing my own little dinner soiree, I decided to share some tips for being the perfect Parisian hostess!

Dinner should have at least three courses—a main course, cheese plate and dessert.

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Cuisine & Culture

"Paris: City of Light & Love"

With so much to offer in this city, even I need to be reminded of some of my favorite places and can always use new tips to discover new ones. From where to eat, to where to sleep, and some shopping in between, this article has got us covered.

Reprinted with permission from Brides: “Paris—City of Light and Love”

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Cuisine & Culture

Coffee Break in Paris and Beyond

A friendly, Paris rendez-vous is typically proposed in one of two forms; an apéro or a café, meaning a cocktail or a coffee. Either one is perfectly conducive to meeting to talk fashion, share beauty tips or even do a bit of business.

They have a beautiful green room with a living wall of plants…

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Cuisine & Culture

"The Insider’s Guide to Paris: Where to Stay"

Since starting my blog, Making Magique, the most common question I receive is "Where should I stay in Paris?" The city has some of the world’s most extraordinary hotels, big and small. However, you can also rent a Parisian apartment…

Reprinted with permission from Bon Appetit: “The Insider’s Guide to Paris”

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A Parisian Love Affair with Lingerie

There are certain things the French are known for doing very well, such as pastry, couture and skin care. And of course, lingerie!

In the postwar era, Paris’ fashion houses recognized the desire women had to reconnect with their femininity…

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Cuisine & Culture

"Treasure Hunting: Editors’ Favorite Flea Markets"

After introducing you to the joy of treasure hunting at Paris' brocantes and flea markets in my last post, I thought I would share with you Gourmet's favorite spots to do just that.

Reprinted with permission from Gourmet: “An Antique Table”

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Cuisine & Culture

Thrifting at Paris’ Best Spots for Antique and Vintage Treasures

I like my cities with a bit of history. Perhaps I didn’t get enough of it growing up in Southern California. Everything there seems so new compared to Europe. Now in Paris, history is abundant. You’re surrounded by…

Between rue de Rivoli and the Seine, rue Saint Paul is lined with tiny shops stuffed with treasures.

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Beauty

Sleeping Beauty, Ageless Beauty

There is a beauty in aging. As we grow a bit older we should treasure the added wisdom that life experience continually brings. After all, we've had more time to get to know ourselves, and feel more confident of who we are.

Before bed, I take a moment to treat my skin so I can sleep soundly...

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Unique Style, Right Down to Your Fingertips

Audrey is another American in Paris, one who has become more popularly known as Frassy. Her quirky pseudonym embodies the spontaneous overflow of fashion that is her philosophy on all things personal style. With such as an approach, she stands out in Paris.

Like me, Audrey moved to Paris to be creatively inspired.

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Fact and Fiction: A Few of My Favorite Books Set in Paris

In Paris, the imagination reacts sooner than one can stop it—especially if you’re a writer. For this reason it’s certain the city will never fail to go down in history, in not one, but hundreds of versions. Its splendor sets the perfect scene…

Paris is both a setting and character.

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Cuisine & Culture

Le Brunch…in Paris!

Whether you’re in France or America, there is no dispute that brunch isn’t just a meal—it’s an event…There are plenty of places ranging from casual to chic, and popular to well-kept secrets, that I frequent.

The décor is feminine, quirky and colorful…

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Beauty

Close Encounter with Louise Ebel

Louise is a young woman whose face many know before her name. On the pages of your favorite magazine or a recent campaign from a French fashion house, her doe-eyed glance and poise aren’t easily overlooked. Through the years as her alias Miss Pandora, we’ve watched her assume many roles...

Her complexion is so doll-like I wondered if she was real…

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Cuisine & Culture

“The Insider’s Guide to Paris: Food of the New France”

The next generation of great bistros is about bare-bones spaces on untouristed blocks (this is the address…right?), where you’ll find brief but desirable, shockingly affordable menus prepared by bed-headed chefs in jeans.

Reprinted with permission from Bon Appetit.

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Beauty

Honoring International Women’s Day

Lancôme and I believe that every day should be a celebration of women, and as part of the beauty industry, every day is. Each day we’re inspired by all the ways women are beautiful, working to bring them the highest quality cosmetics across the globe and remind them that they are and deserve to be beautiful.

In France this annual celebration has officially been a tradition for nearly 60 years.

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