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HATS OFF TO PARIS: Top off your beauty look with this perfect Parisian accessory.

When you first think of hats and the French, the beret always comes to mind. Over the years it has become an iconic symbol of the French abroad, a cute cliché if you will. But it would be a shame ...

Paris is home to artisan hat makers and vendors very much appreciated by its stylish population.

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Beauty

GRANDIÔSE: Lancôme’s Mascara Innovation Bends the Rules!

We all have that beauty item, don’t we? That one thing from our beauty bag we would choose to
never go without. Mine is mascara, and apparently I’m not alone there either. Did you know…

Longer, thicker, defined lashes are the key to sparkling eyes…

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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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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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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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"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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Fashion

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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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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Cuisine & Culture

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

Shakespeare & Company: A place that reminds me of home…

It seems a paradox that such an iconic Paris landmark as Shakespeare & Company would remind an American like me of home. Nothing about the bookstore’s antique façade, view of Notre Dame or stone-walled interiors say America. The familiarity is stacked upon its shelves as it houses the greatest words...

The more years I spend in Paris, the more it feels like home.

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“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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“Your New Sexiest Color Red”

Red lipstick should be every woman’s sultry secret weapon. These tricks customize red makeup for your skin tone—you’ll love how it looks on you.

Reprinted with permission from Condé Nast archive: “Your New Sexiest Color Red.”

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Rendez-vous With My Very Own Valentine

Valentine was my very first parisienne friend. This is a very distinct moment in my life because I remember how nervous I was for our first rendez-vous. Somewhere after exchanging some emails and following one another’s adventures between our blogs, Hello It’s Valentine and Making Magique, I ended up making her a hat...

I like a lady who knows what she likes and who she is, unafraid to say so politely.

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Fashion

A Hint of Cayenne Warms Up a Parisian Classic

For each of us with our respective cities, there are certain things, big or small, reoccurring and inspiring us. Paris possesses enough detail to design a collection around each corner you cross. Yet it’s often the overall lightness of its white buildings and grey-blue rooftops that are said to encourage the average inhabitant to...

This stunning red hue with a hint of orange and a dash of pink borders on classic and daring.

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Cuisine & Culture

My Favorite Paris Destinations

It seems like an anecdote fit for France, but indeed I was in California the day I met a boy in a coffee shop who taught me all I needed to know about Paris’ geography. “You live in Paris? I’m moving there!” I exclaimed, as if it was fate to find this rare breed on my side of the world...

In Paris, your arrondissement says a lot about who you are and what you like.

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Paris Pratique! Language of Love: Introduction and tips to becoming a Francophile

It is often said that French is the “language of love,” appropriately so because beyond the romance, it is truly a labor of love to learn. While I had some lessons before moving to France, it took much more than a bit of studying to become fluent...

When in Paris, you might find yourself in need of some basic phrases to get by.

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“Paris—City of Light and Love”

A pair of lovers is strolling along the River Seine when 20,000 twinkling bulbs jolt the Eiffel Tower to life, illuminating the night sky. A couple share a kiss as they glide beneath the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, aboard a Bateaux-Mouches sightseeing boat. In this glorious city, romantic things happen everywhere, virtually every second of the day.

Reprinted with permission from Brides.

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Beauty

Dreamtone & Génifique: Fighting Off Winter Skin Woes

When it comes to winter, as long as I can cozy up in a warm café to write, bundle up for a nice stroll in my favorite places or pamper myself at home while I wait for warmer weather...

Basic moisturizing is the first step to remedying these seasonal beauty woes.

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The Great Debate: Ladurée vs. Pierre Hermé

When my American friends come to Paris, I see it as my ambassadorial duty to show them the best the city has to offer. After seeing the usual landmarks, no visit to Paris is complete without...

Lesser known patisseries have managed to impress on occasion, but not all macarons are created equal.

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Paris: Outdoor spaces to enjoy in any season…

The first time I visited Paris, I was asleep. I was also only 7, but you might still wonder how that’s so. It was mostly planes, trains, and automobiles getting there and finally a big bus, which, for a tiny tourist like me at the time, was the perfect place for a nap. As we passed Notre Dame, I opened my eyes only for a minute and felt so lost. But on my second visit just before my 19th birthday, everything changed...

Parc Des Buttes Chaumont:
a haven on the edge of the city for Paris’ bohemian at heart.

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Beauty

Bonjour: A perfect day for a rendez-vous in Paris...

This winter morning, the sun has come out to shine its bright gold rays on Paris. It’s a fitting forecast for a rendez-vous to welcome those of you who already know me to this radiant new corner of the Lancôme site, as well as to say 'enchantée' with an introduction for those just meeting me...

Just as it has in my own life, the city of Paris has played a unique role in the heritage of Lancôme and its art of capturing French elegance.

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