Haleigh
ABOUT HALEIGH
Writer Haleigh Walsworth is a native Californian enjoying the City of Light... READ MORE

A Signature Scent — Tips for Choosing & Wearing Your Favorite Fragrance

…how to choose the right fragrance and the ways in which we can wear it.
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I feel like there comes a certain time in every woman’s life where by now, she should have a signature scent.

Paris Inspires — My Favorite Quotes About Paris

...I try to never take its splendors for granted, how it inspires me to photograph, to write, and to dream.
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There is something about the French capital that brings out the creativity in all of us.

The Light of Happiness — La Vie Est Belle L’Éclat

I don’t know when it started but it seems all my life my dad has called me "sunshine."
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…a little spark that began to illuminate everything in my path for the rest of the day.

Hotel de Crillon — If These Walls Could Talk

If these walls could talk, oh the stories they would tell.
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The last five years each time I passed through Place de la Concorde I gazed longingly out the taxi window…

Date Night in Paris — Makeup with M. Big

Here’s how Monsieur Big will fix you up for Mr. Right…
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Oh Paris! Such a romantic city.

My Summer Road Trip Beauty Essentials

August is the time of the Grand Vacances when most Parisians head out of town to enjoy long summer days, rest, relax, and have some fun.
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Here’s what’s in my beauty cosmetics bag on my summer across the southwest of France…

Advanced Génfique Sensitive — Au Revoir Bad Skin Days!

Everybody has bad skin days. I know I do.
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Every woman should have Advanced Génifique Sensitive in her beauty arsenal.

How to Achieve a Dewy Complexion — Dual Finish Highlighter

For me, summer beauty is pretty much all about skin.
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…my makeup to really achieve the ultimate dewy complexion we all want.

My Favorite Glacier — Ice Cream at Berthillon

Ask anyone in Paris what their favorite glacier — ice cream shop — is and they will almost all say Berthillon.
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I can't keep such a delicious spot a secret so I thought it was about time I share it here.

Meet Monsieur Big — How A Mascara Stole My Heart

Have you heard the news? There's a new guy in town…
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If you're looking for BIG volume, then look no further…

What’s in a Parisian’s Purse?

Don't you just love getting a peek into someone else's bag?
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Which got me thinking…maybe you would like to know what’s in a French girl’s bag?

Miel-en-Mousse 2 in 1 Cleanser — A Sweet Treat for Your Skin

You may have heard the news the past week that Paris has been experiencing a canicule. That’s French for HEATWAVE.
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With my new Miel-en-Mousse foaming cleanser it’s really been a treat so I really take my time at the sink.

Bonjour Bi-Facil Face! + Makeup Removal Tips

One of the only things I like more than putting my makeup on every morning is taking it off each night!
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Yes that’s right, the bestselling eye makeup remover from Lancôme has now been re-imagined in a formula for the full face…

The Countryside in Paris — Pique-Nique at Hôtel Particulier Montmartre

There are so many ways to enjoy summer in Paris, and a Parisian picnic is a perfect one.
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It will be hard to top this pique-nique for sure.

Énergie de Vie — Reveal Your Radiance for Summer with Two New Additions

I always feel like this time of year I'm my best self, in more ways than one.
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That’s why I couldn’t be more excited that with the arrival of the season also comes some new additions to the Énergie de Vie collection.

Beat the Heat Parisian Style

Is it too soon to talk about summer?
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…when the temperatures rise it's time to break out the summer beauty secrets to get by.

Les Bises — A Guide to the French and Kissing

When I talk about the French and kissing, surely your mind goes straight to the "french kiss."
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It's the most kissable lip product I've ever owned for sure…

Mother's Day - A New Way to Say I Love You

I wonder how many times in my life I’ve told my mom that I love her...
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Et voilà, two great gifts to show and tell mom “I love you” this Mother’s Day in a new a unforgettable way.

Paris in Bloom — Miracle Blossom

It is true that in Paris, April showers bring us flowers!
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…it's spring in a bottle!

The Belle Époque Guide to Paris

The Belle Époque was a golden age of Europe at the end of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th.
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…characterized by optimism, celebration, and indulgence, and absolutely nowhere was this more evident than in Paris...

Matte Shakers - Ban the Boring!

Matte lips have been all the age for a while, and there are lots of reasons to love them…
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Nothing is stopping you from loving matte lips now…

City of Lights - Click & Glow

Ever wondered why Paris is called the City of Light?
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Each evening when the sun sets, the city lights up spectacularly.

Summer Swing: Festival Fit Makeup for Your Summer Style

We are in a full preview mode of summer already in Paris.
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Break out the color, the metallics and more. Lancôme's bright and warm summer collection is the perfect lineup for your makeup this festival season.

Miracle CC Cushion — Color Correcting Made Cute & Easy

National Macaron Day last week reminded me of one of my favorite Lancôme discoveries in the last year.
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They’re actually color correcting face primers, and since primers are becoming all the rage I thought I would introduce you to my favorite ones...

Mastering the Art of Joie de Vivre

It’s about cultivating joy, living slowly, and appreciating things big and small.
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One French phrase we all often hear is joie de vivre.

Visionnaire Crescendo — Your Skin’s Personal Trainer

Around the end of last year, I discovered an incredible place right around the corner from my apartment.
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Crescendo is like a personal trainer for your skin in the form of a gentle and gradual peel.

Greenery — Playing with Pantone’s Color of the Year

It's around this time that the first hints of spring start popping up in Paris.
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As it turns out, shades of green tend to be forgiving no matter your complexion…

How to Order Coffee Like A Parisian

One thing I love about traveling is observing coffee culture, to experience the way people all over the world bring coffee into their day in taste and ritual.
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France is no exception to either of these, and coffee is an integral part of the day…

24 Hour Wear — Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Takes Paris Around the Clock

There are two things I look forward to in the morning.
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Which got me thinking, what would you do with 24 hour wear?

French Lesson - Terms of Endearment

French is arguably the most romantic language of all.
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Ready to try out these French phrases? Don't be shy.

Be My Valentine — Fragrance Gift Sets Filled With Love

It's mid-February and the day of love is fast approaching!
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...this day is for everyone, love in all its shapes and forms.

Sourcils Styler — Achieve Your 2017 #BrowGoals

Confession: I did something a little bit crazy at the end of 2016 …
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If your 2017 is all about #browgoals too, give this brow gel extraordinaire a try like me.

Meet Two Parisian Beauty Entrepreneurs — Rendez-Vous with The Report Hair

It's no secret that the French are known for being at the helm of innovation and trends in beauty.
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And so The Report Hair was born out of a need for something different from both sides of the industry.

Five Things French Women Splurge On

After many years in France, one thing is for sure — I will never be French.
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As well as their fashion, French women seem to be known for being discerning consumers who go for quality over quantity.

Visionnaire Yeux Eye Cream - A Fresh Outlook for 2017

Do you make New Year's Resolutions?
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…it's good to start the year with a new outlook.

It's Christmas Once Again in Paris

Growing up, the local news station in my hometown had a little Christmas jingle that would play over and over again.
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...the holidays in Paris are truly a magical time.

Winter Skin Remedies: Advice from an Expert

Last week the temperature here in Paris dropped to below freezing.
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…we might be able to kick winter skin issues off the calendar entirely before the season even officially arrives!

My Holiday Gifting Guide: Beauty for Every Woman on Your List

December 1st popped up on the calendar last week and had me saying "where has the year gone?!"
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…find the perfect gift for every woman on your list.

Paris en Rôse - Lancôme's 2016 Holiday Collection

In Paris now the ground is covered in leaves and the skies above are gray…
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…may your makeup be merry and bright!

Beaujolais Nouveau: An Annual Celebration of One of France’s Most Famed Wines

While back in the States everyone is gearing up for Thanksgiving, here in France we are celebrating a November tradition of our own…
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I can't imagine anything more French than a national holiday for wine.

The New L’Absolu Rouge: A Fresh Update for a Lancôme Classic

They say lipstick changes everything…
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…there is something for everyone, every occasion, and every look.

Auda[city] in London: A New City Chic Palette

The first time I ever went to Paris was actually via London exactly 20 years ago this month.
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Isn't it fascinating how a city can inspire your style so much?

The Spooky Guide to Paris

Halloween is here and I, for one, am very happy about that!
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…I also happen to love a good fright and an epic Halloween costume.

Lancôme Loves St. Jude: Spread the Love

Dear friends, a new post comes a little early this week as I wanted to share with you something special.
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Make a purchase. Make a difference.

Halloween à la française : Chic Makeup-Centric Costumes

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it's a great excuse to play with the transformative power of makeup.
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…these makeup centric Halloween looks are meant to be easily achieved with items that are likely already in your drawer and closet at home…

Madeleines: A Quick and Classic French Recipe

One of the most magical things about living in Paris is walking through its streets filled with the scent of fresh baked goods.
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In France they are a symbol of conviviality…

Makeup Trends from Paris Fashion Week

Here we are on the heels of another Paris Fashion Week and "fashion month" around the world.
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…makeup really is one of the best accessories!

Journées du Patrimoine : Peek Behind Paris’s Closed Doors

There's a peculiar thing I like to do in Paris.
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…if these walls could talk, what would they say?

Rendez-Vous with Laura Sfez: Designing, Makeup, & What the French Think is Sexy

In Molière’s L’École des Femmes, the main character is a middle aged man so intimidated by femininity that he seeks to control it, much to his romantic demise.
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…this Parisienne designer knows more than a thing or two about femininity. She practically defines it.

Maison Lancôme: A Journey to the Source of the Finest Ingredients

Through them we can see just how the abundance of France inspired Lancôme founder, Armand Petitjean, to start a fragrance house so many years ago, and the Maison Lancôme collection certainly carries on that dream.
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To celebrate the release of the new Maison Lancôme fragrance collection, I thought I would take you all on a little journey.

Tea Time in Paris

The beginning of September in Paris is the time of la rentrée, the moment when Parisians come back from their month of holidays to get back into the swing of normal life.
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Like wine or perfume, the French take tea very seriously.

Double Take: The Suarez Sisters Take Paris to Try Grandiôse Extrême + Liner

Do you know the Suarez sisters?
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As you can see, the pairing is a winning combination...

Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation: Fall Back in Love with Full Coverage

The waiter at my usual café on the rue de Rivoli kept telling me I look tired.
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…the perfect oil-free, high-coverage, long-wearing liquid foundation in a portable cushion compact that I adore.

Les Croisières: Cool Off with a Parisian Cruise

To be honest, it's almost a shame so many people leave Paris in August.
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Of course, when the sun is out, so is the sunscreen.

Énergie de Vie: Today's Fatigue, Tomorrow's Aging

I was walking home the other night across Paris thinking how remarkably empty the streets are this time of year.
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…a reinvigoration for the face we put forward to the world…

Saint-Germain-des-Près: A Mini Guide

I never shy away from a good excuse to explore another part of Paris.
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…it seems to have struck the perfect balance of sophistication and la vie bohême.

Wedding Season: French Beauty and Fashion Tips for Brides and Guests

The only thing that could possibly make me love summer more than I already do is the fact that it is also wedding season.
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Here are some of my wedding beauty essentials for brides and guests alike…

The Golden Birthday: 28 Years Young in Paris

I'm not one to make a show of my birthday, but this year it's the golden one.
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…here are twenty-eight of my thoughts on beauty and life, one for each of my years, that I would like to share with you...

Fête de la Musique: The Sound of Summer Solstice

If you want to see Paris like you’ve never seen it before, then you must absolutely spend a summer solstice here.
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…the night easing into itself just like the music blending together in the streets…

Ô de L’Orangerie: My Summer Scent & A Secret Garden

My habits tend to change with the seasons.
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If a scent is a story, then Lancôme has many beautiful ones to tell.

Le Diner en Blanc

If you want to attend the chicest picnic in the world, you might not be surprised when I tell you you'll have to come to Paris for that.
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Leave it to the French to take a casual picnic to the next level...

Visit French Wine: A Summer Escape From Paris

One of my favorite things to do in Paris is visit my neighborhood wine shop, or cave à vins as we call it, to discover new wines for specific occasions.
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…wine in a way is the story of France itself.

La Nuit des Musées

There are few things more spectacular than watching a sunset over the Seine.
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Seeing Paris’s museums by night is a whole new way of visiting them.

Dual Finish — A Photographer’s Friend + My Photogenic Tips

Multitasking? I happen to know a thing or two about that.
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"I want every woman to feel beautiful enough to have her picture taken, because she is."

Spring & Summer Nail Art: Fruity Accent Nails Inspired by Juicy Shakers

I love a little accent nail.
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But getting these cute designs at home in 15 minutes or less is affordable and fool proof...

Canal Saint Martin: A Mini Guide to this Casual Corner of Paris

The temperatures are finally catching up with the sunshine here and our Parisian spring is in full swing.
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Life here centers around the canal of course...

Eye Did It! 3 Instant Beauty Updates in a Flash

I'm probably busier right now in my life than I've ever been.
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See how easy it is to switch up your look in a flash with a few beauty basics? #EyeDidIt and you can too!

La Coulée Verte: Spring Blooms on Paris’s High Line

Have you ever heard of the High Line in New York City?

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To err is human. To stroll is Parisian.

My Fragrance, My Engraving — A Gift Filled With Beauty

If there is one fragrance for me that is most iconic to Lancôme, it's La Vie Est Belle.
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Two sides of the world, one fragrance, and always in each others' hearts.

Ban the Boring! Juicy Shakers Are Here!

Shake shake shake, dab dab dab!
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I don't like to play makeup favorites, but the truth is I'm totally addicted to the new Juicy Shaker…

Summer Bliss Collection: Somewhere in Paris, It’s Always Summertime

There's a place in Paris where it's always summertime.
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Wearing this beautiful new collection to this magical warm place, I certainly found my summer bliss...

Spring Fling: Getaway to the French Countryside

Ahhhhhhh…Spring is here and aren't we all breathing a small sigh of relief?
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It's the perfect time to pack light…

The Absolue Difference — A Little Luxury, A Golden Glow

There is something about silk that just connotes absolute luxury. A certain magic to its touch.
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Absolue Precious Cells Silky Cream is the pinnacle of pampering for your skin.

Eau Fraîche Douceur: A French Beauty Essential Ideal for Every Woman

As you can imagine, a lot of things have changed with my beauty routine over the years.
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…I know will always be a mainstay for my skin - micellar water.

Rendez-Vous with Peju Famojure: An Editor’s Paris Fashion Week Beauty Essentials

This week Paris is bustling with yet another fashion week…
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…she's revealed some of her fashion week beauty essentials and survival tips…

Parisian Pop: Effortless French Chic with a Pop of Color!

I was walking through one of my favorite gardens in Paris the other day when I came across something incredible.
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…bring back the color because we're ready to play!

One Enchanted Evening: Lancôme’s Paris Press Event

For the past several weeks there has been one particular rendezvous on my calendar that I was especially looking forward to.
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This enchanted evening was truly a dream come true for me.

From Lancôme With Love: A Playful Spring Makeup Collection

Nothing speaks to my style quite like spring, and I was nearly speechless last week when I received the new Lancôme spring collection, From Lancôme With Love!
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…floating over the rooftops of the French capital with my head in the clouds.

Le Saint-Valentin: Paris’s Most Romantic Places

It's no secret that Paris is one of the most romantic places in the world.
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Since love is in the air, most of all this week during Valentine's Day, I thought I would share with you my top picks for the most romantic places in Paris…

Haute Couture: A French Tradition of Fine Fashion

On the heels of the latest Paris Fashion Week, I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about a tradition in fashion unique to France - Haute Couture.
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They are the garments that keep the dream of fashion alive in a way nothing else quite can…and we have Paris to thank for that.

Bright Lights Paris: How to Shop, Dine, & Live Parisian Style

Here on Paris Rendez-vous, I try to give you some insights into the life of French women.
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…I hope you'll enjoy visiting Paris with us through Angie's words and my photographs…

All About Brows: The ABC’s of Shaping & Sculpting

If eyes are the windows to the soul, then eyebrows are the soul's frame.
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There are three essential points to your brows...

Galette des Rois: A Fun & Delicious French Tradition

If you're walking around Paris in January you will notice something quite special in the window of nearly every bakery.
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…it's the perfect excuse to keep gathering with friends and family and indulging together…

Visionnaire Nuit: Make the Most of Every Night

As part of the industry for a few years now, I'm what has come to be referred to as a "beauty junkie."
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With Visionnaire Nuit I make the most of every night and so does my skin…

Champagne Etiquette: Selecting, Serving, & Enjoying One of France's Greatest Exports

Once upon a time I worked in an antique shop in my hometown.
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If you're like me, then you will be ringing in the New Year with some bubbly.

Le Grand Palais des Glaces: Ice Skating in Paris

Ice skating has always been close to my heart.
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…Paris has a way of making even the most special moments that much more magical.

The Gift of Beauty

What is the art of French gifting?
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To give the gift of beauty and femininity is a very French gift indeed.

Montmartre: A Mini Guide to One of Paris's Most Vibrant Neighborhoods

From almost anywhere in Paris you can look up and spot the Sacré Coeur watching over the city.
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It seems all winding cobblestone streets in Montmartre lead to the Sacré Coeur…

Parisian Holiday: A Collection As Enchanted As Paris Itself

The onset of winter isn't always easy on us.
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Can you imagine a more captivating ode to a Parisian Holiday?

The Parisian Kitchen: Rendez-vous With Chef Bénédicte Mesny

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is here already.
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Bénédicte's charlotte aux fruits rouges will be the perfect French touch for your holiday party…

Breathless: My Favorite Black & White Film Heroine Reinvented in Living Color

Whenever I'm in search of some beauty and fashion inspiration, one of my favorite places to turn is classic French cinema.
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…why not reinvent some of her looks from the film for today with a touch of color using my Color Design Matte Lip Crayons…

Hydra Zen: 24 Hour Stress Free & Hydrated Skin

For me, the last several weeks have been non-stop travel.
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...a night of good sleep and some serious skin hydration was all I needed during my travels to take me back to the zen of being home in Paris…

La Manufacture du Chocolat: Alain Ducasse’s Truly Parisian Chocolat

...the famous chef asked Berger to lead the way in achieving his dream of a truly Parisian chocolate.
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Today I'm guilty of treating myself to both…

Pretty Kitty: Last Minute Makeup for a Chic Halloween!

When it comes to Halloween costumes, I'm almost always scrambling to throw something together last minute.
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You'll be the chicest little kitty to cross people's path on Halloween night.

Père Lachaise: A Spooky Place in Paris

The truth is there are some things from home in the States that I miss here in France. Celebrating Halloween is one of them.
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And voilà, just my kind of Halloween spook I was looking for…à la française of course.

Nail Art: An Adorable DIY Manicure that Gives New Life to Old Makeup

Achieving awesome nail art out of the salon isn't usually as easy as it looks.
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But recently I've been testing out a few looks…

Markets of Paris: Seasonal Shopping à la française

Sundays are a special day in Paris for me.
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It gives a sense of community to each arrondissement, socializing and sustaining us.

Day Trip to Giverny: Discovering Monet’s Garden & Lancôme’s Matte to Measure Collection

For this week's rendezvous I thought I would take you all along on one of the dreamiest day trips from Paris to the home of Claude Monet.
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…this garden was his greatest muse.

Parisian Inspiration: Lancôme’s Fall Color Collection by Caroline de Maigret

Here in Paris, the weather is already softly falling into autumn.
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It's beautiful. It's soft. It's versatile. It's effortless!

French Foulards: Master the Art of the Scarf

Paris is the perfect place to study the art of the scarf.
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With this epic eyeshadow set and a beautiful french foulard, there are no limits to how you can reinvent your everyday look…

Rendez-Vous with Carrie Anne James: French Lessons with the Founder of "French is Beautiful"

I fell for the darling Carrie Anne James the way many modern romances begin nowadays…
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I've learned the art of the red lipstick, to celebrate one feature at a time, and the pleasure and benefits of self-care.

Auda[city] in Paris: A Little Bit of Paris in an Epic Eyeshadow Palette

Audacity (n.) - a willingness to take bold risks
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…this palette is all about liberating your style, and giving us the ultimate beauty resource to experiment…

Piscine Molitor: Swimming in Paris’s Historic Pool

I have long been fascinated by the Piscine Molitor in the west of Paris.
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From its opening, thirty of years of splendor brought life to the Molitor year round.

Paris Plage: A Beach on the Banks of the Seine

For those Parisians who can't make it to the beach in August, the beach comes to them!
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…why leave this amazing city when in summer we have it all, even the beach!

Fête Foraine: A Summer Treat in the Tuileries

One of the best things about Paris in the summertime is that everyone gets to feel like a kid again…
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…grown-ups get a break from the usual responsibilities too.

Les Grandes Vacances: August in Paris

August is a peculiar time in Paris...
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…we see it as an opportunity to enjoy the city with fewer crowds.

French Faux Pas: Cultural No-Nos in France

The phrase faux pas literally translates to a false step...
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…knowing what faux pas to avoid can make or break being accepted...

Vive la France! Celebrating Bastille Day in Paris

“Vive la France!” If you were in Paris last week you would be hearing this phrase a lot.
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...you can replace the barbecue with picnics, the beer with wine, and the Statue of Liberty with the Eiffel Tower and voilà…

Ma Vie Quotidienne: Life is beautiful in Paris

"What is it like living in Paris?" I'm often asked this by new acquaintances on my travels…
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But what makes a place our home?

La Vie Nocturne: Nightlife in the City of Light

They say New York is the city that never sleeps, but take it from me: no one stays up all night in better style than Paris…
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...the perfect compliment to any evening attire is a fine misting of La Nuit Trésor.

Paris Terrasse: Outdoor Drinking & Dining in the French Capital

Summer is a generous time in Paris. The sun is never stingy, shining upon us and hanging high in the sky until nearly 11PM each night…
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These warm afternoons stretch into magical summer evenings that seem to never end, drawing us all outdoors to spend time with friends.

Travel Trousse: Beauty Essentials to Pack This Summer

The Parisian's favorite summer past time has little to do with Paris in fact. When summer rolls around they become great adventurers. They've saved up their vacation days…

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No matter where summer takes the parisienne, her beauty essentials come too in her travel trousse.

Vintage Shopping: Discover Paris' Fripperies

When I first moved to Paris, vintage became a bit of a wardrobe obsession. I was a student on a shoe string budget. With time to kill after school….

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The excitement walking in each time overwhelmed me. I never knew what treasures I would find that day….

Go For Gold: Absolue Precious Oil

One of the things I love about Paris is how it withholds its beauty from no one. Its best assets aren’t hidden behind closed doors reserved for the elite, they are on display in the streets for everyone to see.

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. . . a little bit of luxury in life now and then can go a long way.

A Wedding in Paris: Rendez-Vous with Fête en France

Ever wondered what it would be like to get married in Paris? Many couples make this dream a reality each year with a destination wedding in the city of lights. Whatever festivities they plan, Paris...

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Paris is such a beautiful and romantic place, it's the perfect backdrop for any wedding whether it be a small elopement or large event.

Paris à l'air libre: Discover Paris by Bike with Vélib!

À l’air libre…in French this means “in the open air”. In spring and summer there is no better way to experience the city than by bike. Paris is an incredibly friendly place to cycle in. Bike paths are clearly laid out, the terrain fairly flat, drivers surprisingly courteous, and then of course there is Vélib!

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Vélib has become one of the best ways for tourists to see the city affordably and efficiently.

Parisian Apartment Decor: Interior Design Tips to Achieve French Flare

Before I moved to Paris I found a little book at the store called The Paris Apartment. It sounded interesting enough, so I found a spot to sit between the book shelves and flipped through every one of its page filled with interiors of dreamy Parisian apartments and French inspired interiors. From that moment on it was my dream to one day have a Paris apartment of my own to decorate with such beautiful details.

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Fast forward nearly a decade and that dream has come true. I have a little piece of Paris to call my own and decorate. And yet another dream of mine came true.

Rendez-Vous with Nathalie Colin: Parisian Beauty & Style with Swarovski’s Creative Director

Nathalie Colin is one of those women who is really doing it all. She is shimmering with style, raising a family, and has an impressive career. I started following Nathalie two years ago on her blog WINK, where she shares her sparkling daily routine as Swarovski’s creative director.

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The pastels are very much in style right now, with floral inspirations for a timeless and romantic look.

Miracle on the Move: Complexion Confidence All Day Long

Some mornings I wake up, look in the mirror, and am ready to face the day. It doesn’t take much. There’s those other days though, the ones where I wake up on the proverbial wrong side of the bed, feeling like it will take a small miracle to put myself together for a full day in the city.

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Just another tiny miracle to get my makeup through the afternoon.

Le Temps des Cerises: A Moment to Treasure!

I had been watching and waiting anxiously for our cherry blossoms to bloom here in Paris. It’s a special moment every Spring that I remember each year as I stop to photograph and marvel at them everyday for as long as they last.

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Each year I think 'wouldn’t it be magic if our trees were pink all year round? If they just stayed this way?'

French Paradise: A voyage from Paris to the South of France

If Paris is heaven, then the south of France is paradise. The Côte d’Azur has long been the iconic getaway of all Parisians. When the weather warms up they flock to this gorgeous place for sea and sun stretching from Cassis to Nice. Their getaways begin...

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If this place isn’t paradise I don’t know what is.

A Picnic in Paris: Let Spring Shine

I love Paris in the Spring time!♫ Sing it with me! Yes I’m singing because the sun is shining on Paris and spring is here! I love how much life in the city differs each season. Paris has a different rhythm at each time of year as Parisians pick up their seasonal habits for enjoying the city.

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With acres of gorgeous parks across our city, it’s not easy to choose where to spread out the inaugural picnic.

French Cooking Classes with Le Foodist

A word to the wise…do not go to a cooking class hungry. Now that I’ve shared that tidbit of
wisdom with you I can let you in on my other latest and greatest Parisian tip…Le Foodist!

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All classes are in English, which means all the easier...for you to try if you make it to Paris.

80 Years: A Lifetime of Lancôme

This year Lancôme celebrates its 80th anniversary. Can you imagine the lifetime of stories they could tell from eight decades of excellence in their field…

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Day in and day out I write, photograph, and film the world in and around these products we use everyday as women and why.

PRINCESS FOR A DAY: A Visit to Versailles

What would it be like to be a princess for a day? A little trip to Versailles just outside of Paris may be the closest a girl can get. Walking through the great hall of mirrors…

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Her charm was not enough to make life at Versailles easy for the princess.

Bardot & Birkin: Becoming these iconic French beauties

Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin — surely you’ve heard these household names! While Bardot is a born and bred Parisian and Birkin an anglo transplant from London, the two alike have embodied that certain je ne sais quoi it takes to achieve French icon status.

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The two have often been considered rivals, but both stars denied the competition over the years.

The Runway the Real Way: My Paris Fashion Week Makeup

Fashion Week has come around again in Paris and as usual, it’s such an exciting and inspiring time. I love to see the looks that come down the runway each season…

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The reality is though that fashion isn’t always as accessible as we would like.

The Scenic Route

So often here during our rendez-vous, I say Paris is the most beautiful city in the world. It is in my eyes at least. But I have to wonder, “Do I show you enough?"

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This iconic French car has been around since it was created to replace horse drawn carriages

Fool Proof Nail Art for Spring

You know those women who always find the time to get a manicure, the ones whose fingernails are polished and shaped to perfection any day of the week? I wish I could tell you I was one of them…

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Turns out beautiful nails are not as difficult as I thought!

CULINARY CLASS: How to Make Classic French Crêpes!

One does not need to attend the prestigious Cordon Bleu academy in Paris to learn how to serve up a delicious dish from France! In every French chef’s repertoire is a classic crêpe recipe.

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Once you have this classic recipe down, there is no limit to the ways you can serve up French crêpes

FRENCH INNOCENCE: Parisian Spring Captured in the Perfect Collection

For me, the heart of Paris Rendez-Vous is visiting Paris every week with you to discover Lancôme’s many inspirations in the city we call home.

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The taupe stone buildings like those lining the Rue de Rivoli, radiate warmth from the sun onto passers by.

PARIS PASSAGES: Historical Precedents of the Modern Mall

If there is a place that can ignite a person’s passion for history and architecture, it is Paris.

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Paris’s passages, or arcades and galleries as we also call them, are the true precursors of the modern indoor mall. . . .

SOLDES: Paris’s Semi Annual Sales Heat Up Winter!

While the holidays may be over, the shopping frenzy in Paris doesn’t calm down with the debut of the year. In fact, quite the opposite.

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. . . twice a year for one month businesses are allowed to mark down prices and advertise sales . . .

Habitudes: Simple Parisian Pleasures for Your Daily Life

The Parisian habitudes I’ve adopted allow me to savor little joys throughout each day. Wherever you are, try out a few aspects of the Parisian way of life and see for yourself…

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As seductive as all of its glitter and glamour can be, it wasn’t what sold me on living here...

Modern French Cuisine

The mere mention of French food conjures up images of fine dining with white table cloths and indulgent dishes with no shortage of butter. Traditional French cuisine boasts some of my all time favorites on the menu…

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Hip bistros once popping up in the edgier east of Paris, are now culinary landmarks for foodies

New Skin for the New Year with the New Visionnaire

A new year always gives me the urge to start fresh on so many things. Beauty is no exception and by January winter has has taken its toll on my skin.

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It glides on like silk, making skin instantly smoother and softer

New Year’s in Paris: Bonne Année!

Excusez-moi if I sound a bit sentimental today but I tend to get this each approaching New Year. It reminds us that time flies and is above all precious. Some years are more challenging than others…

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2015 marks the start Lancôme’s 80th year

Christmas in Paris

This year the holidays are extra special for me. I’ve decided to forego the annual trip back to the states and stay in town for my very first Parisian Christmas!

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Each arrondissement is responsible for decorating the quartier for the holidays

The Perfect Rouge

I have a small confession. I’m guilty of doing a little bit of shopping for myself while out and about in Paris the last couple days looking for Christmas gifts. A little refill was in order for my go-to red Lancôme lipstick…

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A bold red lip is a timeless classic.

French Lesson: Season’s Greetings & Conversation Starters

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year of Paris Rendez-Vous with Lancôme. In that time we’ve explored so many amazing highlights of the French Capital in food, fashion, beauty, and more. I hope by now you feel a little closer to the City of Lights…

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It takes time and good practice to be well-equipped to converse in any language.

Parisian Holiday Style

The holiday season is here, and for Parisians just like the rest of us this means plenty of parties to attend and dress up for. For the Parisian woman and her wardrobe, now is the time of year to...

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in Paris it’s never chic to look inappropriately dressed for the weather.

OYSTER BARS: PARIS’S CULINARY PEARLS

The first oyster I tried was in Paris late one night at a Brasserie called the Pied du Cochon. It was my first several months in France, and thus it was important to be in the spirit of trying new things.

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I follow the oyster rule and refrain in the months that don’t end in 'R'.

RENDEZVOUS WITH INES OLYMPE MERCADAL: Beauty & Design Through Generations

Take it from me, stepping into the life of a Parisian designer for a day is a pretty dreamy thing. Since I discovered them, I’ve quite literally been stepping into the gorgeous shoes of Atelier Mercada…

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'Mom taught me everything' Ines explained to me at my recent rendezvous with her in their Saint Germain flagship boutique.

THE ART OF FRENCH GIFTING

Waking up in Paris everyday for me feels like a gift in itself. It seems my favorite ones I have received here over the years are intangible, as many of the best gifts in life are...

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Be thoughtful and write a hand written note to accompany your present.

MORE THAN A MACARON: French Pastry Lesson

While it seems to be the dessert du moment, let’s not all forget that French sweets are so much more than the macaron.

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In France, even the average corner bakery will rarely disappoint.

DRESSING UP FOR THE OPÉRA GARNIER!

How often do you have the occasion to dress up and do something glamorous? It seems in the modern age these occasions are less and less. But one of the things I love about living in Paris is...

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Opera Garnier…is one of the most beautiful and ornate buildings in the world.

PARISIAN BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

In last week’s Paris Rendez-Vous, I gave some insights into the closets of Paris’s stylish female inhabitants. Their simple and classic mode of dress mingles perfectly with…

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When it comes to lips and nails for the Parisienne, red is a neutral.

PARISIAN WARDROBE ESSENTIALS

It was once said to me by an acquaintance here that the reason for Parisian’s often somber and simple way of dress is that the city itself is so bright and ornate. It’s true that …

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While the Brits may have invented the classic trench, it was the Parisians that made it chic.

NUIT BLANCHE: Up All Night In Paris for the Annual White Night

Normally I would advise you all to be in bed by midnight. Beauty sleep is so essential to looking and feeling good. But now and then it’s okay to break our beauty rules, and the annual Nuit Blanche is the perfect occasion…

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Nuit Blanche translates to “white night”, and more than ever on this Saturday, Paris earns its title as the City of Lights.

FRENCH IDOLES: Rendez-Vous at Paris Fashion Week

After New York, London, and Milan, fashion week finally comes home to Paris by the end of September. While Spring collections are walking down the runway right now, out on the street fall fashion is just getting started.

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While models may steal the show inside, here the stars are French fashion magazine editors.

THE MODERN FRENCH MANICURE

In case you’ve ever wondered, the French manicure is indeed actually French. Tracing back to Paris in the 1930s, its traditional nude or beige base with a white tip became popular in the United States in the 1970s. Fast forward to today…

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There are a dozen ways to modernize a French manicure…

NEW YORK RENDEZ-VOUS: Jason Wu for Lancome

Just as I was ready to settle into my new routine for la rentrée, New York Fashion Week kicked off and swept me back to the states for work. As much as I love Paris, this occasion to jet off to the big apple twice a year is always exciting!

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Wu’s elegant and fresh esthetic has an international appeal.

La Rentrée: Say goodbye to summer with a fresh face for fall!

Have you ever heard the French use the expression la rentrée? Each September, Parisians are abuzz with it, in a frenzy to suddenly get life back in order after their leisurely annual vacations come to an end.

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I see this as the moment to start new happy and healthy habits.

HAPPY HOUR IN PARIS

You know how the saying goes…it’s five-o-clock somewhere! Throughout my travels I’ve found one of America’s most popular exports is the afterwork tradition of Happy Hour. Not surprisingly…

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Not surprisingly, unwinding with colleagues or friends after a successful day of work is a universal joy.

LES BALLERINES: Beauty Inspiration from Degas’ Beautiful Ballerinas!

What do the Parisians do on an off day in Paris? When I have several days free in the city, one of my favorite things to do is buy an all access museum pass and revisit my favorites. With much of Paris away...

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The Musée d’Orsay is where you’ll find a gorgeous selection of Edgar Degas’ famous ballerinas.

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 ...

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

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…

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

"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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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.

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

"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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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…

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This is the scent of this season of my life.

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.

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

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...

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

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!

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

"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.

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

"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!

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

"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…

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

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.

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

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.

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

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…

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Paris is both a setting and character.

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.

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The décor is feminine, quirky and colorful…

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...

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

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...

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

“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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Paris Street Style & Haleigh’s Camera-Ready How-To…

Of all the cities synonymous today with style, Paris holds a special prestige. The world has long looked to the French capital as the forefront of trend. Never is this more evident than during Paris Fashion Week, the 10 days twice a year when style is on everyone’s agenda.

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Paris is a street-style photographer’s dream.

“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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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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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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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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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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