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Cuisine & Culture

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.

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

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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.

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

2015 marks the start Lancôme’s 80th year

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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!

Each arrondissement is responsible for decorating the quartier for the holidays

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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…

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

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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.

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

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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...

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

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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.

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

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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...

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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...

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

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"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.

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

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"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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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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"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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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