Colette Paris Beauty Bar

Colette Paris Beauty Bar

I made a fast stop at Colette, an eclectic Parisian store–here’s a link to their website (warning, music will start to play if you click, usually French pop or chill). This store goes “on” and “off” the cool list so often than I (as...
Paris and the Summer Sales

Paris and the Summer Sales

As the famous line from The Devil Wears Prada goes, “Gird your loins!” The French government authorizes only two sales per year. No, I’m not kidding. Today was the first day (except for store cardholders who got to first pick over the past week). It...
Paris Theater

Paris Theater

So many people visit Paris and look at the breathtaking architecture. Most of these buildings are in everyday use in the city. For example, the Palais Garnier (above) is an incredible building that actively houses ballet, opera and concerts throughout many months of...
Pastry from Lenôtre

Pastry from Lenôtre

On the Cafe Makeup menu today, this mille-feuille pastry (also called a Napoleon). This, made of an unbelievably flaky and light pastry, includes a touch of custard and cream. This one is from Lenôtre, which consistently presents picture-perfect, stunning creations...
Byredo Parfums:  Oud Immortel, M/Mink and Rose Noir

Byredo Parfums: Oud Immortel, M/Mink and Rose Noir

While shopping in Paris, Colette included a sample of a Byredo fragrance in one of my bags (judge me, I went to Colette more than once). When I tried the scent, I was knocked off my feet.  There was a gorgeous complexity to the perfume that left me both satisfied and...
Book Review:  Parisian Chic

Book Review: Parisian Chic

I’m working my way through Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange ($18 on Amazon.com/paperback).  It’s the closest that I can get to Paris without stepping on a plane.  If you love French style, buy it immediately. Parisian Chic was written...
In Paris, Art is Everywhere

In Paris, Art is Everywhere

Yes, the museums are full of art and so are the streets.  A small street ensemble that seems to play frequently near the Palais Royale.  They sell CD’s and take donations, and usually draw a crowd with their classical music. Looking up from a stoplight, I...
A Typical Chanel Counter (Just for Fun)

A Typical Chanel Counter (Just for Fun)

For the record, I thought some of you Chanel fans would like to see the current product at the local Chanel counters in Paris.  Keep in mind that photographing the lip products was almost impossible, because you can’t see the color names or numbers from the top....
Postcards from Paris

Postcards from Paris

Here are more lovely moments from Paris…. From Shakespeare & Co. Near the Notre Dame Cathedral, this bookstore is literally stuffed to the ceiling with English-language books.  Most Mondays and Thursdays, there are author nights and other...
Serge Lutens Lipsticks

Serge Lutens Lipsticks

At Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royale, I purchased a lipstick in #6, Mauve de Swann ($70).  I tried on another color, a deep red, and was very tempted, but decided to go with this neutral instead. The bullet is encased in a deep red-brown hexagon, and refills...