On my way to Hotel Panache I noticed, as Spencer would say, a “gaggle” of people lined up in front of a pretty building. My first thought – there must be a show going on! I kept walking.

The following night as I was on my way to the hotel, my cab driver (all in French) explained to me how I was staying right by one of the best restaurants in Paris. From what I could understand he said that this place served classic French food and was very well priced. I was a bit shocked I’d never heard of it given I’m constantly on the hunt for a classic duck meal. Not only do I love French food, but I LOVE a bargain so I decided to try it!

Right after work I walked the two blocks to Chartier with my coworker Claudia to find out what all the buzz was about.

In 1896 brothers Frédéric and Camille Chartier opened Bouillon Chartier with a simple concept behind it: Reasonably priced food with great customer service.

The restaurant is generally at capacity for dinnertime so we arrived early to avoid crowds. To get to the restaurant you have to walk through a beautiful corridor and towards the back of the building to reach the entrance.

Once you’re inside the restaurant it feels like you’ve walked right into the Belle Epoch. The globe chandeliers, multiple mirrors, and arched windows make it oh so French.

Ordering is easy as the waiter comes by and jots down your order on the disposable tablecloth.

I chose duck and escargot, because you can’t get more classic, right? The duck was delicious. The skin was crispy but the meat was still tender and soft. The potatoes were cooked to perfection.

The escargot were prepared a la bourguignonne which means they are drowned in a sauce made from butter, shallot, garlic paste and parsley. If you’ve never had escargot before they are a lot nicer than you’d think. Sure it may sound gross to eat snails, but if prepared well they can be incredible.

I was insanely satisfied with my food choices. The bill came to a little under 20€ for my meal which was exactly what my cab driver said I would get – delicious food for a good price!


Le Bouillon Chartier
7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris
+33 1 47 70 86 29

Open 365 days a year 11:30 am to 12:00 am

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This is the look of someone who just (accidentally) spent 70€ on cheese…

I stumbled upon this magical place a few years back after visiting Le Bon Marche. A cheese shop? Well of course I was going to walk in. Now every time I come to Paris I stop by and stock up on way too much cheese. This time I over did it, I think.

Barthélemy is owned by Mme Nicole Barthélemy who stocks this place with the most amazing and smelliest cheeses known to the world. She has been in the business for over 40 years and although it’s unclear when the cheese shop opened its reputation speaks for itself having supplied cheese to France’s Prime Ministers. The staff speaks only French but they are incredibly accommodating and always help me build the best cheese board. We point, taste and nod a lot.

They will always let you try before buying and if you’re lucky they may have some ready to try pieces in small tin bowls.

Look at those pretty orange colored babies!

Even the floors are pretty…

This is the type of cheese guillotine everyone needs in their home…

Along with cheese Barthélemy is stocked with yogurt, milk, eggs, crackers, pickled vegetables and of course wine! I picked up a bottle of Sancerre for just 13€ and it was amazing.

Please notice the huge Gorgonzola wooden box at the bottom right corner of the above picture…

Like everything in Paris, this shop is gorgeous and filled with the things that make me want to desperately live there. For now, I’ll settle with twice a year visits and being able to build a massive cheese plate when I come home.

Pro tip: if you want to bring some cheese home they will vacuum seal everything so it’ll keep in your luggage and your clothes won’t reek of cheese. Unless you want your clothes to smell heavenly…

Want to learn to cut cheese The French Way? Check out French Cheese Etiquette on my friend Charli’s blog Am I French Yet?

Sweater: H&M
Jacket: COACH Men’s
Pants: BDG
Shoes: Vans


51 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
+31 01 42 22 82 24

Tuesday – Thursday 8:30 am to 1:00 pm & 3:30 pm to 7:15 pm
Friday – Saturday 8:30 am to 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Closed Sunday & Monday

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Hotel Panache

When traveling to Paris I generally stay at some larger chain hotels and my opinions of them often vary. After my last unpleasant visit to a large chain hotel I listened to my colleague, Fanny, and followed her to smaller hotel with more character.

Located in the 9th arrondissement, Hotel Panache is one of the the most beautifully designed hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Upon entering you can immediately see how every nook and cranny was taken into consideration when designing this lovely spot. One of the most striking things are the mosaic floors, white marble counter, rust accents and clean lines that decorate the lobby.

Right next door to the reception you can find their restaurant which serves breakfast from 7:30 am to 10:00 am and will cost you about 9€ to 18€.

I landed pretty early in Paris so of course I hoped my room would be ready. It wasn’t but that was absolutely no issue. I asked if there was another room available for immediate check in and they were able to quickly accommodate me for a small fee. I somehow landed with a lovely Junior Suite.

Upon entering I was transported. The room was decorated with geometric shapes which play well with the shape of the building. Above the bed you can find gorgeous touches such as brass bar fixtures with bulbs at each end. Next to the bed a Bakelite black telephone and ceramic light switches on the walls.

The reading nook with the view of the street is what really made it for me. This accompanied by the spacious desk were a nice touch to the already large room.

The first thing I want to do after getting off a plane is take bath so I really look forward to this part of my room. Luckily, the bathroom was a dream stocked with Bonne Nouvelle  products – a new Parisian line of body care products designed specially for hotels. I also realized that I forgot to pack toothpaste so they sent me up some Marvis Mint. The tile work in the bathroom had a simple feel with a large tub (my favorite part) and dual vanity.

I was happy to learn that Hotel Panache is concerned with the environment and has implemented the re-use of towels as to avoid washing after one use.

Overall I think this hotel is wonderful and I’d love to visit again! If you’re going to Paris it’s the perfect amount of charm in a great location.


Hotel Panache
1, rue Geoffroy-Marie, 75009 Paris
+33 1 47 70 85 87


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My Favorite Place To Watch The Eiffel Tower

There are so many great places to get a good look at one of the most gorgeous things in Paris: The Eiffel Tower. However, my all time favorite spot to see the light show that takes place from sunset to 1:00 am every hour on the hour is at Les Ombres restaurant. It’s not only a great spot at night but also during the day.


This last time in Paris I went to Les Ombres for brunch and it did not disappoint! Les Ombres is located just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower and is a great place to get a private view of the tower without the crowds.


The dining room is like a large green house which allows for amazing views of not just the Eiffel Tower, but the entire city as well.


The restaurant offers à la carte items or a table d’hôte menu which is very common in Europe. I generally chose the table d’hôte as I like to taste as much food as possible (i.e. I’m a fattie).


Of course after eating all this amazing food (only half of those dishes were mine!) it’s nice to take a walk to the actual Eiffel Tower which is just a short 10 minute walk away. Once there you can sit on the lawn or walk around to see it from many angles.

Dress: Lulu*s
Jacket: COACH (available in stores)
Shoes: Zara (Similar here)
Socks: Uniqlo
Bag: The Stowe


Les Ombres
27 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
+33 01 47 53 68 00

Monday – Sunday : 12–2:15PM & 7–10:15PM

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Paris has always held a special place in my heart. The first time I ever visited this gorgeous city was with my friend Bridget when we studied abroad in Spain.

I remember it being exactly what I thought it would be: the most romantic place on earth. Was it the buildings? The people? The food? The fashion? Everything?

When I landed my first job in textiles I never imagined part of my job (“job”) would be to visit Paris twice a year to attend a textile show and then do some competitive shopping. What does competitive shopping mean? It means my favorite thing in the world – going into different shops and see what the competition is up to. What fabrics are they using? What techniques are out there?

The first place I always stop at is Colette. A true Parisian institution. Colette opened in 1997 but in July of this year we all woke up to the news: Colette would close its doors in December of 2017. Of course with that in mind I made a stop at my beloved little shop.

The whole upstairs usually would house looks from Gucci, Balenciaga, Simone Rocha, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Coach and Sacai to name a few.  As of late the boutique has been been taken over by different designers – most recently Sacai. Of course the conceptual layout was impeccable.

I was so lucky to see Colette one last time. If you’re there before end of December make sure to stop by.

Dress: WhoWhatWear for Target
Coat: Pilcro & The Letterpress
Shoes: Loeffler Randall
Bag: The Stowe


213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
+33 01 55 35 33 90

Monday – Saturday: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
*closes permanently on December 20th

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Candy Striped Black & White









Wearing/Usando || ZARA Handmade Coat | ZARA Lace Dress | THEORY Striped Cashmere Scarf | PROENZA SCHOULER Shoulder Bag | ZARA Block Heel Leather Ankle Botth w/Stretch Detail 


Paris, as we know, is always a good idea.

I was fortunate enough to spend the last week in the beautiful city of lights. The last time I was in Paris was 2 years ago with Spencer and we had the best time. This was no different. The weather was a lot cooler than I thought it would be so I made pit stop at ZARA and found the incredible pieces you can see in these pictures.

These shots were taken at Colonnes de Buren at The Palais-Royal – amazing place to visit if you have a moment.

During my time I ate and visited incredible places. See below for some of my favorite spots:

Le Petit Casimir – The highlight of my trip was this amazing aunthetic restaurant. Owned by my friend Kathelen’s father. Le Petit Casimir brings aunthetic home cooked food you cannot find anywhere else in Paris. If you’re looking for an entertaining host and the most amazing creme brulee (made with an iron not a torch) then visit LPC.

Bus Palladium – Want to dance until the sun comes up? This is the place for you. I was lucky enough to come here with my friend Kathelen and her amazing family…didn’t disappoint

Les Chouettes – Possibly the most adorable place I have ever been. The place is 3 stories of impecably docorated amazingness. Once you get past the dining area you can look up and see two more floors of velvet and leather chairs placed next to gorgeous fire places. There is even a library on the 3rd floor so you can read while you sip on their delicious cockails.

The Beef Club – Self explanatory….all beef everything!

Cafe Marly – Want to have a perfect view of the Louvre AND the Eiffel Tower? Then come to Marly. They have an amazing selection of wine and best service in Paris.

París, como sabemos, es siempre una buena idea.

Tuve la suerte de pasar la última semana en la hermosa ciudad de las luces. La última vez que estuve en París fue hace 2 años con Spencer y nos lo pasamos de maravilla. El clima estuvo mucho más fresco de lo que pensé así que hice una parada en ZARA y encontré las piezas increíbles que pueden ver en estas fotos.

Estas fotos fueron tomadas en Colonnes de Buren en el Palais-Royal. Les recomiendo una visita.

Durante mi tiempo ahi comí y visité lugares increíbles. Vean a continuación algunos de mis lugares favoritos:

Le Petit Casimir – Lo más destacado de mi viaje fue este increíble restaurante. Perteneciendo al padre de mi amiga, Kathelen, Le Petit Casimir trae comida casera que no pueden encontrar en ningún otro lugar en París. Si están buscando un anfitrion entretenido y el más increíble creme brulee (hecho con un planchar no una antorcha), entonces visiten LPC.

Bus Palladium – El mejor lugar para bailar hasta que salga el sol…Tuve la suerte de venir aquí con mi amiga Kathelen y sus hermanos… no decepcionó

Les Chouettes -Posiblemente el lugar más adorable en el que he estado . Les Chouettes es de 3 pizos impecablemente decorados . Una vez pasado el comedor se puede mirar hacia arriba y ver dos plantas más llenas de sillas de terciopelo y cuero colocadas junto a chimeneas. Hay incluso una biblioteca en la 3ª planta para leer mientras se disfruta de sus deliciosos cockails .

The Beef Club – se explica por sí mismo…

Cafe Marly – ¿Quieres tener una vista perfecta del Louvre y la Torre Eiffel? Entonces ven a Marly. Tienen una increíble selección de vinos y el mejor servicio

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Premiere Vision

We arrived in Paris early morning on the 16th of September. The weather was classic Paris – rainy and cold. The first time I visited Paris was with my good friend Bridget and we had an amazing time.


I love how common balconies are in Paris. They only add to the city’s charm. We were incredibly lucky to stay at the Castille Paris located on Chanel’s legendary street in the exclusive 1st Arrondissement.


Unfortunately, because of how packed my schedule was for Premiere Vision, I only had a few hours on Monday to sight see. I had to pick what I wanted to see so I chose the Eiffel Tower. Because…it’s the Eiffel Tower.



On our way back to the hotel we walked past a few places that were just breathtaking. I found the little car below to be adorable. I could see Schiap and I cruising around Williamsburg in something like this.



For our first dinner we went to Chez Janou. This restaurant focuses on Southern French cuisine and has many different types of Pastis. The menu is excellent and well priced. I couldn’t take a picture, but they have the hugest Chocolate Mousse I have ever seen. You can order it but you cannot share with anyone!

Going to PV for the first time was an amazing experience. I was exhausted at the end of every single day but it was worth it. For those of you who aren’t in the fashion fabric world, PV is a biannual fabric fair that takes place in Paris. The best fabric mills attend and those who work in fabric, like myself,  travel from all over the world to preview the new collections and source new innovative qualities.


After my second day at PV a few of my co-workers, Spencer and I headed over to Ralph’s for dinner. I’m not saying this solely because the man’s my “boss” but Ralph’s offers the very best service I’ve ever experienced at a restaurant. The food came out promptly and was amazing. I went with the classic burger because it’s what the restaurant is best known for. The meat for the burgers is sourced from Mr. Lauren’s ranch in Colorado. Not the greenest meal but…


I went for a run on my third day there and bumped into the Louvre. It was the only clear day so I decided to take full advantage and stop for the shots of the beautiful building.


For our last dinner in Paris, we met up with my dear friend Gabriel of Les Rhabilleurs. We met up at Le Dauphin for one of the best dinners I had while in Paris. The interior of the restaurant is very clean and modern. They focus on small plates that are meant for sharing.


Paris will always hold a very special place in my heart and I can’t wait to see you again!

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