Tuesday, September 1

Pop-up shop at Sugar Town

I am currently having a pop-up shop at Sugar Town in Tokyo, near Omotesando, showcasing a capsule collection of French word embroidered on felt as well as some of my regular items such as the colorful embroidered bracelets and pendants. Please drop by if you happen to be in this area, Sugar Town is a lovely gift shop and you will most probably be tempted by the super cute selection!

POP-UP SHOP details:
Date: from August 28, 2015 (FRI)
Capsule collection: brooch, bracelet or earrings hand-embroidered on felt
Theme: France, Paris and the French flag!
Price range: from 1,500yen + tax

I will also hold an embroidery workshop at Sugar Town on Saturday, 5th of September.

Participants will get to embroider either a pair of earrings or a brooch with French words such as "Salut", "Paris, "Bonjour", "Merci", "Oui", "Non" etc...

Where: at Sugar Town shop
When: September 5, 2015 (SAT)
Time: from 1pm to 3pm.
Fee: 4,000yen + tax

-> There are still a few spots available, please join us!

9月のWORK SHOPのご案内です。
日時:2015年9月5日(土) 13:00~15:00
場所:Sugar town 渋谷区神宮前4-7-6 2階
参加費:4,000円 (税込4,320円)
定員: 8名
WORK SHOPに合わせて、8月28日(金)から店頭でMarieさんのアクセサリーなどのPOP UP SHOPも開催しますので、こちらもお見逃しなく!

《Marie Maglague マリー・マグラギ》

A bientôt,

Do you think she will say OUI (yes)?

Thursday, August 20

A weekend in Paris

Welcome back friends!

Today I am celebrating my first day back at the Studio after a very very long summer break... As always the kids and I spent a few weeks in France - in the country side, and as always I escaped a few days in Paris to attend the Playtime trade show and touch base with my friends. 
If you go to Paris soon, here are a few of the places I checked out that may be worth a visit...

#1 Restaurant Au Sésame, along the Canal St Martin. Great for lazy Sunday brunches or a quick lunch... I love the vibe, friendly staff and good food. Very nice in the evening too as the Canal St Martin is a pretty vibrant place to be!

#2 Bleuet Coquelicot: in the same area is an interesting little flower shop and cabinet de curiosité called Bleuet Coquelicot.

#3 Restaurant Claus: closer to Louvre-Rivoli, Claus seems the perfect place for a rather copious breakfast - in fact, probably the ideal brunch if you are really hungry.
The restaurant has now extended to an épicerie on the opposite side of the road.
-> it's not exactly cheap, and it's best to make a reservation first as it's quite popular. No aircon!

#4 La Pâtisserie des Rêves: I had been following them for a while on Instagram and everything seemed so delicious. We visited their corner shop at le BHV at the end of the day. It was good but I was disappointed by the service and the overall look of the place. It's probably better to go to their main stores.

La Pâtisserie des Rêves with Laëtitia alias stylemelia

#5 Shopping at BA&SH, rue Etienne Marcel: I wasn't very familiar with the brand, but I loved their flagship store. Everything was desirable, wallpaper included!

Long, hot summer nights in Paris are something special, especially when you have a balcony!

with my friend Rosy (@inspirationkinses) who came all the way from Brussels to see me! 

I was super happy to meet up with French jewelry designer Natacha Plano, as we had been in touch on Instagram for a while and I really love her delightful work - especially the dolls! We managed to have breakfast together before heading to Playtime Paris, it was sweet, thank you again Natacha.

I am the happy owner of Ninon ♡

I had yet another breakfast with my dear friend Blandine, who is always super positive and enthusiastic and she's also very creative. I am glad we could meet up on such short notice, I can't remember of missing a meet-up over the past 10 years (as long as I was going to Paris anyway).

I want to thank them all again for taking the time to meet up with me. Love you girls! bisous...

Thursday, August 13

Workshop at Sugar Town, Tokyo!

Hello friends!

It looks like our summer holidays are coming to an end, it's been really busy for me this year but we were blessed with the most beautiful sun and very little rain.

It's time to prepare for "la rentrée" and the Fall/Winter projects and I will start the month of September with an embroidery workshop, organised in collaboration with gift shop Sugar Town located near Omotesando in Tokyo. [read my previous posts about Sugar Town here and here]

It was a request to have something cute, fashionnable and French, and as shop owners Motoko-san and Mai-san had loved my previous capsule collection of French word accessories, I created a series of brooches and/ or earrings stating "Salut", "Paris, "Bonjour", "Merci", "Oui", "Non" etc...

The workshop will take place at Sugar Town on September 5, 2015 from 1 to 3pm. 
It cost 4,000yen + tax, spaces are limited so sign up now if you're free + interested in joining me!

A bientôt!

Thursday, July 16

Un petit tour à Playtime {Paris}

lovely dolls by Scalaë and Co (France)


I managed to be in France - and in Paris, on time for the international kids trade show Playtime which takes place twice a year at the Parc Floral near Château de Vincennes. I am always attending the Tokyo editions although I love the Paris one for its amazing variety and fabulous atmosphere. Here below are only a few snaps that I managed to take the day I spent there - you must plan 2 to 3 days at least to cover the whole event.

There was a lot more to share and I have listed a few brands that caught my eyes at the end of this post - with links to their websites. Feel free to check them out!

The large crocheted shawl was spectacular and beautiful- it was located in the maternity section of the show, and the creation of French artist Aurélie Mathigot. 

I was surprised to cross path with a beautiful peacock on my way to the next pavillon... after all the public park was right across the blue gate in the background...

The show partly takes place in an old building which is super spacious but unfortunately without air conditioning... quite hard to take under the super hot temperatures we are having this year in France!

"Within this play of shadows and slow movements, artist Julie Gauthron's silhouettes take us off into a sweet moment of daydreaming." 
I liked the idea of using the metal thread to create the playful silhouettes, however it was really difficult to photograph... maybe the white screen in the back could have been of a different color?

waterproof bed linen collection by Louis le Sec (Belgium)

more "poésie" from Scalaë and Co (France)

the dream world of Annabel Kern (France)

all the way from Korea: Kooroom is dressing them up in the kitchen!

surfing the wave of eco-friendly furnitures, Zerogram (France)

  • Trend Space #3 - Let's dance! by Zoe Adlesberg

No one resist the dance floor call and a disco ball! Photographer and film director Zoe Adlesberg's work has been featured in MILK, Marie Claire Enfnats, Cookie, Nylon or Kid-In magazine among other media.

the Policosmos family in its colorful pop-up by PCM Design (Spain)

beautiful embroideries and pop colours 
for the S/S 2016 collection of Bonheur du Jour Paris (above and below)

My favorite trend space, the most inspiring with its wonderful display made of paper and cardboard. Exotic colours coming straight out of a travel journal spoke volumes to me!

The S/S 2016 collection of Paade Mode (Latvia) was superb! 
From the choice of materials to the embroidery details or the color palette, 
everything looked "delicious".

Below are some pics of one of the canteens/ café where exhibitors and visitors can meet up, rest, or recharge. Friendly staff and an extended choice of delicious/ healthy food.

Finally and to close up this short review of Playtime Paris, here are a few other brands that caught my attention but the lack of time didn't allow me to take photos:

Hilda.Henri (Austria), Bang Bang Copenhagen (Denmark), April Showers (France), Bobo Choses, Arch & Line (Japan), Nobodinoz (Espagne), Mini Rodini (Sweden), Louise Misha (France), Le Petit Lucas du Tertre (France), Iglo + Indi (Iceland), Ettel & Bettel (Israel), Soft Gallery (Copenhagen)

Anniel (Italy), Pom D'Api (France), Salt-water (Australie), Veja (France)

Decoration/ Toys:
Toi-Meme (France), Bang Bang Kid (France), Mini Archi (Belgium), Deuz (France), Play and Go (Belgium), Garbo and Friends (Sweden)

Illustration/ Graphic Design:
Aout a Paris (France), Axelle Design (France),

Next rendez-vous: 
Playtime Tokyo at Belle Salle Shibuya - August 25-26-27, 2015

and remember to make history...

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