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!

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