Sunday, 19 November 2017

Les mondes de Leila Menchari

I have been queuing in the cold for almost an hour to enter the Hermès exhibition at Grand Palais, but it really was worth it!

Inside the building, Hermès presents 8 thematic sketches set up by the artist Leïla Menchari who was the signature of the Hermès windows between 1978 and 2013. Leïla Menchari was a storyteller of a thousand and one lives. She is a dreamer and her grandiose, exotic and generous dreams have inspired her along her career.

It was a dream come true to see these fabulous colorful sketches, all very different but all releasing  intense and powerful emotions. The only pieces I didn't like were the ones made out of animals such as fox fur throw. In 2017, it should be banned. 

Until December 3rd, 2017
Les mondes de Leïla Menchari
Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill - 75008 Paris
Wednesday to Monday, 10am to 8pm. Closed on Tuesday.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Christmas presents ideas

Christmas 🎄is getting closer and it's time to think about presents 🎁 ideas.

Have you already been looking around yet ? If not, here are a few ideas I have for you.

My number 1 is the Happiness Planner that I spotted on Liberty London's website. If I do love planners in general, I think that this one is absolutely great because it focusses on happiness. It's designed to help welcome more positivity, joy and happiness into one's life. I just love the idea. Please 🙏 get me one people 👸

Happiness planner 24£

Number 2 is the 3 sets of makeup palettes by Too Faced. Every year, for the Holidays, Too Faced releases amazing palettes. I bought the 2016's edition and I can't get over it. The 2017 version includes 3 coordinated palettes with 6 pigment-rich eye shadows and 1 face product each, one Better than Sex mascara which is a must-have, and a limited edition makeup bag. How cute is that ?

Special Edition by Too Faced, 39£

OK My number 3 now.  And it's... a candle by Anthropology but not any candle. This one smells amazing, especially the one with vanilla and cinnamon aroma (20€). Yummy!

My number 4 is a pouch by the French brand Inouitoosh. Their design is very special and I love their colors. It's practical, perfect to store some makeup for instance et yet chic. 

Pouch by Inouitoosh, 35€

My number 5 is a home accessory from H&M. The one on the left is a medium gold and glass mirrored jewelry box (25€). The other one, on the right, is a simple box in the same materials (10€) Both are very trendy!

My number 6 is a vase from H&M. It's both elegant and convenient. I just love it. (20€).

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Picasso 1932

Today, the weather was not very nice. It was cold with a lot of winter showers. The perfect weather to go and see an exhibition. And that's exactly what I did. I went to the Picasso Museum to see their current temporary exhibition entitled "Picasso, 1932".

Indeed, the installation follows Picasso in his day-to-day creative process and life during one whole year, the year 1932, in a strict chronological way. For instance, the journey reveals the prodigious creative push of the beginning of the year until April. During this first term, Picasso prepared an exhibition at Galerie Georges Petit in Paris; he worked very hard because he wanted to prove that he was the greatest painter of his time. Between January 2nd and March 14, Picasso painted 25 paintings of unbridled eroticism. 

I was surprised by the number of artworks Picasso manage to create during one year. One of my favorite paintings was "The girl before a mirror". The colors are just fantastic.

Do I recommend this exhibition? Yes! Definitely. Some paintings are absolutely amazing.

5 rue de Thorigny - 75003 Paris
Tuesday to Sunday (10:30am to 6pm)
Until February 11th, 2018

Sunday, 29 October 2017

2017 Advent calendars

Today, I wanted to share with you my favorite Advent calendars for 2017. So let's go. 👸

Liberty London 169£ (sold out)

On top of the list is the Liberty London Advent Calendar and just the once won't hurt, it's been sold out (in store and online), in just 3 days after being put on the market. No wonder! Look how pretty it was. And with plenty of full size products. 

Selfridges, £120

Second on the list is the Selfridges Avent Calendar. Look how pretty it . It's got plenty of gorgeous beauty must-haves, from Lancôme, Yves-Saint-Laurent...

L'Occitane 49€

If you look for a cute French Advent Calendar, definitely go for L'Occitane. It's only 49€ (with a value of 84€) and all the products are worthwhile: body lotion, shampoo, soap...

Rituals, 79€
Special mention for the Rituals Advent Calendar in the shape of a Christmas tree. It's got everything from wipes to shower scrub, a mascara and a candle. A great way to discover the products of this company. I have never tasted their products yet but finding out that they are cruelty free, I might do so very soon. 

Kiehl's 72€
The Kiehl's calendar contains 23 products selected amongst their award wining must haves and it's worth €200. 


Diptyque, 350€

The Diptyque calendar brings together 25 miniatures including 15ml skin and body care, mini-candles in 35g format and one 70g candle, 10ml eau de toilette. Shame it's so expensive. I won't be able to afford it. 

Jo Malone, 350€

Another expensive calendar is the Jo Malone, but it's absolutely gorgeous with its candles and colognes. Anyway, it's already sold out on the Jo Malone UK website. Really!

Dammann Frères, 22€
If you enjoy a nice cup of tea, as I do, I would recommend the Dammann Frères advent calendar. This picture doesn't show very well but the calendar is really nice and chic and there are 24 different flavors of tea and perfumed blends packaged in the iconic Cristal teabag. It's a good way to taste new flavors. I absolutely love it. 

Lily's advent calendar, 12,40€

And what about this cute calendar for your little friend, in which you will find some nice organic treats. Isn't it cute ? It's on sale on Moustaches website

Saturday, 21 October 2017

FIAC hors les murs 2017

Thank you to the organizers of the FIAC, the annual international art fair which takes place every October, in Paris, to set up the Hors les Murs (outdoor, in French) event. It's the opportunity for the general public to see major art pieces for free, in prestigious surroundings. 

This year was no exception, as you can see on the pictures below, taken in the Tuilerie Gardens. The great thing this year was that besides each piece of art, there were students from the renowned Ecole du Louvre, talking about the art piece. Some of them had the chance to meet the artist before the event so they were able to explain precisely what the intention and conditions in which the artist made his artwork. It was a great idea.