Monday, 16 October 2017

Cour des Shadoks

Today, I walked past a beautiful courtyard, a few minutes away from Bastille, the "Cour des Shadoks" (Shadoks courtyard). 

The courtyard has been named after a former resident, Jacques Rouxel, a man who created "The Shadoks", a very famous animated TV series from the 1970's.

As you will see from the pictures I took, the place is just peaceful and charming.

Cour des Shadoks
71 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine - 75011 Paris

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Daniel Brush

The School of Jewelry Arts is celebrating its fifth anniversary by introducing cultural exhibitions to its offering. The stunning work of the American artist Daniel Brush is exceptionally presented at L’ÉCOLE until October 31, 2017 and I had the chance to enjoy it today.

An assortment of collars from NECKS, a jeweler’s poetry book documenting 117 colliers de chien made for the book, are exhibited alongside a series of cuffs, all featuring unique combinations of steel, diamonds and other precious stones. In addition, large scale drawings, sculpture, and objets de vertu are presented to reveal this artist’s work. And it's stunning!

This is an unprecedented opportunity to preview an assortment of exceptional works. Brush’s creations demonstrate solitary thought, study and experimentation, resulting in a deeply expressive and intellectual force. From one of a kind wearable jewels to large scale drawings and sculptures, Brush’s work goes beyond traditional art categories, and demonstrates astonishing intricacy amidst a timeless aesthetic. Daniel Brush makes all his work with his own hands.

If you are in Paris, don't miss this installation; I loved it. 
Until October 31st, 2017
31, rue Danielle Casanova, 75001 Paris.
Monday to Saturday, 2pm until 7pm (free)


Sunday, 1 October 2017

ColorForever Marais

ColorForever in the Marais

Finally! I have found one! 

Wondering what I am talking about? Well, I am talking about a good nail bar. 💅 I know, with all the nail bars around the city, it might sound a bit weird. But, up to now, I wasn't completely happy with the places I had tasted. 

So, recently, I went to ColorForever near Saint-Paul, feeling a bit nervous not knowing if I would be disappointed again and, to my surprise, it was just the opposite; I was absolutely delighted. First of all, the place is bright, clean and very pleasant; you don't feel squeezed at all. And secondly, and certainly most important to me, the ladies working there are very friendly and beyond professional; they do an excellent job. I don't know about you, but these two criteria are key to me. 

And not joke there, the nail polish lasts forever. It's been 10 days today that I had my nails painted with classic nail lacquer and it's still perfect! Usually to get such a result, I need to have a gel manucure. 

So, would I recommend this boutique? Definitely Yes! 💅

Several addresses in Paris
5 rue d'Ormesson - 75004 Paris
Monday to Saturday - 10:30am to 8pm

My nails after 2 days.

My nails after 10 days. Still perfect!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Irvin Penn
Irving Penn - Picture of Self © Condé Nast

As an art lover in general and photography lover in particular, I went to see the exhibition dedicated to Irving Penn at Grand Palais as soon as it started. And guess what. I absolutely loved it.

The installation, looking back over the 70 year career of Irving Penn (yes 70 years!), is organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais,  in collaboration with the Irving Penn Foundation, to mark the centenary of the birth of Irving Penn (1917-2009), one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century.The exhibition shows more than 235 photographic prints, all produced by the artist himself.

The exhibition is very rich and is displayed on two floors. There were three sections that I really liked. The one section dedicated to the pictures Irvin Penn made for Vogue magazine; these studies of the 1950 couture collections are just fantastic. I also very much enjoyed the portraits of the big names of the 1950s and 1960s such as Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Marlene Dietrich or Francis Bacon. Finally, I loved Irvin Penn's photographic study of the Small Trades. It was very interesting to see all these people exercising trades which no longer exist.

I would highly recommend the exhibition; I think it's a must-see of this fall.

Grand Palais - Galeries nationales
Clemenceau entrance
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower - 75008 PARIS
Wednesday to Monday, 10am to 8pm (until 10pm on Wednesday) - Closed on Tuesday
The Small Trades
The Small Trades
Theatre curtain found in Paris and used as a backdrop throughout his career
Work for Vogue magazine

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Dalida by the river

Walking little Jude along the banks, I came accross beautiful photos of late Dalida. 

Altogether, it's 30 pictures of the stunning artist who died too young. I didn't remember she was so graceful.

Here are a few pictures I took for you.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Gorgeous Spanish Costumes

As a huge fan of fashion, I am always curious to find out clothing inspiration.

Today, I visited the exhibition dedicated to Spanish costumes, in Maison de Victor Hugo, place des Vosges. I found out that the famous French writer was a great, if not the greatest, lover of Spain. The installation shows a remarkable selection of traditional Spanish costumes borrowed from the collections of the Museo del Trade, the Museum of Costume and Ethnological Heritage in Madrid.
It's been organized with the help of Galliera fashion museum, which is hosting a Spanish season. I already had the chance to see the exhibition about Balenciaga and I am looking forward to seeing the first Paris retrospective of work by Mariano Fortuny, at Galliera museum, starting October 4th.

As far as the exhibition at Maison Victor Hugo is concerned, even though it's quite small (about 40 costumes are presented), I liked it very much. I was surprised to see how much details there were on the costumes. The materials, the embroidery, the colors, everything was interesting, especially knowing that the pieces were elaborated between the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 20th! 

And as a photo fan, I enjoyed very much the photographs by José Ortiz Echagüe (1886-1980) showing landscape, monuments, local inhabitants and their rituals. It was a great idea to mix the two: the costumes and the pictures.

The exhibition is on until September 24th, 2017
6 Place des Vosges - 75004 Paris
Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm

Monday, 7 August 2017

Musée Grevin

I had such a great time today at Musée Grévin, the French wax figures museum.

I hadn't been there for the last 12 years or so and everything has completely changed. Both the sections and the wax figures are new. And it's for the best. The wax figures look so real; it's breath-taking! And I wasn't the only one to be positively surprised. During my visit, I heard several people noticing that the setting had changed since their last visit and that it was much better. 

The 200 true-to-life celebrities  represent both French and international stars. New celebrities have been added along the years (Katy Perry or Lionel Messi for instance). It's fun for young and old alike to pose next to the figures.

I liked everything but my favorite moment was at the very end of the visit, when we were in the Hall of Columns. This Baroque sculptured setting, ornamented in gilt and marble, is just magnificent. The vaulted ceiling is supported by 12 columns with bronze capitals.  Five sculptures of women representing the five continents look down from each bay.

As far as the children are concerned, even though they liked every moment of their visit, they seemed to have preferred the section dedicated to the TV talent show "The Voice". They were thrilled to be able to take part in the show, either singing in a little recording studio, or sitting in the famous judges red chairs.

And by the way, this year, the museum celebrates its 135th anniversary! 

10 boulevard Montmartre - 75009 Paris - Everyday, 9am to 7pm
The stunning Cara Delevingne
With the talented Pierre Hermé

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Stunning Dior exhibition

I you follow me on Instagram, you will have noticed that today I went to see the Dior exhibition, hosted by Musée des Arts Décoratifs and I just loved it. Honestly, it's one of the most beautiful exhibitions I have ever seen.  

It's been set up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the creation of the beautiful Maison Dior and it's just magnificent. The space dedicated to the installation is the biggest ever used by the museum for such an event: together with the usual two levels of the fashion area, the curators have invested the opposite nave. By the way, do make sure you don't miss this part. It was my favourite. It's dedicated to the creations of the couturiers who succeeded Monsieur Dior: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and recently Maria Grazia Chiuri. 

So, as I said, it's huge. There is so much to see: hundred of documents, accessories (hats, jewellery, bags, shoes, perfume bottles), paintings, furniture and... over 300 magnificent Haute Couture gowns designed between 1947 and today.

To me, the best moment, even though, I liked every moment of it, was in the last room, where tens of gowns worn by queens, princesses and actresses are presented. These unique pieces are stunning and knowing that such famous people worn them makes it even more impressive. I loved the fact that these beauties are presented in such a giant room with a sky-high ceiling. And the staging! Wow! Just wow! There is music in the background, lights are changing... Everything is just perfect!

The only drawback of this afternoon, is that the exhibition is victim of its own success and there were far too many visitors at the same time for me. Especially, on the first floor. You also may have to queue for around 2 hours before getting in! To avoid that, I would recommend to buy a ticket on-line, on the website of the museum. That's what I did and I entered straight away.

Bisous.  💛

Until January 7th, 2018
107 rue de Rivoli - 75001 Paris 
Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm - Late opening Thursday, until 9pm

Monday, 31 July 2017

Maison Maison by the river

When I am off, I really enjoy chilling and sipping a nice cup of coffee by the River. A few metres away from Le Louvre Museum, at the bottom of Pont Neuf, there is a friendly coffee shop which offers a fantastic view over the Seine River,  Ile de la Cité, Ponts des Arts and the Eiffel Tower, and where the staff is helpful and friendly (not too common in Paris). 

The wooden tables and chairs are laid out on a deck outdoor terrace with nice wild plants here and there ; it's just lovely. 

Later on during the day, they serve home-made dishes, cheese and cold cuts boards. Perfect for a drink by the river. 

Down 16 quai du Louvre (at the feet of Pont Neuf) - 75001 Paris
Every day from 10am to 2am.