A weekend in the Sun

The sunshine and the warmth have finally arrived in Paris, and what I do I do? I go inside to see an art exposition…my logic is really questionable, but I thought as it was one of te last weekends to go and see Van Gogh: Dreams of Japan, I thought I best give it a whirl. If you’re a fan of ol’ Vincent, his work inspired by his time in Japan is showing till the 17th of March, and words cannot give his work justice, looking at his work you can see the creation of 3D through his stokes and his images are so surreal and yet alive at the same time, and this is a time well before avatar burst through our screens. (www.pinacotheque.com/fr/accueil/expositions/aujourdhui/van-gogh.html)

Sunday has been a glorious day of mooching through Montmartre, which including lunch, discovering there will be a scottish festival next week, a spot of vintage shopping, Moulin Rouge tourist photos, and a fabulous shop with my name on it…

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Look what I found…

Took a little stroll just past the Eiffel tower and found the parc André Citroen, and I also found a little lady liberty, just minding her own business, on the Ile aux Cygnes; a replica of New York’s Statue of Liberty, as the original was made as gift to America by Frennch man, A Bartholdi. So, for the moment, this is a close to New York as I’m going to get!

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Where have you been all my life…

The past few weeks have been rather busy with work, studies, birthdays, and a bit of boring admin thrown in for good measure. Paris is starting to get warmer and lighter, and I don’t think anything can put you in a bad mood when the thought of summer is on its way. I’ve of the been making the most of the Sunshine and visiting some of the hidden parks of paris. And while the models and celebs are strutting around here for Paris fashion week, the parks are my own personal catwalk.

First up, Parc de Belleville, just a short walk from chez moi, up on a great big hill, (when I say short walk, a short bus ride is more truthful) hosts some great views and its structures and flower beds are impatient to hold some flowers, a great place to go to see the sunset before dinner and drinks in the 11eme.

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Oscar Buzz

First thing monday morning and its time to find out the winners; films and fashion wise!

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra

Kelly Rowland in Donna Karan

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Sunny daze

 

 

After a busy morning, and not wanting to waste the day, I decided to check out the Maison de Balzac, (Balzac’s house) a short walk from La Muette or Passy metro stations. In all honesty, it was a small little bungalow type abode and with two sets of school groups, I had a quick glance around and made a swift exit, however, its the view from the gardens that really catches your eye, tranquille and a great view, I left in such a better mood, and carried on the day browsing for books in the latin quarter and vintage clothes in the marais.

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About me…

A blog about making the most of living in Paris, on a shoe string

20 something year old British student living in Paris. Loves music, theatre, new places, fashion, art, friends, laughter and pandas.

I come from a small town by the sea, I always miss that sea air, but living in the big city is what its all about…for now!

I’ve not yet worked out how to tag, categorise, or take artsy bloggy photos, but, I’m getting there.

 

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Musée Guimet

 

I’ve been wanting to visit the musée guimet for quite a while now, and the trip certainly didn’t disappoint. Running in to escape the rainy streets of Paris I was greeted by a calm spacious entrance guiding you towards the different rooms and expositions.

Unfortunately the expositions that I wanted to see (Hokeei and Thé de Guimet) had already ended but I thought I would give the rest of the place and inspection!

If you’re looking for an arty museum with paintings everywhere, this is not the one for you. Guimet takes you on a tour of Asia; including India, Ancient China, Pakistan, Afganistan, korea and Japan. A complete opposite from the museums I normally go to.

A museum to guide you through a completely different history to Europe, with quite a lot of information to take in. and even the history and the location of the museum are almost like a hidden gem in Paris; check out Guimet’s library (3rd and 4th pics) and the view of the eiffel tower from the top of the building.

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You can take the girl out of Britain…

When you talk about shopping (which frequently happens with me) and you talk about where you’re from, the reaction to England and Fashion tends to be: Topshop! So when I heard that Topshop were opening a pop up store in Paris, I headed straight there on opening day. I had to get a taste of the brit fashion I’ve missing while over here in stripes and a beret…

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Set up in Galleries Lafayette for a period of two weeks, and the idea is great as many French girls want a Topshop in Paris, but if I’m honest, you’re better off just going on the website (http ://www.topshop.com). The display seemed to take more space than the actual clothes, so a bit to much hype a not enough clothes. So this is my public request for  Topshop to bring a whole shop to Paris; clothes, bags, shoes and all.

 

 

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Metro music time

Something you don’t see on the metro everyday:

Tramps dancing, alcoholics sharing whiskey, and busy parisians STOPPED! All because of two incredibly talented boys busking. The atmosphere in Republique was incredible, and it was really nice to see people taking even just a minute of their time to appreciate!

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BAFTA Darling,

While I’m in the red carpet mood, here are my picks from last night’s Baftas. These actresses seem to be taking on the sterotype of english girls not having a coat in winter. Apparently the weather was horrible, clearly there aren’t any designers who make a good red carpet coat, so while in Paris, I may just turn designer and make a few, bring them along to outside these events, and voila, I’m a millionnaire!Sheer perfection: Amy Adams looked incredible in her Elie Saab lace detail gown

Amy Adams in Ellie Saab

Heading inside: Jessica flashed a wide smile as she made her way into the ceremony

Jessica Chastain in Roland Mouret

Daring fashion choices: Newly-single Gemma Arterton and Alice Eve went for unusual dresses for the occasion

Gemma Arterton  in Celia Kritharioti

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