I purchased this pretty little book on a Saturday afternoon with Audrey and Sofia at The Broken Arm in the Marais recently. I was attracted to its pale pink cloth cover, and the title of course. I wrote a little note in the cover “From me, to myself” and placed it on display at home on a lucite trunk I bought and use as a coffee table. Having a collection of photobooks (and books in general) to me is the ultimate sign of culture. Something for yourself that also shares who you are with visitors that come by and turn their pages, a little investment in owning and treasuring images long term. We’re so over exposed to beautiful pictures online these days, we throw them away as fast as they can disappear into the archives of a blog or the depths of Pinterest boards. I was particularly attracted to Steinmetz’s photos of Paris because they are precisely the opposite of many I take. I’m always trying to make Paris look perfect and like a fairytale. He curates the quirky and odd as well as the beautiful in this collection of photos from several extended trips to Paris over the years, the city where it mother was born. Here’s a few pages I captured to share with you…
One of my favorite luxuries to indulge myself in is lingerie. You could call me a collector of sorts as it’s been an on going affair. When I lived in Istanbul at eighteen, I probably visited the lingerie section of Harvey Nichols at the luxury Kanyon Mall as many times as the architectural monuments I was there to study (strange life I have lived, I know). Before that though I had spent a year at seventeen working in a luxury knickers and bikini store in my hometown. The owner and buyer would come back from Paris with the latest collections and it was there I discovered Fifi Chachnil. All of the vintage silhouettes and flirtatious details like Eiffel Tower prints and feather pompons were just too cute to be true. I bought my first Fifi there and have been a loyal shopper ever since. For me lingerie isn’t about the art of entertainment, if you know what I mean. For me it’s about how beautiful it looks perfectly organized in my commode, the silhouette it gives me, and the feel of it when I wear it every day, and I do wear it everyday. My Paris Bonjour bra from Fifi in various colors is on me seven days a week until I wear this expensive little treasure out, happy to replace each with a fresh new color or print when the time comes knowing it was put to great use. I thought I would give you the Fifi Chachnil shopping experience here in her Paris Saint Germain boutique they opened last year. It’s like a dream…
“Paris Bonjour” silk underwire bra, 118 € — available HERE
“Le Meilleure” angora sweater, 335 € — available HERE
“Forever Cocktail” sheer underwire bra, 115 € — available HERE
“Fifi” signature fragrance, 50 € — available HERE
For night time…
“Ma Semaine” panties box set, 243 € — available HERE
“Mirna Loy” sheer nighty, 213 € — available HERE
“Fabuleuse” silk bloomer, 88 € — available HERE
“Doris Day” nightgown, 245 € — available HERE
“Marquisette Poupée” suspender culotte, 138 € — available HERE
“Chou” layered petticoat, 150 € — available HERE
“Babyloo Saint James” onesie, 215 € — available HERE
“Fabuleuse Pomponette” panties, 90 € — available HERE
When I travel I like to make myself at home. As fun as a hotel can be, staying in an apartment let’s you experience a place like a local, giving a day-to-day perspective to imagine what life might be like there on a long term basis. I am lucky enough to live in Paris, but when Habitat Parisien invited me to come and give one of their apartments a try I saw it as the perfect opportunity for a staycation. Jessica came along and we made a little retreat of it for a few days, exploring a new neighborhood, spending nights in in our cozy habitat parisien. The sort of evenings where the beautiful light pouring in makes you just want to open the windows, put something on the stove, poor a glass of wine, and sit in the window a while listening to Nina Simone…
The beautiful large windows are so romantic and quintessentially French. The natural light they let in, especially at sunset when you can sit on the window sill and watch the sun go down was spectacular. Every night we loved to enjoy a glass of wine here, catching the last rays of sun.
The lighting in this apartment is really unique. I love the fixtures used throughout.
The bedroom was so celestial with the twinkling lights and cool colored ambience. It was such a great place to come and rest after a busy day in Paris.
The location was a new neighborhood for me, on the border of the 2nd and 9th. I enjoyed discovering this central quartier a bit more. It’s known for it’s traditional arcades and being near to pretty much everything.
The amenities were everything we needed. Jess and I played house and made ourselves right at home, cooking in the kitchen stocked with all a chef’s needs just like at home, as well as a washing machine and dryer if we needed it.
Find out all the details on Druot5 and more photos of all the other apartment to choose from on Habitat Parisien. One of the most common questions I get from readers of Making Magique is where to stay when visting Paris. Habitat Parisien has a selection of beautiful and authentic Parisian apartments, that offer comfort, convenience, and style to live up to your Parisian expectations and needs.