Souvenir, souvenir…

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently visited Nice and the Côte d’Azur. The weather was beautiful, although sometimes very hot, and as always, the food was great. One of the best things I know is to just wander around a supermarket in any country that I stay in and be amazed and inspired by all the foreign products that I see. I seldom even contemplate buying e.g. a packet of dry biscuits at home, but in France (or Italy, Germany, Japan or anywhere else), I actually consider it. Sometimes there is something about the packaging that intrigues me (smiling […]

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Midnight at Faubourg – in search of Alber Elbaz

The clock strikes twelve. Midnight in Paris, and the city seems calm and quiet. But a signal beams out from the Eiffel Tower: a call to Super H! Something’s afoot. Masked and cloaked, the proud horse atop the Hermès building undergoes a strange metmorphosis, ready for action. We watch breathlessly as he prepares to take flight – a modern Pegasus for the world of the comic strip. (Source: Hermès) About two years ago Hermès introduced a wonderful new design, Minuit au Faubourg, designed by Dimitri Rybaltchenko. Rybaltchenko is one of my favourite current designers at Hermès, always with a nod […]

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Exciting news!! I am a contributor to Paris Perfect

This is by far the most exciting news on my new blogging adventure that I have had. Little old me has been asked to contribute with bi-monthly French recipes to the wonderful Paris Perfect blog. If you haven’t yet heard from then, Paris Perfect is a rental agency for the most gorgeous Parisian apartments you have ever seen. They have excellent locations and also offer other services (like cooking classes at Philippe Excoffier’s eponymous restaurant, no less) for your perfect Parisian stay. The apartments are really stunning. Check out this balcony and this one just oozes French glamour. Even if you are not […]

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Valentines, schmellentines..

Or La Saint-Valentin, as they say in France. Because you wouldn’t have thought that the French would not celebrate a day of romance, right? (Apparently the day of Valentine, is La Saint-Valentin and the Saint himself is Le Saint Valentin. Oh, the French..) La Saint-Valentin in France is only a day for lovers, not for friends or children etc.. And yes, it is the same roses and chocolates as everywhere else (although I bet it is still slightly better). “Tu veux être mon valentin?” and many more Valentine-related words and expressions in French can be found on this site. (And no, […]

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“A little place” – an ode to the humble German Plätzchen

No one does Christmas pastry better than the Germans, not even the French can compete. As a child I lived many years in Germany and the sheer abundance of Christmas cookies, biscuits, cakes and buns around Christmas time is amazing. And I haven’t even started with all supermarkets and department stores opening their special Christmas chocolate sections (half of an entire floor at the classic Berlin institution KaDeWe last time I was there!). For a chocolate lover this is almost a mental overload; there are pralines in every thinkable flavour like Apfle-Zimt-Haselnuss-Nougat or how about Cointreau-Orange-Marzipan-Zartbitter. There are hollow chocolate shaped trees, Santa […]

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In good company – the new Hermès Brides de Gala Love

Hermès themselves call the Brides de Gala their most celebrated carré. According to the website Hermesology, it is also “Hermes’s best-selling scarf of all time” (not that I have a reason to doubt this, but I am cautios of websites not being able to spell Hermès properly, just saying). According to Wikipedia, there are more than 70 000 Brides de Gala-scarves out there. Fact is that it was designed by Hugo Grygkar in 1957. It’s name is translated into “Bridles for the gala” and it undoubtedly gives that wonderful glamorous equestrian feeling that Hermès does oh so well. Brides de Gala has adorned the neck or head […]

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Happiness is…

…coming home with a new orange box to my collection. I am complete sucker from all things leopard print. Each time I find a leopard print scarf, skirt, dress, top etc. I let out a small squeal. (For each new item, my dear husband is less and less impressed..) This is a classic 90 cm x 90 cm silk twill scarf from Hermès. It’s name is ”Panthera Pardus” (latin for leopard), designed by Robert Dallet. It has beautiful cream, brown, caramel, and orange colours with an orange border. I am especially looking forward to wear it as a head scarf, folded on the bias […]

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