ladies of luxembourg gardens | #fdf: tory’s hip pad in paris

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after being at the playground at luxembourg gardens in paris for less than 30 minutes, my son declared, unsolicited, that “paris is better than disney world!!!!”  booyah!!  oh, yea!  oh, yea!!  score two points for outdoor activities and non-tech entertainment!!!  too bad we had to travel half a world away to get there. but, luxembourg gardens were better than disney world for me, too. because, honestly, my first thought is not to throw on my new chloé frock to take the kids to play on a tuesday afternoon.  i think i was maybe more blown away by the ladies of luxembourg than any other venue in paris.  ooh-la-la! la-la! la-la!!   so very stylish. . . i hooked you up with a few photos below so you can feel their beat. xo, cg   […]

streets of paris . . . hot guys. cool chicks. hip cafés.

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it’s not that every one or every place in the 6th arrondissement of paris is chic.  that is definitely not the case.  it’s just that they have more than their quotient.  you just can’t walk around anywhere in the world and literally stumble across this many incredibly chic and cool people and places.  not greenwich village.  not silver lake.  not brera.  not wynwood.  not hackney. not williamsburg.  no where.  and that is huge. . . and it’s the guys, really.  when the guys are playing their fashion game up this high, i think the ladies have no choice but to follow — or lead, as it may be. and perhaps there is a synergy.  the 6th is chocked full of so many hip little cafés, brasserie and nouveau gelato places that more people […]

the amazing doors of paris . . .

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the doors of paris are absolutely jaw-dropping, yet, certainly something easily missed.  henning (can’t believe i can’t remember his last name . . . but he was always just “henning”), an older gentleman with a rounded face and bright, smiling eyes and the director of the hollins abroad paris program for almost a quarter century, used to admonish daily the young of ladies hollins to “look up!”  with that, he would scold:  when walking the streets of paris, you must not fall into the trap of regarding the ground in front of you as you walk along.  rather, look up!  behold the beauty of paris, which can only truly be appreciated in the view above the asphalt. this morning, as i ran out to grab some croissants and a baguette at the corner bakery while my children […]