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I am always enchanted by Hermes. I love looking at Hermes' online magazine Paris Mon Ami for inspiration. The mag features pretty photographs of Paris mixed with images from their collection of gorgeous scarves and jewelry. The brand has also launched their very own blog Ella from Paris. Even though Hermes has been around since 1837, the luxury fashion brand always feels so modern and fresh. Here are my favorite images. 
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Merci, 111 boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003
I finally made it to Merci--an eclectic concept store in the 3eme.

Merci features a wonderful inventory of modern bedding, furniture, and home accessories. There is also a whole floor devoted to clothing for men and women.

I especially loved their selection of plush towels and pillows in neutral shades of white, gray, brown, and green. The store has a section entirely devoted to journals, paper, and writing utensils.

You can spend a whole afternoon at Merci. Well, it seems as if many people do. The shop makes it easy with the hip cafe on the ground floor and breezy space that encourages customers to linger with friends.

Merci is located at 111 blvd. Beaumarchais. Metro: Line 8, Saint Sébastien-Froissart. Closed on Sundays.

Just a Note: The store and price point reminds me of Anthropologie--one of my favorite brands.
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A whole floor filled with modern decor at Merci.

the cafe at merci

Merci's cafe is the ideal spot for lunch and coffee. The cafe has a nice light selection of salads and cheese plates.
 
 
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Tombees du Camion at Marche Vernaison
My trip to the Vernaison market introduced me to Tombees du Camion--a store specializing in pristine vintage hardware and other unique objects. 

I am a huge fan of old hardware because it's vintage that has a modern aesthetic. The store is hardware overload with boxes and shelves filled with multiples of enamelware light fixtures, porcelain switches, metal letterpress, wood spools, and more.

The shop showcases the inventory beautifully and it's so much fun to find  things I have never seen before. The inventory comes from leftover stock from old hardware factories, so none of it has ever been used.

Tombees du Camion is located at Marche Vernaison, Allee 5, Stand 92. Metro: Porte de Clignancourt. Open Saturday through Monday from 10 AM to 6 PM. There are also two additional locations.

The market itself is worth exploring, so try to get there early. Vernaison is filled with tiny antiques shops that specialize in a variety of antiques. So, there is something for everyone. 

 
 
I left the modern craft fair--Le Super Market--feeling inspired by the French designers who were showcasing their creations in fashion, home decor, and jewelry. The show is only held once a year, but the artisans can be found selling their wares at stores, on the web, and at other shows. It was a nice introduction to this young Parisian community of artisans. Every vendor was quite affordable too--a major plus. Here, are my favorites from the show.
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The scene at Le Super Market
Original jewelry designs by Ombre Claire. I have my eye on the bird ring and star necklace.
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Designer Aude Durou of Ombre Claire
Vintage china is given a modern edge with stripes and geometric adornments by Pied de Poule. I like having a mix of china in my kitchen because it adds a little pep to my retro rental apartment. Who says everything has to be the same and match?
Simple and Young Pieces at Titlee
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Tartes Kluger offers delicious handmade artisanal meringue, icecream, and tartes. Who can resist the packaging and typography?
 
 
It's the start of Fashion Week in Paris and I just returned from the Aganovich ready to wear fashion show at the Palais de Tokyo.  The raw industrial space of the Palais de Tokyo mixed with the moody blue lighting, not only complimented Nana Aganovich's minimalist Fall/Winter collection, it produced some dreamy abstract images. Paris is the heart of fashion, so it was great to experience the energy of Fashion Week in a pretty awesome setting. For more on fashion week, visit the Paris Girl Couture blog for a full trend report.
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Aganovich at the Palais de Tokyo
 
 
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Romance and Whimsy at BHLDN
When I found out that Anthropologie's online wedding store BHLDN launched today, I couldn't wait to check it out. 

Anthropologie's bridal collection evokes the same romantic, feminine, and vintage-inspired designs that we all love. 

I'm not planning a wedding right now, but I just adore BHLDN's line of dresses, jewelry, lingerie, and shoes. 

BHLDN's dreamy line features unique details, beautiful fabric, and fresh styles for the bride and her bridal party. Bridesmaid dresses start at $200, while bridal gowns range from $600 to $4,000. 

I can even see myself ordering one of these frocks for other special occasions—a night out in Paris perhaps? We now have to wait till they announce a store opening. Maybe in Paris? A girl can dream, can't she? 


 
 
There are many things that i love to collect or admire--textiles, paper, flowers, and chairs. Yes, chairs. So, I was excited to see a wonderful collection when I walked by my local antiques shop. I know they're formal, but I love the white and gold painted frames.  
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Betty Antiques is located on Avenue Emile Zola. Metro: Charles Michel.
Apparently, I love chairs! While I was looking through my photos, I realized that I have taken many pics of them--from new and old to contemporary and classic. Here are some of my favorites so far...
 
 
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Zara Home is located at 53 Rue Passy. Metro: Passy
All signs point to the spring season at Zara Home.

I am all for saying goodbye to the winter sales in order to make room for the new spring collections.

The brand that is known for well‐priced fashionable clothing is also known in Europe for its affordable stylish bedding, bath, and tabletop collections.

The new spring line has something for everyone with eclectic accessories, exotic designs, and classic prints in warm hues.

Choose from a wide range of spring trends from bold prints (paisley, damask, florals) and jewel‐tones (blue, purple, gold, silver) to bright whites and moody browns.

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Prep for spring at Zara Home
The store also carries a well-priced basic bedding collection in a wide range of colors (from $15). Parents can also find cheerful bedding and bath items for children.

The displays in the Rue Passy store will inspire you to update your bedding or add a little sparkle to your living space with Zara Home's frames, vases, and candles.

Every season, I always like to pick‐up a few accessories or a new set of sheets to give my 22 square meter apartment a little pep.

For more, check out my scouting shots from the shop.



 
 
A leisurely walk down Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore is required if you visit Paris. The elegant street is home to all of the top fashion designers. I was immediately drawn to the window displays at Hermes. They were was so imaginative. Some may consider it a little over the top. I just think they are pretty fabulous. And, we are talking about Hermes. Enjoy the view.
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Hermès is located at 24, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008. Metro: Concorde
 
 
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Le Bonbon au Palais, 19 Rue Monge. Metro: Cardinal Lemoine.
On my way to brunch, I discovered the sweetest place in Paris--Le Bonbon au Palais. This small candy shop offers a colorful variety of regional candy from France. 

The boutique is reminiscent of an old-fashioned candy store. But, it's definitely a modern spin on an old classic.

The nostalgic design is inspired by the shops owner Georges' 1950s childhood classroom and his love for old-fashioned sweets.

Georges carries a mix of well priced, hard-to-find, French candy that makes perfect gifts and souvenirs from Paris.

Large glass containers are filled with an assortment of candy including handmade marshmallows, licorice, caramels, lollipops, chocolate bars, and bonbons.

One visit to Le Bonbon au Palais will make you a loyal customer. The staff is also quite friendly.

I am so glad that I got lost on my way to brunch! You never know what you will find. Le Bonbon au Palais is located at 19 Rue Monge in the 5th Arrondissement. Metro: Cardinal Lemoine.