Cute kids alert: Mombini

Two weeks ago we attended a playgroup at the newly opened Mombini in the 15th and I think both Little Miss and I both had a coup de coeur for this baby-café. Opened recently by a Franco-Italian couple who met in London, Mombini is high on colour, eco-friendly products, and has a great play space […]

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Rainy days: where to go? The 104!

Now that Little Miss is a real little toddler it’s so important that we get out of the flat so she can run around and find new things to discover! The other day, on a rainy day, we met some Mummy and baby/toddler friends at the 104, a community centre that has a place called […]

Miss Dior in Paris

I’ve decided to bring Little Miss to more art exhibitions recently, so two weeks ago we paid a visit to the Miss Dior exhibit at the Grand Palais, showing the work of 25 female artists inspired by the house’s first fragrance, Miss Dior. Unfortunately for us the queue was longer than expected — even though […]

#MommyMondays: Jingle Bells are ringing!

Christmas is my favourite time of year, so I’m overjoyed to see the lights and decorations up everywhere! This is the window at Ladurée at the place de la Madeleine, which has just recently re-opened after a few weeks of renovations. This week I’m hoping to get Little Miss’ picture done with Santa as well […]

When did your little one start playing with other children?

Little Miss and I have been going to the park regularly since getting back to Paris. As she’s walking now and big for her 13 months old I follow her around the park probably a lot more than French mothers, who are happy to sit on nearby benches, chatting away. She seems to love watching […]

We’re back in Paris!

The pigeons we’re waiting for us when we arrived back in Paris last week… Actually we discovered these *cute?* knit pigeons at newly opened kids extension of Centre Commercial, a hipster multi-brand shop by the Canal St. Martin. Even the stuffed toys look cooler than cool here… I’m kidding, there’s actually no attitude here, the […]

Last week in the Loire Valley

This is our last week in the Loire Valley before we finally head back to Paris next Wednesday after spending the entire summer away. One of my favourite things that we did this summer was a late afternoon visit to the majestically beautiful Château de Chenonceau. The château was built in 1513 and has had […]

A little break

I took a little break. The last few weeks have been very intense: DH’s mother passed away suddenly, meaning we had to unexpectedly plan a funeral and welcome family from far-flung corners of the globe,  I had two very demanding work deadlines, and Little Miss has been going through an explosion of super-activity. Things are […]

La canicule

There’s finally a canicule in France — the dreaded, elusive heatwave! I love it since I thrive on hot, humid weather in the summertime but DH and Little Miss are having a much harder time. DH doesn’t support humidity very well and Little Miss is just a baby, so obviously she’s miserable (even though she […]

Our 2nd wedding anniversary

Yesterday, for our second wedding anniversary DH brought me (and Little Miss, thankfully asleep in her stroller) to La Table de Mestré for a delicious lunch. It was unfortunately too hot to sit outside, but isn’t this garden so tempting? It must be heaven in the lazy Loire evenings. The Domaine de Mestré is owned […]

The grown ups celebrate Independence Day

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the designers at Kenzo, invited fashion friends last night to cerebrate the 4th of July with them and to reveal their new advertising campaign, at a cozy gathering in the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne. The music was rocking and people were in the mood for a celebration, […]

Walking in Paris: Some Recent Instagrams

At least two famous fashion designers and one French starlet live here… A starry way to start our walk. Le Barbe à Papa “Papa’s beard,” the restaurant, has the cutest sign. We spotted more street art… …as well as Waldo, who’s called “Charlie” in France. Mushroom spotting is going on our list. One day when […]

Repetto: The other perfect “Mom” shoe

A little while ago I blogged about Ferragamo being one of my favourite “Mom” shoe collections, meaning that they’re easy to wear and always look chic. My other favourite “Mom” shoe brand is Repetto: you can never have too many, they’re so easy to wear and they go with everything. Plus you can slip them […]

Decorating: Little Miss’ Room

Little Miss’ bedroom is a work-in-progress. She’s still sleeping in our room for the moment but we’re hoping that her room will be ready before we leave Paris for the summer.  I’ve been wondering what to put up on the walls, until yesterday, when I remembered that I have some old Paris Fashion Week catwalk […]

Shopping in Paris: A sweet dépôt-vente

Gently-used brands like Bonpoint, Jacadi, Tartine et Chocolat, and Zef for children 0-8 years old, in addition to toys, books, DVDs and furniture. Plus new designer children’s jewellery and French creators. A local Mum who has opened the first resale kids shop/dépôt-vente in the Canal St. Martin area. Anaïs et Martin, 13 rue des Récollets, […]

I’ll take some sleep on the side…

We’ve had another rocky weekend, Little Miss caught a bug on Thursday evening and has been fighting a fever for the last few days. I’m completely exhausted from night wakings and she’s been so difficult to get to sleep in general — we’ve been spending hours trying to get her calm in the evenings. We […]

In store: Petit Bateau + Claude Ponti

French children’s favourite, Blaise the chick, has hit Petit Bateau stores. Claude Ponti is the famous illustrator and author of Mille Secrets de Poussins (below) and Blaise is the name of the character his chicks take on when they wear a red mask for being naughty. I didn’t know these stories before receiving an email from […]