I’m writing this post—slightly jet-lagged and caffeine fuelled—24 hours after landing from Paris. Although I spent 8 days in the city of lights, here’s how I’d break it down into two action-packed days.
Day 1 — Saint-Germain des Prés: Walk down le Boulevard Saint-Germain-des-Prés, up Rue du Bac, and stop at Le Bon Marché (Barneys‘ French equivalent) and head to the third floor where you’ll find all the best French designers: Sandro, Maje, Comme des Garçons and much more. Step into La Grande Épiecerie—a foodie’s paradise—I only wish I could do my groceries there every week. By then, you’ll probably be salivating. Stop for lunch at Ralph’s and order a lobster roll or one of their famous hamburgers (not very French, I know, but delicious). Continue to walk around, up and down all the little streets, through les Jardins du Luxembourg, along the rue de Seine’s galleries and antique shops… Walk back up to Place l’Odéon and have a drink on the terrasse at Le Hibou—the perfect spot for people watching. When for dinner at Le Comptoir across the street—they don’t take reservations and the place is popular, but you can step into L’avant Comptoir next door and order a glass of wine to help with the wait. After dinner, walk down to the banks of La Seine and take in the views.
Day 2 — Le Marais: Start your day at Merci with a petit déjeuner and a shopping spree. Their home floor is filled with delightfully beachy and industrial furniture. Then, spend the day walking up and down the Marais’s boutique-filled quaint streets. Head westward to Frenchie To-Go for lunch and walk towards le Palais Royal and le jardin des Tuileries. Stop by Astier de Villatte‘s beautiful shop and buy a candle or two. When you’ve had enough of tourist crowds, take an Uber to Canal Saint Martin, where locals are likely sipping champagne on the banks. Take another Uber to Le Royal Monceau and have dinner at Il Carpaccio. The oversized coral chandelier alone is worth seeing in this one-star Michelin dining room. Have a Singapore Sling at their Long Bar (Raffles invented it 100 years ago in Singapore after all). For a nightcap that you won’t soon forget, head to Caffè Stern—Paris’ hottest new establishment designed by Phillip Starck—and expect to be blown away by quirky waiters and an even quirkier decor. Order an aperol spritz, a bottle of wine and a few tapas.
Le Bar Long
Le Royal Monceau
Hôtel des Académies et des Arts
Hoalen Ocean Store
Cuisse de Grenouille
Astier de Villatte
Le Bon Marché
Check out all my favorite Paris addresses. All pictures via my Instagram.
You guys, I could not have had a better surprise waking up in Paris on Friday morning— the SHB x Oomph Tini table collection sold out in just a few hours! I’m so excited for each of the lucky new Tini Table owners to receive their new piece. For those who didn’t get to buy one—we are looking into producing more so send me a message if you’d like to reserve a table from the next batch!
I’m flying back from Paris today and have a couple of days to rest and catch up on work before heading back out to NYC. I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed, even if it’s only for a few days.
J.Crew is offering an extra 30% off sale items with the code PICKASALE. I’m digging this shirttail sweater, these Pixie leather pants, this duffle coat, this Maison Kitsuné skirt and this asymmetrical zip sweater.
Williams-Sonoma is offering 20% off cookware with the code SAVENOW, just in time for Fall cooking!
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I’m really excited to announce that my collection of Tini Tables in collaboration with Oomph has launched! I’ve been a fan of this Connecticut based company for quite some time, so I was honored when they asked me to collaborate on a line of tables exclusive to Savvy Home. The Oomph Tini Table collection is perfect in size. It fits in anywhere—it has just enough room for your favorite book and cocktail of choice; it fits perfectly between two chairs in the library or next to your tub stacked with fluffy white towels.
When choosing the finishes for the SHB x Oomph collection, I immediately knew that I wanted to go with the signature SHB lacquered chambray blue color with a whitewashed grasscloth top. They come in a quatrefoil shape (pictured above) or in an elongated shape that fits in virtually anywhere. I received my table about a month ago and I’ve been completely in love with the color and the shape. I hope you will love the tables as much as I do!
The SHB x Oomph Tini Table II and Tini Table IV are available for sale through Oomph & the Savvy Home shop exclusively. Where would you use yours?