Habitat Parisien

“Where should I stay in Paris?”

This is one of the questions I get asked most frequently. Given everyone’s different tastes, it’s a tricky question to answer.  Some people love ritzy hotels, while others are on a budget and just want a safe, well-connected neighborhood. My suggestions always include the places where I am sure they will get a positive, full Parisian experience.

This includes how Parisians live. For most of us here, that means living in smaller quarters as per American standards and generally in apartments. However, it must be said that while our places may be smaller, they are still beautiful,  comfortable, and very charming. Interested in seeing for yourself?

doortoudicA cool way to do this is via the latest trend in travel: apartment rentals. I am a HUGE fan of this! I feel like it’s the most authentic way to travel and is luxurious in its own way. You get a glimpse into the true way of life in the city.

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Also, these apartments are beautiful! You not only get to live in Paris but also get to belong to the quartier during your stay. That includes daily trips to the boulangerie, cheeky stops in to the cheese shop, and seeing the locals at the downstairs cafe.

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Habitat Parisien offers a variety of apartments situated in prime locations throughout the Paris. The rental company has provided many international visitors with completely equipped, upscale local accommodations, making them feel at home in the City of Lights.druout5 betterstmichel

Not only do they provide short- and long-term rentals, but they also offer a few other services. For example, Habitat Parisien will take care of your second residence, if you’re someone who is lucky enough to own one of those coveted pieces of real estate.  They ensure the apartment is in perfect condition and rent it only during the dates that you determine. Or, if you’re interested in a home exchange, they can help you arrange that.

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Aren’t their apartments stunning? Next time you plan a trip to Paris, make sure to check and see the gorgeous places that Habitat Parisien has to offer!

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xx PatriciaParisienne

Habitat Parisien
17, Rue de Choiseul, 75002 – Paris
+33 9 54 76 13 23
www.habitatparisien.com

Images compliments of Habitat Parisien

Remember to enter our May Giveaway!

We are giving away a copy of the book Je T’Aime, Me Neither and a special Paris prize to three lucky readers! The winners will also be featured on the Je T’Aime, Me Neither website. The giveaway runs from May 27 through June 5, 2013.

How to enter to win:

1.) Like Je T’Aime, Me Neither’s Facebook page and follow her on Twitter.

2.) Like PatriciaParisienne’s Facebook page and follow me on Twitter.

3.) Tell us your favorite romantic anecdote in the comments section below!

Voilà! 1, 2, 3, done.

Can’t wait to read your stories!

Mark & Graham : Monogram Masters

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Photo credit: Mark & Graham

Monogrammed items are one of my weaknesses. I love the different types of monograms and items from the Mark & Graham line. Their spring collection is to die for; here’s a little sample. I’m eyeing that tote bag…

xx PatriciaParisienne

Don’t forget to enter the May Giveaway!

We are giving away a copy of the book and a special Paris prize to three lucky readers! The winners will also be featured on the Je T’Aime, Me Neither website. The giveaway runs from May 27 through June 5, 2013.

Here is how to enter to win:

1.) Like Je T’Aime, Me Neither’s Facebook page and follow her on Twitter.

2.) Like PatriciaParisienne’s Facebook page and follow me on Twitter.

3.) Tell us your favorite romantic anecdote in the comments section below!

Voilà! 1, 2, 3, done.

Can’t wait to read your stories!

xx PatriciaParisienne

May Giveaway on PatriciaParisienne: “Je T’aime, Me Neither”

Paris is the city of love.

All kinds of love. People flock to Paris for a myriad of reasons, including simply because, well, it’s Paris! My love of music, my family, and the city itself brought me back to the City of Lights. For some, it’s a charming Frenchman or woman, others an exciting new career. The mystique and thrill of Paris are the perfect ingredients for an adventure, especially one in romance. Want to know what these passionate moments are really like?

Je T’Aime, Me Neither is a glimpse into the life of a fabulous Canadian woman living and loving in Paris. April Lily Heise’s novel had me glued to her words, laughing out loud and cringing along with her. (Valentino’s twist…whaaaat?!)  I loved how despite some of love’s international ups and downs, Lily’s attitude was so positive. On the travel front, we readers get to see Paris through a fun-loving, young expat’s eyes. SO looking forward to trying some of these fabulous places she mentions!

Dating in Paris can include quite a few misadventures and hilarious (or not…) cultural misunderstandings. An honest and fun representation of what it is truly like to find love in Paris, this book is a must-read. It’s a perfect book to take on a train ride, a beach trip, or just to relax with. I had so much fun reading about Lily’s adventures! (Believe me, you want to hear some of these stories!)

Photo Credit: jetaimemeneither.com

Photo Credit: jetaimemeneither.com

Now for the Giveaway!

We are giving away a copy of the book and a special Paris prize to three lucky readers! The winners will also be featured on the Je T’Aime, Me Neither website. The giveaway runs from May 27 through June 5, 2013.

Here is how to enter to win:

1.) Like Je T’Aime, Me Neither’s Facebook page and follow her on Twitter.

2.) Like PatriciaParisienne’s Facebook page and follow me on Twitter.

3.) Tell us your favorite romantic anecdote in the comments section below!

Voilà! 1, 2, 3, done.

Can’t wait to read your stories!

xx PatriciaParisienne

Le Mary Celeste: Your New Favorite Cocktail Spot

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Amazing. The talented team comprised of Josh Fontaine, Adam Tsou, and Carina Soto Velasquez Tsou has blown away the Parisian bar and foodie scene. With three fantastic bars in the city, Candelaria, Glass, and now Le Mary Celeste, the trio is reinventing … Continue reading

Cara in Cannes

It’s Cannes season! Everyone who is anyone in the entertainment industry is in the South of France sunning themselves. The champagne is flowing, and cinematic legends are in the making. The film festival is also a time for the fashion … Continue reading

My Little Box

May I present to you the French Birchbox equivalent, My Little Box.

A subsidiary of the site My Little Paris, My Little Box is your mid-month treat. The concept: a little surprise package of goodies and samples that are delivered chez toi.  Arriving between the 15th and the 20th of the month, the boxes are themed (i.e. in December, they had a “Christmas box,” and in February, they had a “Valentine’s Day” box).

This month’s My Little Box was Riviera-themed. Complete with all of the beach gear one could want, the little surprises included: a cute luggage tag for a quick pick-up at baggage claim, sunglasses, coconut spray to refresh your skin after tanning on the sand, cooling cream for those that fell asleep in the sun for a little too long, fun nail polish in summer hues, an inspiring quotation from Brigitte Bardot, and a little magazine with DIY tips and enlightening interviews. I’m ready for the South of France!

With French Mother’s Day coming up, this is a great gift idea.  (Also a nice idea: calling or sending a card to your mother and your partner’s mother. It’ll get you brownie points, promise.) You can surprise your favorite lady with a My Little Box subscription for 3 or 6 months. At 15€50 a month, the subscription price really is a steal, given what’s inside these monthly boxes! As for it being a personal treat, I like the no-strings-attached clause; you can stop at any time without any cancellation fees.

The mystery box is such a nice thing to look forward to every month, plus who doesn’t absolutely love getting a package in the mail?

Here’s what this month’s box looked like. Cannot wait to take these items to the South of France!

xx PatriciaParisienne

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Translation: “What was the most beautiful (best) day of your life?” “It was a night.”

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Mother’s Day Around the World & Feliz Cumpleaños, Mami!

May is the month of Mothers.

Mexican Mother’s Day is every May 10, the U.S. celebrates it on the second Sunday of May, and France decides to finish the National Month of Days Off with a fête for their mothers.

While Mother’s Day cards and brunches are popular in the U.S. (or at least my neck of the woods, San Diego), France usually celebrates it with a big family dinner. All nationalities celebrate it by giving gifts, big and small, to our wonderful moms! Here are a few gifts that are popular ideas from Paris. FYI, these gifts are not exclusively for Mother’s Day 😉

Bag - Lamarthe Cabas Portofino / Hello Darling - Dempsey & Carroll / Foulard - Lafayette Collection / Candle - Diptyque / Perfume - J'adore by Dior / Cocotte - Le Creuset / Necklace - Agatha

Bag – Lamarthe Cabas Portofino / Hello Darling – Dempsey & Carroll / Foulard – Lafayette Collection / Candle – Diptyque / Perfume – J’adore by Dior / Cocotte – Le Creuset / Necklace – Agatha

In honor of my beautiful mother, here are a few pictures of her favorite part of Paris, Montmartre.

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I’ve also included our family’s favorite rendition of “Las Mañanitas,” or the Mexican “Happy Birthday” song, sung by the legendary Mexican singer and actor, Pedro Infante. The birthday boy or girl in our family would always wake up to this, so Mami:

Estas son las mañanitas, que cantaba el Rey David,
A las muchachas bonitas, te las cantamos a ti,
Despierta, Mami, despierta, mira que ya amaneció,
Ya los pajarillos cantan, la luna ya se metió.

Que linda está la mañana en que vengo a saludarte,
Venimos todos con gusto y placer a felicitarte,
Ya viene amaneciendo, ya la luz del día nos dio,
Levántate de mañana, mira que ya amaneció.

Feliz Cumpleaños mami patriciaparisienne

My gorgeous mom and sister – Feliz Cumpleaños, Mami! Te quiero mucho.

Once Upon a Time in Saint-Germain: Snapshots in 75006

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Hello, darlings! Here are a few snapshots taken over the past few months in one of my favorite arrondissements in Paris, the sixth. xx PatriciaParisienne La Vie en Fruits – 116 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris Patrick Roger – 108 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris … Continue reading

PatriciaParisienne Presents: Jennifer Fox Geraghty from “L’Amour (Or Less…)”

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After seeing Kasia Dietz’s post about Jennifer Fox Geraghty’s project, “L’Amour (Or Less…),” I was incredibly intrigued by the title. What does that mean, love (or less…)? L’Amour (Or Less…) is a web series in the making that shows a … Continue reading

Un Dimanche à Paris

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Celebrations must include desserts. Since my Verdi and Wagner seminar ends at 12:30 p.m., Lauren and I decided to opt for celebratory sweets instead of lunch or drinks. The cause for celebration? Having both presented our 20-minute, entirely-in-French exposés (presentations) on Verdi … Continue reading

Best of the Costume Institute Met Ball 2013

It’s the year’s biggest red carpet event.

The Costume Institute exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum designated 2013 as a tribute year to the punk era.  We saw a variety of interpretations of the theme, as well as some classic gowns from fashion’s biggest names. This year marked some stunning displays of fashion, some of which you can see below. How amazing would it be to attend this event? Hoping to see my invitation in the mail for next year… xx PatriciaParisienne

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Cara Delevingne in a Thakoon dress

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Gwen Stefani in Maison Martin Margiela cut-out gown and Fred Leighton jewels

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Ten Belles: The Best Coffee Hangout in the 10th

I fell in love with this caffeination corner.

I stopped in for a little afternoon boost, in this case, a fabulous filtered coffee and a chocolate chip cookie! The baristas were so friendly and made me feel at home. After my little snack, I spotted the banana bread on the menu and took a slice to go for later. I was so happy I did; it was unreal! Can’t wait to go back again soon with some girlfriends for breakfast and enjoy the upstairs area!
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Ten Belles

10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles  

75010 Paris, France

Happy May Day!

C’est la Fête du Muguet !

Today in France, people are gifting each other muguets, or lilies of the valley. A small sprig or bouquet of these is given to loved ones in order to wish people luck, as it’s regarded as a porte bonheur, or good luck charm.

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Dating back to the 16th century, Charles IX began to give these flowers as a sign of good luck, and the tradition has stayed ever since. Since the late 19th century, May 1 has also been associated with the French Labor Day, or Fête du Travail et des Travailleurs. The best part of this day? It’s a bank holiday! One of the four in the month of May, to be exact. This year, the day has been gray and rainy, save for a nice bit of sunshine at around 8 this morning. Either way, it’s a nice day to relax and enjoy a nice day with loved ones.

Happy May 1, everyone!