Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Stockholm: shop

On this trip, by the time we got to Stockholm, I was out of shopping steam (not to mention out of money!) So I didn't buy any clothing except a sweater from Topshop, but we had to check out all the Swedish standards, like Acne, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair, Filippa K, Whyred, etc.

Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair

Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair fitting room

My red tights & shoes! I definitely got some looks for these.

This is a collection of the things I picked up in Stockholm (minus sweater) I could barely contain myself at the Iris Hantverk store- I really have a thing for their brushes. Clockwise: My Kosta Boda skull candle holder, Iris Hantverk cross trivet, Dala horse from the gift shop in Skansen*, Iittala votive holders, Skona Hem, and Iris Hantverk cake tester and brushes, all on a Almedahls Herring tea towel.

*If you happen to visit Skansen, the gift shop houses many Swedish classic designs, has a great selection of tools, Iris Hantverk brushes, woven rugs, tons of Dala horses, pottery, etc, and at the best prices. Any of the large department stores are also a great place to look for classic Swedish designs.

Stockholm: Story Hotel

While in Stockholm, we stayed at the Story Hotel

We, well... I picked the Bath room, because, hello! Bathtub! I don't have a bathtub at home, so I take every opportunity to use one. The bathroom was outfitted with Face Stockholm products.

I really love the sink- I wish I took a close-up picture, but we just got in, directly from a flight from Paris, and were tired + hungry.

View from the tub. They even provide a rubber ducky.

This gentleman greets you at your bed- you can give any comments to him and they will appear on the website.

We really enjoyed our stay: spacious rooms, great bathrooms, comfy bed, convenient location, free breakfast and unique decor. Can't wait to go back to Stockholm!

Story Hotel
Riddargatan 6
114 35 Stockholm

Stockholm: overdue






Monday, December 20, 2010

Paris: overdue

I've been unable to access my flickr account for the past week or so until now, so here are some long overdue pictures from Paris. I thought they looked better in black & white.









Sunday, December 19, 2010

I am alive

I've just been lazy-blogging over at tumblr, you can follow me here:

Also, I was tagged by Dead Fleurette to do a "what's in my bag" post, so I will have one up soon!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Marie-Amélie Sauvé


I had to re-post this on here, so I can go back to it easily. I am always intrigued to know specific products people use, especially beautiful and chic French women. I'm lazy in just re-posting it, but please please visit Into The Gloss for links to any products and more interviews like this.

“You know what I like, and more and more I think it’s important, is to be toned. I try to do the gym every day; it’s good to do something for yourself every day if you can. I have a trainer in New York and in Paris. I do the weights, and also I just bought a stationary bike. For me, it’s the most important thing. When you look soft, that I don’t like at all. Gisele is of course the best body, for me, because she’s doing a lot of different sports. I stopped smoking ten years ago and I don’t drink anymore. I sleep a lot and I eat very healthy. Most of the time I have Japanese food—sushi, sashimi. I love Japan—I love Japanese people, I love the culture, I love the food. They are the most amazing people for beauty, in Japan. They live the longest; they care for themselves so well. The people don’t age! I’m very French because both parents are French and my culture is French but I think because I’m traveling so much I’ve become much more international than a normal French girl. So I feel less and less French in a way, when I talk to my French girlfriends. My girlfriends still go to Le Voltaire in Paris, a very French restaurant, very heavy foods, and sometime I love to do that, but mostly I prefer to eat Japanese. It’s funny because in Paris you still have very traditional restaurants but I don’t eat there much anymore.

Hair is very important I think, no? I always like to brush my hair. I wash it every day. You have to spend a lot of time for everything; I color it, get treatments. I think when I was a kid I was not happy with my hair. It was very thin and very straight and I wanted to have curly hair. I was doing everything—when Linda Evangelista cut her hair, so did I. And I got a perm. That was bad. So I think it’s quite important to have nice hair. In New York I go to Garren for the color and there is a Japanese guy there that I love, who cuts it. And in Paris I go to Leonor Greyl. It’s amazing. It’s a very very famous place in Paris where you can spend all morning and they do an amazing treatment for your hair and scalp. And I use their products a lot—for summer they have an oil, Huile de Palme, you put in while you’re at the beach. And they have the most amazing shampoo that smells so good. I try to go there every month. For facials there is an amazing place in Paris called Joëlle Ciocco. She’s doing the best facial, because you get a full massage of your face and even inside your mouth. And in New York I love to go to Tracie Martyn. Also I try to get massages as often as I can! In Paris it’s really difficult to get a good massage and in New York it’s really easy. Oh and one of my rituals, as soon as I land in Paris I go to an Iyashi Dome. It’s like a donut that you go into, and it’s very very hot, and you sweat a lot. It helps you to detox of course, and you sleep really well afterward and get over jet lag. You know, I don’t wear makeup at all, never ever. The routine is to wash my face day and night with Joëlle Ciocco cleanser, and then a mix of products from Darphin, Dr. Brandt…I have a lot of different creams actually. And I wear sunscreen when I’m at the beach, with a big hat, but I try not to get tan; I don’t like it. I started in fashion when I was 19, and as soon as you start in the fashion business, I don’t know why, but you don’t wear a lot of makeup. Especially when you’re shooting and you see a lot of models, because they are wearing a lot, you avoid it, maybe? It’s a funny thing.”