Paris Diary: (Paris is Always a Good Idea…)

StyleOnTheCouch H&M Sweater Fred Segal Hat Eiffel Tower Paris William Williams Photography

StyleOnTheCouch H&M Blue Knit Fed Segal Hat William Williams Eiffel Tower Fashion

Eiffel Tower Blue Jumper H&M StyleOnTheCouch

 

StyleOnTheCouch Paris Fashion Eiffel Tower H&M blue jumper

StyleOnTheCouch H&M Sweater Fred Segal Cashmere Hat Eiffel Tower Paris

I couldn’t have had a better start to the New Year than I did in Paris.  An amazing city for fashion, food and architecture – five days exploring Paris was the perfect way to kick-start 2013.  I did very little other than explore the streets on foot and soak up the sights and the atmosphere – the pretty Marais and Saint Germain with their boutiques and brasseries; the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden and the Pantheon.

Being January, walking around the city required several layers for warmth and I spent most of my time wrapped up underneath my coat in chunky knit sweaters and my favourite cashmere beanie from Fred Segal.  This persian blue jumper is from H&M – a spontaneous buy in December that is serving me well this winter!  Perfect with jeans this cable knit is a great colour to fight the grey clouds and dark nights that draw in so early.  Having said that, it was a beautiful day when these photos were taken at the Champ de Mars – I was so happy to be in Paris!

My Paris Foodie Notes:

Brunch at the divine Angelina Tearoom, at the wonderful suggestion of my friend Anne.  We dined on mini macarons, freshly baked organic rolls with jam and honey and duck foie gras terrine on brioche toasts with fig chutney.  All topped off with a glass of champagne, of course!

Coffee and cake at Jacques Genin in the Marais, where I met fellow blogger Cee – whose site I have followed avidly for some time now.  A fashion blogger and aspiring novelist currently away from her home in Vancouver for adventures in Paris, Cee’s personal style is inspired by her icons Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel, Marion Cotillard and Leigh Lezark. At her suggestion I tried the Paris Brest pastry, a mouth-watering ring of choux pastry with praline cream filling.

Supper at Cafe Charlot, also in the Marais (where I met my gorgeous friend, handbag designer Kasia Dietz, for great wine and food).  A New York feel in a perfect Parisian setting.

A late night take-away crepe from one of the crepe stands in the Latin Quarter.  A must!

Chocolates from Maison Georges Larnicol.  A little taste for my Eurostar trip home….

My Paris Shopping Highlights:

Browsing Le Bon Marche, ambling around the streets of the Marais (for French staples Maje and Sandro) and visiting Mise En Cage boutique.

Wearing: Blue knit from H&M; Fred Segal cashmere beanie, jeans: sample.

Photos: William Williams.

Friday Lingerie Lust: Zinke Intimates

I have been meaning to write about Zinke intimates for a while now and this morning it’s time to inject a bit of colour into my Friday Lingerie Lust with an introduction to Zinke.  Created by sisters Arin Robinson and Jessica Zinke in 2009, the brand embraces colour in a wonderful way, from pastel hues in their recent Spring collection to bold neon (such as their Wanderlust Panty, above) and prints.

Zinke is also all about layering and their Fall “Souvenir” collection is a brilliant example of how well this can be done.  My favourite item from Fall is their “All Nice Things” lace jumper – available (naturally!) in the colours “Sugar” (creamy white) and “Spice” (a coral red):

I am feeling all dreamy about pairing this with the “On The Road Again” robe, above, and cosy-ing down in-front of the fire with latte  glass of wine and my favourite film.

You can buy Zinke From a range of online boutiques such as Free PeopleFaire Frou Frou, Bella Bella Boutique and ShopBop.  For in store – see here.  You can also read an interview with the designers, where they talk about finding inspiration for their collections and what it is like to work together as sisters, on one of my favourite lingerie blogs Pretty Little Underthings.

Below: Zinke bralette available from Free People:

Thoughts on Zinke Intimates, Blog Reader?