Posts Tagged ‘paris’

manoush and paris boutiques

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Manoush was one of my favorite shops in Paris. It is a young French label with an eclectic vintage style that is both sophisticated and cool. The brand’s name comes from the French word for gypsy, so it follows that these gorgeous pieces have a whimsical, bohemian edge. The entire store was pure eye candy, an oasis of bright colors, frills, lace and gold. The garments were adorned with pom-poms, fringes, gold trims, quirky embellishments and cheerfully vibrant patterns.

Other must see boutiques are Colette, Bon Ton, and Merci (which is like a French Anthropologie!)


type tuesday: seen in paris

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Here’s a small sampling of some of interesting typography that I saw while in Paris.  Enjoy!

paris space invader sightings

Friday, August 19th, 2011

While in Paris I had four space invader sightings, which at the time I was really proud of, but after researching for this post I discovered that Paris has over 700 invaders! …that definitely bursted my bubble. For those who aren’t familiar with the Space Invader guerrilla artwork it’s by a French urban artist that refers to himself as “Invader” who creates tiled “space invaders” and other characters based on the 70s video games. These mosaics pop up all over Paris (and the world.) It was a fun game to try spot the little buggers around the city, but obviously I wasn’t very good at it! I already forsee a Paris round 2 mission to see as many as I can!

Space Invader official website // map of Paris marked with Invader locations // Invader on wiki

Another resource to find out more is to watch Exit through the Gift Shop, a documentary on street art that features Invader which I reviewed in this post



monet and his water lilies

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The first of my favorite experiences in Paris was seeing eight of Monet’s water lily paintings at the Musée de l’Orangerie. (Thanks Moira for the recommendation.) The paintings were so rich and colorful in person; their size alone is impressive. (My pictures really don’t do these paintings justice AT ALL.) To complement seeing these paintings I took a day trip to Giverny, the location of Claude Monet’s house and gardens. You take a short tour of his house and then get to explore the gardens. There are two parts in Monet’s garden: a flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese inspired water garden on the other side of the road. It is truly a painter’s garden—full of soooo many colors and flowers. It’s obvious that the beauty that surrounded him was why he stayed inspired for so long. I’d recommend that any artist take the trip to see Giverny. More Paris to come tomorrow!


Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

bonjour everyone! I just got back from a short trip to Paris, I really wish I could have stayed a few more days, but c’est la vie. It was such a wonderful trip, full of art, food, wine, shopping and lots of walking. I’ve returned to the states feeling refreshed and inspired. Here are a few pics from the trip. I’ll post about my favorite experiences in more detail over the next few days.

ruby boutique

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Striking images from Ateliers Ruby promoting their flagship boutique in Paris that features limited editions, art editions and one-of-a-kind helmets.

The top image reminded me of this image (below) of Yoanna House, America’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 winner.