Soldes: The best time to shop in Paris

 

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The French sales period, SOLDES, is the BEST time to shop in Paris. Like many things in France, the timing of the biannual sales are regulated by the state. For 2017, the sales periods in Paris are: winter  11th of January until the 21st of February and in summer the 28th of June to the 8th of August (the dates can vary slightly in different regions of France).

During the sales period, products can be marked down 3 times: 1er démarque, 2eme démarque and 3eme démarque.  Each time, the cost of goods can be reduced to up to 70% in the third mark down.

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As a tourist, the best areas to shop would be the Champs Elysées, Rue de Rivoli in the Marais, les grands magasins/ department stores (such as Printemps & Galeries Lafayette) and, my personal favourite, Rue de Saint Honoré in the 1st arrondissement. These areas have a mix of shops with French brands, chain stores, luxury brands and boutiques.

I’ve been lucky enough to be in town during the summer and winter soldes, and the bargains are amazing.  Living in the southern hemisphere is a bonus as I’m able to shop for the upcoming season!  Only con is that the shops are absolutely packed, not just with people, but with shelves and shelves of products.

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  • Be prepared.
    • Do have a look online to see what to look for.
    • Check for the shop’s opening and closing times.
    • Give yourself enough time (ie don’t be in a rush, there are piles of stuff to search through!).
    • Make sure you have your ID in case of checks in store for your credit card, as well as for the DETAXE (tax refund scheme) paperwork.
  • If you find what you are looking for, take it!
    • If you can’t find it in the store, try looking online to see if another store has it in stock, or if available online, to purchase.
  • Be efficient: lines to the changing rooms are long so make sure you take in whatever you can.
  • Dress comfortably:  flats shoes and an easy outfit to change in and out of are helpful!
  • Make sure you have enough luggage/luggage allowance to fit all your purchases 😃

 

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Soldes By Joy Loves Paris.    Brush lettering by hand, edited with Adobe software.

For more information for dates of Soldes periods around France see: Le portail de l’Économie et des Finances

For more shopping ideas: Paris Info Site officiel de l’Office du Tourisme et des Congrès

Bonne chance! (Good luck!)

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Minuit Moins 7

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Minuit Moins 7 By JoyLovesParis. Watercolour

If your classic red soles are in need of some love, Minuit Moins 7 is the place to go. Situated in the quaint Galerie Véro-Dodat in Paris’ 1st arrondissement, it is known as the offical cobbler to Christian Louboutin. Their services include the replacement and repair of the famed red soles and shoes, including the installation of the CL signature rubber red soles.

minuitmoins74Galerie Véro-Dodat joins Rue Croix des Petits Champs and Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau and is close to the Louvre and Palais Royale.  Inside it is quiet and picturesque, with architecture that takes you back to the 1800s. There are a few of these galeries (indoor passageways) in Paris, each with their own feel and boutiques.  I had visited this galerie a few times before, as our usual accommodation is situated close by, and each time I’ve been in awe of the ambience of the arcade. The flagship Christian Louboutin store is conveniently found next door to the Cordonnerie.

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I have, for some time, been wanting to get rubber soles put onto my pair of Loubi’s to prolong the usage of my beloved shoes, as well as to add grip.  I had purchased my 100mm glitter Pigalles here in Sydney, and was recommended a local cobbler to carry out this service for me.  But alas, I had much preferred to go to the source, so made sure I brought along my glittery pair to be repaired when I left for Paris.

The gentleman who served me spoke English and assisted me with my desired service.  The turnaround time was a month, and as I was unfortunately not staying in Paris for the duration, requested they be sent to me in Sydney.

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They arrived a week or two after the date quoted, but when they did, I was delighted to see they were packaged well and the soles just as I had imagined.

I would highly recommend their service, whether you are in Paris or elsewhere (as you can send your shoes to them for repair).  They have also opened a shop in London, which provides the same services.  Do contact them for more information on their services, your Red Soles (and you!) will be grateful you did!

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Minuit Moins 7

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10 Passage Véro-Dodat
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London 

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La Tour Eiffel: You never forget the first time…

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When thinking about going to Paris for the first time, many dream of the beautiful boulevardes, the famous museums, the cafés, and of course, getting your first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower.  It’s probably the most recognisable landmark in the world and is often seen on screen, in print and is replicated in many forms (it’s an essential Paris-lover / Francophile accessory!).

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Once you finally arrive, it’s a surreal feeling. Dreaming about being somewhere for so long then finally getting there is an amazing experience.  You first seek out the Eiffel Tower. Virtually anywhere you are in Paris, you just have to look up to see it. The first time you see her will likely be memorable.  It’s then when you know that you have finally made it.

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I still remember the very first time I saw her. I was 24 and travelled to Europe for the very first time, solo. I chose a special fare that landed in Paris then a Eurostar trip to London a few hours later.  I took a taxi from Charles de Gaulle to Gare Du Nord and remember seeing her.  She was peeking out through buildings as we entered the outskirts of the city. My heart almost leapt out of my chest, and I felt the biggest smile form on my face. I fell in love that day.

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My first trip to Paris in 2005

If you have a memorable story to tell of your “first time”,  please share in the comments below.

À la prochaine!

JLP

The scent of Paris

Memories brought back by Chance. ©JoyLovesParis
Memories brought back by Chance. ©JoyLovesParis

On an impromptu two week trip to Paris in May 2012, I gave myself the challenge of packing minimally. It was a difficult task but one that I proudly conquered.  I’m usually one for options (for every mood, weather condition & occasion!) but this time I decided to choose wisely.

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Chanel Chance ©JoyLovesParis

Now it may seem like quite a simple thing, and I do tend to overthink things, but the choice of scent is important to me. I have always had a sensitive sense of smell so I try to surround myself with pleasant fragrances.  Scents can help create a certain mood, can tell you a lot about a personality, but more importantly can evoke memories.  I ended up taking Chanel Chance as my chosen perfume for the trip. It was a perfume given to me as a gift, and one that took me time to enjoy.  It was discovering the notes and layers of the scent that gained my appreciation for it.

Months after my trip, I recall wearing Chance again.  The fragrance brought back memories of those two weeks. The two warm humid days in Singapore. The smell of food at Borough markets on the weekend in London. The sunny spring morning walks along the Seine. The tulips in Giverny and the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles. The Chanel sunglasses I had excitedly acquired at the boutique in Printemps. The gorgeous coq au vin I had at a nearby café.  A cool and windy trip on the Bateau Mouche. The time lost inside amongst books and history of Shakespeare and Co. And oh so many more memories.

I have since associated that perfume with Paris. To me, it is the scent of Paris.

Les bouquinistes de la Seine

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One of my favourite things to do in Paris, is to wander through the couple of hundred bouquiniste stalls along the Seine. Described by many as an “open-air bookshop”, they combine my love of books, antiques, bookshops and market stalls in such a picturesque way.

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At these stalls, you will find a huge selection of French second-hand and vintage books, magazines, posters and souvenirs. You get a sense of nostalgia whilst looking through the vintage posters and the aged book spines from bygone eras.

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Les bouquinistes on the Seine have been around for centuries and form a part of Paris’ literary history, tradition and landscape. What started out as a way of life for wandering merchants in the 17th century to sell used (salvaged) books along the Seine, the practice has evolved over time, through the revolution and the world wars. With such a history, it is no wonder that they gained UNESCO world heritage status in 1991.

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Each stall consists of four boxes that are attached to the walls along the Seine. As local rules dictate, the exterior of each box has to be dark green in colour, and at least three of the boxes must contain books. These stalls are well regulated by the Paris city council, and are subject to regular inspections.  The bouquinistes are frequented by the locals (as the majority of material is in French), but the stall holders have had to adapt to the numerous amount of tourists by selling souvenirs – much to the dismay of the Parisians.  An interesting article I came across from The Guardian in 2008 describes the booksellers’ plight of needing to make a profit while trying to keep to the city council’s rules (and local opinion).

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You can find these booksellers on the Right Bank from Pont Marie to Quai du Louvre, and on the Left Bank, from Quai de la Tournelle to Quai Voltaire. They are open every day, with the exception of poor weather.

Stars indicate bouquiniste location areas. Map made using Google Maps.
Stars indicate bouquiniste location boundaries. Map made using Google Maps.

On past visits, I’ve bought a few children’s books at these stalls (a copy of Le Petit Prince and a few French Mister Men and Women stories). Each of them were carefully wrapped in cellophane and in pristine condition. On my next visit, I hope to find the perfect vintage print from the Babar series for my daughter’s room (I couldn’t decide on one the last time I was there).

Les bouquinistes are lovely to walk through, make sure you stop to admire (or even buy) the beautiful books!

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Les macarons: ma recette / my recipe

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The macaron is such a simple looking dessert, consisting of two almond meringue cookies with a filled in centre.  Yet its looks are quite deceiving, as it takes a while to master, and a batch in itself takes a few hours (and a bit of patience) to put together.  It took me almost two years of practising every few months, to finally get the desired look, flavour and texture. I also did a macaron class at a culinary school in Paris where I gained a few tips before practising some more and finally getting it right. It is a bit of a process to get a recipe completed, but it is definitely worth it.

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In Paris, there are macarons in pâtisseries, Salons de thé (tea rooms), grand épiceries (large grocers) and even McDonald’s outlets.  As the French love to indulge, but usually only in small amounts, the macaron is the perfect size. Boutiques that specialise in macarons are also common, with a few well known ones being Ladurée, Pierre Hermé and Fauchon.

In Australia, the popularity of the macaron has increased within the last five years, so much so that Ladurée has opened two salons de thé in SydneyI, myself had run a little business that I had named Macaron Boutique for a year in 2012 dedicated to making these little treats. It was a lot of fun, but also a lot of work.

So from my experience, I would love to share with you a recipe to try, as well as a few tips.  This recipe is a combination of recipes I have tried and taken bits and pieces from to form my own.  It is based on the Italian meringue.

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Macaron Recipe  Makes approximately 40 macarons (80 shells)

(Please note – I have converted the measurements into the imperial system so is approximate)

Ingredients:

  • Egg whites
    • 2 x 75g (2.6 oz) of egg whites
  • 200g (7 oz) Icing sugar
  • 200g (7 oz) Blanched almond meal
  • Food colouring
  • 200g (7 oz) Caster Sugar
  • 75ml (2.5 fl oz) Water

Equipment:

  • Sieve (not necessary, just ensure the icing sugar has no lumps)
  • Food processor (can do without though)
  • Sieve
  • Saucepan
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Electric Mixer
  • Piping bag and 11mm / 0.4″ nozzle
  • Baking trays and paper
  • Rubber spatula
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160˚C /320˚F.
  2. Separate the egg whites, 75g each into two bowls.
  3. Put the almond meal into a food processor for about a minute.
  4. Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl.
  5. Mix together the icing sugar and almond meal, then mix in the first bowl of 75g of egg whites, adding the food colouring to the desired colour. Set aside.
  6. On the stove, put the water and caster sugar together with thermometer onto medium heat, until the temperature reaches 118˚C/244 ˚F (while waiting, complete step 6), then take off the heat.
  7. Start beating the second bowl of egg whites with an electric mixer until you get soft peaks.
  8. Slowly pour the sugar syrup into the soft peaks of the egg whites while still beating. Keep beating for 10 minutes until the meringue cools.
  9. Using a spatula, carefully combine the Italian meringue with the almond mixture you prepared earlier. Be careful not to over beat the mixture. You need some air bubbles for the biscuits to rise, but also need to beat off a bit of the air so that you get uniform shells. The mixture should be smooth, but not too runny. This is the hardest part of the recipe, which takes the longest to get right, as you need to judge the amount of air in the mixture.
  10. Transfer the mixture into a piping bag that has the 11mm / 0.4″ nozzle attached.
  11. Pipe out 3-4cm / 1″-1.1″ (or any size or shape you wish!) rounds onto the baking paper.
  12. Leave aside for about 20 minutes or more to rest (add 10 minutes more on a humid day). They are ready when the shells do not stick to your finger when you touch them gently.
  13. Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes (or more depending on your oven), until the dome has risen. You know they are done when the shell is set hard (firm to touch) and the colour lightens.
  14. Leave to cool before removing from paper.
  15. Fill with desired filling – ganache, jam, buttercream, or anything else you desire – the choice is yours!

Tips:

  • Eggs whites should be at room temperature.  For best results, separate the egg whites a few days before and keep them in the fridge until the night before you will make the macarons.
  • Liquid food colouring gives a very light colour result, I found colouring in gel or paste form to give a more vibrant result.  You will need about a teaspoon, but can add more later (once you add the meringue, you’ll get a better idea of colour).
  • When mixing the almond mixture and the meringue, put a third of the meringue mixture in at a time, so that it loosens the mixture.
  • When piping out the circles onto the baking paper, set the nozzle perpendicular to the tray, half a centimetre from the tray. Squeeze the bag with enough pressure to get some mixture out. Squeeze until you get a circle big enough, stop squeezing, then swiftly pull the nozzle up and flick it to the side to detach the mixture from the nozzle. If the mixture is at the correct consistency, the peak should fall. Otherwise, you can use your finger to flatten it.
  • Before resting, tap the tray onto the table to help rise any air bubbles, and it may also help flatten any peaks (as long as the mixture is the right consistency).
  • I find it best to cook a tray at a time, but depending on your oven temperature (and your available time) you may wish to put in another tray.  You may find that the cookies on the edge may be lopsided and a little more coloured than those in the middle.
  • If the macarons do not come off the paper easily, and stick, they are not yet done.
  • Cracks appear on the shells if they have not rested adequately or if it is a humid day as the “skin” hasn’t formed properly.
  • Macarons are best consumed 24 hours after you make them. After filling them, refrigerate them and then leave them out (if you can!) to reach room temperature. They will store well in the fridge for up to 5-7 days. They can also be frozen for a few weeks and are best thawed out in the fridge for 24 hours before consuming.
  • No matter how they end up looking, they will still taste amazing, so enjoy, and keep practicing.

This is a complex recipe with many variables, so you can see how much work goes into making a batch. Please leave a comment or contact me for any questions. If you do try it out, I’d love to hear how you went!

Travel changes you

Travel changes you – By Joy Loves Paris. Brush lettering, watercolour

The hardest part of a trip away is coming back home and almost feeling like you had never left.  But I seem to always feel… different.  Everything is as it was when I had left it, yet not.  As I unpack my suitcases I’m reminded of all the experiences that I had just come back from: the different surroundings, the aromas, the sounds, the people.  The memories remind me that I am but a tiny part of this world.  It reminds me that there is so much out there in the world yet for me to discover, that there are so many possibilities.  And it reminds me that the world is a beautiful place, that there are so many kind people out there.  In effect, I return home inspired with a sense of hope, possibility and confidence.

For travel isn’t just learning about the world, but learning about yourself.  And discovering these things about yourself, whatever they may be, is the best part of the journey.

JLP

Create, create, create!

I’ve finally come through jet lag, uploaded my holiday photos and put into place the last of my souvenirs.  Now it’s time to create, create, create!

My head is full of ideas and my desk is ready to go! Stay tuned 🙂

PS Apologies for the blog being a little out of sorts, I’m currently trialling themes and am finally in the process of reconfiguring the blog!

JLP

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Create, create, create By Joy Loves Paris. Brush lettering by hand, edited on Adobe software

I love to create: an update

The last 8 months have come and gone, but in that time I have learned so much.  Not just the technical skills one learns when doing a graphic design course, but more about myself.

The one thing that became clear to me after all this time was that I love to create.  It has always been there, and in one way or another I had known it all along.  From making invitations, to planing parties, baking, and even this blog,  I enjoyed doing all these things because it gave me the freedom to create something out of ideas.

Now with this newfound knowledge and energy, I have this urge to create.  I am not sure where it will lead, if anywhere, but I know that it will keep me content knowing that I am doing what I love.

This blog has always been in the back of my mind amongst all the chaos of study and life.  When I had originally started it, I thought I knew what direction I wanted it to go, that I would use my love of Paris to write articles on Paris.  I had many ideas but they didn’t really inspire me.  So I thought hard about why I loved Paris. After some time, I finally realised that it was because Paris inspired me.  Thought it was about all the beautiful landmarks and boulevards, but it was really about the way that I had felt every time I was there, and what keeps me coming back for more.

So with these realisations I decided that I wanted to change the direction of the blog.  I want it to be an outlet of my inspiration and creativity. I have rediscovered my love of calligraphy and art and want to revive these skills by using them here.

I started off by creating a logo with the lettering done by hand, and by using my new skills on the Adobe Creative Suite I developed my new identity.  I tried to create a unique, off centre design that gives the feel of something hand made.

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Joy Loves Paris Logo.  Brush lettering by hand, edited on Adobe software.

My new tagline is: Lifestyle. Art. Design. Inspired by an insatiable love of Paris.  I hope to be able to post some new creations with every article, whether it be a  painting, hand lettering or photography, taken or edited by myself.  Not every article or piece will be obviously Parisian based, but inspired in one way or another by Paris or by my experiences.

I am ecstatic to share that I will be in Paris again in the coming week!  To be able to reinvigorate my love for the city that inspires me is exciting.  I will be seeing Paris in a different light to my previous visits, as when I gather inspiration I’m sure that I will notice things that I hadn’t noticed before.

I look forward to sharing my experiences and inspired creations with you very soon!

JLP

A new creative beginning…

So it’s done. I applied for a diploma in graphic design at a design college a few weeks ago and in two weeks will embark on something I’m excited, yet apprehensive about.  And yet the creative journey has already begun.  I had to submit some artwork for the application, and although perfection was not mandatory, I still gave it a good go.  I surprised myself with how natural it felt, and when asking myself ‘why, oh why had I not been doing this all along?’

 

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Chanel Chance By JoyLovesParis

For the drawing part of the submission, I chose the photograph of my Chanel Chance perfume bottle (as seen in my previous article The Scent of Paris) as my subject.  I really liked the texture of the bottle, as well as the character from the wear.  My first attempt was in pencil as I’m more at home with the medium.  But then I decided to move out of my comfort zone and did one in ink, then watercolour.  I had much preferred drawing over painting in the past, as I felt I had more control. When I picked up the paintbrush, however, it felt like I had been doing it for years.  The whole process woke up a part of me that had laid dormant for such a long time.  I stayed up that night til the wee hours of 2AM finishing my work and feeling energised and inspired.

They aren’t exact replicas of the original photo, but then I don’t think I am that sort of artist (nor am I that skilled / practised!).  It was a challenge, but one that I enjoyed. The angles and textures were difficult but I liked that each interpretation was different.

I am ecstatic to be starting my course, but I am even more excited about this new creative journey that I have commenced.  I’m booking in to some watercolour and modern calligraphy classes over the next few months to sharpen my skills, invigorate myself some more and to get back to what I had left behind so long ago.  I’m getting closer to what I’m supposed to be doing, I can feel it.

JLP

So Frenchy So Chic In the Park Sydney 2016

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Last week I attended So Frenchy So Chic in the Park in Sydney.  And it was everything I had hoped for and more.

We were weary about the weather (as it had been raining constantly days before) but it had cleared up to an overcast, yet warm day.  The venue was gorgeous at St John’s Park on the grounds of the University of Sydney.

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The grounds at St John’s Park, University of Sydney By JoyLovesParis

I had packed us a quintessentially French picnic of charcuterie (which included a pork and pistachio terrine, Serrano Jamon, Comté, Roquefort, and Camembert cheeses, and cornichons), a baguette and a picnic blanket.  Alcohol had to be purchased on site. We polished off two bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon and a Lillet Wine cocktail each (so refreshing!).  There was a line of food stalls at the venue and included a Crêperie, Raclette stand and macaron stand for those who chose to buy.  Simmone Logue hampers could also be pre-ordered for those who were extra organised.

I had my hair braided by a stylist at The Braid Bar after a little bit of a wait (although not as long as the neighbouring flower garlands stand).

There was a touching tribute to those affected by the tragic events in Paris with a minute silence, as well as a wall of condolences for other atrocities.

When the bands started, the mood lifted, bodies swayed, wine glasses waved.  The atmosphere felt very Parisian. You could certainly feel the joie de vivre in the air.  It took me back to a time when I sat in the Jardin des Tuileries at dusk with friends, cheese, wine and a baguette.

This year’s featured acts were Hindi Zahra, Brigitte, Lou Doillon, and Soviet Suprem with a DJ playing between performances. Seeing the bands play live brought an extra dimension to the music I had heard on the CDs I described in my previous article Frenchie Finds: So Frenchy So Chic 2016.

The concept of So Frenchy So Chic is to give Australia a taste of French music and culture, it most definitely succeeded in doing that.  Definitely something to add to your summer calendar, whether you are a francophile or not, as a lovely day out.

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For more information on future events, check out the So Frenchy So Chic Website.

I’m looking forward to blogging much more Parisian and French inspiration this year.

À plus tard!

JLP xx

May 2016 be the year you make your dreams happen

  
One of my favourite Positive Thoughts for this year. Stop thinking about doing something, go ahead and make it happen!

May 2016 be the year that you make all your dreams happen. Here’s to new beginnings and a year filled with light, laughter, travel and Paris of course!

See you in 2016!

JLP xx

Peonies & Paris: An update

As the year comes to an end, chaos usually ensues.  The past couple of weeks have been quite hectic, but I’m happy to have been able to find time to post at least once more this year.  Other than the usual Christmas events and taking care of a teething toddler, here is what else has been happening in my world:

  • Peonies.  On a whim I picked up a bunch to spoil myself, and from the moment the petals opened up and I smelled its scent, I fell in love.  I pulled out my camera and took a few shots to practice my photography.
  • Overseas travel was not something I was expecting for a while, but there is a wedding in Toronto that my husband wants us to attend, so attend it we shall!  We worked out a route that will get us there via Hong Kong, Paris and New York.  It’s all set, and I’m ecstatic that I will get to see my beloved Paris again!
  • I’ve got my heart set on changing careers, so will be starting a course in the new year. However in the last month or so I’ve been toing and froing about which one to do.  I have finally decided (for real this time!) to do the graphic design diploma then, if I still yearn for it, will pursue further study in fashion.  Et voilà.
  • Another thing that I have been wanting to do for many years is to move and work overseas.  My efforts for making this happen have somewhat waned of late, probably due to the lack of response from applications, as well as anticipation of upcoming plans. In its stead I would now settle for a career that would allow (either through the job or by giving means to) travel regularly (perhaps annually?). I’m not exactly sure how I’ll find such a job/career, but I’m hoping putting it out there in the universe will allow to happen, somehow 🙂
  • I started Blogging 201 to try to tszuj up my blog a little, but alas, my time has been limited and I have yet to complete all the assignments.  It’s going onto the To Do list.

Things to look forward to in the New year:

  • So Frenchy So Chic in The Park.  The lineup looks good, the food amazing, and a family day out surrounded by French culture is always a good day in my books!
  • I signed up my 18 month old daughter to a weekly French class/playgroup. It will be interesting to see how they go about teaching babies (from 6 months!) and toddlers another language. It’ll also be a good refresher for me.
  • Planning the details of The holiday. Side trips, accommodation, transportation etc. I love this stuff.
  • The start of my journey to a new career. It’s scary but who knows where I’ll end up! My next mission is to get my art pieces done to submit for course entry.  I’ve started a few sketches, but I’m hoping to do something I’m totally happy with during my time off this holiday season. Watch this space.

Happy holidays to you all! Joyeux Noël à tous!

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JLP x

 

 

Frenchie Finds: So Frenchy So Chic 2016

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SFSC 2016 By JoyLovesParis

So Frenchy So Chic 2016 is the latest release of the series which is described as the “unofficial soundtrack to the Alliance Française Film Festival”.   The film festival will be held for its 27th year in 2016.

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My collection of SFSC CDs By JoyLovesParis

I have been a follower of this series since the 2010 release (I somehow missed it in 2011 and was unable to locate a copy of the earlier releases) and will be for a while.  There is a nice mélange of tracks from French artists in French and English, in many genres including French Pop, electronica, Indie and folk that can take to you to another place (not necessarily France either!). The series is a great start for anyone wanting to get into French music but not knowing where to start.

I would consider the compilations as ‘chill’ music and love to have it on while relaxing at home, on long drives and when I want to feel a little French inspiration!

Various Artists, So Frenchy So Chic 2016. Cartell Music, 2015.  Available from Cartell Music.

For more information on the So Frenchy So Chic in the Park see the event website: http://www.sofrenchysochic.com.au

 

Lifestyle. Art. Design. Inspired by an insatiable love of Paris.

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