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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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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.

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Frenchie Finds: Secret Paris

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Colouring books are absolutely everywhere at the moment.  They are said to be great for relaxation and stress relief, but I was a little doubtful on purchase. I was drawn to Secret Paris for its gorgeous illustrations, which take you on a little tour of Paris.  Flicking through the pages is like walking through the city, passing by recognisable landmarks, eateries, boutiques and objects that give you a glimpse into Parisian life.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find colouring quite calming. For the short time I had to colour in a page of Parisian souvenirs, I had forgotten about my day’s to-do list and instead worried about what shade of blue the stripes on the marinière should be. It’s such a simple idea really, creating a diversion by focusing your attention on filling in blank spaces with colour.  For some reason though, I seemed to find it hard at times to stay within those lines (artistic licence I tell myself!). It is actually quite a fun way to de-stress, and a great alternative to other relaxation methods.

So the next time you’ve had a hard day, pull out your coloured pencils and get colouring.

Secret Paris Zoé de Las Cases, Octopus Publishing Group, RRP AUD$19.99

There are other colouring books in this series including Secret New York and Secret Tokyo.