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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
75001 Paris
Tel : +33(0)1 42 21 15 47

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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