Pampering my skin chez Carita

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After an exhausting year, no make that two years, I decided enough was enough. I needed a facial urgently. A few years ago my awesome mother-in-law (at the time Chéri and I were not yet married), gave me a Christmas gift of a facial at her favorite Carita spa in the 6th arrondissement. Since then I have been dreaming of going back. And these past couple of years I feel like my skin has aged far faster than usual. So I made that decision to stop putting it off and marched into the spa on Faubourg Saint Honoré and requested an appointment. Continue reading

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Vintage ‘it’ bags and more

Since 1995 Monsieur Gérard Avrand and his wife Mme Valérie Michot have held this boutique that brings new life to items that no longer serve their original owners. Chanel bags, Prada, Hermès, Vuitton… I guess in this age of consumerism we can all get tired of even the finest of things and be on the search for something new. Thank goodness there are people like Mr and Mrs Avrand for those of us who aren’t always looking for the newest ‘it’ bags, but rather like to find vintage editions that are no longer sold in the mainstream marketplace.

The boutique is called the Galerie Antiquités de l’Île Saint-Louis, and the concept is that of vintage accessories being treated like antiques, items with increasing value according to their rarity and good condition. They work as a dépôt-vente (consignment) or they may also buy and resell.

Luxury shoes, handbags, scarves and silk ties, jewelry, even furniture! (the dog is not for sale) 🙂

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Vintage Hermès Kelly bags, left-right : 1994, 1970s, 1995

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20 rue des Deux Ponts 75004 Paris
Tel : 01.43.29.27.77 @ : isl.antiquites@wanadoo.fr

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Millenium couture baby

French-Lebanese designer Dany Atrache’s couture line was “born” in  2000…

He says that his inspiration comes from his Arab heritage with it’s rich tapestry culture, and his style was perfected in prestigious Paris fashion houses by that French savoir-faire.

The Spring-Summer couture collection, shown at Le Meurice luxury hotel on January 26th 2011, has a Seventies theme running through it, seen in his use of flower power, mixed with a little bling for the disco nostalgics and a few pant ensembles to give a nod to womens’ liberation. But mostly this collection speaks of romance and feminine beauty.Dany Atrache couture SS11

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Dany Atrache couture SS11

Dany Atrache couture SS11

Dany Atrache couture SS11

Dany Atrache couture SS11

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….. For more (en français) : Check out Luxsure magazines article : Luxsure magazine