Discovering La Suite at Galeries Lafayette, Paris

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Pretty much every time I visit Paris I go to Galeries Lafayette which is, at least in my opinion, more of a Parisian institution than a mere department store. Even if I manage to refrain myself from buying too much, I always go to visit the dome – the highlight of the store. With changing installations, there’s always something to see and come Christmas time, prepare to be amazed!

Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Galerie Lafayette’s ‘La Suite‘. Nestled discreetly in the store with a secluded terrace and excellent view of the city, La Suite is a 400-square-meter apartment available to clientèle seeking a more intimate shopping experience. Available to both style-conscious men and women, La Suite offers a personalized, luxury shopping experience complete with style consultants to help you find the right ensemble to suit your body shape, event and even the accessories to complete the look. With soft tones, walls littered with art and seasonal floral arrangements, it’s easy to feel relaxed and enjoy the process of your very own style session. Perhaps you have a particular designer you prefer or fancy something cutting edge, the benefit of having the stylist is that may be exposed to new things; brands, cuts and more interestingly, you’ll pick up some tips to stop those fashion faux-pas we all fear.

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And it doesn’t stop there. It has been a hard lesson to learn but it is a proven fact that no serious shopping trip should be enjoyed without champagne and Jean Paul Hévin chocolate. Fortunately these along with gourmet treats (what else in France?) can be provided. Now do you see why I’m a fan and no, I’m not at all jealous that it’s 3 times as spacious as my old Parisian apartment.

Have you had a personalized shopping experience? More importantly, have you been to La Suite?

Discovering La Suite at Galeries Lafayette, Paris

LA SUITE 4 LA SUITE 1

Pretty much every time I visit Paris I go to Galeries Lafayette which is, at least in my opinion, more of a Parisian institution than a mere department store. Even if I manage to refrain myself from buying too much, I always go to visit the dome – the highlight of the store. With changing installations, there’s always something to see and come Christmas time, prepare to be amazed!

Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Galerie Lafayette’s ‘La Suite‘. Nestled discreetly in the store with a secluded terrace and excellent view of the city, La Suite is a 400-square-meter apartment available to clientèle seeking a more intimate shopping experience. Available to both style-conscious men and women, La Suite offers a personalized, luxury shopping experience complete with style consultants to help you find the right ensemble to suit your body shape, event and even the accessories to complete the look. With soft tones, walls littered with art and seasonal floral arrangements, it’s easy to feel relaxed and enjoy the process of your very own style session. Perhaps you have a particular designer you prefer or fancy something cutting edge, the benefit of having the stylist is that may be exposed to new things; brands, cuts and more interestingly, you’ll pick up some tips to stop those fashion faux-pas we all fear.

LA SUITE 2 LA SUITE 3

And it doesn’t stop there. It has been a hard lesson to learn but it is a proven fact that no serious shopping trip should be enjoyed without champagne and Jean Paul Hévin chocolate. Fortunately these along with gourmet treats (what else in France?) can be provided. Now do you see why I’m a fan and no, I’m not at all jealous that it’s 3 times as spacious as my old Parisian apartment.

Have you had a personalized shopping experience? More importantly, have you been to La Suite?

Bottega Veneta birthday dreams

My birthday is in a few weeks and all I can think about is how well a Bottega Veneta bag would suit my soon-to-be 32 year old self. Everybody need a little fine Italian craftsmanship in their life, and with the brand’s signature weaving and not a logo in sight, Bottega Veneta defines understated luxury and stays and the top of my wish list. Oh how I dream…

 

 

Something about Smythson

Every time I walk passed the Smythson of Bond Street shop on Sloane street I have to fight the urge to shout “Want. Need. Must have.” at the top of my voice and try to carry on about my daily business. This is no simple task.

With the Grosvenor collection being my current favourite, I’m sad to discover that this handbag (above) does not come in black. Though having seen a preview of the AW13 collection, I highly suspect a little patience will be worthwhile.

Pink Words

June reads

I have a secret to share. I don’t often tell people this but… I detest the colour pink. Unless we’re talking make-up, I don’t want to see it or hear about it. It’s too girly for me to consider wearing or perhaps I’m just too old! Give me a little black dress any day and I’m good to go. So, imagine my surprise when the June issue of British Harper’s Bazaar landed on my doormat. A black and white image of the starlet of the moment – British actress Carey Mulligan – with a smile and a pastel pink header had me giddy with anticipation. A friend recently called Harper’s Bazaar “the thinking woman’s magazine” and I couldn’t agree more. Of course there is fashion, beauty and even a little blah celebrity coverage but the magazine, particularly the ‘Talking Points’ section,  gets the brain ticking. I want my Prada with a little history, my Céline with a little culture and most of all, I want to open a magazine which stimulates both my mind and eyes. I used to collect Vogue Paris but now, particularly with the unique subscribers covers, I think I have a new collectable.

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Summer without Kate Moss on the cover of British Vogue simply isn’t summer. Isn’t this gorgeous? I decided after seeing some images on that very naughty Pinterest to buy a copy. The cover is quite busy which is a shame but the pink works, Kate captivates me and suddenly all I want to do is cavort around town, or at least my living room given that it’s been raining here in London, in a summer dress. Kate has so many critics but I won’t hear a word against this Patrick Demarchelier editorial. Not a word. British Vogue has me wanting a yacht in the Caribbean sea and I suddenly have an urge to spend £2457 on a swimsuit! I love the way they write ‘Model = Kate Moss’ in the credits section like she needs an introduction. It makes me giggle every time. This issue is very ‘now’ but that’s what Vogue is about. There’s an article about Jemima Kirke from ‘Girls’, photographs of what the so-called “IT girls” are wearing, the Richard Branson & Vivenne Westwood collaboration and some beautiful pieces in the Vogue Spy section. If you’re a fashion lover, this has everything you need.

Kate and Julianne

Oh Julianne Moore. Could the woman be more divine? Well, Madame Figaro sets about finding out. Though it kills me to pay £3.30 for a magazine which costs 1.50€, my French professor constantly tells me to read more French literature so voilà ! It’s an easy read: a lot of French goings-on, never-ending (and utterly wonderful) beauty features and Julianne frolicking around in Lanvin. Good times!

These days I spend so much time reading academic literature that my magazine moments tend to involve flicking through the pages whilst enjoying a cup of tea and then storing the magazine for years to come. I never realised just how different these magazines are and, more importantly, what my literature choices say about me.  Alas, no more time to reflect – back to reading about the Tokugawa shogunate for me.

ERES Sunwear 2013

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The luxury French lingerie ERES and swimwear brand has enlisted the talents of Karl Lagerfeld to make the campaign launch of its new online Sunwear. Staring Berenice Marlohe, who featured as a Bond Girl in Skyfall, the collection is ideal for the woman who enjoys lounging on a yacht and dressing up for a private beach party. That sounds like my type of summer, though I will have to work very hard to acquire a yacht!  That said, I will probably have the yacht before I have her figure!  She looks phenomenal and gives such a strong presence.

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Artistic director Valerie Delafosse said the collection is “to accompany the ERES woman from morning to night”. ‘Sunwear’ is for those who love to start the day swimming in the warm Caribbean sea and enjoying cocktails at dusk in the South of France. The collection includes a printed silk kaftan with embroidered finishes, a braided silk bathrobe and embroidered with sequins copper umbrella skirt. A day by the beach without an ERES swimsuit simply won’t do!

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Images courtesy of ERES.