Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring postcard from Paris

Paris in springtime can be anything.. wintery and cold, or mild and warm. If it's a beautiful day, there is no better way to start it than having breakfast outside. The 'Deux Magots' is a favorite, and it's right next door to the Café de Flore... sometimes it's hard to decide which one!

Grand café crème with a tartine, beurre et confiture

Place St Germain

On cooler days, Ladurée in the Rue Bonaparte is a perfect spot for a breakfast indoors. It is calm and beautiful, and hardly ever crowded.

The main tea salon has high glass ceilings and is flooded with light. It is decorated with hand-painted wall paper, Chinese lacquered cabinets and colonial style furniture, and the breakfast choices are laid out in the center of the room on silver hotel trays and tiered stands. In addition, you can order anything from the patisserie counter by the entrance.




wearing a 'Brides de Gala' 90 Dip Dye carré, dark blue jeans and jacket, Clic H bracelet in marron glacé and 35 Birkin in Gris-T

Paris' Apple store is located in a former Italian private bank, with many of the original features still intact.

The accessories are in the former vault (which is where I headed, since I left my charger at home)

It certainly is one of the most elegant Apple stores I've been to, and with the clientele to match!

Spring at Roger Vivier's!

Belle de Nuit heels, surrounded by 25 and 45 Belle Viviers

The new 'Ballerine U'


My spring souvenir from Paris, 'Ballerine U' in sunflower yellow

Les Deux Magots: 6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 48 55 25
Ladurée St Germain: 21 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 07 64 87
Apple store Opéra: 12 Rue Halévy, 75009 Paris, Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 83 42 00 
Roger Vivier: 29 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 43 00 85

Have a wonderful Sunday xx


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  1. Gorgeous photos. You make Paris look so enticing. I am doing a one day visit on 1st May so sadly will not have time to visit my usual haunts on the left bank.

  2. Happy to find you back with your beautiful
    Pictures dear Mai Tai. Nice the yellow RV.ballerines coulour of square on top same colour than the Birkin.
    You look more and more thiner, your legs are so fine in jeans, ,i am jealous.....

  3. Dear Mai Tai,

    Welcome back!!!

    You have been missed!!!

    Beautiful pics as always!!!!

    I'm longing for Paris..

    And I do love your new ballerines...

    Any other "souvenirs"....

    Enjoy your SUnday, here in Barcelona it's pouring with rain... well that's spring!!!!

    Warm regards!!!

  4. Dearest MaiTai,

    Springtime in Paris, what could be more lovely, and you capture all the beauty in you photos.
    Love your new RV's, such a nice bright color! Can't wait to see how you incorporate them in your wardrobe.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Simone x

  5. Living the Dream! Love Paris. The yellow shoes are fab.

    Deux Margots always makes me think of Hemmingway xxxx

  6. Well, well, I am very sad I am not there now...starting from beautiful cakes to all the charmy details...trees, interiors and RV shoes...
    Interested to see how you will include the yellow "newbies" into your outfit. Yellow colour has always made problems to me, it is always somehow "sticking out"...
    Hugs, Lea

  7. What a coincidence, my husband and I were looking the very same street in Google Maps. God’s will, we will be there in less of a month :) You look so beautiful and elegant.

  8. Dear MaiTai,

    What a wonderfull springtime post ,everything is so magical from the food to the places to the people and lastly your new shoes how wonderfull they look , how I wish one day I could tour Paris with you to see the real city , wishing you luck and happiness to walk in your new fabulous shoes.

    Best Jane xx

  9. Stop it! This is way too much of a cruel tease....everywhere else pales in comparison to Paris in spring time...your pictures are simply AMAZING!
    I love the Vivier's the cafe shots, the budding trees.....all so fabulous! Thnaks for taking us along, how I wish I were there!

  10. Such charming pictures!! That wallpaper at Laduree is killing me! Wow! I dream of doing my powder room in Zuber. And how sweet is that whippet??Awww! Love those little pooches. Love your new sunshine colored RVs. You'll surely step happy in those!

  11. Aye, munching right along with you thru Paris and your your fav breakfast haunts! Love to have breakfast out and just returned from breakfast with DH;-) Pales in comparison to this beautiful Paris in the Springtime postcard! Love your new bright yellow RV flats...perfect for tons of your looks<3 Wishing you sunny skies and warm sunshine in the week ahead and as always thanks for taking us along! T xx

  12. Oh...that is the classiest Apple store I have ever seen! Wonder what the pup purchased?

  13. Thank you for the wonderful pictures from paris and congratulations for your new -very pretty- shoes. But, please, could you explain where the difference is between "Gommettes" and "Ballerine U"? For me they seem to be the same...
    Now I am very intent how you will combine your new shoes. I´m looking forward to the following pictures of your spring wardrobe! Have a wonderful week! Claudia

    1. Hello dear Claudia! So sorry for the late reply. The Gommettes have a rubbersole, which can't be replaced. The Ballerine U have a replaceable leather sole. The buckles are different too, the U's buckle consists of two joined 'U's, which are of different materials/colors. Mine are half brushed/half shiny metal. Hope this helps, and have a great week too!

  14. How beautiful your photographs are MaiTai. I hope someday you will share some of your tips on how to achieve such excellant photographs. You should think about publishing a book on Paris!

  15. Wonderful pics, as always. Love your understated and chic ensemble. Warm regards. Liesl

  16. Dear MaiTai, you are such a talented photographer! Paris looks perfect in your photos, the way it looks in my dreams. You do look thinner, as Monica mentioned. Perhaps you will inspire me to work off that bit of winter pudge I've collected around the middle. I've been meaning to ask you, how do you transfer your essentials from one bag to another without forgetting something important? This is what keeps me using one bag only until it wears out -- I fear I will leave my keys in bag #1 and grab bag #2 on the way out the door, only to discover the mistake after I reach the office!
    Warm aloha,

  17. Paris is always beautiful but even more in the Spring. You captured some of its charms so well! Oh, how I miss it! Thank you so much for taking us along with you again, dearest MaiTai.
    I agree with dear Trudye. What an elegant Apple store and customer.
    I definitelly must try Ladurée at rue Bonaparte next time.
    You look gorgeous!!!! Love your outfit and your new RV´s! Sending you lots of sunshine hugs, Manuela xx

  18. Paris has never looked more beautiful or more enticing. I think I just gained a pound by simply looking at the Laduree spread.

    I absolutely adore your new shoes. The Ballerine U is gorgeous, and I think this might mark my foray into the world of RV. The sunny yellow ones you selected will add the perfect touch to your wardrobe for spring/summer. They remind me of a sunny, perfect day in Provence.

    Thank you for yet another delicious chapter, Jerrine.

  19. Love the spring time shots of Paris, as well as enjoying the tour and window shopping along with you. :-)

  20. Dear MaiTai, you have provided us with a most glorious feast for all of our senses. I am especially greatful for the colour and light as we are still in winters grasp here in Canada.

    Many thanks,


  21. I love your Vivier's! The color cheered me up. It is still freezing cold and snowing here in Canada. I was inspired from your reader's challenge on a previous post and bought the bright green Au Coeur De La Vie. This scarf will be my Spring until Spring actually arrives.

  22. Wonderful. If I may ask what sunglasses are you wearing? They are lovely.

    1. Thank you. The are Chanel 5170 bow sunglasses :-)

  23. Notre quartier est si joli au printemps j adore!
    Le petit déjeuner ou le brunch chez ladurée et toujours excellent ;
    Les ballerines avec la boucle en corne me plaise enormément.
    Le monsieur avec le lévrier ne mets pas inconnu.
    Bises .Bonne fin de semaine

  24. Your photographs are simply spectacular. I'm not a Laduree fan but Deux Magots brings back happy memories of Paris. And those shoes!!!

  25. Myriam are you leaving in Paris?

  26. Thanks so much everyone for the lovely and warm comments! I've been snowed under this week, but will come back to you shortly xx

  27. I love those sunglasses. Please could you share more info on them? Thanks.
    x J

    1. Thank you, Jess. The are Chanel 5170 bow sunglasses :-)

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