Dries Van Noten Exhibition Paris

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I went to the Dries Van Noten Exhibition in Paris a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing! It’s definitely a must visit for fashion lover as he is one amazing designer. 

Please follow this link for my full review on www.myfashionjourney.com

I hope you’ll like it! 

 

XOXO

Irene

 

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Beautiful Town Called Chartres

Lately my husband and I always tried to do some weekend activities with my in-laws visiting interesting cities or places around Paris. Last weekend we went to Chartres, a city just around 1 hour away from Paris. It’s a cute town with little lane ways, a river and a beautiful cathedral. There’s plenty of antique stores around town as well, plus they have an antique market on the weekend. Definitely worth the visit if you ever come to Paris the second time and looking for somewhere to visit outside of Paris, it takes around 1 hour from Gare Montparnasse to Chartres.

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Have a good week ahead everyone and be thankful with what’ve you got!

Bookworm Heaven in Paris

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Hello fellow bookworm! I know I have been MIA for a while and I just love the fact that my good blogger friend Pang reminded me that I need to get this blog going again! Thank you Pang for the friendly reminder and I  miss you too btw!

So anyway back to topic, I love to read and even though I have my kindle, I still love to buy books especially second-hand books. There are a few second-hand english book store here in Paris, so here’s one which is quite interesting. I love that they have a variety of genre and it’s just around the corner from Luxembourg garden, a perfect place to read. You can also sell your books here too if you want! I find the old gentleman in the shop quite interesting even though he didn’t talk much, he looks like he has amazing life stories and experiences, I think he might be one of the owner. I wish I could have tea and have a chat with him and exchange stories about living in Paris, that would be awesome right… But anyway I would go back browse for the next book to read.

If you need more information here the link to their website! Support your local bookshop if you can because they are disappearing day by day!

Happy Reading everyone!!

Autumn In Paris

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Ok I am so sorry the title is so clichè but I just love this time of the year when all the tree turns yellow, orange and red. I love the mellow feeling that it evokes especially when the weather is perfect like today, sunny and not too cold.

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We had a wonderful afternoon visiting a vintage market that was held near our apartment, wish I could just buy all the cute things there but I am on a strict simple living regime so no unnecessary shopping for me, yet I am happy just browsing, looking and admiring all the little trinkets.

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Then off we went to Parc de Bercy, it’s hubby favourite park as it’s calm and lush unlike other french gardens or parks. The weather was perfect as well, which was a bonus as it has been rainy at the beginning of the week.

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At the end of Parc de Bercy it’s Bercy Village, which is filled with restaurants, bars and cute little shops. There are also old fashion games for the children to play with, so a perfect place for a family day out! We went to Alice Delice a kitchen specialty shop where I got my self a ginger breadman cookie cutter, as christmas is just around the corner. Last but not least in a craft shop where I spend a long time looking at everything while husband patiently wait for me, to be honest I think he is as excited as me looking at all the amazing things they have.
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I’m so grateful and happy, couldn’t ask for more! Oh and I am going to be babysitting tonight so it’s going to be so much fun!! A great start for the weekend, can’t wait for another awesome day tomorrow!

Feeling Lucky: Paris Fashion Week

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Loving the colour palette

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Pascal Millet Spring Summer 2014 Collections

I would never ever dream to be able to attend Paris Fashion Week, especially sitting front row!!! It was a dream come true, and what an amazing experience! I love every minute of it.

I got invited by my friend and colleague from FemaleDaily, the girl I was showing Paris around last Sunday. She is here because of Galeries La Fayette invited her over as Galeries La Fayette open up a new store in Jakarta, Indonesia. She got some extra invitation so she text me early Tuesday morning and said if I would like to come with her to Pascal Millet first ever Paris fashion show. Of course I said YES!!!!

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The Venue

It was held in a little church near Musée Du Lourve, it was such a beautiful simple setting. We even got out own usher to take us to our seat and make sure we are comfortable, we got seated at the front row just before the models come out. It was such a surreal experience for me as I would never think I would get a chance to attend any fashion week show let alone Paris Fashion Week.

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Affi and I front row before the show starts

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Unveiling the white carpet!

A little background on Pascal Millet, he started his career with Balenciaga before moving on to Maison Carven as the Head Designer for Haute Couture. This would be his debut show in Paris for his ready to wear Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Pascal Millet collection would be available in the Galeries La Fayette Paris if anyone is interested!

I love the collections, it’s simple yet scream elegance at the same time. I love the wedges that all the models were wearing. The colour palate are a bit subdue a mix of grey with burst of colours here and there, which I love.

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Drool!!

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Simple yet elegant

Here’s the video link that I have taken during the show! I am truly feeling blessed to have the opportunity to experience this! Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Happy Monday!

 

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Happy Monday everyone and smile! I had such a wonderful week and I am pretty excited for this coming week, as I am getting busier with a few little projects and an online course that I’ve taken.

 

Here are my highlights from last week!! Happy days!

I was so happy yesterday I get to spend the day with my friend and hubby at the vintage market just around my house. My friend is here for work all the way from Jakarta, Indonesia. So when I asked her what she wanted to do on her first day; she said she wanted to visit a Parisian vintage market which we called brocante. She got a few antique jewellery. After, I took her to Place des Vosges as it was around the corner. I love this little hidden square in Le Marais! It’s is one of my favourite place and I am glad I get to take her there!

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Sunday afternoon stroll at Place des Vosges

I baked a lot last week as well, including my favourite muffin, Raspberry (from my in-laws garden) with white chocolate muffins. It’s so yummy. I will share some of the recipes in the next few days!

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Raspberry and white chocolate muffins

 

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Nutella and Almond muffins

Finally my biggest happiness is that I get to start a new sort of business venture with my friend Sandy using found objects and recyclables. I love it because that means instead of throwing it away and contribute to waste, why not try to re-use it and making something useful right! So very excited about this!!

Hope you are starting your week as excited as I am!!

 

 

Sunday Highlights: Sipping the perfect latte and finding Paris hidden gem!

Thank you Paris for a lovely sunny day! I had a wonderful day today and felt truly blessed!

Here are the highlights of my day!

First and foremost is finally I get to convince my husband to go for a run with me (crazy dance moment!!), that’s a wonderful news because he rarely exercise. Now he wants to do it every weekend (double yeah!)

So I have been craving for nice cafe latte like the one in Melbourne for the last few days, so after extensive research I found a place called The Coutume in 47, Rue De Babylone 75007. Not to exaggerate but it is hard to find a creamy latte with the right temperature here in Paris (I think being Melbournian you become picky when it comes to coffee) so when I had my first sip of this creamy latte with the perfect temperature I was in heaven!!! No wonder the coffee is awesome because the owners are an Australian and a Frenchman trained in Melbourne (woohoo hometown!) Unfortunately I had to have it takeaway as there was a long queue and all I wanted was the coffee. I think we will have to come back another day to have brunch or snack with friends.

I am totally in love with this latte of mine!

Perfection!

Then after we went to an indie cinema around the corner in the same street called Cinema La Pagode! This our first movie date in Paris and loving the place we chose as this place is a gem. I think it’s one of Paris hidden secret. It has only 2 screening room, and they show indie movies in their original version with subtitle. It has a little chinese bamboo garden, a little lush sanctuary in the middle of residential area. You can enjoy the tranquility in this little garden with a cup of coffee or tea. I love the little story that comes with this place; the owner of the famous  Le Bon Marchè built this pagoda, imported piece by piece from Japan to surprise his beloved wife. As at the time the oriental arts and decoration was the very trendy. Good for him because we now get to enjoy this exquisite little place. Unfortunately the movie we watched wasn’t showing in the Japonaise Salle, which is a magnificent room, used to be the main ballroom where Monsieur and Madame Morin held numerous soiree.

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Cinema La Pagode

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The lush garden.

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Gorgeous tiles!

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Look at the exquisite stained glass door!

After the movie we walk around St Germain Des Pres and along the river, enjoying the last of the sunshine. I am very grateful and happy to have such a wonderful day.  Aujourd’hui est une très bonne journée, je suis très content. Bonne nuit à tous!

Entering The World of Keith Haring

Entering The World of Keith Haring

To be honest I had never heard of Keith Haring before, even though I have seen some of his works before somewhere. I love going to any exhibitions, so this Sunday we thought we should just go and check it … Continue reading

Picnic In A Secret Garden In Montmarte

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Had a wonderful summer day, a little picnic with my french classmates in a little park just behind Sacre Coeur! Feeling blessed to have met such a wonderful group of people from around the world here in Paris! If you … Continue reading

A second date with OFII

Sorry for the late update, but I got some good news. Last week I had a second date with OFII. Finally they’ve decided to invite me for a rendezvous so I can sign my integration contract as a stranger in France. Now to be clear I went to the OFII of the Yvelines District not in Paris as at the moment my registered address in the Yvelines area.

So the day start with queueing up outside the door at 7.30 in the morning, nice and early. I have to present the invitation and passport at the reception at the front. Went up to another room where I was asked for my phone number and to show him the €241 timbre that I’ve paid (which is like a tax, you paid it online). Then I got sent to a conference room where you watched a video about living in France (in french) the translator machine was broken at the time so for me I understood probably 20% out of the whole thing. There were some presentations as well but all of them were in french so to be honest I have no idea what was it all about.

Next, I was called for my medical check-up, this was pretty straight forward procedures. They took urine test, X-Ray, eye check-up and the normal weighing and measuring your height. Now ladies just so you know during the X-Ray they will asked you to take your top off, as in bra and all, and you pretty much walk in to the x-ray room half-naked (I was warned by a friend of mine prior which was good so I was prepared). After that I was interviewed by a doctor, he asked me about my vaccination history and whether I am currently on any medication. He then gave me  a medical certificate, it’s important to keep this piece of paper, as you need it when you have to renew your carte de sejour.

After all the medical procedures are done, I went back to the conference room and waited until being called for the interview. My interviewer didn’t speak english very well so it was a challenge but we managed it somehow by me speaking broken french and she speaking broken english. But don’t worry if they don’t speak English at all they will call up your partner to help with the translation. Basically she stuck the titre de sejour in my passport (which works like a carte de sejour), the expiry date is the same as my long-stay visa. Then she asked  me to sign the contract, which I need to keep and use for renewing my card de sejour. Normally they will organise a language test and send you to a full day conference about your civil duties or something like that (sorry but I barely understood thing that she was saying), however mine was delayed as I am moving to Paris this week, therefore they have to transfer my dossier to the OFII in Paris, which will then organise these things for me.

Overall it was not as bad as I thought it would be, though the lack of English explanation was a little bit overwhelming and confusing for my part. But hey looking at the bright side as I was doing this not in Paris the waiting time was probably half of what it would be if I was doing it in the Paris OFII. We finished around 11.30 ish perfect timing for a nice lunch!