Picnic in the Park

Nothing makes me happier than seeing little signs of the fact that summer has officially found its way to Paris. During the last couple of days we’ve be able to enjoy the most beautiful weather here in the city. I think my mood during the last couple of days is easy to describe as “extremely happy”. Summer, not surprisingly, is my favourite season during the year, the sunshine might have something to do with it… Along with a few other things.

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With my sister visiting me for the weekend I’ve barely been in my apartment at all. Spending nearly all of our time outside we were truly making the most of this city in the sunshine. After arriving on Friday we headed straight to Places des Vosges for a well needed catch up, staying cool by ice-cream from Amorino constructed into pretty little roses and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. On Saturday we met up with girls from school and enjoyed the delicious array food of from Marche des Enfants Rouges, spending hours over the choices before finishing with a well deserved carafe of Rose. On Sunday we explored the weekly food market at Bastille collecting everything we needed for our picnic before setting off for the Eiffel Tower. It was a perfect choice – the Roland Garros French Open was projected a huge screen under the Eiffel Tower for all picnickers to watch, the sun shining and a selection of food that could feed an army – we slept, ate, watched tennis and lay in the sun all afternoon.

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Picnic in the Park

As spring has sprung upon us the weather is most definitely heating up and Paris as a city is transforming. The black clothes are disappearing and people are actually starting to wear a little colour, I see smiles and laughter on the Metro and with all the trees turning a magical shade of pink everything just seems more beautiful then it did before.

It is now officially the city of love.

There is nothing better on a warm lazy day than to have a picnic and in Paris with the baguettes as good as they are we are definitely making the most of any opportunity we have. With so many parks dotted around the city I have chosen just a few of my favourite spots to share with you:

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

1 rue Botzaris

This park is one of the largest parks in Paris so it can be difficult to find your bearings here sometimes. But its perfectly suited for a walk in the shadows, a picnic at the foot of an old tree or a well-deserved break at the Rosa Bonheur café. Children love rolling down the large sloping lawns – and with the late opening hours on a Sunday evening you may even catch the odd ‘adult’ rolling down too.

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Les Jardins de Bagatelle

Route de Sevres

Considered one of the ten most beautiful parks in the world Bagatelle is also the perfect place for a family picnic. Caves, waterfalls, a rose garden, a small forest or large stretches of grass… it’s all there, inviting you to dream away and relax.

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Parc Floral de Paris

Route de la Pyramide/ Route du Camp de Manoeuvre

Between the castle and the Boiss de Vincennes this park is a magnificent foray into nature for children and adults alike. The pine forest, the flower-filled groves, the sweeping lawns and the tiny cosy nooks offer plenty of alternatives for a picnic in a magical setting.

Place des Vosges

Surrounded by iconic Parisian architecture, immaculately manicured trees and enchanting water fountains, Place des Vosges is my go-to park when the sun shines.

Spread a blanket, bring a bottle of wine and have a picnic! Located in the Marais district there are always plenty of people lounging on the beautifully green lawns taking advantage of the sunshine or sitting on the benches watching the world go by. With free WIFI available and cafes on every corner why would you ever want to leave.

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Spring/Summer 2015 Giambattista Valli

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI’s client does not have a day life, or if she does he has no interest in clothing her for it in couture. He’s quite a pragmatic guy and he’s probably fine with her wearing a T-shirt and J Brand jeans during the day – possibly with one of his Moncler coats – but at night she’s all his.

His show today was womanly and masterful, sticking in general to the shapes that he favours – a shell top, a swollen-bellied skirt, a full length coat to which he added a high embroidered cummerbund-style waist.

Frills were everywhere, often defining the shoulders and sleeves, and motifs from the natural world were there in many of his gowns – a tree of life jacquard, an iridescent rose print, silk embroidered flowers and embroidered corsets of petals.

It appeared to be less aimed at the nightclub-dancing social butterfly he is often associated with, but then they like him have grown up together.

His sugar almond finales have become a kind of tradition in their feminine grandeur and this one didn’t disappoint.


Spring/Summer 2015 Chanel Couture

IT was a paper jungle in the round for Karl Lagerfeld’s couture offering, opened by Chanel gardeners with their waterless cans in khaki and a straw version of the hats he had embellished with tulle for the show.

The clothes were light in an extraordinary medley of fabrics that only Chanel is capable of creating – thousand-colour boucle and crystal flowered epaulettes. The block-colour wool suits that opened the show came with A-line skirts and long jackets but were swiftly replaced by the introduction of a new line – narrow and falling from the hip with a thin fabric belt looped through and hanging loose. Rooted in the flat leather boots, this silhouette looked fresh, often paired with midriff-baring tops.

Flowers were everywhere, from the hems and shoulder to the arm warmers of tulle and the hair decorations of transparent plastic hanging from the low plait Sam McKnight had given each girl.

You couldn’t help but think Karl had possibly been inspired by Cara Delevingne’s style with the wool beanies flecked with ostrich feathers that looked great with the evening wear. It was an optimistic light show that gave Chanel a youthful vitality without losing its elegance.

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