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In honor of Halloween, Au Clown de la Republique.

4-Parijs April 20146Halloween, the only party in the year where I don’t have to do my best to find a costume. Luckily for the world, not everyone has that advantage and that’s the reason why amazing stores like ‘Au Clown de la Republique’ still exist!

If you’re hanging around in Paris and you want to score a cool (Halloween) costume, go to ‘Au Clown de la Republique’. It’s located in the area of Republique and fans of the movie Amelié will instantly recognize it. It’s one of the many film locations in Paris (looking for more Amélie locations, click here). 

It’s a great store and if you’re planning not to spent any money there, you’ll have a hard time. They have so much original stuff, you always will find something you (don’t) need. I can still hear myself think ”I really need those Pom-Poms in case my cat want to be a cheerleader”. Crazy enough that didn’t happen yet, but I make grateful use of them when no one is looking. Someone should use them, right?  

Alright people, adventure time:
160 Avenue Ledru Rollin
75011 Paris
http://www.auclowndeparis.fr/ 

Have a happy Halloween weekend, sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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Temps de cuisson à E.Dehillerin, Paris

E.DehillerinI promised you on my twitter that I would write 2 different articles today, so here we go!

I was scrolling through my pictures when I remembered this lovely cook-store in the middle of Paris. It’s a well known fact that food and cooking belong to the French people, but I guess not only the French people love to cook, but maybe you as well?

If you’re looking for nice restaurants, fresh food or cookware, you have to go to the area of Les Halles. Earlier there were covered market places here, but now it’s full with cook-stores and more! (If you want to read more about the history of the covered market places, click here).

So, back to E.Dehillerin. The store has a unique look with big yellow letters on top. The windows are full with interesting stuff, but most of all I liked the variety of the products and the friendly staff. Last week someone asked me where to buy original souvenirs in Paris..well here you are! Every cook- and Paris lover would love to receive a pretty cookbook brought from Paris.

One last tip: always use your own mind. If you don’t need that copper pan of €180,-…don’t buy it! Sometimes the staff is a little too excited ;)

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Here is the address:
18-20 rue Coquillière
Paris

Tell me what do you think of this special place? 

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More art at Marché Parisien de la Création!

Art ManSince I started studying at the art school, I’m more interested in art than ever. I try to look at artworks in different ways and like to brainstorm about the choices the artist had to make before his artwork was finished. The fun part about art is that anyone can interpret it at his or her own way. During our philosophy and art history lessons we try to understand the question ”what is art?” and what characteristics match the answer we want to give. It’s a lot of fun, discussion different topics on what we think is art and is what not. We never agree with each other!

Okay, time to make my point. Are you interested in art, and do you like to discuss artworks and paintings (or do you want to buy some of those beauties)? Get a group of friends together and go on a Sunday to la Tour Montparnasse (that’s the biggest tower in Paris, you can’t miss it). There you’ll find a hidden market full with art, art and more art. In order to respect the work of the artist I only took a few photo’s with permission, but I can tell you that the art collection is very ranging so there are plenty enough ingredients for a good discussion. Gladly, the market isn’t a place for traders, but for real artists who only sell original work.

You can find Marché Parisien de la Création between the streets: Rue du Depart and Rue de la Gaîté. The nearest subway station is Edgar Quinet.

Oh wait, one last thing for the people who want to eat pancakes (crêpes) in Paris. Don’t search any longer..You’ll find here more than enough pancakes restaurants for your whole stay in Paris!

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning♥ 

Note: Let me know your opinion about ”what is art?” 

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Fabulous Fabric stores in Paris.

Stoffenwinkel 1What time it is? Time to create our own stuff!

Yep that’s right, the time has come for all the creative people in the world. Express yourself! You don’t want to own the same pants as your teacher because they happened to be on sale. So, what can you do about it?

One word… DIY! Which means ”do it yourself”. There are countless ways to get inspired. For example: Pinterest is full of amazing DIY stuff, and I’m a big fan of it. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the profile of myWorldofParis (and please subscribe) 

I don’t have patterns for you, but I do know some great fabric stores in Paris where you can buy the most fabulous fabrics you can think of. All those fabric stores are located in Montmartre and they are all next to each other. A bit competitive but oh so convenient for shopping. My mother had to drag me out of the store, otherwise I probably had spend the night over there ;)

A point of attention are the prices. I found a stunning fabric with birds and flowers…but it costed €40 per meter. Suddenly the fabric wasn’t that pretty anymore, haha. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money , pay attention to the quality of the fabric. When you’re in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask the staff about it. They are there to help you out. There are also special price-off-corners with last scraps of fabric or fabrics that don’t belong to the regular assortment anymore. There is also plenty of choice with normal prices.

I’ll give you one address, the rest you’ll find automatically.
Les Coupons De Saint Pierre
1 Place Saint Pierre
75018 Paris, France (duh) 

 

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Brocante des Abbesses, Paris.

Abbesses MarketI’ve been to this lovely market at Place de la Abbesses,  but I couldn’t remember on what day anymore. Forgive me, I’m also getting older ;) Gladly the internet always helps me out. When I searched for ”flea market Abbesses” I couldn’t find a thing. ”Oh, that’s right..I know how it works in Paris”, they don’t like therms as flea markets or jumble sale. It has to be a bit more fancier than that. Then I tried vintage and by that designation, I found the real name of the market: Brocante des Abbesses. 

Such a sweet little market where you can buy secondhand stuff, vintage furniture, broken paintings… I better stop counting because it’s too much too write down. You can better see it by yourself on a Sunday or enjoy the pictures I have for you. 

Do you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them!

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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Oldest English bookstore in Paris, Galignani.

So many books, so little time…we all have been there. Why don’t we just escape for an evening? A whole evening, enjoying every minute we have. Alone, but not entirely. Just you, thousands of books and a few other books lovers who also left a note on their dinner table with ”don’t look for me, I’m more than fine”.

*Sight*, Galignani. Have you ever been at such a elegant and classy bookstore as this one? Perhaps, but also in Paris? The rolling ladders gave me the feeling as if I had landed in old romantic story. Too bad that didn’t happen, because my mother was standing next to me instead of a handsome man holding my books…(sorry mom). The wooden bookshelves and Christmas decorations created a cozy feeling, but the decorated ceiling made the bookstore complete. What a wonderful place to be. All the books asked for my attention. Pick me, pick me!
Galignani 2Galignani is the oldest English bookstore in Paris. It has been run by six generations of the Galignani family. They say that ”Librairie Galignani is a place where books are not mere products meant to be sold, but rather precious objects of wisdom and aesthetic delight”. Yeah, those are wise words huh?  Are you looking for a particular book or topic? Please do not hesitate to ask because at Galignani only work knowledgeable and very friendly staff.
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A fun fact about Galignani is that they change their window displays every 15 days. They make sure it’s filled with actual books belonging to cultural events or topics.

You can visit Galignani at: 224, rue de Rivoli – 75001 Paris. Or visit their website 

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

 

 

 

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Let’s talk about soap baby!

Did you knew that soap could be this interesting?
Lush Soap

Normally, I’m not a fan of big brands or world famous companies, but Lush is a different story because I truly believe that they deliver something special to the world. They fight against animal testing, they guarantee 100% ethical buying and all products are handmade! It’s a bit awkward to tell you, but I’ve been hanging around on their website and twitter for more than 2 hours.. They have all these interesting videos about their products and charities. I just can’t stop watching and smiling. These people go way beyond marketing.

What I also loved about Lush is their way of thinking. ”We care about animals and fresh products but we also want to make profit”. YES, finally a company that admits it! We (the customers) aren’t crazy. We all know that companies want to make profits because nothing in the world comes for free. Don’t act like you don’t care about making money. For the products of Lush you have to pay a price. It isn’t cheap, but for me is ethical buying worth all the money. I don’t want to use products that are tested on poor animals. Laboratory animals have no choice for the life they suffer, we humans do have a choice. Use your choice wisely and support brands who are fighting for the rights of animals.
lushyOh right, about their soaps…they own your bathtub or shower! When you walk into a Lush store you’ll be surprised by all the colors, smells and different shapes. I left the store with a big bag of soaps called ”French Kisses”, what else could I buy in Paris.
You see the balls on the photo? I didn’t knew they would be that awesome in bath! Take a look:


Lush has stores all over the world, but if you’re in Paris you can stop by at one of these stores: 
30 rue de Buci, 75006 Paris
34 avenue du Général Leclerc, 75014 Paris
18 rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris
3 rue du Renard, 75004 Paris
50 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, 75012 Paris (that’s where I’ve been)
Gare St Lazare – Espace Commercial, 1 cours du Havre, 75008 Paris

One last video to keep it interesting for my female followers ;)

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥ 

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Window shopping at Rue Tiquetonne, Paris.

1-DSC_0174Today when I was browsing trough my photos, I found a photo of Rue Tiquetonne. I ‘discovered’ this street during my latest trip to Paris, when I was searching for the famous pastry store G.Detou. Because it has been a while since we’ve talked about streets and shopping, I thought it was a good idea to share this street with you guys. So, grab your bucket-list if you’re crazy about Paris and unique shopping places.

Personally, I think Rue Tiquetonne is the perfect example of a Parisian street. A narrow street with flower-decorated balconies, very photogenic and full of little shops. When I was there, it just had rained so I could smell the exotic flowers from the florist extra good.
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Sun or rain, in both cases you won’t be bored. For example you can visit Benefit (beauty salon), Nice Things (clothing store, with nice things) Pylones (crazy store with crazy stuff) or to the Vans store a bit further. Extra special is the little shop called Anthony Peto. Designer hats in central Paris. How amazing that these stores still exist? I only wonder who wears them? Of course that question doesn’t matter at all, because they are great to look at! Anthony Peto makes colorful creations and he does good business worldwide. The prices of the hats range from €90 to €200 euros. If you are curious about his creations, check out his website. When I looked at his website, his answers to the frequently asked questions made me laugh. Take a look:

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I hope you enjoyed this street, it’s absolutely worth to see. If I haven’t convinced you jet, you should know that the area around Rue Tiquetonne is also very interesting ;) Time for me to go back into my archive for more blog posts! Oh yeah, if you’re curious about all stores on Rue Tiquetonne, click here.

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Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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HEMA takes over!

HEMAFor a moment I thought I was back in the Netherlands. NOT a good sign. My boyfriend noticed this woman cycling by with a big bag of the HEMA. Unfortunately, I was to slow to take a picture of her in action so, I had tho follow her until she stopped. I was prepared for a long run but it was only 5 meters… I’m not always in the mood to shamelessly take pictures of the people I have in my sights. This is the best I could make of it ;)

HEMA is a dutch company and has become especially popular because of the low prices (yes, typical dutch). When the first store opened in 1926, products were sold for 10, 25 and 50 cents. Something unthinkable at this time! The first HEMA store was opened in France in 2009. In 2012, the first station shop of France was opened at Garde-du-Nord, Paris.

Besides the advantage that I can buy ‘stroopwafels’ in Paris, I’m sad that all these big companies take over the city. Paris is wonderful because of all the little boutiques and small shops. Why don’t we keep it that way? I don’t believe that the Parisians like to support these big companies like the HEMA.  Keep doing what you’re doing and protect the local shops. Otherwise, the world will become very boring…

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Paper lamps in Paris.

Photophoros 1Rock, paper, scissors? This time, the victory goes to paper because these artworks will blow you away.

Paris is full of unique and handicraft shops. It feels like the great influence of the internet has absolutely no impact here. Which is good news otherwise I wouldn’t have known about this shop in the Marais named Photophoros. 

I love it when people make their passion their work. That’s my biggest inspiration in life. The owner of Photophoros is Guilhem Rouillon and he turns paper into great lamps. ”Whether you want an intense or soft lighting, neutral colors or colorful. Whatever shade you want, togheter we create a fixture that suits you”. Personally, I found the pieces in the window more than fun. I’ll definitely remember the address to cheer up my workroom. 

You may be a bit confused by the name of the store, what the heck does it mean?! I was just as curious as you and have looked it up. Unfortunately, the French dictionary didn’t recognize the word but through the English dictionary, I think I’ve found the answer ;) The word didn’t match exactly, but photophores are luminous small organs who appear as glowing spots on different marine organisms, such as fish and squids. Alright, that’s far-fetched but a very nice thought for a lamp store!

Here’s the address and website:
http://www.photophoros.fr/
18, rue de Jouy
Paris
Metro: Saint-Paul