Sofia Coppola was spotted filming a Christian Dior fragrance ad in Paris last week with Natalie Portman, Dior’s newest brand ambassador. Check out our video for a flash back to the "City of Light" campaign Coppola directed in Paris.
As much as enjoy an indulgent hotel stay, sometimes I prefer to visit a new city or town and live like a local. Unless I've got a friend to stay with, the only way really to do this is to rent an apartment or house. While a dinner out on the town is always an option, some days I'll head to the farmers market and grocery store and cook dinner myself. This style of travel offers a perspective that's simply not accessible from a hotel, whether it's a Holiday Inn or the Four Seasons. It'll also save you a pretty penny, as weekly rates are generally much lower than hotel rates. The only trouble is, if you're renting from a Craigslist listing or a house swap, sometimes you'll encounter an apartment that's not up to the standards you're used to in your own home.
So when I learned about Cecile Apartments, six gorgeously appointed apartments in the heart of Paris that I'd kill to live in permanently, I had to share! Cecile, the owner and manager, is a chic French woman who has personally decorated each apartment with sophisticated furniture and elegant details in a classic-French-meets-modern-industrial style. The rentals are one- and two-bedroom apartments in either the Marais or St. Germain neighborhoods, both stylish, safe, and centrally-located areas. One bedrooms range from 990 to 1490 Euros ($1,280 to $1,930) per week, while two bedrooms run 1,790 to 2,490 Euros ($2,320 to $3,220) per week. If you'd like to hire a housekeeper, a babysitter, a driver, or need an extra mattress, Cecile will arrange all of that for you, too. Check out some photos of the très chic apartments below.
Fireworks cracked over the Eiffel Tower in Paris last night. Bastille Day, celebrated every year on July 14, commemorates the storming of Bastille and the unofficial start of the French Revolution. We commemorated the event by checking out famous French hotties and learning about the origin of the French kiss.
From the beginning Chanel No. 5 has always been exclusive. It was first released in 1921 as a Christmas gift to Mlle.'s best customers and was limited to only 100 flacons. When these customers started coming back, asking for more, it was officially launched as "Chanel Nº 5" in 1922. Word is that this scent was the No. 5 bottle out of 10 samples presented to her, and that when asked how she would name it, she replied, "I always launch my collection on the 5th day of the 5th month, so the number 5 seems to bring me luck – therefore, I will name it Nº 5."
A woman crosses the Seine River on the Pont des Arts in Paris with an umbrella in — what we imagine was — a failed attempt to beat the heat.
It's that time again: Paris Haute Couture Week, one of the most exciting times for lovers of high fashion. Couture week always delivers tons of glamour, theatrics, and mind-bogglingly creative styles. This year's shows so far definitely haven't disappointed, and there's even more to come. So to check out some of the week's most dramatic looks, just keep reading.
When your Vera Wang wedding dress comes off, you and your hubby can ditch your designer duds for designer digs and check your newly married selves into the Christian Lacroix-designed Hôtel du Petit Moulin in Paris. Housed in Paris's oldest bakery, dating back to 1900, the hotel, which has preserved its typical French boulangerie façade, is in Paris's trendy, fashion-centric Marais district — in other words, it's the hippest hotel since sliced bread. If a "haute-l" pun were ever appropriate, the time is now: The lodging looks to be one step off of the runway, filled with daring, devil-may-care creations, be it a heart-shaped Venetian mirror on glossy, scarlet-red tiles, a clash of rustic and Zen, or a vividly-hued Jacobsen Swan chair against old-fashioned toile de Jouy wallpaper.
To see a gallery of photos, and to find out more about this hotel, read more