In the mood to sail away...

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Sunday Sound

"All I do is dream of you" by Debbie Reynolds - 1952

Singin in the Rain: All I Do Is Dream of You... by pitchbrioche
Cosy Bedroom.

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Spring will soon be here, it is time for Sweets again! (yes, Biscuits are made for Winter and Sweets are made for Spring) I like mixing all sorts of Sweets, and there is a lovely shop in Paris where you can get inspired and dream just like a little child: it is called Käramell. The owner is scandinavian and she recreated the warm ambiance of Malmö where she grew up. The sweets are displayed in big boxes so you can take as much as you want and mix them. There are sweet Sweets, salty Sweets, Marshmallows, Chewing-Gums, Chocolates... and Smiles!

15 rue des Martyrs
75009 Paris
Tél: 01 53 21 91 77
Métro: Notre Dame de Lorette
For those who feel like Shopping, this week-end there is a "Marché du Retro "(Vintage Market) in a loft in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. An other good occasion to go bargain-hunting!

2 Cité Griset
75011 Paris
Metro: Parmentier, Ménilmontant or Rue Saint Maur
From 7PM until 8PM Saturday and Sunday

Sunday Sound

"I'm old fashioned" by Rita Hayworth & Fred Astaire - 1942

Today there is a Flea Market is my neighborhood, Yey! For those living in Paris who enjoy Thrift Shopping, it is all week-end in the rue des Martyrs, in the 9th arrondissement.

Leather and Wood. Attributes of Manhood.

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"A true Gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude." Oscar Wilde

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Oh Hats!

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Just discovered SugarPlum Cake, in the 5th arrondissement of paris. It is a real american coffee shop : the waitresses are american, and so are the family recipes. Home-grown classics: Cookies, Pies, Banana Breads, Cheesecakes, Muffins... Everything is cooked with wholesome ingredients, no mixes or preservatives. The coffee is freshly roasted and fair trade. If you are no coffee drinker, you can switch to fair trade Tea, Iced Tea or Homemade Lemonade. The ambiance is cheerful and warm, you can stay for, well, as long as you need to catch up with your friends, and the smiles are free.

68 rue du Cardinal Lemoine 75005 Paris
 Tél: 01 46 34 07 43
Tuesday through Sunday 10am - 7pm. Closed Monday.
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine

A very confidential wine I like a lot is called the "Vin du Bugey" (the vineyards are located between Lyon, Grenoble and Geneva and have been producing wine since Middle Age). It is made of grape of course, but it tastes like a mix of wine and raspberry liqueur... with very thin bubbles! I love the elegance of it's pink colour and fresh taste. It is definitively a summer drink, perfect for a sunny picnic, as an aperitif or with desert!

Printed wallpaper when carefully chosen can really give character to a home. I like it on one or two walls tops. This "Owl collection" just launched by the English designer Abigail Edwards is delight for the eye. She was inspired by her childhood woodlands and fairy tales when she hand-drawn these patterns. Each of these is printed in Lancashire, UK, on ‘paste the wall’ non-woven paper so are easier to hang than traditional wallpapers and the colours are hand mixed using non-toxic water based ink.
And being an environment friendly designer, she decided to donate five percent of the profits from the “Owls of the British Isles” style to support The Barn Owl Centre whose mission is to protect all species of owls still existing.

This first wallpaper is called "Owls of the British Isles" and represents ten different Owl Species: The barn owl, eagle owl, hawk owl, snowy owl, Tengmalm’s owl, scops owl, little owl, short eared owl, long eared owl and tawny owl.

This second wallpaper is called "Briar Owl" and was inspired by Sleeping Beauty's story. In this tale, Snowy Owls nestle amongst the tangled briars to guard the Sleeping Princess.

Click here to visit Abigail's website.

Sunday Sound

"Puttin'on the Ritz" by Fred Astaire - 1946

Sunny days are back in Paris! Let's celebrate with bright colors!
I completely fell for Shan Shan's style. She lives in Osaka and describes herself as a "Housewife and Textile Artist". She is a freelance journalist, a photographer, the owner of an online shop, she is curious, talented, and a "go for it" person. In one word, she is very inspiring.

Visit her FlickR here, and her website here.
A sewing machine turned into a table. I love the fact that the designer did not try too hard. He did not try to do something too modern and respected the authenticity of the initial object.

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Back to Paris!

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Portobello road, Portobello road
Street where the riches of ages are stowed.
Anything and everything a chap can unload
Is sold off the barrow in Portobello road.
You’ll find what you want in the Portobello road...

Oh memories...

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