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Posted on March 16, 2015

Wanderlust | Hotel de Crillon, Paris


Perched in the heart of Paris at the Place de Concorde and the base of the Champs Elysées, the luxury Hôtel de Crillon has a history dating back to the reign of Louis XV.  In 1758, Louis XV commissioned the architect Jaques-Ange Gabriel to build two identical palaces to be government buildings of the French State that would become the Place de Concorde.  The eastern building remains the headquarters of the French Navy and the Northern building would later become the majestic Crillon.  It was first occupied by a famous patron of the French Arts, Louis Marie Augustin, Duke of Aurmont, and followed by architect Louis-François Trouard, who had the Salon de Aigles built in 1775.  Marie Antoinette came to Crillon for piano lessons.

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Posted on February 4, 2015

Valentine Wish List for Her

Fashion & Beauty/ Lifestyle & Musings/ Travel

Valentine’s Day is next week and I’m putting a list together of the things I plan to pick up for Tony and the kids.  For a couple of weeks, he has been asking me if there is anything special I would like but, honestly, I prefer when he picks out the gifts because I know they come from his heart which is most special.  That’s not to say I don’t leave the occasional hint – catalogs open to a certain page and my best girl, Bella, always has my back making sure she goes shopping with dad.  I’ve put together a wish list (at varying price points) I think any girl will approve of and if your special someone needs a few hints, leave this page open.  After all, we girls have to look out for each other, don’t we?


Amour necklace,  a lovely candle, macarons, beautiful lingerie (here and here), a fabulous handbag, nail color, parfum, my favorite bon bons, a Parisian & Versailles rendezvous for two, a little kiss

xoxo, B

Posted on October 14, 2014

Wanderlust: Château de Pierrefonds


I’m truly astonished at the beauty of the châteaus of France.  I hope to one day be able to visit many of them. The Château de Pierrefonds is one of France’s most beautiful medeival castles.  The majestic multi-level turrets and white stone facade, most notably being the inspiration for Cinderella’s castle, can be seen for miles.  Originally built as a fortress, the picturesque castle is situated northeast of Paris, along the edge of the Compiègne Forest.

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Posted on September 25, 2014

Wanderlust: Prince de Galles Hotel, Paris


Whilst on the subject of Paris {when are we not?}, hotel Prince de Galles, in Paris’s 8th arrondissement, recently underwent a $100 million renovation, courtesy of renowned Parisian interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. 

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Posted on February 22, 2010

Jet-Setter ~

Audrey Hepburn/ Grace Kelly/ Travel

Spring is almost here and that means upcoming travels.  Warm weather is all I have been dreaming of the past month!  Although we have a little while to go until our upcoming vacation, here are some of my must haves ~


Smythson jewelry roll       Lady Poppy lingerie bags   
    Smythson travel wallet 


Mary Green sleep masks ~

Dreaming of Paris and Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Aspinal of London                            Vintage Chanel train case
Pottery Barn jewelry case
             Taschen’s Paris                            travel journal                 
European travel shopping guide ~ I love this!

GHD dual voltage styler              La Mer travel skincare      
Shiseido sun protection
               Christophle travel frame                  Vulcan suitcase ~ on my wishlist                  
Vie Lux Tuileries candle
                  Cashmere wrap for the airplane          grooming set for the man in your life         
 cashmere slippers ~ I also use these for long flights


                            travel pillow                                    Kokin Sun Hat                           

        iPod Touch          


  digital scale ~ you guessed it, I overpack!     universal travel adapter
      travel steamer       
Au Revoir!  xoxo, B


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