Saturday, June 21, 2014

Paris Eats - Main Reason To Love Paris

I wanted to make my final Paris post about the cuisine, because frankly, it's all about the food in my book! During our wonderful 8 days in Paris, we stuffed our faces with some of the most delicious grub in the world. From the breads to the foie gras to the garlic mussels, everything was exceptional. However, I became particularly obsessed with the cheeses. I mean, I've always been a big fan, but this just took it to another level, especially the bleu cheese.....oh, the bleu cheese! A cheese I was never particularly fond of, became my ultimate obsession. I was consuming at least a pound of it on a daily. A little too much you might say?!? Nah-ah! I lived and loved every second of savoriness. 

On one of our last nights we stopped at this little crepe place, called L'ile O Crepes, that made the most spectacular smoked salmon and mozzarella crepe (pictured above). It was like we had died and gone to heaven. Since then, I've been looking for a good crepe spot here in Miami. So far, no luck. But if any of you guys have any good suggestions, this girls wants to know!

One day, on our way to visit Notre Dame, we stumbled upon the Paris' 'Festival of Bread' (watch their YouTube video here). Well, I can't tell you what a surprise it was (especially for me since I've had a lifelong fascination with bread). The experience itself was new and incredibly fun. We got to sample a great selection of breads and got a close-up view of the chefs in their element.
It was a wonderful experience overall. And although we ended up gaining a few extra pounds, i can say it was totally worth it. Hope you guys enjoy the pictures.  

l o v e  +  h a p p i n e s s,  k a r i n a

Monday, June 16, 2014

NYC & Paris Part III - We Thrift in Paris

Many of those who know me, know I can't go anywhere without checking out the thrift and vintage scene of any 
place i visit. Needless to say, when I was visiting Paris, I scoured the city in search of some local thrift shops 
and antique markets. I mean, how could I not; especially in a city that's known to set the most fashionable trends. 
I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to check out the goodies.

Since we spent most of the 8 days walking, discovering and roaming through all the ally's of Paris, it wasn't difficult 
finding the sweet spots. It was pretty obvious from the beginning that Paris had a love affair with the old and the 
eclectic, and I couldn't be more excited. I was completely enamored with the variety of classic pieces that I kept 
finding as I rummaged through every bin, dug through every pile and snuck my way through every overloaded rack.  

Below I've listed my top 3 thrift shops and antique market in Paris. These 4 spots covered all my must haves: 
affordability, style and an eclectic selection of goods. 

Awesome little shop located on 125 Bld St. Germain, 75006, Paris. Their concept "choose, weigh and takeaway". 
They sell secondhand clothing by the kilo. 

A cool little shop on 159 Route de Paris, Amfreville-la-Mivoie. Their concept "100 ethical, 100% recycled". 

These markets will blow your mind. There is so much to see, so give yourself a full day or two to really experience 
everything this wonderful place has to offer. 

This was my absolute favorite vintage shop. The place was absolutely packed, and for good reason. This place 
was really inexpensive and had an amazing selection of handbags, hats, scarves and clothing. I devoured 
the 1 euro bins and took home some awesome pieces which i will soon add to our LoveJoy Vintage website 
and Etsy shop. It's an absolute must-go.  

Have you guys visited any of these shops or have recommendations on others I may have missed? 
If so, i'd love to hear from you and would be happy to post your suggestions. 

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