Favorite Concept Stores

Concept stores are great places to get the pulse on what’s hot and what’s not. They reach a broad customer base from teenagers to retirees who want to remain cool and hip. The idea of a concept store is a venue that brings together cutting-edge...

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Sexy Parisian Hotels

Here is a sampling of the unique boutique hotels that you can find for romantic weekends in Paris. Be sure to contact Rachel Kaplan, the President of French Chic Shopping for a preferential booking. ♦ Platine ♦ Jules & Jim ♦ Hotel Secret de Paris  ♦ Seven Hotel  ♦ Apostrophe Hotel  ♦ Hotel de Banville  ♦ Notre Dame Saint Michel  ♦ Le Pradey ...

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Adventures in Hipster Shopping Paradise

What would a company offering specialized shopping tours be without knowing all the ins and outs about all the best shops? And how does one stay up to date on all the latest and greatest without an afternoon outing every so often? Early Thursday afternoon was a...

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Dreaming of Lavender: Provence Inspiration

With all the beauty and romance right here in Paris, sometimes we can forget to step out of Île-de-France and explore what else France has to offer. Today I found inspiration-- and some gorgeous photos-- in the endless lavender fields of Provence in southeast France....

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Paris Bistros: Diners Beware

PARIS, France--A few years ago, my husband and I started on a quest for the perfect bistro in Paris, something that I felt obliged to test for both my guests as well as myself. My research project began after having several great meals at L'Affriolé...

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Christophe d'Aboville Puts a New Spin on the French Home

These days, Christophe d'Aboville is a busy man. Besides his demanding interior design business in Paris, he has plans to open a showroom of his own colorful and meticulous designs, ranging from couches, rugs and cushions, to hand-blown glass, hand-crafted wallpapers, and stunning lacquered lemon-wood boxes. Best all...

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