A Walk in Paris | La Cité Florale

June 20, 2014




For this afternoon's walk in Paris, I'm excited to take you along with me to one of the city's best kept secrets, and my personal favorite discovery. Tucked away in the heart of the 13th arrondissement lies an idyllic "village" straight out of the French countryside, la Cité Florale. Aptly named, a stroll in this tiny, yet enchanting neighborhood is like stepping into a secret garden of flowers, with blossoms as far as the eye can see. On a golden, sun drenched afternoon like this one, there's no place I'd rather be. 

Home to pastel hued dollhouses wrapped in ivy, pink blooms nestled in every window, and the cheerful melody of birds singing in the trees, it's impossible not to fall in love with this slice of paradise. To add to its charm, each cobblestone street proudly bears the name of a flower, hence the name, la Cité Florale. Wandering down the rue des Iris, I can't imagine a lovelier place to soak up the romantic spirit of Paris than this "city" of flowers in full bloom. 


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The Ride Beret Baguette 2014

May 30, 2014

Crusty baguette, check. Nautical striped shirt, check. Charming vintage bicycle, check. Bonus points for a real mustache, flowers in your hair, or an adorable dog peeking out of your basket!

Last Sunday, my favorite Frenchie and I participated in the Ride Béret Baguette, a celebration of vintage bicycles and all things charming, striped, and French. Along with a thousand other cyclists decked out in their finest retro gear, we pedaled through Paris under the canopy of trees, sunshine, and the watchful eye of the Eiffel Tower. Edith Piaf, Georges Brassens, and the music of clinking wine bottles in baskets serenaded us, while the sun happily graced us with her presence.

Mustaches and curls windswept, we all finally arrived at a sleepy meadow in the Bois de Vincennes, hungry for picnic fare and a little doze in the grass. Bright red cherry tomatoes and wheels of Camembert made their mark on every red checkered picnic blanket. Bicycles shined in all their 40s glory, as cherubic babies in sun hats giggled, couples snoozed on beds of grass, and glasses of wine were poured. A fleeting glimpse into la belle France from another era, this was a picture perfect Sunday in Paris. 

Ride Beret Baguette 2014, Paris | www.8ruecaffarelli.com

This little guy was my personal favorite!

Ride Beret Baguette 2014, Paris | www.8ruecaffarelli.com

I pulled out one of my favorite dresses for the occasion. :) Thank you to Pierre for the photo!

Ride Beret Baguette 2014, Paris | www.8ruecaffarelli.com
Ride Beret Baguette 2014, Paris | www.8ruecaffarelli.com
Ride Beret Baguette 2014, Paris | www.8ruecaffarelli.com

Afternoon tea at Guerlain

May 22, 2014





{Le macaron Fête des mères de Guerlain - Guerlain's Mother's Day Macaron}

The cherry blossoms may have all flown away by now, but springtime in Paris isn't over quite yet! To celebrate Mother's Day, Guerlain has created a dreamy world of shimmering perfume bottles, raspberry rose macarons, and installations of delicate flowers in every shade of pink. What better way to savor the floral beauty of springtime than a girly afternoon filled with tea, sweet treats, and pale pink eternal roses? 

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