You me Paris by Chaumet

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Photographed at Peonies, Paris

I'm a big fan of applications, useful ones that is - the type that help me get a good night's sleep, shop better, order food, and find my way around a city - applications that add value and aid my busy life. So as a resident and Paris enthusiast, I'm very excited to be teaming up again with Maison Chaumet, to introduce you to their new application - You me Paris! It's a thoughtfully curated, discerning guide to Paris that has been created in collaboration with My Little Paris. Each space and place has been hand-picked specifically with us and our loved ones in mind. Think a romantic dinner for two, a stroll through one of Paris' famous undercover passages or a cosy bar where you can wile away an evening catching up with a good friend over a cocktail. 

There are five categories: Hotel, Culture, Restaurant/Bar, Shopping and my personal favourite Just For Two - a guide to Paris places that are best enjoyed as a couple or with your best friend. You might have already seen my post on Instagram from a lunch date with my boyfriend at Restaurant Edgar?! And earlier this week I finally discovered one of the city's newest café additions, Peonies - a cute coffee and lunch spot in the 10th where you can also pick up a beautiful bouquet of blooms. Chaumet has also suggested six different walks around Paris to suit various itineraries, such as Paris Under the Rain, Early Morning and Paris By Night! 

If you're planning a visit to Paris with a loved one, friends or family, or you live here and just want to learn more about what to do/ where to go in your city - download You me Paris now for inspiration!

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Weekend-ing in the 10ème

I moved to the 10ème from the 9ème (the 9ème being where Rue Rodier resides) two years ago and besides being home, it has swiftly become my favourite arrondissement. It's still walking distance to the Marais, where I lived briefly and do prefer to shop, but I'm near Canal Saint Martin, which feels decidedly more Parisian (as it's less touristy), and I have many of my favourite haunts on my doorstep. These places are where I can enjoy all of my favourite weekend things - buying fresh flowers, grabbing coffee coffee/drinks with friends...And the weekend is still the part of the week which I look forward to most. Despite having said goodbye to a 9-5 office job when I moved to Paris from London and now working to my own schedule, I haven't left the admin, daily grind, emails and to-do lists behind and still long for the two days of the week when I don't feel bad relaxing. I may sometimes work on Saturdays and Sundays, but I don't feel guilty heading out to take some time off, including cycling down to le Marché Bastille (controversially for this post, located in the 11ème) to stock up for the week ahead - and where you'll often find me most Sundays scoffing accras and slurping on oysters and Muscadet. So yes it's Monday, but roll on the weekend!

Scroll down for a guide to my hood & outfit links.

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I'm wearing: French Connection Jacket // Lancaster Paris leather bucket bag, similar here & here // Acne Studios scarf, similar here // Madewell Jeans // Mac Lipstick, similar here // Michael Kors leather slippers, similar here 

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Photographed at Petit Chateau d'Eau

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I'm wearing: Iris & Ink Cashmere sweater // Zara PVC skirt, similar here // Lancaster Paris red leather clutch, similar here & here // Zara blue velvet heels, similar here & here // Mango earrings // Mac Lipstick, similar here

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Breakfast:
La Chambre aux Ousieaux

Coffee:
Ten Belles
Craft
La Fontaine de Belleville (also lunch) 

Lunch:
Petit Chateau d’Eau (great brasserie for lunch/dinner & in photos)
Sunken Chip (fish & chips)
La Marine (brasserie, great for Sundays)
Sesame (good bagels)
SAaM (bao buns)
Sol Semilla (vegetarian)

Shopping: 
O'Fleurs de Magenta (in photos)
Jamini (India-inspired interiors) 
La Tresorerie (scandi interiors)
Centre Commercial (clothing)
A.P.C

Dinner: 
Le Petit Cambodge
Hotel du Nord
Les Enfants Perdu

Drinks: 
Copper Bay
Le Comptoir General

Photos of me by Roxy Matis, edited by me. 

Jardin du Luxembourg

I went location scouting around Paris in the week for a few upcoming collaborations. Following a meander around le Marais, I decided to cycle south of the Seine and ended up Jardin du Luxembourg. After hauling myself up a hill (I almost didn't make it and was cycling in heels!), I parked my velib, guzzled a bottle of water and wandered into this pretty place, which I hadn't visited in probably months. I live in the 10th, so don't often venture to the 6th. The sky was grey and the air was damp and a bit foggy, but the colours of this place were magical, so here are a few snaps. Enjoy! 

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L’Odyssée d'un Roi

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On Tuesday I ventured south of the Seine for a very special breakfast at Hermes flagship store in Paris’ Saint-Germain-de-Prés, a beautiful space that was designed by the architectural firm, RDAI in a former 1930s swimming pool. The event marked the unveiling of a crystal magnum decanter – one of three of its kind that was made to rest in a bespoke leather trunk crafted by Hermes. This unique decanter, accompanied by four glasses, has been created in collaboration with Hermes, Saint Louis Crystal, Puiforcat and Louis XIII, to be auctioned off by Sotheby’s in New York, Hong Kong and London. The proceeds will go to The Film Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded in 1990 by Martin Scorsese to protect cinema’s heritage - something that's close to my heart, being a big film buff! This project celebrates adventure, discovery and luxury travel at its best, so it’s only apt that the decanter be filled with an exclusive blend of the world’s finest and most travelled champagne cognac – Louis XIII, an intense, rich liquor with notes of leather, nutmeg and coffee that has been served aboard the likes of the Orient Express and Concord. 

I was invited to taste it – I don’t usually have the stomach for potent spirits (the type to put hairs on your chest), but it’s not every day that Louis XIII requests your company to try a very exclusive cognac, one so rich in history. So I obliged and as the Director of Louis XIII described, the deep gold liquid did indeed wash over my tastebuds in delicious waves. Find out more here

Created in collaboration with Hermes & Saint Louis. 

White Heat

Ah heat -  the sun briefly reared its head a couple of weeks ago, only to disappear behind a blanket of grey cloud more recently. These photos were shot on a fortuitously sunny day at the Palais de Tokyo (one of my favourite Paris galleries) before we had our little short-lived heatwave a couple of weekends ago (remember me wearing my off the shoulder Ganni top?). Luckily, in between passing clouds, brilliant white sun shone down onto the sand coloured stone building – making it look deceptively hot and like I'm basking in its rays. It was nippy at best (and freezing in the shadow).

{An aside note: now you may or may not know that I'm British (well half - other is American, but I spent my whole life in the UK before moving to Paris, besides an ERASMUS year in Valencia, Spain during university), and we are notoriously known for talking about the weather. I do it on a daily basis, it's part of my culture - having grown up on an island that is regularly battered by the elements, so forgive me if I often prattle on about it!}

As soon as spring hits, I fish out my parka – it’s lightweight so good for the (ever so slightly) warmer weather, and has a hood – protection for any of those frequent spring showers. I’m currently looking out of the window at a friend's in London, while I write this and am watching the grey sky fill with rain clouds – so a hood is a necessitiy, if not one of those clear hooded gagools that they dish out at the Niagara Falls for example? I joke (kind of).

This particular one is from A.P.C and I’ve had it going on 5 years.  A parka is a wardrobe essential and you can’t go wrong Khaki – it goes with everything and it’s refreshing adding a little green to your closet as the season changes. Other great options: here, here, here and here

I also start wearing white when spring comes around. This year I'm being a bit more daring and wearing it top to toe, rather tricky when you live in a city, it's better on the beach - but I will persevere!  It crops up on the catwalks every year as it's just so easy to wear (as long as you don't go near red wine, spaghetti bolognese, animals, general everyday life) and will keep you cool when the heat finally hits. [Scroll down for outfit links!]

I'm wearing:

ME+EM white jeans (they run a little big so take a size down // & Other Stories Silver Shoes // Ray Bans // COS bow front shirt shirt - similar Topshop one here, Ellery one here and Tibi here // Tom Ford  // Noir Jewellery earrings from the Outnet, similar here

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Photos of me by Roxanne Matiz, edited by me. 

Market Fleurs

One of my favourite things to do when I'm home in France is go to the market (simple pleasures). Finally the weather and me being in Paris for the weekend convened, so this morning I donned my off-the-shoulder Ganni top (it's a little more than I'd usually pay, but great quality and actually stays off the shoulder, unlike most tops which seem to pop off every time I lift my arms) that I picked up in Copenhagen last week, my (self-labeled) ugly sandals, which I happen to love (hopefully I'm managing to pull them off and don't look like I'm about to go on a hike into the Amazon - although obviously I plan to wear them for that too!) and picked up a couple of Velibs (another favourite past-time) and cycled to the market at Bastille. There we ate oysters (there are a couple of stalls where you can get 6 for 6€ and a plastic cup of white wine for 2€ (the best kind of sunday lunch), followed by canelés, picked up the week's food shopping and bought that all-important bunch of flowers (white peonies!) for an Instagram photo (clearly the real reason for a market visit). You can see it all on my snapchat: marissacoxparis. 

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I'm wearing Ganni top // COS jeans // Teva Sandals // Ray Bans // Iris & Ink bag, similar here // Lancome lipstick

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Cherry Blossom

The best thing about spring, beside the bluer skies and warmer temperatures is how nature suddenly blooms, spreading an incredible bouquet through the trees in the form of cherry blossom. I spotted this pretty tree while cycling through the 11ème yesterday on the way back home from a photo assignment,  in front of a not so aesthetically pleasing 70's building. Photos of these fluffy pink, cotton candy-esque blooms are going to be popping up on blogs and Instagram all over the world, so I'm knowingly jumping on the bandwagon here, but how can I not take photos when nature throws this kind of beauty at me and I have a camera in my bag?! 

Spring Blues

 Iris & Ink bag, similar here,  Iris & Ink Gilet ,  Stan Smith trainers ,  Ray Ban Sunglasses ,  COS jeans , White tee, similar  here  and  MAC lipstick .

Iris & Ink bag, similar here, Iris & Ink GiletStan Smith trainers, Ray Ban Sunglasses, COS jeans, White tee, similar here and MAC lipstick.

As I write this, the rain is pummelling against the window (Tina Turner style – ironically she’s live from Rio here, which is where I’d much rather be right now…), and yes I can’t stand the rain. It's cold and it’s miserable out there, nothing I wear seems to protect me from the big huge drops falling left, right and centre, and I’ve literally felt like I’ve been cold for six months, travelling with a hot water bottle (unless it’s to somewhere tropical) wherever I go. Suffice to say, it might be time to emigrate to LA…

So my intention with shooting a spring(ier) style post (i.e. sans big warm dressing gown coat from COS, which I’ve been living in during those said cold six months), was to help kickstart warmer weather (even if it’s just in my mind). I photographed it on a much sunnier, yet not much warmer day (fittingly), outside a blue door that I spotted on a recent bike ride through le Marais - thinking it'd make a nice backdrop to my almost all blue attire. Despite being the colour of cold, I’m a big advocate for blue, or rather navy. It’s not as somber as black, but just as easy to wear - throw on and mix up with neutral shades and pretty much any colour and pattern. And it can be worn right through to summer – it’s an all season, all weather colour. Just top with a beige trench and slap on a lighter lip colour and you’re dressed for spring(ish), just don’t forget your umbrella!

Photos of me by Haleigh Walsworth, edited by me. 

Pickled

I ventured over the the 11th on Friday lunchtime with Cindy - an arrondissement I'm migrating to more and more these days - to check out the recently opened

Pickled

. A canteen/culinary agency, Pickled (cute name by the way), was set up by two friends: food designer, Myrtille and chef, Amandine. I'm all for women teaming up and doing business together and they seem to make quite a pair. They've created a welcoming, beautifully thought out space with an equally aesthetically pleasing menu - as you might expect from a food designer and chef duo. I took my camera along just in case and couldn't help but snap a few shots of the food and interior. If you're looking for kitchen storage solution inspiration, this is the place - I love that white wire wall. 

Amandine and Myrtille serve a daily changing menu with seasonal ingredients. We tried the pickled yellow pepper and coriander cream 'le Plat revisté en sandwich' - basically their dish of the day made into a burrito, cauliflower soup and cheesecake to finish. I like to count myself as a bit of a cheesecake connoisseur. Unless there's salted caramel on the menu, it's my go-to dessert, with my favourite being Rachel's blueberry cheesecake (that you can find at her eponymous cafe and in The Broken Arm), but Myrtille and Amandine's offering with sesame crust, drizzled with a refreshing citrusy lemon coulis, might just be my new favourite. 

Pickled

54 rue Basfroi

Paris 75011

Myrtille and Amandine

Bastille Day

Here are a few photos from Bastille Day last week. After jumping on a couple of Velibs, we cycled down to the 5th to lunch at one of my favourite burger joints,

Loulou

. We wandered the streets of Saint Germaine, as it's not an area I often get down to, being south of the river an' all. As it was with my London days, I'm a north of the river girl, or Right Bank as it's called in Paris. We walked all the way to

Coutume Café

, where we stopped for one of

Rachel's

irresistible cheesecakes and iced lattes. 

Having a packed a blanket, just in case - we then headed over to Champ de Mars to check out the crowd situation in front of the Eiffel Tower. At 5pm it was already heaving, but we managed to find a small spot so decided to camp out and wait for the fireworks. While fighting others off we managed to hold the fort for 5 other friends who joined us armed with rosé, baguettes, cheese and cold meats, so we could enjoy the evening with full bellies. The crowd got gradually bigger (if that was possible) as we waited in anticipation for the firework display. As the sun set against a backdrop of the iron lady and to a soundtrack of classical music ranging from Gershwin to Tchaikovsky, the clock finally struck eleven and the light display began, lighting up the sky for an intoxicating 40 minutes, in what was the best firework show I've ever seen in my life. You can see a snippet of the show on my Instagram

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.  If you haven't seen them, I urge you to coincide a trip to Paris on Bastille Day, it truly is a feast for the eyes and ears! 

The Parisian Kitchen

I’m a big foodie. I love to try different foods, discover restaurants and generally eat until my heart’s content, but I’m not a very inventive or well-practised cook. And I'm not one of those people who can just throw things together et voila! I have my go-to dishes that I return to time and time again, such as chili, or I consult one of my many cookbooks (25 at last count - which are admittedly more for decoration) and try to recreate a recipe, but often fail as I'll be missing a quarter of the ingredients.

So being invited to

The Parisian Kitchen

was a chance to get a little more creative in the kitchen and learn to cook some typically French dishes. Run by the lovely Bénédicte, she launched the venture earlier this year out of her love of cooking - a passion she'd inherited from her mother. Having worked in the luxury goods industry, Bénédicte wanted to do something a little more personal. Located in her gorgeous apartment in the 17th, she welcomed my friend

Rachelle

and I with tea and coffee on a Tuesday morning a couple of weeks ago. The first part of the morning was taken up by a trip to her local market and cheese shop to buy fresh produce (along with explanations from Bénédicte - who knew there were so many different types of onions!) that would be used for the three course menu that she'd planned for us to make together. We then spent the next couple of hours cooking (or they did, while I snapped away) before sitting down to the most delicious feast! 

We cooked & ate the following:

Cream of asparagus soup, foie gras froth and truffle oil 

Coley with a citrus dressing

Vegetable pie pastry 

Chocolate soufflé

#SonsandFathers

Last weekend I spent a few days with my Father. It's not often that I have the chance to spend quality time with him, let alone a whole weekend doing the things we enjoy most. So when were were invited to stay at

Palace Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

for Father's Day in collaboration with a new book written by U2's Bono, aptly entitled

Sons & Fathers

(celebrating the relationship between sons and fathers, and daughters and fathers), I jumped at the opportunity.

After checking in we quickly changed and headed down to the terrace for cocktails in the sun - no better way to start. Just past 8pm we were taken to our table in

Pur

, the hotel's one michelin-starred restaurant, headed up by chef Jean-Francois Rouquette. We were immediately welcomed by the sommelier who served us with a glass of champagne each; a preview to what was to come - one of the most indulgent and delicious meals I have ever had in my life! Four hours later we had eaten around 10 courses (honestly, I lost count), each with its own wine pairing that varied from white and red wine, to port. Considering I was already feeling a little merry following the first cocktail, it took all my energy I could muster, to not reveal my impending silliness.

The next morning, after sleeping in one seriously comfortable bed (wider than it was long!), I recovered from my hangover, with perfectly-cooked poached eggs and avocado, while dad munched his way through the buffet that was laden with pastries, fruit and cereals.

At 11:30am, a driver came to collect us and we drove out the

Fondation Louis Vuitton

. Dad introduced me to the wonders of art when I was young, so it was great to discover one of Frank Ghery's most recent creations with him. If you haven't been yet, I urge you too - an incredible feat of architecture, it's worth visiting just for the building itself - with the art inside being an added bonus. We returned to the hotel, gorged ourselves on burgers, changed and were collected early evening by our driver to enjoy a classical music concert (as one does) in Sainte Chapelle, a beautiful gothic medieval church situated on Isle Saint Louis. After being serenaded by Vivaldi's Four Seasons, we sauntered down the river to Chez Julien for one last indulgent supper. 

- Thanks to Park Hyatt for making the weekend so memorable!