Weekend Wrap Up

This week kicked my but - like only the week after a vacation can -womp, womp. Speaking of my trip...where I stayed in Paris and what I did, saw, ate and shopped.

A few more things from around the web:

-Week Four of the One Room Challenge. (I'll be catching up on everyone this weekend.)

-An interesting read about Snapchat (add me @thezhush if you're on it too!)

 -Caring for and washing your bras...(my instincts were right, were yours?)

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Girls Weekend: Paris Travel Guide

Luxembourg Gardens

So thankful for all the great Paris recommendations I received a few weeks ago.  Now that I'm back, I thought I'd add my own travel highlights to the list as well. I had the luxury of traveling with a good friend, who not only visits Paris quite often due to her fashion industry job but also has connections to the most fashionable Parisians, which I realize is almost redundant...

Keep in mind, this was my second trip to Paris. I'd already seen (albeit years ago) the Louvre, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Musee d'Orsay, the Pompidou, the Arc de Triomphe, Versailles, climbed the Eiffel tower and took a boat ride on the Seine. So I was looking forward to seeing some new things...

What we saw:

Luxembourg Gardens: Our hotel was in walking distance of this beautiful park. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and it started to rain before I could see all of it, but we did enjoy about 45 minutes of this breathtaking destination.

Foundation Louis Vuitton: I knew next to nothing about this amazing museum. Having already been, my friend thought I would love it-and she was right! In a nutshell, Frank Gehry was hired by Bernard Arnault "to create an extraordinary space for art and culture" The architecture alone blew me away!

Marmottan Monet Museum: This museum was recommended by many. I really enjoyed this museum. The space was an old mansion in a beautiful residential neighborhood in Paris. Not too big or overwhelming, if you love the Impressionists you will love the Marmottan.

St. Sulpice: Directly across from our Hotel (more on that here) the breathtaking fountain and monumental cathedral (one of the largest in all of Paris) were a daily site for us. So beautiful!

Where we ate:
This is where traveling with someone that knows the city really came in helpful.

Pizza Chic: 13 Rue de Mézières, 75006 Paris, France
Really fresh pizza with a French twist-great neighborhood for people watching and shopping too!

Ralph's: 173 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France Another great location, the atmosphere, although very American, was very beautiful. Also recommend for the people watching, and the fried green olives!

Le Crepe Rit Du Clown: 6 Rue des Canettes, 75006 Paris, France Truthfully, I could've eaten crepes every day (and chocolate croissants too!) I recommend going for the crepe complete (eggs, ham, cheese and salad in a buckwheat crepe) along with a traditional small bowl of cider, followed by a dessert crepe of brown sugar and butter-YUM!

Hotel Costes: 239-241 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France A super chic destination for the "Fashion Week" crowd, great cocktails, fun people watching and yummy desserts!

Semilla: 54 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, France This was my favorite restaurant. Each and every dish we ordered at this low key but elegant restaurant was superb! Small and casual but extra delicious, my favorite type of place. Also, extra points for the open kitchen - which is even better than people watching...sometimes.

Ze Kitchen Gallerie: 4 Rue des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris, France A French restaurant with Asian influences. We did the tasting menu, which was amazing...until the "sweet breads" came out. I'm not that adventurous...

We also dined at local cafes and grabbed croissants at local bakeries. Needless to say not a bad meal was eaten the whole trip!

Where we shopped:

Claudie Pierlot:
A French clothing label and chain store, sort of like if Ann Taylor had a chicer Parisian cousin. I couldn't get enough of these shops. Great for not so basic, basics and for looking like a true Parisian.

Astier de Villate:
A favorite of mine. Even though you can buy this beautiful white pottery in the States (at Bergdorf's and John Derrian) there's something to be said about seeing it all together in the shop in Paris.

Le Bon Marche: 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, France It's like a museum of commerce:) Beautiful building, beautiful fashion, beautiful people, beautiful service...

Hartford: 23 Rue des Canettes You can find this brand in the states, but in France there's a whole store devoted to this chic Parisian meets California preppy French clothing line.

My Blend Spa by Clarins: 37 Avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris, France Recommended by my friend's Parisian co workers, I indulged in a facial while in Paris. It was relaxing and decadent and my skin's never been so well hydrated. On the technician's advice I purchased Clarin's Double Serum Concentrate and use it every day. The lovely smell momentarily transports me back to Paris - an amazing reminder of a great time!

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One Room Challenge: Week Four

Week Four! This is a crucial week. All the big decisions need to be made and ordered by now...which they are, thankfully! I found a great looking faucet last week (see image above) it's been ordered and thanks to rush shipping it's here and sitting in the box waiting for the plumber.

The old counters have been removed and the new ones are installed. The white subway tile back splash is going up as I type this. In fact, the shorter of the two walls is already complete and it looks so fresh and clean...perfect for a laundry room.

I've got both the plumber and the wallpaper guy coming in tomorrow. The faucet installation should be pretty straight forward and the walls will first be prepped before the paper goes up.... It's really all coming down to the wallpaper...

As I wait on the wallpaper, I've been shopping for accessories for the laundry room. So far, I've found a rolling hamper in a perfect size and a fun striped ironing board cover. Pulling the room together with little accessories (the zhushing) is always the most fun - but I've got to keep reminding myself to factor the shipping dates into the timeline here.

While all of this is going on, I've been slowly organizing the laundry room. It's no longer a catch all for old useless items and a mishmash of dated accessories. Limiting the amount of stuff on the counters and finding better ways to use all of the cabinets and drawers (like a wrapping paper, tape and bows section) has already changed this room for the better.

rolling hamper

Be sure to check in on the week four progress of all the other participants below:

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

I got back from traveling last week just in time to observe Passover and then quickly remembered my middle child turns fourteen at the end of this week! Scrambling through my calendar only to realize that Mother's Day is literally right around the corner as well... May 8th to be exact! I've never been more grateful for the convenience of online shopping in my life!

Here's a round up of a few ideas for Mom (plus a few hints for my own family :) Scroll through below (for a few extra items) as well! 


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Hotel Recaimer in Paris

I think where you stay on a trip can either make or break your travel experience. If you're like me, cleanliness, quietness, location, great service and a really chic atmosphere are all pretty important qualities in a hotel (and pretty much in that order). The Hotel Recaimer exceeded my expectations on all levels!

I'm putting together a post highlighting the best of what we did in Paris. I was going to include the beautiful hotel that I stayed in with that post, but Hotel Recaimer was so special, especially for a interiors enthusiast like myself, that I decided to give it it's own post here today.

Hotel Recaimer, as the hotels site describes it "has been recognized as an establishment where the feeling you get when you walk in is one of quiet luxury." I couldn't agree with this statement more.
Located in the beautiful neighborhood of St. Germain des Pres, in the very same square as St. Sulpice (famous from The Davinci Code and one of the largest churches in Paris) we were able to walk to the picture perfect Luxembourg Gardens and dozens of beautiful shops and cafes.

The entire hotel was designed by Jean Lois Denoit, a well known French architect and interior designer - and I'm now officially obsessed with his work! I've included a few photos of the room I stayed in, along with some of the interior details (light switches and door knobs) that captured my attention in the best way possible.

My chic home away from home in Paris and some of the wonderful little decor details. The last image is a shot of the area, showing just a bit of the magnificent St. Sulpice, which was literally right outside the beautiful French door windows....le sigh.

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