Friday, October 24, 2014

Receptions and Reunions (Paris Day 1)

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

Hat {Nordstrom} | Scarf {Target}

Je suis arrivé! When I arrived in Paris it is just as magical as you would expect. I was there with the 2014 Paris Beauty Tour hosted by travel blogger Julia Coney. For five days we stayed in the beautiful Hotel La Bourdonnais and learned about the French beauty industry.

It was recommended that we acclimate ourselves to the new timezone (Paris is 6 hours ahead of the east coast) by staying awake the entire first day. No easy task since I worked a full day then took a night flight and arrived in Paris at what would be 5am east coast time. I was tired, but also excited so I took a shower (there were Hermès shower gels and soaps in our bathroom!) and it was off for a very special reunion, two decades in the making. 

If you've been reading this blog for awhile you know that I grew up in Washington, DC (third generation native Washingtonian and proud) and when I was about 12 or 13 I went on a school trip to France and lived with an exchange student and her family for two weeks. Later in the program she came to DC and stayed with my family. We'd lost touch over the years, but when I knew I was coming to Paris I scoured the internet and found her! We met for a coffee and walked around the Eiffel Tower. We even recreated a photo we took 20 years ago, click here to view the original photo! 

Later in the day I hailed a cab (yes I successfully hailed many cabs in Paris... consider me a local) and headed to the Hyatt Paris Madeleine for a cocktail reception where I met the other ladies on the trip; Kenya of Fashion Cloture, Lianne of The Makeup Girl, Patricia of Tranquil Space, Carmen of Lipstick Fashion Mascara and Xina of XinaPR.

The chef and sommelier impressed us with so many treats including octopus, sardines, burrata and some seriously delicious wines. They were trying out a new pairing menu, so when I ordered the pear tart they offered me a fabulous pear cider to accompany my dessert. And that cute stuffed bumble bee wearing the beret...he is the hotel's mascot. The Hyatt Paris Madeleine have an active bee hive on the rooftop and they make their own honey.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Paris Beauty Tour 2014


Every October since 2012, lifestyle guru Julia Coney has lead a group of American beauty bloggers (and make up enthusiasts) on a luxury tour of Paris. The group examines the French beauty business through exclusive experiences such as a visit to Le Labo where they are able to have their fragrance mixed and bottled before their eyes and labeled with any message they choose. 

The tour promises priceless French cultural experiences like a backstage tour of the famous Paradis Latin cabaret where participants can quiz the cancan dancers on which makeup they use (Mac) and more importantly what products they use to remove their makeup (local drugstore brand remover). 

Participants can expect 5-star accommodations that may just include free breakfast and a balcony with a killer view. You may even be lucky enough to share a room with The Makeup Girl or have a private shopping session at Sephora Paris with a beauty professional like Carmen Christina of Lipstick Fashion Mascara.

And for those of us who worship the Tao of French Fashion a VIP visit to Galeries Lafayette will spoil you forever; leaving you incapable of shopping in the US. I'm already planning a return visit to the grand magasin during Soldes the twice yearly sales period regulated by the French government.

Are you ready to join the 2015 Paris Beauty Tour? 

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