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A Sunday in Deauville

Deauville beach 7

Yesterday I experienced the most welcomed breath of fresh air in Deauville. Even though I’m lucky to escape Paris every weekend at my parents’ in the Normandy countryside, I felt the need for a change of scenery. And what better place than this quaint and stylish seaside town? I had spent a day there 3 years ago, as related in this post, and had longed for this chic resort ever since.

Deauville beach 3

Dotted with lively-colored umbrellas and bathing huts, Deauville has the most charming beach I have ever seen. There’s something about it that just lifts your spirits up. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know we absolutely had to stop somewhere else first though… but more about that on Friday!

Deauville beach 8

Deauville is also famous for its long wooden promenade called “les planches”. Built in the 1920s, it quickly became the place to see and be seen. (I explain this further in detail in this post on 1930s fashion in Deauville which is one of my all-time most read.)

Deauville Willy Rizzo exhibition 3

Paying tribute to the town’s deep relationship with the film industry, it bears the name of movie stars past and present. The promenade also hosts photography exhibitions every summer, like this one which I loved 3 years ago. Willy Rizzo’s pictures taken in Deauville in 1949 are on show until December.

Deauville Willy Rizzo exhibition 2

Deauville Willy Rizzo exhibition 1

A day in Deauville wouldn’t be complete without a little window-shopping. In that field, the resort has nothing to envy from Paris: the shops with their typical Norman architecture and the local Le Printemps offer a wide range of luxury and high-fashion brands. And this is actually where I started my shopping for fall.

Deauville Hermes Ralph Lauren

Hermes Deauville 1

I am in love with the colors of these Hermès windows.

Hermes Deauville 2

Hermes Deauville 3

Louis Vuitton Deauville

And you can’t help but do a little virtual house-shopping along the way too. There are so many beautiful homes in this town, not to mention the ones in the country on the road to Honfleur. It’s no wonder the area inspired so many great painters.

Architecture Deauville

The house on the left is for rent if you’re interested.

Deauville house

Mairie Deauville

Even the Deauville city hall is picturesque.

Mairie Deauville fleurs

I hope you enjoyed this little tour. More on Deauville this week!

Hier j’ai pris un grand bol d’air frais à Deauville. J’ai la chance de pouvoir m’échapper de Paris les weekends pour rejoindre la maison de mes parents dans la campagne normande, mais là j’avais vraiment besoin de changer de décor. Et quel meilleur endroit pour cela que cette ville balnéaire chic et raffinée ? J’y avais passé une journée il y a 3 ans (comme je vous le raconte dans cet article) et depuis ce temps-là j’avais eu envie d’y passer plus de temps.

Pointillée de parasols et de cabanes aux couleurs vives, la plage de Deauville est la plus charmante que j’ai jamais vue. Même en photo elle a le don de me donner le sourire. Mais si vous me suivez sur Instagram ou Twitter, vous savez déjà que nous devions absolument nous arrêter ailleurs dans un premier temps… Plus d’infos là-dessus vendredi ! Deauville est aussi connue pour les Planches, sa longue promenade construite dans les années 1920. Vite devenue l’endroit où il fallait se montrer, elle était très prisée des couturiers comme je l’explique dans cet article sur la mode des années 1930 à Deauville.  Maintenant les Planches accueillent des expos de photos chaque été, comme cette année celle de Willy Rizzo qui a séjourné dans la ville en 1949.

Impossible de faire l’impasse sur le lèche-vitrines à Deauville. La ville n’a rien à envier à Paris dans ce domaine avec ses boutiques de luxe à l’architecture normande. Et c’est ici d’ailleurs que j’ai commencé mon shopping pour l’automne. J’adore les couleurs de ces vitrines Hermès, et tout ce qu’il y a dedans bien sûr ! Difficile aussi de ne pas observer les multitudes de belles maisons, que ce soit dans Deauville ou sur la route d’Honfleur. Ce n’est pas étonnant que la région ait inspiré tant de grands peintres par sa beauté !

J’espère que vous avez aimé cette visite. La suite cette semaine !

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Where is spring in Paris?

Ladurée strawberries

Where is spring in Paris? I am asking this as cold rain is pouring on the first day of May. The weather of the past few days makes you hesitant to shed your winter coat. It even snowed in France last week. So how can we make sure spring is present in our everyday lives as it ought to be by now?

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Spring for me reveals itself first and foremost in nature, with flowers blooming and birds happily chirping about. Which is why I fled to the flower market on the Ile de la Cité a few weeks ago when the weather was really dreary. Located a minute away from Notre-Dame-de-Paris, the lush alleys bordered by all sorts of plants and flowers will make you forget that you are in the middle of a bustling city. On Sundays, the experience is even stronger as the market welcomes birds that sing their heart out.

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To be honest, I first realized it was supposed to be spring in Paris when I noticed this box in a Ladurée window a couple of months ago.

Ladurée box

The gourmet stores have managed to bring us welcomed touches of sunshine: desserts made with spring fruits and decorated with flowers can only cheer you up.

Ladurée framboise fraises

Pierre Hermé

Fauchon

Fauchon éclair

To create a warm atmosphere in my apartment, I favor an old trick of the trade: candles with floral or green fragrances such as Diptyque’s spring selection or Cire Trudon’s Prolétaire. There is nothing more heart-warming though than sniffing a spring-like scent that you love on your wrist. For me, that would be my old favorite Chanel N°19 with notes of iris, moss and white flowers. I also splurged on Guerlain’s L’Heure de Nuit: when I tried this new perfume with bergamot, orange blossom, iris, jasmine, rose, and musk, I had to have it.

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And what should we wear? I’m not sure I’d recommend the light summer clothes sold in stores for nowadays, as I would not want you to catch pneumonia. I find it easier to play on accessories: a silk Hermès scarf tied around a sparkly Vanessa Bruno bag can easily cheer up any look. The same goes for pastel and bright nail polish: French natural brand Kure Bazaar has great new colors for this season.

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Kure Bazaar vernis bleu

And lastly, because art is the solution to many things, I love to get lost in the paintings of Impressionists to believe that I am actually walking in Giverny. These pictures of Monet’s water lilies were taken at Musée Marmottan, but I’d suggest you’d rather go to the breathtaking Musée de l’Orangerie to admire them.

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Musée Marmottan Claude Monet 2 tableaux

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Has spring really set in where you live? What are your favorite things about this season?

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