The Chaumet salons on place Vendôme

Before visiting the Louis Vuitton workshop, I had the chance to spend time in the Chaumet salons. Located on iconic place Vendôme across from the Ritz, they were exceptionally open to the public for LVMH’s Journées Particulières. The place represents the high-jewlery brand well: it is as exquisite, refined and full of history. Avant de…

Cartier, Le Style et L’Histoire at the Grand Palais

When speaking about a highly-respected luxury brand, we French use the word “maison”, which also means “house” or “home”. How can a company qualify for such an honor? Start with an exceptional “savoir-faire”, a unique expertise with the best ateliers and most luxurious materials. Add to this a history rich with tradition, peppered with technical…

French dressing in New York City

I realized during my recent stays in France that my New York City wardrobe is not exactly suitable for a Parisian lifestyle. New Yorkers tend to dress up when they go out so I felt overdressed at my favorite Montparnasse restaurant. Likewise, American women love leggings and mini-skirts, clothes that could easily lead to fashion…

Tiffany Bone cuff and glamorous windows

Do you own jewelry that instantly makes you feel more of a woman, more powerful? In my case it’s my Tiffany Bone cuff. You see, I remember the instant I noticed this bracelet in the pages of French Elle. I was 18 and fell in love with the sculptural design resembling a small modern art…