Monthly Archive for November, 2009

parisian wedding hairstyle trends 2010

Nothing gives a bridal look that sought-after Frenchy flair as much as a chic Parisian-inspired chignon.  As I’ve mentioned before, Parisians take their chignon very seriously, and if you’re planning a wedding in Paris, then you should too!  Here are some of the newest wedding hairstyle trends coming out of the Parisian salons, along with the weddings that inspire them:

fresh and natural chignon, camille aubane, paris

fresh and natural chignon, camille aubane, paris

First, take a look at this fresh and natural look-  perfect for a springtime ceremony in a Parisian garden, right?  A band of laurel is worked around straight bangs, then the rest of the hair is lightly crinkled and brought back into a relaxed “chignon banane“. Hairdresser: Camille Albane

royal and dramatic chignon, saint algue, paris

royal and dramatic chignon, saint algue, paris

Long straight hair is first twisted into several small chignons, then hair extensions are added to create one large, voluminous chignon-  a dramatically royal look fit for a French Chateau wedding. Hairdresser: Saint Algue.

chic and glamorous chignon, la biosthétique, paris

chic and glamorous chignon, la biosthétique, paris

Perfect for a star-lit, nighttime reception on the Avenue Montaigne, the hair is drawn back and wrapped around a postiche to create this chic Parisian look. Hairdresser: La Biosthétique

artsy chignon, Jean-Marc Maniati, paris

artsy chignon, jean-marc maniati, paris

A small, intimate wedding in a loft or atelier in the Marais calls for an equally artsy hair look. Bangs are completely smooth, while the rest of the hair is crimped and pinned into a texturized chignon. The look is softened with the addition of fresh white flowers to one side.  Hairdresser: Jean-Marc Maniatis

french aristocratic chignon, Michel Dervyn, paris

modern aristocratic chignon, michel dervyn, paris

A crystallized tiara gives this sleek and elegant chignon the modern aristocratic look needed for an haute couture wedding at the Hotel Crillon or Chateau de Versailles. Hairdresser: Michel Dervyn

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How to celebrate Black Friday in Paris

Here’s a vintage parisian party post on how to celebrate this very American “tradition” in Paris. Enjoy!

Black Friday in Paris

November 28, 2008

Today is Black Friday in the United States, and since Thanksgiving doesn’t exist in France, that means that technically Black Friday doesn’t exist in France either. That’s no reason not take part in the excitement, though. Here are a few ways to bring Black Friday into your life in Paris, without spending a lot of your hard-earned euros :

Start the evening by inviting your friends around to your place for an all black apéritif: Try your hand at home-made foie gras and truffle “lollipops”, served with a bottle of “Le Vin Noir”. Or maybe something sweeter like black truffle macarons from Pierre Hermé with cold flutes of sparkling X Noir.

Vin Noirtruffle and foie gras appetizer

black macarons ladureex noir sparkling wine

Slap on a fresh coat of YSL Pur Noir lipgloss and head on over to Dans Le Noir? in the 4th arrondissement for dinner. Dans Le Noir?  is an experimental restaurant where diners are served by blind waiters in a pitch-black room. (Sounds like the basis for a new reality show to me!)

Dans le noir paris

Dans le Noir? 51, rue de Quicampoix 75004

Top the night off with a Black Shadow cocktail at BC Black Calvados, the trendy black and chrome nightclub that’s been a Paris standard since the 1950’s. Not exactly a bargain in Paris, but I bet you’ll spend less there than you would at Macy’s Black Friday Sale!

BC Black Calvados Paris

BC Black Calvados 40, rue Pierre 1er de Serbie 75008

where to rent a party gown in paris

If you’re still stumped about what to wear to a wedding in Paris, I think I may have found the solution for you. Why don’t you consider renting an outfit? Ma Bonne Amie is a boutique in the 18th arrondissement that rents dresses and accessories for special occasions.  Now, don’t think that  these are frumpy little out-of-date smocks. We’re talking designers like Cacharel, Paule Ka, Barbara Bui and Sonia Rykiel!  What’s great about this boutique is that all of their stock is online, so you can choose your outfit before you even get on the plane. Select your look by style (do you want to look glamorous, vintage or romantique?) or by occasion. They also have long formal gowns, gorgeous dressy maternity-wear, and even a nice selection of short and sassy white wedding dresses - perfect for a last-minute elopement in Paris!  All you have to do is fill out the online form and include your size and model numbers that you’d like to try on. If available, the boutique will contact you and set it all aside for your fitting in their showroom.  You can pick up your outfit 2 days before the event, look fabulously Parisian for your soirée, then drop it back off up to two days after. Fashion faux pas averted, and easy on the wallet, too!
4, rue Etienne Jodelle 75018 Paris
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short wedding dresses to rent in paris

short wedding dresses to rent in paris

party dresses and formal gowns to rent in paris

party dresses and formal gowns to rent in paris