Monthly Archive for May, 2010

parisian events proudly sponsors cupcakecamp paris

cupcakes in paris/paris in cupcake

cupcakes in paris/paris in cupcake

Paris has gone cupcake crazy, and I, for one, say ,”What took them so long?”.  As the recent post on HiP Paris Blog shows, cupcake joints are popping up all over Paris.  It seems like everyone and their maman is showing off their recipe for les cupcakes. And what better arena to strut their stuff than Cupcake Camp? CupcakeCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and eat cupcakes in an open environment. Over the past year or so, the camps have crisscrossed the globe, and finally is pitching its’ tent au bord de la Seine this summer. Spearheaded by American-Cupcakes-in-Paris  Trailblazer Little Miss Cupcake, CupcakeCamp Paris will take place on Sunday, July 4 at Bistro Vivienne in the 2nd arrondissement.  Bakers of every level are welcome — from the first-time baker to the weekend enthusiast, from the cupcake aficionado to the cupcakery owner — to bring their own cupcakes to share or just show up and eat! Plus, all proceeds (less expenses) from the 10€ entry fee will go to the charity Rebuilding Haiti Now.  I have been an outspoken supporter of the cupcake since I was a child, and literally jumped at the opportunity to sponsor this event. It’s a great way to show off, pig out, and raise money and awareness for a good cause. Visit CupcakeCamp Paris’ Facebook page to register, and I hope to see you on July 4th!

CupcakeCamp Paris

4 July 2010/4 juillet 2010

Bistrot Vivienne, 75002 Paris

16H30-18H30

choosing a honeymoon hotel in paris

Four Seasons George V Paris

plaza athenée, paris

If you were anywhere near the Champs Elysées this weekend, you know first hand that Paris tourist season has officially begun.  If there’s one thing that Paris isn’t short on, it’s hotel rooms. Whether it’s for your wedding or honeymoon- or just a much-needed family vacation, when you’re looking for a hotel in Paris, it’s important to be knowledgeable AND realistic. Here are some excerpts from a post from the parisian party way-back machine which may give you a little insight into choosing a hotel in Paris (*Prices listed have been updated to current 2010 rates):

Paris is not America, part one: Hotels

June 8, 2007

Sex and The City Plaza Athenée

carrie in versace

By now, who hasn’t fantasized about being Carrie Bradshaw in her fabulous Versace gown languishing in that gigantic suite at the Plaza Athénée. But with a rate of 3,800.00€ per night for the Prestige Suite, the Plaza Athénée is a bit out of budget for the average soon-to-be newlywed couple.  But you still want to splash-out for your wedding night, right? $500 - $600 seems to be about the average price that many of my clients have allotted towards their honeymoon suite (which is roughly between 400€ - 500€). But where $500 will get you a 35 sq meter Superior Room on the 27th floor with a lake view at the Four Seasons Luxury Hotel in Chicago, that same $500 will only get you a 20 sq meter Standard Room on the 6th floor of the Hotel Westminster in Paris. The Hotel Westminster is a very attractive hotel, right on the Rue de la Paix, but it’s not the Four Season’s- that’s all I’m saying…

I think it’s important to be informed and to stay realistic when you’re looking for a hotel in Paris. You can find cute, functional and clean hotel rooms in Paris for $125 (roughly 100€)  a night, but they probably won’t have a view of the Eiffel Tower, and you probably won’t be greeted with fresh, fluffy towels every night once you get back to your room. One of the best sites that I recommend is www.tripadvisor.com. This is a website where past guests can post reviews of hotels. They have a section on each hotel page where people can upload candid photos of the property, so you can see what the hotel room really looks like (without the fancy camera angle and professional lighting!)

brochure vs. real life photo

brochure vs. real life photo

Also, you should keep in mind that size isn’t everything. I visited an adorable hotel yesterday called the Duquesne Eiffel Hotel, which was tiny, tiny, tiny. I can’t even tell you how tiny this place was, BUT it was so pretty, so clean, the staff were SO friendly, AND some of the rooms have a view right on the Eiffel Tower! And for Paris standards, it was pretty cheap- rooms start at 180€ (around $220) a night. I know that that’s not “budget-bride” prices, but show me another triple threat at that price! Actually, that’s a good idea- if you know of a cute, affordable, room-with-a-view in Paris, drop me a line! I’m curious to know what else is out there.

french wedding dress designers cymbeline paris

Since having been created by sisters Evelyne, Chantal and Monique Joubert over 30 years ago, Cymbeline Paris has consistently remained at the top of the list for brides worldwide who are looking to add a stylishly chic French touch to their wedding day.  From the 17th century mill-turned-design studio located 35 miles from Paris, each year this family-run business welcomes young talent into their folds - to help keep their collections fresh and modern. Whether traditional, daring, sexy or demure, with boutiques in nearly 50 countries around the globe,  Cymbeline Paris still manages to cater to the full spectrum of today’s’ modern bride. Here’s an insider’s peak into their studio located in Nemours, France: