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celebrating black friday in paris

In a very short time, all across the U.S., family and friends will gather together to celebrate that most reverent American holiday- Black Friday. Since Thanksgiving doesn’t exist in France, that means that technically Black Friday doesn’t exist in France either. But if you happen to be in Paris over the Thanksgiving week-end, why not create your own tradition and celebrate Black Friday comme les parisiennes.

Start the evening by inviting your friends around for an all-black apéro: Try your hand at home-made foie gras and truffle “lollipops”, served with a refreshing black cocktail, like Eristoff’s Black Up. Or maybe something sweeter like black licorice macarons from Ladurée with cold flutes of sparkling Piper-Heidsieck Black Cancan by Jean Paul Gaultier.


Next, slap on a fresh coat of YSL Pur Couture Noir and head on over to Dans Le Noir? for dinner. Sure, it’s been around for a while, with locations now open in London, Barcelona and New York, but what better way to spend Black Friday than at the original pitch-black dining experience?   Top the night off  at BC Black Calvados, the branché black and chrome nightclub that’s been a Paris standard since the 1950’s. Not exactly a Paris bargain, but I bet you’ll spend less there than you would’ve at Macy’s Black Friday Sale!

Dans le Noir?
51, rue de Quicampoix 75004

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

valentines day giveaway: why do you love paris?

Every time I look down on this timeless town
whether blue or gray be her skies.
Whether loud be her cheers or soft be her tears,
more and more do I realize:

I love Paris in the springtime.
I love Paris in the fall.
I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles,
I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles….

paris-blog-give-awayHere’s the easiest blog giveaway ever. With just one week until Valentine’s Day (and with not a moment to spare!), I’m giving away this sweet little book, Paris in Love by Paris photographer Alison Harris.  Alison’s images of the banks of the Seine, Paris’ secret gardens, café terraces, and mots doux scribbled on walls by anonymous taggers beautifully capture some of the many reasons why I love Paris. But what about you?

To win a copy of “Paris in Love” by Alison Harris, all you have to do is:

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me just one reason why you love Paris.

2. Follow me on twitter and tweet the following : “I just entered the “Why Do I Love Paris” giveaway on @parisianparty: http://bit.ly/11K0JIv

3. Like my Facebook fan page :

5. Comment on any other blog post of your choice on my site.

The book will be mailed (via La Poste) to anywhere in the world, so you don’t have to live in Paris to play along. The winner will be drawn randomly on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 10:00PM Paris time.

Feel free to spread the word. Thanks for playing along, and thank you for reading my blog!


all above images © Alison Harris, Paris in Love, www.parigramme.com

noel a paris, 2012

This time next week, we’ll all be lolling around in our new jammies, picking through the last of our Christmas chocolates and wondering what to do with ourselves for the last week of 2012. Before all of that, though, let’s take a few minutes to enjoy Noël à Paris, courtesy of Dior: