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the paris wedding book signing at the left bank jewelry in chicago

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Paris Weddings are coming to Chicago!
Next Thursday, August 8, from 6:00 - 8:30PM, The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery, will be hosting a book-signing and tête-à-tête avec MOI! Please pop by to say “bonjour”, pick up a copy of The Paris Wedding and soak in some Parisian-inspired wedding loveliness provided by The Left Bank and  St-Germain.
The Left Bank Jewelry is an adorable little boutique tucked away inside Chicago’s DePaul neighborhood that specializes in wedding accessories, luxurious handmade veils, jewelry and unique gifts. I’d only been back in Chicago for a few days, but after 5 minutes in the shop I was nearly homesick for my adoptive City.  Owner Susan Metropoulos has done a flawless job of recreating the look and feel of an intimate Parisian boutique. The unique, quality pieces in her shop are worked in amongst eye catching displays that are just so charming and so typiquement français-  like weathered wooden cabinets, glass chandeliers fresh from the boudoir, and textiles that make you want to reach out and touch them!  I couldn’t imagine a more perfect venue to host The Paris Wedding.
Please spread the word, mes amis, and à bientôt!
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The Paris Wedding Book Signing and Tête-à-Tête

August 8, 2013
The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery
1155 West Webster Avenue,
Chicago, Illinois 60614
6:00 - 8:30PM

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:


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Laurie from The Paris Blog was here in Paris this past spring, looking to add some French techniques to her jewelry-making skills. She was surprised to find that one-day workshops or short-duration jewelry making classes are pretty hard to come by- until she found her way to La Petite Manufacture in the 11th arrondissement.  I saw this and thought that this funky little atelier would make such a cool addition to a bachelorette weekend in Paris.  A great way to occupy the girls- at least until the sun goes down. Here’s an excerpt from Laurie’s post:

I finally landed on La Petite Manufacture, a jewelry boutique in the 11th arrondissement with a sizable studio in back. The owner, Marie, gives courses on Fridays and Saturdays when not tending to the store and making her own creations. A look around the place and you know you’re in capable hands: besides Marie’s own jewelry, which is whimsical and well made, there’s a kiln; a wall of drawers for materials from stamps to glues to silver metal paste; and, on the large wood workbench, jars of scissors, colored pencils, and dentist tools.

The 3-hour, one-off classes cost 45 to 60 euros and range in subject from beading to metal paste to Murano-style glass-making. Students are provided with all the materials they need, and can also select from the boutique in front. In yesterday’s beading course, for instance, I “shopped” for ribbon, clasps, beads, wire, and fancy embroidery thread.

The real value of the class is in Marie. Patient and encouraging, she leaves the students enough free range to find their own way after ample instruction. She speaks English, in case your French is a little shaky and you need a few words translated (“melaxer” means “squish,” I learned).

Check out the rest of Laurie’s post on The Paris Blog to find out more about this hidden Parisian treasure.

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