So, 4+ long years have past, and I must admit a lot has changed. Previously a die hard New Yorker, I am now almost Parisian (I’ve already been here for 3 years). While I was a pretty big yogi in New York, I now practice nearly daily. I am also both fascinated and kind of obsessed with health and wellbeing. This may or may not give you a small idea of what surprises are to come your way on Word, but that being said, I am still a fashion loving foodie. So nooooo worries. You’ll still get the hookup.
In the spirit of this new healthy thing – I want to talk a little bit about a place close to my home and heart. Bob’s Juice Bar. This place is basically a dream come true for Americans turned Frenchies, and/or Frenchies who like American things. It is the only place in Paris you can find a real bagel (if you have another spot and want to challenge me, I dare you). It’s also one of the few places you can find overnight oats that actually taste really really good (and are pretty addicting), gluten free muffins that are delicious and warm, yummy vegan stews. Let’s just say I highly suggest this spot. It really rocks. For more info – http://www.bobsjuicebar.com/
Quite possibly the best event of the year. Colette, the coolest concept store in Paris on Rue Saint-Honoré, is hosting a free carnival this weekend in the Tuileries Gardens. It’s going to be awesome. There will be a 43,000 square foot carnival tent with booths from Colette’s favorites: an Edith A. Miller kissing booth, a Carhartt shooting range, a Nike basketball court and even a Repetto led ballet class (plus more). Of course A.P.C. will be there and sponsoring too. I am so jealous of any and everyone that gets to attend this fantastic event. It is not to be missed. Can’t wait to see follow up coverage and photographs. What could be wrong with a Colette sponsored carnival in the Tuileries? Absolutely noting.
All time favorite collection thus far at fashion week (Milan, New York & London included), the Peter Copping “Nina Ricci” show. Copping mixed prints, furs and textures. He put glasses on the runway with funky boots. This collection is fantastic. It is contemporary with a feminine flair. Not to mention it is extremely wearable. I love the simplistic straight hair with the minimalist makeup. The red lipstick stands out in a very big and great way. Still awaiting the Isabel collection (TOMORROW).
In addition, I have been keeping a separate “Word by Jessie: Grub Edition” blog for my journalism class, but thought it might be of interest. Check it out: http://wordbyjessiegrub.wordpress.com/
Have y’all been keeping up with the Paris Pre-Fall fashion shows? They’ve been pretty good so far I must say. I have been absolutely crazy, as usual, but I promise once I am back in the city full time I will be back on normal Word by Jessie schedule. Moving on Friday. Can’t WAIT. Otherwise been working on Mercer. Stay tuuuuuned.
My Parisian Thanksgiving commenced at Cafe Marcel in Montmartre. I thought it was only appropriate to enjoy an American meal. My waffles were pretty good, I must say, and the setting was adorable. It was a wonderful way to start my day in Montmartre.
After quite a bit of window shopping, I found myself at Hotel Amour. The chicest place in town. I had a café in their lobby. I highly suggest this spot for any coolies visiting Paris. From what I hear, the rooms are pretty dope. As for the night, my friends and I went to the MadaM in the Champs. It was a super fun night and an awesome spot. Great atmosphere, music & design. While I wasn’t eating turkey, it was a pretty damn good Thanksgiving.
It’s gotta be my favorite place to shop here in Paris (aside from Isabel). American Retro knows what’s up. Their Parisian chic street style aesthetic is always right on. The company was started in 2002 and grows more fabulous with age. It is favored by my girls Alexa Chung, Lily Allen and Rihanna. Thank god for their eCommerce site, I can’t do without this brand when I’m in the states. Entirely necessary for everyone to check them out. Links to their site and their eCommerce site are clickable from the images above and below.
This past May when I was in Paris, I was given the fabulous gift of “Parisian Chic” by Inès de la Fressange. Not only does this mini bible teach you how to dress like a Parisian, but it points out the best spots for food, drinks and shopping in the city of lights. I took Inès up on one of these spots last night. I went to Chez Georges on Rue des Cannettes. It was a great time. The music was funky, and the space was cozy. I will be checking out many more, if not all of Inès’s spots on this trip. So happy to be here in Paris. I’ll be checking in so stay tuned.