Weekend At The Chateau De Vaux Le Vicomte

 Before the Chateau de Versailles, there was the Chateau De Vaux Le Vicomte, built in the 17th Century by one of France most illustrious Minister of Finance, Nicolas Fouquet. He was one of the highly intelligent and wealthy Minister in Louis XIV's court that helped turned around France wealth and capital. But his story was not always sweet and successful. The story of the Chateau told the story of Nicolas Fouquet which was full of  jealousy, betrayal, conspiracy and tragedy by other members of the French court who wanted him banished from the Kingdom. The King instead decided to punish Fouquet from the charge of stealing money from the treasury, which Fouquet was innocent, with life imprisonment. But during the glory days of Fouquet living in the Chateau, the gardens and design of the Chateau actually inspired Louis XIV to build Versailles. The gardens of the Chateau, designed by famous French garden designer and landscaper, Le Notre and Le Vau, pioneered the French formal garden style. No wonder King Louis XIV was so jealous that he had to imprison Fouquet so that he could built his grand and majestic Versailles. But the town in Maincy, France is beautiful with tree lined roads as you can see here. The Chateau is still privately owned by the de Vogue family. The Chateau is now celebrating 400 years with several exhibitions and water show. One thing I liked here at the Chateau was their magnificent gift shop and restaurant where I tasted french country cooking at its best! Visiting the Chateau is one of the best day trips that you can join from Paris, sans the huge crowds in Versailles. 
The best of french country cooking in the Chateau: haricot verts, roasted chicken with gravy, rice with mushroom, cheesecake and apricot juice. 

Bon Weekend! 

Celebrating Earth Day

As we celebrate Earth Day today, I am sharing some wonderful and captivating photos by Patrick Demachelier showcasing The Spirit of Travel by Louis Vuitton. The photos here shot in a beautiful beach with clear water, clear skies and of course the stylish clothes and leather accessories all from Louis Vuitton Spring 2015 Collection. As we celebrate Earth Day, we are reminded to travel the World to see and experience its beauty, love our planet by taking care of it and most of all making sure that our legacy to our children is to leave them with a cleaner, better and beautiful planet Earth. 

A modern voyage, always looking forward
There was a mountain, I climbed it.
There was a crossing, I took the open road
I felt the wind, the water, infinite sound, pure sky,
I could see it all.
The World,
Whoever lives sees, but whoever travel sees more.

The Spirit of Travel
Louis Vuitton

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Spring Colours

 All the vibrant spring colours are presented in the Chanel window display surrounded by pale white camellias. The bags are to die for in vibrant blues, red, and even hot pink which match the latest  spring colours from Essie, a stylish nail polish brand. The long Chanel pearl necklaces adds a romantic touch to the outfit. The two nail polish colours that I would like to try are the blue/violet hue called Suite Retreat and the pink/coral hue in Stone N' Roses. Which colours do you like for Spring? 

Anya Hindmarch: Sticker Pop-Up

Leave it to Anya Hindmarch to come up with fun and cool designs when it comes to adding pop leather stickers to our bags and leather accessories.  These are leather stickers that are very cool and safe to add to these Anya Hindmarch products. They come in different themes from pop messages to hand signals, smiley faces and the popular sticker eyes.  These stickers are definitely worth looking at especially when it is on these beautiful Anya Hindmarch bags, wallets, phone cases and even notebooks. Anya's World is definitely full of whimsical and colourful designs. It adds some joy to life!
There will be a Spring 2015 Sticker Event at the Holt Renfrew Bloor St Store in Toronto this 16 April, Thursday from 1 PM to 4 PM. This will be a fun event to customize the leather stickers and various Anya Hindmarch products offered in the store. 

Exploring Jardin Des Plantes

 Pardon me in posting this so late in the Season. I visited the spectacular Jardin Des Plantes, located in the Left Bank of Paris, last October 2014. It was my first visit there. I really made sure that I will visit this park that was established since 1635 since it also have four Museums in its grounds under the Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle. These museums are the Galerie D'Evolution, Anatomy and Paleontology, Botanical Garden and Mineralogy and a little zoo. These were the Museums that I recommended on my previous post, 10 Things Not To Do In Paris. But visiting the Jardin Des Plantes is definitely worth a visit, not just strolling along the beautiful parks with its spectacular and lush trees, plants and flowers but also to visit all of the aforementioned museums. On your next visit to Paris, take the time to stop by here whether you visit in the spring or fall season, it is worth it! 

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man,
then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you,
for Paris is a moveable feast.
- Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Spring Style: Block Heels

Block Heels all from Holt Renfrew: Fendi, Miu Miu, Prada and Chloe.

I have to admit that one of my favourite heels is the Block Heels. Imagine my excitement when the Spring Fashion Week from NYC to Paris showcased mostly block Heels in their collections. I found them all together here at Holt Renfrew to my own amazement. I prefer Block Heels because they add some height and are very comfortable to wear. The Block Heels now are designed very modern and could be worn with a dress to denim pants. I don't have to worry about my stiletto heels breaking apart when walking in cobblestone streets or getting stuck in those street ventilation or worse of all those man holes. Below are some fashion inspirations too around the Blog world and also during the previous Fashion Week. Will you wear Block Heels?
Garance Dore wearing her Valentino pumps and Gucci pants.
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Fendi Block Heels. Photo Credit:
Sarah Jessica Parker wearing sparkling block heels shoes.
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