As you may know, one of my favorite places in the world is Paris. I've been fortunate to spend many wonderful visits there, and I can honestly say I've never found myself bored -- even once when I was there during a national strike that closed all the museums for my entire stay.
But it's images like the one above that always reminds me of why Paris holds a special place among my dearest memories. Where else would a teeny, tiny electrics shop -- big enough for only a Vespa inside -- with its wares so marvelously displayed in it vitrine?
I discovered the Provençal restaurant Chez Janou, which prides itself in offering more than 80 types of Pastis. Here's a shrine to that region's drink of choice.
My visit included several museums and a dash through the Christmas market near Place de la Concorde where I took in the view of the spectacular Ferris wheel.
We also stopped at l'Artisan Fleuriste, a gem of a flower shop on rue Vieille du Temple in the Marais that advertises its far-from-typical florals on a vintage Citroën Ami 8.
Just a few steps away, Brit menswear brand Fred Perry had extra-large nutcrackers on show to crack some very large nuts.
And back on boulevard Beaumarchais, a lit-up star was displayed on a wall covered with Brooklyn Tins tile wallpaper at the gracious shop of wonders, Merci .
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous, The Elegant Thrifter
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Press for The Find
If you didn't see the piece in USA Weekend where I talk about buying and selling your second-hand goods, here it is.
I am so honored to see The Find reviewed by the fabulous Design*Sponge. Read it here.
Apartment Therapy Boston names The Find best design book of 2009. Read ithere.
Wondering how to deal with a drunk at your holiday party or a good excuse for declining an invite?Los Angeles Times hit my funny bone when they asked me for some advice. Read ithere.
1st Dibs wrote an amazing review of The Find. Read ithere.
The June 18 issue of the Independence, Mo., Examiner features me and The Find on its cover. See the storyhere.
TheBaltimore Sun covered the fabulous and frugal cocktail party in Los Angeles in their June 5 issues. Re-visit the fun affair in The Baltimore Sun, here.
Los Angeles Timeswent cocktail nuts for The Find and The Elegant Thrifter on May 23. My pal Ruth Handel and I threw a cocktail party back in February, andhere are the results. Be sure to click in the box with the forks to read the sidebar!
Vanessa De Vargas gave The Find a glowing review and interviewed me in Apartment Therapy,here.
Aaron Krach, House Beautiful'sfeatures editor, said in his blog that after reading The Find, he was inspired to go thrift shopping! Read about it,here.