We are so excited to be part of the Maison de Mode/Ethical Pop-up at Art Basel. See you at The Soho Beach House!
It’s official. I am in love. Those of you who have been to Paris will know what I’m talking about – the narrow cobbled streets, the perfectly formed macaroons, the way the sun sets over the River Seine….Paris has a way of taking your heart and not letting go. I recently visited the city with my DH and although I’d been there before I found myself falling in love all over again. We’d previously stayed in the Latin district and in the trendy Marais; this time we stayed in the 9th district, a lovely area filled with cafes, restaurants, and quaint shops. There are a million guides written about Paris but I thought I’d share with you my top picks from my stay there.
Les Plume – 10 rue Lamartine
I may be biased as the hotel is owned by a friend, but Les Plume is a must for travelers looking for an intimate boutique hotel filled with Parisian charm. Decorated in a romantic literary theme, each room features love-inspired rooms based on famous French lovers such as George Sand and Alfred ,and Victor Hugo and Juliette. Les Plume is centrally located next to two metro stations and a 5 minute walk to the foodie street Rue des Martyrs.
Kusmi Tea – 56 rue de Seine
After sightseeing and shopping it’s nice to take a moment to relax with a cup of tea before continuing on with the day. The history of Kusmi Tea is somewhat like a reading a Russian novel; the year was 1867, when the first teahouse was opened in St. Petersburg. Now more than 140 years later, Kusmi Tea is still serving their delicious brew to tea lovers in Paris. If you aren’t sure which brew is for you I suggest purchasing a sampler assortment of their 12 top-selling teas.
La Chambre aux Confitures – 9 rue des Martyrs
This small shop is entirely dedicated to jams with mouthwatering flavors like apricot lavender, raspberry with rose, and peach with ginger. The best part is that tasting is allowed! It’s the perfect place to pick up gifts for your loved ones back home.
Epicerie Provencale – 38 rue de Sevres
“La Grande” supermarket is a must stop when in Paris. You can spend hours browsing the vast isles of products from Italy, Britain, U.S, and of course France. From chocolates and jams to cheeses and wines – you’ll find everything you need here for a picnic on the Seine.
Popelini -29 rue Debelleyme
A sweet shop that exclusively makes “choux la creme” cream puffs in every imaginable flavor – what more could a woman want? My favorites are the dulce de leche, rose, and coffee. A must visit.
Berthillon – 31 rue St-Louis
Hands-down this is the “go-to” ice cream spot when in Paris with over 70 delicious flavors to choose from to satisfy anyone’s sweet-tooth. There are fruit-flavoured sorbets, such as cassis blackberry and hazelnut and nougat au miel for those who want something richer. I went with the salty butter caramel in a waffle cone to enjoy during my walk in Ile Saint Louis.
L’as du Falafel – 34 rue de Roisiers
You can’t go wrong when ordering this Mediterranean street food in Paris. The falafel sandwich is served in a perfectly warm pita with made to order falafel balls, crunchy carrots, and of course tahini and spicy sauce. There is an art to eating this while standing but the mess is worth it!
Laduree – 16 rue Royale
A girl cannot visit Paris without stopping at Laduree, a Parisian favorite for their airy and melty macarons, that first opened in 1862. They offer permanent flavors, as well as seasonal flavors – the flagship macaron creation is l’lspahan, which is filled with fresh raspberries and a ganache made from rosewater and lychee. The colorful macarons are delicately packed in a pastel green box with a matching pink ribbon. Think luxury and sweet!
Rose Bakery – 46 rue des Martyrs
This is a great place to pop into if you want something light and healthy. They serve the most delicious scones and spot on coffee. On offer are also great salads, pizzettes, fresh juices, and quiches which are made using quality local and organic ingredients. Try to get there early because it’s always packed.
Breizh Cafe – 109 rue Vieille du Temple
A cute little bustling cafe with hands-down probably the best crepes in Paris. The crepes are made of buckwheat and are best with a cup of their apple cider.
Le Ciel de Paris – 33 ave Maine
This is a retro glam restaurant with stunning views of Paris that is perfect for a special occasion. Try to make reservations for a window seat to truly get the best experience here.
Nomiya Paris – Palais de Tokyo
What can be more romantic than sitting in a glass box atop the Palais de Tokyo with breath-taking views of the Eiffel Tower? The restaurant only seats 10 and you’ll see the chef prepare the food right in front of you. An experience not to be missed.
Antoine & Lili – 90 rue Martyrs
Their store front in bright fuchsia will lure you in but it’s the eclectic merchandise that will keep you coming back. Stocked with great pieces from their own line and around the world – their clothing and accessories are intricate with an ethnic flair. They also sell unique toys which make great gifts for kids.
Princesse Tam Tam – 79 rue St Antoine
Every woman knows the importance of a great bra and Princess Tam Tam provides you with just that with styles ranging from the classic to the playful. Flirty camisoles and comfy pyjamas are also on offer and the shop assistants will properly measure and size you. Ladies, you will not be disappointed.
Merci – 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais 75003
This is my favorite store in Paris. Not only do all the proceeds go to charity, it also features a wonderful cafe, library and florist. Filled with carefully selected clothing, accessories and home goods there is something for everyone here. Be sure to have dessert in their outdoor garden.
Those of you who have been following us will know that we donate a portion of each sale towards buying backpacks and school supplies for children in rural Cambodia through the non-profit Awareness Cambodia. I first heard of Awareness Cambodia through my good friend Mel who was working with their health program. Awareness Cambodia runs an orphanage in rural Cambodia and is also involved with various educational and health initiatives in the region. The story of how Awareness Cambodia started their first orphanage, Sunshine House, is a touching one.
One day while walking near Central Market in Cambodia, one of their workers was approached by a woman selling her baby for US$20. It would be easy to think “how could a mother sell her baby for US$20?” But it turned out her husband was dead, she was dying from AIDS and given the fear HIV/AIDS caused in the community, she figured at least her child would be safe and the few dollars could purchase medicine to ease the pain as she died. That experience, together with the fact that nothing existed for children left behind by AIDS, led to the formation of Sunshine House.
Since then Awareness Cambodia has also established House of Progress and Graduation House, places that provide young adults with safe accommodation as they pursue their high school and university education. Awareness Cambodia also donates backpacks and school supplies to children in rural Cambodia through their Case for Change program.
Kayu first participated in the Case for Change program in 2011 and since then have contributed every year. This year we were so excited to be able to participate again and in July distributed backpacks and supplies to students in the Kompong Speu province. It’s a simple gesture but one that allows children to break the cycle of poverty that can lead to trafficking, violence and other abuse.
I’m sure you’ll agree that the smiles on the children’s faces are priceless
A big thanks to the folks at Awareness Cambodia and also to each and everyone of you who has purchased KAYU. Every single one of your purchases has contributed towards helping students in Cambodia!
There is plenty to do when visiting Georgetown, Washington D.C’s most historic neighborhood. From sightseeing tours and historic house museums to kayaking on the Potomac River, and of course shopping. One boutique that is a must visit for all fashion lovers is Wink, owned by style maven Paige Speyer. Upon visiting Wink, customers will find themselves in a relaxed environment filled with beautiful curated pieces for your wardrobe. Think color, texture, and patterns!
We love how Paige wears our polka dot clutch, displaying a stylish Americana-look that is subtle and exudes comfort.
If you’re ever in Georgetown don’t forget to visit Wink and Paige at 3109 M. St!
We love the boldness of a clashing pattern, so were thrilled to see blogger Merritt Beck of TheStyleScribe pair our BAHA polkadot clutch with a striped tank. The addition of Karen Walker sunglasses and Prada shoes make for a perfect summer ensemble.
Head on over to TheStyleScribe now to win one of our dotted beauties!
Here at Kayu we love poring over fashion blogs and when we came across Haya of GoodGoodGorgeous we were charmed. Not only is she gorgeous but she has a truly international background and is super nice to boot. We recently caught up with her to chat about her favorite designers, what inspires her and where to find the best coffee in Barcelona…
Tell us a little bit about your background. Why and how did you start GoodGoodGorgeous?
I am an Israeli girl born to Georgian Jewish parents. When I was 4 we moved to Barcelona. I’ve also lived in Antwerp, London and Madrid but Barcelona is home and its where my family and friends are, and where my childhood and adult life memories are.
I moved to DC in September 2011 right after my wedding in Barcelona. I was waiting to get my greencard and couldn’t work but needed a creative outlet so I started learning about blogs and following a few. I saw the endless opportunities with social media to get your voice and ideas out so I decided to start GoodGoodGorgeous.
Life before Good Good Gorgeous?
I was living in Barcelona and working in the family business. We have restaurants and I was working on opening a new location under the W Hotel in Barcelona. If you are ever in Barcelona you should go to Segafredo Espresso Barcelona – it has the best ocean views, amazing food, and truly the best coffee in the city!
What inspires you?
I’m inspired daily by my husband, family and friends. Just being surrounded by people who love what they do, have a passion, and work with determination is truly inspiring to me! I find fashion inspiration everywhere – in music, art, prints, on Pinterest (daily) and sometimes just by a beautiful garment.
What fuels your soul?
Music and dancing fuels my soul. Oh and Yoga of course!
My perfect day would be spent on the beach, doing yoga, taking a swim, eating delicious seafood and watching the sunset all in the company of my hubby of course
Favorite travel destination?
My favorite travel destination is Formentera, a beautiful getaway…
We love how Haya pairs our Tista clutch with casual denim -