After yoga and surfing, boxing has become the new fashionable sport. Whether on the catwalk, in gyms or Instagram, it seduces for its many benefits and modern philosophy. It seems to be an appropriate response to well being issues of the urban assets in an increasingly demanding society. Gym clubs multiply versions like Adi-Boxing or Body Combat to fit both female and male expectations. Sculpting the body, forging the mind, this sport has already conquered numerous celebrities like Adriana Lima and Alexandra Rosenfeld. Cara Delavingne and Karlie Kloss appear with gloves on social networks. Boxing also invites itself on the catwalks like in the collection Alexander Wang X H&M or the Chanel campaign for Fall/ Winter 2014/15. Karl Lagerfeld is inspired by it for his collaboration with Louis Vuitton. Moncler Gamme Bleue has made its theme about it for its spring/summer 2015 fashion show . To fetch some inspiration, I’ve prepared a mood board on pinterest.
Lily of the Valley is the new spot to be in Paris for all tea lovers. A refined and pastoral place where coexists a very british mismatched crockery, a sleek marble counter, a floral wallpaper, vintage earthenware tiles and an amazing ceiling cover with plants. If you have no idea what you want to drink ask Pauline for advice, expert in tea and great passionate, that will open the cans parading on the shelves. The choice is terrible in the midst of all these fragrant blends of green or black tea, herbal tea and mate 100% French and bio. My favorite composition of the moment is called Los Angeles based on cinnamon, almond, apple and bitter orange. Greedy can accompany their tea with a slice of cake or a scone with cranberries.
Lily of the Valley: 12 rue Dupetit Thouars, 75003 Paris. Open Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 to 18:30 and Saturday from 11h to 20h.
I’m a big fan of street art. It is with pleasure that I went to the Espace Fondation EDF to see ‘Street art, innovation at the heart of a movement’, an exhibition about new techniques in urban art. As a preamble, a retrospective recalls the great dates of this artistic movement back in time to the first graffiti made in 1967 in Philadelphia. Initially accused of being urban polluters, artists such as the British Banksy or the American Shepard Fairey are now listed on the art market. Yet they always express their discontent and want that people see the city differently. The exhibition also features several interactive works such as » Water Light Graffiti » by Antonin Fourneau, an LED wall that light up in contact with a wet brush or the installation by Rezine which allows to make graffiti with light. One of the most beautiful piece is without doubt the anamorphosis by Truly. The show is entertaining and educational. It is particularly suited to children. The true fan of street art can find the content a bit light.
#StreetArt till the first of March 2015 at Espace Fondation EDF: 6, rue Récamier, 75007 Paris
The parisian quarter of Belleville finally has its Coffee Shop. Run by Max and Joe, two former baristas from Ten Belles, CREAM will seduce all the coffee lovers. The coffee is roasted in the capital by the Brulerie de Belleville of which the head office is located close by. As good as beautiful ! The place is small but very nice: cactus, typographic set and furniture by Metal & Wood for a relaxed atmosphere. As well, you can count on the good mood of the two founders, always smiling. In additionit’s possible to have a quick breakfast or lunch on site. I highly recommend this place!
Cream : 50, rue de Belleville, 75020 Paris
After the success of Cire Trudon the couple Victoire de Taillac and Ramdane Touhami resurrect Jean-Vincent Bully’s universal Officine created in 1803 and installed it a few steps from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
The shop offers a wide range of water perfumes, beauty treatments including soothing concrete ointment with chamomile water, incense but also clays, vegetable oils and powders from around the world, without forgetting the various accessories such Japanese boxwood combs, requiring no less than three years of work, or boar bristle brushes to complete any beauty routine.
The decoration with wood paneling immerses you in another era. I was lucky to be served by Victoire herself who took the time to explain and make me smell her products. I totally cracked for the Mount Athos Incense (a place in Greece famous for its Orthodox monasteries). You can of course burn them, but also be used as potpourri. Palo Santo wood also conquered me. It became a wellness ritual: I burn it to purify and bring good vibes in the house.
Become a follower of the slow cosmetic, I will return to test the oils, like the one with Buriti fruit perfect for dull hair , or blue clay from Carpaths and the rose petals powder.
Officine universelle Buly 1803: 6, rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
Paul McCarthy settles in the Monnaie de Paris until the fourth of January 2015 with an amazing work called Chocolate Factory. Disturbing, intriguing, he denounces with violent the society of overproduction and overconsumption. More than an simple exhibition, it is a monumental installation that proposes the artist. On arrival, we discover a factory, which duplicates chocolates by ten in the chain. Some blond women, dressed in red like Christmas elves, are responsible for the operation of the machine. At the back of the room, we enter in a odd world where dozens of pallets of chocolates are stored. The soft lighting, the exquisite chocolate scent and the weird sounds plunges the viewer into a feeling between attraction and repulsion.
Monnaie de Paris : 11, Quai de Conti, 75006 Paris
Till the 4th of January 2015
One post is obviously not enough to talk about my favorite restaurants in Belgrade. I definietly need a second and perhaps a third post…
hidden next to the great church of Saint Sava, this place worth visiting. The decor is very stylish with its huge Red Moon suspension. The cellar has a good selection of serbian wines and the menu offers traditional dishes revisited. Try Musukalica, it is really delicious.
Skerliceva 6, Belgrade
It’s diffucult to escape Skadarska, « the Bohemian quarter ». I tryed several time but It’s like to go in Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower. So if I have to choose one restaurant in this street, I recommand Tri Sesira.
Skadarska 29, Belgrade
Opened by the owners of the Supermarket concept store, Deli Supermarket is a restaurant, a bar and a grocery. I like to go there for lunch. They’ve got a daily menu for only 550 dinars with a soup and main meal.
Toplicin Venac 19-21, Belgrade
For a gorgeous Tea time in the spirit of Viennese cafes, Mali Princ offers cream cakes that you can accompanied by tea, coffee or why not a Baileys. Warning! The portions are big! Personally it replaces meal.
Obilićev venac 26, 11000 Belgrade
This is the place to eat 100% natural ice creams. Even in winter you can not resist !
Vuka Karadzica 9, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia