Caudalie: a spa shop in the very heart of Le Marais

A few steps away from Place des Vosges, the French brand of vinotherapy Caudalie recently opened its spa shop, in the very heart of the Haut Marais. In a jewel of 45m2, we discover all range of products, but also exclusivities like the Fresh Crushed Cabernet, with which one can compose its own exfoliating scrub on the spot, using 100% natural ingredients. Grape seeds, brown sugar, honey from Gironde, essential oil of rosemary, lemon, geranium, etc., there are many mixes possible.

An ode in the vineyard
The decoration of the shop is a tribute to the vine, with a rough lumber store front. The inside adorns itself with oak and marble. Pictures of vineyards and photographs, which trace the history of the brand, dress up the walls. In the centre of the room stands the “Bar Beauté Barrique” (the “Barrel Beauty Bar”), which proposes to test alone cosmetics alone or with a “vinotherapist“ (personalized appointments are available on request). In addition, we can enjoy an organic herbal tea Caudalie or an organic freshly squeezed grape juice.

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An upscale spa
Concerning the spa, we are tempted to try the face care: “The Hydrating Moment Vinosource”, made for dry to very dry skin types. It starts with a deep face cleansing, followed by a modelling with fresh grape, then another session with essential oil, to deeply feed the epidermis. It ends with a moisturizing mask. Body cares are also proposed.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10a.m. to 7p.m.
Face care “Hydrating Moment Vinosource”: €80 for a 50-minute duration.

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Caudalie
8, rue des Francs Bourgeois
75003 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 78 11 61
Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8).

Chanel Le Marais: the first beauty shop of the famous House

For the first time in France, Chanel opened a shop exclusively dedicated to perfumes and beauty. In 775 sq ft, these are fragrances for men and women, beauty accessories like brushes, beauty care, makeup or nail varnishes which await fans since the very beginning.

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An arty shop
Located in the hotel Hérouet, the Chanel Le Marais shop displays both a geometric, arty and industrial style. Thus, hanging walls mix with parts of stone walls and black or white lacquered console tables overhang patinated floor tiles. Customers can take advantage of round mirrors with different sizes but also of light mirrors with a dimmer—going from the daylight to nightclubs’—enabling to try products for complexion according to your skin. In a corner of the space, there is an ancient well—installed in a niche—which is an evidence of the history of the Marais. On site, professional make-up artists are permanently there to reveal their tricks and beauty secrets to perfect your gestures and help you to become a pro make-up artist! Lastly—on a wall—discreetly—Gabrielle Chanel watches over the place—represented by an elegant blue wired layout.

Open Monday to Friday from 11am to 7:30pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 7:30pm.

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Chanel Le Marais (in French)
40, rue des Francs-Bourgeois
75004 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 96 46 00
Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8) or Saint-Paul (line 1).

 

Front de Mode: the new ethical concept store in Paris

Opened by Parisian designer Sakina M’Sa, Front de Mode is an ethical concept store. Placed in the heart of the Marais, in a space of white and blue ‘Klein’ designed by Quentin Delepine, Front de Mode has put together 50 fellow creators of sustainable development. Stylist participants of eco-friendly fabric, Sakina M’Sa and the two lines of clothes: The first self-titled, and the second called Blue Line, which recycles the blue of working clothes. There you will find designer clothes from Leah Peckre or Christine Phung, as well as accessories such as bags from Exocet made from 3D printings, and jewelry. The sportswear is also shown with the Veja sneakers and jackets from Misericordia. The shop also offers organic clothing for children and an area dedicated to the home decoration. Finally, it is also possible to find locally, ethical cosmetics and shoes! Each of the designers who has been selected for Front de Mode meets at least one of the three pillars of sustainable development or in a social approach to production, or more so, in respect of the planet and in the choice of materials.

Open Monday to Saturday from 11a.m. to 7p.m.

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Front de Mode (in French)
42, rue Volta
75003 Paris
France
Metro: Temple (line 3) or Arts et Métiers (lines 3 and 11).

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3 girly nail bars to discover in the Marais

Having an express manicure or spring nail art in one of the girly nail bars nestled in the Marais is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of the warmer days in the capital. Zoom on three very popular Parisian addresses, to visit as often as you like.

1/ Gloss’up
This nail bar is conveniently located near Nanashi, the bentos restaurant, and designer Valentine Gauthier’s shop. Spread over two floors, it has two spaces, one dedicated to makeup, the other to manicure. Gloss’up is THE nail art specialist, and never hesitates to offer “collections” according to the seasons or the holidays, like Valentine’s Day. We also appreciate being able to follow each member of the team on Instagram. A nice way to locate nail arts that you will adopt this summer!

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 7:30pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 6:30pm.

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Gloss’up
58, rue Charlot
75003 Paris
Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)9 64 03 23 19
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8).

2/ Vesna Nail Bar & Beauty
Open continuously, but only by appointment, Vesna Nail Bar & Beauty is the specialist for high-end manicure. Opened by Vesna Michelich, a professional trained in famous luxury houses, this nail bar offers comprehensive care to suit your desires. The place is also a beauty salon, where you can enjoy a moment of contentment with a facial or body. Finally, enjoy the sun and put on your cutest sandals, Vesna has a toe nail bar, where your little feet will be pampered.

Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 9pm.

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Vesna Nail Bar & Beauty
58, rue de Turenne
75003 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 78 12 58
Metro: Saint-Sébastien-Froissart (line 8).

3/ E-Clat
This concept store is dedicated to beauty. We love the timeless atmosphere of this shop covered in cream and white, with its design lighting, its shelves, and tall tables reserved for manicures. Both nail and skin bar, E-Clat allows its customers to benefit from a free beauty assessment to discern their personal skin type, before being directed to the products most suitable to their epidermis. E-Clat also has a treatment room.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm.

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E-Clat
90, rue de Richelieu
75002 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 27 99 91
Metro: Quatre-Septembre or Bourse (line 3), or Richelieu-Drouot (lines 8 and 9).

 

“L’Aiguille en Fête” (The Needle Festival): Time to sew!

For its 12th edition, the International Needle Arts Showcase looks towards the East and celebrates contemporary textile arts, knitting, sewing, as well as embroidery and patchwork. This 4-day event showcases new trends of the sector by inviting 250 exhibitors from around the world (South Africa, Japan, USA, France, Italy, etc.). “L’Aiguille en Fête” is an opportunity to admire precious and rare fabrics in a 12,000m2 space dedicated to this unique event. Here, visitors can attend classes at the crochet stand, sewing stand and other stands dedicated to the needle arts, in order to meet professionals and learn how to craft. An Indian embroidery school will also be installed. “L’Aiguille en Fête” also holds the Speed ​​Knitting Championship, which gathers the fastest knitters of the year, as well as the Sewing Contest, which will award the most accurate and fastest seamstress of this generation. A very promising show, full of surprises!

Salon Aiguille en Fête, from February 12th to 15th 2015. Open from 9:30am to 7pm on Thursday, from 9:30am to 9pm on Friday, from 10am to 7pm on Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Full rate: €12,50 / Reduced rate (12-20 years-old) : €6 / Free for children under 12.

 

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Parc des Expositions Paris
Porte de Versailles
Hall 6
1, place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 68 22 22
Metro: Porte de Versailles (lines 12, T2 and T3a).

 

The best thrift shops of the Canal Saint-Martin!

It is not a coincidence that Paris is famous for being a world fashion capital! It owes its title to its luxury addresses, its creators’ shops but above all, to its caves of Ali Baba of vintage, of which the city is bursting with. Two steps away from the Mareuil Hotel, there are a lot of different second-hand clothes shops, cheap or chic: you must have an eagle eye because they all have retro treasure that won’t go out of fashion. To make it easier for you, we selected the four best thrift shops near our Hotel, along the Canal.

1/ Chez Chiffons
Here, you will find clothes, shoes and accessories from the 1940s to the 1980s. All these vintage articles, selected with a lot of taste by a former movie costume designer, are in perfect condition. A thrift shop for the less upscale!

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Open from Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 7pm, and on Saturday from 3pm to 7pm.

47, rue de Lancry
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)6 64 26 11 98
Subway: Jacques Bonsergent (L.5).

2/ Le Comptoir General
In addition to being a bar, a canteen and an oddness museum, the Comptoir General also houses a thrift shop on its mezzanine! This rallying point of Paris’ Africans is an institution in the neighborhood, where reigns a friendly, warm and responsible atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else. As to second hand clothes, a large selection is available, with clothes more folk than the others. You must also know that all profits are given to an association fighting against poverty and injustices, of which all the sellers are a part of.

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Open from Monday to Thursday from 6pm to 1am, on Friday from 6pm to 2am, on Saturday from 11am to 2am and on Sunday from 11am to 1am.

80, Quai de Jemmapes
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 44 88 24 46
Subway: Jacques Bonsergent (L.5).

3/ Chez Paulette
It is one of these secret addresses we would love not to share. The stylist managing the store offers clothes of famous brands that she selects above all for their style, their cut and their quality, before being interested in their brand. You will also love the pop and colorful decoration of the shop!

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Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 7:30pm.

24, rue Bichat
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 08 92 76
Subway: Goncourt (L.11).

4/ Omaya Vintage
In this shop, we see all kinds of clients, from the fashionista who leaves with the arms full of collector dresses, to the punk girl who comes to buy a pair of DocMartens. What is sure is that you will leave with a light heart but with bags full of unique outfits, at small prices.

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Open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7:30pm.

29, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
75010 Paris
France
T.: +33 (0)1 42 01 77 31
Subway: Oberkampf (L.5 or 9).