11/15/2010 8:48 PM
In Part 1 of ‘Parisian Dining Gems,’ I was reviewing some of my favorite culinary experiences during my summer in Paris. Knowing the eternal question that has haunted women since the beginning of recorded history is, “What do I wear?” I’ve taken the liberty to outline some key accessories that will help guide you as you join me on a journey from restaurant to restaurant. Enough chitchat, let’s get to the food!
· Le Fumoir Located on the far end of museum side of the Louvre, Le Fumoir is a Parisian favorite. Grab a salad, pastry, or drinks in a charming, antique atmosphere. Casual dress calls for the perfect pair of CoCo Studs in gold to match those gorgeous Louvre antique artwork frames.
· Maison de la Truffe This restaurant is just one small aspect of this upscale venture. Adjacent is a shop that is known as the source for caviar, truffles, foie gras, and other high end foodstuffs. The menu at the restaurant showcases these high end ingredients; Rob and I make a point to try these delectable items every time we go to Paris! You never use just one ingredient while cooking, so why only wear one accessory? Pair your outing with a few detailed Hermes bangles.
· La Cour Jardin located in the Plaza Athenee Hotel The black, white, and red palette of this outdoor patio creates a striking backdrop for this delightful café. Hands down one of the most beautiful outdoor patios I have seen in Paris, the café is open exclusively during the summer. (During the winter it is converted into a lovely ice rink!) The best compliment to black and red will always be diamonds; this classic diamond bracelet can be elegant or casual in any setting.
I wore a chanel broach on my blouse but you can wear them on a chain or on a leather strap, or on a set of pearls.
- Cristal Room Baccarat At the heart of the sumptuous lounges on the first floor, the Crystal Room Baccarat, is located in the former dining room of Marie-Laure de Noailles. Philippe Starck has succeeded in retaining the original chic and class, while providing a footprint of modernity.Rob whisked me to Cristal Room Baccarat to celebrate our anniversary. The décor of the room was subtle but fabulous and the chandeliers were absolutely breathtaking. In fact, as you walk in the tremendous chandelier suspended in the stairwell was one of the most elaborate I have seen (including those I saw on my trip to Versaille). An unexpected element that appeared was a huge chalk board where an artist drew a beautiful chandelier and wrote the daily specials. I wore my favorite Hermes belt to cinch a skirt I wore as a dress. (My dress is from BB1.)
Pershing Hall Restaurant & Lounge Bar The website for Pershing Hall gushes about its' charm, "Luxury. Perfection. Spirit. Soul." The most impressionable part of the restaurant was a wall entirely covred with plants in one part of hte courtyard, with smooth French lounge music in the background. If you like Hotel Costes, you'll love Pershing Hall. It's an unusual, elegant empire-era building - a piece of rural country perfection in the urban chaos of Paris.The most impressionable part of the restuarants was a wall entirely covered with plants in one part of the courtyard and the smooth French lounge music in the background. I love a natural fiber satchel; use it as an overnite bag and a purse! Design guru Andree Putman's chic modern decor stands out in the lounge bar and courtyard; order a chic cocktail, but be sure to drink in your surroundings as well!
There are so many restaurants in Paris, and Times Past has accessories for them all! Come in to try on our merchandise from France before it’s gone.
Click through to see photos of these adventures and the accessories that go with them!
Written by: Donae Chramosta
Posted by: Jamie Glover