sophieintroSophie the Parisian is a blog that reflects the lifestyle of a dynamic, working girl from Paris, showing off her free, curious, elegant, and modern personality. Culture, fashion, and events, all in a stylish setting! The protagonist Sophie is a Parisian from head to toe, who knows Paris and its way of life like the back if her hand. Her blog is a "French style" encyclopedia: fashion, gastronomy, culture... it brings a contemporary look at broader topics such as education, health, and nutrition through interviews of renowned specialists.

Visit Paris in the company of Sophie the Parisian and ten of her avatar friends, who each have their own specialty on the blog: Béatrice (cooking), Brigitte (social circle), Catherine (guide), Cécile (health & beauty), Chantal (children), Charlotte (fashion), Isabelle (spot light), Marion and Nicole (interior & design), and Maxime (culture). They are all experts in their sector.

These characters came to life under the pen of Nathalie Peigney, the soul of the blog and the creator of the Sophie the Parisian concept. Marketing consultant, journalist, and ex-fashion designer, she is guaranteed editorial quality. ita

 

A baguette please! Just say these few magic words and in an instant you will have fragrant bread under your arm and the guarantee of flavor and aroma that are renewed daily. Although the first mention of bread in the Bible dates from 1800 BC, it was not until the 1930s that the baguette was invented and immediately became part of French daily life. At first it was considered ephemeral when compared to the coarse, rustic bread whose abundant loaf allowed to stay fresh for several days without the need to return to the baker, the baguette, a gourmet bread, quickly became a real bakery star, the symbol of France abroad and a cornerstone of French heritage like the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower…

A beautiflul and trendy deep-orange color for this rich and hearty soup of red lentils! Do you know that lentils contain dietary fiber, folate, vitamin B and minerals? Health magazine has selected lentils as one of the five healthiest foods. Lentils are a good source of iron, having over half of a person's daily iron allowance in a one cup serving. See our Halloween soup recipe...

Have you ever seen how a real Parisian woman eats the most common of sea foods, mussels? Invite her to dinner at one of the many Léon de Bruxelles scattered around Paris. She will be tempted by the most classic dish on the menu, famous "Moules marinière", served in the traditional casserole with cast-iron lid. She will chat pleasantly with you, sip a glass of cool red wine, not a beer, and will have an indescribable expression of satisfaction when the moules arrive at the table. Now, watch her carefully…

The Parisian stands straight and walks with her head high. Haughty, superb, proud and snobbish? Not more than anyone else. Perhaps it’s just natural, genetic and involuntary? Certainly, the Parisian is aware that she belongs to an elite lucky enough to live in the city of light, the capital of style and romance. Does the way she carries herself have anything to do with this? Or is it a question of upbringing that engenders such haughty behavior? So, improve your posture and borrow an “unwittingly” superb attitude and perhaps obtain this, so Parisian, slightly snobbish charm.

Paris: The Macaroon craze

This small cake with incredible flavors and colors, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, has been the rage in Paris, almost as long as the Eiffel Tower! There isn’t a pastry chef or caterer who doesn’t have his own special recipe… Macaroons are created like vintage wines. The success has been phenomenal and is already part of the French gastronomy heritage…

What pears? Beurré Hardy, Comice, Conférence, Louis Bonne, Douillard or Alexandrine
The French love pears. They’re tasty, refined and a natural form of medicine that also fights skin ageing. Moreover, they contain 84% water, ideal for diets. In addition, the high calcium content in the pear makes it one of the most recommended fruits for children and adolescents. So, just be careful not to overdo it because of the sugars!

The famous American photographer David Phelps goes once a year to Paris. His love affair with Paris lasted for more than 10 years. Passionate about art and decoration, the City of Light, continues to fascinate him. He loves the Seine, the museums  and long walks in small Parisian streets. The textures, surfaces and light of Paris are for him a source of unlimited inspiration. We asked him what he thinks of Parisian interiors; a small, pocket Latin Quarter apartment and a prestige apartment of the Golden Triangle..

My friend Anna comes twice a year to visit Paris from San Francisco. I am always surprise to see her energy when arriving after a 15 hours trip! A couple of years ago, she told me her secrets to make her stay in town as relaxing and rewarding as possible: she often goes in Luxembourg or Tuileries garden for a relaxing promenade after her day visit and she manages her evening time with attention to make her next day in top form. Let’s see…

Parsley is a natural diuretic and detoxifier. It acts on the liver. If you have a centrifuge, don’t fail to add it to all of your vegetable juices. With its very good balance in Vitamin E and polyunsaturated fatty acids, avocado protects its fatty acids from oxidation. It protects against cell ageing.

October 21 at 8 p.m., the place to be in Paris is the Opéra Garnier! I’m there with my fiancée Caroline to see Rain, the work by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, a major figure on the international choreographic scene. Sitting in the 15th row of the orchestra, Caroline is ultra elegant in her dress designed by Lagerfield for Chanel. All Paris is here. It’s just not possible to miss an opening night at the Opera, especially as it’s so difficult to be one of the happy few to receive an invitation. And, the evening will end with a platter of Oléron oysters at the Bar à Huîtres Garnier.

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