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. The protagonist Sophie is a Parisian from head to toe, her blog is a "French style" encyclopedia: fashion, gastronomy, culture, education, social events, ... It brings a contemporary look at the Parisian life.

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 (wellness), Chantal (children), Charlotte (fashion), Isabelle (spot light), Marion and Nicole (interior & design) and Maxime (culture).

All 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.


For a very long time in France, cheese was considered food for the masses, and therefore actually low-class. Until the French Revolution (1780), cheese was hardly mentioned in French menus. However, for a large part of the French population, cheese constituted the only source of protein in their diets. Nonetheless, certain dairy products, such as crème fraiche (sort of like our sour cream) and fresh soft cheeses (akin to our cream cheese or cottage cheese) were considered worthy of aristocratic palates.

Everyone has their own way of being romantic! While some might just enjoy sitting together on the terrace of the Café de Flore, others might prefer to stroll hand in hand through the maze of streets in the Latin Quarter or have their portrait drawn at Montmartre…

If you want to see Parisians during your stay in Paris, it ‘s better to choose a period off parisian holidays! If you want to visit parisian monuments and placet o be while in Paris, better to select a day off French feasts! Bank holidays and National school holidays mark out France’s annual calendar. Discover the dates of these holidays before organising your trip to Paris…

Did you know that in France we eat more than 55lb of cheese a year‽ With well over 1,000 varieties, there is little doubt that France is the world leader in Cheese! Whether you prefer your cheese fresh, pasteurized, sharp or mild, we have a cheese for every taste. We just love cheese! In fact, 96% of us eat cheese regularly. Everyone agrees that visiting France without tasting French cheeses would be a sacrilege, I agree…

Long candy, square candy, round candy… the Parisians love all sorts of bonbons. For some of us candy is a treat, for others, an indulgence. The French have had a sweet tooth for over 2,000 years! French confectionary comes in all shapes and sizes, depending on our tastes and mood. Les bonbons, c’est si bon! Even if we know very well that sugar is not so “bon” for health! That’s what candy means to us! And you?

In French culture, there are rules about how certain foods are to be served at formal occasions. The most difficult dishes to serve are not necessarily the most difficult to enjoy. Serving grapefruit, a nougat glacé or a cantaloupe to Parisian guests? In French tradition, there’s special etiquette for serving these dishes. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for the perfect hostess or host…

Ah! Paris, the cradle of fashion, design and sartorial excellence. Paris: your podiums are most watched, your houses of fashion most influential, your collections most anticipated and your fashion-weeks can’t be overlooked. Each season, true fashion addicts wonder: what will be worn? Fortunately, Sophie is aware of the latest and will inform you about the major trends for the coming winter… Jane Birkin sang: "Ex-fan des Sixties, petite baby doll… ". You’re not dreaming. The Sixty’s are back! This is the main trend right now. Miniskirts, A-line dresses, patent leather Mary Jane shoes, graphic checks and patterns in marshmallow colors…  An unavoidable look for Parisians, both feminine and sexy, with strong influences of Swinging London, for a fresh and carefree allure. Absolutely necessary for the right mood sans faute pour être pile dans le mood Brigitte Bardot et Catherine Deneuve this coming winter.

At the Musée d'Orsay, the Paris art museum housed in the former Orsay train station, Franco-Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón hosted an exceptional musical evening devoted to the capital. A number of prestigious artists came together to celebrate Paris, performing classical arias and legendary pop songs inspired by the City of Lights.

A great, seasonal “anti-aging health food” recipe. Growing older inevitably means a progressive functional decline, but we can still limit the damage by paying careful attention to our lifestyle, and part of this means eating right!
Although there may be differing definitions of the ideal diet, there is universal agreement about the primordial importance of plant-based foods. This is not limited to just fruit and veggies, but includes wholegrain products, herbs and spices, olive oil, dark chocolate, and beverages like green tea and red wine.

A meeting or interview with Michel Jouenne, one of the most prolific and gifted of his generation of French artists, is always a great moment, an honor and an immense pleasure. Indeed, this artist, who no longer needs any presentation, being so well known and recognized, among the panorama of contemporary artists, adds passion and color to each of his statements. For him, a landscape is like a woman to win over: you have to know how to surprise it, steal its ephemeral vision, a fleeting emotion, in order to be able to convey its soul on the canvas….

In France, at Christmas we eat a lot of goose or duck “Foie gras”, a popular and well-known delicacy in our French cuisine. Foie gras is usually prepared into mousse, parfait or pâté. For those that do not eat goose or duck Foie gras, I propose an alternative, a diet and tasty mousse of trout, almost the same aspect for a delicate appetizer… My favorite Mom’ Christmas recipes…

Among non-French citizens investing in Paris, 35% are non-residents who decide to buy or rent an apartment to have their own Parisian home away from home. Central Paris remains the top choice for well-off buyers, because the area is so authentic and packed with history. Buyers also love the style of the apartments there. Big or small, typical Parisian apartments are prized for their high ceilings, visible wooden beams, quaint moldings and cozy fireplaces. Q&A with Thierry Chomel de Varagnes, Associate Director of Barnes International (continued from our December 12th 2014 issue)

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