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.

 

You don’t need to have, or to be, a baby to appreciate Bonpoint, the French-based, ultra chic baby apparel brand that all the celebs run to when they find out they're expecting. Regarding the number of celebrity mothers spotted at the flagship-store of Bonpoint, the label is a must: Michelle Obama, Claudia Schiffer, Katie Holmes were here. When Brad Pitt showed up with two girls of the tribe, the magazines went crazy. Bonpoint is a brand that is rich with emotion...

FRENCH PUMPKIN SOUP

This beautifully colored soup is a tradition in France. I got the recipes from my grandma’ Madeleine that used to prepare it for her grandchildren in winter time. Many thanks to her. It is very low in cholesterol and sodium, it is also a good source of vitamin E, vitamin B6, folate, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Also a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, copper and manganese... Serve hot as a light and creamy first course.

Who goes under the table? No, it’s not some new Parisian parlor game, but the celebration of Epiphany. Like every year, all of France is getting ready to “draw kings” in a few days’ time with the famous galette des rois (King Cake). The yearly tradition starts on January 6th and runs for several days. All French kids dream of the same thing; getting that one piece of cake that hides the magic trinket that will earn them the right to be crowned king.

While the closing of the iconic Colette boutique marked the end of an era, it has also given life to a new address that has the fashion word very excited…

Simon Porte Jacquemus started his own label in 2009, aged just 19. Credited with bringing a freshness to Paris’ fashion scene. He treads a neat line between the conceptual and the commercial via twisted and deconstructed shirt dresses, asymmetric blazers and statement blouses. His poetic approach to presentations, cinematic campaigns and noted Instagram presence have made him a force to be reckoned with. 

For savvy shopping, wait for the sales! It is the ideal time to find your favourite brands at up to half price or even more sometimes. And the year 2019 marked the end of the ‘floating sales’, sales at other times of the year, so, the next not-to-be-missed sales period in Paris will start on Wednesday January 9 to February 19

It is the turn of the master pastry and cake maker Sadaharu Aoki to tell us about his love story with the French capital and his profession – part gourmet delight and part work of art.

“Tomorrow’s Christmas! Paris has been getting ready for three weeks. From the Christmas lights on the Champs Elysees, to elaborate window displays at the capital’s most famous department stores, everything is magical and enchanting. “C’est TELLement magnifique”, says Mom. My name’s Emmie. I rewrote my letter to Santa Claus five times. It’s not because I kept changing my mind about what Christmas presents I wanted; it’s because I couldn’t find the right words to get him to stay an extra ten minutes at our house so I could give him a hug and talk with him. Daddy said not to be too hopeful. Santa has a lot to do on Christmas Eve and probably won’t have a second to spare.

Every year, thousands of children song "Petit Papa Noël". This Christmas song, created in 1946 by Tino Rossi, is currently the best-selling single of all time in France, with over 5,711,000 units sold. The song has been covered by many artists over the years… so it could bee an excellent way to learn French and celebrate Christmas time! Just try this easy and pedagogic song before your next trip to Paris…

Rispondo alla mia amica Germana che mi rimprovera di non avere organizzato, durante il suo ultimo soggiorno a Parigi, nemmeno una serata in uno dei grandi ristoranti della capitale. “Tanto di cappello alla grande cucina francese - dice Germana - ma mi avevi promesso una visita ad almeno uno dei monumenti della ristorazione parigina!” Hai ragione: non ho mantenuto la promessa e me ne dispiace. Posso tentare di rimediare raccontandoti la storia di uno dei più celebri ristoranti di Parigi: Le Train Bleu. 

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