Afternoon Retreat – Caudalie Spa

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It is hard to imagine that less than an hour outside of Paris, you could find such peace and quiet.

Situated between this magical French capital and Versailles, is the Caudalie Spa that I should’ve written about many weeks ago but as a professional procrastinator…I have put it off until now.

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What is there more to say though? This gorgeous little retreat is tucked away neatly inside a 4 star hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant next to a pond where many take their afternoon walks.

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The service is friendly and professional, as you would expect from Caudalie and you get a bag of goodies along with your bathrobe and slippers. It contains:

  • a 15ml Moisturizing Sorbet
  • 5ml Clear Skin Purifying Toner
  • 2ml Skin Perfecting Mattifying Fluid
  • 1ml Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream
  • 7ml Nourishing Body Lotion

Strangely, I have a feeling that these are the products that sell the least and as a “two birds one stone” strategy, they’ve given testers out to clients who visit the spa. None of the products that I really want to purchase (and that sell well) have made it into this goodie bag. Right now, I have my keen eye on the VinActiv line, mainly the serum and detox oil.

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Regardless, we spent a good amount of time in the jacuzzi and hammam, alternating between the two and taking a wine break in their gardens which were bathed in warm, golden sunlight – the kind you get only in Autumn…

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For more information, visit their website!

 

 

 

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Parisian Fashion & Beauty Trends

One of my favourite pastimes is people-watching and as a professional people-watcher, you notice things. Paris has made this sport even more convenient and easily accessible with its thousands of outdoor terraces. In fact, they are so dedicated to the idea of sitting outside that the cold can’t even stop them! The solution? Heaters, heaters, and more heaters. So I hereby present you with five Parisian fashion and beauty trends! (Please do not hesitate to correct me if I’m wrong.)

  1. Green Stan Smiths
    I don’t understand this trend but everyone else seems to. Let’s move on.
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  2. Red lipstick
    The red lip has become an emblem of Paris. I remember wearing red lipstick in London…stuck out like a sore thumb and made me feel VERY self-conscious it did but in Paris, you just blend in.
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  3. Less makeup is more makeup
    As mentioned above, the red lip may be symbolic for Parisian women but did I mention that its an EITHER OR situation? Either a smoky eye and a nude lip or a bold lip and bare eyes. You can’t have both because it’s all about looking NATURAL and EFFORTLESS.
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    (Christen Dominique Youtube)
  4. I-just-woke-up hair
    Again. It’s all about looking effortless. Great example is Caroline de Maigret.
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  5. Tights and trainers
    A common look I see is the green Stan Smiths, black tights with shorts, skirts or dresses. Not sure if this is exclusive to Paris but it’s present.
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  6. Multi-coloured trousers
    Something I’ve always admired about French men is their ability to pull off trousers of any colour.
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  7. The basic colour palette: white, black, grey, navy blue, beige
    But…the rule of thumb is to just stick with the basic colour palette! Simple, chic and stylish. I don’t see a lot of patterns and motifs so best to stay with plain colours as well!

 

 

 

Restaurant 14 Juillet

A Cosy Traditional Bistro de Quartier


I have been told by local Parisians that if you want authentic, traditional French food, this is the place to be! It might not look like much from the outside and yes, I admit, there is much left to be desired in terms of décor but it emanates a warm vibe and they serve food you will never forget!

The first thing I noticed was how welcoming the staff was, making little jokes here and there to instantly put one at ease. One of the waiters spoke excellent English which is definitely a plus for the tourists out there.

The whole meal cost 86 euros for two. We had a starter and a main dish each while we shared the dessert and the bottle of wine. The portions were absolutely generous and the wine was delicious; a good Bordeaux never fails to delight!

Address: 99, rue Didot, Paris, FRANCE

Food: 10/10

Service: 10/10
Environment: 7/10
Pricing: 9/10

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OVERALL: 9/10

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DETAILS

Wine: Chateau de Carpia 2010 (25 euros)

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Starter 1: Salade d’avocat avec les crevettes roses et le pamplemousse
Absolutely loved this light, delicious salad with a Dijon mustard dressing. Dijon mustard is an absolute favourite of mine, perfect for making a honey mustard sauce if you’re cooking salmon.

IMG_8060Starter 2: Carpaccio de St. Jacques
This lovely dish is composed of a thin layer of raw scallops with a fresh dressing of lemon. It’s a special at 14 Juillet so if you’re a lover of raw seafood, don’t miss it! I personally am not a huge fan of raw scallops.

IMG_8063Main dish 1: Carpaccio de boeuf
Nothing more to say about this classic carpaccio dish complete with olive oil, parmesan cheese and rucola! It also came with a side dish of lightly salted chips. Carpaccio is perfect for a light summer dinner.

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Main dish 2: Coeur de rumsteak au St. Marcellin, gratin Dauphinois

The least visually stimulating dish but it is DIVINE and racked with calories! This dish is the absolute opposite of main dish 1. The beef was cooked perfectly pink and rosy on the inside but drowned in an odorous French cheese (called St. Marcellin) that was melted over the top. Extra carbs for this dish come in the form of gratin dauphinois; potatoes sliced and stacked between layers of fresh cream. If you are EXTREMELY hungry, you can go for this dish and skip the starter.

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Dessert: Profiterolles
Again, a generous portion! Which I’m not complaining about because with my salad and carpaccio de boeuf, I still had some space left for a little vanilla ice cream sandwiched between choux pastry dripping in one full ladle and a half of chocolate…

PS: A little extra recommendation for those of you who might be visiting 14 Juillet in a group of three or more people: TRY THE EPAULE D’AGNEAU CONFITE for me. It’s a 1 kg – 1.2 kg of lamb and was most definitely too excessive for two diners but I’ve heard it will give you one of the biggest food orgasms you’ve ever had and it’s a 14 Juillet special nonetheless!