Parisian Chic and Important Blog Tip

Recently, while on vacation in Paris, my daughter Alie and I were invited to attend 
Front door of our apartment rental 
soirée organized by Genie of Paris and Beyond.  
 The guests specialize in photographing and writing about Paris...
an impressive, international and nice group.
 Genie and I are the two in the back center (I love being taller than Genie). Alie took the photo
with my  absurdly tiny "Point and Shoot" (you should see THEIR cameras).
But MINE fits in my pocket.
 The view from Genie's apartment of a church in the first arrondissement.
So, what were Alie and I doing at the photographers' party? 
...just the common love of Paris and blogging, I guess.
 Check out Genie's site for beautiful images of Paris.  

IMPORTANT TIP:  While at the party, Peter from Peter's Paris 
explained how one morning he woke up and his blog of four years had vanished.  
It was impossible to get an answer from Google.  
Fortunately, the next day it returned.  But he found a solution to backing up his 
beautiful work with  hard copies from Shared Book. I have tried it and it is simple.

  Finally, some typical Haussmannian apartment details 
that I just love (from our Haven In Paris rental).  
Herringbone oak floors and wrought iron balconies.
French ornate brass window/door hardware.

Carved marble mantel
Louis Chairs
gilded antique mirror (son relaxing in background)
Pedestal table with (French museum books)
See the complete interior of the apartment HERE.

My thoughtful friend, John thought I would enjoy "Parisian Chic, A Style Guide."
He was right!  Thanks, John.  I agree with just about everything Ines says.
She gives advice on fashion, entertaining, home décor and places to go in Paris. 
Photo from "Parisian Chic"

One of her fashion tips:  invest  in classics and good accessories...
such as these Roger Vivier shoes (my daughter scored these for me 
when she interned for the company).

The "Universal Rule" wear full pants and skirts with tight-fitting tops and tight trousers 
and skirts with loose-fitting tops.  You knew this, right? 
But there are way more fun tips on how to edit your wardrobe, too.

I didn't want to start copying all the pages...but here's a few.  
She covers many of subjects that I have in my blog
(minimize clutter, reflect your personality, fresh fruit and flower accessories, etc.)
only in a funnier French amie sort of way. 
I will pick this book up routinely just for fun. 
 Pretty timeless and trés chic.

Best wishes,
Mary Ann

Participating in White WednesdayRednesday and 
French Inspiration Thursday


  1. Your photos remind me of my visit to Paris and I loved all the gorgeous doors! The book looks so fun. I like the page about flowers! Some good tips.

  2. What a fabulous apartment and such an adorable book. Looks like the time of your life!

  3. This is such a great post - I adore all those gorgeous interior shots!

    xoxo ~ Courtney


  4. Wonderful post--I will check out Shared Book and Parisian Chic. And I love looking at your shots of your Paris apartment!

  5. Wonderful advice, Mary Ann. I would about faint if my blog one morning is not there any longer. I will try that backup system you mentioned. Happy Mothers' Day!

  6. This is such a great post! How fun for you and your children! I love Paris too. Your apartment was so lovely. Wish I was there right now....Paris in the springtime.... (sigh).

  7. All lovely!! I checked out Shared book - looked like the blog version is for people whose blogs are on blogger or wordpress - but yours is not either so I will have to investigate further. My Parisian Chic is on order - can't wait!!

  8. Love Roger Vivier shoes!! Awesome. Thanks for the Shared Book tip!

  9. Hi Mary Ann~ I need to pick up Ines's book. Thanks for this lovely post.
    Happy Mother's Day to you!

  10. Love the shoes! The apartment is beautiful. I know that you enjoyed the trip, and the book is fabulous.
    Have a Happy Mother's Day, Mary Ann!

  11. I think I need that book! The shoes and the apartment are pretty fabulous, too! xo

  12. OH Mary Ann this is such a great post i have to read it again! I want this book!
    Peter that you mentioned is a friend of this fab blog i follow '"Paris through my Lens" have you heard of it? Virginia is an amazing photographer and everyday she posts stunning photos of Paris. She mentioned about Peter's blog disappearing. Her blog is on my blogroll.
    I love all these photos!

    Happy Mother's Day!!
    Pamela xo

  13. Happy Mother's Day! I pre-ordered that book on Amazon and read it the first afternoon it arrived. So chic and witty, like you;)

  14. Those details kill me, so so so so beauitful as only the French seem to be able to do. The simplest things from their door hardware to the detail on their wrought inron balconies!! What a great trip it looks like you had. I am going to have to get my hands on the book..at first I thought it was more of a silly little how too with now much substnace but now the more I hear about it, it really does seem to be a practical book loaded with lots of good well meaning and proven formulas...(If its good enough for the French, its good enough for me) Happy Mothers day to you!

  15. Happy Mother's Day Mary Ann!
    I'm going to get that book for Mother's Day today :)
    Thanks for sharing more details from your fabulous trip to Paris.
    Wishing you the lovliest day...

  16. Beautiful photos! I really like the book too. Hope you have a fabulous Mother's Day!


  17. I am so glad that you and Alie joined us! What a fun evening it was getting to know everyone... We were both fortunate to have that amazing weather which reflected Paris in a wash of spring greens and blooms!

    Thanks for the link to my blog... see you again soon (in Paris?) Let me know when Alie starts her blog... Happy Mother's Day, mon amie!


  18. That must have been an amazing trip. Thank you for sharing the book. It looks like a lot of fun.

    Happy mother's day!

  19. I loved all of this! The book looks great! One to keep forever and pass on!
    Happy Mother's Day!!

  20. What a great post. I am a Francophile and will be getting this book.

  21. I MUST have a copy of Parisian Chic! It looks like a fun GREAT read!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Have a pretty day!

  22. Great tips!!! thank for sharing a few pages from the book!!!

  23. I ordered the book. Thanks, John.

  24. Happy Mothers Day Mary Ann. Love your blog.



  25. That sounds awesome! So glad you were able to meet Genie there. She is such a sweetheart!
    Great post!

  26. Great tips! i'll be looking for a copy of this book, it looks like a fun read:>)

  27. Fabulous you!!! Once again you write an amazing and informative post. Love your blog!

    I hope you had a great mother's day!

    Have a blessed week!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  28. What a wonderful post! Love the pictures, and the book looks like such a fun read! Thanks for sharing. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

  29. gorgeous pictures and wonderful tips.
    i love the idea of backing up your blog. i have nightmares about my blog disappearing!
    oh, and so interesting about chrysanthemums being forbidden in france! who knew??

  30. Lucky girl who got to see Paris! That book looks so interesting, I have actually never thought of the "tight with loose" clothing rules (although I usually adhere to it anyways). I want that book too!!

    xox Linda

  31. Great post...the book looks like a good read!! Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day ~

  32. Great tip! And Gorgeous photos! :) God I adore Paris!

  33. This sounds like a good book to have on the shelf - Umm! big pants - tight tops or tight pants -big tops!! I must review my wardrobe.

  34. Love all the apartment details. gorgeous, particularly that mirror! I think I could use that book too! One more thing to think about with your blog. I woke up to a missing blog one morning because i didn't know that my domain name was expired. They sold the name and it was a bit of a scam. It took over a week and around $600 to get it back. My blood pressure is still high over that one.

  35. Oh my gosh that is important to note, Mona.

  36. Where do I begin? The details in the apartment are exquisite; how fun to meet with other bloggers who love of Paris; great tip on backing up a blog (have to check that out); your shoes are fab; oh goodness I'm sure I missed something...OH! the book - what great tips and I need to find out about ordering a copy of Parisian Chic. Thanks for ALL the fabulous info today!!!

  37. Indead pretty..happy Rednesday. Mine is late.

  38. Beautiful photographs! Makes me want to go to Paris right NOW!!! That pedestal table is beyond stunning.

    happy week!

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