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Shop discovery – MUIMA

MUIMA

I told you lately about my current crave for ethnic and boho textiles. I just found happiness with MUIMA, a Spanish online shop that curates a collection of delicate throws, blankets and poufs mostly handmade in Morocco. Selection is so fine I find it hard to narrow it down to a single favorite. Well oh well, maybe this pompom blanket…

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Have a wonderful sunny week lovelies!

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Two days in Paris

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Last week we were invited to the most lovely wedding in Paris, a perfect occasion to spend some time together in one of the most beautiful city of Europe. Our friends Zoe and Mathieu got married in the magnificent Mairie of Montmartre, a few minutes walk from our hotel. Funny how I completely rediscovered Montmartre. I’ve been blown away by the beauty of its buildings, narrow streets and stairs.

I had prepared a massive plan of attack for the few hours we had to wander around (in between glasses of champagne, hooray!). Unfortunately we didn’t get to do all the things I had foreseen. But still, we managed to discover a couple of pretty cool spots to eat & shop around the Canal Saint-Martin and Pigalle.

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Pigalle

La Buvette: Most probably my favorite find of the weekend. If you want to feel you’re in New-York while actually being in Paris, that’s were you want to go (it’s no surprise La Buvette in Paris has a big sister in Greenwich Village). This bistro-like restaurant serves great and authentic food. The chicken pie I had was simply delicious! And I heard the brunch was quite impressive as well.

Le Rocketship: A pretty housewares boutique and café, footsteps away from La Buvette.

Brunch at Hotel Amour: Cafe Marlette was full on Sunday so we had to find an alternative. We found it in the super hipstery Hotel Amour. Oh these pancakes!

Popelini: Des petits choux et encore des petits choux. Couldn’t choose bewteen the strawberry, salted butter or lemon one. Took them all… mmmmh

Mesdemoiselles Madeleines: In front of Popelini’s petits choux, you’ll find the same concept but for the famous madeleines. Again couldn’t choose, tried them all.

 

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Canal St-Martin

Patisserie Liberté: Along the pretty little streets of the Canal Saint Martin lies this beautiful patisserie. Stop there for a little break and don’t forget to taste their famous lemon pie (the cheesecake is to die for as well btw).

Artazart Bookstore: I told you about it last time but couldn’t resist mentioning it here again. We spent at least an hour flicking through the pages of their beautiful selection of design books.

 

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Papier Tigre: The famous boutique for clever objects and paper.

Gilles Marchal: We stumbled across this cute patisserie on a corner of Montmartre. The Chef is extraordinarily nice and bakes amazing pastries like these Vanilla brioche and chocolate madeleine.

Hope you enjoyed this little tour of Paris. I hope I’ll be going back there soon enough!

Ps: For more hotspots in Paris, see other favorites here.

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Going for a ride

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Sport has always been part of my life and really helped me in many ways. But, lately I’ve been excessively lazy and I can feel I’m loosing balance a little bit I have to say. So as a good resolution for Spring, I thought I would start moving again, register to a yoga or pilates class (do you know any cool classes in Brussels btw?), go for walks more often and, why not, buy a new bike.

I came across TulipBikes some time ago and immediately loved the design and concept: Choose one of the models, then design your bike, from colors to accessories. Your bike is made on order in the Netherlands and delivered to you 2 weeks later. And, price looks alright. Take a look at their website to see by yourself and let me know if you end up ordering one, I’m curious ; ).

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Have a lovely weekend folks (it’s Friday, yay!)

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3 things to love for Spring

Simple things magazine

Can you feel it? This soft breeze announcing Spring, its flowers and sunny days? Can’t help but smile thinking of the days ahead.

Today is all about taking a fresh new start after the cold Winter days, little by little. First, I’m really excited to introduce you to a new magazine I discovered a couple of weeks ago. Simple Things is a French publication that celebrates the small pleasures in life, from gardening and cooking to travel and lifestyle. I now have several editions and it’s always a pure moment of relaxation to flick through the pages. And, the magazine refers to some of the online shops ELT already made you discover through posts or gift guides like the ones dedicated to Neëst, Bodie and Fou or La Maison d’Anna G (Woot woot!). Another plus: it’s ad free.

Second favorite of the past few weeks, La Minute Papillon is pretty nifty resource (in French) for eating healthy (my new ambition). Recipes, tips and information are all presented in a neat and engaging way.

Finally, I just fell in love with these little gold dotted mugs from the French boutique HOME scandinave. An idea to freshen up your interior.

Have a lovely week! xoxo.