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The first hotel Fauchon, all in pink and black

The upscale caterer at the Place de la Madeleine in Paris welcomed its very first customers to its hotel in early September. With the hotel business, Fauchon adds a new string to his bow.

Fauchon entrusted the lines of his first hotel to architect Richard Martinet. The address opened on Place de la Madeleine, where the founder of the brand, Auguste-Félix Fauchon was selling fruits and vegetables in 1886. A prime location, close to the department stores and rue Saint-Honoré, the Hotel Fauchon should attract an international clientele. The establishment has 54 rooms and eleven suites, each of which has been personalized with a unique style. Pink and black, flagship tones of the brand, do not miss the call. Guests can also be pampered at a Carita spa.

Anchored in the food trades, the brand put unsurprisingly on gastronomy to seduce its guests. For example, they will have the privilege of participating in private dinners in the presence of the Chefs of the Fauchon brigade.

The sweet and savory signature will be duplicated at Café Fauchon, whose terrace will offer a privileged view of the Church of the Madeleine. Hotel guests and passers-by will be able to eat there from breakfast to dinner, or even through a takeaway offer. 





Estelle Varillon

Cosmetics for men, a market in full transformation

Many specialized brands have hatched thanks to e-commerce and the fashion of the “hipster” bearded but neat, without to overshadow the giants of cosmetics. Cosmetics brands are not mistaken and multiply new products … as it has been the case for many years in the female department.

The most popular products for men are shaving oils, hair coloring, or depilatory creams.

Large groups often have mostly feminine brands, with masculine ranges coming later. Original brands, created from the outset for men, really have a card to play. In 2015, the men’s beauty market, or “grooming” (excluding shaving products, soaps, toothpastes and perfumes) accounted for global sales of € 17.4 billion, 30% more than in 2011, according to the Euromonitor research firm. However, this still represents less than 15% of the total cosmetics market in 2017.

In the United States, then in Europe, many independent high-end men’s brands have emerged in recent years, particularly in the field of beard care, often favoring a dandy and retro design, like the British: Captain Fawcett and Apothecary 87 or the young brand House 99 launched by David Beckham in collaboration with L’Oréal.

All of this made possible by the increased purchasing power of Generation Y men, who follow the trends put forward by celebrities who care about their looks, brings the concept of self-care to another level. The desire to be part of a way of life synonymous with success and well-being leads male consumers to barbershops and salons offering personalized services and care designed for men.






Estelle Varillon

Light seekers and Night crawlers by Logan Hicks in Paris @galerieopenspace

The Light Seekers and Night Crawlers exhibition was the opportunity to discover the work of the hyperrealist stencil pioneer and his many fascinations.

Logan Hicks has focused on showing his own poetic vision of the city through some thirty works on canvas and wood in the form of nocturnal landscapes and enigmatic scenes. His art is based on the photography he accumulates frantically during his travels. With twenty-nine canvases specially created for the exhibition, the gallery focuses on the artist’s strengths while presenting some novelties. There is the stencil in its natural element: nocturnal urban views.

The surprising but full of promise collaboration between H&M and Moschino

As H&M had already done in its previous collaboration with Balmain, it was during the Coachella festival in April that the brand revealed the new designer with whom it will be associated with an exclusive collection. This is Moschino. With its bed of stars and its media impact, the California festival was undoubtedly the best time to reveal it. As a bonus, it’s the top Gigi Hadid who announced it in preview on Instagram to its 39 million subscribers. The video, a call exchanged with Jeremy Scott, artistic director of the Italian house, was broadcast on giant screens at a party on the sidelines of the festival. Entitled MOSCHINO [tv] H&M, the collection should reflect the pop universe of the designer at the head of the brand since 2013. It will include clothing for women, men and accessories but the brand also promises “some additional surprises” .

Accustomed to use in his collections symbols of pop culture, such as Barbie, Spongebob, McDonalds, Looney Tunes or My Little Pony, the creator should prepare a collection that promises to be quirky and colorful. Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative advisor, said it’s a great fit for today because it mixes pop, street culture, logos and glamor.

It will be available in a selection of shops and the H&M e-shop from 8 November 2018. We can not wait to see the result.






Estelle Varillon

Discovering a charming cottage near Lake Sidailles

A student at HEC, Chantal wanted to work in the hotel and restaurant industry. Life has decided otherwise. After a successful career in the industry, she finally realizes her dream supported by her husband Erick.

The renovation of the building of their country house lasted almost two years: the floors are made of stone of the Celle, the one that was used to build the abbey of Noirlac in the twelfth century), bringing cachet to this charming place. Every detail is neat and thought for the comfort of the guests. In summer a basket of vegetables and fruits from the garden will be available for the amateurs, as well as homemade jams and products from the surrounding farms.

The breathtaking view, calm and serenity that emerge from the place make it a place of choice for a weekend or a week of discovery of the Berry.

Bikes, heated pool, petanque, hammocks are available. Erick and Chantal will help you organize an extraordinary stay according to your tastes and your curiosity.


To book it’s here: Airbnb

The artist Acez presents his work on

Acez is from Parisian graffiti spciety, he paints on canvas a hybrid universe with varied influences. He contrasts the materials, represented with great attention to detail and inspired by classical painting, with raw geometric shapes, quintessence of his “graffiti-esque” production. also highlights various services offered by the artist. From traditional decorative painting (panoramic, materials … etc) to more contemporary frescoes, to the bomb, as well as the customization of clothes, furniture and objects.

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Café Moco : a little zen place in 11e arrondissement of Paris

Find a café where you can have a quiet brunch on a Sunday morning in the 11th arrondissement of Paris without waiting in line for two hours. The equation seems insoluble? This is because you have not met coffee Moco, a mini haven of peace in Paris.

Located at the intersection of rue de Charonne and boulevard Voltaire, through the bay window you can see the room and the marble bar, where fresh products jostle between homemade cakes, plants and freshly brewed coffee beans roasted.

At Café Moco, you can order slate or choose the brunch formula. It consists of two drinks: a hot (coffee, tea and matcha versions or chai) and a cold (lemonade or fruit juice of the day – both homemade), a main course and a dessert.For the other days of the week, on the menu: Soups of the day, sandwiches, creative salads made with fresh products.Dessert side, the choice is complicated: brownie with nuts, carrot cake, four quarter with lemon or chocolate cake vegan or the small greedy: the homemade granola and its red fruits. Why delight gourmands.

The kitchen is inspired, free and without brakes, colorful, just like the decoration. If moco means a sailor from the Mediterranean, the azure is popular here. He is on every wall. Without denying the modern and comfortable, it’s like first class cabin of a 30’s yacht.

Café Moco is a little exotic bubble, sheltered from all the diktats of the moment. Fresh, no frills, like at home, but better.







Estelle Varillon

Epykomene visite Breguet à Baselworld 2018

Dans le sillage d’un héritage unique, être Horloger de la Marine Royale, et animée par cette volonté de se surpasser continuellement, la maison Breguet a dévoilé l’an dernier un chef d’œuvre horloger, le modèle Marine Équation Marchante.

Au-delà de ses impressionnantes complications, cette pièce symbolise la nouvelle génération de garde-temps Marine, se distinguant par une allure moderne et dynamique. En 2018, la Maison poursuit le développement de cette ligne redessinée à travers trois nouvelles créations déclinées notamment en titane, une première pour la collection. Cette ligne à l’esthétique revu, mêle modernité et dynamisme grâce une attache bracelet inédite, des cannelures retravaillées, ainsi qu’une couronne entourée d’un décor en forme de vagues et ornée d’un « B » élargi. La Marine 5517 affiche la date à 3h, logée sur un tour d’heures en chiffres romains. Ces derniers sont recouverts de matière luminescente tout comme les repères des minutes et les aiguilles Breguet à « pomme ». L’univers marin est rappelé à travers l’aiguille des secondes décorée d’un « B » en signaux maritimes réinterprété.

Autre modèle phare : la Marine Chronographe 5527. Doté des codes graphiques de la nouvelle génération de pièces Marine introduite l’an dernier, ce garde-temps de 42,3 mm donne le ton. L’aiguille du chronographe placée au centre est reconnaissable à travers un subtil détail marin. Breguet décline cette nouveauté en plusieurs versions, soucieuse d’offrir une large palette de possibilités. Une première version mêle un boîtier en or blanc à un cadran bleu en or, dont le guillochage au motif « vagues » rappelle les origines de la collection. Une variation en or rose est proposée avec un cadran argenté guilloché.  La Maison offre en outre à son porteur le choix d’opter pour un bracelet en cuir ou en caoutchouc.









Audrey Kabla et Estelle Varillon

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Have a lunch with Marcel in Paris

Decidedly, this 18th does not stop to impress us. At the corner of Avenue Junot and Villa Léandre, so chic, Marcel settled in a minimalist New York decor, one more, with a wall dedicated to luxury groceries in case of case, a black counter, black tables, a blackboard chalked with homemade specialties, playing the brunch recipe thoroughly.

Brunch weekend, typical “off the Atlantic”, with bagel and cream cheese, Bircher muesli, Scones with fresh cream and jams, scrambled eggs with salmon, quite delicious, pancakes with maple syrup, french toasts, wafles. For the rest of the menu, we can find: lemon vinaigrette vinaigrette and parmesan shavings, chicken breaded with hazelnuts, beef sirloin steak. Not to mention the inevitable cheese cake, Mont Blanc or Pudding custard and toffee sauce.

The keys to success: kindness, freshness, wisdom, quality with a touch of fancy relaxation, all inspired by the exquisite Alexandra Delarive, co-founder of the Coffee Parisien, and who gave the measure of his talent and good taste.

Here is a simple and nice place to brunch on Sunday, nibble at any time, experience changing Montmartre, Paris moving.





Estelle Varillon

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