French skincare haul

While I was in Paris I did what any self-respecting blogger did and hunted down the gem that is City Pharma. Cliche? As Elodie, Olivia, Gemma, Kristabel, Lucy, Lauren, Charlotte and I all headed through the mean back streets of Paris, we were ladies on a mission. My, was it worth the trek! I felt like all my Christmas' had came and once and didn't quite know where to look first. It was very busy and overwhelming.

After making a beeline and picking up enough Bioderma to see me through for at least 6 months I hounded Elodie on what other skincare beauties I should lug back to London. I was on the lookout for a clay mask as working in London seems to be playing havoc with my face. It is not my friend at the minute. After evesdropping and hearing Elodie mention the Nuxe lipbalm was a winner I sneaked it into my bag as I was queuing. I hold Olivia fully responsible for the purchase of the red Sephora lip paint. It's not really something I would ever think to look at in a shop - lipstick is the way to my heart. But I saw it on her and decided I needed to own it right that minute. Baaaa someone say sheep?!

Have you ever tried any of these products?

La Favorite, Le Marais, Paris

Elodie suggested brunch at Breakfast in America in La Marais to cure our rumbling tummies on the Sunday but when we arrived there was a queue. Not suprisingly when it's been compared to the The Breakfast Club in London. This little place was situated next door and as we were in a rush to meet our bus we decided to chance it.

What a good chance it was! I can't rave about La Favorite enough. I'm still dreaming about the French toast. It was perfectly crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside - there's nothing worse than soggy bread. I opted for maple syrup instead of the custard and it was a very apt choice. The portion size was just right and the banana added a lovely touch. It felt very decadent indeed. We both opted to share the vegetable omelette and my oh my THE CHEESE. They certainly don't scrimp on the filling. It was wonderfully gooey as you cut into the omelette with just the right amount of vegetables to stop it from being too overpowering.

It was such a lovely quaint, traditional-looking restaurant that was the perfect place to end our trip in Paris. This was exactly the sort of place i'd envisioned when I thought of the city. Make sure you add it to your list if you're ever in the French capital. I'd love to go back and sample the lunch/dinner menu!


Paris, you have stolen my heart

You know when you do something exciting and it passes so quickly in a blur that you're not quite sure if you've actually done it or it was a dream? That's how I feel about Paris. It feels quite surreal to think that I spent the weekend in the French capital.

After departing from Victoria bus station last Friday night, I fell asleep on the IDBUS and woke up in Paris ready to take on the city. After negotiating our way to our hotel - having a French friend was invaluable - we headed out to sample the delights. We jumped on the metro and ended up on Saint Germain Boulevard to hunt down some brunch.  I really can't believe how much we managed to squeeze in considering we had such a short amount of time. I got to marvel at the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc De Triomphe, Le Marais and Sacre Cour. The former was by far my favourite. The views after the steep climb were breathtaking - well worth the huffing and puffing whilst trying to avoid the dodgy men at the bottom selling friendship bracelets.

I had such a amazing weekend and it was so much fun to spend time with new bloggers and ones I already classed as friends. Everyone was so friendly and really made the weekend run smoothly - it was so helpful having Elodie and Lucy speak fluent French. I really don't know how we'd have coped without them! Elodie, Olivia, Gemma, Lauren, Charlotte, Kristabel, Lucy Ellie, Amy, Hannah, Lucy and Cinda it was a complete pleasure!

Can we please go this weekend too?

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