Nice Things Friday

Handmade strawberry and mango chocolates from the new restaurant The Pollen Social Club

I’m taking a short trip to Paris this weekend and eagerly looking forward to visiting some of the sights, pavement cafes and the beautiful shops.
Do you have any recommendations of where to visit or eat while I’m there ? Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
All the jobs and tasks that need attending will be left behind and instead I will busy myself with absorbing a new city.
Friends have kindly offered to house sit and look after the animals who I have no doubt will keep them on their toes.
Below are some of the things that made me smile this week.

There are some great restaurant tips in this Paris guide by Ines de la Fressange. I'm also bringing my ballet flats back to the city where the trend first began.

My chandelier earrings from Anthropologie and certain to brighten up any drab outfit.

After months of searching, this living room space has finally been filled with a Victorian linen cupboard

This bow blouse from Club Monaco has become a favourite of mine

P.S How do you feel about taking things left overs home from a restaurant ? I couldn’t finish these lovely chocolates on Thursday night but couldn’t bare to leave them behind either. I know it has become more common practice to ask but some people still get embarrassed at the thought ?

About Joanne

I am an Irish journalist who has worked for ten years in newspapers and magazines. I have recently moved to London and started this blog .
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9 Responses to Nice Things Friday

  1. Hi Hun,

    Man, just a quick trip to Paris!! i WISH! :)
    going there for easter so PLEASE post some of the fun stuff you recomend!!

    love K

  2. letizia says:

    Oh lucky you! I lived 2 years in Paris, or 3 I don’t remember! it’s gonna be cold wear a good coat, eat in the brasserie at noon and you could also take the boat on the Seine in the evening for a lovely tour and see Notre Dame!
    my fav place is Montmartre!

  3. Have a great trip Joanne. I couldn’t have left thos chocolates behind either!

    Emma xo

  4. Francesca R says:

    You are going tomparis? Wowwww! Have fun! The cupboard looks great in you house!

  5. katy says:

    I live in California and everyone who wants to takes home food from restaurants.Food doesn’t get wasted,and no one thinks a thing about it.It is very common and acceptable here. San Francisco has some of the best food in the world,and Santa Barbara is beautiful…..come visit ! God bless you and your job and new place to live !

  6. little t says:

    Ok, I got that book Parisian Chic for Christmas and I read it cover-to-cover the same day. Isn’t it the best? Definitely use her recommendations for things to see/ do in Paris (especially the shopping guide). I go to Paris quite a bit and I agreed with 90% of what she said. Some of the restaurants she mentioned are a little pretentious, but I guess it’s a matter of taste. I’d recommend the Rose Bakery (near Sacre Coeur) for breakfast. There is a little piece on it in the book and I did a post about it aaaaaages ago (http://little– You should spend a while in the area after you’ve eaten- it’s a kind of dodgy area at night (close to the red light district of Pigalle) but a really beautiful spot to see all of Paris during the day. There are cool (and inexpensive) thrift store in the area too. Also, have a picnic in Jardins du Luxembourg if you are there on a Sunday, it’s so pretty. I’m trying to think of fashiony things to do (when I think of Paris, I just think of food…). Definitely don’t miss Colette (near Rivoli). If you are doing to go to a Museum, give the Louvre a miss and go to the Musee d’Orsay (where Monets painting are). Or if you’d like something different Le 104 is an amazing modern art museum with very cool projects/ activities on rotation (website: x

  7. Lovely post…hope your weekend was great. I’m heading for Paris in about 9 weeks so I think I’ll have to buy that Paris guide by Ines. Thanks for the tip!

  8. Connie says:

    Oh my. These things make me smile, too. And yes, absolutely take the chocolates home!

  9. Viki says:

    Hi Darling! Have fun in Paris! Lucky you! I hope to see some beautiful pics of Paris from you! :-)) hugs!!


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