Last weekend you might have been a spectator of Paris Marathon if by any chance you occured to be in the French capital with about 57000 runners from all over the world going for 42 km! But if you’re not a professional athlete or a daily runner there is some other alternative for you too and this is one another thing why I love Paris so much!
It’s called Color’run and it’s being held since couple of years now (first Color’run took place in USA in 2012) in partnership with Sephora and sponsored with many other brands. The objectif is to run 5 km through color foam (made from the flour I guess) crossing each of these four “gateways” where you are litterary being showered with the colorful powder (1 color per passage as shown above).
Why? This is called the happiest 5km of the Planet because it is so much fun. Indeed, it was a healthy and funny athmosphere gathering happy and joyful people making a course and having fun while getting those bursts of color throws all over the body.
First we had to suscribe to be added on the list of participants. Once the confirmation received they kept us informed about the rules and giving us the approaching countdown. Each of us had a kit with T-shirt, glasses and some other accessories that we had to put on. The idea of a possible costume show-off made me go creative and customize my outfit. So I thought of a tutu skirt – a rose tutu skirt the idea of which seduced my team girls and we decided to wear it all and come closer to our team name “Vesna” (“spring” in Russian) though atfer watching the pictures I think we should have called ourselves “Swan Lake chics” 🙂
Music, dances, photographers, a lot of colors and a concert right in the middle of Trocadéro in front of the Eiffel Tower…all this and a lot of “happy faces” as I called it yesterday were available in Paris. Not mentioning THE amazing chance of running in the middle of parisian streets or even in the tunnel as if we owned the city. I think we did.
Many thanks to my friends for talking me into this and for the perfect company. See you here next year, ballerinas 🙂
This is a throwback to those hot september days in Paris when I still could walk in my open shoes, in a bustier top not wearing a coat and feeling splendid….To be honest, a couple of years ago when I bought this skirt for job interviews, I could not imagine that one day I would be wearing it this way matching with high heels and a bustier and some accessories like a choker and a shawl to bring a cabaret mood to this set. We were shooting with my friend Victor (the link to his book below) in the 8th district of Paris during rush hours between 17-18h and there was a lot of traffic there. The only thing I was thinking about (besides thinking of not falling down from my heels) was begging in my mind those drivers to go, not stop, not stare at, just drive 🙂
photos by Victor
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It looks like this when Velib organises a competition on the Instagram for the best photo with velib in Paris. For those who don’t know what the velib is listen up here. Velib is a public bicycle in Paris with a lot of stations all over the city where you can rent a bicyle, change (30 min is free so you can change your velib every 30 min if you are suscribed) and return. The system is easy to use, cheap and convenient for a big city like Paris.
So when Velib started the competition, not even for trying to win it, but for fun I пrabbed my colleagues and made a little photo shoot during our lunchbreak.
You see our faces? We were happy like kids 🙂
“Fashion fades, only style remains the same”. Coco Chanel
I don’t know how these words came to my mind, but she’s actually right. We need to have our own style but be different and not get annoying. Two months ago I was flying home with my boyfriend and there was a French Monsieur sitting next to us. I’m not too much the kind of person to start talking with the neighbour easily but I guess this time I knew that the French Monsieur was wise and full of experience. We chatted almost during the whole flight. It was constructive. The French Monsieur was a journalist and a writer. He told me that we should do what we really like and be different in our actions, approaches and tools. Now you ask me what’s the point with Chanel’s quote? The point is that I love fashion and being fashionable. But the fashion changes every season and the style – never…
photos by Victor http://www.v2mstyle.book.fr
This day was a very special day! Though I still had to go to work, I left earlier as I was looking forward so much to this photo shoot. Yes, that day I run away from work like crazy holding couple of bags full of shoes, accessories, skirts, etc in my hands. I felt so special that I didn’t take the subway that day but took a cab (which I do normally only in the night when I go out cause it costs a fortune in Paris and secondly, it’s faster on subway). “Soyons fou” (let me be crazy) I said to myself and headed to Tuileries Garden!
Now this skirt was hanging on there in my wardrobe waiting for its hour of triumph because I wore it for the first time for the photo shoot! I kinda felt sorry for this khaki skirt from Zara as every time I was looking at it, I had no inspiration how to match it. But I guess finally I did perfectly! So, I’ve matched it with Sweewë top and beautiful Nine West shoes (my favourites).
I let you look at this pictures and tell me what do you think?
P.S. A Special THANK YOU to Victor for this awesome shooting! Check out here http://www.v2mstyle.book.fr
We are all used to watch beautiful model’s or bloggers’ pictures with trendy clothes and dream to be in their place one day. Today I felt as one of those girls that I always wanted to be like. Posing in my new green shoes and tutu dress at one of the most fashionable spots of Paris – Place Vendôme, I felt really confortable as if I fit into the chic and glorious parisian fashion circle. Well I think it was a child’s dream that came true.
photo by Victor www.v2mstyle.book.fr
Hi everyone! I’m so excited because what I’m going to present you today is a bit cheeky but I let you judge and decide whether it’s cool or not!
Usually I’m not too much in long dresses or skirts but when I saw that long khaki dress I could not resist buying it. I decided to add a “little mistery” to my look by wearing this black hat (love it and I’ve bought it only for 10 euros at Montmartre!). What I like in this look is my dark red lips and my Ninewest purse (I’ll be posting soon about my make up). But the surprise of this outfit is the back of my Mango t-shirt that I get printed as “Carrie Bradshaw team”. Everybody remembers Carrie from the Sex and the city? Love this serie and of course, Carrie! So let me know, girls, what do you think? Bisous
photo by Salomé
This is not a secret that Paris is one of the most visited cities in the word. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Louvre Museum – this list is not exhaustive. The tourists are part of Paris and I guess today we can’t imagine Paris without its numerous international guests. But what if you have already visited the most famous spots and are looking for somewhere that you won’t run across the crowds of tourists and still enjoy the beautiful parisian dream? Well, Paris still can offer many unusual places where you can disconnect from the big city and enjoy your time.
We will start our Journey from Paris 11 (the 11 district of Paris). It spreads from the Place de la République, continues to Bastille and ends up at the Place de la Nation.
PLACE DE LA REPUBLIQUE
This is one of the symbolic places of Paris where manifestations and other types of public movement events are organized and held. At the center of the square there is a statue of Marianne who is the personification of the French Republic as it was erected in honor of the anniversary of the French Revolution. She is holding an olive branch in her right hand and a board engraved with the Human Rights. At the bottom of the statue you will always find flags, candles, pictures and other stuff that people leave here to commemorate something. This place can both be over crowded during such events and quiet and welcoming the other days. You can actually find during the lunchbreak or at the end of the working day a lot of people having their meal here, or groups of friends chatting and sitting on the steps. In other words, this is a rather popular and welcoming district.
Statue of Marianne
You can actually find some interesting restaurants in this area. Before arriving to the square there is this family restaurant – El Rincon Espanol with plenty of spanish food, tapas, etc for spanish speciality lovers.
Those who will choose the French food are welcome to this unusual restaurant called “the Pharmacy”. Bon appetit!
PLACE DE LA BASTILLE
Well this place is known for the Bastille prison which was destructed in 1789-1790 during the French Revolution. At the center of the place there is the July Column which commemorates the events of the July Revolution. The Place of Bastille or simply, Bastille is one of the busiest districts of Paris with La Roquette, Oberkampf and Rue de Lappe streets and their funky night clubs, bars and boutiques. One of the most famous feature of Bastille is the Opera Bastille.
Panoramic view of the Place de la Bastille
La Roquette is the busiest street of Bastille. It’s well known for its nightclubs and numerous cafés and bars where people just can hang on and have afterworks. If you walk down the street, you’ll run into the Rue de Lappe with its numerous bars, the Fontaine de la Roquette (historic fountain built in 1846), Bastille Theatre, etc. At the end of the street you will certainly come across a little park where you can have a rest, read your favourite book, or whaterver you please to do in the arms of nature.
Rue de la Roquette
Fontaine de la Roquette
Maurice Gardette Park
Maurice Gardette Park
When you are at the street La Roquette there is a little passage called “Passage des Taillandiers”. This passage is very special to me as one of the most important dance studios of Paris is situated right here – Studio Harmonic. I’ve been going there already for 6 months and I’m pretty satisfied of the dancers high level. There are a lot of young famous dancers that I knew there such as Yanis Marshall, Inès Van Damme, Nathalie Lucas, etc. Once I even came across into the famous French news presenter, Claire Chazal who seemed to take classical dance courses there. This studio offers a huge list of different dance styles as classical dance, modern jazz, street jazz, salsa, oriental dance, hip hop, etc.
RUE DE LAPPE
Rue de Lappe is the right street if you’re looking for original bars to have a drink with your friends and to find yourself in an authentic parisian underworld. Bar des Ferrailleurs, Habanero, La Chapelle des Lombards and a lot of others that you could try as there is a big choice!
HIDDEN TREASURES OF BASTILLE
Finally we approach to the hidden unusual spot of the Bastille district. The most fascinating thing about it is that you can literally walk along a place not knowing that behind the closed doors there is a spectacular and secret yard. One of these places is the Cité du Figuier – a hidden yard where actually there are people living. It is situated at 106, Oberkampf street in Paris 11. When you arrive there you might walk a little bit trying to find the entrance for couple of minutes (as I did) but no worries as you only have to open the big green entrance door to access this beautiful court. This place carried me away into a different epoch since I saw these really cute colorful houses full of mistery. Couple of blocks down you can find the Museum of Edith Piaf and different interesting restaurants and bars.
Cité du Figuier
Cité du Figuier
Cité du Figuier
Cité du Figuier
Museum of Edith Piaf
This visit to Paris 11 is not over as there are still a lot of other places of interest that I have to discover. I will keep you posted. You can still share your experience and add some ideas that I haven’t mentioned in this post. See you! Bisous
Hello my dear friends! Let’s talk about fashion!
The dark red “bordeaux” colour seem has never left the fashion but this time it comes out more trendy than ever! For this khaki look I chose dark red accessories: NineWest purse and sandals. Though I feared of having too much of it, I could not but added my favourite Dior lipstick (Diorific Diorama 001 if anyone is interested). Well, even if it costs a fortune, it makes my whole make-up a bit classy, a bit misterious and I adore it! Tell me what do you think about it! Bisous
photo by Leslie