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Ahhh Paris. City of fashion, romance, and pioneers behind everything "effortlessly chic." Thanks to a #happilyeverhoughton love story, I was honored to join my dear friends Israel and the now Mrs. Adrienne Houghton in Paris for their dream wedding. (See the magic on my IG @thejeanniemai). In between the celebration, it was my mission to stop and smell the foie grois and fleur wherever I could. After all, my favorite travel partner in crime Mama Mai was in attendance and it was her first time in Paris!
Although we traveled everywhere by taxi, uber, comfy heels and yes, bikes, here's a breakdown of Mai Must Hits list:
1. Galeries Lafayette Gourmet, 35 Boulevard Haussman, 75009 Paris, France
This is across from the Galeries Lafayette, a high end department store in France which also has great department store finds if you're into a mall stop. This food hall is a MUST HIT because it's aisles and aisles of every Parisian fave you can imagine all delicately packaged and displayed for tasting, pairing, or purchasing. I was able to get souvenirs for #MaiGlamFam back home all in this one spot!
Peep my snaps of these eclairs, flavored Himalayan Salts (I got truffle, truffle, of course!), Vietnamese French delights, and pate!
2. Septime, 80 rue de Charonne, 11th district
Septime is a one Michelin star restaurant, located at 80 rue de Charonne in the 11th district, which is a busy area to go out to, full of bars and restaurants. It's in line with the new trend of the bistronomy or even neo-bistr, except that they elevated the dishes to many techniques and créativité to earn a well deserved Michelin star! What is also commendable is that it's not about tradition and étiquette, but about the food, art, and the freshness of the ingredients.
3. Then I should hope you would want to work off all you ate...! I went to the "Jardin du Palais Royal" where Parisians go at summer to sunbathe and eat at the hidden terraces under the trees or read a book by the pond/ under the tree. This garden is actually a gem as it's quiet, off the beaten track by tourists who go mostly to Tuileries. For me, it's perf for pictures :)
4. While there, do stop at the Palais Royal, a permanent art installation called "Les Colonnes de Buren" where you get the most fun, picturesque moments because the landscape and colors are so playful. Clearly. Here I am with my male better-version-of-me-spirit-animal, French couturier extraordinaire Julien Fournie:
Extra Option: Cabaret Manko, 15 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France
Last but not least, a fun stop to do late at night when you're feeling the need to be entertained 👀, is the Cabaret Manko in Avenue Montaigne. Not your typical cabaret, in fact I still don't know how the hell to describe it. All I know is, you shall be in awe. It was a perfect 2 blocks away from the Plaza Athene where the ladies and I were staying, so we could stay looking flawless as we were!
Hope you enjoyed this short list of Mai Must Hits List of Paris! Next time I'll include a more detailed list for my fashion finds. For now, eat your heart out, and do share where your Must Hits in Paris are for me below! Au revoir!
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Before we began shooting for How Do I Look Asia, we received so many submissions who wanted to elect their loved one for a makeover. One submission stood out most to me was Des Maniquis, or her alias on Youtube "Sooper Purple". Her story stood out to me because I was like, "Hmm..it takes some pretty thick skin to make it on Youtube, why would Des's brother submit her for a makeover?" What I didn't realize is that there was so much more to her story. You see, Des used Youtube as an escape from the bullying she was already dealing with in every day real life. To hide, she created a personality online (her alter ego) and made rambunctious, freeing videos as Sooper Purple. When you check out her YT channel, you'll see that Sooper Purple is a lil cray, a lot of fun, and doesn't give AF. What Sooper Purple didn't know is that SP was really just Des, herself. She just stood in her own way to believe it.
We had an amazing experience together on Des' episode, and I've been a fan of hers ever since on YT. YouTube is a super hard platform to break into, and I give props to anybody who even tries. Not just because of the potential success behind it, but because it's such a permanent public diary for everyone to see. Recently, I just got this amazing news from Des' feed!
Des has blossomed even MORE since our show and has used her own journey to break down walls for other victims of bullying. I am so beyond proud of her, and only pray many who hear her story will believe in themselves as well. Give it up for Des, aka Sooper Purple, a young woman who's showing us how it's done! So much love to you babe. Keep lighting the way for us.
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