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Next Wednesday, it’s that time of year again…
Our trend setting and sharing favorite fete – Bloomingdale’s PreWedding Party.
Join us downtown Chicago for beautiful bites, bubbly sips, sensational sweets and sneak peeks at our top party, wedding and floral trends for Spring Summer 2014.
We’re celebrating with Chicago Social Brides, Pure Kitchen Catering, Vera Wang, BBJLinen, Fig Media, Colin Lyons Photography, Spin Spun Confections, Elysia Root Cakes, Bombon Cakes and more.
Plus – and this is huge – enter to win:
Lalique, Nambe cookware, All-Clad cookware, and best of all – a two night stay at legendary Le Meurice, Paris!
And – brides – come right at 6pm…
The first twenty five brides to arrive and register for Bloomingdale’s Bridal Registry win a gorgeous, fabulous, VIP swag bag.
See you next week – we just can’t wait.
Shall we spend the day together, en Paris?
Oui, bien sur.
Let’s Sunday window shop, along lovely, oh so glamorous avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement.
This is one street you do NOT want to miss when en Paris.
Major window eye candy.
Major gorgeous window fashion dressing.
Originally called “allée des Veuves” (widows’ alley) as in the 18th century women in mourning gathered here.
Avenue Montaigne comes from a french renaissance writer, and in the 19th century became famous for it’s sparkling, colorful Mabille balls each Saturday eve.
No wonder I love it.
Kindred past spirits.
By the 1980s, avenue Montaigne was coined “la grande dame” of French streets for high fashion and accessories, even more important than the previous ruler of couture, rue de Faubourg Saint Honore.
Up and down each side of the block, boutique windows are dressed to the high fashion couture nines inside Louis Vuitton, (Mike just surprised me and bought an anniversary present here!) Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Celine, Nina Ricci…
Not to mention the world famous red awnings of Hotel Plaza Athenee, where I was lucky enough to spend several nights as the guest of Dom Perignon, living a total Parisian dream.
Moët Hennessey Louis Vuitton group, LVMH, one of my favorite clients to work alongside in Chicago, owns the major portfolio of the street’s real estate.
Marlene Dietrich, starlet extraordinaire, lived at No. 12 avenue Montaigne for many years.
Being so magnifique, Comité Montaigne has created an interactive map, complete with backstage fashion access, street style, so you can explore step by step yourself! Just click here.
The Prada dresses Gatsby story full of fashion sketches for days is my personal favorite, click here to read.
At 15 avenue Montaigne stands the famous Theatre des Champs-Elysees, the main character in the beautiful french film Avenue Montaigne.
Have you seen it?
It is just beyond lovely.
Such prestigious address and beauty does remind one that every rose has it’s thorn.
You may remember, in December 2008 the iconic Harry Winston boutique at 29 avenue Montaigne was robbed of more than 80 million euro, (roughly $100 million in dollars) worth of glittering glam, from diamond rings, to necklaces to luxury watches by a “gang of three or four” armed men just before closing. It had also been robbed in October 2007, when a similar heist netted the robbers about 20 million euro.
Meet me in Paris!
April in Paris is all the rage, so we’ve put together a pretty petite soiree to celebrate.
Join friends The Savoy Flea – everything fabulous french flea you can image – and then some – selling gorgeous Mother’s Day gifts galore.
We did Randolph Holiday Market together in December, and the entire 2 days instead of signing my A Perfect Event books, I was shopping in their stall – grabbing every single item I needed for Christmas, hostessing, and more.
You don’t want to miss their Mother’s Day goods – all for sale – with our gorgeous gift wrap included!
(Today the girls install their window vignette – a ten foot long garland made entirely of vintage french novel pages – c’est parfait, non?
Follow the install yourself – as they work their flea chic magic – on vine, instagram and twitter this morning!
Taste friends Toni Patisserie‘s Paris Sweets and Treats – which – by the way – are all total and complete works of delicate art – almost too beautiful to bite.
And did I mention Mother’s Day goodies? Just you wait to see what Toni and team are baking up for your May gifting and celebrations – all for sale that night.
Plus cocktail chic with Pierre Ferrand – oh just you wait to see what we’re serving up to celebrate.
And Smilebooth – we have a complete french vintage props kit ready and waiting – you don’t want to miss!
A picture is worth 1,000 words – so grab mom – friends – the kids – family – and bring them in – next Thursday, to Meet me in Paris!
How time does fly by…
Tonight’s the night!
Bloomingdale’s Wedding Party, 6-8, in the landmark Medinah Temple Home Store.
You won’t want to miss our glorious wedding party vignettes…paired with the most gorgeous china, silver, crystal and more beautiful Bloomies Bridal Registry has to offer.
We even snuck into the sanctuary like sacred stock rooms with them last week to ooh, to ahh, to pull, and to pick.
It was heaven on earth!
Kate Spade, Marchesa, Scalamandre, Villeroy and Boch, Juliska, and Jasper Conran…
Just to name but a few.
It’s like idol worship tomorrow, pretty, patterned china style.
Plus BBJLinen, Pure Kitchen Catering, Baked the Bakery, Elysia Root Cakes, Glazed and Infused and more.
See you tonight night, at six!
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