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    Paris Recap – Pt 5




    Here it is, my last Paris post and what we got to do while visiting. Hopefully, my past posts will help all of you plan your future day adventures in Paris, but today is all about our nights…


    1. Before we left, we were told one of the most overrated things we would do while in Paris was seeing a show at the Moulin Rouge. I cannot even tell you how much I now disagree. The Moulin Rouge was one of the most memorable parts of our trip! Okay, so there are sparkly, feathery and at moments, really questionable costumes, but it was SO good.  They high-kicked and soared through the air, and I didn’t understand one thing they sang. I’ve seen Jubilee in Vegas, and I preferred Moulin Rouge so much more! We caught a show the first night we arrived, and it was perfect timing. OH did I mention they serve you champagne (lots)? Afterwards, we wound up inside the club next door that played nothing but American dance songs from the 90’s.

    2. A must for cocktails (and simply for getting a look inside this magnificent 5-star hotel) – visit the hotel bar in Le Bristol. They serve up chocolates and little specialty cocktails right after you are seated. The cocktail menu is filled with really creative drink concoctions. Plus, it’s a great spot to people watch. Our cab driver told us that David Beckham was staying there at the time… we never saw him. But there’s a white fluffy cat that patrols the hotel too.

    3. If you’re a fan of Sex and the City, then you’ll recognize Kong. Located in a trendier part of the city – right next to the giant Louis Vuitton headquarters, this restaurant is filled with Kartell Louis ghost chairs and boasts a gorgeous glass ceiling. The food was amazing. Smaller portions, but just so so good.

    4. Les Ombres. Hands down my favorite dinner of the entire trip. Amazing food with a view of the Eiffel Tower at night. I stepped out of my normal comfort zone and ordered the sauteed calamari on green risotto. I will forever dream of that dish. And the tower lights sparkling through the glass windows and ceiling.

    5. One night, we ventured to La Palette, a restaurant that turns into a bar/club at night. This is where all of the people our age converge over tables filled with wine and loud conversation. It’s clearly a spot for chic, fashionable Parisians who drive Vespas. Every single one of them. There were like a hundred parked on the sidewalk out front. Afterwards, we headed down the road to Le Pub St. Germaine to grab late night dessert. The 6th arrondissement is super artsy with lots of galleries and cool places to eat. Definitely worth a daytime visit too.

    This isn’t the complete list of what we did every night, but just my favorites! If you have any questions about our trip or suggestions for other things we might have done to help plan a trip of your own, send me an email at apinchoflovely@gmail.com!

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    Reagan Charleston Jewelry + Giveaway


    Over the past weekend, I got to finally meet with Reagan Charleston and view her gorgeous jewelry line with Jennifer from Haute Off the Rack. We piled on the bracelets for our last photo, but I truly didn’t want to take any of them off. Okay, so I did leave with one…

    Reagan combines fresh water pearls and real quartz crystals with sterling silver and gold plated hardware. She’s even started designing her own metal pieces by having them carved in wax and then created into pieces like her sharks tooth bracelets and lions head necklaces.

    Her jewelry including her fabulous back necklaces and druzy headpieces will also be showcased at the Pret a Porter Fall 2013 Preview and Design Showcase that I told you about yesterday. So even MORE incentive for you to enter to win a spot at the event and see her collection in person!

    But wait… there’s more. In addition to giving away spots to the event in Baton Rouge on August 8, you also have a shot to win one of Reagan’s signature bracelets.

    Enter by following our three Instagram accounts:
    @ReaganCharleston
    @HauteOfftheRack
    @KrystalBennett

    AND leave a comment under this post saying you’ve done so with your email address! A winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

    Photos by Kaela Rodehorst Photography


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    Linen Babydoll Dress + Pret a Porter Event

    Dress c/o Pret a Porter / headband c/o ban.do / clutch and mint wrap bracelet c/o Candy Apple / short necklace c/o Sira & Mara / long necklace c/o Reagan Charleston / beaded bracelets c/o Dotted Tusk / mint rope bracelet c/o Persona / sunglasses c/o zeroUV / Target sandals / Photos by Kaela Rodehorst Photography


    Good morning! I want to start off by saying how fabulous this linen Pret a Porter dress is – I’ve worn it three times over the past couple of weeks. I mean, I never do that, but it’s the perfect dress for all occasions – running errands, dinner with friends, and of course photo shoots on boat docks… I’m smitten. I really am.

    And I’m super excited to tell you that there’s a Pret a Porter Fall Preview and Design Showcase next week in Baton Rouge at L’auberge Casino that I’ll be co-hosting with Jennifer from Haute Off the Rack! This event is invite-only, BUT Jenn and I are both giving away spots at the show and two winners will also win a dress from the spring collection! Head over to HOTR for extra entries and to see how she styled her babydoll dress in white! 

    Entering to win is simple.

    • Follow @KrystalBennett, @HauteOfftheRack and @PretaPorterdesigns on Instagram!

    Leave a comment under THIS post with your email and dress size.

    Easy peasy. Now get to entering because I can’t wait to have cocktails and talk fall fashion with you guys! PS. Another announcement about the event is happening tomorrow, so check back!
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    Paris Recap – Pt. 4


    So technically, this post should be “A Pinch of Versailles” because that’s pretty much how we spent our last day in Paris. Believe me, you need the entire day to really see the palace of Versailles. We seriously underestimated this before we got there and had to request extra hours from our driver. (OH and yes, you will need a driver or tour bus to take you out of the Paris city limits and actually to Versailles.) Another thing we underestimated – the amount of walking there is once you get there. Definitely look into the little buses that drive you around the garden grounds, or there are golf cart rentals as well.

    From the main palace there are numerous gardens to explore as well as Marie Antoinette’s estate where she also had her own farm. It was really like her own little town. There are amazing fountains in the middle of the gardens where they have fireworks shows during certain nights of the summer. But the real reason to go – the palace. Oh my word. It’s stunning inside. These are only a handful of my photos but literally every thing was gilded gold, velvet walls and curtains, hand painted ceilings, over the top amazing. I would have zero problems living there.

    Visiting Versailles made me want to go watch a documentary about the time period or at least watch that Kirsten Dunst Marie Antoinette movie again. I can’t even convey how historically interesting the whole place is. So put it on your bucket list as a must-do while you’re in Paris!

    Next week will be my last post about our Paris trip (tear) and will include how we spent our Paris nights!

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    Paris Recap Part 3


    Day Three of our Paris trip might, in fact, be my favorite day. We got to experience a colorful, and different side to the city by traveling a little bit off the beaten path.


    We started off the morning on the Champs Elysees by the Arc de Triomphe with a little morning pick me up at Laduree. I had to make sure to eat a French croissant in France, guys. And let me tell you one thing about the Arc de Triomphe – do not try to cross the street. In fact, don’t even get in a cab to drive around the thing if you are weak in the stomach. There are no lanes. Cars are just flying about at all speeds.

    After walking around the Champs Elysees and checking out all of the stores in the 8th arrondissement, we had planned a little trip for lunch by the St. Martin canal in the 10th. Pink Flamingo Pizza is this cute, little hole-in-the-wall pizza place. You walk up and order your pizza, they give you a pink balloon and then deliver your food by bicycle, so you can picnic around the canal. Y’all. The BEST pizza. We got two – one was fig and goat cheese with proscuitto (my fave) and one with eggplant and hummus. Can you imagine – a pizza and rosé picnic with macarons for dessert. I would do anything to go back to that. Exploring that little area around the 10th reminded us a lot of being in Brooklyn. Think quirky shopping and street art.

    From there, we got a cab to the 18th to see the Sacre Coeur and good thing, because walking uphill to the basilica – the highest point in the city – was pretty much not happening. The 18th gets pretty hilly with the cutest little market places leading up to the Sacre Coeur. Lots of artists stands and shops in the surrounding area – only regret of the trip was not seeing more of that little market place. But the Sacre Coeur itself was gorgeous and well worth the trip up there!

    From there, we quickly went back to the room to change because we had a date with the Eiffel Tower. Well, the Eiffel Tower and a champagne river cruise on the Seine River – highly, highly recommend! We sipped different varietals and learned a little bit about the champagne process, but also got amazing views from the river. The cruise docked right at the foot of the Eiffel Tower which is where we went directly afterwards. Followed by dinner overlooking the tower at night – but more on that in my post about our Paris nights!

    Check back next Monday for the fourth and final (tear) of our Paris Day recaps!

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