There's news on the Paris luxury hotel bar scene: the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, just unveiled the new identity of its bar, renamed « Le Bar Botaniste ».

Proud of the legacy left by Prince Roland Bonaparte, the Head Barman Arnaud Thirel and his team wanted to honor this outstanding scientist and collector with a dedicated cocktail ans spirits menu... Like a nod to the past of the former mansion of the Prince, who managed to create there the largest private herbarium in the world, composed of more than 2.5 million specimens.

Inspired by their discoveries, the bar team has put together a collection of bold cocktail with a bias, that of bringing back the most aromatic and sometimes forgotten alcohols - such as absinthe and chartreuse.

Cartier comes back to The Parisian Eye with a gorgeous new collection, revealed during the last Paris Couture Week: Cactus de Cartier, a bold, free-spirited collection of powerful and sculptural pieces. With this surprising collection, putting a twist on traditional sources of inspiration, Cartier reveals the secret, distinctive beauty of these fascinating, uncompromising plants: a plant that we dare not touch, but observe from afar.

Paris is the star of the current exhibition at the ultimate French department store Le Bon Marché. For the occasion, the major French brands have created special collections and unique items inspired by the city of lights. 

Besides "Mambo for Moynat"- which depicts minimalist caricatures and urban visuals by French artist Mambo on different pieces (my favourite definitely being the Quattro tote bag "Sweetness Galaxy), Ramesh Nair has achieved a one of a kind creation with his "Malle d'artist".

I love the beauty innovations and trends Sephora has been stocking lately. Among them, Dr.Jart+ has been one of my favourites for the past months – and the good news is, they are now available at Sephora.fr.

Born in 2004 after 3 years of development following by Dr. SungJae Jung (who had his own clinic in Seoul, Korea) and his close friend JinWook Lee, the brand has been innovating since. : Dr.Jart+ is now present in the US, Asia and Europe.

For Tiffany's 2016 collection, "Tiffany Masterpieces", Francesca Amfitheatrof has created astonishing masterpieces, full of imagination and designed in a traditional way. The collection is built around two themes: Tiffany Prism and Tiffany Ribbons. 

Also presented in Paris last July, the Jean Schlumberger line is one I particularly appreciated. 

Tiffany Masterpieces expresses the rich heritage of the House in terms of design, celebrating innovation.

Create the olfactory impression of a vodka on the rocks: that's the challenge Kilian Hennessy (founder of By Kilian and heir to the Hennessy cognac empire) asked Sidonie Lancesseur - known for her unique way of creating figurative fragrances with short formulas - for his latest opus: VODKA ON THE ROCKS.

As a result, a crisp fragrance reproducing quite perfectly the ice, "on the rocks" effect , born from the association of cold spices - coriander, cardamom - with aldehyde.

At CHANEL, desire gives birth to tools: this is what happened with the Monsieur, introduced today. 

Between power and discretion, the MONSIEUR de CHANEL watch with Instant Jumping Hour and Retrograde Minute is equipped with the CALIBRE 1, the House’s first in-house high-watchmaking movement.

With this choice of a double complication with a digital hour display in a watchcase of extreme sobriety, CHANEL expresses its unique vision of beautiful masculine watches.

For me, summertime is always the occasion to explore new destinations, but also get to enjoy my own city: Paris. As the masses escape the city in search for seaside fun (which I'd rather do in exotic destinations during winter), Paris is emptied from its usual crowds, offering all of its beauty in the sunshine.

If, like me, you are spending parts - or all - of your summer in the city, there are two things to avoid if you want to keep a bright skin, the kind that makes you feel more alive and look more remarkable; more beautiful in a nutshell: sun and pollution, the killer combo. 

The passing of time is a threat to that light that gives its aura to the skin, but the environment and our lifestyle also amplify this process.

This week is Afternoon Tea Week, and to celebrate I am happy to share with you my experience of the 100% Vegan Afternoon Tea from the Shangri-La Hotel Paris. The popular formula has been renewed for the spring-summer season, to be in tune with the seasonal calendar, while banning animal proteins and fat. 

As a result, Michael Bartocetti and his pastry team have come up with a delicious and creative menu that is the talk of Paris, and a real success on the table...
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