Wall of luggage tags at the L’Aventure Travel Pop Up Shop
When I found out this week’s #FriFotos theme was the alphabet, I decided to take the opportunity to tell you about the really cool Parisian pop up shop I just visited.
If you’re going to be in Paris before the end of December, I highly recommend checking out Louis Vuitton’s travel-themed pop up shop, L’Aventure, located at 22 Avenue Montaigne. The store not only explains the history of Louis Vuitton’s brand origins as luggage makers to French aristocrats and now the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. The shop will close on December 31st, 2013.
Wall of Louis Vuitton trunks, both old and new
The shop is full of travel related eye candy as well– from Louis Vuitton City Guides to colorful luggage tags you can have monogrammed with your initials right on the spot (it’s a free service for up to three initials). There is even a beyond fabulous Louis Vuitton leather hammock that I was temped to try out while the monogram machine was warming up.
Left: Dear Santa- can I have this leather swing? Right: The Louis Vuitton leather hammock’s chic gold clasp
Service at the shop was top notch and I thought it served as a really good introduction to the brand. City guides and luggage tags and other accessories were surprisingly affordable, making them perfect holiday gifts.
One, two or three letter monograms are free of charge at the L’Aventure Pop Up
Left: The alphabet by LVMH Right: The monogram machine warming up
Not going to Paris anytime soon? You can check out the Louis Vuitton City Guides in Digital format using the Louis Vuitton Amble app for iPhone. The app is free and the Digital City guides on Amble come in multiple languages and are available as an in-app purchases (the Paris Guide cost $9.99).
An artist hand-painting Louis Vuitton travel accessories shows the hand craftsmanship that goes into the brand
So even if a custom monogrammed Louis Vuitton trunk is beyond your budget, the Amble app and City Guides are a digital budget luxury.
Colorful Louis Vuitton City Guides in Paperback format
L’Aventure Travel Pop Up Shop by Louis Vuitton (open through the end of December 2013)
22 Avenue Montaigne, Paris
Phone +33 1 45 62 47 00
Chinese Wedding Photos in front of the Sydney Opera House
On my recent trip to Sydney I learned it’s a thing for Chinese couples to forget the destination wedding ceremony and instead opt for at trip and destination wedding photo shoot in sunny and scenic Sydney.
My Deluxe Opera view room at the Park Hyatt Sydney had a killer view of the Sydney Opera House and seemingly never ending parade of Chinese brides and grooms in rented (or “hired”as they say Down Under ) dresses and tuxes kissing and posing in various degrees of awkward.
Hipstamatic Chinese Groom + Bride in Sydney
I spent a little time researching on the Google and found there is a whole industry dedicated to the Chinese bridal market in Sydney. This niche market has everything from rental houses who will provide Chinese brides with selection of the latest in wedding dresses and accessories (note: poufy seems to be in vogue for Chinese brides), to a team of hair and makeup people who specialize in Asian makeup, and tux rental.
Thoughtful Posing in front of the Sydney Opera House
Many photographers charge by the hour and will photographing Chinese wedding couples in front of all of Sydney’s postcard worthy landmarks including: The Sydney Opera House, The Harbour Bridge, The Royal Botanic Gardens, The Rocks, and Circular Quay.
This photographer was getting edgy and mixing things up by making the Chinese groom pose with the bouquet.
The bride’s dress was too long, and the “lift up your bride” situation did not end well
Brides and grooms always make me smile with their optimism and joy. It was nice to see how good wishes for newlyweds transcended language barriers as passersby wished the newlyweds well.
Adorkable Chinese Bride in Sydney (hipstamatic)
Now I’m wondering if these couples opt for a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony at home. If you know, please let me know in the comments section.
Cecile Melli’s Pitate Dress (all the photos of the Cecilie Melli wedding dresses in this post are courtesy of the St. Regis Bora Bora)
The holidays are always a popular time to get engaged, and the trend of destination weddings continues to be a favorite among couples that want to make their special day unique, memorable and intimate. Many couples have busy lives and want to avoid spending every minute micromanaging their wedding details, yet still want a dream wedding. The St. Regis Bora Bora is focused on providing 5 star service and one-stop shopping for couples planning a wedding in Bora Bora, removing all the hassle from wedding planning, allowing you to simply enjoy your marriage in paradise.
When I was recently invited to stay at the St. Regis Bora Bora, I got to sit down with Karine Vanhee, the lovely on-site wedding coordinator, to discuss some of the unique options available for St. Regis Bora Bora wedding couples. Karine told me there is a soon-to-open bridal boutique which will feature dresses from chic Norwegian designer Cecilie Melli.
The St. Regis Bora Bora even has a romance concierge dedicated to making your wedding wishes a reality. If you’re already married but want to celebrate a special anniversary, the romance concierge is happy to work with you to come up with some extra special activities in the unique and beautiful surrounds of the resort. They even have some innovative and romantic ideas for proposals if you’re you are looking for an unforgettable way to pop the question.
For brides-to-be who really like the idea of a destination wedding but dread the logistics of traveling with the gown of your dreams on an airplane, The St. Regis Bora Bora has come up with a genius solution: a wedding dress boutique on property, stocked with Cecilie Melli’s flowing and romantic wedding dresses available for both rent and for sale. Rates for rentals $550 USD for a short dress and $650 USD for a long gown. Melli has designed two wedding dresses which will be exclusively available for St. Regis Bora Bora brides.
Left: Low Pitate & Tiare Apetahi exclusive gowns for St. Regis Bora Bora bride, Right: Melli’s Low Laelia dress
Melli’s Pitate and Tiare Apetahi gowns will be exclusively available for St. Regis Bora Bora brides. These two dresses will be available for purchase only and must be custom ordered in advance, and Cecile Melli will tailor-make them. All Cecilie Melli dresses are available for purchase as well, but brides will have to buy them in advance.
For even more tropical gorgeousness, all St. Regis Bora Bora brides (and grooms) can borrow pearl jewelry from the Robert Wan boutique on property to wear them on their wedding day (for free).
Above: The Tiare Apetahi dress is floaty and perfect for a Bora Bora beach bride
Above: The blush colored Likiko’i dress by Cecilie Melli and Robert Wan Pearl Jewelry works perfect in the island paradise surroundings
Above: The Cecilie Melli Laelia gown and the gorgeous lagoon
Left: The Lantana gown Right: Pitate & Tiare Apetahi, Melli’s gowns exclusive to St. Regis Bora Bora brides
The St. Regis Bora Bora can arrange legally recognized weddings in French Polynesia (with paperwork filed in advance,) although most couples opt for a “joining of hearts” ceremony. Anniversay couples and Same-sex couples are also welcome to have a ceremony at the St. Regis Bora Bora
Weddings can take place at many different sites on the 44 acre resort property, such as on the beach, on the deck of your overwater villa, or at the amazing Lagoon Restaurant. The toughest part might be deciding where on site to have your wedding at the St. Regis Bora Bora– there are so many beautiful options. The wedding coordinator can handle all the details regarding food, flowers, photography and video packages, too.
For more details on wedding packages, contact Karine Vanhee, the wedding co-ordinator at email@example.com
Island in the Sun (magic hour off the deck of overwater villa 122 at the St. Regis Bora Bora) photo by Jen Pollack Bianco
One the highlights of my recent trip to Tokyo was getting a geisha makeover at Cocomo Spa. I’ve read and loved Memoirs of a Geisha, particularly the whole involved process of how they prepare to face the public as geisha, and I wanted to experience that for myself.
The Donald has spoken…Or at least his organization has. Congratulations Leila Lopes on being crowned the new Miss Universe! Normally, I’m not into beauty pageants, but scanning the top 5 this year, it seems that I have been to every country represented, except for hers. My apologies Miss Angola (now, Miss Universe) – I’m hoping the Donald keeps you busy enough this year to distract you from this oversight. I’ll figure out how to make it right. In the meantime, I’m thinking fondly of my trips to the Ukraine, Brazil, China and particularly the Philippines. Here’s a video from that trip, which I think dovetails nicely with the fact that we’re still in the throes of Fashion Week.