Paris, the pint-sized day and a half, one night visit version

Paris. Paris. Paris and croissants. Buttery, bite-sized deliciousness. Paris. Paris. Paris. Chanel. Oh là là tweeds, pearls and well dressed girls. I found myself on the brand spanking new Eurostar one afternoon two weeks ago swooshing off to Paris slap bang during fashion week on a last minute ‘voulez-vouz’ mission. No, not an illicit rendez-vous but an exciting interview for Vogue China – a young media mogul and street style icon. I can’t tell you who until the magazine comes out. Shhh.

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Take a deep breath and take note. Here’s how to do Paris in a day and a half and one night. Arrive at Gare du Nord in the afternoon (should have booked the earlier train) and suddenly feel ten times more chic because that’s what Paris does to you. Time your pint-sized-Paris trip during fashion week – the streets are laden with every fashionable fashionista so simply prop yourself up at a corner cafe and be a voyeur. Book a hotel on the Rue de Rivoli (found a good deal by booking online). Lucky me. I discovered a great deal  The Hotel Brighton, next to Angelina’s opposite the Jardins Tuilleries a stroll away from the Louvre. Check into the Hotel Brighton and say “Sacre Blue!!” five times – because the room was fabulous, the staff fabulous, the double bed fabulous, the Nespresso maker in the room fabulous and there was free internet connection. A rarity in hotels.

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Cross the road and go for a leisurely walk in the Jardins des Tuileries and there she is the Eiffel Tower to the right le Louvre to the left. Ask a tourist to take your pic.

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Visit Colette on rue St Honore parallel to rue de Rivoli where the dogs are better dressed than you and where the sports-luxe trainer is elevated to beyond inter-galactic fashionable footwear status.

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Buy something you don’t need. Like these glasses.

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Go to the hotel, take a power shower and slip into a little black dress in the spirit of Chanel (for me it was my black Zara dress that looks like Tom Ford and leopard print Louboutins). Stroll slowly to champagne and dinner at Hotel Costes. I say slowly because the streets are cobbled, the views impressive and the men flirts. Smile back mysteriously at said admirers. Plunge into the velvety fabulousness of the Costes…ohhh look there’s Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing. Order the avocado and pommes allumettes which arrive piled high, high and really high. Sashay to Café Ruc to meet more friends…ohhh look there’s The Blonde Salad aka Chiara Ferragni and her crew. Walk ‘home’ leisurely and pinch yourself because you’re in Paris and it’s fashion week and you found a hotel in the thick of things and it’s all so magical.

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Wake up in the morning in your glorious real life Parisian dream. Have a café crème and croissant at Angelina’s on rue de Rivoli….which is right next door to your hotel. Have another croisssant. Try take a selfie because it’s so beautiful in there. Or wait for a kind lady at the table next to you to offer to snap you. Toss your hair. Put on your sunglasses – it’s early, last night was late – and pose.

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Rain. So French. It’s also Dior show day. Magic up an uber and head to the Philippe Stark designed Hotel Royal Monceau just off the Champs Elyseé to start your interview in the majestic suites of said young-media-mogul-woman … where there is a lobster on the bathroom mirror.

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Start your interview. Take a break – she has to go to Dior – you have to go to Le Marais to visit your friends’ show room…  so cool it hurts. Pose for a street-style pic where you model their Persephoni bag with strap worn as a belt and Andrew Blyszak sunglasses …:

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Return to the Hotel Royal Monceau to continue with the interview post-Dior at 5pm. Home time at 7pm. Get stuck in traffic for 35 minutes. Ask your driver to please stop the taxi mid-traffic and get your suitcase so you can change out of your heels and into your trainers and walk the last few blocks to Gare du Nord. You still feel fabulously chic in the rain …it’s Paris. Fall asleep in the brand spanking new Eurostar carriage. Count your blessings. Then press repeat.