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the champagne social.



It's about time to let le chat is out of le sac. The big mystery behind last week's Champagne jaunt was that I was moving and shaking, meeting with producers to score some bubbly goodness for a little pre-holiday fête happening here in the City of Light. 

Along with the inspiring Cara of The Champagne Diet, the decoration master-mind Lauren of Folies du Bonheur and taking place in a gorgeous Habitat Parisien apartment, we collectively present The 2013 Champagne Social. 

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*Pop*!

How this whole thing came about was on a humid mid-summer's afternoon Gchat session with Cara. Fanning myself with a paper fan in my stuffy Parisian apartment, with great joy she informed that she had booked a ticket to London! With Paris being a Eurostar train away, she asked if it was worth seeing for the first time, even if it was only for a day or so?

Well I stand by the fact that Paris is always a good idea. Of course Paris is worth seeing for even the shortest trip! That's all I needed to say; within an hour her train itinerary was sitting pretty in my inbox.

Wanting to do something special for her first visit to Paris (God, I remember mine, do you remember yours?), I was planning on a small dinner party but as we got talking the plans got bigger, as did the guest list, and the concept morphed into not only celebrating her first trip to Paris, but the city itself and how it inspires so many women to create a new life, seeing beyond the basic geography of the move. 

The women I know here never cease to inspire me. All of them have taken on such passionate projects inspired by their circumstances here in Paris where a traditional job hasn't always been possible, or for those of us with jobs (you know, like my glamourous English-speaking nanny gig, FML!), still carving out time to pursue our goals, little by little, one day at a time. 

And that totally needs to celebrated. 

My days this week have been stuffed with planning and organizing as the date gets closer, but I will keep you all posted on the turnout with pictures, fun gossip...and perhaps even a video? 


What do you think? 
What were your first impressions of Paris? 
Did it inspire you as much as it does us or is it a hyped up cliché?
Thoughts! 

35 comments:

  1. Wish I could come chérie! I was pretty miserable on my first trip: early January, all alone, grey and lonely...

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    1. I wish you were coming too!! I was so hoping you would be in Paris on that day, but alas, you're not.

      My first trip was in February and also I was alone, it was raining, my French sucked, but I wasn't lonely...I was soaking it all in...the wine helped too. ;)

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  2. Ditto Gwan, when I first arrived in Paris in January 2012 it was cold and gray and I was all alone...boy am I glad things turned around. Anyway this sounds like so much fun and I can't wait to see what you guys come up with! (especially decoration-wise, Lauren is so talented!)

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    1. It seems that everyone's first trip was during the winter when it was cold and raining. Guess it didn't stop us from returning!

      Everyone is working really hard to make this a great party. Lauren and I "craft" on Saturday, which will definitely be a good time!

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  3. I'm so sad I'm going to miss this - and by just a few days, too!

    Live it up for me! Ditto the other commenters so far. Gray, cold, and rainy my first visit in November. But me? Total sucker for the beauty of the city nonetheless. Could not get over how beautiful it was!

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    1. Sion! ME TOO!!!! It's not fair. I'm throwing a fit as I type.

      I was the same as you. I came in February for a week and it was cold and grey but yeah, the beauty of this city was undeniable. I returned eight months later to live...

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  4. I absolutely agree, Paris is a fantastic idea no matter regardless of the duration of your visit!

    My first trip to Paris was almost 2 years ago exactly.I too arrived all alone on a chilly grey day, I hopped on the Air France Les Cars and the hour and a half long journey to Etoile-Arc de Triomphe through Paris traffic is still one of my most cherished memories(despite how horrified I was to actually arrive at my destination and trek to Rue St Didier with a 50lbs bag and a tattered google maps print out).

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    1. Right? Paris IS always a good idea even for just a day.

      It sounds like all of us had rainy and less than accommodating welcomes into the city! Like you, I am still nostalgic for my first commute into the city. (RER B --> Gare de Nord --> La Chapelle) I'd say your commute was a bit more glamourous than mine! I remember thinking, is this a good idea? : )

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  5. What do you work on outside of your job?

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    1. My own projects that I will of course share once they are more developed.

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  6. I'm very excited to say that I'm Lauren's +1 to this event so I'm very much looking forward to next Monday : ) My first time in Paris - I visited for the first time at 21 with two girlfriends. We stayed in an apartment at Madeleine, went out every evening and saw the sights by day. It will always remain one of my best weekend trips! I never saw myself living here though, funny how life turns out xx

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    1. You are so NOT a +1! You were properly invited! I really look forward to meeting you.

      An apartment at Madeleine, not too shabby for a first trip! Was it raining like it was for the rest of us?

      And life is funny, eh?

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    2. Ah you're too sweet : ) Yes I didn't realise at the time but staying in Madeleine was pretty swish ! "Life is so funny" to be discussed more next Monday.

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  7. whoooooopie! CANNOT WAIT to hear the first burst of bubbly!! You're a star for getting this together, you lovely thing!

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to see you! We all have been having a blast organizing it! It's like the Paris Prom! Omg...next party theme?

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  8. This makes me so mad that I live all the way down here... damn you Provence!
    On my first trip to Paris, I broke up with my then fiance. How's that for romantic?!

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    1. Oh I know. You, Gwan, Heather and Shannon are my out-of-Paris girls that I am so going to miss. If by any chance you or any of you other ladies happen to be in P-town next week, please let me know. There's a glass of bubbly waiting for you. : )

      You have something in common with Cara! She de-boarded a plane to Paris with her ex-fiance because she knew he wasn't the one! So sort of similar. What's with ending "almost marriages" in Paris?

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    2. And of course Dana Grenobloise!! I knew I forgot someone important! Sorry about that. : )

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  9. wow..would love to be there for that party.....my first trip to Paris was in September 2008 ..la rentree time.with my sister who was there on business..I remember everything..the weather was perfect...I had one of those passes that got you in to most things and I took advantage of that...but maybe the best thing (how can I choose?) was we had dinner one night near the tower and we sat outside ..behind us through the trees the tower (which was blue that year) started it's light show...it was magical.

    came back twice since....can't wait for the next time.

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    1. I would love to have you there too! You and Duchesse! Geography really got in the way of my dream guest list. Seriously.

      Wow, the first story I have read where the weather was perfect, plus an enchanting Eiffel Tower/restaurant scene. I can see why you came back. I look forward to your next time as well. : )

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    2. I was there too in September 2008! Maybe we were in Paris at the same time:)

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  10. The champagne girls are great! I listened to your interview with them a while back (awesome btw!) omg, I was immediately in AMOUR with Paris when I first went in 2006...I was studying abroad and visited a friend there and we will both never forget it!

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    1. They are great! (And thanks for listening to my interview. :) )

      I was immediately in love too! Was it raining and cold your first time like it was for everyone else? : )

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  11. What a lovely gesture! I had nothing but love each time I set foot in Paris - I miss the city so and can not wait to be back!

    Good luck with planning - it will be awesome regardless! There is champagne after all..

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    1. Aww, thanks Usha. The party is really shaping up.We were working at the loft until midnight and am heading back there now.

      I think it's going to a great night. I'll post pictures. Just one hint: there will be glitter. : ) I'm resisting posting IG photos..it's been hard!

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  12. The first time I went to Paris was in August 1992. I was determined not to love the place because everyone was raving about it. We were broke and that was a time when Parisians were really snippy with foreigners (plus the city was crawling with tourists, of course -- we only stayed 3 days before heading to Pau, but we barely heard any French at all in Paris!). We stayed in a fleabag hotel in the 10th, so my first experience in Paris wasn't the best... But I remember the first time I saw the Eiffel Tower: my heart just about stopped:)

    My second trip to Paris was in April 1996. We had borrowed my cousin's empty apartment (except for a mattress on the floor, an old tv and a fridge) in the 14th and we had a bit more money. It was wonderful. I fell in love with the city then. I didn't return for a whole 10 years, but when I did, that's when my true passion for the City of Light started. I need to go at least once a year because after a few months, I experience withdrawal! When I was in The Hague, I would go every three months:) Loved it!:) And now my husband is in love with it as we'll:) We have such great memories there:)

    For sure, one day I will own my own little piece of Paris (or the Parisian burbs;))

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    1. "The first time I went to Paris.....I was determined not to love the place because everyone was raving about it" Funny, before I came too, I was like, okay, it can't be THAT great...what's the big deal about Paris? I was pretty sure I wasn't going to fall for it either.

      The first time seeing the tower really is magical. It's so big! And then it started twinkling and i was all, oh no girl you didn't. That was pretty much it for me...although I barely see her as I live and work way on the other side of town, but I know she's there.

      Wow, it was ten years in between your second and third visit. Knowing you as someone who makes it a point to come here every year, I can't even imagine you letting 10 years go by! Clearly your circumstances were different then, but it's still weird to imagine you not coming to Paris in December. : ) I can't wait to see you.

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  13. Ella,
    It's Elle..we made it here! We have been here three weeks and are still trying to catch our collective breath.Visited the Marais two weeks ago and hoped to spot you and Auriel (LOL)!!! Absolutely *LOVE* it here, found a flat, have wonderful fairy god-neighbors who have taken us under their wings and are taking it ALL in at this point! Your experiences, as always, make me smile. Hope to meet you one day!!!

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    1. Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!!! The first few weeks (months!) are such a whirlwind! Enjoy it!

      I hope you enjoyed the Marais! It's such a great part of town. I miss living there, so much going on! That's great that you found a flat and your neighbors are nice. Looks like you are off to a good start!

      Get settled in and perhaps we can meet for coffee one day!

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    2. Awww, thank you. We actually receive our keys tomorrow (giddy!) and then the moving trucks come in. With. Lots. Of. Boxes. GULP. Would love to meet for a coffee...I finally get to meet a celebrity :O

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  14. Cannot WAIT! It's going to be magically effervescent! Champagne + Inspiring, empowered women.....is there anything better!? Cheers!!

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    1. I have sparkles in my scalp, under my nails, and speckles on my face! It was a glitter fest last night! See you in a few hours at the station!! xo.

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  15. My head may be hurting something fierce, but it was entirely worth it. SUCH FUN you all hosted. Thank you my glittering Queen of Glam! xxx

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  16. I just got back from my SECOND trip to Paris. It was my European husband's first. Weird, huh? I thought so too. I loved my first visit a lot, even though it was March and freezing (not so much in Toledo, Spain, where I was studying abroad). It was enchanting.

    I haven't really gotten to enjoy the wine so much in Paris, as it seems so crazy expensive compared to Spain! Also, what's up with the bottled water being so expensive too? It's nice that they don't turn their noses up at you ordering tap water though. I appreciated that.

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  17. I don't think you want to know my first trip to Paris impressions, other than to say it was freezing, wet, and miserable and as I was with my parents and a Japanese exchange student we saw precisely nothing I wanted to other than the Eiffel Tower and a couple of hours in the Musee D'Orsay. Some birthday treat that was ;o)

    I've only passed through it travelling since, I'm still not that enamoured...

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