Saturday Night Fever! AKA Bastille Day..

Patrick Gries, Paris - Fondation Cartier

If fighter planes practising formations in the sky aren’t an indication that something’s up – let me be the first to remind you – Bastille Day is on Saturday! You might not be certain why you’re celebrating it, but as they say, when in Rome.. well, when in France, it definitely would be a shame to miss what is certain to be the street party of the year!

Les bals des pompiers are without a doubt the most well known; the 11th arrondisement is organising their fourth scavenger hunt, known as the Incroyable Rallye, produced by Cédric Klapisch and Madame Renée; and Nicolas Sarkozy has even promised a large concert at the base of the Eiffel Tower (rumoured to include artists like Michel Polnareff). However, the party at the top of my list will be the Grand Bal Rock or the Grand Hop, held by the Fondation Cartier as apart of their Nomadic Nights series. The Jean Nouvel building will be transformed into a 1950’s dancehall, swinging to the tunes of Elvis and Big Joe Turner, poodle skirts and bobby socks strongly encouraged! Definitely a fun way to rock the night away!

Closet Queen’s Delight

Gay pride may have just passed but there’s no reason for those still in the closet to feel left unappreciated. Launched in June, Delicious Closet Queen is the newest scent from Etienne de Swardt’s Etat Libre d’Orange, the parfumerie which seriously dares to fly in the face of convention with it’s decidedly taboo free attitude. Created by Nathalie Feisthauer (Eau des Merveilles Hermès, Must de Cartier), this closet queen is an elegant charmer, a master of concealment, and an expert dissimulator who exudes a subtle sensuality all his own! Buy online to avoid being ‘out’-ed!

Etat Libre d’Orange, 69 rue des Archives, 75003 Paris, 01 42 78 30 09, M° Hôtel de Ville or Rambuteau

Goodbye Mojito, Adeus Caipirinha! Bonjour Piscine!


If being trapped in an office all day long has got you down, imagine lounging by the pool in St Tropez, or moored in your yacht off Costa Smeralda: you’ve just thrown off your Melissa Odabash Fru lace dress ( and you’re wearing your new to-die-for Zimmerman & Tooshie halterneck bikini ( Sven, your fitness trainer/summer fling has kindly offered to make drinks, but how could you possibly think of ruining that pretty picture by requesting a mojito or a caipirinha?! Just because it’s warm doesn’t mean you should stoop to join the masses! In such cases as this, your only possible chic recourse is to ask for a Piscine – a delightfully refreshing mix of champagne and ice. And just in time, Piper-Heidsieck have created their own special Piscine glasses to accompany their Cuvée Brut – comme c’est magnifique!       

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