My Corner of Paris

Okay, who would turn down a stay at the George V (Fours Seasons) in Paris? Not me, such a beautiful elegant hotel with exceptional staff, but if I am paying for the stay my little corner of Paris as well as my heart is in Saint Germain. I just love this arrondissement (6th). It has everything a Style Spotter desires – style, energy and culture.

There is exceptional shopping, relaxed crowds during the week with increased energy on the weekends, a fabulous park (Jardin du Luxembourg), and patisseries. I can just smell the apple turnover at Poilane. It was a tough decision but I just could not polish off a 4 pound loaf of their magnificent bread. The gentleman in front of me purchased an apple turnover and immediately turned around and handed it to a fellow standing near the doorway. What a good samaritan! And take my word, it was worth the calories.

Or what about a fantastic chocolate baguette (yes, you read that right) at the bakery on Rue du Dragon (mid-way up the block) or the best Parisian salad of warm roasted garlic potatoes on top of a chilled salad with roast beef (located on Rue du Four opposite from Pataugas Shoes). I should have taken a picture of this work of art but consumed it before the idea came to mind. And yes, I ate there several times on both my solo trips. It’s worth the hunt for these two shops even without their names (sorry).

You have your pick of shopping establishments – from a unique boutique to Le Bon Marche from known brands (Hermès, Prada, etc.) to boutiques with a few stores. On my first day in Paris this past summer, I happened into COS at 3, Rue de Grenelle. What a gem. The store is bright and airy inviting a long browse throughout. And the prices were great. Well worth a visit and I am sure you will leave with a bag in hand like me.

Let me leave you with my some of my favorite streets to meander in Saint Germain – Rue de Grenelle, Rue du Cherchi-Midi, Rue de Sevres, Rue Bonaparte and Rue Jacob.

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Fun In The Sun!

Granted, the lazy hazy days of summer are behind us but that does not mean to let down your guard on sun protection.

For the first time this year I noticed the sunspots on my arms. With very fair skin, I am careful not to stay in the sun, but I assume my skin was cooked as a result of my daily walks or driving in my car. I do not find dark tanned skin particularly attractive (sorry). Think of your future; it definitely catches up. One day you are 20 and the next 60. You’re young at 60 so why not have beautiful, healthy skin and it starts in your youth. So you 20+ somethings take care. Same said for you 80+ somethings.

Everyone can benefit from SPF coverage any time of the year. I use several products and they keep my skin from being burned. If your makeup does not include SPF, take note. I am particular about products that I use. Besides recommendations and reviewing feedback, everything must be fragrance free and non-greasy.

For my face – Cosmedix Reflect SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen. It has a spritzer dispenser. I don’t spray directly on my face. I spray my hand and then apply.

Mineral Face Powder to set foundation – Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Sun Protection SPF 30 Mineral Powder. It comes in a few shades. It is also available in SPF 50 and with a brush applicator. I received a free sample to try and I really like it.

For my body – SkinCeuticals Sports UV Defense SPF 45

So take heed – whether you are walking in Central Park or

Luxembourg Gardens (above), heading to work in San Francisco or viewing the collection at Musée de l’Orangerie, or perhaps even hiking in the Grand Canyon or on the grounds of Normandy– protect yourself.

Style Spotters, what are some of your favorite products in the off season?