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  • Milan: Best of the Rest




    For the best view of the city, check out La Rinascente, the anchor department store in Galleria Victoria Emmanuel, which features five restaurants on the seventh floor offering rooftop dining to casual sushi…perfect for the late shopper. Walk off those carbs from the Duomo  to 10 Corso Como, the trendy hub for international design in automotive garage; great for tea and people watching.Last but not least, do not miss Ristorante A Santa Lucia. It is one of the oldest restaurants in Milan; white tablecloths and impeccable food make this a highly sought after eatery for the upper crust locals.

  • A Taste of Milan's Food & Drink

    Make sure to stop by Bagutta  for the best two hour lunch. Stay a while and satisfy your sweet tooth with their profiteroles.

    For an afternoon caffeine fix, check out the Gucci Cafe. When you order tea here, you will get a huge plate of cookies! So delicious.

    As dinner time rolls around, you must try Obika, a famous mozzarella bar and my favorite restaurant in Milan. More options to come tomorrow!

  • Some of My Favorite Things from Milan...


    1. The focaccia at Princi

    2. Aspesi jackets

    3. Fornasetti Ties and Trays

    4. Moroni Gomma Gadgets and Home Accessories

    5. Marvis Toothpaste

    6. Pellini Bijoux Costume Jewelry

  • Milan: Shopping




    10 Corso Como (the name is also the address)- is a cutting edge collection of the edgiest European designers for men and women as well as logo products from the store. 


    Aspesi: the best all weather jackets in Europe. Difficult to find in the United States, supported by a ready to wear line for men and women. P.S. they also carry Comme des Garcons.


    Fornasettiana: a remarkably directional graphic artist whose work is featured on men’s ties to furniture in this museum quality store


    Tod's the originator of the driving moccasin for fashionable feet, Tod’s continues to set the pace in footwear for men and women


    Sermoneta Gloves: the most colorful and luxurious leather gloves in Europe…they feel like buttah.


    Outetrolet: the famous print designer, Etro has a factory outlet in the center of Milan. A don’t miss stop on Via Spartaco.


    Toy Watch: the uber trendy ultra lightweight, watches with exaggerated scale. The must have accessory for every lifestyle


    Prada: don’t miss the original shop in the galleria next to the Duomo. Its iconic style and contemporary merchandise make it the flagship star


    Cavalli e Nastri: fabulous vintage finds from accessories to Ready-to-Wear featuring Chanel to Hermes.  


    Fiorucci: recently revamped, Fiorucci reigns as the must stop for Italian kitsch.


    Replay : the premier Italian jean manufacturer, a vast space featuring styles for infants to adults.


    Pellini Bijoux: unquestionably the most unforgettable costume jewelry in Milan, often featured on the runway with high end collections with locations Via Morigi, 9 and Via Menzoni, 20.

  • Milan: A Two Wheel City

    Milan is a financial city but thinks enough about fashion that there is an Armani above the Linate airport when you land. The citizens of Milan take family very seriously and live life slowly by taking time to savor their surroundings. This is why you will see most of the Milanese traveling by bike or vespa. The Milanese will sit in restaurants for two hours and enjoy it. It is a city of contrast because you have the classic Northern Italian food and fashion, tailored with a twist, and then you have a seductive look going on in the South, evidenced by designers such as Roberto Cavalli.

    This week we are going to give you a snapshot of the best places to eat, drink, shop, and hang out in Milan. We thought we'd start you out with the Milanese modes of transportation.

  • Paris: The Best of the Rest


    Hotel de L'Universite-  my favorite understated French hotel with a shabby chic attitude, great location,  and friendly staff. 

    Musee Maillol- features unique collections rotating through constantly, great location on Rue Grenelle on the Left Bank. Last time I was there, I attended the Skull Exhibit. 

    Graine de Beaute- fabulous haircuts to stylings, known for natural hair dyes for Parisian fashionistas. 






    Best Haircut: Graine de Beaute,  ask for Babette

       Best Power Walks: Left bank through the Tuileries  

    to Place des Victoires  

    to Etienne Marcel  

    to Merci at Rue Beaumarchais.  

    Best Market: La Grande Epicerie 


  • Best of Paris Food & Drink



    Caffeine Fix: Cafe de Flore

    Best Hot Chocolate: Lili’s




    Sweet Tooth: Laduree and Pierre Herme

    Best Tea & Dessert: Le Loir dans la Theiere

    Best Two Hour Lunch: Priori Thé




    Best Hamburger: Ferdi

    Best Authentic Bistro: Bofinger

    Best Updated Bistro: Le Bistro de Paris and Bistro Volnay

  • Paris: Food & Drink


    La Maison des Bonbons  a Parisian penny candy store.


    Izrael: L'Epicerie du Monde-one of the most remarkable spice shops in the Marais.


    Les Ombres Restaurant- a restaurant with a view and fabulous food located in the Musee du Quai Branly.

    FYI the Musee du Branly features one of the largest vertical gardens in the world on the outside of the building)


    Le Bistro de Paris-typical French Bistro fair with a modern twist, conveniently located near Saint Germain on the Left Bank.


    Cafe de Flore-the café to see and be seen in Paris on Boulevard Saint Germain, always a celebrity or extreme fashionista in the crowd.


    La Fontaine Gaillon- a men’s dining club inspired, owned by Gérard Depardieu.


    Le Loir Dans La Theiere- a funky café/hang out with remarkable food and sky high desserts, in the Marais.


    Bistro Volnay—a contemporary take on French bistro food and fair.


    Kusmi Tea—café and shop featuring exotic teas with fabulous packaging.


    Pierre Herme—neck and neck with Laduree for the best macaroons in Paris.


    La Maison de La Chine —located inside Shanghai Tang, light Asian fair with a twist.


    Laduree—tea and macaroons in traditional French style, a must stop on the French tour.


    Chez-Bogato—a whimsical yet modern bakery and candy shop tucked away in a residential neighborhood in the 14th .


    Ferdi-best cheeseburger in Paris and largest personally owned Vintage toy collection adorns the space.


    Cinq-Mars- a modern French eatery on the Left Bank with great desserts.


  • Paris Shopping


    Perigot- great nylon accessories for the home and travel.

    Poggi- dramatic to delicate costume jewelry.

    Colette- the most avant garde clothing and gadget shop in Paris...a must stop on the shopping trail.

    Antik Batik - hippy chic tunics and accessories.

    Assouline- rarefied tabletop book shop.

    Fragonard- fragrances and personal accessories specializing in whimsical embroideries on crisp white cotton.

    Au Bain Marie- unique kitchen and dining accessories.

    Misia Reve- whimsical family portraits hand painted on canvas bags and accessories.

    Astier de Villatte- hand thrown white glaze pottery and dinnerware.

    Servane Gaxotte- whimsical French jewelry.

    Anne Maisonneuve - photo real floral images on tee shirts and other accessories.



  • Paris Shopping II


    Antoine et Lili - Paris bohemian...vibrant colored clothing and accessories from across the globe.

    Le Prince Jardinier- upscale gardening accessory spot.

    Jamin Puech - handmade bags with attitude and novelty details.

    Herve Chapelier- the originator of the gutsy nylon travel bag.

    45 RPM- hip denim and laundered cotton casual wear.

    L'Eclaireur- one of the best designer clothing collections in Paris, features a fornasetti adorned restaurant with various locations around Paris.

    Les Cocottes- cookware.

    La Mere de Famille- fabulous French chocolates with numerous locations throughout Paris.

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