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Lingerie Shopping in Paris

French lingerie is one of Paris’ greatest gifts to the world.  French women are known for being confident, impossibly chic, and sexy at any age, and I have to believe that at least a little of that is brought on by the gorgeous garments they wear beneath their designer duds.  Wherever you go in Paris, you’ll find a wealth of options at every price range, so going out for some negligee shopping can be a bit overwhelming.  Hopefully this guide can help you narrow down your focus to a handful of brands – and inspire you to bring home some sexy souvenirs on your next trip.

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HIGH END
Agent Provacateur – One of the most famous lingerie brands in the world.  Also one of the raciest – their naughty line will get anyone’s heart racing.  Although they do have some affordable underwear sets, their lingerie tends to be on the pricey end.  They also have incredible swimwear.  Their work is impeccable, and I guarantee you that if you wander into their boutique, you’ll fall in love with something that you absolutely have to have.  You’ve been warned.
La Perla – Not a French line but worth mentioning regardless, La Perla is another of the top brands in the world and they have a heavy presence in French department stores.  Their work is sleek and fashion-forward, often looking like it belongs as much on the runway as in the bedroom.  I could spend hours flipping through their sexy lookbooks.
Louise Feuillere – If you want something truly unique, this is the best (and most fun) choice.  Madame Feuillere does lingerie sur mesure, meaning her pieces are custom made to fit your body.  Stop by her workshop to see her pre-made pieces and get inspired, then work together with her to design something personalized to your taste.

MID RANGE
Chantal Thomass – One of my favorites, Thomass’ designs are feminine and romantic while still being seductive.  I love her super-soft tulle Capricieuse line for a sweet look, and her lacy Coup de Foudre line for something a bit racier.  It’s worth stopping in to a Chantal Thomass boutique for the atmosphere alone, not to mention all the pretty eye candy.
Simone Perele – Glamorous, sexy, and well-made – everything you expect French lingerie to be.

BUDGET
H&M – Though technically not French, H&M actually offers a lot of beautiful pieces in their French stores at a very reasonable price.
Etam – One of the better-known French lingerie stores, with boutiques on every major shopping street.
Princesse Tam Tam – Another one of my favorites.  Great pieces at great prices, with tons of stores throughout the city.

There are countless other options – EresChantelleLaure SokolAubadeCadolle, and Carine Gilson to name a few.  You can peruse them all together by shopping online at Dessus Dessous, but I strongly recommend scheduling an afternoon for the lingerie floor at Galeries Lafayette where you’ll find the brands listed above and a whole lot more.

If you’re really in the mood to invest in some beautiful pieces, consider a private lingerie shopping tour.  You can set one up with Galeries Lafayette’s VIP concierge service (minimum purchase required), or you can go with a shopping organizer such as Paris Lingerie Tours.

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Carol Combs - Great collection and good suggestion for lingerie and their store.

Best of 2014

Paris portrait and wedding photography

2014 was a year I could never in my wildest dreams have anticipated.. I still remember being back home in the US, dreaming about what life could be like living in Paris, shooting portraits and weddings alongside the Eiffel Tower.  It seemed so exotic and far away, something I could never realistically obtain. And now here I am, doing what I love every day, in the most beautiful city on Earth.  This year I’ve photographed more portraits, marriages, elopements, and proposals than I can count for clients all over the world, including South Africa, Ethiopia, Ireland, Russia, South Korea, China, Australia, Canada, Brazil, the UK, the US, and of course France!  It feels like I’ve taken more photos of the Eiffel Tower than any person on Earth!

Unfortunately I couldn’t possibly blog every session (I would literally never ever sleep if I tried to do that!), but as a thank you to all of the wonderful people who trusted me with their wedding and portrait photography this year, I’ve compiled a photo from each individual session.  Click the link below to see some of my favorite images from 2014!

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alexbee - SO so so so amazing!! I want to see every photo up close!!

Erin Hellstrom - Absolutely phenomenal Stacy!! Tres tres jolie!!

Marissa C - Adore your work and hope to make it to Paris one day with my husband for a mini session!

Stunning Morning Wedding Portraits in Paris

Stunning wedding photos in Paris by the Eiffel Tower by Lamour de Paris

I shoot almost all of my Paris photography sessions in the morning hours, for a variety of reasons.. There are fewer crowds to work around, no overzealous security guards, and most importantly – this morning light!   The light in those first hours is soft, glowy, romantic, pastel, and so perfect for a Parisian backdrop.  The morning of Haifa and Wlead’s wedding portraits was even more exceptional than normal, like something out of a French movie scene.  We started at the Eiffel Tower, then moved to the Pont Alexandre III bridge.  Here are a handful of my favorites from their session in Paris!

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Stunning wedding photos in Paris by the Eiffel Tower by Lamour de Paris

 

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Erin Lassahn - that last shot is to die for!!! Unreal!!!!

Abbie - gorgeous, the last was my favorite.

Lauren & Chris’ Adorable Paris portraits

I just can’t get over Lauren’s adorable outfit – That bow belt!  That open lace back!  That pink coat!  These two are about as cute as a couple can get.  I loved shooting their sunny morning Eiffel Tower mini session.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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Erin Lassahn - Gorgeous Stacy! Love every on of these shots. The back of her dress is stunning! We are still swooning over our own Paris photos from you ourselves. 🙂 We miss Paris!

Hope you & Jason are well in the city of lights!

Rue Cremieux

Rue Cremieux in Paris

Called the “Notting Hill of Paris,” Rue Cremieux is a tiny little getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Parisian streets that surround it.  Gone are the Haussmannian facades and the endless rows of cards, instead replaced by home after quaint, colorful home.  The street is pedestrian only, which conveniently makes for perfect photos, not to mention an amazing atmosphere.  Walking down this street, I imagined that I lived in one of the brightly-painted homes, with an old bicycle parked out front beside my potted herbs and flowers, with my children playing ball in the cobblestone street outside.  It’s the kind of place that seems to exist only in postcards and fairytales, and yet here it is, right smack in the middle of urban Paris.

Rue Cremieux in Paris

Rue Cremieux in Paris

The street dates back to 1865, when it was originally known as Avenue Millaud, but it was renamed in 1897 in honor of Adolphe Cremieux, a historic defender of human rights for Jews in France and abroad.  The street bears a plaque for the great flood of 1910, when the waters of the Seine River reached nearly 2 meters (6 feet) in height in this area.  When originally built, each of the homes was said to have a kitchen basement and two floors of living space, at an annual cost of 700 francs (approx. $133 USD or 100€ EUR).  Current rent is hard to estimate as these extremely highly sought-after homes are rarely offered for public sale, but real estate experts estimate them at around 7.000-10.000€ per month.  Rue Cremieux in Paris

Rue Cremieux in Paris

If you absolutely must get a taste of life on Rue Cremieux, there is one tiny hotel on the road – L’Hotel Particulier – offering a handful of rooms that are as full of character as their surroundings.  The rooms are small and bare bones, without many of the traditional amenities, and you should remember that staying on a pedestrian road means that you will have a trickier time arriving by cab or public transport.  However, you’ll be treated to a very rare, special experience that few people ever get.  Book a room here – rates start at approximately 40€/night.

Rue Cremieux in Paris

Rue Cremieux in Paris

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Denver Photographer - What a beautiful series! I am going to have to keep this place in my memory bank for places to visit someday. 🙂

-Lynzi

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