For many, the rich life is actually about travel. With design inspiration in mind we decided to take Millionaire on the go to visit some of the fashion capitals of the world.
First stop: Paris, France.
When you think of Paris many things come to mind: the glittering reflections of the Eiffel tower along the river, biking around the quaint neighborhoods with a french baguette and flowers in your basket, or shopping down the Champs-Elysée. Art and fashion are a the focal point of this city, and you feel yourself soak in the culture anywhere you are.
With only 3 days to be spent in Paris, we edited down our must see list to the essentials. Fashion, music, food & art.
When I think Paris, I think fashion. The city streets are filled with people dressed to the nines. They roll out of best in their Sunday's best everyday; perfectly concocted outfits that inevitably make me feel less than. But, we used this as inspiration instead of defeat. Though Paris probably does everything better than everywhere in the world when it comes to fashion, their vintage shopping has been perfected in an indescribable way. We decided to stop by one of our favorite vintage shops, Kiliwatch. Each time I've been there, I've felt like I was in the Ducktales opening, but instead of jumping into a pile of gold, it was leather A-line skirts, and lacey floral tops (which to me, is better). Walking through it feels overwhelming at first, but when you stick to the categories and hone in on what you're looking for, you are bound to find a charm.Kiliwatch Paris
64 Rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris, France
Originally we were inspired to go to Paris to see Amadou & Mariam, an African duo from Mali. We were excited to indulge our senses through an adventure out of the city, both through their incredible music and they're beautiful outfits. They performed at the Théâtre de Longjumeau, which is 30 minutes outside of Paris. The theatre is a perfect size; intimate enough to full enjoy the experience of any performance, but large enough for booming acoustics. Snacks and drinks are available at the start of the show, and it was easily accessible by public transportation, or a $35 uberpool. If you have time, take a break from the norms of the Parisian city to catch a show at Théâtre de Longjumeau.
Théâtre de Longjumeau
20 Avenue du Général de Gaulle, 91160 Longjumeau, France
Nestled in the 9th Arrondissement, Hotel Amour is a sexy, chic hotel with an edge. It’s bustling energy, and youthful vibe instantly attracted us to make us feel part of something. The space's decor is an eclectic mix of typical Parisian, modern trends and pop art. The back of the restaurant is partially outside, with half of it being covered by a glass ceiling. Surrounding you are trees, and plants and leaves, that make you feel like you’re dining in an outdoor cafe. We were seated at the bar for 20 minutes before getting our table, so we do suggest booking a reservation for Brunch as it was overflowing. However, it was worth wait. The food was delicious, and the drinks were a perfect compliment to our meals. With a stylish staff, and even more stylish diners, it's a place to see and be seen.
8 Rue de Navarin, 75009 Paris, France
Paris is filled with some of the greatest museums in the world, it feels impossible to try and pick just one to visit. Since fashion was on the brain, we decided to head towards the Palais Galliera. We took on the 40 minutes walk from our hotel to take in the full experience of the Parisian streets. When we finally arrived, we were saddened to find out it was closed for construction. Now what? We quickly tapped back in to the inter-universe and found that the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris was open, and there was an exhibit by an artist by the name of Thomas Houseago. With very low expectations as my fashion museum dreams had just been crushed, we decided to venture to the next location. When we walked in, we were blown away by the artistry of Houseago's pieces. The sculptures towered over us, the canvas' layered in black had highlights of skulls and the displayed moodboard reached inside of me only to pull out everything I absolutely loved. There were films to view the construction of some of the sculptures, and paintings that accompanied the rest of his famed work. As only Paris can, it sprinkled some magic and provided a beautiful detour to our day. Thomas Houseago's Almost Human exhibit is open until July 14, 2019, and is a must see for any true lover of art.
Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France