Hotel to Heart: Hotel Sezz in Paris


If you’re planning a romantic getaway to Paris for Valentine’s Day, I have just the right hotel for you! Design boutique Hotel Sezz is a perfect city escape to spend some quality time together and fall in love all over again. The hotel is situated in a quiet part of the city near the river Seine and famous Bir-Hakeim Bridge where you have a fabulous view on the Eiffel Tower. By metro it is only 2 stops to the Eiffel tower. The interior design exudes a cosmopolitan and Zen-like atmosphere with use of dark greys, black and red as the principal colour scheme. Contemporary sleek furniture sets the tone.IMG_4192IMG_4190IMG_4186

The 26 rooms and suites are leaning towards a masculine style with wide boards of dark wood flooring, covered with deep pile tomato red or mustard tone rugs, and grey stone from Cascais on the wall. Executive swivel chairs and swept chrome stools by Driade sit by brushed teak finish desks, which are inset with steel light fittings. There are different styles rooms but I was appointed a room with full wall peek-a-boo glass screens that look directly from the bedroom onto the stone bathroom. In the bathroom is a Japanese bath tub, which is a large square tub with a range of Aqua di Parma toiletries at your disposal. A complimentary duck adds humor, and a secret erotic drawer built in the bed offers erotic toys to make your stay with your loved one passionate and fun. IMG_4172The hotel also has a spa to relax and unwind after a long day of sight seeing or shopping. In the small restaurant breakfast is served daily where you can even choose to cuddle and have a romantic champagne breakfast in one of the two round booths. I had a lovely stay and would love to go back to this hotel in the near future.IMG_4169IMG_4161IMG_4160IMG_4205
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Louboutin Nail Polish


I was literally over the moon when I got my hands on the Louboutin nail polish. During my shopping trip to Paris I naturally stopped by the Louboutin shop and their in-store department at Le Printemps to catch a glimpse of the latest designs. One day I will buy a pair of those red soled high heels, but this time I was eyeing something else: their nail polish. Since it’s only available in Paris and the US, it is kind of limited and exclusive. Introducing a nail polish line wasn’t that strange of a choice when you know that the Christian Louboutin red sole’s history. The designer signature was born when he grabbed some nail polish from an assistant and painted the sole of a shoe he was working on red to make it more vibrant. Christian Louboutin nail polishLouboutin nail polish

The bottle’s shape is modeled after the iconic red sole shoes. From the bottom of the bottle to the very top of the handle, it measured exactly eight inches (as intended to match the tallest shoe ever designed by Louboutin, the Ballerina Ultima). Louboutin was inspired by calligraphy pens for the cap design — he wants you to feel like an artist while you’re manicuring.IMG_0208edIMG_0210ed

The collection includes 30 colors in three different categories: Pops, Nudes and Noirs, and is the most expensive luxury nail polish (€48). I chose the signature red nail polish and one from their nude hues called ‘Just Nothing’. The ‘Rouge’ red nail colour is medium red, creamy with a high shine finish. The Just Nothing is pale and creamy with a medium glossy finish. Both are nearly opaque after one coat and dry down pretty fast, faster than average brands. I also find them easier to apply due to the long-handled cap which is designed to ensure ergonomic comfort. It is therefore easy to apply and doesn’t streak.

Each bottle was nicely packed in a beautiful bag with a red ribbon. IMG_0203edIMG_0204ed

 

Sharing Food with Friends at MOMO Amsterdam


Earlier this month I had a lovely lunch with the two winners of my competition in December, to celebrate the 1000th blog post of 30s Magazine. Eating at MOMO had been on my wish list since 2008, but somehow I never got to it. So it was extra fun to take two of my readers there to try and test. MOMO restaurant, bar & lounge is part of the luxury Park Hotel and situated in the center of the city, just a stone throw from the casino, Leidseplein, and Rijksmuseum. The restaurant, with bar and lounge, is one of the trendiest restaurants in Amsterdam. It is the place to indulge in Asian cuisine in an en vogue interior.MOMO Restaurant, Bar & Lounge - Restaurant 4

Once inside MOMO you instantly feel the cosmopolitan atmosphere. Relaxing lounge music, Asian cooking scents from the open kitchen, and colourful lounge chairs tickle all the senses. This is going to be a lunch in style! White leather bar stools surround the sleek bar. Next to it, a small lounge are with mirrored tables and fun retro patterned loungers. On the other side there is plenty of room to have lunch/dinner with a view on the Singel. I loved the Kartell transparent chairs with a leather or patterned fabric finish. MOMO Restaurant, Bar & Lounge - Restaurant 3The menu holds a variety of Japanese dishes. As a starter we had a small miso soup. Then we all chose our own bento box. A bento box is a traditional Japanese lunch box divided into compartments. The goal with bento is to assemble a meal that is just as appealing to the eyes as it is to the taste buds. It’s not uncommon for Japanese mothers to prepare an elaborate boxed lunch, playfully and creatively decorated, to entice their children to eat all of their food when they’re at school. The great thing about the bento boxes at MOMO is that you can sample different things. We had the MOMO bento box with  a crispy duck roll, marinated black cod with miso, pan fried scallop with Xo sauce and Jasmine rice, and the Sushi Bento Box with 3 types of fresh fish nigiri, Spicy tuna roll, Salmon avocado chirashi,  and a Wakame seaweed salad. Both were outstanding! It was one of the best lunches I had in ages. All of us vowed to go back to MOMO for dinner in the near future. Loved it!

#30smagazine readers lunch at @momoamsterdam

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Great food and fun at the #30smagazine readers lunch at @momoamsterdam #amsterdam #food #eat #travel #cityguide

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Paris cheat sheet: Hermès Rive Gauche


Paris is one of the world’s capitols and a city trip to Paris would therefore not be complete without visiting some of the iconic flagship stores of the legendary brands like Chanel, and Hermès who have become part of Parisian culture. Although Hermès is nowadays renowned for its iconic Birkin and Kelly bags, the house of Hermès originally rose to fame with saddles that were delivered to all the courts in Europe. The first shop opened its doors in 1882 in Rue du Faubourg in Paris, which you can still visit. However, I opted to go to their Rive Gauche (meaning: left river bank) store at 17 Rue de Sèvres in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood that opened in 2010. Why? Let’s dive into it!IMG_0032ed IMG_0033ed

Hermès Rive Gauche is located in a historic building with an architectural design that is as distinctive as the Hermès articles on display. The monumental building was once home to the Lutetia swimming pool. The interior designers and architects of RDAI left in many elements of the Art Deco style, but also brought in contemporary design with a reverence to yesteryear. Especially in the 1930s the swimming pool was a real elite hot spot and base of the oldest swimming club of Paris.IMG_0042ed

You can still see the original structure with its mosaic tiling on the floor and preserved ironwork. But the real eye catchers are three woven wood pods that stretch nine meters high and serve as walk-through departments. Curves, waves, roundness, and the skylight coming in from the glass roof are all elements of the space that pay homage to the Lutetia pool.IMG_0037edIMG_0039ed

The store itself has a minimalist feel so that the designs can shine. Beautiful leather goods, silk shawls, and home accessories are luring you further into the store. There is a small bookshop, and a tea shop overlooking one of the balconies. In the wooden huts you can swoon over their new home collection of fabrics, furnishings and tableware. There is even a Hermès bicycle with leather details of which I will not repeat the price tag, but you better get an alarm and a dozen or so locks to go with it. Hermès Rive Gauche is definitely worth a visit, even if you don’t care much for fashion.IMG_0040edIMG_0041ed

 the photos are taken by me with my iPhone

 

Book review: Fräulein Klein lädt ein


During every festive day, whether it is Easter, Christmas or a birthday, I always turn to the books by Fräulein Klein. Her latest book Fräulein Klein lädt ein, published by Callwey, is yet another great resource to create special and pretty decorations and recipes. Like her two preceding books (see here and here) she shares with us seasonal and holiday recepices and DIY projects to present the food and drinks with allure and prettiness, or to spruce up your tablesetting. The book is divided in four parts, corresponding with the four seasons. From Key-lime Pie, to strawberry-rhubarb yoghurt popsicles, madeleines and chocolate pecan pies, the book is boasting with sweet guilty pleasures presented in an unique and fun way.

Also check out her fantastic blog for regular inspiration and beautiful party ideas.IMG_4005 IMG_4006 IMG_4007 IMG_4008 IMG_4009

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