Travel | Paris, with Love - Oumayma el Boumeshouli
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It's time to concern yourself with minimalistic fashions of perfectly tailored black classics. Forsee that love may be found in the corner of a dark cobbled street, where banging burlesque music may be the soundtrack of your hot Parisian romance. Literally lose yourself in translation, because if you can't utter a word in french then you can forget about that hot Parisian love affair...but then again, who needs words. In the realm of art, music and culture dive in like it's your baby, passionately converse about how controversial the forms of expression may be, and if thats not for you, fake it till you make it.
Your momentary Parisian episode may be lost in the credit card bills of major shopping sprees, cheese platters covered by breath mints. The time you spent staring at the overwhelming Mona Lisa painting, in cigarette filled rooms sipping the pulp of french vineyards or under ruffled white sheets after a totally worth it one night stand..... whatever it may be, "Paris is always a good idea".
The city of love. Without a doubt it is one of the most enchanting places on the planet, one could even argue the most recognizable. With the iconic Eiffel Tower lighting up the city skyline, or the classic museums which house some of the worlds’ greatest and most prestigious. It’s home to a myriad of romantics, artists and fashion creatives. Oh and let’s not forget about a little something called French cuisine. There’s something special about strolling through the streets of Paris.
A feeling of inspiration and desire flood the mind and soul, and it’s as concrete as the very cobblestones you walk on. This slice of heaven will turn anyone into a poet simply by uttering the words, “Paris, je t'aime.” This is the true magic of Paris. We have curated a blend of both classic and modern, taking you to our favourite soul enriching spots, with the people best equipped to give you a Parisian experience you’ll never forget. So get on your bike with your baguette and get ready for a taste of the real Paris!
Where we stay:
With the Champ-Elysees basically in the backyard, La Reserve is #lifegoals for the ultra chic and the tres exclusif. Spend hours just bathing in your marble tiled bathroom, or poshing-out with your new BFF butler. Relais Christine is another one of our absolute favourites, perfectly located on the left bank, your suite awaits you with a private garden set for the ultimate nudist for an elegant nature stroll (in the summer of course).
Where we eat:
If you're more of the "grab a coffee, a Pain au Chocolate and get on your way’ type, Cafe Kitsune is your hipster heaven for those on the move. If you're the ‘breakfast is the most essential meal of the day’ type, Cafe Oberkampf is great for hearty Breakie and a favourite amongst the French foodies.
We appreciate that sometimes dinner turns into drinks and drinks turn into well you know exactly what that turns into. Manko is made to get you prepared for a wild night in a lavish setting, and a great menu to line that stomach. Septime is kept at the very top of our list, for the simple reason being that they exclusively deliver in every way possible. You need to book months in advance for a table, but don't you worry we have the keys.
Where we workout:
Wind down, relieve stress and connect with your inner self at Omm Studio. This immense space is great for relaxation. Balance your nervous system with Flora Boidot, instructor and inspirational Kundalini yogi. If you're wanting to align your chakras, but are just too darn antsy to hit your mat, check out Mirz Yoga. Get your body movin' in either their hip-hop vinyasa or R&B flow class.
Consciously Finding Fashion
The birth and history of fashion is found in Paris. Household esteemed fashion houses are as common here as the macaroons between shopping sprees. And yes, we could easily spend the entire day shopping and that would be satisfactory in every way possible. But what's so special about shopping at brands you could find in 100 different countries? Access ain’t so easy when you’re not part of the Consciously Connected tribe, so we'll give you some classic tips for your classic finds.
The birth and history of fashion lives in Paris. We’d like to fantasise that there are underground tunnels of designer warehouses holding pieces from the 40s to the 90s - don’t bash our dreams this could very well exist! We haven't discovered it yet...but we are all about making magic happen!
Because we are just the bomb.com, we had access to a number of small private appointments with some of Paris' underground designer vintage collectors. First of all being up close and personal with Coco Chanel pieces from the early 60's is no joke, especially when you get a glimpse of the price tag. #NotForSale
Find yourself a designer golden-age steal of either a Paul Smith or Jean Paul Gaultier collectors piece at the treasure trove that is Kiliwatch Paris. After you’ve had enough of hunting for such treasures transfer yourself to Merci at Boulevard Beaumarchais for your all inclusive experience. A concept store, designer furniture store, exhbition space, restaurant, discovering place and tastemaker meeting spot.
We make waves for our Tribe, when Oum wanted to rock Paris Fashion Week, we pulled our tricks out the bag and hooked her up. Runway show access, private fittings, mid-show coffee breaks (a lot of those), brunches and sumptuous dinners, taxis runs to the next show, traffic Instagram catch-up moments and an overdose of stylish connections. Killer highlights for the fashion killer.