I returned home from Paris exactly one week today and I have to be honest, I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I felt so at ease in the city and completely in awe of its beauty. But having played catch up with emails and admin all week long, I’ve only just got around to looking through the photos from my trip (over 400, in case you were wondering). As there are so many to share, I thought I’d categorically separate them into different posts, showing you each and every part of the wonderful (but all too fleeting) time I spent there. So first of all, why was I in Paris?
I was invited by Crabtree & Evelyn who have been chosen as one of feelunique.com‘s top 13 British beauty brands. As Feel Unique are launching in France next year, they’re hosting a pop-up throughout December to showcase (#)BestofBritishBeauty – the diverse range of iconic beauty brands they stock online, introducing them to the French market. Having worked with Crabtree previously (read here about my attendance of their new store opening in Chelsea), it was a pleasure to travel with them to the City of Lights, spending time at the pop-up and visiting the landmarks on a whistle-stop taxi tour.
We arrived quite late on the Friday evening but decided to have a couple of drinks in the lounge downstairs so we could chat and get to know each other a bit better. There were 6 other bloggers: Jen, Fiona, Catherine, Vicky and Kirsty – then Hayley, who joined us the next morning. We stayed up a little later than we should have but we all got on so well, we ended up nattering the night away!
It was an early start on Saturday but after a leisurely hotel breakfast, we made our way to the pop-up. Ordinarily an art gallery, the space was white, bright and beautiful – the perfect blank canvas to showcase all the different beauty products. There were cookies, glasses of champagne (or spicy tea if you’re a lightweight like me) and a gorgeous hand and nail bar, where I enjoyed a relaxing hand massage using an assortment of Crabtree‘s hand therapies. I religiously apply the La Source hand therapy every morning but since trying it at the pop-up, I also really love the pomegranate one too. I skipped on the nail paint as I’d just recently had a new set of acrylics but Fiona got hers painted a lovely deep Christmas red and opted for gold leaf detail over the top. They looked beautiful.
The festive range was on full display, offering gingerbread biscuits, warming loose leaf teas and a selection of beautifully presented gifts, including decorated baubles filled with jelly sweets. As I mentioned in this post, there really is a gift for everyone. I’d even buy the tins just for decoration, they’re covered in the most gorgeous Christmas illustrations – definitely the best packaging I’ve seen this season.
Next stop was lunch and a taxi tour around the city – so stay tuned for my next Paris post!
Love, Beth xo.