Spring Colours

 All the vibrant spring colours are presented in the Chanel window display surrounded by pale white camellias. The bags are to die for in vibrant blues, red, and even hot pink which match the latest  spring colours from Essie, a stylish nail polish brand. The long Chanel pearl necklaces adds a romantic touch to the outfit. The two nail polish colours that I would like to try are the blue/violet hue called Suite Retreat and the pink/coral hue in Stone N' Roses. Which colours do you like for Spring? 

Anya Hindmarch: Sticker Pop-Up

Leave it to Anya Hindmarch to come up with fun and cool designs when it comes to adding pop leather stickers to our bags and leather accessories.  These are leather stickers that are very cool and safe to add to these Anya Hindmarch products. They come in different themes from pop messages to hand signals, smiley faces and the popular sticker eyes.  These stickers are definitely worth looking at especially when it is on these beautiful Anya Hindmarch bags, wallets, phone cases and even notebooks. Anya's World is definitely full of whimsical and colourful designs. It adds some joy to life!
There will be a Spring 2015 Sticker Event at the Holt Renfrew Bloor St Store in Toronto this 16 April, Thursday from 1 PM to 4 PM. This will be a fun event to customize the leather stickers and various Anya Hindmarch products offered in the store. 

Exploring Jardin Des Plantes

 Pardon me in posting this so late in the Season. I visited the spectacular Jardin Des Plantes, located in the Left Bank of Paris, last October 2014. It was my first visit there. I really made sure that I will visit this park that was established since 1635 since it also have four Museums in its grounds under the Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle. These museums are the Galerie D'Evolution, Anatomy and Paleontology, Botanical Garden and Mineralogy and a little zoo. These were the Museums that I recommended on my previous post, 10 Things Not To Do In Paris. But visiting the Jardin Des Plantes is definitely worth a visit, not just strolling along the beautiful parks with its spectacular and lush trees, plants and flowers but also to visit all of the aforementioned museums. On your next visit to Paris, take the time to stop by here whether you visit in the spring or fall season, it is worth it! 

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man,
then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you,
for Paris is a moveable feast.
- Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Spring Style: Block Heels

Block Heels all from Holt Renfrew: Fendi, Miu Miu, Prada and Chloe.

I have to admit that one of my favourite heels is the Block Heels. Imagine my excitement when the Spring Fashion Week from NYC to Paris showcased mostly block Heels in their collections. I found them all together here at Holt Renfrew to my own amazement. I prefer Block Heels because they add some height and are very comfortable to wear. The Block Heels now are designed very modern and could be worn with a dress to denim pants. I don't have to worry about my stiletto heels breaking apart when walking in cobblestone streets or getting stuck in those street ventilation or worse of all those man holes. Below are some fashion inspirations too around the Blog world and also during the previous Fashion Week. Will you wear Block Heels?
Garance Dore wearing her Valentino pumps and Gucci pants.
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Sarah Jessica Parker wearing sparkling block heels shoes.
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A Visit To Sainte-Chapelle

In the spirit of Holy Week this week, I am sharing here my visit to Sainte-Chapelle right in the heart of Paris in the Ile de la Cite and located near the famous Notre Dame de Paris. The chapel is not easy to find as it now located inside the courtyard of the Palais de Justice. This chapel was built in 1248 by King Louis IX of France who later became Saint Louis. The King built this royal chapel to house the passion relics of Jesus, particularly the Crown Of Thorns which he obtained from Baldwin II of Constantinople.  The Chapel was built in the Gothic style with two floors, one on top of the other. The lower floor is for his subjects while the upper flower is for the King and his royal family to worship and prayer sessions. There used to be a Capetian Palace beside the Chapel that had private access to the upper floor that allowed the King to privately worship. The amazing part of the chapel are the original stained glass windows all built since the 13th Century. Most of the stained glass windows are located on the Upper floor, built with high ceilings. So the visitors tend to look up all the way up to heaven and to God. The Sainte-Chapelle is worth a visit as it is one of an kind and so historical.
 I learnt so many things from this visit. The Crown of Thorns were stored on this special golden altar surrounded by Angels. The Crown of Thorns was the original crown of thorns of Jesus during his crucifixion. It is now stored at the Notre Dame de Paris where it is on display every Friday. For this Good Friday, which commemorates the death of Jesus, for sure the Crown of Thorns will be on display for the veneration of pilgrims. 

Weekend In Saint Germain-des-Pres

 One of my favourite things to do is to attend mass in French, especially in Paris. There is this mix of solemnity, tradition, festive and so classical way they celebrate mass there. Maybe because most of the churches in Paris are old, historical and  traditional that makes it so special. One of the Churches I discovered was the L'Eglise Saint Germain Des Pres located right at Boulevard Saint Germain and Rue Bonaparte in the Left Bank. The Church is an active Parish. I was lucky enough to attend Sunday mass there. The Church was built as a Benedictine Abbey in 543. Last December 2014, the Church celebrated its 1000 millennium. No wonder inside it is dark and old with Gothic ceilings and pillars.  I thought that the ceilings and pillars might need some cleaning. But then, it might be hard to clean the place since it is an active parish where Sunday mass were packed and many activities are held in there. But it's dark interior adds character to the Church since it is so old. Add some angelic choirs singing and the procession of the holy candles carried by sacristans which adds a spiritual solemnity to the whole experience. Then afterwards, just cross the street and have lunch at the famous Les Deux Magots then go shopping at the Louis Vuitton boutique right beside it. Paris always fascinate as there are always places to discover. 

Let us participate in Earth Hour tonight.
Turn off power tonight from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Pamela lives in Toronto. I work in Banking in the field of Credit and Finance. The Style and Travel Journals blog has evolved into an on-line magazine blog about my experiences and inspirations on style, travel, people, lifestyle and current events. My blog features are not sponsored posts. The photographs and stories featured here are all from my own resources and experiences. [Pamela RG] (