By Kristin Wood

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to invigorate your wardrobe, so let’s get inspired! At AWP, we love pairing classic staples with a soupçon of Parisian whimsy. Brunch calls for a more relaxed look, but the punchiness of the vermillion accessories wakes up an otherwise classic outfit.

At Brunch

You may also enjoy A Woman’s Paris® post, Indulge at Le Meurice Hôtel, Paris, by Parisian Eva Izsak-Niimura who shares how to achieve a bit of luxury at Le Meurice Hôtel, Paris for afternoon tea or evening cocktails, when “constraint” is a word more in vogue than “indulgence.”

Fashion and Paris… exhibitions of the future of fashion? Frenchwoman Bénédicte Mahé writes about 2013 witnessing a trend in Paris: mixing culture and fashion, and the three major fashion exhibitions in Paris showing an evident turn toward the past, from ancient garments to the diffusion of fashion. (French)

Café Culture in Paris, by Parisienne Flore der Agopian. The café, writes Flore, is a pleasurable way of sitting unbothered for hours on end with a book, with friends, or jut watching all sorts of people coming and going. Le Café de Flore, one of the oldest and most prestigious in Paris, where you can meet or observe its famous clientele among the Parisians, tourists and waiters dressed in their black and white uniforms as if they were still in the 1920s. To Flore, Café de Flore is almost mythical, legendary—a real institution.

Le soufflé – l’amour, la romance and ladies who lunch, by Barbara Redmond who invites us to join the “ladies lunch,” with French food specialist Deborah Lee Johnson (founder of French for A While) and Kathy Morton (a Certified French Specialist, retired professor, co-recipient of the Julia Child Endowment Fund Scholarship, and also current designer of culinary tours for Tour de Forks). The soufflés, wine, and champagne were enjoyed at La Cigale Récamier, a restaurant located on a tiny pedestrian street in the seventh arrondissement in Paris. Recipe included for Soufflé au Chocolat (Chocolate Soufflé), by Georgia Downard from Evie Righter’s book, The Best of France: A Cookbook.

Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibit: A sensory explosion, by Jane Campbell stepping into the Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibit in Paris—trunks, leather luggage and handbags, and Marc Jacobs’ impressionistic exploration and inspirations all in one place which only can be described as a “real-life tumblr page:” Crazy, eccentric, and fashion-forward.

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