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For wine and travel-lovers: Lindsay Oliver Shores of Paris, Meet Boston takes you to the luxury retreat of Les Deux Chèvres in the vineyards of Burgundy, France.

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The Lure of Paris: A Concert by Roustem Saïtkoulov was held at Longy School of Music in Cambridge and drew quite the sophisticated Boston crowd. While I have always been fascinated by the talented painters, writers, and philosophers who flocked to Paris, I also find myself captivated by the renowned musicians who spent time in The City of Light. I am especially fond of Chopin and Debussy, and when I learned that The Ballets Russes Arts Initiative was holding a concert by a famed pianist who would be playing these virtuosos, along with the great Stravinsky, I was fascinated. It was no wonder that the audience packed in to hear the renowned pianist, Roustem Saïtkoulov (who had performed just days prior at Carnegie Hall), paint such pictures, express such emotion – with sound! The concert program featured two Eastern European composers, the Polish Chopin and the Russian Stravinsky, who spent much of their creative life in Paris, as well as a French composer, born near Paris, who was significantly influenced by Eastern European composers including Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky. The relationships between these composers intrigue me. While Stravinsky’s career was launched by and very closely associated with Sergei Diaghilev and the original Ballets […]

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Halloween is not huge in France, though it has caught on in some respects as a fun, somewhat Americanized thing to do. The storied All Hallows’ Eve is simply nowhere near as celebrated in France as it is in the States. Halloween in France is not to be confused with La Toussaint, or All Saints’ Day, which is a French holiday of religious origins that is quite important and widely celebrated in France. La Toussaint falls on the first of November, and on this day, French families visit the graves of their deceased loved ones and place des chrysanthèmes, or chrysanthemums or mums, on their graves to honor them. You can find more information on La Toussaint in the fascinating article entitled La Toussaint France – All Saints Day by Janine Marsh on The Good Life France. While in the U.S. we adorn our entryways and interiors with mums in the fall, one should never give mums as a gift to friends in autumn in France, as they symbolize death. Who would have thought that giving a simple gift of fall flowers could carry such an unexpected meaning? Culture is so fascinating in that way, and we must always consider the sentiments and […]

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I am a Brand Ambassador for Belle Force and was kindly gifted this Elevate Tank. I only promote brands I truly love on Paris, Meet Boston, and Belle Force is my favorite activewear brand! One of my favorite places get some exercise in the early morning in Paris is the Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. To tell you the truth, it’s also one of my favorite to take a stroll or linger in one of the green chairs languorously in the afternoons as well! On our last trip to Paris, I sported some of my favorite activewear by Belle Force in the Jardin du Luxembourg in the early mornings. This ballet-inspired brand stole my heart from the first time I found it. Plus, it’s perfect for barre class back in Boston. And guess what? I’m giving away two Belle Bows, one black, one ballet pink, to one lucky winner! Find out how to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!   Enter to win the Belle Bow Giveaway with Follow @parismeetboston on Instagram, like and tag at least one friend who loves chic and feminine workout gear on this Instagram photo Follow @belleforceactive on Instagram You’re done! Bonne […]

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All Photo Credits: Dan Shores A few years ago, I discovered the brand Reformation and found myself dazzled by their beautiful, feminine designs as well as their dedication to sustainable practices in their clothing production. Reformation uses the most efficient, eco-friendly technologies available to them, while investing in green building infrastructure to minimize their waste, water, and energy footprints. C’est cool, non? Plus, their clothes are gorgeous, striking that perfect balance between vintage romance and modern edge. Recently I ran around the heart of Paris whilst wearing one of my lovely floral Reformation dresses in the dying light of the day, because how else does one celebrate the beginning of summer? Have you ever worn Reformation? Which style would you choose? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below! We would love to hear from you! You can shop some of my favorite Ref looks below. Want to keep up to date with everything PMB? Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Instagram! Bisous, Lindsay Shop Reformation Dresses: Shop the Sam Edelman Patti Sandal:

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All Photo Credits: Wayfair Dream up the ultimate blogger studio to suit your style I have always been big on dreaming and visualizing before I set out and take active steps to achieve any goal. I recently began to consider what my ultimate blogger studio and office would look like, and so I decided to put together a wish list of sorts to share with my fellow bloggers and creative types or those of you who simply dream of creating the perfect office, whether downtown or at home, to suit your style. For now, I do my dreaming and visualizing and working from a little corner of our living room where I have my adorable white writing desk, quaint bookshelf, bulletin board, and some hanging art prints and photographs to inspire me. For those of you who are new to Paris, Meet Boston, you can read all about what initially inspired me to create this blog in my post entitled Inspiration: Paris, Meet Boston. Below, you can check out my dream board for my ultimate blogger studio! Main Office, Seating Area, and Studio: Drewes L-Shaped Computer Desk // More Computer Desks Eckard Office Chair // More Office Chairs Roanoke Table Lamp […]

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Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Anna Winestein, Executive Director of the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative (BRAI) for an interview. The Boston-based non-profit organization’s name and mission are inspired by the legendary performing arts company of Serge Diaghilev, the Ballets Russes, which existed between 1909 and 1929, based mainly out of Paris. Seeing as the original Ballets Russes served as such a wonderful example of Eastern European cultural and artistic engagement with the West, we at Paris, Meet Boston just had to know more about how this modern non-profit organization is fostering creative cultural collaboration and understanding between Eastern Europe and the West of today.   Check out the full interview below:   What is the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, and what is its mission?   BRAI is a non-profit cultural organization that fosters international creative exchange in the visual and performing arts and film, with a special focus on the post-Soviet States. Inspired the example of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, BRAI conceives and organizes collaborative, creative, and educational programming by building institutional partnerships with museums, performing companies, universities, and individual art-makers. Based in the Boston area, it carries out local programming and outreach events throughout Massachusetts as well as in Washington DC and elsewhere along […]

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I’m teaming up with the French Cultural Center and Provence Wine Imports to give away two tickets to a Wine Tasting at the French Cultural Center in Boston’s Back Bay! Patrick Walsh of Provence Wine Imports will present ten new wines for you to taste. For this event, Patrick will bring vintner Madeleine Herbeau with him. Madeleine is heir and manager of Château Barbebelle, so you will be able to taste the wines and meet the winemaker! Enter to win below!   Enter to win with the following steps*: Follow @parismeetboston on Instagram, like and tag at least one friend who loves wine on this Instagram photo Subscribe to the Paris, Meet Boston newsletter Follow @frenchculturalcenter on Instagram Subscribe to the French Cultural Center newsletter by scrolling down to the bottom of their website *All entrants must be 21(+) years of age to enter and must be able to provide valid ID to show proof of age at wine tasting The giveaway will run until Thursday, April 12th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced on Saturday, April 14th at 9:00am on Paris, Meet Boston’s Instagram! Bonne chance, et santé! Lindsay

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All Photo Credits: Joan Oliver Don’t you just love the Impressionists? Recently, I donned a very large, pink tulle skirt and a graphic tee reading “Rue St. Honoré” and strolled, or rather danced, through the Impressionist Galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. There’s something about the gorgeous pastels and the ephemeral nature of Impressionist work, those blended brushstrokes that magically capture the changing light of the day. And in terms of sculpture, the grace of Degas’ dancer in the MFA has always been an inspiration to me. While we often, as a general modern society, group the Impressionist painters and sculptors and musicians with the Post-Impressionists, I don’t mind this, because I love them all equally, and they do relate to each other so closely. When I was a student at Boston College, I majored in Economics and French, but I also studied Art History quite intensely. Every time I get to the MFA and visit with the artists, and the Impressionists especially, I feel as though I am reuniting with dear old friends. The Impressionists may have rebelled against the traditional, expert art of the day (I see you, Papa Rousseau), but Impressionist works have such life […]

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All Photo Credits: Joan Oliver I had the great pleasure of attending a Champagne Afternoon Tea in honor of the Chinese New Year in the Lobby Lounge of the Mandarin Oriental yesterday, and I found myself utterly charmed by the entire experience. This special event tea, which is running for ten days only, is utterly civilized and ideal for those who love all things sophisticated, cosmopolitan, and cultural.   From the congeniality of the staff to the remarkable decorative transformation that the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental overtook in celebration of the Lunar New Year, the experience was quite magical.   The dramatic and gorgeous reds and golds of the Chinese lanterns and flower arrangements, the intense color of the fresh mandarin oranges set out in a decorative bowl, and even the red glow that splashed over the walls and the otherwise dimmed lighting scheme in the luxurious lobby lounge enveloped all the visitors to tea in a rich cultural Chinese story.         A lovely woman named Shirley was playing a Chinese classical instrument called the dulcimer that made one feel transported to Hong Kong, China, where the legacy of the Mandarin Oriental began. Listen here: Traditional Chinese […]

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