July 11, 2012 by lovenellie
I am still catching up on my ZZzzzZZZZ’s after a fantastic weekend in Paris with Tracey from Custard Online. Originally we were just off for a day trip to Playtime Paris to scout the next seasons trends on childrenswear but (under real duress)decided to make a weekend of it.!!!
We left on the Eurostar at 7.30 am and before we had even finished our Nero’s Latte’s we were already in France having gossiped our way through the tunnel. The Eurostar is so easy,prompt and clean and St Pancreas Station is amazing it was therefore quite a shock to have to negotiate the Paris Underground. We had to que for our tickets for ages, exactly why they only have the two ticket machines in one of the busiest stations in Europe is beyond moi!!! Lost and confused we asked a group of French Policemen for directions only to get a personal escort tres bon!! But a short journey later we reached our hotel.
I cannot recommend the hotel that we stayed in enough, anyone thinking of heading to Paris for either a shopping trip or even romantic weekend the BLC Design Hotel would be perfect. It’s in the heart of Paris just off the Bastille so is within easy walking distance of lots of lovely boutiques and restaurants around Rue de Charonne. The whole hotel is designed in white with a real minimalist feel. The room was spacious with all that you need, great plasma screen, strange machine that pumped out calming sounds to send you to sleep with calming lights??? huge shower with glass walls in the centre of the room( don’t worry there is a curtain that you can pull around for modesty!!) and the staff were so friendly and kind.
We walked from the hotel along Rue De Rivioli to the Louvre taking in the sites, stopping for coffee, shopping and shhhh don’t tell anyone but eventually treating ourselves to a few mojitos and a ride on the big wheel to see those sights that our feet just were too tired to walk to!!!
Playtime Paris was so well done and it was fantastic to meet some of the great designers. Hucklebones have been an inspiration to me and you will be in for a treat with their next collection. Custard-Online will be stocking some of the new collection so don’t forget to sign up for their newsletter and keep in touch with all the latest designs being stocked.
Geometric patterns look to be big and the colour yellow seemed to be everywhere, lots of liberty prints too. I feel inspired to get designing and narrowing down my fabric samples to make some decisions about Love Nellie’s next collection.
So if you fancy a trip to Paris book into the BLC Design hotel for 170.00 euros per night for a large twin/double room you can’t go wrong.. quite frankly at that price and with the exchange rate it would be silly not to!!!
Hope you all had a good weekend too…. in the rain!!