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East Sussex, UK: The Post Office Tea Rooms in St Leonards on Sea

If you need “action”, such creative leisure for the use of regressive fashion-somthing in you (knitting to de-stress!). Or at the opposite, if you dream of an “after work the fun” (fed up to act like a shopping addict in the old Hastings). Here is a charming tea room run by a couple of former graphic designers: the Post Office Tea Rooms, in five to ten minutes from Hastings House. It’s true, I really enjoy the knit evening concept (although I had already spoken in my posts on Toronto and Paris years ago). Anyway I like the concept, the concept only, okay! Because in weekend, I luv doing nothing (lol!): a few cups of tea, with two to three magazines to look at softly. And here, @ the Post Office Tea Rooms, with from time to time, a glance at the sea. Relax, relax. And for food lovers, the cakes are homemade!


Informations : to go to Hastings by Ferry FDS Seaways from Dunkerque to Dover, www.norfolkline.com, www.visit1066country.com.  

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East Sussex, UK: Myerscough & Mairs, The Sophisticated Vintage Shop in Hastings

East Sussex, UK: Home Store, a store in the old and the restaurant Kitchen Home Store, in Hastings



The White Hotel: Designers Xmas Shopping

Sunday 13 : 2.30 pm, after the brunch, I arrive at the White Hotel, for the Brussels Designr. RDV. Another Chrismas market. I decide to visit level by level, every room with a designer. Same principe as some Paris and cie professional events, fares or private sales. Except for a teddy bear’s brand and India-a-porter.com and Filles à Papa, I didn’t know any other brand. Lot’s of back and forth in the corridors. At 5 pm the event stops, shopkeepers are tired. Still many people everywhere and I haven’t finished yet the two last levels. Too bad. Here my shopping : visit their websites and you like something, contact them by e-mail. Some are not sold in shops in Brussels, Antwerp or Paris.

Superb porcelain flush-fitting ceiling light of the Dutch young designer Inge Simonis, every lamp is unique : www.ingesimonis.nl

Those great birds light of the Paris label D4 remind me the back of a famous Yves Saint Laurent’s Jacket : www.design4.fr

Hot soup without burning hands at last! Les M, Céline Merhand and Anaïs Morel, two designers from Rennes (France) have developed a cocooning concept for using usual daily objects : cup cover, baby’s bottle cover. Brilliant. www.lesmdesign.com

I really do like the various and high-constrated materials (picture above : fantastic concrete mugs and picture below, a knitting fruits basket) of the Amsterdam designer, Doreen Westphal. contact@doreenwestphal.com

Because there is not just the gifted Manish Arora, let’s be on the road again for a hippie chic style, with posh fabrics, lovely embroderies and refine cuts of new Indian designers, selected by Cookie : www.india-a-porter.com (underconstruction). Info : +32 (0)474 263 820.

“Maybe you can drive my car… Yes I’m gonna be a star!”: Yes I want this jacket, designed by Filles à Papa, two sisters from Liège (Belgium), really inspired by Terry Richardson and Jurgen Teller. www.fillesapapa.com

Stonished lamps of David Graas, a young designer from Amsterdam: www.davidgraas.com

After India, Japan with Violaine Bétayéné, the fashion designer of Elsewear who has lived six years in Tokyo and loves using Japanese fabrics (cut in ancient kimonos) for her accessoiries collcetion : bangles, clutches and bags, like this really nice bag. www.fromwear.com 

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Antwerp: Fashion, Shopping & Café  




Paris puzzle : shopping @ Palais de Tokyo…

Sunny morning, speeding I surf slalom to the Hotel Costes K in a gorgeous “oldies but goodies” Austin Mini. The interview is put back, so quick discovery of this hot spot of the 16th district of Paris, in few snap shots.

Matin ensoleillé, conduite sportive je glisse slalome jusqu’à l’Hôtel Costes K dans une petite merveille « oldies but goodies » Mini Austin. L’interview est reportée, rapide découverte du lieu en quelques snap shots. 


I remember the big pictures of Façade, an eighties magazine inspired by Warhol’s “Interview”: who’s the photographer? And I really prefer the Jacques Garcia’s decoration of the Hotel Costes.

Je retiens les grandes photos très quatre-vingt d’un magazine du nom de Façade. Façon « Interview » de Warhol. Et le photographe ? Coté déco, je préfère de loin celle de Jacques Garcia à l’Hôtel Costes.


Sixteenth arrondissement (a boring select area in Paris) when you hold us… Let’s flee to Le Palais de Tokyo ! Our modest (but nice) version of the Brit Tate Modern.

16ème quand tu nous tiens : fuyons au Palais de Tokyo ! Notre version plus modeste à nous de la Tate Modern de Londres.

I always have a good excuse to stop there: the bookshop, an ultimate twisted concept’s exhibition, where sometimes you can find a pearl! And in summer time, enjoying the terrace…

Toujours un prétexte pour y faire un tour, la librairie, une dernière expo concept tirée par les cheveux où parfois s’y glisse une perle… et les beaux jours, paresser à la terrasse…

This time: I need to find an “absurd-licious” gift at the Black Block boutique of André (read my post : Julie Bernardin, the Parisian girlfriend of Batman).

Cette fois : dénicher le cadeau absurde et délicieux au Black Block, la boutique d’André (voir mon post sur Julie Bernardin, la petite amie parisienne de Batman). 

After this myriad of knitted colourful pies and cakes, I rush to Kleber avenue, buying chocolates at Patrick Roger, my favourite chocolates shop now.

Après cette myriade de tartelettes muticolores, meringues et forêt noire tricotées, crochetées : je file avenue Kléber, m’acheter ma tablette plaisir chez mon chocolatier du moment Patrick Roger.

Some other Paris Districts / D’autres quartiers de Paris :

Saint Germain des Prés, Paris

Paris : Le Marais

Paris puzzle 2: Haussmann, Montmartre…

Paris: République, Bastille