Shopping in Manhattan for les petits riens

Finding French Women Style in New York City

If you find yourself out and about in NYC, you may be interested in:

A Gorgeous Haircut

This is a tough one—so subjective—but people always ask where I get my hair done. Here is my regular New York favorite:

Frederic Fekkai
15 East 57th St.
New York, NY
Telephone: 212-753-9500
*My two favorite stylists there are Philippe Barr and Patrick Bassett.

Flowers
Flowers are the gift for all occasions, as the saying goes, "Dites le avec des fleurs" (say it with flowers). I cannot live without flowers and am captivated by the increasing number of small flower shops doing unusual arrangements.  Olivier, king of Provence in New York, has a style I fell in love with when I first saw his amazing arrangements at restaurant Daniel, and now that he has opened a place on 14th Street (which one can rent for parties, as it's attached to a beautiful garden in the back done by Olivier himself), I can stop at the shop on my way home and pick the flowers of the week. His windows are worth seeing, and so is his secret garden.

L'Olivier
Uptown: 19 E. 76th St., telephone: 212-774-7676
Downtown: 213 W. 14th St., telephone: 212-255-2828

Home Decor
Our little nick nacks can bring us more pleasure than we realize. 

John Derian
What a unique store! John Derian has made a name for himself in decoupaging home décor pieces. I love his one-of-a-kind paperweights. 6 E. 2nd St, New York, NY 10003, tel. (212) 677-3917

Heart Art
Wendy Issacson has taken hearts and created adorable 'heart art.' There's one for every personality. Perfect for little meaningful gifts—and a fabulous way to say "I love you!"
132 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011, tel. (212) 620-3840

Perfume
L'Artisan Parfumeur has many shops across NYC and makes exotic, unique perfumes. Their premier figuier is entirely unique (inspired by the aroma of figs, how rare) and smells just like a sunny day in the Mediterranean, perfect for summer. And their mûre et musc is so warm and feminine, a great choice for cooler weather.

Tableware
Clio is the place to go if you are not the plain white plate type of gal. The husband and wife owners of this charming shop offer decorative plates that certainly are 'conversation pieces', without being over the top. The dishware is artistic yet simple and rustic yet modern. Most dinnerware sets are made from Porcelain or Fine Bone China, handcrafted by designers from around the world. 92 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012, tel (212) 966-2443.   

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