Carla Bruni not attending Cannes?

Woody Allen’s latest, “Midnight In Paris,” is about to open the Cannes Film Festival, and while most of the film’s stars are expected to be present for the world premiere, at least one has bowed out of the festivities for mysterious reasons.

Carla Bruni, wife of French president Nicholas Sarkozy, has “cancelled plans to appear on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival amid rumours she is pregnant with twins,” the Mirror is reporting.

Allen’s “Paris” marks Bruni’s acting debut, though she made her name as a supermodel before marrying Sarkozy. As the Mirror notes, Bruni “had been expected to draw huge crowds at the event.” Instead, the press will have to settle for Marion Cotillard, Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.

via Carla Bruni Woody Allen Marion Cotillard Owen Wilson Cannes | HollywoodNews.com.

By Sean O’Connell

‘Survive 2012 Armageddon’ with Petite B in France

 

 

Bugarach, population 189, is a peaceful farming village in the Aude region, southwestern France and sits at the foot of the Pic de Bugarach, the highest mountain in the Corbières wine-growing area.

But in the past few months, the quiet village has been inundated by groups of esoteric outsiders who believe the peak is an “alien garage”.

According to them, extraterrestrials are quietly waiting in a massive cavity beneath the rock for the world to end, at which point they will leave, taking, it is hoped, a lucky few humans with them.

Most believe Armageddon will take place on December 21, 2012, the end date of the ancient Maya calendar, at which point they predict human civilisation will come to an end. Another favourite date mentioned is 12, December, 2012. They see Bugarach as one of perhaps several “sacred mountains” sheltered from the cataclysm.

via French village which will ‘survive 2012 Armageddon’ plagued by visitors – Telegraph.

For the love of french women

 

 

 

Napoleon’s dream of invading England will finally come true in 2011. With a handful of truly French fashion labels like Maje, Sandro, Vanessa Bruno, and the Kooples opening up shop, the frenchie fashion invasion is clearly underway in London. Vive la look française!

If you are an admirer of french women… here are your essential addresses for shopping the look in London. Check out article below:

Nailing that effortless elegance is a big part of the desire to buy into Parisian dressing. ‘The thing about a Frenchwoman is she never looks like she’s tried too hard,’ says Laura Fantacci, Red magazine’s fashion and shopping editor. ‘Chanel did the same thing half a century ago when she teamed a sailor’s stripy tee with men’s palazzo trousers.’

via Indulge in some French dressing | Metro.co.uk.

Mr. & Mr. Elton John stop traffic in St. Trop

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Elton John is officially the whitest man in St. Tropez.

Sporting some not-so-beachy attire, Elton and husband David Furnish closed out the summer season with a visit to St. Tropez.

The once idyllic beachtown, made famous by Brigitte Bardot in the 1960’s, has continued to make a comeback this season after many decades of bad reviews. A long line of A-listers hit the riviera hotspot this summer: Diddy, Longoria, Paris, Bruce Willis, Joan Collins, and Karl Lagerfeld all vacationed here.

Elton and David share a fabulous estate a few hours down the coast on Mont Boron, which overlooks the city of Nice.  Perhaps Elton should keep that outfit for the privacy of his home… red RayBan wayfarers might look good on Charlotte Casiraghi, but they are not for everyone! David, on the other hand, looked casual chic with a Bottega Veneta tote.

Don’t miss Elton’s concert in Paris: September 11 and 12! Tickets at Fnac.com

Loving London & Lusting for Beckham

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Wow! An exhausting, whirlwind 3 nights in London has left Petite B incapacitated for the past 2 days!

Less than 3 hours after arriving in the city via the Eurostar, I was in an elevator with David & Victoria Beckham. Celebrating his birthday with a lavish shopping spree, the hot couple made a pit stop at the new Haymarket Hotel, just as I was checking in. The two spent several hours relaxing in a luxurious suite before heading out to a surprise dinner at Cipriani. Sporting Nicole Richie sized sunglasses, I starred endlessly at the newly blond Becks, who looks even more dreamy in the flesh. Unfortunately I realized several hours later that my tinted glasses were completely see-through. Oops— no wonder Victoria shot me a look!

Victoria was actually in good spirits, and giggled as she tripped out of the elevator and clutched on to Becks.

Several hours later and ever the pro-journalist, I was hovering in the lobby with a glass of champagne as Becks & Posh made their exit to a flurry of paparazzi waiting outside. Stopping in the lobby to straighten her dress, the two looked stunningly chic as they made a dash for the Bentley (see pics). Unfortunately my pro cameraman was MIA and I blurred all my shots (best one below). Bloody hell!

According to the Mail, this was their Birthday agenda:

With the hotel bill of £2,500 at London’s Haymarket Hotel, a restaurant bill of £25,000, a private jet costing £8, 000 each way, the specially-commissioned diamond ring costing £40,000 and drivers and security arranged for the trip, the total bill for David’s birthday trip came to more than £100,000.

On a less grotesquely superficial level, Becks reportedly started crying after receiving a touching toast from his wife at dinner. Awhh…. sexy and sentimental! PB is officially in love. Who cares if he isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed?

The Haymarket Hotel, sister to the famous Soho Hotel, is owned by Firmdale hotels and decorated by reknowned interior designer Kit Kemp– her best chef d’oeuvre to date. The service was not seamless, and the pool was still closed, but all was forgiven when the concierge sent up a bottle of Moet & Chandon with strawberries. Definitely the hottest hotel at the moment, and Petite B wouldn’t think of going anywhere else on her next trip.

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HAYMARKET HOTEL

1 Suffolk Place London SW1Y 4BP
Tel: +44 20 7470 4000 Fax: +44 20 7470 4004

 

Email: haymarket@firmdale.com

 

A very bon voyage: L’Avion making life easier for Paryorkers

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Let’s face it: you are underpaid, overworked, and have yet to meet Daddy Warbucks. It will take divine intervention or the Lotto to cough up the 65 mil to buy your own private Boeing 757-200.

Now you can cross that item off of your “must-haves-before-I-turn-100″— because a brilliant new airline has made private jets completely passé for us Parisians. The company is called L’Avion. Operational only this year, this airline is the answer to transatlantic flying (and hopefully more viable than the ill-fated Concorde!). Call this a ‘premium budget airline.’

100% first class, with high-tech ultra-reclining seats (lumbar support, outrageous amounts of space), excellent menu and attentive service, the flight is comfortable and elegant. And with a price tag that you can afford, but the crying babies can’t. Perfection!

Flights leave daily from Orly to Newark, and cost around 1300 euros round trip– cheaper when you book as a couple! (I make a great +1).

According to king of Parisian nightlife, Fred de Bourguet, who travelled this weekend for a vacation in NYC:

“L’Avion is truly amazing. My best definition: a kind of huge private jet just for a few! With only 30 passengers, the check-in and boarding was very smooth. There was HDTV which was super, even though the DVD’s were a little old… Rocky VI, and Deja Vu.”

And what about the service?

“Everything was great, although you get the feeling that the amount of space might come at the expense of more attentive service. But the flight attendants were very cool– dressed in 50’s style uniforms,” says Fred.

Hmm…. they wouldn’t happen to look like this, would they?

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Visit their site for more information. If you are a Paryorker, this might be a great option for your next trip to the Big A. Many in the fashion crowd have already signed up for the frequent flyer program!

 

 

Afloat in France: the luxury booze cruise

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Ah, the French know how to live.

Want to plan a unique travel experience this summer? Get some friends to pitch in and book the best booze cruise known to man. OK, so they aren’t marketing it as a ‘booze cruise’ perse, but PetiteBrigitte can only imagine the fun to be had on lazy summer days floating down the Rhone on a well-stocked barge!

Hosted by the Orient-Express and their luxury fleet of barges, you can select the itinerary for an unforgettable float through France. We’re talking rooftop pool, attentive staff to keep the champagne glass full, and spacious bedrooms in case you meet someone worthy on one of the vineyard tours.
The journey usually starts near Dijon, and ends in the south near Carcassone. In between, you will do a lot of sightseeing excursions to sleepy villages, ancient ruins, famous vineyards, and also some bike riding past fields of lavender and sunflowers. Sound dreamy? It is. Meals are served in the sumptuous dining room, prepared by accomplished chefs using local french ingredients. And did I mention…. all inclusive?!

As if this scenario couldn’t get more appealing, the crew is typically known to consist of handsome young men who speak mostly native English.

Click here for more.

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Too many friends for just one boat? Don’t worry, you can go in tandem too!

TGV East: Paris has a HOT new train

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Any train that brings you to the Moet & Chandon champagne vineyards in 45 minutes is HOT.

French officials have just inaugurated a new train link that will cut travel time between Paris and 12 cities in Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and NE France. The new TGV link will travel faster than all other operating trains, at a stunning 325 kmh!

Reims will be only 45 minutes away, where you can see the famous cathedral (where 26 French kings were coronated), and the champagne region. Believe it or not, Strasbourg will now be only 2 hours 20 minutes away, instead of the ususal 4 hours!!

Tickets, reservations and timetables for the TGV East service will be available starting April 10 on raileurope.com. Commercial travel will begin on June 10.

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Top 10 Destinations for Summer in Europe

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Not that I am thinking about leaving Paris anytime soon. But these are the hotspots I plan to hit this summer, so book your tickets now if you are meeting me there! (above: one of my favorites, Katikies)

1. Porto Cervo, Sardinia (Cervo Hotel, Costa Smeralda)
2. Santorini, Greece (Katikies/Kirini)
3. Positano, Italy (La Sireneuse)
4. Capri, Italy (Caesar Augustus)
5. Limerick, Ireland (Glin Castle)
6. Idrija, Slovenia (Kendov Dvoec)
7. Monte Carlo, Monaco (Hotel de Paris)
8. Mykonos, Greece (Kivotos)
9. Cote d’Azur, France (Grand Hotel Cap Ferrat)
10. Cap d’Antibes (Eden Roc)