Here is a little post from our first evening in Paris. We were invited to 114 Faubourg, Le Bristol's restaurant. I have a bit of a thing with eating at hotel restaurants… In the UK they're often not particularly good and I also think if you're staying somewhere you should at least venture outside of the hotel to eat! So, needless to say I was a bit "on the fence" about eating there… As you'll see, I was completely wrong.
Foundation, Perricone MD / Bronzing Liquid, Perricone MD / Mascara, Perricone MD / Tom Ford perfume, Noir Extreme / Highlighter, Benefit Sun Beam / Primer, Tom Ford
Here are a few shots of me getting ready and my beauty bag for the trip. The beauty of Eurostar is there is no liquid limit so I took my usual make up and beauty products (makes a welcome change from flying). I'm going to be doing a few more beauty posts over the coming weeks so won't go too much into my ever-faithfuls now, but in a nutshell I am absolutely swearing by No Make Up Make Up by Perricone MD, REN Skincare Keep Young And Beautiful and Tom Ford's newest perfume, Noir Extreme. Two further things worth mentioning are Tom Ford's primer (completely sorted out my skin and stops make up coming off) and Benefit's Sun Beam. This pot was a freebie with a magazine and I refill it up and keep it in my handbag at ALL times (I'm well aware none of this is particularly cheap, but I really recommend the investment).
Now over to the outfit which is top to toe Reiss. The leather skirt is a favourite (I also bought this dress version which is half price in the sale, insanely cheap for the quality) I've been wearing it with all sorts - denim shirts, white tees and big, comfy jumpers like the one in this post. I love the grey colour of the jumper, it looks fab with blue denim and is perfect for down-dressing an outfit like this one. I hate looking overdressed and as we'd never been to this restaurant before I had no idea how formal it was - this was perfect! I've also got it in white (here) which is the perfect smart/casual "throw on" knit.
The shoes are quite high for me which made me a bit nervous, but they are super comfortable. They're the kind of thing I'll wear again and again - in fact they're living under my desk as they're perfect after-work heel. Last but not least the handbag… Contrary to popular opinion I am not a massive handbag fanatic. I'm borderline boring with my choices - it needs to be practical, easy to carry and look expensive. I appreciate the last comment may be a bit "ooh-err" but it's always been a thing for me; handbags should never look cheap. This one is amazing. I've been glued to it since it arrived. It's everything a handbag should be...
So onto the restaurant. Michelin starred since 2013, 114 Faubourg's feel is everything you need for a Parisian weekend evening. Enough of a vibe to it to burst out laughing without feeling like everyone is watching, but calm enough to completely relax and enjoy your food. We started with lobster (obviously) and an artichoke soup. I've never really cared that much for soup, until now. If you could award a dish with a Michelin star, this would get it. It was incredible...
Don't get me wrong I still love my fish finger sandwiches at home, but it's so nice to spoil yourself once in a while and this place was certainly a treat. We went on to have white fish and a pigeon dish (above) that was essentially a bird beef wellington. When it arrived I thought it would be gone in 60 seconds and I'd still be hungry but it was perfect. The fish was great too, light but really tasty. After main courses we decided to make the most of the warm evening and sit outside for coffees and desserts. The sorbets are extremely good, and as for the restaurant's take on a deconstructed crumble… You should just go and see for yourself. Find out more here.
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