Hôtel de NELL Paris – our first staycation!

If vacations are good staycations are even better!

What is a STAYCATION?

It’s a vacation in the place you live, so you don’t really travel out just stay – staycation!

It is also a new online service for people living in Paris to book a stay ( Sunday – Monday ) in a variety of exclusive places, at a great discounted price. Check them out here.

I have been living in Paris for 7 years and a chance to rediscover the city is exactly what I need. For our first staycation, we chose the 9th district of Paris. It is one of the most attractive districts of Paris, showcasing some of the most beautiful Hausmannien architectural works of the ‘Belle Époque’ era, from lavish shopping areas to the Palais Garnier. You can enjoy an amazing walk by the river Seine and enjoy the view of the Eiffel tower afar. Scroll down to read all about my stay at a very luxurious hotel in the 9th district of Paris – Hotel de NELL.

So we took the metro to our destination, it is the best part to not have hours of travel before reaching your destination – your destination is just minutes away!

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Hotel de Nell is beautifully nestled in the 9th district, the welcome was warm and the check in very efficient. The staff is very professional, they showed us around the hotel, and then took us up to our room. They had some welcome sweets and a special note from ‘staycation’ to welcome us!

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Our room was on the 6th floor, with a breathtaking view of a church and the rooftops of Paris city! It had the smallest cutest balcony I have ever seen, everything about the room was cozy and put us immediately on ‘holiday mode’.

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The rooms are very contemporarily styled and have a Japanese style tub which is a true masterpiece and was the jewel in the crown of our stay at Hotel de NELL. To add to it are the two tea bath rituals from Bulgari –  that smell like heaven and are really relaxing!

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After exploring our room, it was time to hit the spa! The very famous Spa Nuxe offers its services at Hotel de NELL. The spa room is at the -1 level of the hotel, I was super happy to make my way from the room to the spa in my bathrobe! We took the 45-minute massage that was really relaxing, the masseuse was very professional, I highly recommend to visit Spa Nuxe if you are here. They even gave us a few samples of Nuxe products at the end of the service.

Price: 88€ for a 45-minute massage.

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At around 6pm, we were bought a bottle of champagne to our room, the perfect way to enjoy your bath!

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restarauntlogoDinner at La Régalade

As we were having such a great time at the hotel, we didn’t want to step out, so we decided to have dinner at the restaurant of the hotel – La Régalade.

It is a very popular restaurant, which offers a 3-course (with 5 options each) dinner menu for 39€. The menu has dishes that have been there ever since the place opened, in addition to the ‘plat de jour’! And you guys, I must say everything was super tasty! The dishes are really beautifully crafted, visually very appealing and a total fiesta for the tastebuds!

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On our way to dinner!
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Risotto crémeux à l’encre de seiche, gambas et jambon rôtis à l’ail, émulsion vache qui rit.
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Poêlée d’escargots petits gris du Languedoc et œuf parfait, ail, persil, jus au cresson
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Poitrine de cochon fermier croustillante de chez Ospital, cocos de Vendée, pesto de riquette
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Suprême de volaille fermière, croûte de noix de pécan, asperges blanches meunière, sarriette
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Time for desert.. check out my huge bowl of Riz au lait!!!

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Our Favorites at La Régalade

  • Risotto crémeux à l’encre de seiche, gambas et jambon rôtis à l’ail, émulsion vache qui rit.
  • Poitrine de cochon fermier croustillante de chez Ospital, cocos de Vendée, pesto de riquette
  • Riz au lait à la vanille Bourbon comme le faisait ma grand-mère, caramel laitier

When we got back to our room we had another surprise gift waiting for us – a box of chocolates from ‘Maison du Chocolat’ and a Spa Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil! I absolutely love these cute surprises and felt really pampered! Another fun offer is the pillow menu at Hotel de NELL, we loved the pillows that were there so we didn’t change, but if you are in a mood to experiment do choose among their different pillow options. The next day, we had breakfast at ‘La Régalade’ restaurant, they offer a sumptuous continental buffet and fresh products like sausages and eggs etc for a supplement of 10€. After breakfast, we cozied up in the room, had another round in the tub and went off to get some final clicks in our bathrobes before leaving!

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Breakfast at La Régalade

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STAYCATION Paris 2018

We absolutely loved our first staycation in Paris, it was truly romantic, the hotel inculcates the true essence of the city! We will surely be trying out other places. I highly recommend Hotel de NELL, for a chic Parisienne style stay! It’s attention to detail and little sweet surprises made it extra special. It has everything you need to cut out from the ‘metro – boulot – dodo‘ routine.

Check out our insta story from that day:

 

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ADDRESS

7-9 Rue du Conservatoire, 75009 Paris

To book the hotel – Click Here.

To book a STAYCATION in Paris – Click Here.

When we got back from Hotel de NELL, we felt like we got back from a vacation, it was a truly refreshing feeling, I do recommend staycations to break from the routine and explore and reconnect with the city you live in! I hope you enjoyed this article guys, see you soon with some other fun places to visit in Paris. Let me know in comments below if you have ever been on a staycation in your city!

Article by: Mellissa Fernandes | Makeup Artist | 🇫🇷

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Pregnancy Fashion: How I styled my bump on my babymoon.

A growing belly is not always the easiest to style, finding the right maternity clothes can be a challenging task and I’m happy to share with you a few brands I came across that have helped me stay stylish during this time! Scroll down to check out what I wore during my trip to Malta, hope this inspires the fashionista future mommy’s out there 🙂

  • Floral dress

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You can never go wrong with florals, and this dress was just perfect to get in spring. I bought this cute floral dress from Boohoo, they have an amazing range of maternity clothing.

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Click HERE for other cute floral maternity dresses.

  • Lace-up dress

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I got this lace-up dress from Primark, this dress is not from a maternity section, but it is ideal for the second-semester bump, and the lace-up style is great for breastfeeding post pregnancy.

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Digging the Lace-up style? Check out some other cute lace-up maternity dresses HERE.

  • Blue Jeans with a white tee

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This classic look can never go out of style, I got the jeans from Maternity section of H&M, and teamed them up with a ruffles white tee and a trench coat. This look is simple yet stylish. To complete the look wear your favorite comfortable sneakers.

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Check out my other picks for this style HERE.

  • Bodycon dress

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A bodycon dress is perfect as it can stretch and accommodate your growing bump. These dresses are very comfortable and can be perfect for the day or night. I got this cutie from Primark and teamed them up with my favorite trainers. The holographic cap is from the kid’s section of Primark!

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I found some other really cute bodycon dresses for maternity, click HERE, to check them out.

  • Maxi dress

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No holiday can be complete without a maxi dress. I got this dress from PinkBlush Maternity. Do check out my previous post on this brand, which has an amazing collection of maternity including swimwear.

Click HERE for other ultra stylish maxi maternity dresses!

I hope you enjoyed this fashion roundup with me, let me know what is your favorite look in comments and yes do share other maternity brands you are loving 🙂 Don’t forget to read the article on my Babymoonwhere I have listed tips for traveling during pregnancy.

Have a great weekend guys,  catch you soon with another post.

Article by: Rachel Fernandes | Lawyer, Cosmetics Formulator, Beauty Addict | 🇬🇧

 

 

Babymooning in Malta

Babymoon is a romantic trip taken by the parents-to-be to have a vacation and spend some quality time together before the baby arrives. I highly recommend taking this trip as it is a great way to bond together.

My husband and I decided to do a babymoon as the last few months have been all about taking doctors appointments, scans, full working hours, shopping for the baby and this can be overwhelming. We really needed some time off, to spend the last moments of just the two together before we are joined by our little baby.

We decide to do our babymoon in Malta. Malta is a beautiful island located between Sicily and the North African Coast. As this period is a time to be careful moneywise and prepare for baby budget etc. we took an all-inclusive package and got a really great deal on Wowcher.

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Babymoon is all about relaxing, so we decided to spend time at the hotel and hit the pool whenever we got a chance.Chai & Lipstick in malta

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Places we visited

Malta is full of scenic locations which are beautiful to capture on camera. These are few of the places we visited.

  • The Popeyes’s village

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The Popeyes village is one of the famous tourist destinations in Malta. The ticket to enter the village is about €14.50 and you also get a few freebies with this ticket.

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  • The capital city of Valletta

The capital city of Valletta is a must to visit. It has some really beautiful lanes which will allow you to admire the architecture.

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  • St Johns Cathedral:

This cathedral is the most beautiful I have ever seen, it literally gave me goosebumps when I entered. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and is located in Valletta.malta must visit

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The entrance fee to this beautiful cathedral is 10 euros if you’re in Valetta don’t forget to visit this.

Tips for mommy-to-be during babymoon

  • Talk to the airline you will be flying with, to know if you would be allowed to fly. Some airlines may require a letter from your doctor
  • Carry your medical notes and insurance.
  • It’s important to carry some snacks and a bottle of water with you at all times.
  • The best time to travel would be your second trimester.
  • Comfy clothes are a must.
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Hope you enjoyed this article, let me know what are your thoughts on a babymoon, in the comments section below. If you would like to discover more about my maternity style, stay tuned for the next post. Have a great weekend guys!

Article by: Rachel Fernandes | Lawyer, Cosmetics Formulator, Beauty Addict | 🇬🇧

Road Trip – Amsterdam #whatiwore 

Hello Guys,

This is going to be a really quick post I want to share with you my outfits from my weekend road trip London – Amsterdam. It was a really quick and intense road trip with loads of excitement and fun. My clothes had to be stylish yet comfortable, check out my different looks and some favorite picks that I put together so you can get the look 🙂

Continue reading “Road Trip – Amsterdam #whatiwore “

Sister Getaway – what we wore at the Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel.

Hello guys,

Most of you followed our sister getaway adventure last week on instagram and on the BLOG, today I am  sharing with you all the details of our looks 🙂 I created and styled 3 looks for us for our stay. Comfy yet stylish is what I was going for, I wanted us to look all polished up with a laid back hoilday mode style. Continue reading “Sister Getaway – what we wore at the Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel.”

What I shopped at the souk in Marrakech.

Hello Everyone 🙂

Today I am going to share some of the things I bought in Marrakech, I made a trip almost everyday (of the five days that I was there) to the souk Jemma El Fnaa, I loved the feeling of getting lost in the noisy maket and finding my way back to the Riad, was always like going through a maze.

All that being said, shopping in the souk can be a little stressful as you have to bargain your way through everything and you never know if you are paying the right price or being cheated! I got a few things at a pretty fair price that  I am going to show you now.. let’s go 👇🏽 Continue reading “What I shopped at the souk in Marrakech.”

Palolem Beach Day trip- A must do in Goa! 

I cannot remember the last time I actually spent a day at the beach, chilling among the sun, sand and waves. While growing up in Goa is often linked to spending time on the beaches sipping beers and cashew feni and living a sausegade life. At rare occasions do we take a break from our busy schedules and enjoy the scenic beauty of Goa. Continue reading “Palolem Beach Day trip- A must do in Goa! “