There’s something super charming about renting an apartment when visiting Europe. To live like a local for a few days or even a few weeks really helps you indulge in the culture and lets you see the city in a different light. Paris is MY city… I mean, it’s not literally mine but I just have this connection with it. The city, the people, the food…. the buildings! The buildings and architectures are this perfect blend of Gothic style and elegance. I have been to Paris twice now and both times have stayed at a rental property. Each so different yet both exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend renting a place in one of these beautiful buildings when visiting. These are a few of my favorite apartments that can be found through Cobblestone Paris Rentals.

  1. Balcon Notre Dame – This is the apartment I rented on my last visit to Paris just a few weeks ago. First of all, it’s located in the Latin Quarter (5th & 6th arrondissements) which happens to be my favorite part of Paris to stay in. It literally is located in the middle of everything and the ideal location for walking to many of the landmarks. The apartment itself fits 4 guest very comfortably between its 2 bedrooms and has a modern kitchen with a spacious livingroom area. My favorite part of the apartment is the walk out balcony that overlooks the Seine River and Notre Dame Cathedral. 1 2 3 4
  2. La Charme Du Marais – This rental is super dreamy and where I want to stay for my next visit to Paris. It is an elegantly furnished 1 bedroom apartment that can accommodate 4 guests with a large open-style living/dining space with a full kitchen. It’s located on the border of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Arrondissements so you will have the pleasure of enjoying 3 wonderful neighborhoods of Paris. The small walk out balcony with chairs is a charming addition. 1 2 3 4
  3. Le Triomphe Elysees – This apartment is on the border of the 8th & 17th arrondissement where some of the most famous shops, five-star hotels and Michelin gourmet restaurants are located. You are steps from the famous Arc de Triomphe and from the “Place De L’Etoile” where you can check out views of Champs Elysees Boulevard and the Eiffel Tower. This one bedroom apartment is filled with historic Parisian charm. 1 23
  4. Terrasse Du Sorbonne – This 2 bedroom apartment is located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods, the Latin Quarter, right beside the Sorbonne University. It is a large, 2 bedroom apartment that fits up to 5 guests. From this apartment you will have an easy walk to many central sights such as Saint Germain Des Pres, The River Seine, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Musee D’Orsay, Musee Du Louvre and the Jardin Luxembourg. It’s truly in the true center of it all and best of all – has a private terrace! 1 2 3
  5. Le Grand En Isle – This one bedroom apartment can accommodate up to 4 Guests. It’s located on exclusive Ile Saint Louis which is steps from Notre-Dame Cathedral. it is renovated with high-end fittings and furnishings and is stylishly decorated in a historic style to accentuate the original 17th century architectural. 1 2 3 4

 

Don’t these rentals make you just want to hop on the next flight to Paris?! Make sure to check out Cobblestone Paris as they have many more rentals all over the city.

If you guys have any more questions on where to stay when visiting – feel free to shoot me over an email.

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1. Sky Organics || Organic Bath Bombs Gift Set $40 (on sale now for $26)This gift box contains 6 super-sized bath bombs which were handcrafted in the USA. They contain organic essential oils and organic coconut oil. And guys… they smell AMAZING!! These bath bombs will leave your skin hydrated and moisturized as well as leave you feeling super relaxed.

2. Essie Polish || Bikini So Teeny $9 – My love for Essie polishes is never ending. This color right here though… it has become my all time favorite. It’s a beautiful shade of blue with a hint of shimmer and while it’s perfect for Spring + Summer… I plan to use it year round.

3. Soap & Glory || Heel Genius $10 – I think I have been living under a rock because can you believe this is the first Soap & glory product I purchased? A fellow beauty lover recommended it to me and I ran out to get it. You basically slather it on at night, put some socks on and when you wake up – your feet are transformed. This is a total game changer for me. Since having my son, my skin – especially my feet, have been super dry. I thought their was no hope for the dry skin on them except pedis on pedis but thanks to this product my feet are sandal ready!

4. Fresh || Sugar Lip Treatment Perfecting Wand $24 – If you have been following me for some time now then my love for Fresh beauty products is clear but this wand has become my new favorite! It gently buffs and nourishes the lips to smooth, soften, and bring out their natural color for an instant baby-soft glow. I love that I don’t have to wipe it off after buffing my lips and it keeps them soft with a hint of gloss.

5. Dermalogica || Hydrablur Primer $47 – OK. This primer has become my go to. It’s super light weight and goes on very silky. It also mattifies to keep you shine free and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. My absolute favorite part of this primer is that is blurs my pores unlike any other primer I have tried and this alone has left me obsessed. If you have enlarged pores – pick this up! You will not be disappointed.

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This post is sponsored by Maybelline. All opinions expressed are my own.
maybelline-new-york-logo-faMaybelline is one of the drug store brands that packs a big punch with the items they release. They provide genuinely good quality makeup products but at a much more affordable price point.

My current Maybelline obsession is with their new Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liners.

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They come in 14 incredible shades. What I love most is that you can actually coordinate your lip look with the matching Color Sensational lipsticks or you can go bold and create definition by lining your lips in a darker shade. 5

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The formula is excellent and not only is pigmented but goes on super creamy and is long lasting. They are perfect to use to prevent feathering and bleeding so that your lipstick stays in place. The tip of the liner is very thin, which I love, and it includes a built in sharpener on the bottom of the liner that is perfect for when you need to freshen up the tip.

Here is a look at a few of my favorite nude shades:

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1. Magnetic Mauve, 2. Nude Whisper, 3. Purely Nude, 4. Dusty Rose & 5. Totally Toffee

These will go perfectly with any of the nude lippies you already have at home or you can pair them perfectly with a matching Color Sensational Lipstick. While I love all of the shades, this is my favorite lip liner/lipstick combo.

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This is by far the BEST red combo I have own. Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in Brick Red and Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Rich Ruby.

At only $7.99 a piece, the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liners are a must for any beauty lover. They are at least half the price of more expensive brands but to me, the quality is far superior.

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

 Spring has finally sprung here in NJ… Hallelujah! Seriously – I really thought we were going to have to live in long pants and sweaters for the month of May but everyday it warms up a bit more. Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your kids wardrobe for outdoor fun, playdates as well as those special occasion BBQs. Thanks to Oshkosh B’gosh, revamping Victor’s closet has been easy breezy.

Their Spring collection includes soft and light weight fabrics, tanks with fun prints and must have comfy shorts. What I love most is their pieces are super on trend for the season but at an affordable price point!

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 I absolutely loved this look on Victor! How stylish does he look but best of all – he was super comfortable! This ended up being his Easter outfit and he was able to run all over the yard and roll around with the dog while still looking dapper. He’s going to get a ton of use from these pants this Spring.

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This outfit was also a big hit. The button down makes him look really put together and I paired it with terry shorts so he’s ready for a fun day at the park.

Oshkosh B’gosh has pieces that you can mix and match as well as dress up or down and that is really important when shopping for your little ones. Here are a  few other outfits that would be perfect for your son or daughter this spring.

OG1 OG2 OG3 OG4Do you know where you local Oshkosh B’gosh is? Click HERE to locate it! They also have a coupon out right now for 25% off your purchase of $40+!

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And guess what guys?! Thanks to my friends at OshKosh B’gosh… ONE of my followers/readers is going to win a $50 giftcard to pick up some Spring goodies for the little one in their life.

Head over to my instagram (@pearls_and_paris) for the rules and to enter.

The honeymoon is suppose to be the relaxing part of getting married. It’s where you jet off somewhere to unwind and finally be able to kick your feet up after all those months of vigorous wedding planning. Unfortunately for some people, planning the honeymoon can just be added stress. Where do you go? What do you do? What is the best time to visit?

Ahhh, ok. I get it.

Planning in general isn’t for everyone. For me though – planning vacations is MY THING. I love researching places, activities to do, must see sites etc. BUT every once in awhile I stumble across a website or book that just helps me tremendously and that is exactly why I wanted to share The Honeymoon Handbook with you guys.

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First of all – reading through this book gave me major wanderlust. After making a mental list of all the places that need to go on my bucketlist I started to take in all the super useful information.

Here are 2 of my favorite tips from the book:

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Planning tips will help you cover off the basics and bypass the stress, with advice on:

– When to go, how long to go for, and how to factor in seasons and climates

– How to build a multi-stop honeymoon

– How to pick hotels

– Working out a realistic budget, and sticking to it

– How to compromise with your other half

– The benefit of mini-moons, and how to plan the best one possible

– Getting married abroad, including logistics and legalities

– A host of top-rated destinations, listed by type of trip

– The best destinations for same sex couples

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While this book technically is for helping you book a honeymoon, the tips and information you find in it can be applied for any vacation you need help planning. Click HERE to find + purchase the book (ps it’s ON SALE!)