ZADIG & VOLTAIRE
A perfect day in Paris by Cecilia Bönström
Zadig & Voltaire's Artistic Director Cecilia Bonstrom gives us a tour of her Paris.
7:30am: I jump out of bed, and usually make a quick breakfast at home, but a perfect Paris morning would include a breakfast at Les Deux Magots, where I would order a baguette-beurre-confiture (that's a baguette with butter and jam).
8:30am: After dropping my youngest son off at school, I'll go for a jog in Parc Monceau. I live across from the park on the right bank in the 8th arrondissement, in a Haussmanian building with a small staircase inside–it feels more like a house than an apartment. My neighborhood has a calm feeling to it, and my building is located on this magic corner that somehow is totally silent. After my run, I'll head into work. I usually arrive by 9:30am each day.
12:30pm: Suddenly, it is lunch time. Either my assistant reminds me that I have lunch plans with a friend, journalist or colleague–I love La Société, where I'll likely order escargot with one glass of red wine and pavlova for dessert–or I'll order a salad and a latte and eat in front of my computer. If I have a long meeting that requires a lot of talking, I need that lunch hour in silence.
2:00pm: My day at work is a mix of creativity but also business strategy. On an average day, I will choose fabrics, do fittings, work on our accessory line and meet with our communications department.
6:00pm: Once a week, I have a trainer who I work out with in the park at the end of the day. The rest of my evening usually depends on the season, the fashion week schedule or the exhibitions on at the Gagosian Gallery, Almine Rech Gallery, Kamel Mennour or the Centre Pompidou. My evenings out are usually filled with cocktails or art shows. I love meeting up with friends for a short while after work but most of the time my fiancé and I prefer a quiet dinner with our children– which is actually not that quiet.
8:00pm: If I am home, I do homework with my two big ones and read a book with my little one before bed. If I am out, I love a dinner at Caviar Kaspia and dancing at Montana–where you can shake away all the stress!
10:00pm: It is time for some alone time, my gift to myself. When everyone is asleep, I love to have a bath with a good magazine and FaceTime with my twin sister who lives in New York. I usually light candles from Le Labo and Cire Trudon and go through my whole day, then I decide what I will wear the next day because there is no time to figure that out at the last minute. I usually scroll through Instagram before falling into bed just before midnight.
CECILIA'S SHORT LIST:
WHERE TO EAT: I absolutely love dinner at Atelier de Joël Robuchon. Eating at the bar in the dim light is perfect and anything you order is a true experience.
WHERE TO SHOP: Colette is always such a fun place to go. You can find a Gaia Repossi ring, Charlotte Olympia kitten ballerinas or the Nike Lab/Sacai collaboration pieces all in one place. I love buying gifts for my friends on their ground floor. I also love Montaigne Market for the pristine jewelry and their denim selection. For furniture, I head to Christian Liaigre, and I also like Compagnie Française de L'Orient et de la Chine for homewear. I like to browse the Scandinavian furniture at the flea market at Marche Serpette and Porte de Clignancourt, and Pretty Box also has great vintage. Tabio, a Japanese brand in the 6th arrondissement always has a fun selection of socks.
BEST HOLE IN THE WALL: Sara, 8 Rue de Ventadour, 75001 Paris.
MY LITTLE SECRET: The facials at Biologie Recherché on the Champs-Elysées.
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