111 boulevard Beaumarchais

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When my email popped up saying Merci had launched it’s online store, the hellish tube ride to work quickly vanished from my mind. Instead, memories of my last trip to Paris came flooding back – to be specific, stumbling into Merci and quite truly believing I’d found heaven in a shop!

So much more than a shop, Merci has heart  -  and a very big one too – combining luxury consumerism and philanthropy by donating all profits to education and development projects in Madagascar. The owners simply wishing to pay it forward and say – “MERCI to life!”

While being French is almost a guaranteed pass on the style front, Merci could exist anywhere in the world and still take your breath away.

If like me, you don’t live a train ride away from Paris (just let me gloat!) then Merci online is a far more accessible option; opening up a world of linens, Merci medallions, ridiculously stylish plates and bowls, oh the list could go on!  Admittedly, it doesn’t quite capture the true amazingness of the Marais store, but it does give you a pretty good taster.

Love Jemmi x

Visit the online store here - www.merci-merci.com/en

Introducing Sage

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I’m not sure if any of you have ever wondered where the name ‘sage x clare‘ comes from? Well, along with some exciting news, you are about to find out.

I have a twin sister and her middle name is ‘Sage’ and mine, you guessed it, ‘Clare’.

Whilst this blog to date has been entirely made up of my own sources of inspiration and musings, I am about to introduce Jemma ‘Sage’ as a regular guest blogger.

Living on the opposite side of the world to me (sad face), we’ve more or less got both hemispheres covered. Plus, Jemmi is pretty much everything I’m not – cool, a great cook, artistic, naturally blonde, a handmade card giver (causing me great embarrassment when I hand over my store-bought card), an expat, a no-fuss kinda girl, a music festival goer, a graphic and textile designer, a risk-taker, and an adventurer.

Gosh, if we were the same person, we’d be pretty well balanced!

Not only is she my best friend,  but she’s also constantly feeding me with super cool findings that have slipped through my radar. So it seems kind of silly not to have her sharing these inspirations with you too. From here on in, Jemmi will be guest blogging weekly with her latest and greatest findings.

So, introducing…. Jemmi!!!! I hope you enjoy having her around…

Love P x

Desert Flower

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Images via Pinterest, Mango, Ralph Lauren Home, me

Grain.

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Currently obsessed with grainy photos…

Images by me and via Pinterest. For incredible grainy photo inspiration head to Hawaiian Coconut - love, love, love!

Emerald Coast

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As if I needed another reason to dream of traveling to Mexico…

Find out more about Hotel Azucar here.

The Eye Has To Travel

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Just saw the trailer of Diana Vreeland – The Eye Has To Travel’. Wow! About Diana herself – who famously quoted “Style is everything… style is a way of life. Without it, you’re nothing” – this documentary is almost guaranteed to be good. Not to mention my geeky tendency for any documentary! With it now available on iTunes, I know what I’ll be doing on my next night in.

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