Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pampered in Paris in NYLON Magazine

Here's the write-up of Pampered in Paris in the August issue of NYLON magazine. This is the best I could do with the pdf files my PR department sent over.

When a book called Pampered in Paris: A Guide to the Best Spas, Salons and Beauty Boutiques (The Little Bookroom) crossed my desk, all I could think was that the author, Kim Horton Levesque, is a genius. Book publishers, listen up: I will survey the best of everything a fabulous locale is renowned for on your dime and give it a cute alliterative title. Pampered in Paris?! How aboutPizza in Pisa? High in Humboldt?

I don’t mean to downplay Levesque’s considerable work--as a beauty editor who has been to the City of Light numerous times, I learned a lot from this book, including how to say “can you please avoid massaging the chest area?” in French, the addresses of a few beauty boutiques I’ll have to check out and treatments I never knew existed (henna spray tans?!). The spa reviews feature beautiful shots by Kristyn Moore and detailed back-stories of the spaces, plus descriptions of the treatments, which can be very useful in unfamiliar territory like, say, the largest hammam in Europe. God bless you, Kim Horton Levesque. -Holly Siegel

**It's pretty awesome how I became a beauty editor in this piece--I also like the fact that I've (only) visited Paris numerous times...

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