Paris is one of those exquisite places where love, romance, fantasy and dreams come alive -- if only for a moment. We believe it’s the ethereal nature of dreaming that makes a city like this all the more romantic.

Lookbooker Matthias Cornilleau is a fashion & style blogger for Stylnoxe who avidly adopts this philosophy of living in the moment, seeing the inherent beauty in change, travel and transition. He looks at the city from a poetically elegant perspective, a “meeting place for people who come from everywhere to drink tasty white wines together in lovely bars or on the Seine banks.”

We’re more than honored to embark on a dreamlike journey with Matthias for a typical “day-in-the-life” of a Parisian style icon to explore the homeland of premier haute couture, centuries-old shops, imaginative pursuits and of course, the finest chocolat.

“I grew up in the deep countryside of France before moving to Paris to study Political Science. After having spent five years here, I especially like to stay near the center – in the old Paris – where I can peacefully walk and admire all the art, artifact and design galleries where I derive most of my inspiration from.”  

6:30 AM | A Tie to Start the Day

I tend to wake up very early to enjoy the coveted silence of the morning and to avoid the crowds. After a brewing a quick cup of coffee, I begin the day by selecting the perfect tie from my personal collection.   

9:00 AM | Beds of Saffron and Ivory

After an invigorating yoga class, I seek out good vibes at the Jardin du Luxembourg. Located in the fashionable left bank, many locals come here to exercise, jog or enjoy fresh air. The garden is an oasis of calm and greenery in the center of the early day’s hustle and bustle. Saffron, ivory and steel blue flower-beds make for a tranquil and picturesque moment.    

1:00 PM | It's All In the Details

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My school is in the 7th arrondissement of Paris so I have a habit of lunching at the Café de Flore. It’s known to be a celebrity hotspot, but I tend to go more for its traditional cooking and freshly made vegetarian meals. In the afternoon, I visit shops like the Maison Sennelier, an art materials store that’s been around since 1887. It has seen artists like Cézanne,Monet, Picasso and Dali pass through its doors over the past century, and sells pristine accents, like these unique golden frame hooks.    

1:00 PM | Tokens of Love

The Pont des Arts is where I go to pray about meeting the lover of my life. But all jokes aside, this bridge crossing the river Seine draws painters, artists and photographers from all over the world, who use it as a studio en plein air. It’s also become tradition for tourists to attach engraved padlocks onto the railing before tossing the keys into the river as a gesture of committed love. Films, songs and art exhibitions have been inspired by this tradition (meanwhile, city officials have yet to figure a way to “address” the new fad).

2:30 PM | Style of the Orient

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In the afternoon, I like to peruse the newest pieces at my favorite designer store – Dries Van Noten. The eclectic, part old library, part cozy living room design was manifested by architect Geert Voorjans and Van Noten himself. The store features ten-coat, wood paneling installed by Belgium lacquer specialists, in colors of rufous, scarlet and curry. The exotic décor features antique furniture and paintings inspired by China prints.  

3:00 PM | One of A Kind

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When I’m on a tight budget, I have to choose carefully. After trying on a few things, including this fly flower bomber jacket, I decided to settle on this slick one-of-a-kind embroidered-flower tie.

4:00 PM | No Man's Land

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Now it’s time to take some photo of my OOTD (outfit of the day). We found the perfect place in a kind of no man’s land, across the Louvre and the Tuileries garden. My friends and I love contemplating the architecture of old buildings and monuments on each street corner. They make us dream of traveling across the world, and of time.    

6:30 PM | A Break for Chocolat

In the Invalides, there is a lovely restaurant called the café de l'Esplanade, perfect for an energizing break. Everyone here is dressed to impress and ready to hobnob with the Parisian elite. I ordered a classic chocolate fondant, a sensory delight for my tastebuds, while sitting beneath 19th century-style gas lamps.

8:00 PM | Intriguing Books

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To end the day, I sometimes attend a local cultural event. This evening’s agenda included the launch of a new book, Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade by Jean-Pascal Hesse at the Assouline store in Paris. The Marquis de Sade is one of the most controversial figures since the 18th century but recent cinema and literary criticism have shed new light on his life and works. Historian Jean-Pascal Hesse takes readers on an intimate journey through the beloved château of the philosopher Marquis in this newly released book.

When I finally arrive home, the first thing to do is look up flights and decide on my next destination. My main motivation to enjoy my time in Paris is the knowledge that I am only here temporarily. The city is definitely an airport for me. Thank you for sharing this lovely day with me. Until next time, happy travels!

See our first interview with Matthias here.