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Friendship, Cupcakes, Handbags Oh My at the 3rd Annual Paris Tweet Up

(l-r) Lindsey Kent of Pictours Paris, Edna Zhou of Expat Edna, and Danielle Alvarez of Danielle Abroad Photo courtesy of Edna Zhou

(l-r) Lindsey Kent of Pictours Paris, Edna Zhou of Expat Edna, and Danielle Alvarez of Danielle Abroad. Photo courtesy of Edna Zhou

How much fun it is to go thousands of miles to see people you only Tweet with the rest of the year? Tons of fun I say! Tweeters of all walks of life, all ages groups, many different careers and geographic locations came together at a very interesting venue – Le China Restaurant, Bar & Club in the 12th. We had an exotic Asian themed room upstairs to ourselves with a great ambiance and cupcakes galore. A great time was had by all – exchanging information and networking at its best. I was personally thrilled that we had some new faces who are recent Paris arrivals and/or newbies in the Twitter world. They wanted to meet fellow ex-pats and I know the locals will take them under their wings.

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Delicious cupcakes from @BertiesCupCakery and @SweetPeaParis

It was the 3rd Annual Paris Tweetup, but it was also a mini cupcake feast with delicious concoctions baked from the kitchens by Bobbie Parsons of Bertie’s CupCakery @BertiesCupCakes and Alisa Morov of Sweet Pea Baking @SweetPeaParis.

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Kim Petyt @parisianparty holding a cupcake with a wrapper with her logo. Photo courtesy of Paris Insights.

A special thank you to Kasia Dietz @KasiaDietzBags and Forest Collins @52Martinis for finding the interesting venue. At last count we had forty Tweeters, both veterans and “newbies” who came together. I have heard from many of you since and everyone said they enjoyed being able to place a face with a name – the person behind the Twitter name and about people’s hobbies outside Twitter. Many were surprised to learn that I don’t just travel to Paris, I love to go anywhere and I write about my other adventures for the online magazine The Daily Basics.com and that if I had to choose one spot to vacation in for the rest of my life it would be to the British Virgin Islands. It’s the place where I find complete and total relaxation.

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Custom hand painted Weekend In Paris logo handbag.

We also had a raffle for a Kasia Dietz custom made handbag that I donated for a raffle. I can’t believe I did not take a photo! If anyone has one of the winner with her bag, please send it on to me and I will repost this with it included!

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Tom Reeves of Paris Insights taking attendance.

Shout outs to Kathryn Riechert @knrichert who traveled all the way from NYC to attend (this is her third Tweet Up and she wins the award for having come the farthest to participate) and to Tom Reeves @TomReevesParis who is always very diligent about taking “attendance” and taking photos to help document the evening. The time was too short; it always is when we get together. I know I had to head out promptly at the end to take the Gal Pals to dinner, but many of you were still chatting away when I left. That is a sign of a great event – when no one wants to leave!

Want to attend the next Tweet Up in Paris? Just follow me via Twitter and this blog for more information. All are welcome!

Kim and Me Tweetup 2013 paris insights cupcakesAll photos property of Weekend In Paris unless otherwise indicated. Must obtain permission before use. 

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Join me in Paris for the 3rd Annual Tweet Up

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Ooo la la it’s Paris Tweet Up time…

Priscilla Pilon of The Weekend In Paris is coming to town!

Please join Priscilla and fabulous co-hosts

Forest Collins of 52 Martinis

and

Kasia Dietz of Love in the City of Lights

at

Le Bar of Le China

for the

3rd Annual Tweet Up

January 28th 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Meet up with fellow tweeters and bloggers to chat and network

about all things expat, travel, Paris or anything interesting on your mind.

Eventbrite - Paris 2013 Tweetup

One lucky attendee will win a custom Kasia Dietz creation -

a reversible bag courtesy of Weekend In Paris

Kasia Dietz-rive gauche bag[7] Kasia Dietz-Weekend In Paris logo[5]

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Priscilla’s Picks: Kasia Dietz’s Fabulous Bags!

Kasia Dietz, my twitter buddy who lives in Paris is one very talented woman.  Below is a guest blog from her and some photos of her latest personalized creation pour moi!  I ordered my reversible bag sporting the Weekend In Paris logo with high expectations, but they were surpassed when I saw the final product.  Love my new fab hand-painted rive gauche bag!

From Kasia:  The world of bloggers is a diverse, engaging, and friendly one. Little did I know! Since arriving to Paris in August 2009, after several months trying to meet people the old-fashioned way, I gave up, joined twitter, continued blogging, and started reaching out to fellow expats through social media. In no time, my social network grew and I became surrounded with like-minded expats, each with a story to tell, and many with blogs in which to tell them. Some of these blogger friends don’t even live in Paris, yet their main objective is sharing their passion for the city of lights. One such blogger extraordinaire is Priscilla of Weekend In Parisand many a weekend she has spent in Paris!

Priscilla and I met at a tweet-up in rive gauche, along with many a friendly blogger face. She was with her gal pals on one of their famous girls trips to Paris. Oh, the stories they could tell! I happened to be carrying a new reversible Paris bag I had just designed and immediately the rive gauche/rive droite debate began! (As did the orders!) Priscilla was eager to display her love for her most revered side of Paris, rive gauche, as much as I was pleased to display mine. Thankfully, rive droite and rive gauche girls DO get along! Priscilla also being a marketer with a strong design sensibility, asked me to create her logo on the pocket of the bag reversed. As a fan of custom designs and challenges, I was thrilled to take on the job.

What resulted? Chic rive gauche bags perfect for a weekend in ParisOn their next trip to the city of lights, or anywhere in the world for that matter, Priscilla and her gal pals will travel in style!

Kasia Dietz handbags are available internationally via www.kasiadietz.com. You can join Kasia Dietz handbags on Facebook and Twitter and find out about Kasia’s life in Paris here. For custom handbag orders: kasia@kasiadietz.com 

Photos on this page courtesy of Kasia Dietz, all rights reserved.  All other photos belong to Weekend In Paris unless otherwise noted, all rights reserved.

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