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She’s Blogging Now…

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I’ve got exciting news for you! My friend La Reine, who has made numerous guest blogging appearances on The Antiques Diva site, is blogging now in her new shopping blog “She’s Shopping Now”.

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Some sinister marketing geek installed cookies on La Reine’s pc to track what she purchases online but no cookies can track all La Reine’s purchase when she walks the streets, trolls the internet, skims the magazines and newspapers, watches commercials and checks out the billboards. That is except you! You, dear Diva Readers, can watch La Reine’s every purchase in her new private shopping blog — She’s Shopping Now!

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva™
(seen right with La Reine book-ending friends The English Rose & Lady Lotus while shopping Worth Avenue in Palm Beach!)

Diva-scovery: Cocotte Antiquitaten – Stuttgart, Germany

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>While visiting friends in Stuttgart, Germany a few weeks ago, my husband and I stumbled into a sensational little antique shop on Katharinenstrasse called Cocotte Antiques – I think owner Steffen Vetter might have purchased the best of France and transferred it into his discrete little well-lit boutique, jam-packed with crystal chandeliers, sconces, antique furniture and object d’art.

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Cocotte Antiquitäten
Katharinenstr. 35
70182 Stuttgart Germany
Phone: +49 (0)711 5532335
Web: www.cocotte-antique.com
Email:
to:info@cocotte-antique.com”>info@cocotte-antique.com

What is Diva-scovery?
A fabulous find or shopping discovery – be it an Antique Shop, Vintage or Home Decorating Store – that will entice diva’s on parade to stop, shop and drop some dough!

Do you have a Diva-scovery? Email The Antiques Diva™ at toma@antiquesdiva.com, giving all the details of your find: write a quick blurb telling about your Diva-scovery, the name of the store & their website, including address & phone number. Plus, include a link to your blog (if applicable) and a photo of yourself!

Happy Shopping! Tschüss!

The Antiques Diva™

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One Minute Diva – Voulez-vous aller à San Francisco?

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À plus tard Diva’s – I’m off to eat cake!

The Antiques Diva™

PS. If you’ve a great idea for A Diva’s on Parade Girl’s Trip, or want to share pics from your own Diva Parade, then send me an email with pictures and you, too, can tell tales from your most recent rendezvous!

Email: toma@antiquesdiva.com

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