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Kate Betts is the ultimate fashion insider. In addition to her earlier stints as the former editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar and as #2 editor at Vogue (under Anna Wintour), she is also currently a contributing editor at TIME and The Daily Beast, and reports on fashion for CNN. She lives in New York with her family.

What is your favourite novel?
I'm a European history student so I loved All The LIght We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. And I'm also a huge fan of Jennifer Egan, particularly her novel A Visit From the Goon Squad. Finally, Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann is up there on the top of my list of all time great novels.

The films you enjoy …
I love classic Woody Allen--Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters--because I'm a New Yorker. But I also love French films--Truffaut, Eric Rohmer, Godard.

After a long day you listen to …
Maroon 5. I am obsessed with them right now.

Your favourite city …
Paris! Of course! It's where I spent five formative years in my life and my career. It's where I started out in the fashion business and in journalism. My heart is really French. If you have never been, here are my top reasons to go to Paris right now!

1) The Picasso Museum renovation is a must-see
2) Un Crème and un croissant at Café Flore
3) The chestnut trees in the Tuileries are in bloom
4) Peonies the size of grapefruits at my favorite florist, Moulie Savart
5) Lingerie shopping at Sabbia Rosa
6) You can still dine on delicious home-cooked Coq Au Vin or Ris de Veau at bistros like L’Epi d’Or and Le Petit Tonneau
7) Merci is the coolest store in town – I love having lunch in the used bookstore where you can buy Gallimard editions for $5
8) The Place des Vosges
9) Two scoops of citron vert sorbet at Berthillon on the Ile Saint Louis
10) Isabel Marant’s flagship store at 47 rue Saintonge
11) The King’s apartment at Versailles, before the summer crowds arrive
12) Shopping the oldest outdoor market in Paris, le Marché Aux Enfants Rouges—followed by a lunch of couscous or felafel seated in one of the outdoor stalls
13) Savon Superfin from the exquisite pharmacy-style shop, Buly 1803
14) Le Marché Aux Puces Paul Bert—even if you don’t buy any furniture in the flea market, it’s so much fun to look around
15) Pain Poilâne
16) Souer on the rue Bonaparte, where you can find the best kids clothes
17) French pharmacy beauty products like Embryo-Lisse
18) La Tuile à Loup, my favorite source for French pottery and tabletop treasures
19) The Pont des Arts—now known as the Bridge of Locks
20) Dehillerin for the serious cook, the best place to buy kitchen utensils
21) Because it’s spring in Paris

The best things in your life right now …
My son just came home from his first year at boarding school and I have missed him a lot, so it's nice to spend time with him and with my 10-year-old daughter. Kids teach you so much about life and perspective and the importance of laughter.

My Paris Dream by Kate Betts is out now.

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