Thursday, December 17, 2009

Crossed a couple things off of my list.....

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Unique Thanksgiving

What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Husband & I were supposed to spend a long weekend in Dublin, Ireland but an unexpected work issue is keeping us here. However, instead of participating in an ex-pat Thanksgiving dinner I'll be attending my work's "Catherinette party." What is a Catherinette, you ask? According to Wikipedia: Catherinette is a traditional French label for girls of twenty-five years old who are still unmarried by the Feast of Saint Catherine (November 25th). A special celebration was offered to them on this day, while everyone wished them a fast end to their singlehood.

Although the tradition no longer exists in modern-day France, French couture houses still honor this fête by creating hats for all Catherinettes, presenting them with a gift and allowing them to leave work early to attend a parade at City Hall. The hats must be green which symbolizes youth and the hope to find a husband, and yellow which symoblizes faith and passing time. They are often decorated with symbols of the fashion house, for example overlapping C's for Chanel. The house I work in throws a large soirée to honor all the Catherinettes and they even give us work off the next day! Although a Thanksgiving meal would have been lovely I couldn't pass up an open bar and the chance to experience this exceptional French custom.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

It took me a few days to get myself together and write this post.... as I finally have to admit that I only have about 6 weeks left in Paris.

Husband and I have been planning to move back to the States since last year and although we originally thought we might leave this past September, school combined with the economic crisis have kept us here. As I'll be finishing up my internship at the end of December and will have fulfilled all the credits to receive my masters degree, we took this as an opportunity to make the big move. I'll be leaving at the end of the year and husband will join me in March when he's finished with school and has *fingers crossed* received his immigrant visa. We're hoping that the end of the US recession means a boost in the job market and a new job for me in 2010. During the past month I've applied for several positions and haven't had any luck yet -but I'm trying to stay optimistic. It's going to be a rough two months without J, especially if I haven't landed a job. And although we've done the long distance thing before it never gets any easier. Luckily I'll have my amazing family to support me. The plan, for now, is to move back in with my parents until I've found employment. I know this isn't very "cool" but it makes the most sense considering J and I will no longer have any furniture or even a car. Regardless, I've been pretty blessed in the parents department and I can't wait to spend some time with my family (it's been a year).

For now I'm going to make the best out of the time I have left here. Even though Paris will no longer be considered home I know my 3 1/2 year love affair with this city is far from over.

I've been trying to compile a list of things I must do before leaving, so feel free to give me any ideas! This is what I've come up with so far:

To Do List

1) Take a spin around La Grande Roue

2) One last visit to a Marché aux Puces

3) Have a cocktail at the Bar Hemmingway

4) Climb up la Tour Eiffel (still have never done it!) and have a drink at the bar à champagne

5) Take part in one of the many marchés de Noël and enjoy tummy-warming vin chaud

(Are you sensing a theme here?)

6) Visit le Musée d'Orsay (for the 20th time but it never gets old)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Le Ticket Restaurant

One of the many social benefits of working for a large French company is le ticket restaurant, a pre-paid meal voucher you receive for every day you work. Now don't get too excited - it's not free by any means. However, the company does pay over half and in return they receive tax benefits. When looking at my bulletin de paie I notice that 3 euros are taken out of my paycheck for every day I work. This goes towards my booklet of vouchers. The amount of the voucher depends on the company and the location of where you work. Usually this would mean more money if you work on, let's say Avenue Montaigne in Paris. However when I was working in Levallois (Paris suburb) I had tickets worth 8,50€ and now that I'm on rue du Faubourg St. Honoré I only get 7,80€. (Now what's up with that?).

Although in concept I think these vouchers are a great idea, I often find myself either spending extra money on lunch or buying more food than I originally planned just to use the entire ticket (because the majority of places don't give change back). Where I work, there aren't many low-priced lunch options that will allow me to eat a good and healthy meal under 8 euros. It's either the local boulangerie where I find myself purchasing le menu (sandwich + drink + dessert) to get my full voucher value or a nearby café where I end up having to spend around 5 or so euros extra just to eat a salad.

In an effort to spend less money and eat more balanced meals, I've recently begun bringing my lunch to work. So what do I do when I've acquired 4 or more unused tickets? I take my husband out for dinner. Problem solved.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


For Halloween this year, Husband and I decided to trade "places" for the evening. And for some reason, J just couldn't keep a straight face. I kinda think he looks like Hulk Hogan. What do you think?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Weekend in Roma

J and I spent a fantastic weekend in Rome! We got very lucky with the weather; it only rained Friday afternoon while we were busy exploring the Vatican Museum. We visited all the sites (the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, etc) and visited as many piazza's as possible. I ate my body weight in gelato but didn't care because a) it was dee-licious and b) we walked EVERYWHERE! We didn't use public transportation once and it was wonderful.
We stayed in a French woman's sweet little apartment in the Trastevere quarter on the west bank of the Tiber River, south of Vatican City. The area is picturesque Italian and I would highly recommend staying here or at least spending a day walking through it's winding medieval cobblestone streets, admiring old terracotta buildings covered in ivy, and having a strong italian espresso in one of it's many outdoor cafés. We spent most of our weekend exploring this unique and charming Roman neighborhood.
I have to say, though, I was a bit dissapointed by all of the tourist traps found around Rome serving reheated pizzas and what I'm sure was canned ravioli. Unfortunately J and I had a few bad meals (which I thought was impossible) and we'll definitely ask for restaurant advice from the locals the next time around. However, we did have some amazing food including one of my favorite Italian dishes - pasta con fiori di zucca (pasta with zucchini blossoms), so I'm not going to complain too much!
I really love everything about Italy (the language, the food, the friendly people...) and although I've been several times I always find myself longing to go back. I still have some more European cities I'd like to visit (Dublin, Copenhagen, Berlin, Stockholm, Budapest) but I'll hopefully be able to get back to Italia next summer. Vedremo!

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Husband and I are off to Rome for a long weekend.

We can't wait to ride bikes around the city, wander old cobblestone streets, eat lots of gelato and make wishes at the Trevi Fountain (even if the weather forecasts do say rain).
While visiting Rome about 5 years ago I made a wish that I would get to come back with someone special; looks like it came true!

Monday, October 19, 2009


The weekend could not have come any faster. With a sore throat and never-ending cold, all I could think about was curling up on the coach in my pajamas with a cup of hot tea and a good movie. And that's exactly what I did - for two days straight. Only leaving the apartment for a quick trip to the supermarché, the cold nipping at my fingertips - I knew I would not be venturing out again. Growing up in sunny Georgia, autumn was once one of my favorite times of year. The changing colors, light breezes, falling leaves, football games, pumpkin-carving & apple-picking, tasty comfort foods, hot cocoa and cozy fires- everything about the season seemed so wonderful.

In Paris, it's cold but too cold. In the morning when my alarm sounds I wake up to the sound of raindrops trickling down my window and all I want is to go back to sleep. More freezing rain, I think. Another day where I regret not wearing more layers, and then cursing myself in the metro when I do. My office has yet to turn on the heat and if you take a look around you'll see people in coats and scarves in front of their computer screens holding their hands tightly around steaming coffee mugs. The once sun kissed and smiling faces of Parisians newly returned from les grandes vacances are officially gone. Paris has gone from summer to winter in a flash and I miss my Georgia fall.

Friday, October 16, 2009


Ok so I do have some pretty good excuses for not blogging for the past month! We moved from our lovely apartment in the 9th arrondisement to an even lovelier place off of rue de Commerce in the 15th. Paris fashion week began and so did my work overload. I worked my first runway show, sat front row and saw many people I've only seen in blogs or read about in magazines. I was taking photos of the show while trying not to elbow this guy's camera (and praying he didn't think I totally stunk as an amateur photographer!). I then continued to work through the weekend at the showroom and by the time it was all over I had been going non-stop for two weeks straight! Now I'm paying the price of being on my feet for so long and living on café and patisseries. I paid my first visit to the doctor in France yesterday moring and finally tested out my carte vitale. It's not as magical as they say. I guess I went to a luxury doctor (that's what I get for going somewhere close to my office in the 8ème) and paid 40 euros for a consult. I'll have to wait and see how much I get reimbursed. See?! This is why I never go!

Here are some pictures from the last few weeks adventures. Enjoy :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I've been a bad blogger. I guess not having changed scenery in a while could be contributing to that. As J and I ended up staying in Paris for les grandes vacances (I had to finish my thesis, he had to work), I've felt very uninspired. Luckily we have 3 upcoming trips: Rome, Dublin, and a château somewhere in France. J got me a smartbox for our anniversary and he chose an "invitation gastronomique au château" because a) I LOVE food and b) I love castles. I basically get to pick any château listed in the catalog and we will spend a weekend (eating) there. Can't wait!

Paris fashion week is also coming up so work has been picking up. I guess that's a good thing though considering I spent most of August catching up on my favorite American tv shows.....

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Can't believe it's already been a year since we tied the knot!

Happy anniversary to my love!


Monday, September 7, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

La Troc Party

Recently my girlfriend had the idea of having a party that would allow us all to make more room in our closets while enjoying cocktails and conversation with good friends. The concept of la troc party, as they call it in French, is for everyone to bring any unwanted clothes, purses, jewelry, or shoes with the goal of exchanging them for new (at least new to you) things. We decided that whatever items were left we would donate to charity. After picking a place to meet (the person with the largest apartment-more room for impromptu changing rooms), we set a date and time as well as who would bring what food and alcohol -wise.

Everyone arrived with boxes full of their no-longer-desired goodies; some even brought rolling suitcases. We started the night off fairly calm, snacking on home-made treats and sipping sangria. After an hour or so the impatience finally got to us and we could no longer wait to dig in. Before long, shirts were coming off and clothes were flying everywhere! If someone had seen us from the window they probably would have thought it was some type of nudist soirée. Everyone found something they liked. Even I, quite the picky shopper, came home with something - a nice grey wool Gerard Darel blazer. Pas mal.

I've heard it's recommended to do a number system where each person picks a # and takes their turn choosing one item at a time. Luckily for us there wasn't any conflict but hey, girls can get pretty wild over clothes! You never know.

Perfect in the time of an economic crisis, a clothing swap is even better than les soldes! Who could say no to a free wardrobe upgrade? Like they say "one person's trash is another person's treasure."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thought I'd share what it's like being stuck at work in Paris in August. As you can see, my office is COMPLETELY empty. Looking down at the street from the window behind my desk Paris is a ghost town.
And isn't my office a mess? I hardly realized until I took a look at these photos. beurk.


Love the name of this little antique shop in Montmartre!

Monday, August 17, 2009

I often get asked how I met my Frenchman. Although I would love to share some romantic love story I have to admit we met just like any young couple: in a bar. while drinking. heavily. No love at first sight or first kiss on the beautiful Pont Neuf or even a late night ride through Paris on the back of a scooter. It was simply another drunken night en boite with my girlfriends.

After becoming close with a group of Erasmus students from all over Europe, I made a habit of going out with them every Tuesday and Thursday night to take advantage of special student soirées where entry was free and the drinks were cheap. Tuesdays were spent at Duplex, an underground discothèque found on Avenue Foch just a few minutes from the Arc de Triomph. As the majority of clubs charge around 20€ just to get inside plus 15€ per drink, student nights were very enticing. This particular evening my Scottish girlsfriends and I decided to go all out and purchase a bottle of alcohol for €100 (usually 150 - 200€) thus allowing us to have our own table and even (gasp!) sit down. We had already been drinking beforehand so you could say we were already enjoying ourselves before even taking our seats. It wasn't long before we decided to hit the dancefloor. After a few vodka citrons I could feel the electro music pulsing throughout my entire body and decided I needed to ask someone to dance. Normally I wouldn't be so daring but with a little (ok a lot) of liquid courage I felt more than up to the task. I saw a group of good looking French guys near the bar and one particularly caught my eye. I grabbed his hand and pulled him up from his seat and enticed (forced) him to dance with me. Unimpressed by his moves but still very much impressed by his good looks we sat down to talk. Before long it was nearing 2AM and trying to be a responsible young adult with a job I decided it was time to go. I asked him for his phone, put my number in and said to call he if would like. I never expected to hear from him again. Low and behold the next afternoon I received a text in very bad English from him asking if he could see me again. Who knew this frog would end up being my husband! And the rest is history.....

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


I'm officially starting to feel the effects of August in Paris....the Parisians have left and the tourists have taken over. My office is starting to empty out as everyone takes a month off for les grandes vacances as the French normally get around 6 weeks paid vacation per year. Working as an intern I only have 1 week but I have to admit it's pretty nice being able to roll into work around 10:30 and leave before 6.

Passing by several family-owned shops on my way to work I find similar signs in the store windows "en Vacances...Retour en Septembre, etc." Many restaurants have stacked their chairs and put down the blinds. Although it can be slightly annoying to find your local boulangerie closed, I enjoy an empty, less congested Paris. The metro is less crowded, there are parking spots, and I can actually find a velib bicycle (because whenever i don't want one, they're everywhere! How ironic.). People don't seem to be in such a hurry and I actually catch some smiles here and there. Probably because they're not Parisian, but hey - it's still pleasant.

This is how Paris should be: nice and slow. Sitting in cafés, wandering cobblestone streets, and strolling along the banks of the Seine.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Day in La Campagne

Spending so much time cramped up in a tiny city (yes, Paris is actually very small) leaves one yearning for space, greenery and fresh air. That's what friends with country houses are for. This past weekend my lovely Spanish friend Vir invited J and I to her copain's country house in Verneuil sur Avre, a charming little town in la Haute Normandie about 1 hr and 1/2 from Paris. We played tennis, had bbq (French style of course with saucisses), went 4-wheeling, visited an old chateau and fed swans in a nearby lake. Ahhhh. I'm breathing better just thinking about it. Sometimes all it takes to feel better is a little campagne. Here's to hoping we get another invitation soon and that we actually get a taste of real summer weather.

Rain, rain, go away.....

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Hmmm..I guess you could say I'm starting to build somewhat of a collection.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

14 Juillet

This year we went all out for Bastille Day. We actually woke up early enough to go to the parade on the Champs-Elysées (J's friend was marching so we had a good reason to be there), and we decided watch the fireworks from the Champs de Mars instead of Place du Trocadero like we did last year. We camped out on the grass at around 5 PM and listened to two free concerts: Christophe Mae and Johnny Hallyday, then stuck around for the light show/fireworks display on the Eiffel Tower. It did not dissapoint! To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower, they changed the lighting and music according to past years. For example they flashed 1968 on the tower and then colorful flower power lights while playing hippie music. So cool!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Moi et Mes Soeurs

The two weeks I spent with my sisters were lovely and I was so lucky to have them here. K, the older of the two, will soon be returning to NYC after a year spent working in Paris as an au pair. It's been great having family support here and I will be really sad to see her go. M, the youngest, had an amazing time. She celebrated La Fête de la Musique (where we saw James Morrison, Flo Rida, Jason Mraz, Sean Paul, etc), went on a hot air balloon ride, and even saw her first fashion show thanks to moi and my current internship (video to come)! We ate and shopped our hearts out and for our last night shared a delicious meal at Publicis Drugstore with a marvelous view of the Arc de Triomphe.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Busy Bee

Works been crazy and on top of that, my baby sister is visiting Paris! She, my other sister K (who lives and works in Paris as an au pair) and I have been taking over the city! Trips have been made to the Marais, the Champs de Mars, Bastille, and of course les grands magasins to take advantage of les soldes....

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I think I have found my calling...

So it's really busy at work right now as we prepare for the NYC/Milan/Paris showrooms where we present next years collections to clients. Last friday I spent the entire night at work helping my team pack everything to send to New York. Thursday and Friday the collections were photographed on models and when the shoot was finally over Friday evening we were able to begin. Walking into the room was like walking into my dream closet: beautiful jewelry, handbags, dresses, tops and shoes galore! Alber (the artistic director) was there checking out the photos and afterwards we all sang happy birthday to him and ate delicious cakes from Ladurée. Weird.

And then the real work began...I spent about 9 hours wrapping, boxing, sealing and sending. I didn't mind though... working with beautiful things makes it all the more easier (and much more fun)!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

While interning isn't the best way to get your rent paid at the end of the month, it does have other benefits...some people would just rather have beautiful shoes than eat!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

I know I had a week off from school but I started a new job (internship) last Monday and didn't want to jinx anything until I got through my first week. I absolutely love the position and the people that work there and the beautiful things we sell and even more- where the offices are located: above the company's boutiques on rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. I feel so lucky to have been given this opportunity and hope it will lead to bigger and better things once J and I decide to move back to the USA next year. I'm gonna try to take some pictures this week at the office + my purchases at the company's private sale taking place this week. excited!!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Love this video! Can't believe these girls had the couilles to walk down rue Montergeuil naked!

Les Fripes

One of my favorite things to do is go thrifting. Although Paris isn't in the same league as London for vintage, there are several good shops in the Marais with lots of clothes to dig through and plenty of deals to be had. Today I spent the afternoon there with my sister, scavenging through old dresses and leather bags. I came out with a long-sleeved sweater dress that I'll have to get shortened, a polkadot button down dress, a black leather over the shoulder bag, and 4 silk scarves...all for €43! You won't find any designer names in these friperies but you will find some great no-name bargains! Afterwards we walked down the street to Myberry, France's own version of Pinkberry. Definitely lovely on a sunny afternoon :)
FREEP "S" Star
8 rue Ste-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie & 61 rue de la Verrerie
Mamz’Elle Swing
35 bis rue du Roi de Sicile
All at Metro Hôtel de Ville or St. Paul

Sunday, May 24, 2009

J'ai fini!

Saturday was probably one of the longest days in my exam-taking history: 5 exams within 8 hours! I just kept telling myself, this is it! This is the last time you have to do this and afterwards all will be ok! As shitty as it would be to have to retake a couple exams in September (les rattrapages), it wouldn't be the end of the world. I feel pretty good overall so I'm hoping I don't have any retakes but we'll see. For now the stress is gone and even though summer vacation is non-existant I'm so happy just to be able to have a drink with friends during the week and of course have my saturdays back! I start a new internship next Monday and I took this week off to relax, clean the apartment and visit Paris. I don't take advantage of living in this amazing city nearly as much as I should so I'm going to make an effort to go out, visit expos and museums and of course take lots of pictures. My sister will only be here a few more months so il faut en profiter!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

You could say this is about how I feel right now: exhausted and so sick of studying. It's finals week and I have only 3 of 10 exams finished. I just need to get through the next two days and then I'm free!! (Well I guess "free" as long as I pass everything and get my thesis turned in by September). I'll be starting a new internship soon and can't wait to have my weekends back! No more group projects or papers or last-minute revisions, woohoo!
Blog posting should pick back up starting next week :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I haven't had much blogging inspiration lately. The days seem to pass by rather slowly as I continue my internship and finish up the remaining weeks of classes for my masters program. As friends meet up for picnics in the park and day trips to Giverny I've been either stuck at a desk or in a classrom or even preparing for presentations and papers to hand in. Blah. I just need to get through the next two weeks and then I will finally be able to enjoy normal 2-day weekends! J and I haven't made any summer plans yet as we're unsure what our job situations will be like but we hope to make a few weekend trips to the beach or maybe even the Champagne region of France. Tout est à voir....

Sunday, May 10, 2009

{Why I Love My Sister}

Because when she makes trips home to the states
she brings back wonderful things.
(Peanut butter + marshmallow fluff, fun shoes from Target, brownie mix and candy!)

Thursday, April 23, 2009


I forgot to mention that last Friday J and I celebrated our (first of two) one-year wedding anniversaries. Last April we were legally hitched at the mairie in the 16th arrondisement where we used to live. It wasn't anything like the grandiose fête we had this past September but I was very lucky because my mom flew all the way to Paris to surprise me, my belle-mère bought me a beautiful bouquet of white roses, and after we celebrated with friends at one of my favorite restaurants of the quarter, La Gare. In honor of this J and I headed back over to the 16th where we we wined and dined. Champagne, foie Gras, tomato mozzarella, rolled salmon filet with herbs, filet de boeuf, and to top it all off, a moelleux au chocolat...there was no holding back! With both of us being students, we don't dine out like we used to so this was a real treat.

La Gare, as it's name implies, is actually a former train station. The restaraunt is a wide open space with atypical decorations and the prices are great. (entrée+plat+ dessert = 22€ for lunch, 33€ for dinner). There is also a lovely terrace, perfect for sipping chilled brouilly on sunny afternoon.

Restaurant La Gare
19, Chaussée de la Muette
75016 Paris

A Field Trip au Louvre

For one of my MBA classes the professor brought us all to the Louvre where we were given free entry into the museum and a sort of scavenger hunt à la Divinci Code. We had 4 hours to answer all of the questions on the list which had us running all over like chickens with our heads cut off. This wasn't my first time at the museum but I never before realized how big it is! I'm just glad I brought comfortable shoes...

Monday, April 20, 2009

In a castle far far away.....

Not really but almost. J and I decided we really needed to get out of Paris to breathe some fresh country air and thought the Loire Valley would be perfect. Easter weekend couldn't come sooner! Although I had class saturday afternoon we did have Monday off so it gaves us a good 2 days away. I had been googling "chambre d'hôtes" like crazy and was excited to find that many were in old renovated castles! I guess everyone had the same idea as I did because everything was booked! I almost gave up until one of the castle owners gave me the number of Château de Nanteuil located in Huisseau sur Cosson, not far from Blois. The owner was extremely friendly and even invited us to eat at the "Table d'Hôtes" where everyone staying in the castle dines together.

Saturday afternoon after having wine marketing class in the Musée du Vin in the 16th arrondisement, I set off to J's parents house so that we could borrow their car for the weekend: a white Smart! Belle-mère had packed us some food as well as two giant chocolate bunnies for Easter (just what I needed). The GPS was ready and we were on our way. And so was the rest of Paris. What should have taken an hour and 1/2 took a good 3 hours! We arrived at the castle tired and hungry but the owner, Frédéric, was more than welcoming. He let us pick our room: a modest, antique French country-style bedroom with large windows and a view of the river. We got settled and then made our way downstairs to the dining room for an apératif with the other guests: a French girl and her Argentinian boyfriend who currently live in London, a couple from Brussels and a couple from Romania: an interesting mix! Frédéric served us all champagne and toasts with foie gras and then we sat down for dinner: salmon and chèvre rouleaux, fresh bass with grilled zucchini and sautéed mushrooms, local cheeses, and homemade apricot sorbet. He then taught us how to take down a strong digestif: Armagnac. I'm not really a brandy-kind-of-girl but I didn't want to be the only one not willing to try! He said a real dégustation takes 20 minutes: you must first put a small amount on the tongue and swirl it around. Then wait a few minutes and swallow some..and so on. It basically prepares your body for the alcohol. After such a long delicious meal we were more than ready for bed.

The next day visited Château de Chambord, the largest castle in the Loire constructed in the 16th century by Francois Ier. I regret not having done a guided visit - because of the size of the castle you get too lazy after a while to read all the information! We then headed over to Chaverny for lunch and a quick wine tasting. La Maison des vins de l’AOC Cheverny et Cour-Cheverny (located right next to the castle) offers an automated wine tasting where you pay for a kit including a glass with a microchip allowing 7 tastes, a notebook and a pen. 100 different wines are available and you simply pick a wine, place it on a little plateau where your microchip is recognized and wine pours out of a spout. It was really fun and afterwards we picked a bottle we enjoyed to bring home with us. We then spent the afternoon visiting the old city of Blois but didn't have enough time to visit the castle.
On Monday we decided to get one more castle in before making our way back to Paris and returned to Cheverny. Apparently the castle was lived in until 1985 so the rooms are rather well-preserved with all original furniture and decorations. It's hard to believe people actually lived in a place so grandiose and with such history!
Overall the weekend was a success and I would recommend a weekend trip to anyone coming to Paris. The people are friendly, the food and wine delicious, and if you enjoy history then there is so much to see. I just wish we had had more time there!

Monday, April 6, 2009

A Metro No-No

Saturday night on my way out to meet a friend for her birthday dinner, I was jammin' out to God knows what on my iPhone while changing metro lines when I suddenly found myself at the bottom of a long set of concrete stairs.  I must have missed a step or something and tumbled down head first, purse flying through the air.  Somehow the front of both of my ankles were gouged and it was so painful I just sat down at the bottom of the dirty escaliers in shock.  I didn't even care that I was wearing my new Comptoir des Cotonniers dress or that my purse had flown 10 ft in front of me. Some sweet woman was nice enough to bring it over to me and ask if I was OK.  I finally got the courage to pick myself up and get into the metro only to discover that I had taken it in the wrong direction by mistake.  

I quickly forgot how much my leg was throbbing upon arrival at the restaurant - GR5, known for having all-you-can-eat raclette.  Yes, I let unhealthy amounts of cheese and wine soothe the pain (and the embarrassment) away.  

14, rue Saussier-Leroy
75017 Paris
Metro: Ternes (2)

Note to self: 4-inch heels + music + stairs don't mix well.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Le Marché du livre ancien et d'occasion

Last weekend J and I spent a quiet afternoon having lunch with his grandmother at her flowery little apartment in the 15ème arrondisment. She's a great cook and always puts second and third helpings onto my plate even when I insist I'm no longer hungry. I always leave her place feeling stuffed. This time, after having a salad, way too much lasagna and at least 5 homemade choux à la crème, I told J we needed to get a little exercise. There is an open-air used book market right by her apartment that we passed by several times but had never gotten the chance to visit. J said he used to go often during his childhood and that we should check it out. It's located under old metal horse stalls- apparently it was formerly used as a horse slaughterhouse. yum. Today, between 60-80 bouquinistes (book dealers) set up shop every weekend.

I particularly enjoyed looking at the old French children's books. There were several "Caroline" books and J said his mom used to love them as a child. I found an old fashion history book that I really wanted but when I opened up the cover I was shocked: €30! J said we said we should try and negotiate but when we offered only €10 the seller laughed and said we had to be kidding! I put the book down, grabbed J's hand and decided it was time to leave. I was a little disappointed by the prices but I'm sure if you are someone that knows how to cut a deal, you might find yourself a bargain. There's also a nice little park next store so I would definitely recommend checking out the marché on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Le Marché George Brassens
104, rue Brancion - 75015
Métro: Convention (12) ou Porte de Vanves (13)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I wouldn't recommend going to see the Sonia Rykiel exhibition unless you're a true fan of this French couturière, famous for her colorful stripes and for making knitwear fashionable.  I've never found her designs particularly interesting so I wasn't surprised when I found myself a bit bored during the exposition.  Luckily we had some overachiever museum guide to explain the history behind each piece otherwise I would have gotten out of there in under 15 minutes.  

Some highlights: the awesome black and white sweater that Carrie in SATC wore when she moved to Paris (I was so surprised to see this and had no idea it was Rykiel!  It's actually vintage from the 60's), and all of the designs created for Sonia's 40th fashion anniversary as well as the actual models.  I loved Martin Margiela's fur chubby made to represent Rykiels's notorious frizzy red mane.  So funny! 

Sorry for the crappy photos...we weren't actually allowed to take photos so I had to use the old camera phone :(

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Paris has been so beautiful this week! I don't remember the last time we had weather like this...not even last summer, which didn't feel like summer at all. Of course I'm now cursing having a job! The sun is out and all I can do is look through the window.

I don't have class this weekend so I'm hoping the sun stays out and I can go and lay by the pool at J's dad's house. I am in desperate need of a little skin color! Tomorrow I have the Sonia Rykiel expo so pictures are to come.........

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Someone was nice enough to tag me for a "kreative blogger" award. I think my blog is pretty boring so I was quite surprised! Anyhow, the award rules are as follows:

List 7 things that you love, and then pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you love! Be sure to tag them and let them know that they have won. You can copy the picture of the award and paste it on your sideboard letting the whole world are Kreativ!


1. My little family: my husband J and our mini-cat Nala

2. Traveling and trying new foods! I loveeee to eat (too much actually)!
3. Sleeping in on Sundays and eating brunch (again, food)

4. Reading about French or English history and royal families

5. Shopping: I can't go a week without at least looking which usually turns into buying..very bad habit!

6. Reading fashion magazines while riding the metro (I've even missed my stop several times...)

7. Hanging out with my 13 year old sister whom I miss dearly!

7 Bloggers I love (I'm too lazy to go ahead and "nominate" people):

Just have a look at the column on the left :)

Thanks Katherine!