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."