Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Le Troisième Mois

So when I originally started this blog I had every intention to post bi- or tri- weekly to update people on my more daily adventures, but now this has turned into a monthly post which is sort of like Vogue, but a lot less glamorous. So here I am writing for the 3rd time since I’ve moved to Paris and it is on my 3rd monthaversary of being here.  I wish I had something really thrilling to say like I went skydiving in Interlaken, but no I have stayed here in Paris and enjoyed every minute of it.
The end of October and beginning of November brought numerous things:  Halloween, Les vacances de Toussaints, and the preparation for thanksgiving. For those of you who don’t know, All Saints Day is not only a religious holiday but here in France it is recognized as a national holiday. So naturally, the children get two weeks off of school for it. Instead of having my normal 4 hour days with the kids, I worked all day with them. Going into the two weeks I was a little nervous that they were going to be really annoyed with me or vice versa, but actually the opposite happened.  I accompanied Chloe and Raphael to their activities for the two weeks (one of which being a painting class at the louvre) and we talked about anything and everything. They asked me all about the presidential election and if kids really do egg people’s houses on Halloween night in the US. In return I got to know a lot about them like what music they want to hear me sing and what music they REALLY don’t want me to sing (apparently Justin Beiber’s Baby can even be annoying to a 6 year old girl).  After the two weeks together I can officially say that I feel like a part of their family, just like an older sister. They even bring out the French version of Trivial Pursuit just to make me realize I don’t know everything (Annie and Kate I feel like that is something yall would do to me).
Now being with the kids all the time I was able to tell them what thanksgiving was and what it meant to me. I sort of left out the part where my mom and I sneak into the laundry room to eat all the cake and custard before anyone else could, but I figured they don’t need to know that side of me yet.  While explaining what thanksgiving was for the 23rd time I realized how sad I was that I could not be home to spend it with my family. Normally, we go to Texas to visit my mom’s side of the family and it is a ball. We have HUGE meals and so much fun catching up and making fun of each other. I thought of this so much that I started dreading the week of thanksgiving, but as luck would have it one of my friends, Annie, works for this wonderful family who invited us over for a thanksgiving dinner party. And a party it was. We sat around a big table and eat, drank, and danced ourselves to sleep (literally. We didn’t leave till 5 in the morning). It was absolutely everything I could have hoped for. I got to spend my first adult thanksgiving with new friends and loved every minute of it.
Now it is already the end of November and before I know it my family will be in town for Christmas, which I am thankful for because I could not do another holiday with out them. For people like me who have never been to Paris for Christmas it is a bit of a shock. There were chocolate advent calendars on the shelves before the end of October and now the whole town is decorated for Christmas. While going out with my friends the week before thanksgiving we almost felt as if we were living a fairy tale. The lights are strung on the trees and the Christmas markets are open in the streets and there is something so magical about walking around Paris during this time of year. I cannot wait to spend this holiday with my family so they can hopefully understand what I mean when I say Paris is the most amazing place in the world. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Paris part deux

This week marks my 2nd monthaversary of being in Paris. Looking back on my first two months, I have realized that there is something about Paris that renders me speechless. When I am catching up with people from home or even meeting new people in the city I always get the question: "How do you like Paris?" Honestly, there aren't even words to describe my experience here (and even if there were, I probably couldn't articulate them in an eloquent manner- I would just come off as being PAINFULLY awkward). So for all of those back home: PARIS IS AMAZING. I am fully aware that most of you know how much I already loved Paris, but actually living here has really given me a new perspective on the city.
Here are just a few of the NUMEROUS things I have learned about Paris and myself since living here:
1) The Parisians are NICE. No one can say differently. If you've had a bad experience with a Parisian I am sorry, but there are people like that all over the world. I have met so many genuinely kind people since I've been here. Many helpful people too (especially when i have my panicked "oh no where am I" look on my face).
2)The people from this city are proud to say they come from Paris. Through my classes and meeting Parisians I am constantly told why Paris is so amazing and everything they say is true. This city has so much history and passion behind it. It would be hard to not be proud of something as magical as Paris.
3) I have also learned that what I thought was me speaking French actually sounds like gibberish to most French people. I will start speaking French and people will just automatically start speaking English back to me. It is not a mean gesture, they want to help, but I really need to brush up on my French skills... maybe I should buy Rosetta Stone.
4) Time passes by way too quickly for my liking. I feel like I am constantly turning the page in my calendar and the weeks are just flying by. My friends here and I have decided we need to buckle down and get ready because we do not want to leave Paris with any regrets (that is if we do leave). So naturally we made a bucket list; it is three pages long. I do not want to look back on this year wondering why I didn't completely immerse myself in the culture, what could have been, or regretting that I didn't see everything I wanted to see.
5) I have learned I need to be more confident in myself. This is a big city and it can swallow you whole if you let it. I need to buck up, and learn that making mistakes is okay whether its day to day choices or saying the wrong thing in French, I need to be more confident in my decisions and what I say.
6)On a lighter note I have also learned how to dress properly for the weather. In Paris if it's 50 degrees F you still wear a shirt, a sweater, a scarf, and an overcoat. When it gets colder the layers become more numerous and definitely thicker. Of course I want to use this cold weather as an excuse to go buy more clothes, but that excuse stopped working when I FINALLY realized I am living on an au pair salary.

I am hoping to post more about my daily adventures and random mishaps along the way so I can actually call this a blog and not a monthly life update.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bonjour from Paris!

On Saturday I will have officially lived in Paris for a month! This month has come with a whirlwind of emotions. I went from being extremely homesick to never wanting to leave Paris to being extremely jealous of everyone tailgating at the Georgia games back to being content with where I am.

 The first few days of being here in Paris were very difficult for me; I was adjusting to a new culture and I was living on my own for the first time.  I would call home and tell my parents I know I am not doing the right thing by moving here, but after settling in and finding new friends and places to go I feel that my decision of moving to Paris is probably the best one I have ever made. I know that I will keep in touch with my friends and family (and hopefully they will visit). I feel that over this year I will be able to not only learn about the world from a different perspective, but also learn a lot about myself.  

Just within the 4 short weeks of being here I have already experienced so many aspects of the Parisian culture. From dining to going out to shopping and my favorite just sitting and enjoying the Parisian way of life I have learned a lot about this culture and myself. This city really is a magical place and I will update soon on my upcoming adventures! 

Thursday, July 26, 2012


I am always pinning on pinterest. Always. Everyday I look at some of my favorite blogs and pin what I like from the blogs. Most of the pictures on my blog come from Pinterest. I look through my pins and have noticed that my style remains pretty consistent with a timeless look and of course there is always something a little bohemian funky thrown in there when I a feeling wild.
Follow me on pinterest to see more of my style and the things I like!

oh and 1 month and 2 days till I make the big move!! If you have any suggestions on traveling in Europe and just random things to do in Paris just comment and let me know!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Chanel Fall/Winter 2012-2013

About a week ago I was looking at one of my favorite fashion blogs Fashionista and saw that the Paris winter 2012 collection fashion week was at the end of June/ beginning of July. While looking at the Paris Fashion Week website I found that the Resort/Spring 2013 collections were going to be debuted one of the first weeks after I arrive in Paris. Of course I will not have one of the coveted passes to get into these amazing shows, but if you are in Paris you can find me in le Jardin de Tuileries with my camera admiring all of the fashionistas wandering about in between shows. 
As many of you know, one of my favorite fashion houses is Chanel. I am absolutely obsessed with Karl Lagerfeld's Fall/Winter 2012/2013 collection. He said that with this collection he wanted a mix between vintage and modern Chanel and I believe he accomplished that. 

With this show, Lagerfeld has a perfect blend of classic Chanel and modern Chanel, which will excite all Chanel lovers. 

images via fashionista

Monday, June 25, 2012

Book Envy

Just recently I made the mistake of reading a fabulously fun book entitled Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas. This is the story of a woman who travels to Paris to work on the advertising committee of Louis Vuitton. Of course that is basically heaven for me. She describes her time in the city through all of her favorite patisseries she visited.
Her memoir made me so excited to finally be over in Paris and have my own experiences find my favorite cafes and secret places to visit. I am just two short months away from being there and I cannot wait to start my travels!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


This past week has held a whirlwind of emotions for me. Friday the 11th I graduated from UGA (wahoo!) but shortly after that the thought of leaving my friends and my beloved Athens quickly hit me. Monday morning came faster than I thought and before I knew it I was saying goodbye to my friends. We are all so excited for our bright futures, but sad to leave everything comfortable and what we love behind. Now, I am back home in Marietta for the summer before leaving for PARIS at the end of August. I am working at a local boutique in Marietta which has GREAT clothes. I am so happy to see what the future has in store for me and cannot wait for the end of August to be here already!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Favorite Movies

With finals this week I have been needing a lot of me time so I've been watching some of my favorite movies to keep my spirits up. Of course, both of them have to do with Paris, but even if you haven't been to Paris you MUST watch these movies. 
Amelie: it's a French movie but nominated for many Oscars because it is that good. English subtitles of course. It is a very different kind of screenplay but you can't help but fall in love with the characters.
Another one of my favorites of course is Midnight in Paris. I am obsessed with the story line (which I won't spoil here) and I love all of the sights in Paris they show. There is even a little shop in there that my family and I have visited before. It has all of the landmarks Paris has to offer. 

These two movies keep on getting me more and more excited to move over to Paris and live my dream. I cannot wait to be over there!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Light Denim

I love the look of light colored jeans (or cut offs) with casual tops. Its so great just to throw on and you can change the look if needed. Add a few more accessories and you have the perfect outfit for a summer night out with your friends. Here are a few of my favorite looks right now:

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Color Blocking

I have a new obsession and it is color block dresses and tops. I love how you can pair a neutral top and just add a small pop of color and the whole look changes. Here are a few items I have recently fallen in love with:
 this look came from a GREAT local boutique in Athens called Cheeky Peach. I saw this dress at their fashion show and went to buy it the next day
 I love how perfect this cute dress is for springtime. The colors are light and happy 
and of course this top is amazing because it is neutral colors. I'M OBSESSED

Paula Deen's Mexican Casserole

This past week and the upcoming few weeks my school schedule is packed (along with everyone else's who is about to graduate). So naturally instead of making sure I stay on top of my work and finish things a few days in advance I decided that pinterest would be something more interesting to me. This semester I have found one of my favorite recipe's on the site and have made it numerous times (with a few changes to spice it up a bit). Being a poor college student it is really easy to make and inexpensive (and it refrigerate and reheats well).

1- 10 3/4 ounce can of cream of chicken soup
1- 10 3/4 ounce can of cheddar cheese soup
1- 10 3/4 ounce can of cream of mushroom soup
1- 10 ounce can of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chile peppers (she suggests just diced tomatoes)
1- rotisserie chicken shredded 
1- package flour tortillas
2 cups of shredded Mexican flavored cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. In a mixing bowl, add the three types of soup with the Rotel and the shredded chicken
3. In an oven safe dish place the tortillas on the bottom, put the soup rotel and shredded chicken mixture on top, place more tortillas on the top of that and then sprinkle the cheese on top. 
4. Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes 
5. I personally like to serve with Pace Picante sauce to add more flavor to the casserole.

This flavorful casserole does not get boring to me I can reheat it and eat until it is finished! 

*I have adapted this recipe from one I found on Paula Deen's recipe website.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My Style

For all of you who know me and my style you know that my color selection stays very neutral. I love greys, blacks, whites, and tans. My mom and friends tell me I actually need more color in my wardrobe, but I think classic look and classic colors are the key to a perfect stylish wardrobe. These are some of my favorites right now and I LOVE how timeless these outfits and pieces are. Of course, when I move to Paris I will be surrounded by the birthplace of fashion so I need to make sure I look great at all times.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A New Adventure

Hello All! I have decided to start a blog to show the things I love... food, architecture, fashion and of course the city of lights, Paris. About a week ago I confirmed a job in Paris starting in late August/Early September. There I will be an au pair for a wonderful family and I cannot wait to get back to Paris and experience more of the Parisian lifestyle. Just two summers ago I found my true love (Paris of course) and have always known that I will one day return and my dream is finally becoming a reality! This is my first post of my first ever blog so throw me a bone while I get used to this thing!