Raindrops in Montmartre

September 11, 2014





When the first drops of rain fall from the sky, the streets of Montmartre begin to empty. Parisians duck into the warm, inviting lights of cafés. Couples find shelter in the cozy embrace of a shared umbrella. Those caught without umbrellas make do with that morning's wrinkled newspaper, headlines transforming into meaningless blots of ink, as they rush to the nearest metro station. A pair of giggling, rosy-cheeked girls in pigtails clutch each other's hands, splashing in puddles with gleeful abandon. In front of the Sacré-Coeur, tourists in colorful rain jackets dot the stairs, staring in awe at the city and its endless silver rooftops beneath them. 

As for me, I greet the pitter patter of raindrops dancing down my umbrella like an old friend. Because during these fleeting moments, Paris feels like my own little world... Just me and my umbrella, and beautiful secrets waiting to be found on every corner.

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A Walk in Paris | La Cité Florale

June 20, 2014




For this afternoon's walk in Paris, I'm excited to take you along with me to one of the city's best kept secrets, and my personal favorite discovery. Tucked away in the heart of the 13th arrondissement lies an idyllic "village" straight out of the French countryside, la Cité Florale. Aptly named, a stroll in this tiny, yet enchanting neighborhood is like stepping into a secret garden of flowers, with blossoms as far as the eye can see. On a golden, sun drenched afternoon like this one, there's no place I'd rather be. 

Home to pastel hued dollhouses wrapped in ivy, pink blooms nestled in every window, and the cheerful melody of birds singing in the trees, it's impossible not to fall in love with this slice of paradise. To add to its charm, each cobblestone street proudly bears the name of a flower, hence the name, la Cité Florale. Wandering down the rue des Iris, I can't imagine a lovelier place to soak up the romantic spirit of Paris than this "city" of flowers in full bloom. 


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The Ride Beret Baguette 2014

May 30, 2014

Crusty baguette, check. Nautical striped shirt, check. Charming vintage bicycle, check. Bonus points for a real mustache, flowers in your hair, or an adorable dog peeking out of your basket!

Last Sunday, my favorite Frenchie and I participated in the Ride Béret Baguette, a celebration of vintage bicycles and all things charming, striped, and French. Along with a thousand other cyclists decked out in their finest retro gear, we pedaled through Paris under the canopy of trees, sunshine, and the watchful eye of the Eiffel Tower. Edith Piaf, Georges Brassens, and the music of clinking wine bottles in baskets serenaded us, while the sun happily graced us with her presence.

Mustaches and curls windswept, we all finally arrived at a sleepy meadow in the Bois de Vincennes, hungry for picnic fare and a little doze in the grass. Bright red cherry tomatoes and wheels of Camembert made their mark on every red checkered picnic blanket. Bicycles shined in all their 40s glory, as cherubic babies in sun hats giggled, couples snoozed on beds of grass, and glasses of wine were poured. A fleeting glimpse into la belle France from another era, this was a picture perfect Sunday in Paris. 

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This little guy was my personal favorite!

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I pulled out one of my favorite dresses for the occasion. :) Thank you to Pierre for the photo!

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