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Last week I explored the Chicago Art Museum with my intern Zoey. We tried to be on our best behavior jumping from one room of French Impressionist to the next. We were shooting these photographs and were interrupted by one of the security guards but instead of getting in trouble she suggested we check out a nearby degas sculpture. She was kind enough to take a photo of the two of us at the museum.
When I was young my Grandmother had an entire collection of watches. She wore them for all types of occasions dressy and casual. She always had a watch on and gum in the front pocket of her purse. Since using an iPhone for so long I stopped wearing a watch a few years back. Recently I have had my eye on the new Daniel Wellington watch and since it arrived in the mail I haven’t taken it off. The one I selected has a rose gold accents with blue hands. Navy is one of my signature colors so I was so happy to see the blue and gold color combination. The name of the watch I selected is the Dapper Sheffield and I switch between a black band and a brown band that matches my Madewell tote that I carry everywhere.
The watch is easy to dress up or wear with casual looks. I am thrilled to be able to start my watch collection with Daniel Wellington
I loved exploring the art museum here in Chicago. Its been a while and the museum felt like I was back in Paris. They even had green chairs in the garden that made me feel like I was back in the Tuileries. Stay tuned for more from the museum on the new blog www.everydayparisian.com
In 2013 I packed up my apartment and belongings to move to Paris. The original plan was three months. I arrived in Paris in the cold winter months but I quickly knew I wanted to stay longer. After my three months was over I left for home… I cried the whole plane ride. I did not want to leave but without a Visa I couldn’t stay longer. I headed back to Chicago to plan my next trip. Three months turned into three years of a nomadic life. Traveling between Paris and the States.
It was hard and sometimes stressful but I didn’t want to give up the chance to be back in Paris. Relationships and friendships were difficult because I was always on the move. Over the years I created a great network of friends in Paris. They were a group of creative minds that understood the Paris expat life.
After three years and encouragement from my family I decided to put down roots back in Chicago. It was one of the hardest decisions. Paris had become my comfort zone and I didn’t want to give it up. I moved back and ended up giving away most of what was in storage. I was a different person now and those “things” didn’t matter anymore. I reached out on instagram about the word “home” and how it was a new word as I hadn’t had a place to call home in three years. The response was overwhelming. So many people from around the world had similar experiences to mine. They were homesick for Paris just as much as I was. As I settled back into life in the States I realized how much of my life was still Parisian. The way I dressed, grocery shopped, cooked, and decorated was all Parisian. So in an effort to cure my homesickness I decided to launch a blog called Every Day Parisian. The lifestyle blog will cover everything from books, recipes, style tips, and for those visiting Paris a guide on places to eat/sleep/shop. Since the idea was something that came from you I want it to involve the community. I already have a great team of expats that are ready to contribute and share their stories with you. I am so proud to announce Every Day Parisian
This was my first blog and I started back in 2011 which is crazy to think so much has happened since then. I wouldn’t be here without your support over all these years! Thank you so much for everything. Your opinion matters the most. I would love to know what you think of the new site! www.everydayparisian.com
I am launching a new Paris-themed sit next week! The countless cups of coffee and early wakeup calls have all been worth it! A little sneak peak… The party starts 7/7 and you are invited!
Its been three years since I have had a place of my own. I was a nomad and traveled from city to city between Paris and the States. Trying not to collect anything or buy things that I loved because I had no place to put them. I came back to Chicago with nothing and started fresh. I had some put away in storage but after 3 years I changed and so did my style. So I kept my bed and literally gave away everything else and threw away the storage key. So lately I have been working on creating a “home” here in Chicago which gave me the idea for my next BIG project. I know I have been teasing you a lot lately but its been worth the wait. Its been a year in the making and I am pretty excited about it!
So for now here is a round up of my favorite Parisian style home ideas from Anthropologie. Some I already own and some are on my wish list! You can imagine my apartment is very french inspired. I am still in need of some of my own art on the walls and then I will have to share with you all!
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Left to right:
Oui Please – French at your Doorstep
I recently found the website Oui Please through Instagram What I loved about Oui Please is that it curates French based products and brings them right to your doorstep in the US or Canada. Since I have moved back to the States I am always looking for French products to keep at home and this seemed like the best solution. Each box has a different theme. The one that I received was Joie de Vivre which had a bunch of different Paris based designers and products.
Everything comes packaged in this adorable black box that you can use again. I have already reused it on my nightstand. Its wrapped beautifully and inside you find all of your french themed goodies.
I got the newest Kusmi tea that is perfect for summer on ice. Boissier candies that are delicious along with three french designed bracelets, perfume, lingerie, and so much more. Seriously this box was busting at the seams with French goodies.
The Oui Please Box comes with a little magazine with a guide to everything in the box and the history behind the brands. There is also an article on 20 Steps to Recreate Summer in France. From everything to Sitting a a cafe to visiting an art museum.
The adorable leather box that the package came in now sits on my nightstand with flowers. I can keep whatever I wish inside and it makes a great home accessory. For more details on signing up for Oui Please look here.
You hear it so often in a New York State of Mind. I think I am constantly in a Paris State of Mind. I have had a few projects in the US including LA and Chicago that have taken me away from my true love of Paris. My biggest project is Paris based and I am pretty darn excited about it. So for now if you don’t mind I will be in a Paris State of Mind until further notice. I hope you will join me!
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