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Signature Scent

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Last year I found Penhaligons on a walk through the Marais. I wandered in the store and explored a few scents. I was on the hunt for a signature scent and something I could bring home with me that would be a little different than people in the states. I fell for the Violetta scent. Its smells like fresh violets and I get compliments overtime I wear it. Unfortunately the Violetta is sold out but I have a few new favorites. The peony smells amazing and I switch off between that one and the rose. If you have a signature scent I would love to know what it is.

 

An Introduction…

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In case you are new around here let me introduce myself! I am Rebecca Plotnick and I am originally from Cincinnati Ohio. I was born in raised in the Midwest but somehow ended up with an east coast accent.

My first trip abroad was in 2003 for a semester in Florence. This was also my first of many trips to Paris. I currently live in Chicago but call Paris “home”

In 2008 I became a statistic loosing my job in the recession. I decided to take a chance at my dream job as a travel photographer. My life is not Instagram perfect everyday and I work crazy hours ( I am eating dinner as I type this at 5:30pm) I am still learning the work life balance but try to take time out for yoga or dance which I have been known to call “meetings” during the day.

I have a dry sense of humor I got from my Dad and occasionally I am the only one that laughs at my jokes but that’s ok…! Thank you for following along on this crazy adventure with me. If you have any questions about me or my job ask away!

*P.S. In case you are wondering I rarely wear heels in Paris but these JCrew heels were too pretty to pass up! I typically spend all day walking in my favorite flats by Yosi Samara. I could literally walk 10 miles in them and they feel like slippers!

 

 

Valentines Day Roundup

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I have always been a hopeless romantic single or taken… I love Romantic comedies and Valentines Day is my favorite holiday besides Christmas. I have spent time in Paris on Valentine’s Day and seen a whole different side. Its less commercial, you don’t see signs of Valentines Day until the actual day or two before. Bakeries now start to carry heart shaped pastries or chocolates but I think its more because its an American thing. The French love to bring in American influences. (Burgers and Bagels are the hottest items)

Here are a few of my favorite Valentines Day Photos that I have taken over the years. Single or Taken I hope you find a little love in your life.IMG_4452IMG_7299 smallIMG_1882 smallIMG_2811 smallIMG_3178_MG_3425 copy small.jpgIMG_4835IMG_1873 smallIMG_0681 smallIMG_3326

Paris Bound…starting this Monday

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I didn’t plan it but I always hoped to be back in Paris this year. After leaving in June I knew I would settle down with a home base. Something I have struggled with for a long time. I am slowly adjusting to life in Chicago getting a little more settled everyday. But then I got an email with an invitation to Paris. Who would say no?

Paris in the Autumn Last year I left at the beginning of November ready to start my busy holiday season. I am squeezing in one last trip. 8 days which is the shortest Paris trip I have taken since 2012. This trip I am staying with family and I am so excited to see them. I am looking forward to catching up with old friends and exploring the city with a new set of eyes. It always helps going away for awhile. As much as I hate it… its good creatively to have a new approach. I have been working on a project for a few months now so there will be lots of research and photos to go along with it. You can follow along with me in Paris through instagram here @rebeccaplotnick

HOME

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Home. A four letter word I am not used to. Three years ago I packed up my Chicago apt to move to paris for three months. I put all my belongings in storage knowing that I did not want to return the same person. I was looking for change. Once I arrived in Paris in the freezing cold month of February I knew I wanted to stay longer. Back and forth between the states and paris I went moving more times that I care to admit. Without a visa I couldn’t stay put long term. Three months turned into three years of a nomadic life. The thing is I wouldn’t change a thing. My life has changed in so many ways I am still trying to sort everything all in my head. So here I am in Chicago three years later. A different person than when I left. My storage unit filled with belongings that are just now “things” Instead of moving them into my new home I gave away everything and threw away the key. A new beginning starts now.

2016 Planner and Calendar are now available

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It still gets me every time when I walk into a retailer and find my work on the shelves. I get goosebumps and tears. When I lost my job in 2008 I sat in a park bench in Chicago and made goals. One of them was to be on a Papyrus card. I strategized on how to make it happen. A few years later I got an email from Papyrus to do a card. I was thrilled and so proud to have my work for sale in the store. I have had a few other projects come out with them in the last couple of years.

Yesterday I was walking to a meeting and passed by Papyrus in downtown Chicago. I popped in and right in the front of the store was my new calendar. Yes, tears and chills filled my body once again. Last years sold out Planner is back but there are two calendars to go along with it. You can purchase them at Papyrus, Barnes and Noble and of course directly through me on etsy 

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Solo Travel in Europe

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A while back a friend proposed the idea of me traveling alone. I thought the idea was crazy and dismissed it. I was in my young twenties and was honestly too scared. 2007 rolled around and I decided to take a trip back to Italy. My first since studying abroad. I brought two of my best friends along to show them some of my favorite parts of Italy. This is when I first started waking up early to photograph. I thought this would be a good way to explore the city solo and get out of my comfort zone. To my surprise my two friends willingly woke up early to join me. I was happy to have them along but still wanted the experience of being alone in a city. They could sense that I wanted to stay in Italy since I had been talking about how much I loved my time abroad. At one point they both encouraged me to just stay and not come come. That would be crazy I thought… or would it be?

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Either way the seed had been planted knowing that I had the support of two of my best friends. I lost my job shortly after in 2008 and really wanted to follow my passion for being a travel photographer. Sometimes its other things that push you outside of your comfort zone. I have always been grateful for that little push. What did I have to loose? It took me a while to figure out my footing how I was going to make it happen and in the end of 2009 I decided I was going to go to Paris. Yes my family thought I was crazy but once I get an idea in my head its hard to let go of it. So I started planning. This was just a short trip 10 days total but my first solo trip abroad. I went using unemployment money and airline miles from my previous job. I did a lot of research on an inexpensive hotel and booked a ticket.

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My high school French teacher taught us how to use the metro and it all came back to me. This was my first photo as my arrival to Paris back in 2010. I remember it vividly. I was so excited to explore and can’t remember being nervous at all. I photographed the city from morning to night for a total of 8 days. I learned to much about the city by walking and exploring. Everything was new and exciting. I remember walking around the eiffel tower and thinking ” I wonder what it would be like to live here and be inspired by this every day?” That of course planted a seed to my move to Paris in 2013. After the trip I came back to Chicago and started really working on my etsy shop posting photographs and selling them. I can’t say it was overnight it took a little while to figure things out but by the following year I was completely on my own financially as a travel photographer. That was a lot scarier than going to Paris solo.

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When I talk to friends and strangers about solo travel the first thing they mention is fear. It can definately be scary going outside your comfort zone. The next couple posts I will talk about Staying safe while traveling, eating alone, perks of traveling solo and more. I would love to know your thoughts have you traveled alone? Love it or hate it? If you haven’t what’s holding you back?

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