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Every Day Parisian

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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 

Psst!! Big News…

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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!

Parisian Home Style

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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!Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 11.02.41 AM

From left to right:

Anthropologie Scrolled Bentwood Dining Chair, Heart • $198 • Anthropologie

Anthropologie Polished Marble Dining Table, Rectangle • $1,298–1,498 • Anthropologie

Anthropologie Delicious Days In Paris • $24.95 • Anthropologie

Anthropologie Leather Tirelle Occasional Chair • $1,498 • Anthropology

Anthropologie C’est Magnifique Wallpaper • $88 • Anthropologie

Anthropologie Oscarine Lucite Bar Cart, Rectangle • $698 • Anthropologie

Anthropologie Russet Measuring Cups • $28 • Anthropologie

Anthropologie Gilded Rim Coupe • $28 • Anthropologie

Anthropologie Latte Bowls • $36 • Anthropologie

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Anthropologie Wire Script Sculpture • $48–58 • Anthropologie

Lazybones Rosette Quilt • $248–288 • Anthropologie

Anthropologie Redsmith Dining Chair • $168 • Anthropologie

Tracey Boyd Lacquered Regency Nightstand • $698 • Anthropologie

Anthropologie Copper Top Flatware • $78 • Anthropologie

Tracey Boyd Lacquered Regency Desk • $1,998 • Anthropologie

 

 

 

 

 

Oui Please

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Paris – A State of Mind

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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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Summer Weekends at Home

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Its getting close to the end of peony season so instead of one bunch I purchased two this week. I have to get my fill while I can. They are next to my bed and I wake up to a sea of pink and a heavenly smell.

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My favorite dyptique candle along with peonies makes for the best smell.

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The warm weather here in Chicago has me in the mood for iced tea. I have a collection of Kusmi tea from Paris that I am digging into now. The beauty detox is my favorite.

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Now that Wells Street is finished I feel like I can breathe for a minute. I worked straight through LA to now and I am feeling exhausted. Its been extra coffees to get me through the week. But in exciting news my passion project will be launching very soon and I hired an intern!! She is adorable, sweet, organized and a francophile so she fits right in! I can’t wait to share my new project with you. Zoey will be helping launch the new project. For those of you who stopped by wells street and braved the heat thank you so much!!

French Skincare Favorites

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When I first moved to Paris in 2013 I didn’t pack any skincare products to keep my suitcase light and I also knew that there wasn’t a better place to buy skincare than Paris. So I quickly made friends with the ladies at the Pharmacie and over the months tried different products. These are my favorites tried and true. My medicine cabinet is filled with them. Now when I travel I leave extra room in my suitcase just for the reason to stock up on all these favorites. If I had to choose one thing it would be the lip balm by Cadalie.  I literally pack this in every one of my bags and if I don’t have it my lips get so dry. This adds instant moisture and is great in summer and winter!

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From Left to Right links to purchase here:

Clarins UV Plus Multi-Protection Sunscreen SPF 50/1.7 oz. • $42 • Saks Fifth Avenue

Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray • $14 • NET-A-PORTER.COM

Darphin Intral Cleansing Milk • $42 • Bloomingdale’s – use with cotton pad and don’t use water. I love this!

CAUDALÍE ‘Vinosource’ Overnight Recovery Oil • $52 • Nordstrom – use 6 drops every night after moisturizing

CAUDALÍE Moisturizing Mask • $39 • Nordstrom – once a week

CAUDALÍE Lip Conditioner • $12 • Nordstrom – can’t live without this!

CAUDALÍE Vinosource Riche Intense Moisture Rescue Cream • $39 • Nordstrom – everyday underneath moisturizer

CAUDALÍE Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet • $39 • Nordstrom – great for summer

CAUDALÍE Vinoperfect Radiance Serum • $79 • Nordstrom

 

 

 

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