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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 

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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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Left to right:

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.

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!!

California Roundup

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If you were following along on snapchat I packed a lot into my Cali trip in just a few short days! Here’s a little recap of where I went and some of my favorite places I recommend:

Beverly Hills Hotel 

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Staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel was definitely on my bucket list of hotels and it didn’t disappoint.

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Alfred’s Coffee in Melrose

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I finally tried Alfred’s Coffee which kept me up until 4am. I guess picked up an iced coffee at 7pm wasn’t the best decision. Alfred’s tea room closed earlier in the day. Here I am wearing my signature madewell bag that goes everywhere with me!

Beverly Wilshire 

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The Beverly Wilshire has been on my list for as long as I remember. My sister and I used to watch Pretty Woman and a few years ago on my first trip to LA we popped in for a quick visit. This time around I enjoyed time at the spa and lunch by the pool. The staff were amazing and I even got a grand tour of some of the suites!

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Across from the pool was blooming jasmine to the left and with the wind I could smell it all the way from my lounge chair. I ordered the bento box with 4 different salads and it was by far the best lunch I ate in Beverly Hills!

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A little fun in the sun (okay I was completely in the shade) wearing sunscreen before my spa time. I was recommended to have the Diamond Rose Facial and I must say it was amazing. I was so relaxed the entire time. I didn’t sleep well do to the coffee the night before and I fell asleep during my treatment. I came out with my skin glowing and a week later my skin still looks fantastic!

Newport Beach:

I spent the weekend with family in Newport beach. We even squeezed in a little hiking. Based on a recommendation we headed to Bear Flag Fish for tacos and they were by far one of my favorite tacos.

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A few French Finds along the way: I am giving a hint to my latest project but I was on the search for some Paris in LA spots and through some recommendations I found some.

Breakfast at Zinc Cafe and Market

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They had an adorable marketplace too that sold french salts, cookbooks, and dishes.

Maison Midi 

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I stumbled upon this shop while walking around Fashion Island and it was pretty much my dream come true. Everything French you could ever want including those bistro chairs from Parisian Cafes that I have been dying to find for so long. Maison Midi 

Bottega Louie 

I heard about Bottega Louie from friends on instagram and knew I had to check it out. Macarons are just about as French as you can get and this place has just about every flavor and color you could dream about. I tried salted caramel, vanilla, rose, peanut butter and jelly, and my new favorite mint chocolate chip. If you have ever tasted a thin mint girl scout cookie this was the same flavor!

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Four Seasons Los Angeles

My last stop on the tour was Four Seasons Los Angeles. Its not too far from the Beverly Wilshire but has a whole different feel. Its much smaller and intimate. I immediately felt at home in these new surroundings due to a very familiar thing in the lobby. Jeff Leatham who designs the George V famous florals in the lobby is back and just started doing the flowers. I had lunch by the pool and a tour of the new rooms they are about to debut. I have to keep the pictures to myself as the new rooms are still top secret. But I promise you will LOVE them!!

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That’s a wrap on my trip to California! A bit thank you to Grand Luxury for hosting me on the tour of Beverly Hills. I hope you enjoyed following along and if you have any favorites that I might have missed please comment below. I hope to be back again soon for more fun in the sun.

xo

 

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.

 

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