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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!
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!
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
Staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel was definitely on my bucket list of hotels and it didn’t disappoint.
Alfred’s Coffee in Melrose
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
They had an adorable marketplace too that sold french salts, cookbooks, and dishes.
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
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!
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!!
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.
I talked earlier about creating content for luxury hotels and while I was in LA I was able to tour two and stay at one. Let’s just say staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel was a huge dream. I mean its absolutely gorgeous and every detail and thought of its pretty incredible. I walked into my room and I think I cried tears of happiness. The full tour was on snapchat. If you aren’t on you must start following. Its not just for teenagers but businesses create 24 hour stories.
Its known as the pink palace and you can see why. Everything was pink!! Pink is my favorite color so I was in heaven…
taking notes at the beverly hills hotel is a must. I didn’t want to forget a thing!
My little terrace had a wall full of Jasmine and I was in absolute heaven with the smell!! I was so happy to find this after writing about missing the jasmine in Italy
There are 12 acres that make up the property grounds of the Beverly Hills Hotel and it is all as pretty as this spot!
Everything had the Beverly Hills Logo on it. Including the champagne! They left these cherries and chocolates for me to snack on and I couldn’t resist enjoying them on the jasmine filled balcony. Can you blame me?!
I am extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to visit The Beverly Hills Hotel with Grand Luxury this past weekend! If you get the chance to stay here you must book!
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