Farfalle with White and Green Asparagus and Tomatoes

Trial by Fromage, Learning the Art of the French Meal

I wasn’t prepared when I experienced a French family meal for the first time—it happened to be the first time I met my boyfriend’s family, less than 72 hours after landing in France. To say that I was nervous would be an understatement. I fought every impulse to reach over the table and keep the bottle of champagne next to me as a security blanket. … Continue reading Trial by Fromage, Learning the Art of the French Meal

Musée Bourdelle Exhibits Balenciaga, l’oeuvre au noir

The Montparnasse museum curates fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga’s work using black until July 16, 2017 In partnership with Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Musée Bourdelle curates the perfect exhibit for true minimalists, fashion history geeks and lovers of “all-black-everything.” Enter Balenciaga, l’oeuvre au noir, which highlights all the different ways in which Balenciaga draped, sewed, embellished and manipulated fabrics … Continue reading Musée Bourdelle Exhibits Balenciaga, l’oeuvre au noir

The Best Carry-On Luggage for International Travel

Before I left for Paris, I was in serious need of good, quality luggage. The Search I found a matching set of large and medium luggage by Delsey, but I wanted something special for my carry-on. It only made sense to have a carry-on that would accommodate most, if not all, international restrictions. The carry-on would also have to complement the urban style of the … Continue reading The Best Carry-On Luggage for International Travel

A Photo Diary of One Week in Valencia, Spain

I’m happy to finally cross Spain off of the travel bucket list! My boyfriend planned us a vacation in Valencia, Spain for the last week in June. I definitely left my comfort zone by leaving my French habits at Charles de Gaulle—I don’t know any Spanish—but we had an amazing time exploring the city and the beach together. Here are some quick tips on how … Continue reading A Photo Diary of One Week in Valencia, Spain

7 Instagram Accounts to Follow | Healthy Eating Inspiration

Any food-related Instagram accounts I follow belong to one of three categories—healthy, ice cream and oysters. For the past few months, I found that the most dynamic and interesting Instagram accounts I follow are run by bloggers and digital entrepreneurs from a bunch of difference Facebook groups. (I consider the beverage-related Instagram accounts to be an entirely different animal 🙂 ) Here are seven accounts … Continue reading 7 Instagram Accounts to Follow | Healthy Eating Inspiration

How to Shop the French Market (Almost) Like a Parisian

Going to the French market has taken my interest in food to an entirely new level. Don’t get me wrong, the Aquidneck Grower’s Farmer’s Market in Newport still has a very special place in my heart, but the concept of shopping at the French market for an American is an incredible sensory experience. I’m fortunate enough to live steps away from the square where the … Continue reading How to Shop the French Market (Almost) Like a Parisian

6 Simple Steps for Planning a Lifestyle Blog Photoshoot

I’ve coordinated, styled and modeled for some photoshoots in the past, but I knew that I needed more polished, professional “working” pictures. Before leaving for France, I had an amazing photoshoot in Connecticut for the blog. It took some careful planning and preparation to think of the different shots I needed, so here are the steps I followed to plan an effective (and fun!) photoshoot. … Continue reading 6 Simple Steps for Planning a Lifestyle Blog Photoshoot