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

Understanding the Impact of the 2017 French Presidential Election

Last Sunday, the French people elected Emmanuel Macron as their nation’s president and took a stand against the growing populist influence. Macron, 39, won 66% of the vote over his opponent Marine Le Pen, the far-right National Front candidate. Although the media labels Macron as a centrist, he identifies himself as someone “of the left” who is willing to collaborate with the right. Le Pen, … Continue reading Understanding the Impact of the 2017 French Presidential Election

Shopping at Sissi’s Corner in Le Marais

After 3 years, it only made sense that my first stop in Paris was shopping in Le Marais. I did some research on the best consignment shops to check out and found Sissi’s Corner on a list in Time Out Paris. Located around the corner from Place des Vosges and a short walk from Bastille, it’s a quintessential dépôt-vente tucked in Le Marais.   It may … Continue reading Shopping at Sissi’s Corner in Le Marais

Planning for a Week in Vienna & Paris

Kicking off 2017 with a European adventure The last time I went was in January 2014 when I studied in Paris, France before my final semester at Salve Regina University. I had every intention of planning a trip in 2016, but work obligations and job searching postponed transatlantic travel plans. The past few years have been spent whetting my wanderlust by trying new restaurants, reading … Continue reading Planning for a Week in Vienna & Paris

Fashion’s Holiday 2016 Short Films & Campaigns

Christmas is a great time for family, friends and festive holiday ad campaigns It’s time to celebrate the holiday season with fashion-forward film shorts! I am in love with H&M’s collaboration with Wes Anderson, but there are also a few other campaigns that are worth watching for a spoonful of Christmas cheer. Il Neige Rive Gauche, Le Bon Marche Rive Gauche It is only fitting … Continue reading Fashion’s Holiday 2016 Short Films & Campaigns

A Moment of Prayer for Nice

My heart is stricken with deep love and sympathy for France. Whether inflicted by nature or by man, each nation has experienced its episodes of destitution, cruelty and absolute savageries. But a deliberate attack on a country founded on liberté, égalité and fraternité—a trinity of unalienable rights for all human beings—is a rabid attempt to darken the future for those who want to build a more beautiful … Continue reading A Moment of Prayer for Nice