This was a good week! It feels rare that I have good weeks with everything going on in the world. I had some much-needed time off and it has me reenergized and feeling creative. The new site debut got pushed to April 20th, I was a little bummed at first but realized how much work needed to still get done and it ended up being a very good thing. I cannot wait to show you around all the new features that will make the site better than ever. As I enter my fifth year in blogging, the site really needed an upgrade.
My grandma’s birthday would have been today. She was my person and my biggest cheerleader. I shared a tribute to her on the blog which also explains the history behind Links I Love and how it is a nod to her every Sunday.
I have a birthday this Tuesday. 🥳 I don’t have anything big planned except baking a carrot cake and a long walk with Henri. Chicago is starting to blossom and it is beautiful.
We want our friends back! (But which ones?) via NYT
This may be one of my favorite links of the week sent in from my sister, Celebrate the life and legacy of Julia Childs with Stanley Tucci and Ina Garten. I purchased a ticket which is a charitable contribution to the Food Education Fund for the event.
I have been watching The Serpent on Netflix. I got sucked in. It’s a bit odd and disturbing. But I still need to know what happens at the end. Plus, there is French (with English subtitles) at different points in the show. I listen and read and see what I can catch.
Is Oataly the new coke? I have been a fan for years but as I reduce my sugar intake, this is something to omit.
A Table Made its debut on April 6. Recipes for Cooking and Eating the French Way. I ordered a copy and I can’t way to dig in.
I listened to Chip and Joanna Gaines on The Oprah Podcast over the weekend while driving. I am late to the game on this one, but I do really love what they do and I am excited to see their new series on Discovery +
The 15 Most Beautiful Places in France to inspire your next trip.
Shoosh, the new Israeli deli in Paris. I am adding this to my what’s new in Paris map. I can’t wait to check it out.
For my birthday, I am buying myself a little Parisian patio set. These are currently on sale which is perfect timing.
A very French way to poach an egg
Stunning video shows restoration progress on Notre Dame
How France is making renting property (a bit) easier
The Le Pliage® Filet bag, the new it-bag from Maison Longchamp
How to Make Croissants 🥐 at home. (via NYT)
Why cities emptied by Covid-19 are perfect for modern flâneurs. This is one of my favorite things to do in Paris.
How the Pandemic changed hotel amenities. This is an interesting read as I used to travel all the time and looked forward to the perks that now may be gone forever.
I bought my first Nap Dress. I ordered the classic white in XS. It says to size down when ordering. I have had my eye on these for a while and was happy to see the white in stock which is perfect for Spring/Summer.
The dogs keeping office workers company through the lockdown. Henri is the best coworker 🙂
The famous Samaritaine is slated to reopen in May. I cannot wait to see the inside. This has been on my list for years. It was an old department store that is filled with so much history.
You won’t remember the pandemic like you think you will
Why our goals don’t have to be productive
Taylor Swift fan? I didn’t know she re-recorded her first six albums recently and there are 6 songs that didn’t make the original debut that was kept in a vault until now. On my way to listen on Spotify.
A few important sales to shop this weekend if you are in the market:
The Sephora Sale is here. If you are a Rouge member, you start first with 20%. Add items into your shopping cart to get your discount. Use the code OMGSPRING Supergoop sunscreen, Caudalie, and the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask is a favorite.
Madewell is 40% on select Spring items. My sneakers are 40% off. Also, you can use this special code LTKDAY for $25 off $125. These discounts can be stacked! Which is AMAZING
J.Crew is 40% off dresses and 30% off Spring. I bought these 9” Straight jean in Bristol Wash and these 8” toothpick jeans in Horeshoe wash. I will report back which I prefer. Also, I have been looking for a white linen shirt that I can tie in the front and this is it. When you purchase more than 2 items, you will get a discount on this as well.
Save the date! If you are reading, “The Paris Library” with me or have read it, you can join the author Janet Skeslien Charles for and Instagram Live to ask her questions about Paris/the book. You can join my Instagram page next Sunday, April 18th at 11 am CST/6 pm Paris time.
On the Blog:
What You Loved the Most in March
Caesar Salad and Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
Inspiration for the new Diptyque Fragrance
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