Happy Valentine’s Day! Even if you aren’t big on the holiday, I hope you take some time for self-care. A face mask, bubble bath, book, or long walk. Whatever makes you happy! Henri and I will be cuddled up at home as the city continues to be a snow globe. I sent cookie care packages to my family over the weekend.
A little story behind the photo, I took this in 2013 on Valentine’s Day in my new neighborhood of Montmartre. I didn’t know anyone in Paris at the time I moved. I went for a walk to grab a baguette on a rainy cold day and I ended up stumbling on a film set. My red umbrella caught the attention of a producer and I was cast as an extra in a highly anticipated tv pilot. I was sworn to secrecy at the time. I met up with the producer and crew at night for a wrap party that got me home at 3 am. I assumed that I would be solo most of my first three months in Paris and this encouraged me that anything was possible.
The Eiffel Tower is getting a facelift in preparation for the 2024 Olympics
Travel and the art of anticipation (NYT)
Brené Brown podcast on What Makes Love Last
I started using this night Retrinal cream from Avène for antiaging and love it.
This French designer has a new collection at the Louvre museum and it’s all about the Tuileries
How Ina Garten Does Paris (take notes for these Parisian classics)
Michelle Obama is launching a cooking show on Netflix for kids to encourage healthy eating.
I am working on a post with Klorane and their dry shampoo. If you don’t own any, you are missing out on this French girl’s secret. This helps extend time in between washes.
The Eiffel Tower needed a blow torch to melt ice as snow blankets Europe
Discover this colorful Parisian apartment in Architectural Digest
The love language of butter via NYT
Cuyana made all their most popular bags in rose. I own this one in rose for all my beauty products and I love it. Now I want this tech carryall next. Once I start traveling again, this is going to be a must!
My Eiffel Tower scissors are finally back in stock at Target.
Virtual Paris for Valentine’s Day
The secret to David Lebovitz’s Parisian style hot chocolate (WSJ may require subscription)
The Type of Love that Makes People the Happiest
3 Secret Places Hidden in Paris
The Paris Library debuted this week. I ordered a copy. I am drawn to anything WWII set in France.
France is now letting workers eat at their desks. Side note, I have been working since out of college at 22 and I have been eating lunch at my desk ever since…
This dreamy light-filled apartment in Bordeaux is stunning.
13 Interior Design trends shaped by the pandemic (WSJ may require subscription)
Adding this cashmere sweater to my wishlist
I love the trend of fun hair accessories. For someone who hasn’t had a haircut in 6 months. I need something fun and colorful.
Speaking of hair, this popular French hairstyle is making a comeback
I have been doing Daily Harvest for almost a month now and I couldn’t live without my Nutribullet.
Romance in Paris according to The Real Emily in Paris posted via David Lebovitz
Lancôme is 25% right now. I love this lash primer and I can’t live without it. It always goes under my mascara.
A lot of you mentioned home decorating projects, elevate your bedroom this weekend with this inspiration from Vogue
Madewell is currently 25% off for insiders on everything including this adorable cardigan sweater, their transport tote that I own and love, and my favorite walking sneakers.
It’s okay, you can hit pause on your goals right now
What I cooked this week:
Sheet pan chicken. I love feta and greek yogurt and this seemed simple enough. I made it with chicken breasts and Brussel sprouts instead of asparagus.
Chocolate Lava Cake. This is so easy and you can make it for one or two people perfect for Valentine’s Day at home.
On the blog:
Frenchify Your Valentine’s Day
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