We finally had some sunshine and warm weather in Chicago! This made me smile and gave me hope for Spring and outdoor activities with friends in the future. I haven’t had a weekend with “plans” in a while and this weekend I had a zoom bachelorette party for one of my oldest and best friends and a zoom cooking class on Sunday. It feels good to have “plans” again and I love that I can do them in comfy clothes and no shoes and Henri can come too!
I spent some of the weekend doing a little Spring cleaning and making donation piles from the kitchen. I just moved last year but things seem to pile up and there is so much I don’t use/need. Henri and I got out for a good long walk in the sunshine and we both ended up taking much-needed long naps in the afternoon.
Grab your coffee and croissants and join me for this week’s links I Love!
This Paris apartment is incredible! Very over the top and not your typical Parisian tiny apartment.
I intrigued by this sleep candle and the notes in it. Lavender, jasmine, and basil sounds like an amazing combination
If you are in NYC, this France in NY map might bring a bit of comfort to you. There are 370 places bookmarked
An honest article, Covid Blues are here to stay. When International travel is expected to resume.
10 Things to do with Kids in Paris (bookmark for Paris planning)
I love this army green Dispatch jacket from Madewell. Currently 25% off.
You are not imagining it. The Pandemic is making your hair fall out. I was shocked when my hairstylist mentioned this to me during my visit last week. I had new growth due to hair loss over the last year. Thankfully my diligence in vitamins over the last six months has helped.
I love this Vuori zip-front sweatshirt. I have a pair of their pants and they are so comfortable.
If you need a Waterproof rainboot. These are $21. I ordered a pair in size 9 (it says to size up) and will report back. They have most sizes available but they will go fast.
On a similar topic, I wrote how to keep your house clean. These are systems I have put in place that help me feel like I have control when everything feels out of my control. This wasn’t a planned post but a reader asked a question and it prompted this post which turned out to be a popular and relatable one with readers.
The masks I wear when I am out and about are currently 20% off. I love the pink ones. They also make ones for kids. I have bought Bobby and Emma some. I did a restock for the home since sometimes they go missing like socks. I dry them on the drying rack instead of the dryer and I double mask with another mask underneath for safety.
I haven’t seen an airline safety video in over a year. This new one from Air France is beautifully done and might make you want to book a trip to France.
Pottery Barn shares great tips here on how to build a gallery wall. For a more affordable option, I love the frames from Target.
The first Cinema-Hotel is opening in Paris and it looks so cool! I am bookmarking this for a future stay.
I love this blue and white striped sweater from JCrew currently 50% off and my pleated midi skirt is also on sale. I bought this skirt last February and wore it in NYC.
What’s it like to work with a matchmaker. I have worked with a few 😬over the years so I really thought this was interesting. No success with either of them but it was good to try and have a different selection of matches. The big takeaway was not to limit yourself and you may have to look outside your comfort zone of age/interests. (via NYT)
10 Eating and Drinking Rules Italians Live By. I have really enjoyed the Stanley Tucci show on CNN “Searching for Italy” and just watched Tuscany which brought me back to my days in Florence. Italy will always be my first love.
The people who got Pandemic puppies are in over their heads. This is ME! Henri is a joy, but also I struggle with training him. I hired a trainer but chickened out because I didn’t agree with her social distance opinions and figured having a crazy puppy totally fine with me until I can do classes outside. (via NYT)
On the blog this week:
An update on Henri (He had a BIG growth spurt)
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