Bonne Année! It’s good to be back writing again. I can’t say it was writer’s block but I definitely had a bit of trouble getting back in the groove after our honeymoon. It was the first time I truly shut down since I can remember. I was laid off in 2008 and have been pushing hard ever since and have never completely shut down. Over the Christmas/New Year’s/ Wedding break I read 4 books in one week, slept a ton, ate, napped, did yoga, and hung out with my husband. It was exactly what I needed and you can understand why it was hard to jump-start work again.
If you are on the newsletter list, you know I am not in Chicago. I took a quick trip to Paris and I will be here until the end of the week. It feels surreal being back with touches of Christmas all over the city. Paris is busy and full of life, with shoppers, and tourists roaming the city. I was fooled into thinking I was in for a quiet week.
There is a lot to fill you in on why I am in Paris and what my agenda is. I will share that in a post later this week. So stay tuned! Plus, I am going to need your help on a project.
Grab your coffee and croissants and join me for the first links I love of the year. If you are new around here, this is my weekly roundup of favorite links to inspire and teach you. I cover everything from fashion, beauty, world events, and lots of Paris news updates and openings.
Why we make resolutions and why they fail via The New Yorker
The best thing I did this year was going to Paris alone via Vogue. This is a great read for mothers and singles. It is so important to spend time alone.
I spent the day after New Year’s rearranging, cleaning up the house, and preparing it for 2023. I moved some art which makes room for a floor-length mirror in a hallway. I have my eye on this one. (waiting for a sale) I got a new laptop since mine was not functional towards the end of the year and I was struggling when I traveled. I swapped out my desk for this white one which really makes the office space look clean and fresh. We also picked up new pillows at West Elm for a refresh of our front room including this one, this one, and this one.
My husband and I got a lovely surprise wedding gift with our names. I can’t wait to use this Eiffel Tower cutting board/cheese board.
This is how all the French girls are wearing their hair now according to Vogue.
I am working on adding art above the new desk so I purchased these frames. I am leaning towards all black and whites for now and can always switch them out later. Henri got these Valentine’s Day-themed milk bones
It’s always interesting to see the new year’s travel trends. Here are the 17 Travel Trends You’ll See in 2023 According to Condé Nast Traveler
I ended up wearing this dress for our rehearsal dinner and loved it so much that I packed it for Paris. This is the first time I have disagreed with the reviews. The material wasn’t amazing but it looked great and photographed well. It is on sale in all sizes. I ordered a size 6. It seems some of the reviews say to size up. For the price, you can order two and return one.
Hotels to book in 2023. I have my eye on the Paris hotel that has private terraces with Eiffel Tower views opening soon.
I read four books over the break in no specific genre, I just collected them and packed them over a few weeks. Verity blew my mind with the extra chapter. Then She was Gone which was also a bit crazy and while some of it was predictable I didn’t guess the whole ending. It Begins With Us which was an extension of It Ends with Us and something totally different which is usually my go-to WWII books The Sweetness of Forgetting was so touching and out of all the characters in the four books they will stick with me the most.
This week’s best sellers including some classics and one of my favorite lipsticks!
I am a firm believer in the thank you note, NYT shares an article on how to write one here as well as The Atlantic the profound power of thank you notes I will say, my friend, Alexis is always timely with her thank you notes and she sets the bar!
A lot of us have travel on our minds for 2023 – here are some helpful reminders of what you can and can’t bring in your carry-on the next time you travel!
The tech that will invade our lives in 2023 via NYT is all going to happen fast.
How to make an impact with nude decor via Elle Decor
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