Happy Mother’s Day! I sent cards to my aunts, mom, and sister this week. Mother’s Day looks different to everyone. If you are struggling, I am sending you lots of love this Sunday. ❤️ P.S. Being a dog mom counts. Henri bought me flowers over the weekend.
I had a busy week of deadlines and projects this week. By Saturday, I was exhausted. I had a visit to the farmer’s market, a workout, a nap, and date night. After weeks of cold weather and rain, there is finally a break in the weather, and not only do we have sunshine in the forecast, but we also have warm weather. Chicago is jumping from early spring to summer in a week.
Grab your coffee and croissants and join me for this week’s links I love. There are a lot of fun ones!
How to survive Mother’s Day when you have lost your mom. This holiday is so hard for so many. As a culture, we are becoming more sensitive to those who have lost their mother figure or don’t have great relationships. This is a great post written by someone who has lost both of her parents. I hope this helps someone.
Dresses for spring. I pulled together some of my favorite affordable options here.
Greece and Italy drop travel restrictions as of now you still need a negative test to fly back to the US.
Why solo female travelers are joining group tours I hosted two Paris group tours filled with solo female travelers and they made amazing friendships.
You can come to hang out with us on May 12 from 5:30-7:30. Details are here.
20% off Madewell shorts, dresses, and sandals ends today. I ordered this dress, these sandals, and these sandals. I may add in a white shirt after Henri ripped mine when I returned home from BVI.
How to help a loved one through a sudden loss. You never know when this will happen. It’s a good read to bookmark. NYT
I have my eye on two summer dresses from Sézane and I ended up buying this polka dot navy one. They have new releases this Sunday. You can see my Sézane sizing guide here if you need help with sizes or questions.
We are a bit behind but we started watching 9 Perfect Strangers over the weekend.
They sent me a bottle to try. It claims to help with wrinkles and uneven skin tone. It also is great for hydration. I will report back. You can try it along with me! Avène is using a plant-based alternative to retinoids. You can read more about the differences here.
Italy is launching a digital nomad visa If I didn’t have Henri, I would sign up in a minute!
18 recipes you should learn by heart If you are looking to up your game with cooking. These are a great starting point! Via NYT
I am crushing on this hotel in Lourmarin, France. The rates are under $200 and it gets great reviews.
A mother’s day garden of grief. This was written by one of my college sorority sisters. I didn’t know her struggle until she posted this beautifully written story on Facebook. I hope this helps anyone else who is struggling right now.
It took a little time to prepare but you can make things in bulk and have leftovers. We are adding this to the rotation. I will probably be making this again tonight.
Filorga one of the French skincare companies I have been using for years is having a 30% off sale. This basically breaks it down to Paris pricing. The Optim Eyes is great for puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles.
Meg Ryan returns with a new Romcom “What Happens Later”
Stars who rewore their wedding dresses. As I am just starting the process to look for mine, I can see how this could be an appealing idea.
My Hudson straight jeans are currently on sale. I have the Nico style. I bought them before Paris and had them hemmed. They are perfect and very on trend right now.
I let time get away and haven’t done this yet. A new passport yes, but no real ID. I have another year and so do you!
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