Adventures in Paris

Paris might be freezing and gray but it’s still beautiful.  I’ve been on quite a few adventures since moving here and when I’m not studying my days are filled with new activities.    Earlier this month I visited one of my favorite museums, the Musée d’Orsay with all the amazing impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.  I have gone on long walks around the city, stopping for a cup of chocolat chaud and some much needed warmth.  I attended a gala in a silk LBD that I just happened to bring along, and I have visited some classic Parisian cafés for some good old French comfort food.  Here are some pics of everything I’ve been up to.  I can’t wait for warmer weather and more adventures!

 

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Looking Out From the Musée d’Orsay

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Rustic Neutrals

When you think of a neutral, mostly white house, do you think of something minimalist and cold?  A place you wouldn’t want to live because it’s too sterile of an environment?  I think a lot of people do.  Yet I think that a neutral house can be beautiful and warm too.  Take the rooms below.  Yes, they contain no color but they mix in various shades and textures along with rustic, worn elements to create an inviting atmosphere.  I would gladly live in any of these colorless rooms and not find it at all drab.  What do you think?  Do you like neutrals or would you prefer some color?
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I’m Featured on The Everygirl!

EverygirlI’m super excited to share my story on The Everygirl.  It is one of my favorite blogs and I love there inspiring stories about women, and tips on everything from fashion to budgeting.  If you are interested in learning more about what brought me to Paris and what life has been like so far, please check out the feature here.  Thank you all for your support and kind words.  I am thrilled that my choices might inspire you, just as so many of you inspire me.  Thank you.

 

Touch of Gold

Touch of Gold 2I adore this outfit.  I want to copy it completely from the jacket to the clutch to the jeans and flats.  It’s just perfect.  Of course, the problem with the internet is that you see all these beautiful outfits but you have no idea who designed the items.  Does anyone know where the jacket or clutch are from?  I would be forever in your debt!

Market Bounty: Slow-Cooked Leeks, Sweet Potatoes and Parsnips, and Sautéed Chard with Beets and Walnuts

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Last weekend I posted about the Marché Raspail.  I was really excited to find this market and  I ended up buying a ton of amazing produce.  I thought I’d share one of the meals that I made a couple of recipes.  I slow cooked the leeks, sweet potatoes and parsnips in garlic and olive oil.  I would normally have roasted these in the oven but I don’t have an over here in Paris.  I’m learning new to adapt.  I sautéed the chard with the beets and tossed in some fresh walnuts.  I had a leftover pouli roti that I used to make a chicken salad with dill and lemon from the market, and mustard and mayo.  It felt so good to be eating delicious, healthy foods again!

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Profile of a Healthy Food Blogger, Emma Galloway from My Darling Lemon Thyme

I absolutely adore Emma’s blog, My Darling Lemon Thyme.  She features super-healthy, delicious recipes and her photos are stunning.  I want to make everything on her site!  I am super excited to feature her on my blog today.  Read on for her tips for healthy eating and links to a few of her favorite recipes.

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Name: Emma Galloway

Occupation: Former chef, soon-to-be author and full time mum

Location: Perth, Western Australia

 

You feature healthy (and delicious!) recipes on your blog.  What started you down this path? 

I grew up in a Vegetarian family where healthy food was all we knew. Now it is my turn to provide the same for my little family, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Remembering to Look Up

IMG_2238On Saturday, I was walking out of the Concorde metro station to visit Zara Home.  I was so focused on everything I needed to do that day.  All I could think about were errands, studying, and the little details that make up your life.  Then I looked up to the view above.  Incredibly beautiful, enchanting Paris and I almost missed it.  It was a great reminder not to get so bogged down in the little things that I fail to notice the world around me.  The big picture is that I came to live in this city for moments just like these and not to worry about laundry and homework.  I’m looking up and appreciating the beauty that is life.

 

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