Last weekend I travelled to London for the Vogue Fashion Festival which featured an abundance of industry insiders. There were so many amazing speakers to choose from that it was difficult deciding which talks to attend. In the end, I chose to go to three presentations: Can Fashion Change the World?, Natalie Massenet from Net-a-Porter, and Mad About the Girl. The talks were all interesting and informative but the highlight for me was Natalie Massenet’s inspiring speech.
One of my favorite activities when traveling internationally is taking a cooking class. It’s a great way to meet people, connect with that culture and to learn more. I love to cook so this naturally is an activity I enjoy. It’s also a wonderful way to spend your time if you are ever flying solo in a foreign land. You fill up your day, learn something new, meet people and have someone to share a meal with. I have taken classes in Bangkok, Marrakesh and now Istanbul.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the process of learning a foreign language lately. Learning to speak French has not come easy for me. There are all those verb conjugations, memorizing whether something is feminine or masculine (sausage is feminine?! C’mon!!). and remembering when to drop the back half of the word. Something that helps me from getting discouraged is holding onto the tiny, everyday triumphs. Last week I had my immigration appointment and I managed to get through most of it in French. Small event, huge triumph! Being able to communicate in everyday life, from buying stamps at the post office to getting a bikini wax, is what helps feel like I’m not completely hopeless.
This meal tastes perfectly, wonderfully of Spring. I try to eat seasonally and one of the greatest rewards of this is the changing of the seasons. The first asparagus, the first strawberry, the first tomato all become an amazing new experience when it has been 6 months since you’ve had one. This meal was my first taste of asparagus and it was amazing. Fresh, light and a wonderful blend of flavors, it also happens to be the perfect solo meal to cook for yourself. Poaching eggs are just easier when it’s only one! So go on, treat yourself. You deserve it!
Spring has arrived in Paris and it makes me SO happy!! One of the best parts is shedding my heavy winter layers. No more heavy wool coat. No more leather gloves. No more shapeless bundles. The weather here is still a bit brisk but blissfully warm compared to a few weeks ago. It’s finally possible to be outside! With this amazing weather I’ve started to change the way I dress and to look for some inspiration. I want my style to feel Spring while still keeping me warm in the brisk air. Here are some photos of chic Spring style.
As I mentioned, I was in Istanbul last week for Spring break. (On a side note, I still can’t get over having a Spring break. Yippee!) Back to Istanbul, which I absolutely loved. It is a crazy, chaotic mix of east and west. There is at once an energy and the feeling that time runs a bit different here. We kept joking that we were on Turkish time which seems to have a lot more seconds in each minute! Here are some of my favorite moments from my trip.
I arrived back in Paris on Wednesday evening to a warm and sunny Paris. In the week that I was gone, Spring arrived and it is beautiful. The trees are blossoming, flowers are everywhere and the outdoor cafes are in full swing. Although the heat wave won’t last, it is a light at the end of a long, cold winter. I am happy to be here.
I have so much to share with you. Istanbul is lively, chaotic and fun city. I had a blast while I was there. I can’t wait to tell you about it and about the cooking class I took there. This lovely Spring weather also has me thinking about Spring and Summer fashion. I’ve been hunting for style inspiration which I plan to share with you soon. All of this and more will come in the following week but for now I’m going to be a tourist and go and enjoy the Paris sun!