Say It With Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Some people take pride in fancy job titles; some in the number of zeros in their salary; but a few take pride in their work even if it’s not the most glamorous job. I’m always humbled when I get to know the latter. One person who falls in that category is none other than the maintenance guy in our building, Neighbor Nick. He’s got one helluvah job trying to maintain the shotty pipes, outdated outlets, random broken thing-a-ma-bobs, even weirdos who try to intrude at 3AM — all the ‘character’ that comes with a charming older building.

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Paris, Everywhere.

From a young age, I have been enamored with the French lifestyle.

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Me: Kule Breton Stripe Shirt | Forever 21 Scarf (similar) | Celine Sunglasses | Trench Coat // Sara: Defend New Orleans Sweater | Brandy Pham Bracelet  // Photos by: Trevor Mark Photography

Although my parents are Vietnamese immigrants, they raised my siblings and me in the countryside of Louisiana, just an hour South of New Orleans.  Our weekend trips to the big city weren’t glamorous but fateful in introducing me to French culture.  New Orleans is America’s only European-like city, and there is a huge French influence on Vietnamese culture from the language to the bakeries. Though I haven’t been to every city, New Orleans is one of the few places in the United States that I can wander aimlessly and pick at a baguette while soaking in inspiration from the gorgeous surrounding French architecture.  Here, I truly feel like I’m somewhere in a gritty version of Paris. Who would’ve thunk a Vietnamese girl from bayou country would grow up to be such a Francophile! And more, have that lifestyle inspire so much of what I do today.

Do you have any childhood memories that have contributed to who you are or cultivated your interests today?