Observations

You know how I am admittedly the world's laziest traveler? Reference previous post about people watching and eating baguettes. It turns out my friend and business partner Kim is the ideal travel buddy for both our first times in Paris. Neither of us like to plan much so our days have been nicely bleeding together. Kim has been doing what she does best - shopping! Of course and why not for the most stylish person I've known since I was 15.  I've simply been observing and getting inspired for our new store. The people are entirely too cool for my comprehension.

One thing I've noticed is while Americans (including myself) have a hard time balancing social media and real socialization, Parisians don't seem to have this problem. During our last couple of dinners, both of us sort of gravitate towards our phones during quiet times. Parisians, on the other hand, have no cell phones on the tables or sitting on their laps. They're thoroughly engaged in conversation, even after a four-hour meal! We've been practicing this and naturally found ourselves in profoundly deep (and hilarious!) conversations.

Aside from a boat load of baguettes, I think I'll take this back with me to the states.

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She woke up in Paris.

Paris truly couldn't be any more beautiful.  We made it safe and sound to our hotel in the beautiful St. Germain area early in the day and started our lazy Parisian adventure around the Champs-Élysées where we filled ourselves with plenty of baguettes, cheese, and wine. I couldn't help but snap a ton of pictures. I can't help but be in awe. 


In Support Of: The Yellow Table

Earlier this month, I emailed Joy who recently moved here from Los Angeles to give her a big welcome to the neighborhood. To my delight she replied and to my disbelief she invited me to dinner at her house the following week! 

The dinner was in support of and the brainchild of Anna Watson Carl of The Yellow Table. While I didn't know much going into dinner, I quickly learned Anna's story. An established personal chef from New York City who's lived and worked in France, Anna's long dreamed of writing her own cookbook. But, instead of waiting for some big publishing house to make her dreams come true, Anna took things into her own hands and set out to self-publish her own cookbook through Kickstarter. She spent the last year testing, developing, styling, shooting, and editing recipes to create a beautiful cookbook that aims to bring people together around the dinner table. She was on an eight-city road trip to promote her cookbook and New Orleans was lucky to be one of them! 

 

The dinner table, it turns out, is really where the magic happens. There I met six completely kind and talented women -- Joy, Summer, Rebecca, Anna, Elise, and Hannah - who all instantly clicked while eating Anna's delicious food at Joy's beautiful French Quarter apartment. Anna and Joy did a wonderful job recapping the dinner so hop on over to their sites to find out why that night was one of the best dinners I've ever had the honor of attending! *pinch me*

After you do, please do as I did (4 times!) and support Anna's ambitious journey. She's so close to the finish line! I don't think there's anything I admire and respect more than someone who takes the road less traveled and so brilliantly makes their dreams come true. 

 
 
You can make a wish or you can make it happen.
— Anna Watson Carl of The Yellow Table

Images by: Hannah Swain | Menus: Rebecca Rebouche | Dinner: Anna, Joy & Elise


Paris is always a good idea!

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You might say I'm a walking oxymoron because on the day of our country's birthday, I'll be on a flight to the City of Lights! What brings me there, you ask?

Well, one of the unexpected, wonderful, pinch-me things that happened since The Big Quit was signing a dream client who's given me a dream project.

We're opening a lifestyle/concept store this fall. And while I can't spill all the beans just yet, I can tell you we're going to Paris on a buying trip to source the best brands a Francophile like myself can only dream of getting here in the states. Legit moment #405323 of Is This Really My Life?!

Dreams really do come true! But dreams don't work unless I do so I'll be sure to keep you guys posted via Instagram. If you have any suggestions for the world's laziest travelers, do share! I'm the people watch, eat a baguette, no agenda / get lost type. 

Have a Happy Independence Day + Au Revoir!


The Tale of The Black Sheep

Not only am I the middle child of seven, but both my mom and dad come from equally large families. We could easily form a small village. While most of my generation continued their family business or pursued highly esteemed careers in law or medicine, there were a few of us who decided to do things our own way. We partied a little too hard, grew up a little fast, and maybe dreamed a little too much. It wasn't easy when the majority didn't root for us, but we came to accept and relish the fact that we are the black sheep of the family. Hard to understand and easily judged.

Though we've lived separate lives in three different states, our lives actually developed in parallel and I'm happy to report we didn't turn out so bad. Today, there's an incredibly talented designer who's worked for the likes of Alexander Wang, Gap, and Marc Jacobs, a natural entrepreneur who bravely forewent college to launch her first business at the ripe age of 18, and the creative consultant. Not only have they built their dreams from the bottom up, they turned out to be the kind of women you want your future daughter to be. The brave, self-sufficient, and compassionate type, with a sense of humor to boot.

New York City and New Orleans flew down to Miami to celebrate the entrepreneur's first pregnancy and have decided to never let another year go by without making time for each other. There's just too much trouble left to make.

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