Star Spangled Summer!

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American flag tank: American Apparel 

Though I'm living La Vie en France I'm still a proud American girl! Before moving to France and like many Americans, I assumed that the French didn't care much for us. I've heard many horror stories of things that Americans have experienced while visiting Paris. Yet to my surprise, my being Americaine has been greeted with much positivity, kindness and mostly curiosity.

For the most part, Parisians are quite kind to me. I had started developing a theory that the more I 'american-ize' my french, the nicer people become, be it at the grocery store, post office etc. Thus, I started conducting mini experiments where I'd enter a boutique and shop owners would kind of just brush me off until I spoke broken french, then voila we're having conversations about Miami (a lot of french are quite obsessed with Miami, by the way)!

There have been a few times when I've entered a party/ get together and everyone doesn't really give me a second look, but the second there hear me speaking my butchered french then suddenly I'm the belle of the ball!

STARS + STRIPES

The American flag is all the rage in France this summer when it comes to fashion! I see it on shoes, bags, shirts, sunglasses... you name it and people are rocking it. From a design standpoint, the American flag is quite fun to design with. Not only we have stripes but our iconic stars to work with, while many other flags are patternless designs.

I also see a lot of people wearing the union jack as well, but never the french flag.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday weekend!!

Happy Birthday America!

the sweetest of treats

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Every time I stroll passed the shop Pierre Hermé with a frenchie they always tell me "It's the best macaron in Paris".  After putting it off for months, I've finally stopped by with my parents to see what all the buzz is about. We got there just as it opened and tried the Dark Chocolate, Passion fruit/ chocolate and olive oil/ vanilla. The passion fruit and dark chocolate ones were absolutely perfect. The olive oil one was just okay, I felt the olive oil flavor was a bit too subtle. I'll need to try that one again ;)

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My favorite (and the favorite of many others) is the Passion Fruit + Chocolate macaron. Seriously made my taste buds sing and I'm pretty sure I did a happy dance as I ate it.

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Hands down best macaron I've eaten... other than my Pierre's macarons of course ;) I will be returning to this shop the next time I'm in the Marais!!

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locations: 72 Rue Bonaparte, Paris // 185 Rue de Vaugirard, Paris // 39 Avenue de l'Opéra, Paris

Make Yourself at Home

Paris has a sea of unique concept stores. Lately I've come across one that stood out. Chez Moi, Paris is anything but your typical concept store, in fact it's an apartment. You see "Chez Moi, Paris" translates to "My Place, Paris". The owner literally has a bed in the store, that he sleeps in every night. The other interesting twist is EVERYTHING in the apartment/ store is for sell. This includes all of the owner's personal items, bed sheets and all.

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I was invited by a friend to check out her company's pop-up store in Chez Moi, Paris, By Zoé.

http://byzoe.fr/

The entrance of the store looks like your typical well-designed boutique.

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His living room is an art gallery

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The bedroom: Here's the owner's bedroom where everything you see is available for purchase.

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I recommend stopping by! There were some pretty interesting and well designed items inside.

25 rue Hérold, 75001 Paris

bisous!

--Jessi