Jul 5, 2015

Just a few Paris recs

Yikes, July came quickly this year. I suddenly feel incredibly behind on everything and bizarrely, I feel like I'm in limbo, even though I have no reason to. Hopefully the feeling will be shaken off soon. I wanted to share a few Paris addresses (for food & drink) that you shouldn't miss if you find yourself there any time soon. It's by no means comprehensive, and it doesn't include many of my all-time old favorites, but compiling all of that will be a project for another rainy day. Some of these have been around for a while too, but I figured they were still worth mentioning.

1) When can you ever really go wrong with tacos, guacamole, and cocktails? I loved Candelaria and went both times during my May visits. To get to the actual cocktail bar portion, walk past the tiny taco bar and a magical door will transport you to a much larger space. I was also pleasantly surprised to find one of my favorite cocktails, the Naked & Famous, on the list.

2) Bob's Juice Bar is a total gem and lifesaver for my outbound flight meals. I know you're thinking, why go to a "juice bar" in Paris, especially one run by am ex-New Yorker? When you need a little something to chase down all the croissants and baguettes, it's so refreshing to have an easy, quick, healthy lunch option. Plus, the produce in France is way better. I now grab their daily salad here before my flights back, and I actually look forward to my in-flight meal now.

3) Fewer things are more comforting than a steaming bowl of udon, in my opinion. Kunitoraya is my go-to first-night-off-the-plane meal. I'm usually exhausted and a bit delirious, and I just want something that's not fussy at all and will satisfy me. Start with some pickled radishes, share a rice bowl (not to be missed), and then have a big bowl of udon to yourself, because you won't want to share.

4) Nicolas from Telescope (a coffee shop that's perpetually on my recommend list, obviously) had recommended Le Servan a while back and I finally got to try it in May. You'll get incredible value at lunch in a beautiful but casual space. There's not much I can say about the food to do it justice, but just trust me on this one and check it out for yourself.

5) It seems like you can't really get a "bad" baguette in Paris, but the exceptional ones are worth noting too. We got one from the relatively new boulangerie Liberté to split as a snack and were literally fighting over the crumbs.

6) I would undoubtedly say the best pancakes I've ever had come from Holybelly, a coffee shop/cafe on the same street as Bob's Juice Bar. The coffee itself is on a similar level as well. Warning: if you don't show up first thing when they open, expect to wait up to an hour and a half depending how late you show up. You can always get coffee to go though if you're not waiting for a table.

Damn, all of this reminiscing just makes me want to hop on a plane tomorrow...

Jun 22, 2015

(Un)welcome Summer

I can't say I'm the biggest fan of summer. And now that the summer solstice has passed, it's all downhill from here in terms of length of light per day. (Can you tell I'm such an optimist?) I could not care less about getting tan, or sitting at the beach, or drinking on some rooftop. In my dream world, I would be spending a big part of summer in Iceland enjoying the midnight sun and stunning landscapes. Anyway, no one wants to hear me complain about the humidity and overall feeling of grossness I now deal with day to day. So instead I'll talk about some products that are helping me deal.

I've been living in these cut-off shorts (which you may have seen in this post). I ended up ordering them in black too. Damn, now they are on mega sale. I paid way more than that, but have gotten lots of use out of them, so I don't feel so bad about it.

Remember when I went on and on about linen? I was pretty excited when Everlane came out with men's linen button-ups. I have no problem shopping the men's section, so I did! I was not the only one with the idea, because a few days later they released these same shirts in the women's section, styled on women. I ordered a Small, as I like things loose, especially in the summer. They seem to be sold out of most sizes for now – I guess everyone wants to live in linen for the summer.

The Goyard tote I picked up in Paris is getting a lot of wear this summer. I'm really trying with the color, you see? I also always bring a light scarf with me (this one's great), no matter how hot it is, because it's always a fridge indoors.

I've also been wanting to do a post on my S'well water bottle forever. It blows my mind how hot it keeps my hot drinks and how long it does it for. And it can keep ice-cold drinks cold for even longer. I have two 17 oz bottles and one little 9 oz guy for coffee. Having ice cold water for my walks in the heat really does make things better.

For Aesop fans and those who can't stand the smell of most sunscreens, this product is amazing. It's like rubbing peppermint oil on your body so it totally wakes you up too. And now that my hair is super short again, I'm trying to give it more of a messy look with this spray.

Instead of tanning and risking aging my skin, I'll stick to using bronzer, and who better to turn to than Tom Ford? And though I'm still using and loving my Fleur de Portofino (also by Tom Ford), I'm also enjoying this solid perfume from Catbird in "Ghost Rose". Notes of english rose, champagne and peony – you can't go wrong with that. The nice thing about a solid is you can't accidentally "over do" it like you can with a spray. And it's perfect for travel.

These sunglasses are many years old now, but I still love them all the same, despite (or maybe because of?) the Lolita vibes.

And finally, this mist spray is something I keep near my desk. I don't have AC in my office (yet), so this spray is the second best thing.

Well, happy second day of summer!

Jun 19, 2015


Oh freelance life. I was totally crazed out of my mind in April and May, and then found myself with a mostly empty schedule in June. Of course, it's never truly empty and free. I had meetings, calls, discussed future projects, and tackled my inbox. It was a good time to recharge a bit, do some reading (currently reading this guilty pleasure, and this much more respectable read), etc. Thankfully I know things get a bit crazy again in July, so I suppose I should take advantage of this free time while I can (oh wait, I did – I finished Season 3 of Orange Is the New Black in 2 days, so there's that). I really wanted to churn out more blog content during this slower time, but of course it works out that the more time I have to blog, the less motivation or inspiration I have to do it. Sigh.

Other things: (above) From a meal I made earlier this week – wild king salmon with green sauce and other random things.

I got my hair drastically chopped again.

Some tips from me about taking photos with your smartphone for Real Simple's July issue. (Many of these are basic, but hopefully will still be useful to some.)

I'm traveling to Montreal next week and haven't been since I was like 11, so I'm pretty excited about it. Any recs, do leave in the comments!