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Girl Crush #2 – Mariu de Andreis

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Interiors | 0 comments

I can’t believe that we are heading off to Labor Day Weekend and the unofficial end of summer for us here in the US. We are going to Maine for some quality time with some dear friends for the long weekend. But before all that, I wanted to share with you some images of the Parisian apartment of my girl crush #2, Mariu de Andreis. (Girl crush #1 is here.)

Mariu is the creator of French children clothing brand, Zef. Coincidentally, she also happened to have two daughters named Chiara and Ines, and a little boy named, Joseph.

I found photos of her apartment in this really cool website that features homes of different families in different major cities around the globe.

Have a wonderful weekend! See you here next week!

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Images via here

Daytrippin’ at Storm King

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Art, Family and friends | 0 comments

I am glad that we finally made a day trip to visit Storm King in the Hudson Valley. It has been on my list forever as one of those places I wanted to go with the whole family. I thought the wide open space and modern sculptures would be something Richard and the girls would love.

Storm King has wonderful collection of works from renowned artist, such as Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi and Louise Bourgeois and Maya Lin. There is also a current exhibit from Chinese artist Zhang Huan that features sculptural works with focus on traditional Chinese themes but with a contemporary and edgier twist.

With all the lush landscape surrounding Storm King, I am sure it would be even lovelier to visit in the fall when the leaves are staring to change colors. How I wish to go back in October!

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Reminiscing about La Bohême Gallery in Deauville

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Art, France, Travel | 0 comments

We have only been back in the US for a few days and I pretty much feel like we have been here for a few weeks already.  I suppose all the back-to-school shopping and preparation just have a way of just forcing one back to reality much sooner than anticipated.

Today, the girls got their teacher assignments for the year.  So much of the excitement and buzz for today had to do with typical woes, such as what their teachers are like (Will I like him/her? Or not?) and who will be in their class.  Ah, to be young… I remember how I used to get excited back in the day around back-to-school time.

Anyway, before I completely shift gears and put memories of the summer away, I want to share with you images of La Bohême gallery in Deauville. Le Figaro Magazine in France said it is a must-visit this summer in Deauville so we decided to check it out.

Unlike other galleries in the area that feature more traditional and classic art, La Bohême is a very modern and contemporary space that features mainly street art.  Think Banksy and other graffiti artists.  Growing up in the 80′s when graffiti art first started becoming popular, I feel a certain affinity for this kind of irreverent art form.

So if you are in Deauville before the end of the summer, check out La Bohême at 14 Rue du Général Leclerc. You will find many rare art pieces you won’t see elsewhere.

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Last Weekend in France

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Family and friends, France, Travel | 0 comments

We are back in the US after spending seven weeks in France. I used to be so emotionally torn about the time we spend in France. When I was in France, I longed for the US, often missing family and friends and the ease of just knowing how things work. And when it was time to go back to the US, I felt a little depressed about going back to the craziness of our lives and schedules.

This time around, it just felt right. I felt good about the time spent away yet I was happy to go back. There was no huge culture shock in coming back either. Even Richard and the girls agree.

Finally, we are at a point where we are at peace with how things are done on both sides of the ocean. It is what it is. We have learned to shift gears and go with the flow. We have learned to appreciate the best of both worlds and roll with the punches with the rest. The complexity of our dual lives has now become an essential and normal part of our existence.

The last weekend we spent in France was busy with Ines’ birthday dinner in Normandy and then a day and a half spent gallivanting around Paris as tourists.

And, now, we are here, back in the US. Things are still quiet but I expect that life will pick up and get hectic rather soon. And again, I am okay with that.

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Favorite Shopping Stops in Honfleur

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in France, Lifestyle, Travel | 2 comments

Though it can get a little crowded with tourists, there are three places in the town of Honfleur where I like to shop. The first one is a clothing store called Iphigenie located at 38 rue du Dauphin. It is a tiny little boutique that carries smaller brands like Petit Bateau, Goa and See U Soon. What I love about the place is that it is tiny and manageable, which is a plus for me as I tend to get overwhelmed in bigger stores where choices can be overwhelming. The owner, Valerie Jacobs, is also the epitome of effortless French chic.

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The other shop I like to visit is a chocolate shop called La Maison Goulue. The shop offers a wide array of chocolate served in large bowls so shoppers can scoop up just the right amount they want. The chocolate are not super-sweetened and are not made with fatty substances. The shop recently moved to the end of rue du Dauphin.

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The last shop that I love to visit and usually buy gifts for friends and family is a jewelry store called Le Baobab. The pieces usually feature rare semi-precious stones and tend to be on the sleek and minimalist side. It is located on 8 rue de l’Homme de Bois.

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While I can usually control myself at La Maison Goulue, the other two stores, Iphigenie and Le Baobab, are dangerous stops for me. I simply want everything in these two stores!