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Excellent article.

Paris Letters popped up on my radar recently and being a lover of all things Francophile, I was excited to check it out. The book, a true story, by Canadian/Californian/Parisian, Janice MacLeod opens with her on the verge of a burnout. As a means of coping, she vows to write daily in a journal, a practice which offers her many insights and answers, namely the idea to save as much as possible, quit her job and be free to travel. She then embarks on the ambitious goal of saving a tonne, relinquishing her things and working hard to achieve her goal. Who couldn’t relate? I’m sure we’ve all dreamt at some point of escaping our jobs, lives and travelling. To actually do it takes a lot of guts, determination and well, money!
Anyway, on to the good stuff. Janice sets off for Paris and meets a Daniel Craig look alike butcher. Without divulging too much, the book details her exploring the city, the quirks, trials and triumphs of life as an expat, all the while vanquishing in her new found freedom and discovering her true loves.
I really enjoyed this book- Janice is very down to earth, relatable and you find yourself rooting for her throughout. i especially enjoyed her vivid descriptions of Paris, the neighbourhoods, the ways of the French, which transported me back to my adventures in many of these same parts. I was thrilled to discover her blog and of course, i wanted to look up Daniel Craig and subscribe to her beautiful letters immediately. You will too, trust me!
Have your read this book? Thoughts?

Paris Letters popped up on my radar recently and being a lover of all things Francophile, I was excited to check it out. The book, a true story, by Canadian/Californian/Parisian, Janice MacLeod opens with her on the verge of a burnout. As a means of coping, she vows to write daily in a journal, a practice which offers her many insights and answers, namely the idea to save as much as possible, quit her job and be free to travel. She then embarks on the ambitious goal of saving a tonne, relinquishing her things and working hard to achieve her goal. Who couldn’t relate? I’m sure we’ve all dreamt at some point of escaping our jobs, lives and travelling. To actually do it takes a lot of guts, determination and well, money!

Anyway, on to the good stuff. Janice sets off for Paris and meets a Daniel Craig look alike butcher. Without divulging too much, the book details her exploring the city, the quirks, trials and triumphs of life as an expat, all the while vanquishing in her new found freedom and discovering her true loves.

I really enjoyed this book- Janice is very down to earth, relatable and you find yourself rooting for her throughout. i especially enjoyed her vivid descriptions of Paris, the neighbourhoods, the ways of the French, which transported me back to my adventures in many of these same parts. I was thrilled to discover her blog and of course, i wanted to look up Daniel Craig and subscribe to her beautiful letters immediately. You will too, trust me!

Have your read this book? Thoughts?

11 Questions

I was tagged by nomadsoul to answer the following 11 questions:

  1. What did you have for breakfast? I’m not really much of a breakfast person, but I must start the day out with a strong coffee.
  2. What was the last item you purchased? Ugh, does my ridiculous tax bill count? If not, diapers. Glamour galore! 
  3. Dream trip you hope to one day take? Santorini/Oia
  4. Most meaningful gift you’ve ever been given? Heirlooms from both maternal grandmas- a necklace & earrings they both wore.
  5. When was the last time you told someone you loved them? Minutes ago, my kiddos
  6. Guiltiest guilty pleasure tv show you watch? Um, everything on Bravo!
  7. What is your bedtime routine? Brush my teeth, wash my face (if i’m not exhausted), Kiehl’s face + eye creams, multi-vitamin and attempt to read until my phone falls in my face.
  8. Do your family and friends know you have a Tumblr? Some
  9. What is one piece of advice you’d give your 20 year old self? Soak up every experience you can, explore your city, say yes more than no, travel near and far, listen and learn.
  10. The yummiest dish you know how to make (and bonus points if you link to the recipe). Well lately spaghetti and meatballs c/o The Meatball Shop have been well received around these parts.
  11. What is one beauty product you can’t be without? Givenchy Mister Light- it’s all about hiding the bags folks.

I am tagging, rockabyebucktown, almosthalfway, reneenicolesays, amyinannapolis, themissq,hershyscorner, inthelifeof, ladyness, panserta, yayanniebee, happinessiseva

1. What is one thing we would be surprised to learn about you?
2. Last great book you read?
3. What is your go to hostess gift?
4. What is your guilty pleasure?
5. Where is the best place you’ve ever been?
6. What are you currently coveting?
7. What song makes you rock out every time you hear it?
8. What is your greatest fear?
9. What is the funniest name you’ve ever had written on your Starbucks cup?
10. Signature scent?
11. Pet Peeves?

This past week and a half has been pretty eventful - between the hectic pace of work and family ongoings, it culminated with a frightening car accident. My dad was involved in a very scary highway accident. Things could have been much worse, but fortunately he walked away- very shaken and very sore, but with his life. For that we are all very grateful. Fortunately, my mom, sister and nephew were following behind in another car and witnessed the accident and were there with him.

Our long weekend was full of family time, enjoying one another’s company, the kids being spoiled rotten by their grandparents (suitcases full of treats,and a special trip to the American Girl store), trips to Eataly for lattes and pastries, oysters and steak, NCAA basketball (don’t get me started about my busted bracket), swimming and of course watching Frozen (Xanax for Noah- really the only moment the child stops) and enjoying some of our favourite Canadian treats.