lapetitecalfornienne.com blog: La Petite Californienne is a former L.A. girl turned (somewhat) Parisian. She writes about her interesting cultural exchanges/clashes in the City of Light. In this blog, you'll discover adventures in Paris and L.A., French recipes, French beauty tips, philosophical thoughts on the weather, and je ne sais quoi. If you really want to be Parisian, the first step is to master the look of death on the metro. The next step is to learn how to enjoy an entire bottle of red wine by the Seine. Read on for more...
When I discovered Amahlé, I found two important things that are extremely important to me: beautiful, delicate, and easy-to-wear jewelry AND it’s ethically made. Amahlé is based in Paris, but celebrates and promotes the traditional craft of South African jewelry. Moreover, Amahlé supports associations in Africa that are trying to improve the lives of villagers in impoverished areas. That’s pretty cool, right?
Meet Parisian-Serbian illustrator and artist, Sonja Bajic! An import to France like me, she’s carefully carving her path into the Paris spotlight with her unique illustrations and projects. You can buy some of her sweet tote bags, precious prints, chapbooks, and personalized maps on her Etsy store.
A lot of people back home still don't believe I actually live in Paris even though it's been three long years for me. The inquiries usually catch me off guard... "Daisy, do you really live in Paris? What have you been doing the past few years?"
It's still comfortably warm in Paris during the month of September and up to the first week of October. Fall is also when tourist season declines and normal Parisian life resumes. You'll get a better sense of how Parisians truly live. Moreover, ticket prices drop, and you'll find better deals on plane and train tickets. It's the perfect time to go to Paris!
Today, I wanted to share with you some amazing storytellers. Most are French-based, so you’ll get a lot of the insight into French life that I inspire to write here. Some are friends, some are idols. I hope you visit them and love them just like I do.
Many of the incidents occurred just 5 minutes away from our apartment. All night we heard ambulances rushing to rescue those who had fallen. Luckily, none of our friends were killed but we heard about friends of friends who died. Today has been the most quiet day I've ever experienced here, more quiet than the Charlie Hebdo shooting-- another deep wound we bear. We are still unsure whether or not the city is safe and secure. We are damaged, traumatized, but we resist being afraid.
Exploring the beautiful home of Monet in Giverny. Just 40 minutes outside of Paris, this is an easy getaway for those who'd like to experience a taste outside of Paris. Because as you know, Paris n'est pas la France. Monet's kitchen also inspired me to cook a beautiful roasted chicken, so be prepared for travel tips and delicious food pictures.
In America, I never acquired a real taste for fruits and vegetables. Rather, I didn’t know that they could taste good. I knew you had to eat vegetables to be healthier, but that was it. Most supermarket vegetables are terrible, tasteless mysteries probably manufactured in a lab. Worst of all, fresh fruits and vegetables in America are very expensive. It is much cheaper to buy a Big Mac than a bunch of carrots. Going to the farmer’s markets was even more depressing for me. It was impossible to get farm fresh vegetables at an affordable price every week. And forget Whole Foods! I wasn’t motivated to cook and I had given up trying to eat healthier.