how to be french in new york

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New York and Paris: the two greatest cities in the world, right? I heard someone say that New York is a man while Paris is a woman. I'm all about finding equilibrium between masculine and feminine, which is probably why I have a preoccupation with finding the most Parisian places in New York. 

Fortunately, there are tons of options to make you feel Parisian chic in New York. So, next time you feel like putting on a Petit Bateau sweater and forgetting to brush your hair, here's a few places to eat, shop, and have fun.

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eat

le district
You guys know Eataly, right? Well, Le District is like that but for French food and it's one of the coolest discoveries I've found in the city. It's made up of three distinct 'districts' all in one building: Café District, Market District, and Garden District, plus four restaurants. You can certainly eat at the restaurants, but I recommend picking up some provisions from the districts and going for a picnic at Rockefeller Park. 

maman
Maman's four locations in New York are some of the cutest places in the city. No matter the location you choose, you are bound to find a rustic, feminine space with delicious food and beautifully designed to-go cups. I'm going to suggest you go to Tribeca for croissants and an omelette.

ceci-cela
This patisserie on the Lower East Side is little but so cozy. You'll find delicious Viennoiserie like pain au chocolat, chausson aux pommes, and pain aux raisins that you can enjoy anytime. But, you can also pick up cakes and tarts for dinner parties or try the lunch menu.

le coucou
Le Coucou is a trendy spot that is, by my standards, one of the most stunning restaurants in New York. The design reminds me of a slightly more feminine version of Axel Vervoordt's style. The menu is classically French and elegant with dishes like lemon chicken, pomme frites, and chocolate mousse. If your diet is plant based, I recommend trying the breakfast menu instead.

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shop

sézane
You all know that Sézane is one of my favorite brands and they recently opened their first shop in the city, located in Soho. The clothes are so classic and beautiful, but the shop is an experience in itself. There are black-and-white striped awnings outside and gorgeous herringbone floors inside. The store is so well merchandised and features lots of seating space so it feels more like a spot to hang out rather than just shop and leave.

le labo
There are five Le Labo locations in the city including a café in Brooklyn but I particularly like the location on 29th Street at The Ace. It's just a little shop with distressed walls and all of your favorite Le Labo fragrances. You can pick up a new perfume or candle, then go hang out in the Ace lobby with an iced coffee and a friend.

maison kitsuné
Check out Maison Kitsuné on Lafayette for cute yet simple graphic tees, dresses, and cool girl shoe options. This is a really cool brand that also produces music and has a very effortlessly chic vibe overall.

diptyque
There are five Diptyque locations in the city (Grand Central, West Village, Upper East Side, Soho, and the Time Warner building). I just love the West Village location on Bleecker Street because the decor is extravagant and the neighborhood is a cozy favorite. Head here to pick up a few mini candles and find a new favorite scent.

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films on the green
If you're in the city during the summer, you can attend Films on the Green, a French film festival in the parks produced by the French Embassy and the FACE Foundation. During the 2017 festival, they played movies like Godard's Le Mepris, The Science of Sleep, and La Ceremonie, all chosen by film industry veterans like Matthew Weiner, Wes Anderson, and Isabella Rossellini. What's better than spending a warm summer evening outside watching a French film on a blanket in the grass? To up the ante, take along a picnic from Le District.

le bain
For a chic night out, try Le Bain at the Standard in the Meatpacking District. This is your classic French discothèque complete with a plunge pool and a rooftop crêperie. Put on a chic look with cute shoes because it's definitely a fashion-oriented crowd. 

albertine
For a more relaxed vibe, head uptown to the Albertine bookstore and reading room. You can find it inside the Payne Whitney Mansion, which is also home to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. It's a beautiful spot with painted ceilings and a selection of books in English and French.

pétanque in bryant park
Okay, if you want to be a French grandpa, you can play pétanque at Bryant Park. It's basically that game where the old French men throw metal boules, trying to hit a smaller wooden one. If pétanque isn't your thing, the entirety of Bryant Park has a bit of a French park vibe to enjoy.

the finally fall book tag

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I'm not going to lie, my reading has been pretty terrible this month. But, I still want to talk books because it's fall and I think that's just what you're supposed to do! I saw this Finally Fall Book Tag on YouTube and thought it would be fun to do in blog form. So, here it goes! Feel free to leave your answers in the comments if you'd like! I'd love to hear what you like to read in the fall.

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!
Still Life by Louise Penny.

The Chief Inspector Gamache series is set in the cozy, fictional town of Three Pines in Quebec which is definitely the most charming town I've ever read about. Especially cozy are the scenes set in the local bistro where the characters eat melty brie sandwiches on crusty French bread.

Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.
Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion.

This classic is all about listlessness and ennui in Hollywood, which to me is probably one of the heaviest topics. It's an especially significant book because of it's female perspective on nihilistic depression.

Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen.

This was a book by a Finnish journalist who now lives in America, explaining how certain Finnish policies allow citizens to have a far better sense of freedom and independence than Americans.

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.
I'd want to be part of Dumbledore's Army, of course!

The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!
I'm changing the rules and showing you covers instead of spines.

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 

I'm pretty sure this fits the bill, plus it's my favorite book of all time and it's best to read during fall/winter. Told from Jane's perspective, the book follows the main character from her tortured childhood through her time as a governess for Mr. Rochester and beyond. It's a perfect cozy book and the Cary Fukunaga film adaptation is possibly the best rainy day movie there is.

The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

This book has everything you could want from a creepy read: cult horror films, crazed fans, black magic, asylums, occult shops, and mysterious country estates. It follows a disgraced journalist investigating the mysterious death of the daughter of a famed cult horror director.

The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl.

I was obsessed with this book in elementary school and sometimes wonder if it's what sparked my lifelong love of autumn. I remember loving the vivid descriptions of roast chickens and cider. At only ninety-six pages, this is great for a quick rainy day read.

Fall returns every year: name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I'm cheating a bit because I just finished this one. I try to reread this book every year because it's just the coziest, most atmospheric campus mystery novel I've ever come across. If you haven't read it, put it at the top of your list.

Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favorite cozy reading accessories!
My must-have cozy reading accessories are: the Byredo Bibliotheque candle which smells like a beautiful library, a cozy throw blanket, a pair of cute socks, and a pretty mug full of hot chai.

the weekend list no. 22

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I've officially been living in the city for a little over two weeks now. It's actually pretty weird to think about because the time has passed very quickly. I've been working temporarily at a company that I love in the digital media space (you've definitely heard of it) and that's probably why the days seem to be flying by.

This past weekend, my best friend Caroline was in town and we had quite the adventures. Over the weekend, the heat in my building wasn't turning (which was admittedly frustrating and impossible because it was below freezing outside), so we went to stay for two nights at a hotel downtown. It was actually kind of funny and exciting to have a little staycation! 

I recently read an article called "Stop Trying to Be Happy" by Mark Manson. I loved his approach to the topic because it's honest and realistic. I especially liked when he said "...some people in the self-help industry want you to feel like there's something wrong with you all the time" with regards to obsessive positivity. 

This article from Business of Fashion was so intriguing.  The premise is viewing millennials as 'modern Pagans' worshipping the goddesses of nature (sustainability), health (wellness), experience (experientialism), and simplicity (minimalism). 

BoF is obviously killing it lately because they had another great article covering the top selling products in Q3. Is anyone surprised to see that Off White has joined the ranks of bestselling brands? Caroline was getting so many compliments on her Off White bag strap when she was here last weekend.

I loved Tatiana Hambro's Top Shelf on ITG. She's super interesting and has a gorgeous vintage collection. 

Lastly, I know I mentioned before that I was going to try vlogging again, but I just couldn't get around to it for some reason. I'm too focused on photography to be thinking about getting good film shots in addition, so I kind of skipped out on the whole thing altogether.

beauty wishlist at space.nk

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Have you guys been to Space.NK before? It's a great apothecary that originated in London but can now also be found in New York, California, Florida, Massachusetts, and Chicago. If you're a fan of Bluemercury, it's sort of in the same vein. Very clean layout with light wood floors, beautiful displays, the best of the best brands, and a really knowledgable staff.

I recently stopped by the location on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg and found myself making a wishlist of products I'd like to try soon. 

Starting with the photo above, you all know I'm obsessed with Byredo. I tested out a few of their fragrances because I know that I can't just build my life solely around Bibliotheque. I've been testing out new body fragrances lately, everything from Le Labo to Glossier, but I really think I'm leaning toward Byredo's Mojave Ghost. First of all, I love the name. It's a light, woody scent with notes of ambrette, violet, sandalwood, magnolia, chantilly musk, amber, and cedar wood. 

Another line I've loved for awhile is Omorovicza. I've tried several of their products, but currently on my wishlist is the Oxygen Booster. This is a water-gel that delivers molecules to the skin to plump, resurface, and relax it. I think this would be a great addition to a winter skincare routine because it would feel so nice on skin that's been beaten down by cold, harsh winds. 

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Suzanne Kaufmann's bath oils have been on my wish list for some time. This particular one is the Essential Bath Oil for the Senses. It's an amazing smelling blend of ylang-ylang, patchouli, and lavender that's great for soothing the body after a long day or stressful travel.

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Finally, I've seen a lot of Tula around the internet lately and it's gotten me curious. Weirdly, I was first drawn to the masks because they look so clean and white on the skin and that's just visually appealing to me. What's cool about this line is that it's all probiotic skincare, which is something I've gotten into lately. On my wishlist is the Exfoliating Treatment Mask helps to slough off dead skin cells, uses Vitamin E for anti-aging, and has probiotic technology to protect against bacteria and keep skin balanced. 

What's on your beauty wishlist right now?

trying on at zara and bloomingdales

With my best friend in town, I've been going out browsing the shops a lot this past week and wanted to share a few of the things I tried on. Please excuse the terrible lighting in these photos, as they were all taken on my phone in terribly lit dressing rooms. That's something I'll never understand---why would you want your dressing room lighting to be so terrible that your customers can barely see what they're wearing?! 

But, I digress. There's a lot of cute stuff out there right now, particularly at Zara. The whole vibe is very shiny and vintage, therefore being perfect for the holidays. 

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I loved this faux fur coat from Ted Baker the moment I saw it. All of the pieces at Ted Baker are so cute and feminine, but I was really into this particular coat because it's a fun, unique piece to layer over an otherwise casual outfit. 

Lately, I've been watching Terrace House religiously and this morning, one of the girls on the show, Minori, was wearing a cozy, oversized sweater. I noted that I wanted to find one just like it and happened upon this one at Zara. In the photo, it looks more mustard but in reality, it's more brown.

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Next,I tried on this kimono-style dress with a pair of buckled sock boots. I didn't love the dress because the fit was a bit weird on me but it's very cute and could look great on someone else! The boots were great, though. Very comfortable and will add something special to any outfit.

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I couldn't find this dress online to link, but I figured I'd post it anyway because you'll probably be able to find it in store. It was a super thin material and has a tie neck feature. It could be a little tighter in the waist for my taste, but if you like a looser fitting dress, this is a good pick. 

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My favorite outfit was this embroidered velvet dress and red block heel boots. The dress is a dark, emerald green with little pink accents. It's super comfortable (almost feels like pajamas) and would be absolutely perfect for a holiday party. I paired it with the red leather boots to add something a little edgy and adored the way it turned it out.