12 Things…

12 Things…

I went on a real vacation to Kauai last week (a new blog post to follow shortly) and I feel amazing. I just realized that I didn’t know what it actually meant to take a vacation. It’s hard to understand when you don’t have real responsibilities before marriage, work...

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How I Mastered the French Language

How I Mastered the French Language

My love for language preceded my love for French Culture. I was obsessed with foreign languages since early childhood. When my parents would let me pick out a book at a bookstore, I would buy things like “The Italian Traveler’s Vocabulary Book” at 7 years old. French...

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The Jet Lag Cure

The Jet Lag Cure

Traveling with kiddos can be exhausting. For us, the time we spend at our destination is usually restful and fun, but our flights are another story. Lately, we have been making them more often.  As a pretty sensitive being, I tend to feel bloated, fatigued,...

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A Travel Outfit You Probably Already Own

A Travel Outfit You Probably Already Own

If you are like me, traveling is an incredibly exciting time! I love to research everything about the place that I'm going and plan every detail down to what I will wear on the plane. Airport Fashion is buzzing these days, but I have posted a tried and true outfit...

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5 Books to Read Before Living in France

5 Books to Read Before Living in France

De La Démocratie en Amérique (Democracy in America) - Alexis de Tocqueville: You might be thinking, Damn, Paige. I am just studying abroad for a semester. I only need to say "Bonjour! Où est la bière?" No, you are living in another culture and no matter why you are...

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A Parisian’s Suburban Survival Guide

A Parisian’s Suburban Survival Guide

Living in the Midwest after Paris is challenging for most people. At first is seems like a break to "la campagne", but then you realize life amongst the cornfields is not as provincial as it seems. You are bombarded with overly air conditioned stores, produce that...

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A Toddler in Paris

A Toddler in Paris

Airfare is dropping from the US to Europe and people are starting to think about taking advantage. As I write this, I am Googling flights from my city in the US to Paris. $474 round trip! I can hardly travel anywhere meaningful with in the US for that...

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Shoes: The Cultural Divide

Shoes: The Cultural Divide

There are a lot of things about dress that are different in the US and France, but I think none compare to the difference in footwear. When someone asks me how I can spot a Frenchman a mile away, I always respond with the same answer: the shoes. It was probably later...

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15 Lessons French Women Taught Me

15 Lessons French Women Taught Me

Since my first stay abroad, I have been impressed by French women young and old. The grace, confidence, charm, independence and style are inspiring. French women are truly a force to be reckoned with. Over the years, I have stayed with some...

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White Hot: Staying Stylish During the Summer

White Hot: Staying Stylish During the Summer

This weekend we had our first beautiful day. It was 84 degrees, clear skies, sun and a light breeze. It was perfect and it sent me running to my closet. I have been looking through a lot of vintage photographs from St. Tropez. I love everything about the 60's and the...

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