summer in the poconos

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We spent our summer vacation at our favorite local lake (and house)…it was our fourth year at Lake Naomi! I get emotional looking back at previous years – I seriously cannot believe Henry + Marie are five. I unplugged as much as possible, and rarely checked social media. That ‘s a tall order for most of us these days, but for me especially since it’s partly what I do for a living. The time off was so refreshing, and our days were filled with fun and memory making. Things I don’t want to forget about this year include (but are not limited to): watching the kids as they bravely navigated the pool during swim lessons, eating fresh blueberries on the beach, family kayaking, rainy day monopoly + movie night, sandy showers, bunny spotting, long lazy afternoons, and a lantern-lit date night. It was family quality time at it’s seasonal best.

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bastille day in nyc

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we surprised the kids with an early birthday trip to NYC (much like we did last year). They’ve been asking to go back, and we feel very fortunate to live within two hours driving distance! We packed a lot of activities into less than 48 hours, but our favorite and most-anticipated part of our stay was attending the FIAF Bastille Day Block Party. It’s the biggest Bastille Day event in New York – twenty years strong. And before you start to wonder – no, this is not sponsored by FIAF, but the kids do look très français thanks to Saint James (more on that soon).

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the new paris

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Today is an exciting day for mon amie Lindsey Tramuta – today is the official launch date for her book, “The New Paris”. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy and devoured it as soon as it arrived. As a devout Francophile and frequent visitor to Paris, I have a great appreciation for her refreshing perspective on the city I hold so dear. Lindsey thoughtfully and masterfully navigates the creative class (along with photographer Charissa Fay), and introduces the thriving talents and places of the moment. It’s thrilling to know a few of them personally, but there are so many that I have yet to discover! I now have a longer wish list of experiences to have, people to meet, and places to see, along with a renewed appreciation for the future of the city. Admittedly, I may be a bit biased, but I can promise that you will look at Paris with new eyes after reading this book – it’s a must-read for any Francophile. Order your copy, find it at your local bookstore (in stores today), and don’t miss her book tour – she’s coming to many U.S. cities (including her hometown of Philadelphia)!

marché paul bert serpette

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I was 18 years old when I started working as an interior design assistant and caught the antiques bug, furnishing homes of discerning clients with vintage Parisian treasures. I’ve dreamed of going to the Paris flea market ever since then, and even though I started traveling abroad in my early twenties, I never made it there until my last trip! Thankfully, it lived up to the hype and then some. I was joined by my dear friend Amy Feezor, who is quite the expert when it comes to flea markets, and now lives in Paris! She collaborated with Lara Spencer (of Good Morning America fame) on her second book, Flea Market Fabulous, which provides tips and inspiration for decorating with vintage treasures. There is no better place to find those than at Les Puces. The problem is finding time for all of them, and unless you’re dedicating your entire trip to them, you won’t. So, you’ll be faced with the daunting #firstworldproblem of choosing which one. I’m sharing one of my favorites (and one of the most photogenic) – the Marché Paul Bert Serpette at the renowned Puces de Saint-Ouen.

 

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le diplomate

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This week I spent two days in D.C. exploring, gathering content for @thefrancophiles, and visiting friends. Of course, I had to make time for Le Diplomate, as it’s been on my dining wish list for a long time now. As a Philadelphia resident, I’m well-versed in the world of Stephen Starr, and Starr Restaurants – you may remember the feature I shared on my local favorite, Parc. Needless to say, I went in knowing it would be amazing, but it honestly exceeded my expectations. For the record, this post is not sponsored in any way – I just feel the need to share it with you. Even if you’re not into classic French fare (as I am), the entire place is aesthetically perfect and so very photogenic. I mean, just look at these tiles!

 

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