Oh, hey! I’m back!

France

Oh, hey there! I’m back! If you follow me on Instagram then you might have seen that I got temporarily stuck in Paris due to the Air France strike. I know, I know! Stuck in Paris? There are definitely worse places to be stuck. But alas, I was stuck there an extra three days with no clean clothes and nobody to pal around with as Doug had to go back to work. Needless to say I spent a lot of time visiting museums, and sitting in cafés people watching/drinking rosé wine.

Yesterday was such a mess — I nearly didn’t make my flight home! Between my Parisian Uber driver getting us stuck in the middle of an open air market, the Delta check-in line being over 500 people long, and the French machine-gun-toting Military Police evacuating the terminal due to a security breach — it was nearly time to get on my plane and I had not even made it past Border Patrol!

Lucky for me (and a perk of traveling alone) I was able to slip past the woman guarding the Sky Priority lane at Border Patrol (she was busy dealing with a very angered non-French speaking traveler) and I rushed past the huge line. I ran through security, grabbed two croissants at Paul in the terminal, and sprinted to my gate!

Anyways, I am finally home! I took lots and lots of pictures of my travels to Strasbourg, Reims, Champagne-Ardenne, and Paris and I can’t wait to share them with you next week.

Bon week-end à tous!

Dressing like a French Woman with Heather of Glamorous Baggage

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Bonjour everyone! I’m Heather of Glamorous Baggage and this is my guest blog! Christine asked if I would be willing to contribute a post while she was traveling and of course I said yes. Christine said I could post about anything I wanted, but since I know she’s going to be gallivanting in Paris, that’s all I can think about it. French food, French architecture, French wine, French style, I have Frenchies on the brain! I figured I would just go with where my brain was taking me and share my tips for dressing like a French woman.

First let’s take a look at the French woman’s closet staples, most of which you probably have right in your American girl closet.

Classic trench coat A trench coat is the perfect topper for pretty much every outfit from jeans to a cocktail dress.

Striped long sleeve t-shirt A Breton striped shirt is probably the single most French article of clothing a woman can wear. Luckily there are versions in every price range.

Dark fitted blazer Whether you choose black, charcoal, or navy, a dark blazer is a French woman’s best friend. And scrunch those sleeves!

Black fitted cropped pants French women love to show some ankle, maybe not the best idea for New England winters, but perfect for New England falls.

Fitted cardigan A fitted cardigan in a neutral color just makes good sense. It’s the ultimate utilitarian piece.

Okay, now that we have our five closet staples, let’s talk ad ons!

Patterned scarf Let your scarf show your personality. Classic, whimsical, abstract, preppy, the scarf possibilities are endless.

Animal print bag From tote to clutch and everything in between, an animal print bag is a fun way to add some visual interest to an outfit. Don’t worry, there are plenty of classic styles so you won’t look like Peg Bundy.

Bold red lipstick A red lip is the only thing you need to take you from day to night, don’t let women’s magazines convince you otherwise.

Statement necklace Classics like pearls or gold will always look chic, but don’t be afraid to try a more unique piece. Just remember, a French woman would not wear a statement necklace with a lot of other accessories, keep it simple.

Tousled hair I know your hair isn’t technically an ad on since it’s already on your head, but you know what I mean. French style is effortlessly chic, and nothing says effortless like sexy bed head. #iwokeuplikethis

Five staples, five add ons, what else do you need to dress like a French woman? Confidence! French woman dress for themselves and one else, they don’t get wrapped up in trends or labels, they know personal style can’t be purchased. When you walk out the door every day it’s head up and shoulders back, you look fantastic. Now go eat something full fat and drink some wine like a real French broad!

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Merci, Heather! For your fantastique tips for dressing like a French woman! Hope I look this chic during my own travels in France!

Crêpes

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The other night neither of us really wanted to cook. But, of course, we still needed to eat! We came to the compromise of making some quick and easy crêpes together with a simple recipe from AllRecipes.com.  Here are the ingredients:

1 cup of flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of water
1/4 tsp of salt
2 tbsp of melted butter
Toppings of your choice (we like caramel, strawberries and Nutella!)

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First, mix together the flour and the eggs and then slowly add in the milk and water. Then add the salt and melted butter and beat with a whisk until smooth. Heat up your griddle (ours is a cast iron Lodge griddle) over medium high heat and lightly oil it with Pam or another canola oil spray. Using a measuring cup, scoop about 1/4 cup of the batter out and onto the middle of the pan. Lift and til the pan so that the batter spreads out and covers the entire surface.  Let it cook for about 1-2 minutes, loosen with a silicone spatula (like one of these Oxo spatulas) and flip the crêpe over gently. Add your favorite toppings, wrap up, and enjoy!

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You really can put anything in your crêpes — for a heartier, savory version (crêpes salées), you can use scrambled/fried eggs (œfs), spinach (épinard), cheese (fromage), and ham (jambon).

Bon appétit!