Fashion: Longchamp

When I was 20 years old and living in Bordeaux, France, it didn’t take me long to notice that the purse of choice for so many French women was Longchamp. In any and every size. I LOVED them. I bought my first Longchamp – a red pliage – and it was a big purchase for my 20 year old self. It was completely worth it though as I have put – and continue to put – that little red pliage to very good use! Since then, I’ve added a few more Longchamp bags to my collection and they continue to be some of my favourites. They’re lightweight, easy to pack, fit all my junk, and they look good with anything. Plus, they’re French. Oui, oui!


Le Pliage handbag

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The Derby hobo bag


Veau Foulonné handbag


Veau Foulonné travel bag with wheels


ready-to-wear shorts


Marketplace: Paris Souvenirs Online

Ah – online shopping. Don’t you love it? If I wanted to, I could totally buy souvenirs of Paris before I even leave the house.


Maison Francis Kurkdjian candle set, $90, Bergdorf Goodman

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astier de villatte zermatt candle, $83, ABC Carpet & Home


time zone clock, £35, The Conran Shopmug-Paris-sur-la-table

Eiffel Tower mug, $8.95, Sur La Table


Palais de Tuileries mug, $58, Barneys


Paris sweatshirt, $85, Madewell

The Friday Five: Laurent Scheinfeld Photography

In a week – I’ll be in Paris. Eek! Although I’ve been to Paris about a dozen times or so, I’m always eager and excited to go back! This trip is work-related, so I’ll be spending half of my time with other academics discussing everything that there is to discuss about language and writing. The rest of the time, I’ll be wandering the streets, taking photos, eating as many croissants as possible, sipping on hot chocolate, shopping, and going to Cartier exhibit! I’m going with two amazing colleagues and friends, and we have booked ourselves into one heck of an apartment (here’s hoping it’s as beautiful in real life as it is in the photos).

I recently came across the work of photographer Laurent Scheinfeld when I was browsing the Marché aux Puces website (one of my fave spots in Paris!). His photos series featuring the Eiffel Tower are really quite beautiful.

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boy running in front of Eiffel Tower


woman walking near the Eiffel Tower


woman with her dogs in front of the Eiffel Tower


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father and daughter playing in front of Eiffel Tower

Besides the Cartier exhibit and a visit to Christofle, I have plans to: eat a lot of croissants, visit design shops like Merci and Colette, stock up on tea at Hédiard, visit one of my favourite European clothing stores COS, find my (and my family’s) favourite chocolate, purchase a cool piece of art, bring back a French magazine (or several), and speak French! Oui, oui!

Event: Cartier in Paris

“In the realm of exhibition first impressions, nothing quite rivals a vitrine filled with historic diamond tiaras rotating in place like horses on a carousel.” – Amy Verner, Globe & Mail

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Sounds like a great exhibit, right? Yes, indeed! I’ve already bought the tickets.

I’ll be attending the Cartier exhibit at Le Grand Palais in Paris and I’m completely excited for the show (big surprise, right?). I’ll take as many pictures as possible and I’ll be sure to give you the full recap once I’m back.

Design: Parisian Apartments

I’ve been having so much fun searching for possible places to stay in Paris this February. AirBNB – as you may have already heard – has some pretty spectacular options. If money was no object, I would likely book one of these gorgeous homes.

1. Rue de la Roquette

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2. Rue Margueritte


3. Rue Asseline

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4. Rue de Marignan

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5. Rue d’Alésia

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All images via AirBNB.