Paris, Part Deux

PARIS PART DEUX

On our last day in Paris, we did two things I’d been wanting to do the entire time: shop and buy macarons! It was still drizzling, but the wind had died down and we weren’t soaked through, so we ventured out. Here’s the email I sent my parents that day:

The weather was slightly better today, so we ventured out to the Galerie Vivienne. The verdict is that you both would love it. We went to the Galeries because people have said that they transport you back in time. It’s true. They were built in the Belle Époque era and they feel very classic.

Galerie Vivienne

We had lunch at a cozy cafe. I had a delicious Caesar salad and James had the (don’t freak out!) boeuf tartare.

Cafe at Galerie Vivienne

I found a wonderful boutique called aBis that had lots of Rifle Paper Co. stuff. I bought a pretty bracelet, a little purse for Jolie, and a scarf for Rebecca’s birthday. 

Here’s my bracelet:

Bracelet from aBis

Afterward, we went to Laduree to get Macarons as omiyage. We chose the St. Germain store because we were told it’s less busy than the one on the Champs Elysees. There was only one customer in front of us! I bought a TON of Macarons to take to work, only to come home and find out that they don’t last very long and may fall apart on our journey. So fingers crossed that they make it!

Laduree St. Germain

Laudree Macarons
We decided to have dinner at Nagoya again because tonight I was well enough to enjoy it. The oyako don was deeeelish! James had udon–also delish. 

Nagoya

On the way back to our flat, I took a picture of the charming flower shop in our neighborhood. 

Flower Shop in Montparnasse

Au revoir, Paris!

Paris!

Paris

We recently got back from Paris, where we arrived just in time for historic rain and, yes, flooding! We have impeccable timing. While we didn’t get to see everything we had hoped to see, what we did see was exactly as charming and as dreamy as we had hoped for. 

One of the things that made our stay so special was the lovely Airbnb apartment we rented in Montparnasse. We highly recommend it for anyone traveling to Paris, as it’s centrally located, near a metro station, within walking distance of a whole bunch of great restaurants, and completely comfortable. I chose it because it has a tiny rose garden. The owner of the apartment could not have been nicer. We arrived to fresh croissants and baguettes, which we promptly devoured with a bit of raw honey.

Airbnb in Montparnasse

I wrote my parents an email on our first and only sunny day there, which I’ll include here:

We are having fun in Paris! Last night, we went to a restaurant called Spring. My friend Kim just came to Paris a few months ago and she recommended it. She told me to say hi to her friend Jonathan who is a sommelier. He was delighted and he said that he loves Kim even though she doesn’t drink wine. They all took a picture with me to send to Kim:

Spring Paris

Afterward, we walked through the courtyard of the Louvre. 

Louvre Louis

Today, we had lunch at a little cafe called Madame. It was delicious! The waitress’ dog was there, which I thought was very sweet because he was so well behaved. But then I took this picture of him and ten seconds later he peed on that wall!

Cafe Madame

We still had coffee before leaving:

Cafe Madame Coffee

Then, we tried to go to the Luxembourg Gardens but just when we got there a thunderstorm rolled in! So we ducked into the Musee du Luxembourg, where we saw lots of Monets and Degas’ and other paintings. My favorite things were these birds in the gift shop:

Luxembourg Museum

Then, we decided to walk to a store I read about called Merci. Halfway there, we ran into a little stationery store where I found a card that reminded me of Auntie Shirley. I promptly forgot it was in my hand and walked off with it. When I returned to pay for it (flustered), the shop owner gave me a discount for “being so kind.”

Stationery Shop Paris

By the time we got to Merci and I took this photo outside, they were closing! They were very rude about it, in fact. But at least I got a good picture out of it:

Merci Paris

And while we were waiting for our Uber, this dog and his owner walked up to a bakery and the dog just waited outside while the owner went in for his bread. He didn’t move at all! We’ve seen a lot of very well-behaved dogs off leash here. I don’t know how they do it, but I wish they’d teach Kona.

Good Dogs in Paris

We just got back from a delicious hole-in-the-wall Chinese place where they make their own noodles. We saw the guy pulling them. We ate them too quickly to get a photo.

And now we’re back in our cute apartment to go to bed! I had to take a shower because my feet were black from all the walking we did today. I think we walked about eight miles in total, so at least we’re burning off some of these calories.

P.S. We found a flower shop that had more peonies together than I’ve ever seen IN MY LIFE. And they were ALL beautiful!!!!!

 
Peonies in Paris 

More Parisian adventures to come!

Love, Joy

14 Days of Holiday Love Are Here!

14 Days of Holiday Love Giveaways

Happy Black Friday! Whether you’re shopping online or braving the crowds, I hope that you’re kicking off the official start to the holiday season exactly the way you hoped to. And I hope you had the loveliest Thanksgiving! We woke up to a neighborhood blanketed in white and ended the day with a loud game of charades with our niece. But this morning? This morning we got serious about our holiday shopping list!

To get things rolling, we’re doing another 14 Days of Love giveaway series. It’s always an honor to be a part of this group, headed up by Jeran of Oleander + Palm. You won’t want to miss any of these giveaways, so follow us on Facebook and keep your eyes peeled for mentions across social media using #14DaysofLove.

Here’s what we have in store for you over the next two weeks:

Nov. 28 Melissa Creates is giving away a Shop Melissa Creates Gift Set
Nov. 29 Make+Haus is giving away a $150 gift Blurb gift card
Nov. 30 Design Improvised is giving away $150 Home Decorators Gift Card
Dec. 1 Handmade Mood is giving away a Kate Spade New Year’s Planning Pack
Dec. 2 Oleander and Palm is giving away a pair of Sven Clogs
Dec. 3 A Girl Named PJ is giving away a Nandi Necklace from Tulsi Project ($160 value)
Dec. 4 Frock Files is giving away a $100 gift card to Schoolhouse Electric
Dec. 5 Living on Love is giving away a luxury home throw and a toddler to teen blanket ($164 value) from Saranoni
Dec. 6 Everyday Reading is giving away a Lily Jade bag
Dec. 7 Lia Griffith is giving away a $100 Michaels gift card
Dec. 9 Dream Green DIY is giving away a $250 Minted gift card
Dec. 10 The Caterpillar Years is giving away an Ogosport Prize Package
Dec. 11 Oleander and Palm is giving away a Cricut Explore Machine
And stay tuned here at Frock Files for all the holiday goodness: some crafting, some cooking, and some great gift finds for your loved ones! I’m grateful for you and for this merry + bright season.
Love, Joy
P.S. I’m over at Wayfair’s Idea Lounge today talking about how lighting transformed our bedroom during the bedroom makeover! The bedside wall lamps were the first thing most people noticed when they saw the room–I think of them as the jewelry of the space and they’ll definitely be coming with us if we ever move.

Life Update: We’re Home

Homesick for Portland

Hello, friends! We’re back from Portland and trying to get into the swing of things. We had a great time, even though we didn’t have a chance to do everything or see everyone we had wanted to because of the Arctic Blast. I’m already looking forward to going back in March, when Melissa and I will be making a big announcement together.

Homesick for Portland

We stayed in my old neighborhood, which may be my favorite neighborhood in the world. One afternoon, I walked into the village and visited all my old haunts: a little home boutique, a great indie bookstore, and a bead shop. And then I went to a couple of new storefronts. Things have changed a little but the village still feels quaint and sweet.

On the wall of our cottage, there’s an article from the Oregonian that begins, “Admit it. You love Multnomah Village. Everyone does.” It’s true! I think I spent about 75% of our time trying to convince James that we should move there one day. It didn’t help that the house I used to live in is for sale. I think it’s fate.

Homesick for Portland

Oh, but I do love New England. And even though I was kind of dreading work on Monday morning after flying in on Sunday night, it was so great to see my coworkers! This Friday night, we’ll go to our favorite sushi restaurant, just down the road from here. We’ll spend the weekend with James’ family. We’ll stroll through the Boston Public Gardens. All the things we would miss if we were on the other side of the country.

Homesick for Portland

And now, here we go–the quick slide into the holidays!

J xoxo

P.S. We’re getting ready to launch the 14 Days of Holiday Love series! Follow us on Facebook for two weeks of fabulous giveaways.

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Life Update: Pacific Northwest Love

Headed to Portland!

We’re headed out to the West Coast for a few days on what I like to call “blogging business,” which mostly means seeing friends I don’t get to see often enough. What’s funny is that I didn’t know these ladies all that well when I actually lived in Portland, but now I can’t imagine visiting the city without seeing them! I can’t wait to see Stephanie, to finally meet Rachel in person, and to see Melissa so that we can keep the ball rolling on our big project. (The details are flying together on that one, so we may have more to reveal soon!)

And, of course, I’ll get to see my very best friend, Lindsey, and her new baby Olivia, who looks like a real life anime baby. Oh, the cheeks on that one! I think she’s made of mochi.

Going “Home”

I’ve lived in four different cities in my life, and I have a different kind of homesickness for each of them. Aside from my friends, I think what I miss most about Portland is how easy it is to live there. The neighborhoods are great, there’s hardly ever any traffic, it’s affordable, the food is amazing, and it rarely snows. Yeah, going for weeks at a time with grey skies is hard, but it’s nothing compared to the sheer terror I feel whenever there’s ice on the ground here.

And yet, when I lived in Portland I missed Boston–the pace, the New England fall, the quaintness of the towns and history of the city. So there always seem to be opposing forces pulling at my heart, which is kind of nice, in the end. So many places to call home.

Wish You Were Here

I’ll be snapping lots of photos, so come and see Portland with me on Instagram! We’ll be going to LOTS of our favorite food places. You may even get a hint or two about the project Melissa and I are working on. I’m so excited about this trip that I might burst!

J xoxo

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