The Coffee Table: Part III

Apologies for the sporadic blogging; I’ve had a busy couple weeks. Of course, I can always manage to squeeze in time for a good cappuccino. Writing the first coffee table posts (and studying for an art history midterm), Café crème, Café Basile, Paris, France My idea of Valentine’s Day, Cappuccino, Café Coutume, Paris, France Finished … Continue reading

Review: Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos

This book is a gem: small and lovely. Down the Rabbit Hole first came to my attention from the Guardian first book award longlist. It was selected as a nominee by readers. That alone piqued my interest. Unfortunately, in searching online in August (to be fair, I was looking to pre-order, since it officially debuted … Continue reading

London: Days 3 and 4

I admit, the title’s a bit misleading. I spent Day 3 largely in Oxford, drinking mulled cider and pretending to be in a Harry Potter movie. Oh, and buying books. Lots and lots of books (sorry Mom and Dad!). Hello, Oxford! This shot struck me as very Philip Pullman-esque. Considering I only read one of … Continue reading

London: Days 1 and 2

I am woefully late in posting about London, which I visited last Thursday-Sunday. My week has been rather busy with both midterm season and internship season upon me. To top that off, I set some self-imposed deadlines for other projects I’m working on. I’ve been trying a new relaxed, easy-going approach to life. I’m only … Continue reading

The Coffee Table: Part II

A continuation of yesterday’s post about the photographs I take while working at coffee shops. If you didn’t read yesterday’s description, please do so now. Cappuccino, Peregrine Espresso, Eastern Market, Washington, D.C., November 2011 Cappuccino, pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate cake, Buddakan, New York, November 2011 Café au lait, Work desk, Washington, D.C., December 2011 Café … Continue reading

The Coffee Table

My French writing class met at Café de Flore today to complete an observation exercise. We had the freedom to write about anything we wish: décor, other patrons, people strolling down the street, our food and coffee, whatever other associations we made. Somehow, over the course of 45 minutes, I ended up talking about the … Continue reading

Playing Catch-Up

Hello blog! I’ve been absent for a while. Last week ended up being rather busy, and I spent this weekend in London. Unfortunately, this week will have little leisure time as well. Until I can formulate a proper post, a couple photos from my trip.

New Journal

Yesterday, I headed to Le Bon Marché for the last day of winter soldes (sales). Le Bon Marché has a beautiful papeterie. Sometimes I go just to browse. Yesterday, though, I came across this. I have been coveting Christian Lacroix papier since it first came out. When I saw this journal, which is entitled “Astrologie,” … Continue reading

How to Look (and Act) Like a Vraie Parisienne

To celebrate my first month in Paris, I thought it might be nice to provide a primer on how not to look like a tourist. Since moving here, I’ve learned and noted quite a bit, but felt I should write it down before differences become norms. 1. Think neutrals. Parisians tend to wear a palette … Continue reading

Wednesday Walks

Today is Wednesday, which means that I had the pleasure of taking my favorite walk back form the Louvre while drinking a Maison du Chocolat hot chocolate (with ridiculous straw, obviously). I’ve already waxed poetic about my hot chocolate, so I won’t do it again. Needless to say, the employees at the Maison du Chocolat … Continue reading