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Biking in Provence for Dummies

Biking in Provence for Dummies

I’m no Tour de France rider. I’m not even a bike-with-gears kind of rider. So when my sister (also an amateur) suggested we do a three-day, self-guided cycling trip through Provence, I balked.

French Favorites: Basque Espadrilles

French Favorites: Basque Espadrilles

Next up in my “French Favorites” series: handmade espadrilles from the French Basque region. This traditional shoe is chic and inexpensive and has become my go-to summer footwear. It’s a must-have souvenir from Biarritz — customizing your own and watching the ribbons being sewn-on really […]

Côte Basque Guide: Biarritz & the ‘California of France’

Côte Basque Guide: Biarritz & the ‘California of France’

When you think of France, you almost certainly don’t imagine a surfer chic lifestyle. But a little slice of California-style heaven does exist on the southwest coast and I experienced a coup de cœur on my vacation last week.

Happy 1st Birthday to ‘Am I French Yet?’

Happy 1st Birthday to ‘Am I French Yet?’

August 1st marks one year since I launched this blog and put “Am I French Yet?” out into the world. I had hoped more people than just my friends would read it, but had no idea if the stories and information I wanted to share […]

Paris Dispatch #7: One Year

Paris Dispatch #7: One Year

Everyone told me the first year in Paris is both the most exciting and most challenging. And no matter how much you try, things will never turn out how you expected. Having lived it myself now, I can say for certain that advice was right.

Wannabe French Girl Beauty: The Epilator

Wannabe French Girl Beauty: The Epilator

Imagine 48 mini tweezer heads on a revolving cylinder. Now imagine running it over your skin as the tweezers rip your hair out from the root. This is not a torture device, but a popular hair removal tool used in France that is virtually unknown […]

Discover My Paris: 4th Arrondissement

Discover My Paris: 4th Arrondissement

I may be biased, but my neighborhood is the best in Paris. So when Misadventures with Andi asked me to share my favorite addresses in the 4th arrondissement, I jumped at the opportunity to share my discoveries.

Paris Dispatch #6: Bonne Année

Paris Dispatch #6: Bonne Année

As 2018 rolled into Paris, I was full of cheese and champagne. Which is about as French as an American girl can hope for. With a kiss from my husband, I said “bonjour” to my first year as a resident of France.

Paris Dispatch #5: Between Two Worlds

Paris Dispatch #5: Between Two Worlds

It’s been an emotional six-weeks full of events that led me to evaluate where I belong in the world and where my heart lives. Getting a job, going back to America and having bad things happen to people I love who are far away.

How My Beauty Routine Changed After Moving to Paris

How My Beauty Routine Changed After Moving to Paris

Fact: Parisian women are beauty goals. And even if you aren’t French, just living in Paris you will find yourself picking up their beauty habits by proximity. I started adjusting to the local beauty norms quickly, even if it wasn’t always conscious.