the Present Perfect: 3 – February 25th(ish)

The (belated) Birthday Week edition of the Present Perfect is here! In addition to procrastinating this post, I celebrated my birthday last Monday; while turning 29 was a little scary, I have ultimately concluded that it will be fine. Just keep repeating it over and over, 29 and feeling fine. 29 and feeling fine.

Despite that conclusion, 29 is weird. Continue reading “the Present Perfect: 3 – February 25th(ish)”

the Present Perfect: 2 – February 18th

Last week I launched the first edition of the Present Perfect and while it wasn’t a huge traffic driver for my blog, I am realizing the benefit of having blog content that is easy to push out once a week, so here we are for edition 2.


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Pictured: A little street view of the pretty Hausmannian architecture of Paris from a long walk a few weekends ago.


Listening: Oldies: California Dreamin’, Daydream Believer, Stand by Me, etc. 50’s and 60’s classics. I made an oldies Spotify playlist that you can listen to here. It has been getting me through cleaning, working on stuff and was the perfect backdrop to our Valentine’s Day get together with a couple friends of ours – it’s been perfect.



Watching: The End of the F***ing World on Netflix. This is a dark British comedy and so far, it’s actually pretty great. It centers on two teenagers, a boy who thinks he might be a psychopath and a girl who is really good at annoying people. The boy has decided that he is going to murder the girl when they run away from home together. It is a little bit intense in a way that makes it moderately over the top but I have been enjoying it.



Reading: the latest issue of Porter Magazine – loaned to me by Marissa, the editor at Rue Rodier. I wanted to be in fashion merchandising when I was in high school but I chose not to pursue that and moved away from my interests in fashion. Recently, my new internship has re-kindled that spark. Porter Magazine is cool, there are interviews with fantastic women from all walks of life (actresses, fashion designers, models, etc.) – it’s inspiring and interesting and my ‘need-to-buy’ list is now dangerously long.



Pajamas or Peter Pan collar and red lips – there is literally no in between


Wearing: Pajamas! I am officially on vacation for the next two weeks. The French school system (my official employer) runs on a balanced school calendar, meaning for every 6 weeks of school, there is a 2-week school break. All my little kiddos packed their bags for the mountains and I get to enjoy 2 weeks of sleeping in. BUT when I’m not wearing pajamas, I’m really into Peter Pan collars and as always, VERY red lipstick.



Trying Out: Water coloring. Not just for kids in 3rd-grade art class anymore, water coloring is back. I’m not great at it, but I’m enjoying learning various techniques and taking the many different video classes that I can find on the internet. My southern line of Indiana is a little wonky… I eyeballed it, and not well. I’ll do better next time.


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Obsessing Over: Pinterest. I used to be Pinterest insane when it first came out and as with most of my immediate obsessions, I slowly fell away from it, but I recently realized that not only is it great for creative ideas but it is also a vehicle for more blog traffic. DUH. Of course it is. I signed up for a business Pinterest account for this blog and have started pinning up a storm including all my travel hopes and dreams as well as my own blog posts- you can follow me here.



Writing: A blog post that was originally intended for Valentine’s Day but your girl is constantly behind so it is now a general post about my favorite ways to do romance in Paris. Hopefully pushing that out in the next few days for you all!


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Aesthetic: RE: school shootings and the NRA being in many of our politicians’ pockets. 


As always, let me know what you’re into this week so I can check it out!

the Present Perfect: 1 – February 10th

I like writing a blog but I often find myself without ideas for blog posts or a general lack of inspiration to write the articles I have already planned. In an attempt to curtail this phenomenon, I’m going to start doing a weekly blog series called “the Present Perfect” I may change this name, it’s the first thing that came to my sleep-deprived brain today, but basically, at least once a week, I’d like to share with you the things I’m currently watching, listening to, reading, obsessing over, etc. It’s not sponsored, but it’s easy and fun for me to put out and I’m hoping it does two things: gets me into more of a writing habit and 2. lets you get to know a little bit more about me, my style and my interests. I’m always open to suggestions for books/movies/etc so please let me know what you’re into right now as well!

The Present Perfect: 1 – February 10th


Pictured: Street flower market on Rue Levis in Paris.

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Listening: Timeflies Spotify Radio

As far as Timeflies goes, check out:

  1. Taylor – for swifties with sass
  2. Semi-charmed – a great twist on the classic
  3. Amy – when you hate your ex but also like… don’t hate them

I have loved Timeflies since I used to have to search for them on youtube and hook up an aux cord to my iPhone 4 (gone but not forgotten). The Spotify radio station kills it with a mix of pop/dance/vanilla frat-basement music like Andy Grammar, Mike Posner, Hoodie Allen, Daya, MKTO, Sammy Adams, etc. Sometimes this However, it’s nice to just listen to something upbeat and poppy when the winter weather has me down. Plus…look at them. Handsome.

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Watching: The Good Wife

I know, this is the MOST basic white girl show, but I don’t know how I didn’t watch the Good Wife before. It’s dramatic and funny at the same time and I find myself probably too personally invested in the life of Alicia Florrick. I seriously am watching at least one episode a day (but usually like 4 because I have no chill).

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Reading: Fire and Fury

I wish I wasn’t reading this, but I’m too far in to stop. It’s stressful and puts me into a very negative headspace but I feel like I need to read it. I’m not a fan of the writing style, it is muddled and complicated and sometimes I have a hard time following because it’s so unbelievable. I’m ready to be done with it.

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Wearing: Yes I Am by Cacharel

A few nights ago, as a cool perk of my internship, I was invited by my boss as her plus one to the launch of Cacharel’s newest perfume, Yes I Am. We got free champagne, we saw a concert, and most importantly, we were gifted samples. It’s described as spicy creamy, which sounds bad, but it smells fantastic actually. It’s got some darker notes from a combo of milk, sandalwood, and cardamon with some lighter floral and fruity notes. It’s light enough that I’m wearing it to school but I could absolutely wear it on a night out as well and it’s pretty unlike anything I’ve ever smelled. Also, it’s shaped like lipstick, which is adorable. Basically, it’s a win in my book.

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Trying Out: Budgeting

I don’t even want to talk about how much I hate this. I hate budgets. I want to spend all the money on whatever I want all the time. Duh. That’s the dream. But your girl is broke and about to be 29 in a few short days and it’s time to at least make it look like I’m trying to be an adult. I downloaded a very basic budget example from Google and have filled it in after looking at my last 3 months of spending (dark days, my friends). I have cut out all unnecessary spending and allocated myself a 50 euro “fun” budget per week. This includes dinners with friends, drinks and even if I want to buy clothes etc. I give it a week.
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Obsessing Over: This floral maxi from Monoprix

Monoprix is not where I normally buy clothes, but as I was walking through the ready to wear the other day, I spotted this beautiful dress and I decided it was a thneed (a thing I need). It doesn’t really fit into my 50 euro fun-fund (stupid budget) right now though, nor the snowy weather happening here, but I WANT IT.

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Aesthetic: a dog that doesn’t want to go on a walk but gets dragged along by its owner anyway.

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What are you into this week? Let me know some things I should be checking out!