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Trying too hard to achieve effortless chic: personal style in Paris

Darn it, I muttered to myself as I straightened my hair in the tiny Parisian apartment. I forgot my smoothing cream. I had gone straightener-less for three months in Southeast Asia, embracing the laid-back backpacker culture and relative anonymity. However, I slipped right back into my Western habits, expectations, standards as I tried to prove […]

June 25, 2012 Continue reading…

The seeing comes before the writing

I always seem to be going on “my last big trip.” Nice was supposed to be six months of French and fun. Australia was a chance for international work experience. And then, well, Southeast Asia was so close and cheap that I couldn’t pass it up. My parents have deemed this my “gap summer,’ a […]

June 15, 2012 Continue reading…

24 things making me happy

My 23rd year didn’t get off to the best start. I had planned big things: a long weekend in Cairns would kick off with a skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef on my birthday. Then my flight was canceled and unable to be rescheduled, leaving me with the very boring birthday plan of working, gym-ing, […]

June 8, 2012 Continue reading…

Because it’s commencement speech season

I don’t remember a word of what was said at my college graduation. I had been at the bar drinking Bloody Mary’s since 6 a.m., was force-feeding water to my friend passed out on my shoulder, the sun was blazing and I just wanted President Zingg to pronounce my name correctly as I walked across […]

May 18, 2012 Continue reading…

Playing the dating-while-traveling game

In the beginning, travel blogging is sexy. I tell guys I’m a freelance writer who speaks French, traveled through Asia by myself, lived in Australia and they’ll buy drinks just to listen to the stories. I’m deliberately vague about my future plans. It ups the “hard-to-get” factor, increases the speed of the chase: without the […]

May 4, 2012 Continue reading…

A Gemini traveler: the girl who can’t sit still

Versatility is a great keyword for this dual sign. Expressive and quick-witted, the Gemini presents two distinctive sides to her personality, and you can never be sure with which one you’re going to come face-to-face. On one hand, the Gemini can be outgoing, flirtatious, communicative, and ready for fun, fun, fun. Yet when the other […]

April 16, 2012 Continue reading…

Two years of living the dream

Two years ago today, I walked out of my stable, secure, sure-to-lead-to-success job in high-tech PR in Silicon Valley for the last time. A six-month stint in France was my proposed cure for a broken heart and stalled life, and I have to admit: it worked. Living in France and exploring Europe was a dream, […]

April 2, 2012 Continue reading…