Recently, it’s been pretty warm in Philadelphia. It felt like Spring just gave us a short visit. I love that warm and shiny weather gives you this feeling of hope for better and sets you up in this adventurous kind of mood. I started thinking about last Spring and remembered my favorite fashion accessories that I purchased then. Well, one I really needed to purchase and the second one was just a match made in heaven.
For all those dear fellows who just like me got themselves out of control and gained bunch of weight during holiday season…
I’m not a fan of diets and I never was. Also, I’m not a fan of killing myself at the gym. I strictly believe that being in good shape is easy. All you need to do is just eat healthy, right amount of food at the appropriate time and just don’t sit around the whole day. And you know what? I’m not the only one. About a year ago I came across this really good book “French Women Don’t Get Fat”.
French people are known for their love for food, they simply won’t refuse themselves in these divine pleasures like having a glass/bottle(s) of wine with cheese, baguettes, foie gras, etc. They are also known to have an absolutely opposite attitude towards gyms than Americans. Check out Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik, there is a whole chapter about it and I’m pretty sure nothing changed since the time his book was written. And you know what? I can’t blame them. We only live once for God sakes! Let’s just enjoy the good food and not waste our time and money at the gym but still stay in good shape!
For my 25th birthday we decided to go to Europe for two weeks. Our first stop on this journey was Paris. I was super exited and in our first morning there, I didn’t even feel jetlagged despite the long plane ride and significant time difference. While we were waiting for our Airbnb check in, we went to get something to eat at the closest bistro to us. Despite the fact that the first thing I saw in Paris was how two people were washing the same two massage tables in front of this bistro, Paris was my love from the first sight. I caught this typical See-Paris-and-Die kind of flu.
Stop everything you are doing and check out this personally selected list of inexpensive goodies that will make you the best small-gift giver ever. I hope you’ll come to enjoy it.
Here we go:
1. For all those single ladies dreaming about a strong man
Mr T – Roll Holder (Monkey Business)
Philadelphia is accidentally French, there is no arguing that. If you, just like me, are living in Philly but dreaming of Paris — don’t worry, I got us covered. I decided to start collecting everything that is accidentally French about Philly in my blog. Instead of how to be Parisian wherever you are, I will try to teach you how to be French in Philly. So, let’s start with my favorite place to get French breakfast and lunch (or even dinner if you know the secret).
Let me introduce you to Café Lutecia. It’s a small family-owned corner café with outside seating. The place is seriously small, and does not take reservations, but who cares when it’s totally worth it. The chef/owner is actually from Biarritz, a city in the French Basque Country.
For some reason, I always loved movies about dancers. But please let me specify that by movies about dancers I do not mean Step Up or Honey, I’m kinda not this type of gal who worships them. (This is the part where my husband would laugh while reading this, because when we started dating I asked him out to watch one of the Step Ups that was out at the time. In my excuse I was young and in love.) Anyways, going back to the topic…Maybe I’m so interested in them because I regret not doing dance growing up, or maybe because I still believe that I should ultimately became a flamenco dancer, change my name to Carmen and run away with some gypsy caravan. It’s just there is so much freedom, self-expression in dancing. I believe that when people are dancing that’s when they are really being themselves.
In the last six months I accidentally ran into three really good movies about dancers. Although, these movies are not just about dancers, they are about eagerness to live, love, be yourself, express yourself, achieve your dreams, make friends, and be happy. Excited? Here they are: