Gift Guide 2018-2019

Holiday season is coming up: I know I’m kind of last minute with Christmas gift guide, but I thought, hey, there is still New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, you name it. We all know how overwhelming and stressful it can be even though it totally does not have to. That’s why I decided to take the weight off your shoulders and created this Gift Guide with different sections and subdivisions to make it as creative and as easy as possible for you to shop. Cheers!

4 French Movies for an Atmospheric Weekend

If you like me enjoy staying in on the weekends, drinking herbal tea and watching movies with some nostalgic vibe, then here are 4 French movies I strongly recommend watching this beautiful Fall.

“Come September you push down the windows you pushed up, take off the sneakers you put on, pull on the hard shoes you threw away last June. People run in the house now like birds jumping back inside clocks. One minute, porches loaded, everyone gabbing thirty to a dozen. Next minute, doors slam, talk stops, and leaves fall off trees like crazy.”

Airbnb VS Hotels

Little pro’s and con’s list (more pro’s to be honest) of why I personally prefer Airbnb over hotels.

I know, I know…hotels have better guarantees and you don’t need to clean your room before checking out (First Hotel Pro), but let’s be honest – hotels do not have souls and they are pretty impersonal and this is First Hotel Con. I like seeing true colors of people and places all the time, and also when I’m on vacation. I love doing not-touristy things when I travel and my vacation motto is “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”.

My very first Airbnb experience was in Paris. I was looking for an apartment that would have this French and especially Parisian character. After hours spent on the website looking for the combo of perfect location, boho artistic chic interior, nice view, and affordable price, lucky me — I found it.

So, let’s continue with a little mixture of Airbnb and Hotels pro’s and con’s.

Ultimate French Playlist

Music is very intimate and opens the door to a person’s soul. Soooo….I decided to start sharing my personally created playlists with you.

Today I present to you my absolutely favorite Ultimate French Playlist. It’s a mixture of cliché and old-school French music, different decades and styles along with some new funky and jazzy songs. Also, you can even find some rap there too. Surprisingly enough it did not take me a long time to find the right songs and put them all together. Every single song that’s in there I truly love and enjoy listening to anytime of the day, week, month, and year. These songs are just like good French wine – they only get better and better over time.

I strongly recommend you to leave your living room window wide open on a sunny Sunday afternoon, pour yourself a glass of rosé and enjoy this playlist full of curiosities. Je vous en prie.

Back in Time

Music helps us go back in time. Everyone shared this experience when they hear a piece of music from decades later and then automatically get transported back to that particular moment. It feels almost like stepping into a time machine. You can feel everything as if you were actually there.

I often feel nostalgic about my college years at the South Ural State University. I miss this feeling of freedom mixed together with anxiety because you need to finish your paper, get ready for the exam, etc. And of course I miss my friends, fun we had together and all the ups and downs from these days. So, I created this playlist on Spotify that is filled with the music I used to listen to when I was in college. Check it out and get nostalgic with me.

Paris Seine

My First Trip to Europe, Pt. 1: Paris

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.

A Busy Day of Returning Your Gifts

10 Small Gift Ideas That Will Make You the Best Gift Giver Ever

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 Box

Mr T – Roll Holder (Monkey Business)

Croque-madame at Café Lutecia

Café Lutecia (Accidentally French Philadelphia)

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.