All posts tagged: french

Pauline Canteneur On How The Young French Live In San Francisco

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is the people I meet. Last year, through Clementine, the young fashion designer turned toy store owner I had met through Pascaline, my French network grew from zero to making up most of my current friends. Perhaps we shared a similar narrative of coming to the United States to seek education, work and life. Or maybe our shared love for art, culture and exploration. No, it must have been our sense of humor or quirkiness! Whatever the reason and although our cultures and histories were worlds apart, I found it easy and quick to form a friendship. So much so I wanted to write about two of the girls who left a lasting impression on me the first time we ever met. Pauline and Charlotte. I met Pauline and Charlotte on a freezing fall evening at the opening of the Minnesota Street Project. Pauline, a poised young 20 something native of the North Eastern part of France, who instantly impressed me with her ability to ride a bike wearing …

“Bien dans sa peau” A lookbook with Pascaline Paris

I read somewhere that women in France don’t categorize themselves – ‘I am a grandmother therefore I should dress like a grandmother’ kind of mentality. French women seem to be women first – then they are girlfriends, wives, mothers or grandmothers afterwards. They are confident and effortless. It’s more than what they wear or how they look, its more of a blissful state of being- of not feeling self-conscious. They know who they are and they listen to their inner voice; as a result they can embrace their own unique beauty. They have an expression for this: “Bien dans sa peau”, which means “to feel comfortable in your own skin”. It must be nice to feel that way about one’s self all the time. In Asia and America it seems as though we’re always so body conscious and body shaming. Like there’s a perfect standard of how we should look and what we should be doing at any given life stage. To me that’s just stifling and we miss out on so much because we’re too …

March Giveaway with Bonjour Petit

Hey busy momma’s! I know you’re pretty busy handling a million things that need to get done before you close your eyes tonight. But if you have 5 minutes (maybe while you’re on the toilet?), check out the giveaway announcement video we shot! Hope you enjoyed the video! Again a quick recap of the prize is a Moulin Roty Storybook Torch which comes with 3 disks/slides with pictures that tell a different story! You’ll also get 10% off any item from the store delivered to you inbox. With the torch, you can make up your own narrative to go with the pictures, and the idea is to develop your little one’s imagination and vocabulary through story telling with them. You can ask questions, make it funny, talk about emotions… things you can also do while reading a book, but it sort of breaks the mold of being read to. Best of luck! Eat Sleep Play Blog Bonjour Petit Giveaway Check out my feature story on Bonjour Petit and it’s co-founder Clementine here!

From Fashion Designer To Toy Shop Owner – The Story Of Clementine

Warning: This post contains seriously cute photos that will cause you to smile spontaneously.  It was the end of January; the beginning of a much needed rainy season here in the Bay Area. San Francisco’s infamous fog was slowly creeping in, and not before long, the rain started to drizzle on my windshield as I drove up the 280. I was looking forward to meet my next interviewee. I’ve been having a French moment lately. First, was my encounter with Pascaline of Pascaline Paris, and now I was on my way to meet another Parisian woman with a heart for adventure and entrepreneurship. Our appointment was arranged at Cafe du Soleil, which coincidentally turned out to be a French cafe. When I arrived, I felt like I had stepped right into a hybrid of Parisian life and San Francisco Hipster culture – with plenty of hipsters on their Macs sipping lattes. A few minutes later I met Clementine Marot – Co-Founder of Bonjour Petit. Bonjour Petit – Bringing whimsical european inspired toys to the Bay Area I’m always on the hunt for inspiring new shops and faces, especially in the …

San Francisco, Are You Ready For Some Parisian Sophistication?

Disclaimer: This was not a sponsored post, and all the thoughts and opinions I’ve expressed are solely my own. Above photo: Caroline de Maigret, Vogue.com Last Saturday night, my husband and I got dressed to the nines (in our world anyways), had my mother-in-law watch O, and drove to San Francisco to attend his work holiday party. We got to our destination a little early. It was in a part of town I don’t remember visiting before, and I was immediately struck by the beautiful white, gold and fur (yes I said fur) window displays. For those who don’t live in San Francisco, like myself, I had to have a friendly introduction from my husband, who made himself seem like the expert that night. “This is Pacific Heights, where each house costs over $4 million dollars,” he said as he proceeded to pull out his Zillow app and flash it in front of me. But I wasn’t listening.  I was too distracted by the beautiful shop windows that awaited me. I could soon tell that I …