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    Everyday {Parisian} Uniform

    Before the release of their spring silk and shirts collection, Everlane asked Instagram to share photos of an everyday uniform.

    Both collections stem from the idea of an everyday uniform. We believe everyone has one.

    It got me thinking about the everyday Parisian uniform and its essential pieces. Browsing some shots of Emanuelle Alt and Paris street fashion, it’s not so hard to see a trend.
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    Cocktail Hour, Pork Rillettes, and Spring Tartines at Olive and Finch

    Spring is officially here, and with its new wardrobe comes the great promise of patio weather and long afternoon cocktails, soaking up the sun.

    For Springtime in Paris, brasseries and cafés open up their street-side seating – prime real estate for diners and people watchers. Parisians sip their beverage of choice for hours, nibbling if their hearts so desire, chatting away with friends or enjoying a good book. There’s an un-rushed feeling in the air…

    My new favorite little neighborhood café just released a Spring cocktail and afternoon bites menu that is perfect for these new weather changes and relaxed dining. The cocktails incorporate fresh squeezed juices and gorgeous tartines delight with Spring acidity and a dangerous $5 price point.
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    How To Do Your Makeup Like A French Girl

    “I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” – Coco Chanel

    The French invented Sephora, but don’t be deceived – most of the product on a French girl is not really makeup at all. A French woman adores her skin care, uses makeup to smooth her coloring and give her a natural glow, but she wouldn’t be caught dead in wild eyeshadows or heavy bronzers.
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    Mastering the Art of French Cooking Class: Bordeaux Night at Cook Street

    “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”
    ― Julia Child, My Life in France

    One of the best ways to get to know a region is through its food and wine.

    Each region’s cuisine has its own special history and Sommeliers swear you can even “taste the earth” in a good bottle of wine. Learning to cook French dishes region-by-region feels like a trip around the country, and that’s just what my friends at Cook Street Culinary School are offering right now.

    Starting in Bordeaux with last week’s class and continuing on to Provence this summer, Cook Street’s new Food and Wine series is taking a Tour de French Food with hands-on instruction in each French region’s cuisine, wine, and history. Allons-y!
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    Preparing for Your Trip to Paris: How to Rent an Apartment

    Renting an apartment in Paris makes all the difference, but not many travelers know how to approach a rental. Hotels are straightforward – but how do you rent an apartment abroad? When is best to rent? What kind of documents do you need? How do you pick one?

    I’ve asked my friend Carole-Anne from Paris Attitude to share her advice with you on Parisian apartment rentals and preparing for a trip to Paris:
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    Mark Your Calendars: 3 Things I’m Excited About

    Sometimes you can’t wait until after something has happened to write about it. There are some events SO exciting that they need their own pre-post – a rumbling before the incoming earthquake of earth-shattering awesome.

    Here are 3 things on the horizon that have me prancing about like a school girl:
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    5 Inventive Ways to Prepare Fish That Totally Work

    When I had to think of a good Poisson d’avril dish on Tuesday, I immediately went to a classic sole meuniere. It’s classic, but it’s safe.

    When you want to get away from the ‘ol lemon butter standby and try something a little more wild, take a cue from the 2014 Denver FIVE who recently got creative with fish dishes at their first FIVE at FIVE™ event. Here are 5 unconventional ways to prepare fish that will wow your palette:
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    Poisson d’avril – April Fool’s Day is More French Than You Think!

    The original April Fool’s pranks can be traced back to France, where the holiday is still called “April Fish” or Poisson d’avril (pwa-SOHN dah-VREEL) to this day!

    According to popular opinion (or at least my childhood French teacher), the holiday started when King Charles XIV reformed the French calendar. Before the everyone caught the news (you know, carrier pigeon glitches), those who were unaware of the change had pranks played on them. In particular, pranksters used to offer gifts of fish (traditional New Years offerings) to those “fools” who were unknowingly celebrating the New Year at the wrong time.
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