2018 Fall 10×10 Challenge: Items and Approach

October 22, 2018

Today marks the first day of the Fall 10×10 Challenge!

This is a style challenge where you create 10 outfits from 10 pieces that you wear over the course of 10 days. It’s a fun way to get creative with your clothes and take a minimalist wardrobe for a spin.

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Awesome Podcast for Wine Lovers

October 18, 2018

Podcasts are a way of life. Since you may be looking for a new one to try out, I’d like to suggest Wine Face. It’s fun podcast about wine with Helen Johannesen from Helen’s Wines in Los Angeles.

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Guide to Stockholm, Sweden

October 8, 2018

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and is set along (and within) the coast of the eastern side of the country. Made up of 14 different islands, most of it’s neighborhoods are walkable and the city is fairly easy to navigate thanks to an organized metro system.

This Nordic metropolis represents the best of Sweden with its blonde beauties, progressive vibes, and polite-yet-genuine kindness. There is never a dull moment with museums galore, a hot Scandinavian cuisine scene, modern design and architecture around every corner, and a hearty drinking culture. It’s one of my favorite places in the world!

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French Connections

October 1, 2018

Have you been to Seattle? I just went there for work trip and fell in love with the city.

The highlight of our trip was checking out the organic, otherworldly glass sculptures at the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. Nothing like a trip to a museum to feel inspired and refreshed. Anyhow, enjoy these links…

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2018 Minimalist Wardrobe

September 24, 2018

Today I’m sharing my minimalist wardrobe.

These are stylish workhorses that I wear on an regular basis. They take me from work at the office to wine dates with my girls, dinner parties on the weekends, and everything in-between. I haven’t included things like work out clothes, jewelry, and loungewear but, don’t worry, posts on those mini capsules are coming soon.

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Our Experience with Wow Air (Honest Review)

September 20, 2018

While telling everyone about our trip to Iceland, there was one topic that everyone wanted to know about…our experience with Wow Air!

Wow Air is a budget airline that offers cheap flights to Iceland and Europe. They’ve recently exploded in popularity, which is probably one reason why so many people are venturing to Iceland these days.

Today I’m giving our honest review of the airline. It’s worth knowing we actually took four flights with them (one from Los Angeles to Iceland, another from Iceland to Sweden, and then those same flights back home).

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Guide to Reykjavik, Iceland

September 17, 2018

Reykjavik is the charming and welcoming capital of Iceland located on the southwestern coast of Iceland. It’s the largest city on the island with nearly 200,000 people living there and new tourists arriving everyday.

Given its history as a Viking settlement and maritime city, there is plenty to discover in terms of culture and history. It’s also a great jumping point from which to explore the great outdoors since many of Iceland’s most beautiful landscapes are only a few hours drive from the city.

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10 Tips for Packing Light

September 10, 2018

There are a lot of perks when it comes to packing light. You avoid extra baggage fees, don’t have to worry about losing your luggage, and can get around easily.

Here are a few of the tips that will help you pack light for your next trip. Bonne chance et bon voyage!

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How to Make French Potato Salad with Ingredients from Trader Joe’s

August 27, 2018

Summer in the Pacaut household means one thing and one thing only, barbecue.

Okay, it also means drinking rosé and micheladas but let’s focus here and get back to the summer grilling going down at our petite maison.

This is a time when we really let our French flag fly. Barbecues typically start with a traditional apéritif and a game of pétanque followed by many a pork product (whether cured or grilled), tons of wine and cheese, and this delicious French potato salad.

It’s funny how the simplest dishes often garner the most attention. This one was our summer darling who got all the compliments and recipe requests.

Now you too can whip up a French potato salad with ingredients from Trader Joe’s and serve it at your next outdoor shindig!

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French Connections

August 20, 2018

There is a point in the summer when it’s way too hot to turn on the oven or cook anything at all. But thankfully temps are starting to cool down a little over here in Southern California and I’m happy to get back into the kitchen.

Quite fortuitously, my copy of the Cherry Bombe cookbook just showed up in the mail. There are so many dishes calling my name and I’ve bookmarked every other page. I’ll be cooking up a storm over here while you enjoy these links!

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Minimalist Kitchen Essentials

August 6, 2018

Anyone who loves to cook spends a lot of time in the kitchen. And anyone who spends a lot of the time in the kitchen eventually gets overwhelmed by the amount of stuff they have tucked away in various cupboards and drawers.

When I hit this point, I started decluttering like a madwoman and eventually whittled my kitchen stuff down to the absolute essentials. These are the 60 or so things that I use on a regular basis and that add the most value to my adventures in the kitchen.

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Guide to Big Bear, California

July 16, 2018

Big Bear is located in the middle of the San Bernadino Mountains alongside Big Bear Lake. The area is blessed with mild California temps but is lucky enough to experience the beauty of all four seasons.

Since this small mountain is only a two-hour drive from Los Angeles and Orange County,  it is a popular weekend destination for adventure seekers. The slopes are a big draw in the winter, but there are plenty of outdoorsy activities available throughout the year.

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20 Lessons from a Tiny Book About Wine

July 9, 2018

20 Lessons from a Book About Wine | Alyssa Pacaut

Books about wine are usually stuffy and long-winded. And then there is The 24-Hour Wine Expert by Jancis Robinson.

Though only 105 pages long, it’s jam-packed with info about wine from tasting and buying to food pairings and everything in between. You too can spend a weekend afternoon delighting in this tiny book or take a few moments to read twenty takeaways I’ve provided for you here.

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French Connections

July 2, 2018

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

One by one we gather around the table to pay our respects to Anthony Bourdain. A writer, a traveler, a cook, and all-around bad ass, Bourdain had deep roots in France and knew the divine simplicity of French dishes like coq au vin. And so, it makes sense to dedicate this round of French Connections to the man himself.

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Minimalist Tabletop Essentials

June 18, 2018

Minimalist Tabletop Essentials | Alyssa Pacaut

One way to take the stress out of entertaining is to get your tabletop essentials in order.

Getting together the essentials for modern entertaining is similar to building a minimalist wardrobe. Look for simple, classic designs that will be in style for years to come, and then opt for solid colors in a neutral palette so it’s easy to mix and match.

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