Category Archives: Misc

French Connections

March 18, 2019

Spring is almost here! I’m feeling renewed and refreshed after doing some early spring cleaning at the maison, watching a few episodes of Queer Eye, and spending Sunday at the beach. Here are some links about fashion, wine, and food!

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12 Favorite Books I’ve Read in the Past 2 Years

March 6, 2019

Any book lover knows the true joy of losing yourself in a good book and enjoying every page until the very (bittersweet) end.

Here are twelve of my absolute favorites that I enjoyed wholeheartedly while reading sometime during the past two years. I hope you’ll love them as much as I did!

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French Connections

December 17, 2018

Happy holidays to you!

Most evenings we’ve been enjoying a glass of wine in front of the Christmas tree but this past weekend we got dolled up for the fanciest holiday party of the season. We drank champagne to our heart’s content, enjoyed the delicious food, and were wowed by the beautifully decorated tree. It was a grand ole time.

Hope you too had a great weekend and have more festive fun planned ahead. In the meantime, here are some links for you to enjoy.

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French Connections

November 5, 2018

Aren’t lazy Sundays the best? I spent yesterday cooking up a storm, organizing things around the house, and reading all our back issues of Bon Appétit.

It was a great way to reset after a long week of work and the wonderful intensity of the Fall 10×10 Style Challenge. Anyhow, enjoy these links on wining, dining, and styling!

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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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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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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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French Connections

May 7, 2018

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

Hey there! How’s your Monday going? Did it start with a big cup of coffee and the tastiest toast ever? I sure hope so. We’ve had a few chill weekends in a row, which is good because this next one is going to be busy. Friends are staying with us so lots of fun is in store. Then, we’re hosting the fam for a Mother’s Day Lunch. I’ll enjoy the calm before the storm as long as you enjoy the links below, deal?
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How to Survive Your First Yoga Class

April 16, 2018

How to Survive Your First Yoga Class | Alyssa Pacaut

One year ago today I took my first yoga class. Though I may have looked zen on the outside, I was a nervous wreck inside. Venturing into the unknown can be scary!

If you are thinking about starting yoga, then allow me to be the first to congratulate you. It is a fantastic practice for your mind, body, and soul. You may be nervous about your first class so here are a few tips.
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French Connections

March 28, 2018

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

There is no place like home, am I right? I just got back from a fun yet intense work trip that required 12 hours of travel time and, boy, was I happy to be home with my honey. We cooked a meal together, cuddled up to an episode of Jessica Jones, and then drifted off into the most blissful sleep. Hope all is well in your corner of the world and enjoy these links!
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French Connections

February 14, 2018

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

What’s happening? What’s going on? What’s new? This year got off to a slow start because I got the death flu and was down for the count, but now that I’m healthy again we’re back in action!

I’ve been shopping at the farmer’s market (as evidenced above), drinking lots of wine with Arnaud, and am going to a compost workshop this weekend. I’m also very close to starting the wine club I keep mentioning and am dying to invite people over for dinner. You know, typically Alyssa things!

Anywho, here are some French-inspired links. I’m particular to the three part video series about french food and wine but that’s probably no surprise. Happy clicking!
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French Connections

December 12, 2017

Connections #12 | Alyssa Pacaut

There is a used to be a running joke in our house about my Frenchness. Try a cheese and, boom, I’d be 62% French. Pick up a few French slang words, 71%. Striped shirt, 75%, and on and on. The jokes stopped at one point but my French obsession still continues albeit at a lower volume. Anyhow, here’s a bunch of links about things French people love like wining, dining, and looking chic as hell.
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Together

November 14, 2017

Together | Alyssa Pacaut

It’s been an intense year.

The headlines, the tweets, the hate. It all started to get to me about halfway through the summer.

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French Connections

July 11, 2017

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

Summer is here and California has the heat wave to prove it! Though the temps are up, we’ve been making the most of it with lots of beach time, BBQs in our backyard, and lots of rosé (bien sûr). Speaking of, I highly suggest drinking a refreshing glass of wine while click through this list of lovely links. Cheers to you and alliteration!

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The Ultimate Guide to Being a French Girl

June 27, 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Being a French Girl | Alyssa Pacaut

This French Girl thing is wildly addictive! Since I’ve combed every corner of the internet looking for the key to eternal chicdom, I thought it was time to share the fruits of my labor. Here is the ultimate guide with a link that will help you do anything (or nothing at all) like a French Girl. Enjoy!

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French Connections

May 9, 2017

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

Vive la France, am I right? A big wave of relief washed through our petite maison this past Sunday when we heard the news of the French election. We already had a sushi making dinner party planned with our close friends, but a proper French celebration complete with saucisson sec and champagne is coming soon! In the meantime, here’s some links for you to enjoy.

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French Connections

February 21, 2017

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

Ah, le three day week-end. Is there anything as sweet as having Monday off? I spent most of my weekend weathering the storm by listening to old podcasts from The Minimalists, flipping through old issues of Cherry Bombe magazine, and reading the book of poetry by Rupi Kaur. Hope you too had a relaxing time!

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French Words: Gourmande

January 17, 2017

French Words: Gourmande

The first couple times we went back to France my language abilities were, shall we say, lacking. Outside of bonjour, au revoir, and oui, I couldn’t say much nor carry on a conversation.

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French Girls Aren’t Perfect

January 4, 2017

Being obsessed with the French is a full time job, or at least a very busy part-time job.

During my free time, you can most likely find me a) reading about something French, b) watching something in French, or c) hanging out with some French person and creepily trying to usurp their identity.

Okay, I’m kidding about that last part, but I will admit that I unknowingly file away the super Frenchie things my friends do and end up writing about it later.

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