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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My Minimalist Makeup

May 2, 2017

My Minimalist Makeup | Alyssa Pacaut

Disclaimer: I am not a makeup guru. I didn’t really wear makeup until my mid-twenties and, if I’m being totally honest, I still feel like I don’t know how to properly put my face on.

It’s possible that my minimalist makeup is a result of being a novice. Or maybe it’s all those years my dad told me I didn’t need it. Either way, here’s what I own and why I wear it.

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Wine Review: Winc Wine Subscription

April 18, 2017

Winc Subscription Wine Review | Alyssa Pacaut

Today we have something new. First, I’ll be reviewing three wines instead of the usual one. Second, the wines are not from Trader Joe’s. I repeat these wine bottles are NOT from Trader Joe’s.

Yup, I ordered some wine from Winc, a wine subscription service that’s exploded in popularity over the last year or so. If you haven’t heard of them, then you’d probably recognize them since their bottles have cute labels with clever names that are regularly ‘grammed and snapped.

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The Perks of Keeping a Dinner Diary

March 14, 2017

The Perks of Keeping a Dinner Diary | Modern French Blog

There’s nothing I love more than wining and dining. Oh wait, I love documenting things in obsessive detail!

As a teen, I wrote pages and pages about boys and best friends. In my twenties, I filled travel journals with adventures in far off places. There was a brief phase where I weirdly kept inventory of my closet in Excel. And now, as a woman in her thirties, I present you with the dinner diary.

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French Connections

February 21, 2017

French Connections | modernfrenchblog.com

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 pictured above. Hope you too had a relaxing time!

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Long Beach Wall Crawl

February 13, 2017

Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com

Long Beach is having a bit of a renaissance and with Valentine’s Day on the horizon it seemed like the right time to show a little love. Mitch Maher and I set out to explore the best walls in Long Beach this past weekend. I wore outfits in black, white, and navy while he played the role of art director and photographer.

The result is a love letter to our fair city in digital form, i.e. the Long Beach Wall Crawl complete with artist recognition and locations so you too can spend a couple hours taking in this beautiful art. A big merci to POW! WOW! Long Beach for bringing these artists to our hometown!

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British-Inspired Dinner Party Menu

February 7, 2017

British-Inspired Dinner Party Menu | Alyssa Pacaut

Sometimes all you need in winter is a warm hug. An embrace is a great way to greet your dinner party guests but you can also extend a hug by serving a dish that almost seems to give you a hug from the inside. The Brit’s certainly know a thing or two about bone-chilling winters so it’s no surprise that their world-famous Sheperd’s Pie is the perfect antidote for a dreary evening.

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