Best Wine Bars and Shops in Long Beach

June 20, 2017

Best Wine Shops in Long Beach | Alyssa Pacaut

Drinking wine is one of my favorite ways to unwind whether I’m grabbing a glass with a girlfriend or buying a bottle for a dinner at home. Thankfully, there are a lot of high-quality wine bars and shops in Long Beach. Here’s the crème de la crème!

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What I Always Buy at Trader Joe’s

June 13, 2017

What I Always Buy at Trader Joe's | Alyssa Pacaut

Don’t you long to go to the market à la française? Imagine going from stall to stall with a straw tote in hand buying fresh berries from François, a handful of herbs from Jacqueline, and then a final stop in the local cheese shop. A girl can dream right?

Until we move to France, I’ll always have Trader Joe’s and their top-notch, European-style products. The list below is quite long but it includes everything we typically buy and regularly replenish.

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Spring Dinner Party Menu

May 23, 2017

Spring Dinner Party Menu | Alyssa Pacaut

Though seasons sometimes feel the same in Southern California, this spring has been particularly sweet after our winter-iest winter ever. Super blooms popped up all over the place and the bougainvillea are putting on their best show.

So, when coming up with a spring-inspired dinner party menu, all I could think about was pink pink pink and a touch of bright green.

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Describing My Personal Style

May 16, 2017

Describing My Personal Style | Alyssa Pacaut

Though I hate to admit it, I think about my personal style quite a lot. What to wear, where to buy it, why I wear it, and what it all means. These are the thoughts that run through my mind.

A while back Rubyellen from Cakies wrote a post about her personal style, which inspired me to write about my own personal style.

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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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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 | 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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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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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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French Connections

December 13, 2016

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

T-minus 6 days until the monsieur and I are on a plane headed to Kauai. Can you believe that in five and a half years of marriage we’ve never taken a vacation with just us two? It seems as if we are long overdue and we can’t wait for a week of beautiful beaches and romantic candlelit dinners. Hawaii here we come!

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Holiday Gift Guide for Minimalists

November 29, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide for Minimalists | modernfrenchblog.com

Don’t you just love the holidays? Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, all the twinkling lights, and the wonderful smell of pine trees. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Though the act of giving a gift is fun, shopping for them can quickly suck the magic out of the holidays. The list below should help alleviate some of the stress whether you are a shopping for a minimalist or are one yourself.

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