Our favourite French lifestyle blog posts: Paris, October 2013

parisblogtipsWelcome to our very first edition of ‘My French lifestyle – blog tips’, where we’ll help you to discover your next favourite Paris blog.

In this month’s Paris blog round-up…

Feed your food fantasies with the help of Dorie Greenspan and Alexander Lobrano. Enter the whirlwind world of the fashion elite with Garance Doré’s visual diary.

Meet fellow francophiles on Lindsey’s very own Franco-File or see city scenes through the eyes of talented photographer Carin Olsson.

Paris through the eyes of an insider

Paris in Four Months

© Carin Olsson, Paris in Four Months

Swedish photographer Carin moved to Paris for four months only in 2012 to try out the language and lifestyle of France’s most vibrant city.

Unsurprisingly (and luckily for us!) she realised she couldn’t leave. She now shares with us her vie parisienne on her blog Paris in Four Months.

In this post she shares beautiful photos of an autumnal day in the Jardin du Luxembourg.

“Autumn has certainly arrived in Paris now. Together with the freezing cold weather. The autumn part I don’t mind that much (if you ignore that the winter is getting closer), but the freezing cold part I do have a problem with… Yuck! But it’s almost possible to forget about that when it looks so pretty everywhere…”

Read more

Find Carin on FacebookPinterest, Flickr and Instagram.

How do French women wear heels all day?

Garance Doré

© Garance DoréGarance Doré leads an enviable lifestyle.

Her day to day life involves rubbing shoulders with the fashion elite, working with major brands such as Dior and Louis Vuitton, interviewing A-listers such as Stella McCartney whilst writing for Vogue Paris.

In this edition of ‘Pardon My French’, Garance dares to spend an entire day at Paris Fashion Week in heels.

Fashion editors-in-the-know share their own tips on how they do it daily and she is even invited into the home of Christian Louboutin where he tells her exactly why heels are sexy.

Watch the video here

Get more Garance on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Meet the ultimate Parisian insider

Lost in Cheeseland

Alex Mottershead - 23.10.13 - www.myfrenchlife.orgAmerican born Francophile, Lindsey, shares her musings on life in Paris on her blog Lost in Cheeseland.

After seven years in Paris she knows all the best bistros on the block and is more than happy to share.

Her weekly feature Franco-File Friday puts the attention on other Francophiles – each sharing what moves them about France. In this article she interviews the Community Director at Yelp, who in turn shares her must-sees in Paris. 

“Fact: Paris is cooler because of Elodie Fagan. The Franco-Irish twenty-something has made it her mission as the Community Director at Yelp! Paris to ferret out the best, freshest and most worthy spots in the capital.”

Read Elodie’s insider tips

Find Lindsey on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

Great Casual Dining on the Left Bank

Hungry for Paris

Alex Mottershead - 23.10.13 - www.myfrenchlife.orgAcclaimed author Alexander Lobrano unabashedly shares his views on the highs and lows of French cuisine.

His most recent review takes us to Café Trama – but is it worth the visit?

“If all big cities change constantly, there’s one change that I’ve witnessed over the years in all of the cities I know and love best… that consistently saddens me, and that’s an ever decreasing diversity in their [city center] streetscapes…

“Happily, they’re some streets that resist this process, and among them in Paris are the rue Vignon…”

Read his thoughts on Café Trama

Find Alex on Twitter.

Trompe l’oeil at Le Comptoir, Paris

Dorie Greenspan

dorie-greenspan2-600x400Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan lives a life in transience – New York City to Westbrook, Connecticut to Paris, France but still finds the time to share her thoughts online – from mouthwatering recipes to Parisian markets.

After a visit to Le Comptoir in Paris Dorie shares her opinion on the trompe l’oeil

Trompe l’oeil food, food that literally ‘fools the eye’ because it looks like one thing but is another, has been around for centuries.

“While I’d guess it was at its most elaborate in the French courts, I’d bet that once people could stop worrying about where they’d be able to hunt or gather their next meal, they began to play tricks with their food.”

Read more of this post here

More from Dorie on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

And you? Do you have a favourite Parisian blogger? Tell us in the comments box below, or join the conversation on Twitter: @maviefrancaise.

Image credits:
1. Carin Olsson, via the official Paris in Four Months Facebook page.
2. Garance Doré, via her blog. 
3. Lost in Cheeseland, via the official Lost In Cheeseland Facebook page.
4. Alec Lobrano, by Steven Rothfeld on Hungry for Paris.
5. Dorie Greenspan, via the official Dorie Greenspan Facebook page.

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Judy MacMahon

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  1. Hilary Nourse Oct 30, 2013 at 10:40 AM - Reply

    http://parisisinvisible.blogspot.fr/ “A celebration of the parts of Paris that would be refused entry to the ville musée if they tried to get in today.” AND
    http://oh-la-la-livia.com/ “Australian girl living in Paris cooking up a storm.” – and has a jewellery company!

  2. Esme Wakefield Nov 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Reply

    This is a great article with a great selection of blogs. Garance Doré made it onto my ‘favourites’ list tout de suite, and I wouldn’t mind swapping places with Lindsey anytime!

  3. Jan Leishman Jul 3, 2016 at 9:26 PM - Reply

    I love myparttimeparislife.com by Lisa Anselmo, an American who travelled to Paris after her mother’s death and ended up buying a minuscule apartment. Then a water leak from above destroyed her plans and she had to move out for two years for repairs and court cases. Now she has renovated and moved back in. Her journey is inspirational. She lives part-time in New York (I think) and part-time in Paris – hence the name of her blog.

    • Judy MacMahon Jul 3, 2016 at 10:20 PM - Reply

      merci beaucoup Jan ! We love hearing about other great blogs and sites. We’ll check that one out asap – wonderful feedback!

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