Dec 29, 2012

A Continentalist in Paris: PastaPapa Restaurant (Champs-Elysees branch)

A cute mid-range Italian restaurant just off the Champs-Elysees' Rond-Point - ideal for a lunchtime carb-fest in central Paris.

Dec 28, 2012

A Continentalist in Paris: Jardin du Luxembourg / Place Saint-Sulpice

The park is lovely, and the renowned playground is a great venue if you're looking to entertain kids with pent-up energy in central Paris.

Dec 19, 2012

Favorites: "Welly Socks," Hunter

Rubber boots still have more utilitarian than aesthetic value to me - but combined with Hunter's Welly Socks they're a cozy fall / winter essential.

Dec 17, 2012

Dec 16, 2012

Continental Film Club: Ernest et Celestine (2012)

An adventurous but not-too-scary prequel to Gabrielle Vincent's classic Francophone kids' books about the friendship between a mouse and a bear.

Dec 10, 2012

Continental TV Club: Peep Show Season 8, Episode 3

Do the plot repetitions mean the show has run out of steam, or are they meant to underline that Mark and Jez can't escape their patterns of behavior? And if it's the latter, how can the show evolve?

Dec 8, 2012

Nov 19, 2012

Continental Book Club: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

A genre-spanning page-turner which makes the dichotomy between the sciences and humanities seem artificial and irrelevant.

Nov 14, 2012

Fall is the Preppiest Season: subdued smart-casualness

If the color scheme of the previous outfit seemed too bright, this one has a more autumnal palette and will work in various contexts that fall under the "smart casual" label, from not-too-conservative work environments to evening events.

Nov 9, 2012

Fall is the Preppiest Season: Miniprep

A preppy fall outfit for girls - say about 2 to 6 - on the more formal spectrum of things.

Favorite Kids' Stuff: Potette Plus

A toilet seat minimizer that doubles as a traveling potty - a toddler essential about which I'm a total evangelist.

Nov 6, 2012

Moving to Paris - final countdown

I don't enjoy the actual act of moving (especially walking up and down stairs with heavy boxes), though I do like the way it forces me to declutter.

Oct 31, 2012

Oct 29, 2012

Oct 12, 2012

NYT on Britishisms

Hilarious article about how more and more Britishisms are creeping into American English (after decades of articles about how American media is corrupting pure British English).

Back to the Continent!

I'm moving to Paris!

Oct 8, 2012

One statement piece...three scenarios: Weekend

Part two - how to make a statement skirt work for weekend errands, trips to the farmer's market, playground excursions, walks, and Sunday lunch.

Fashion as Art: Clutch & Klimt

First entry in a new series featuring clothing and accessories that resemble works of art – provided the designer didn’t explicitly draw inspiration from these pieces.

Oct 2, 2012

One statement piece...three scenarios

Designer pieces can be a worthwhile investment - provided they can be incorporated into a range of outfits and contexts.

Oct 1, 2012

Looking for...armwarmers

Whether you call them armwarmers, wristwarmers, or fingerless mittens – they’re perfect for sealing the gap between coatsleeve and wrist where wind and cold sneak in (while allowing for more dexterity than gloves), for wearing inside cold offices and apartments, and can be combined with gloves when it gets really cold.

Sep 30, 2012

In the mood for...strawberries

The 2012 strawberry season was brief in the UK – too brief for my tastes. Though the taste of the fresh fruit can’t be beaten, here are a few ways to incorporate fragaria ananassa into the fall, with a focus on all things dainty and delicate.

Sep 28, 2012

T likes...dinosaurs

Like many three-year-olds, T loves all things dinosaur and dinosaur-related. Here are some of her favorites - either things she already has, or "really, really, really" wants.

Looking for...fitted knits

On colder days when the blouse / blazer combo seems too formal for the office, knitwear is the perfect solution. Looser knits can easily veer toward the too casual (or worse - frumpy) spectrum of things, but fitted knits work well with slacks as well as skirts of different lengths.

Sep 21, 2012

Equinox

The equinox is actually tomorrow, but weather-wise it's been fall for the last week already. That's far from a criticism though - fall means pumpkin soup, cozy sweaters, and early evenings at home with books, movies, and popcorn.