Return to Paris!

Hello friends! I hope you are all having a nice weekend! I know what you’re thinking.. are they going back again?! I wish! These are actually the pictures from our November trip I promised I’d share ‘soon’ in my Burgundy post.  Better late than never, I suppose!

Anyways. We had an amazingly wonderful time in Paris on our second trip. The weather was surprisingly good (60’s!?!). And gone were the hoards of tourists we encountered on our last trip in the beginning of September. Don’t get me wrong, I doubt you will come across a completely tourist-less Paris.. but it was noticeably emptier this time around.

Surely, strolling along the banks of the Seine is delightful any time of year and autumn is no exception.  The cloudy skies seem to only accentuate the beauty of the city, and the foliage lining the banks makes you feel as though you might be walking through a postcard.

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We wanted to experience a different part of the city this time, so we opted to stay in Saint Germain, literally around the corner from Jardin Du Luxembourg.

Of the parks I’ve visited in Paris, this is most definitely my favorite. And for a blissful 4 days, it was my neighborhood park. I love wandering around, taking in the perfectly manicured flower beds, observing chic Parisians going about their daily lives.

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There are also these tree lined paths which look especially picturesque with the addition of leaves on the ground.

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I loved getting lost in the streets of Saint Germain. And then stumbling across the cutest of cobblestone paths that make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The photo below is of Cours du Commerce Saint-André.  A lovely spot to stop in for a bite to eat, wouldn’t you say?

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We definitely did our share of cafe lounging this time around. It’s by far the best thing to do in Paris, in my opinion. Forget those guidebooks that tell you to hit up the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Notre Dame on the first day of your trip. I have a better idea – pop into a cafe on a street with a pretty view, order a carafe of wine and a plate of cheese or chacruterie, and spend your afternoon watching the world go by. Oh and many of them have heat lamps under the awning, so no sacrifices need to be made in chillier months!

It starts raining on your way back from the metro? Pop in for a comforting cafe creme to wait out the rain shower.

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I love capturing these scenes of Parisian life. Like a significantly less talented Robert Doisneau.

And if you do visit Paris. Definitely, definitely head up to Monmartre. We didn’t make it on our first trip and I had been kicking myself since.  So I made sure to set aside an afternoon to wander around these hilly streets the second time around.

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The spectacular views of Paris, and the Sacre Coeur aside, this is a pretty awesome part of town. It’s such a contrast from the grand boulevards of the 1st and 2nd! It’s all quaint village charm and winding cobblestone streets.

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And those stairs you saw in the opening montage of Midnight in Paris. With couples making out on them. I wouldn’t expect anything less from the city of love.

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This is a lovely area in which to do the whole ‘carafe of wine and plate of cheese’ afternoon. Just get away from the super touristy part near Place Du Tetre. Nothing like hoards of tourists with cameras swinging from their necks to ruin your people watching (said by a tourist who opted to instead carry her camera in a camera bag which doubles as a chic purse). If you are in the market for some souvenirs, however, this is the place to get them! There are a whole bunch of souvenir shops in the streets right behind the Sacre Coeur which have a really big variety and fairly low prices!

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Speaking of touristy things, we also made it to the Louvre this time. Yes, it is as big and overwhelming as you’ve heard. Yes, the Mona Lisa is underwhelming (although super easy to find – just look for the room brimming with tourists). A quick tip – do not enter through the Pyramid entrance unless you enjoy standing in long lines. We entered through the Carrousel du Louvre (there is a mall under the Louvre.. complete with an Apple store and a McDonalds. Who knew?!) and there was literally no line. Like, no one in front of us. I can only stand limited amounts of museum strolling so we only stayed for a couple of hours. Although the palace is beautiful and the history behind it fascinating, I admit that I enjoyed the D’Orsay quite a bit more.

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Also, strolling along the river during a good sunset is quite spectacular. Watching the glow of the sunset reflect off of the river, the surrounding buildings, the monuments in the distance (oh, hey Notre Dame). Pretty unbeatable if you ask me.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about our last trip to the city of light! We had a magnificent time and I personally can’t wait to return. Have you ever been to Paris? What are your favorite things to see and do?

— Lusine

If you REALLY want to experience the trip, I made a little movie of all the video clips taken during our trip. Thanks Google photo, you’re officially my favorite app.

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DIY Washi Tape Vase

Hello friends! I hope all has been well with you! I know, I haven’t done a DIY post in an alarmingly long period of time. And I wish I had something super impressive to share with you. Like telling you that I’ve spent all this time building a house with my bare hands or something. Well, no. But if you want a quick way to jazz up an otherwise boring vase..keep reading!

I’m sure you’re all familiar with washi tape. And while I’ve scrolled through hundreds of washi tape tutorials on Pinterest, I’ve never really felt compelled to experiment with it.

That is, until I found myself wanting to decorate my new day planner (would you have guessed I went with the glittery gold option? probably..). Anyways, it has lots of sections and I wanted to add little tabs to be able to flip to them easily. Enter the classiest looking washi tape ever! And the tabs have worked perfectly! But there are only so many tabs you can add to a planner before the whole idea becomes counterproductive. Basically, I figured I should find some more uses for the stuff.

And as far as I’m concerned, there is nothing better to experiment with than the ever versatile cylindrical dollar store vase (also seen here and here).

All you need besides the tape and your decorative vessel of choice is a pair of scissors. And like 5 minutes. Literally.

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I’m not even sure that this warrants a ‘tutorial’ as I’m sure you’ve already guessed how it came together..but humor me, won’t you?

Plus I really enjoyed taking pictures of the tape.

I generally struggle with very basic things like straight lines and even spacing,  so it was easiest for me to start by aligning the tape along the rim of the vase.

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Continue along the rim until you’ve gone all the way around the vase. My favorite thing about washi tape is that you can un-tape and reposition it a few times without losing stickiness. So, if you go all the way around just to realize that the stripe is totally crooked, just peel off and try again!

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Luckily, my first attempt at stripe #1 was not totally crooked. Likely due to the fact that I was taping along the rim.

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Continue taping around the vase until desired pattern is achieved! I would recommend starting around the same point with each row. The tape isn’t 100% opaque and you can kind of see a little overlap where the edges meet. I’m just thinking that if all of the seams are on the same side, you can angle the vase in a way to make these less visible.

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And once you have achieved your desired stripe pattern, that’s it! No drying time or anything required! Fill with water, flowers (or whatever else you’d like!) and enjoy!

What do you guys think? Not a bad way to spend 5-10 minutes, huh? As I’m sure you’ve guessed, this being paper tape and all, it’s probably not dishwasher safe or extremely durable..but it peels off without any residue so you can switch up the look as often as you’d like!

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I’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite uses for washi tape?

~ Lusine

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Weekend In Burgundy!

Hello friends! Long time, no talk..how have you been? Apologies for the extended absence! I don’t even have a great excuse. It’s been a hectic few months, and when things get hectic..the blog seems to get neglected. My bad.

What have we been up to, you ask? For one, we just got back from France! Since last year’s trip, my infatuation with Paris has only magnified. So we headed across the pond yet again to spend some time in my favorite city! While we were there, we decided to head out of the city for the weekend and experience some of France’s magnificent countryside!

So we rented a car, and headed to the region that churns out some of the world’s best wine. Burgundy, or Bourgogne as the locals call it, is located a couple hours south east of Paris and was delightful beyond words!

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Picture an endless sea of rolling French vineyards punctuated with the most charming, picturesque villages you could ever imagine.  We stopped in the town of Chablis (above) above for lunch. You may have heard of the town’s namesake wine, which is often used for wines produced outside of the region, even outside of France! And if you’ve tried these imposter wines, there’s a chance you’re not a huge fan of Chablis.

By no means am I a sommelier, nor will I attempt to give any sort of technical description of the flavors outside of telling you that the wine we had in Chablis was darn good. I mean, can you imagine that anything produced here tastes bad?!

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No. No it does not. Especially since there seem to be a million wine producers (or domaines) in this little town. I can’t imagine you’d stay in business with a crappy product. Now that I’ve given you my two cents on the Burgundian wine industry, I suppose we can move on.

I find it kind of tough to take a decent picture out of a moving vehicle, so I don’t have many of the drive, but I did manage to get one of some grazing cows! Is it me or do even the animals look happier here? I suppose since these are French cows, they too subscribe to the notion of ‘joie de vivre’.

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And just when I thought Burgundy couldn’t get any more charming, we stopped at Semur-En-Auxois. I know this is a strong statement, but it’s the prettiest place I’ve ever been.

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If it wasn’t for the occasional car, we would’ve thought we stepped back in time. This place was seriously breathtaking! Cobblestones, old shutters with chipping paint.. you know,the stuff dreams are made of. My dreams, at least.

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Obviously we had to stop for a glass of wine at a cafe on this charming cobblestone terrace. Because when in Burgundy..

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I  know what you’re thinking – is this where Chocolat was filmed? No, that’s a couple of villages away. Is this what Belle’s village is based on in Beauty and the Beast? Perhaps. But I didn’t see any locals burst out of the windows into a spontaneous song about a strange girl that likes to read. Bummer.

But I did see a cat sitting in a window with the most delightful chippy paint shutters.

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I could have stayed in this little town forever. In fact, I declared I was moving here several times as we were strolled around. I know that this is unrealistic given my French skills, or lack thereof..but one can dream! But rest assured, I will be back..Semur-en-Auxois!

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After leaving Semur-En-Auxois, we spent the night in Dijon. I don’t have a ton of photos because it was dark when we arrived and I take terrible nighttime photos. Dijon has a largely pedestrian town center, which was lovely. The part we stayed in seemed somewhat sketchy, so we took of for Beaune the following day and loved it! If I had a do-over, I’d totally stay in Beaune. I had mistakenly assumed that Dijon (being the larger city) would have more to do on a Sunday. Evidently, since Beaune relies heavily on tourism, there is quite a bit open on Sunday (which is not the norm in France). We even came across a carnival! Oh, and lots of places to stop for a glass of wine. Again, when in Burgundy..

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about our weekend getaway in France! I’ll be sure to  share some photos from our time in Paris soon! I swear, this doesn’t mean three weeks .. 🙂

Ever had the pleasure of exploring the French countryside? I’d love to hear about it!

— Lusine

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Around The Emerald Isle

Is it me or does it seem like time the weeks are just flying by recently? I just realized that it’s been over a month since my last post, in which I promised you pictures of Ireland ‘soon’. Well, so sorry to keep you all waiting!

Better late than never, I suppose! Anyways! Ireland was nothing short of stunning, but I have to say..the people were by far my favorite part of the trip! Everyone you come across is not only friendly, but is sincerely interested to hear whether you are enjoying your trip and quick to shell out advice (and apologize for the weather).

Turns out, it looks exactly like all those pictures you see with rolling green fields and adorable stone fences.

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With Celtic crosses everywhere.

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Of course, there’s an abundance of castles.

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Some of these castles have since been converted into hotels. Sadly, not ones that we could afford.

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But the security guard was kind enough to let us wander the grounds normally reserved for guests. And we saw some cool things.

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There are lots of tiny winding roads that are both terrifying and breathtaking. And yes, this is a two way road.

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Certainly no shortage of sheep. I wanted to take this little guy home with us!

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The Cliffs of Moher were literally the windiest place I’ve ever been.

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Like I said, lots of rolling green fields.

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And striking coastal scenery everywhere you look!

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And I know this is totally a no-brainer, but if I could go back and change anything about the trip it would be to do less. I know, you’ve heard it a million times..but it’s for good reason! It totally sucks to fall in love with a place at first sight and have to leave the next day. Well, lesson learned.

I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into our recent trip! Ever been to Ireland yourself? Or have some road trip advice to share? I’d love to hear from you!

– Lusine

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DIY Canvas Art

Hi friends! I hope you are all enjoying the spring-like weather we’ve been having over the last few days! Having returned from Ireland last week (pictures coming soon!), I was pleasantly surprised to come back to a mostly snow-less city!

And the sight of budding trees has got me all kinds of excited for spring! I have a whole bunch of projects around the house coming up. Oh, and I’ve taken up gardening. As of last weekend. Depending on how that goes, you may see some updates on the blog!

Anyways! Ever attempted a somewhat ambitious DIY canvas project you came across on Pinterest and been less than thrilled with the result? And wished there was some way you could salvage the canvas? Well, I had a few laying that I had attempted to paint over, without much luck.

On an unrelated trip to the fabric store, I came across this adorable Parisian inspired fabric! And since I remain obsessed with Paris, or anything French for that matter, I bought two yards with no project in mind.

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And was dying to use it! Luckily, I thought of this before making more throw pillows. Not that there is anything wrong with more throw pillows.

But this was wayyyy faster and didn’t require me breaking out the sewing machine! All you need is some fabric, a ruler and pencil (to trace the outline of your canvas onto the fabric), scissors, and a glue gun (staple gun would work too!)

Just to note – I did zero measuring when tracing/cutting the fabric. I would estimate you  want your fabric to be about an inch larger than the canvas on each side (depending on the thickness of your canvas), but I was too impatient to get into all that. Basically, you need enough fabric around it to reach the back of the canvas.

Start by placing your canvas on the fabric and use the pencil and ruler to trace an outline about 1 inch outside of canvas border. Now, you can iron your fabric prior to this step, or once it is cut. For me, it was easier to iron the little piece for fabric after it had been cut. However, ironing the fabric prior to cutting will probably give you a more accurate measurement, and reduce wasted fabric.

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Once fabric is cut & ironed, you can begin gluing it into place. If your fabric has a pattern which requires a specific alignment (i.e. stripes, chevron), use the ruler to ensure it is aligned properly. Once it is aligned properly, you may want to draw a line on the fabric along the edge of the canvas that you can use to ensure it stays aligned throughout the gluing process.  Use the glue gun to apply a small amount of glue to the center of the bottom edge of the canvas.

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Pull fabric fabric over the edge of the canvas and glue into place. Continue applying glue along the edge of the canvas every 2 inches or so and gluing fabric into place, and stop when you are about an inch or from the corners.

DIY Canvas Art - Tulips & A TerrierNow, begin gluing the edge opposite to the one you just completed. Be sure to pull the fabric super tight over the canvas when gluing the second side! And leave a little room around the corners again.

You can then glue the remaining sides of the canvas, pulling the fabric tight as you go.

Now..for the corners. Unfortunately, I don’t have a very scientific way of describing what I did here. So I thought a picture might do the trick. Basically, I took the loose fabric at the corner and made a fold that would allow one edge of the fabric to remain flat against the canvas, glued it in place. And then I did the same for the other edge with the remaining loose fabric. Does that make sense? No?  Here is the picture..

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This is what the back of my canvas looked like at the end. Not exactly a work of art, but I don’t think anyone is going to remove the canvas from the wall to examine the back of it..  You can always trim the edges with some scissors to clean it up if it bothers you!

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I have to say, I do love the finished product! Well, I love the fabric..and any excuse to display it is a plus in my book!

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And obviously it made sense to display it with my Eiffel tower souvenir on this (I like to think) French inspired end table. I made 3 in total and was planning on hanging them in the bedroom, but I guess this is a pretty good spot until I get around to that!

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I’d love to hear from you! Have you found any ways to repurpose an old canvas? Harbor an obsession with Paris and want to talk about how magical of a city it is? I’m always down for that convo :).

– Lusine