Links I Love Week 23

This week, I took some much needed time off. After a rained out art show and the 10 year anniversary of me losing my job, I couldn't think of a better time to take a break. I am terrible at taking time off! Most days are spent in front of my computer until past 10 pm. You wouldn't know it but A LOT goes into writing a blog. More than I ever thought when I decided to start this baby. 

I got a much needed mani/pedi with a new color (flashed) by essie, I took myself to lunch in the park and I continued to read "The Lost Vintage" by Ann Mah which comes out this week. I was invited to the opening party of the Peninsula rooftop bar called Z Bar and invited my friend Jennifer to come along with me. I wore this dress which was perfect for the occasion. I can't wait to go back again. Z Bar officially opens up on Monday in Chicago 

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The Best of The New of Paris

Paris Bistros and Terraces Feel Endangered. I would love to do a photographic series on all the classic Parisian Bistros. Do you have a favorite?

Along the same lines: How to Save the French Brasserie

Where to Stay in Paris (Travel and Leisure) Written by my friend Amy Thomas

8 Interesting Podcasts That Will Help Improve Your French

The Revival of A Great Parisian Brasserie

I am a regular listener of NPR "How I Built This" it puts me to sleep most nights. I love all the stories of business owners and I am constantly inspired. I just bought two tickets for a LIVE taping in Chicago. If you are in Chicago, you can support NPR and purchase a ticket here. 

I have been searching for a new sport bra that was more supportive and I think I found it. Has anyone had luck besides these? 

Mindy Kaling's Graduation Speech made me tear up! If you haven't read it, you can see the full story here. 

These two skirts are part of my Summer Staples and they are both under $50 with pockets (essential)

 

How Amazon Taught Alexa to Speak French

I am ALL about the midi skirt right now. I am wearing them whenever the weather is warm enough. I bought a pink skirt from GAP that is sold out, but I just bought his black ruffle skirt for under $50 that will be a Summer Staple. 

Chicago Extends the Amount of Time Outside Patios are Open (3 more months!)

I am so honored to be included in this best Paris Blogs roundup. You can find a whole bunch of other great bloggers from the Paris community here in this list.  

I have not had a job interview since 2007 but, my French teacher Caroline is interviewing for a job. I give her so much credit for interviewing for a job that isn't her Native language. I reached out to my friend Lisa who was full of information. Hopefully this helps some of you too! 

This dress that I own and love is on sale for $40. Snag it while you can. I picked up the pink one.

One my day off I got a manicure/pedicure which was much needed. I chose the color "flashed" for both hands and toes and I LOVE it. It is a bit brighter than my normal red but fun for Summer.

The Champs-Elysées To Be Turned Into An Open Air Movie Theater For One Night

Now that my Summer show is out of the way, I want to do a few things around the apartment. I have a painter coming at the end of the month and I want to switch out my coffee table. I have the terrace coffee table from West Elm but it looks too cluttered. I am leaning towards this marble one from CB2. Thoughts? I will need a bookshelf too! Perhaps this one?

Are these bags over done? I love the look of them for Summer. 

The Secrets Behind Sex and The City Fashion

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This post does include affiliate links which helps contribute to my coffee and croissant research. Merci!