I'm back from Paris! Fun as it was, I must admit that it's nice to be away from the snow. : )
Perfect timing, too, because I got home just in time to walk for Jason Wu at last week's benefit for the San Francisco Opera! Amazing clothes (Jason Wu's fall 2013 collection), amazing venue (SF City Hall), and amazing to work with Jason Wu (he seemed so nice)!
I also really loved my fuzzy dress. : )
I really hate to bring such sad, sad news, but I may as well just say it ... Au Panetier has closed. : (
Yes, Au Panetier, the adorable little boulangerie that makes what are hands-down the best macarons in the city (as I described in this post), is no more. From what I've pieced together using my very limited French along with Google Translate, they closed in July and the space has been taken over by a bread-maker. Honestly, though, we went in there the other day and I didn't see anything remarkable at all - the bakers case wasn't even full, and they had a fruitcake in the window. A fruitcake!
I can only hope that the owner of Au Panetier has decided to retire (she was an older woman) and is busy baking her amazing macarons for adoring little grandchildren. : )
As for me, I've been forced to console myself by eating every other giant chocolate macaron in Paris. In case you're wondering who's now in the top spot on my best macaron list, there is currently a tie between Paul and Pierre Hermes. Perhaps I will hold a tie-breaking round tomorrow. But, no matter what, Au Panetier macarons will always wear the crown. : )
You know, I feel like the number of cute cars in Paris has seriously gone down since I wrote this post last winter - the Smart Car supply has definitely dwindled, and I've hardly seen any Fiats. But I absolutely loved this adorable little pop of orange in Saint Germain the other day! Maybe I could toodle around Marin in one of those. : )
Who knew that the small, pretty building in the Tuileries Gardens housed two rooms full of Monet's floor-to-ciling water lilies? My mom and I went to Musee de L'Orangerie the other day, and we both loved it. To start, Monet's lilies are incredible - you really could just stare at them for hours. But I also loved the simplicity of the museum - it wasn't so large that it was overwhelming, but the collections were quite impressive. Highly recommended!
I miss my beautiful little Broadway so much. She really should be here with us, don't you think?
Poodles are French, after all. : )
I didn't read anything about it in the news, but the Seine was crazy high today - the water flooded over the roads, so they had to close a bunch of them. Reminds me of Manzanita in Mill Valley on, like, a daily basis. : )
I guess you can figure out when the Paris tourism high season is. I still can't quite figure out what everyone is doing in that first photo, which we took in July ... but if you want to go throw yourself on that pyramid, too, you can find it in the Carrousel de Louvre, a very well-done shopping and dining area under the Tulleries Gardens, right next to the entrance of the museum.
*disclaimer: Um, I don't know those people.
I loved modeling for the San Francisco Academy of Art University styling class back in December ... it was amazing to see what all of the students came up with! Even though it was practically impossible to get those paper cutout things to stay in place ( we ended up using extremely sticky hairspray) this look was one of my favorites. Click here to read about the inspiration for the shoot and to see the rest of the pics!
Photography: Anthony Rogers
Styling: Woori Han, Jinee Baik, Eric Wu
Instructor: Flore Morton, Academy of Art - San Francisco
Hair: Nora Ramick
Makeup: Alanna Reiber
Model: Logan Link (me! : )