Inspire

Inspire
Syrian War

Book Excerpt: “The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria”

War means endless waiting, endless boredom. There is no electricity, so no television. You can’t read. You can’t see friends. You grow depressed but there is no treatment for it and it makes no sense to complain—everyone is as badly off as you. It’s hard to fall in love, or rather, hard to stay in love. If you are a teenager, you seem halted in time.
girlfriends

La Parisienne and Le New Yorkaise on Girlfriends, Beauty Rituals and New Beginnings

It’s easy to think of beauty in terms of how you look, measured by clothes, wrinkles and pounds. The funny thing is the most beautiful people I know don’t worry much about those things...
Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians: Can the Movie Captivate the French Audience Too?

An Asian-American blogger in Paris wonders if Crazy Rich Asians, the first American movie featuring all-Asian cast in 20 years, will mean as much to French-Asians as it does to her.
teen smoking

The Smoking Gun: Parisian Teens and Cigarettes

Nearly every day for seven years now, my morning ritual has included a cloud of smoke hanging over a throng of students, many of whom have a cigarette in hand... No matter which arrondissement teens come from, the clothes they wear and the music they listen to, their main accessory is a cigarette (aka a “clope”).
Running in the mountains

Why a Sweaty Workout May Be Your Best Detox Ever

Working mom and sports enthusiast Carra Sutherland has created an ideal sports and detox retreat — one that combines sport, a balanced, tasty and generous diet, fun, leadership and mental coaching sessions and ... the possibility for guests to bring their kids with them during the school holidays! 
Place Josephine Baker in Paris

Hearing Voices of Black History in Paris

Julia Browne brings the voices of black history to life on her Black Paris Tours which evoke the stories of Josephine Baker, Richard Wright, and other black luminaries of their times...
French designer Sonia Rykiel

4 Reasons French Designer Sonia Rykiel Inspires Me

She’s one of those women who help you become your own totally liberated woman. With a creative, intellectual, strong and refined mind like hers, you can change the world – as she proven to do. This woman is by far the greatest designer I have ever met.
married to a Frenchman

Paris Plunge: From Romance to Marriage in One Year

One year after moving to Paris, a newlywed reflects on her whirlwind romance and the rewards and challenges of being an expat married to a Frenchman.
Kenzo-fashion

Exciting French Fashion Trends for Fall/Winter 2016

It's time to clear out the closet and make way for winter! Our fashion blogger guides you through the most exciting French fashion trends of the season.
barriers to success

Monster Under the Bed: Is Fear Standing in the Way of Your Success?

Understanding your fears, managing your fears, and being willing to push past them to new, exciting, and rewarding opportunities is what results in a life you can truly enjoy.