Bonjour! C’est Mercredi! Some have described me as fancy. This is a word that I try to embody in all aspects of my life. It’s not that I don’t love the occasional Saturday spent in yoga pants, but on a whole, I live life to its most fabulous potential. With this attitude, I often stick out in casual Colorado. Shortly after starting my new job at the University of Colorado Denver, one of my coworkers hit the nail on the head. I am a verified Francophile. This was one of the greatest compliments I could have received. I hadn’t even told him about my collection of berets yet!
After my freshman year of college, before transferring to the University of Maryland, my family went on a trip to France and Germany. We spent the majority of our trip in Paris, and I could have remained there forever if given the choice. The charm and romance of Paris is present in every aspect of the city. There’s an air of elegance, a deep enjoyment of life, and serves as a daydreamer’s paradise. It’s a place to which I long to return, even though I don’t speak the language. Needless to say, I admire the French culture, fashion, food, and lifestyle. Julia Child’s experience as portrayed through Julie and Julia, and my current book of the moment The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry both depict the delicacies and intricacies of the art of French cooking. My favorite movie growing up, French Kiss, showcased a comical storyline of a woman’s long awaited dream of going to Paris interrupted by a fight to regain who she thought was the love of her life. All of these stories and experiences have built up this French philosophy in my mind, and I will ever more be entranced.
White House Black Market has always been one of those stores I wander past in malls and shopping centers, and occasionally enter. I typically find items I like, and their pieces can be easily interwoven into my wardrobe. When I learned of their Passport to Paris giveaway, I definitely started paying more attention. I emulate a French flair for living, and a free trip would simply be icing on top of my Parisian style cake. So I wish you good luck, and happy travels. Maybe we’ll meet in Paris one day!