The Air France Experience

11 May 2017
AirFrance Business Class Cabin

If I was a functioning and coherent speaker in the first leg of my tour, it’s entirely because of Air France. As a partner for my tour, they offered me a chance to slip into the front of the plane — you know, that section behind the curtain where Champagne is free-flowing, the seats recline fully and the cutlery isn’t plastic — and experience their new business class cabin.  With an 11-hour flight to Los Angeles, I knew that sleeping for a solid 6-7 hours would be my only hope for minimizing fatigue upon arrival. I’ve always had positive experiences on Air France over the years, both in economy and premium economy (which I flew often for several years for meetings in Geneva), and I knew I’d be in good, capable hands for this journey. Service in all AF classes soars above the American carriers I have flown with most and I was pleased by how effortless the experience was from check-in to boarding. The biggest difference this time was the much-coveted lounge access in Terminal 2E, which comes with an array of cold and hot dishes, and endless supply of drinks, coffee, excellent reading material, loungers and quiet zones […]…

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“The New Paris” Book: Video Teaser

18 April 2017
The New Paris book teaser

Here we go! My little baby is making its way into the world today and I’m over the moon! I can’t wait to know what you think. One of the thrilling outcomes of having a book released all over the world at the same time is learning where it is being sold. So far, I’ve received messages and photos from booksellers and boutiques in Australia that have been displaying the book and I’ve spotted it in Paris at Colette, Shakespeare & Co, Artazart, WHSmith, and Sézane. It’s wild to think of my work reaching people from around the world and hopefully leading to a deeper appreciation for or better understanding of the French capital today. So what is “The New Paris”, you ask? It’s a bit of the video below (if reading in your email inbox, click HERE to watch the video!). Order your copy of “The New Paris” now! Click here for a list of online distributors or visit a bookseller nearest you. Once you’ve read it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or GoodReads!  Video by Haleigh Walsworth…

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5 Things I Learned in Paris

14 April 2017
Paris Montmartre

It was a pure delight to get work with the photographer Charissa Fay on this book and most importantly, she confirmed who my target audience would be — people like her! I thought it would be fun to get her thoughts on the experience on the shoot and what she learned about Paris through “The New Paris” lens.   Before Lindsey reached out to me with this exciting project, I had been to Paris five or six times, beginning with a French language exchange when I was fifteen.  There’s something heady about the overall atmosphere and the alluring, chic style of the city that always draws me back, so I was thrilled to spend two and a half weeks shooting the book in Fall 2015 and Summer 2016.  For a few wonderful weeks, I lived like a local in Paris!  And so what did I learn about this favorite city of mine? 1// As Lindsey writes, the 9th, 10th, and 11th arrondissements are the heart of the “new”, contemporary Paris.  In my previous visits, I had started naturally gravitating to younger, more local places in these neighborhoods, but I had no idea of the depth and true nature of the burgeoning, creative […]…

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“The New Paris” Instagram giveaway!

4 April 2017
Saint James The New Paris

Here’s a little treat to kick off publication month! To celebrate the release of “The New Paris” and the cultural links between France and the US, I’m partnering with an incredible group of brands for quite a killer giveaway. One lucky person will win an advance copy of my book, plus a Saint James Breton striped t-shirt and fishnet market bag, a notebook, pen and pochette set from Papier Tigre, a L’Artisan Parfumeur perfume set, and a $100 voucher for Buvette in NYC! It all happens on Instagram, beginning today through Friday April 7! The giveaway will end on April 7th at 4pm EST/10pm GMT. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on April 8th at 8:30am EST/2:30pm GMT. Please make sure your account is public during the giveaway, so we can verify your entry and get in touch if you win! The winner has 24 hours to claim the prize before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway is open to global participants, with the understanding that the restaurant voucher is valid only at Buvette’s NYC location. This giveaway is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram. Disclaimer: Void where prohibited by law, no purchase necessary.…

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Airbnb Insider Guides to Paris

18 March 2017

Where does Pierre Hermé get his sweet fix and where does artist Marin Montagut go for artisanal goods? How about actress/model Jeanne Damas’s beloved boutiques for jewelry? They are among an illustrious group of over fifty Parisians who shared their recommendations around various themes for Airbnb’s new PLACES feature, a collection of insider guides to Paris (joining other fine cities like Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Seoul, Detroit, etc.). I spent over two months working on this project with my dear friend and fellow writer Sara Lieberman and am so proud to see it come to life! We each interviewed over twenty insiders, compiled their recommendations, polished them up, and turned them into easily digestible, practical, and engaging guides that can easily take with you — after all, it’s right in the app, on your phone. I’m also honored that the Airbnb team made me part of the collection! You’ll find my guide on literary-inspired haunts for bookish types. (Ps. can you spot me in that image above?) To access the guides in your Airbnb app, type in Paris in the search box, then select Places from the top navigation (image below left), and start scrolling through (image below right)! Click to […]…

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