An American In: Monte Carlo

'Scuse the lack of blogging. I started doing some work with SUITCASE Magazine a few weeks ago and that, combined with my other writing projects, has been keeping me busy as haaell. But in the best of ways!

I was lucky enough to travel with SUITCASE earlier this week over to Monte Carlo for an extended weekend tasting some of the finest foods and reviewing some of the fanciest hotels that this tiny quarter in the Principality of Moncao has to offer. Photographer friend Bridget came along and we spent the entire few days thinking, who are we?

My photo diary is up SUITCASE, and a full review is coming next week. In case you missed anything on Instagram or Twitter, here are a few outtakes: 

 

An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat

An American in Paris: What I Bought

Back in London today after my first trip through the Chunnel after moving to the UK last year. Of course, I'm in love with France and have plenty of photos, sound bites and stories that I'll put up later.

While I'm unpacking and listening to Edith Piaf, I wanted to share a couple of my purchases - all of which I am OB-SESSED with. 

 

 

A blue leather handbag, purchased from an adorably awkward old man at a leather shop in Nice. Between the two of us, what with our broken French/English and shy manners, there were enough red faces and apologetic smiles to last fo' days. 

Anyways, love the bag:

This cream from Maison du Savon de Marseille is my new favorite. After my friend and Brooklyn-based travel companion purchased it in Nice, I went on a hunt to find it once we had returned to Paris.

Obviously, I had to buy soaps to go with it, in addition to my already-purchased (and super well packaged) Monsavon soap + lavender face cream. (Am I French yet?)

 

 

One of the biggest highlights of the trip was our visit to Le Comptoir Général  which will get its own post later.

Also, a little paper baggie from awesome/insane Monaco. 

More to come! I'm off to drink wine and eat an 8-hour old pan au chocolat that I just had to bring with me.