Saturday, August 20, 2011

Back to French Class




The more hours that I put in at work, the more I find myself missing Europe - mostly Paris! It also probably doesn't help that I just re-watched Midnight in Paris, which I'll admit was actually my first Woody Allen film! It's a charming little tale of Owen Wilson visiting Paris with fiancee. At night, he wanders off and time travels back to the '20s, where he meets the Fitzgeralds, Picasso, Hemingway, T.S. Elliot, Josephine Baker, and so many other pop culture figures of the Jazz Age. The film is also beautifully interrupted with shots of Paris in the rain, at dusk, and in night. Watching it gives me the most terrible yearning to return!








Being a slave to the punch in clock is actually making me looking forward to pouring over textbooks and hurriedly scribbling notes at university, which awaits me in just under a month! The only thing I'm worried about is the tuition and other little supply & student bills, which are already stacking up. This semester I'll be taking 3 different design classes and also a French composition class. I just got my supply list for my colour theory class, and it's $200 for supplies, not including books! It'll be fun trying to find a way to scrape that money together, I'm sure! In the meantime, I'm not thinking too hard about school. I'm just trying to enjoy the end of summer! We have the state fair coming up soon, and on top of that I'm going to a Twins baseball game & hopefully the drive-in!








I have to admit that I'm a sucker for high-waisted anything! Especially shorts and skirts, though. They're so good for shorties like me, because they make legs look miles longer. The Guess jeans, which I cut up earlier this summer, have a bit of a '70s vibe to them. I'm really into this trend right now, and I'm actually looking to try the bell bottoms! I haven't worn jeans, or even full length pants, in such a long time. If I do end up finding a pair I like, it'll be such a dramatic change of style for me. But with my hair getting longer, I'm feeling a lot more boho than flapper.









Remember those many months ago, when snow was still on the ground, that I made the resolution to start running again? Well, after I think 3 of 4 runs around the neighbourhood, I learned a thing or two about exercising and healthy living, and how it's different for everyone. Running is clearly just not for me. I have weak lungs and have severe trouble breathing when running. At first I tried pushing myself, figuring I was just out of shape. But running isn't for everyone and my small lungs just couldn't handle it. I've been eating healthier lately and finding new ways to get fit. Biking is the best option for me. It gives me incredible energy to go on bike rides, and the best part is getting back in and gobbling down loads of fresh fruit. I've also been really into yoga, weight lifting, crunches, and jumps. I'm not beating myself up, I'm just trying to stay active amongst my heavy work schedule. I think it's important for everyone to find out what works for them and balance their lives. I'm still working on that with my own. And for now, this balance will remain in the USA, but my heart is Paris.










13 comments:

Victoria said...

I've been meaning to comment or ages and what a beautiful post to comment on!
So many pretty pictures, both of Paris and your outfit! I too was in Paris.. just over a week ago and took about a million pictures. Isn't the atmosphere of the city just amazing and it certainly improved my french too (some things just can't be learnt in class can they?).
I live in high-waisted things too as they're usually the only things that suit my 5'2" frame! The shorts look adorbale as does your lipstick and my, your hair is so curly! It must be full of secrets!
Definitely going to watch Midnight in Paris (have heard so many good things about it) and probably bike more around London since we have quite a good bike hiring scheme here and it's lovely to cycle in the parks :)
Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer before uni xx

mathilde said...

Your shoes are amazing!
Where did you buy them>? (:

Dawn said...

Sweet Chloe, who does your hair? It is so absolutely gorgeous. How do you ask your hair stylist to cut it? Curious. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes

Kate said...

Paris looks amazing in these pictures! I am dying to go back! x

Dial V for Vintage said...

I have watched many Woody Allen movies but not 'Midnight in Paris' yet, I must make time for that! Paris is enchanting indeed, I am glad you liked it! :)

Charlotte. said...

love the picture of the pere lachaise(?) cemetary, that was my favourite place to visit in paris!

Luke said...

i just watched 'Midnight in Paris' a few weeks ago, and made me really, really want to go back. But, got to work and school, so I've got to satisfy myself with books for now.

Anonymous said...

fistly- very cute outfit!

And the real reason I wandered over to your blog- what type of camera do you use? I'm currently in the midst of camera shopping, and it is a lot more stressful than I ever could have imagined...

I just love the way your camera captures color and movement!

Jamie Rose said...

Running isn't for me either! Glad to hear of somebody else that didn't jive with running. My boyfriend always comments about how I can't run far at all. I think he thinks I'm going to have a heart attack in the next 5 years or something haha.

I love this simple high-waisted shorts outfit. I like to wear outfits like that too. The shorts really do make shorty people like us look tall. I can always appreciate things that make me look a little taller from afar! By the time people get near me, it's pretty obvious how tiny I am.

Rose-et-Violet said...

What an awesome post! I am so jealous that you went to Paris, I've only been once...and only to the Eiffel Tower. But French is my love, and the country even more! Cute outfit too, and wow, your hair is so great. I wish my curls came out soft, yet full, like that!
Midnight in Paris was my first Woody Allen film too! I loved every bit of it, simply perfection! I agree with everything you said about the film.
Ditto about running...
Man, what a great post!

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Anonymous said...

Wow your hair is so amazing!<3
Could you please please write a post about how you maintage your curls and what kind of products you use? That would be so awsome!
Love your style and your blog!
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Jesi Yvonne said...

This is such a wonderful post. Your photos and you yourself, are very beautiful and wonderful! I wish you the best in your schooling and endeavours. You'll be back in France one day for sure!

Elaine said...

You're adorable! Love these pics of France!!!