Posts tagged "france"

365 Days In Paris: Breaking Up Is Easy To Do?

My only other relationship with a French guy was a short-lived fling towards the end of my junior year abroad in Paris. Knowing I was leaving soon, we started off light and casual, but a month into things he broke it off. We met up late (as usual) for a drink when he told me,…
By: Leonora Epstein / October 19, 2009

365 Days In Paris: The Liar Who Didn’t

A few days ago, I became convinced that Mr. C had gone on a date with another woman and lied to cover it up. The evidence: The morning of the incident, he had logged in to OK Cupid. It had previously been almost two weeks since he had. He kept changing our plans, sort of…
By: Leonora Epstein / October 12, 2009

The First Lady Beauty Contest—It’s Alive And Documented!

Watch out Internets! The First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, has just arrived at the party, and man, has she got a few things to say! Just yesterday, Bruni-Sarkozy made her first foray into the online world—and promptly crashed her own site with all the juicy nuggets of inner thoughts and general self-promotion. (Could…
By: Nina Carbone / October 6, 2009

365 Days In Paris: Double Wedding?

I can’t believe I have somehow gotten a guy to cook me dinner in my own home, I thought, smiling at Mr. C as he dodged about awkwardly in my petite cuisine looking for knives, having insisted on coming to chez moi to let me relax while he made a meal. When we sat dow…
By: Leonora Epstein / October 5, 2009

Quick Pic: I Have To Go Oui Oui

A public restroom in Paris so pretty that maybe even the snootiest editors in town for Fashion Week might use it. [IPreferParis.net]…
By: Leonora Epstein / October 1, 2009

365 Days In Paris: Present Tense

Third date with Mr. Cupid. We were sitting in a bar in Belleville, where I had dragged him to my friend’s spoken word song night. (Yeah. I know. Long story.) But it was there, scrunched in between boho expatriates and enduring the sounds of bad slam poetry, that we kissed. A quick peck initiated…
By: Leonora Epstein / September 28, 2009

French Women Don’t Get Fat! Politicians In France Propose Airbrush Warnings

You believed French women looked gorgeous naturally, didn't you? Quel suprise! Airbrushing is causing unrealistic body images and encouraging eating disorders, said a French politician on Monday as she proposed warning labels on digitally enhanced images. Parlimentarian Valerie Boyer and 50 other French politicians want a "health warning" on airbrushed pics. All…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 23, 2009

365 Days In Paris: La Vie Sociale

Yesterday, I met a man in the street and let him touch me. I let him take his hands to my body and caress and rub me all over. Not like that, you perverts.
By: Leonora Epstein / September 21, 2009

Julia Child: In America, A Feminist Icon; In France, Not So Much

Thanks to motion picture hit "Julie & Julia," Julia Child's image has been experiencing a feminist revival, as reflections on the movie have meditated largely on what the "French Chef" did not only for American cuisine, but also for the women who cooked it. True, there's no denying Child was a woman who made…
By: Leonora Epstein / September 18, 2009

365 Days In Paris: Slow And Steady Wins The Race?

"I can't believe it ... you're in Paris for two weeks and you already have a boyfriend," my sister said on the phone to me last night. She was exaggerating, for sure. "Oh Jesus, hardly. We haven't even kissed." It's true, Mr. Cupid and I had our second date this week, and there wa…
By: Leonora Epstein / September 17, 2009

365 Days In Paris: Le French Dating, Part II

While I had so many thoughts about French dating customs, and how I should act, I could hardly parse out my ideas before my date with Mr. Cupid once I realized that the real dilemma was what to wear. I tore apart my closet, feeling every outfit was too cliché. Jeans made me look…
By: Leonora Epstein / September 14, 2009

No More French Kissing!

France is so paranoid about swine flu that French health officials have been asking citizens to forgo "la bise," the country's traditional double-cheeked kiss greeting. Especially in schools, children have been forbidden to use the kissing salutation to their friends, which is a common courtesy even among youngsters. Instead, schools have come up with…
By: Leonora Epstein / September 14, 2009

365 Days In Paris: Le French Dating, Part I

I have one dating rule: if you don't kiss by the second date, you're just friends. Problem is, this will not be applicable in Paris because the French have no dating rules. And not "no rules" in that oh come on, everyone knows you can't call him way. We're talking "no rules" in that…
By: Leonora Epstein / September 11, 2009

365 Days In Paris: Canceled Rendezvous

I'm feeling a bit disappointed at the moment. OKCupid guy just canceled. Normally, I'd shrug this kind of thing off; it happened all the time to me in New York. But a few days ago I realized how great it would be to have a French boyfriend. (I actually have this reverse fantasy of being…
By: Leonora Epstein / September 9, 2009

Quick Pic: Doing It Doggy Style In Paris

These government-sponsored condom ads have been causing a bang in Paris (heh, heh). Translation of the dog-themed slogans: "Man's best friend." And because France is so egalitarian: "Woman's best friend" too. OK, boy, now lie down!
By: Leonora Epstein / September 7, 2009

365 Days In Paris: Welcome Homme

My first week in Paris is coming to a close, and, generally, I'm feeling super positive about things. My apartment could not be more perfect. It's incredible teeny, but has two windows overlooking the Seine (eeee!), and at night the tourist boats pass by, illuminating the entire room for a few seconds with their…
By: Leonora Epstein / September 4, 2009

Young French Women Are Disappearing As Their Families Force Them Into Marriages

Most summer vacations for teenage girls involve getting a job at the local Dairy Queen or tempting skin cancer at the beach. But in France, hundreds of girls disappear each summer when they are sent abroad and forced into marriages with men they've never met. Most of the victims are Muslim and of Asian, African,…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 3, 2009

365 Days In Paris: You Say Goodbye And I Say Bonjour

I can’t believe I leave for Paris tomorrow. I haven’t slept in two nights. I’m so wired. The past week has been a complete whirlwind. Between packing, last-minute doctor appointments, and taking care of arrival details, I’ve also been organizing tons of goodbyes. I’ve lived in New York City for most of my life (I…
By: Leonora Epstein / August 31, 2009

365 Days In Paris: Bienvenue Chez Mon Blog

Nothing spells quarter-life crisis more than turning your world upside down to move to France without much thought as to how it will affect your career, happiness, relationships, or bank account. I am about to turn 24 in a few days. And a few days after that, I'm packing up my life into two…
By: Leonora Epstein / August 24, 2009

Quick Pic: I See London, I See France

Forget the crotch shot ... what's up with those rad shoes? [Ladiesroom.fr]…
By: Leonora Epstein / August 22, 2009
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