Heyyy, today’s my first day of grad school at ISIPCA! Who’s panicking? (Low key, me). But it’s a stretch even calling it a day at school. We have an informational meeting at 2:30 and then a big mingle from 5:30 on. Tomorrow is the real deal (taking place from the very reasonable 9:30-5:30, with about an hour break for lunch)(High school break was 28 minutes, 22 if you cut out the three minute passing periods on either side).
This is also the latest in the year that I’ve ever not been in school- for approximately my entire life.
So I’ve been in this beautiful country for about a week and a half and there are so many things to talk about! It’s amazing and beautiful and entirely new!
I’m looking forward to documenting it and writing about it and sharing it, but first I think I’m going to start on a slightly more personal note, which will be a few of my ‘misadventures’ or other weird experiences, thus far. Continue reading “La Vie en Rose #1: Misadventures”
It would have been great if I had managed to get this post up before buying and carrying around my first baguette, because that would have been on the list.
But I took my baguette on its maiden voyage a few hours ago, and in the interest of journalistic integrity I am unwilling to pretend otherwise.
But there are a few other things that seem like essential ‘living in France rites of passage’. Continue reading “Versailles Checklist: Being a French Basic”
This is going to be a quick one because I want very much to go to bed. France is great, my home here is beautiful. There’s so many amazing things to say but you know what? It’s tricky feeling so incompetent and ineffective. I can’t do anything because there are still so many things to figure out.
And I’m used to being a pretty effective, efficient individual.
To get my bearings and settle in, here’s what I need to find.
- A Bio-Market: Check
- A Movie Theater: And see how many English films (or films aver sous-titres) there are
- A Library: And how many books in langues etrangeres- particulierement anglais.
- A Farmer’s Market: Check
- My University: Check
- A Patisserie/Bakery near my house: Check
- A Pharmacie: They’re EVERYWHERE
- The Way to get to Paris par train
I think those are the main things.
A links post will be coming in the not too distant future, but I’m scrambling right now.
I’ve read a lot of style books over my time- they’re good for kicking back and relaxing when you’re trying to put off reading Henry James’ The Golden Bowl (which I’m currently happily but slowly wading through right now). At some point they all seem to blend together (the fashion book, not the Henry James’), but there remain some special ones that stand out- and a lot of other ones that are fun and worth reading, even if they’re not listed here.
Because I had to limit my number of French style books- there are so many that are worthwhile reads but differ from each other only slightly.
I also cut out my favorite minimalism books, because they deal with wardrobes an top of many other lifestyle changes.
And then there are books more based on images- which I’m not going to talk about. But style coffee table books are beautiful too. Continue reading “Favorite Fashion and Style Books”
As always, on the first of the month I like to share my new desktop background. As always, it is tiled.
Also- under two weeks until I arrive in France. GAH.
So what’s been happening this week on the interwebs? Continue reading “Friday Links: First of September”
Two weeks from today my flight will land in France, where I will be spending the next three years studying the art of scent design and creation as part of a joint master’s program engineered by IFF and ISIPCA.
Well shit. Continue reading “France: Sitting Uncomfortably with my Privilege”