merry everything

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It’s that time of year to slow down and look up. To spend time with those most dear to us, reflect on the year coming to an end, and the one soon to start. The past year has been challenging both personally and globally, and I for one am looking forward to beginning a new one. But first, Christmas. My Italian and I are heading to Rome for a little pre-holiday celebration. I’m looking forward to rediscover this city that I haven’t visited in nearly 15 years. And who better to explore it with than my favorite travel companion! Join me on my adventures in Rome followed by the Italian Riviera, via Instagram and Facebook. Incidentally, I was recently named one of the 20 Paris Instagram Accounts to Follow by Bonjour Paris. I’m honored!

For a little year end news, here’s my holiday newsletter. I’ll be back in the new year sharing more of life and love in the City of Lights, and who knows where 2016 will find me. Thank you for joining me on this beautiful journey.

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Wishing you and yours merry everything! Happy new year from the City of Lights!

gratitude giveaway

The holiday season is upon us, as the clock ticks down to the new year. To thank you all for following along on my adventures, (it’s been over six years of love in the city of lights!), and to wish you a very happy new year, I have a few goodies for you that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I do. Certainly they will compliment any travels you take in the new year.  Which leads me to the giveaway… Firstly, you have your choice of Kasia Dietz handbags from my many collections. I’m always  happy to share my wearable art, inspired by my travels to Andalucia, Bali, Istanbul, Provence, Giverny… Secondly, to remain on time in whatever timezone you’re in, win $129 towards any hand-crafted Jord Wood Watch. Lastly, what better way to stay in top form in the new year than with mantras by Diana Antholis? Win her latest book Sanity is Sexy: Mantras to Inspire a Healthy Mindset.

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To enter, simply mention your favorite Kasia Dietz handbag or clutch and Jord Wood Watch in the comments below, and where you’d like to travel with them in 2016. Winners will be chosen randomly on December 20th. Good luck!

Yoga in Paris

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Those who read my blog know I met my Italian en route to yoga one evening in Soho, New York. A fortuitous meeting that changed the path of my life, and led me to Paris. For the last 10 years yoga has helped me to achieve inner balance and peace of mind, as well as strengthening and toning my core. I practiced yoga around the world during my travels, from Bali to Mexico, and as soon as I arrived to Paris I found a studio and my ohm-ing continued. In recent years, many more studios have opened in the city of lights, covering  all 20 arrondissements. Last year the world celebrated  the first International Yoga Day, with 1,500 yogis gathered beneath the Eiffel Tower.  As a firm believer in this centuries old practice, I wrote a comprehensive directory of yoga studios for Bonjour Paris, and am sharing with you the studios that offer classes in English, including those where I practice. Every Saturday morning the American Church in Paris hosts a Guerilla Yoga donation only community class, led my my friend and neighbor Anne who I know from the New York chapter. And should you need any fashionable and functional yoga gear, head over to Marais shop Yoga Concept where you can also find my custom yoga mat bags. Namaste!

Big Apple Yoga, 20 rue Dussoubs (2nd). www.bigappleyogafrance.com. +33 (0)1 42 36 76 11                                     They offer an unlimited class 10 day pass for 35€ and community classes at 10€

Centre de Yoga Du Marais, 72 rue du Vertbois (3rd). www.yogamarais.com. +33 (0)1 42 74 24 92                              They offer community classes at 10€

Omm Studio, 14 rue Saint-Gilles (3rd). www.ommstudio.fr. +33 (0)1 40 09 26 69

Rasa, 21 Rue Saint-Jacques (5th). www.rasa-yogarivegauche.com. +33 (0)1 43 54 14 59

YogaYoga Paris, 6 passage de la Vierge (7th). www.yogayogaparis.fr. +33 (0)1 47 20 71 56

Paris Yoga Shala, 9 rue Magellan (8th). www.parisyoga.com. +33 (0)1 40 70 14 44

Mysore Yoga Paris, 17 rue Eugène Varlin (10th). www.mysoreyogaparis.com

Beyoga, 17 rue Campagne Premiere (14th). www.beyoga.fr. +33 (0)9 65 31 60 11

Sahaja Yoga, Espace Fontanelle – 38, rue Fondary (15th). www.sahajayoga.fr. +33 (0)6 10 44 13 10

Yoga in Paris, 10 Rue Francoeur (18th). www.yogainparis.com. +33 (0)6 84 42 43 80

Fall for France

Sometimes life brings you full circle. Last spring I was invited along with Leah Walker, by the France Tourism Board Rendez-vous en France, to join their annual campaign in which they highlight and promote select cities in France. In my many years as a print producer in New York, (in which field I still work from time to time), I often traveled to foreign locales, managing campaigns for various advertising agencies. This time however, my role was as blogger and social media marketer. Wow, no production work! Though I was more than happy to assist whenever needed. The campaign, shot by talented photographer Braden Summers and assisted by a well curated crew stemming from all over the globe, began on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Some of the best views of the city of lights!

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Braden and crew continued from Paris to Poitiers, Nice and Marseille before I caught up with them in Dijon. What a magical city filled with history, wine and of course mustard. Read more about my Dijon adventures here.

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Our next and last stop on the France tour was Reims, the land of champagne. After a private tasting at the famous champagne house Taittinger, Leah and I joined the group for the final day of photography. Our last scene took place at a gorgeous private home with a grand picnic a la Française. You can even spot me running off in the distance with Sophie from Atout France.

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For those heading to Miami Art Basel next week, stop by the France Pavilion to discover this years stunning traveling photo exposé of “Top French Cities”. The campaign can also be viewed here. Or better yet, come to France!

giving thanks

Today is my favorite holiday, not because I’m terribly patriotic (though I do love my native country), or because of the copious amounts of decadent food and drink that will be ingested (that happens quite often in Paris),  but by how Thanksgiving unites us and makes us reflect on what we are grateful for in this life.

Here in Paris we celebrate with a yearly feast hosted by a friend from the New York chapter, where new faces mingle with those who have made this a tradition. There’s even one Native American in the expat mix! We share the table with French, Italian, Irish and Australian, all of us taking this occasion to count our blessings. Isn’t it so commonly said that expressing gratitude leads to happiness and well-being? After six years in Paris, I certainly have a lot to be grateful for. Though life never ceases to challenge us both personally and globally, as events of the past few weeks have proven, we must savour every day. As goes the saying, carpe diem!

I wish for you, dear readers, a feast filled with peace and love. May you carry gratitude in your hearts, always.

Chloe Lodge photographer-Kasia Dietz

resilience

Over a week has passed since the tragic events that shook Paris, and in turn the world. Life is slowly resuming while the mourning continues, as it shall for a long time to come. Winter has crept in and the city appears more quiet than normal, yet resilience and strength are felt in Parisians and expats alike. Life goes on, in strength.

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Many are asking whether it’s safe to travel to this beautiful city, one of the most desirable destinations in the world. My answer is yes! We cannot let fear guide us. We must love Paris more than ever. Here are a few thoughts from fellow Americans, including myself, via Stylecaster.

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I’ll be getting back to designing and writing this coming week, sharing what is uniquely beautiful about Paris, this city that so deeply inspires my senses. Thank you for following along on this journey, and for all your continued thoughts. Paris je t’aime.

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Fluctuat nec mergitur. “Though beaten by the waves, she never sinks.”

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