make-believe: paris morning.

May 10, 2016

make-believe: paris morning | reading my tea leaves


We’re checking the days off the calendar and somehow it’s feeling more and more unreal that we’re bound for France in just two weeks. (Ack!) We’ll be staying a few nights in Paris when we first land and so my Parisian daydreams are beginning in earnest. Of course in these dreams there’s no jet-lag and no agenda; just a fluffy bed, breakfast in bed, and a morning to while away.

Here’s what else:

These pajamas (top and bottom) for elegance and coziness.

A chic French press for brewing the café to my au lait.

The perfect bowl for sipping it out of.

A tray sturdy enough to withstand the weight of…

a dozen croissants (the crumblier, the better). 

A guidebook to the City of Lights.

The perfect pillow-y throw for snuggling under as we plan our day.

A bath soak for once I finally wrest myself out of bed.

Sounds like a plan, non?

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  • Reply Sophie May 10, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Im glad to read that you’re stopping in Paris! As an avid reader of yours based here (in the 17eme) I’ve been following your zero waste and small living posts. Small living here is somewhat compulsory and in my neighborhood there’s a new zero waste store (day by day on rue Des Moines). Im also a relatively new mum and can’t tell you how helpful and hopeful I find your blog and book.
    With love from a huge Parisian fan.

    • Reply Em May 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      I’m also a long time reader living near Paris, I’m sure you’ll love the city and Brittany too!

      • Reply Erin Boyle May 10, 2016 at 3:01 pm

        Thank you, thank you!

    • Reply Erin Boyle May 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks for such a sweet note! So nice to hear from a Parisian friend! xo!

    • Reply Sophie May 10, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Wow, I live in the 17ème also (place de Lévis) and my name is Sophie! Totally agree about the compulsory small living, I’ve lived in some sardine can sized places here… I didn’t know about Day by Day, I will check it out since it is so close to me! Have you been to DADA on rue de Paradis? Sooo many options, prices aren’t bad and just a generally wonderful shopping experience!

      Can’t wait to see what you do and where you go here Erin, you’re going to have a wonderful adventure! 🙂

      • Reply Sophie May 11, 2016 at 2:27 am

        No I’ve not been there! Ooooh I’m going to go today. Paris is finally edging into this century – I’m going to a vegan restaurant today as well! We’re not exactly sardines but we live in 40m2 with a nine month old at the moment it’s slightly hectic.

  • Reply Maria May 10, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Erin, I’m sure you already have all planned out for your trip, but allow me to give you a tip: you should definetely come to Jersey, in the Channel Islands. You can get the ferry from St Malo and within the hour you should be here. There’s loads of surfing, nice walks on the beach, little farms and hiking to be done. During the summer it is seriously the best beach destination in Europe, not too crowded, very clean and most importantly: sand!

    • Reply Erin May 11, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Wow – that sounds amazing. (I am not the Erin btw). I think I may have to add this onto my “dream vacation” list!

    • Reply Mary Kate May 11, 2016 at 9:57 am

      I second the Jersey recommendation! Easy ferry ride from Saint Malo and so, so lovely. (And if you need a book companion, if you haven’t read it yet I recommend The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society–doesn’t take place on Jersey but gives you a lovely feel for the Channel Islands!)

      I wrote more about Jersey here if you’re interested:

      • Reply Erin Boyle May 11, 2016 at 10:41 am

        So exciting. We’re actually staying quite a ways away from St. Malo, but now I’m thinking we might need to do a weekend trip up north!

  • Reply Jessica May 10, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    The throw looks so beautiful and airy! I want one is every color, now.

  • Reply Laura May 10, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Read this this morning. . Now I’m in the best bakery in Adelaide having a buttery hand rolled crossiant and coffee on my lunch break – daydreaming about Paris 😉

  • Reply Kim B. May 11, 2016 at 1:15 am

    awww, another Paris fan of yours (in the far east of the city, the 12eme)! Hope you all have a wonderful time! Let us know if you have any questions we can help with!

    • Reply Erin Boyle May 11, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply Jana May 11, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Re Paris: maybe you would like to consider Pia Jane Bijkerk’s Paris: Made by Hand, I found her Amsterdam: Made by Hand very useful. And simply beautiful.

    • Reply Erin Boyle May 11, 2016 at 7:04 am

      Already have! So great!

  • Reply Elle May 15, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Another great one, Shopping Insolite à Paris/ Élodie Rambaud.
    Also, My Little Paris/ My Little Baby
    Have a lovely holiday! Thank you for your wonderful, unseful and original posts.

  • Reply Amber February 28, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I think it would be so amazing to go to Paris someday! This looks like the perfect way to spend a morning.

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