Videos

How to Wear a Scarf Like a Frenchie


It’s rare that I’m not wearing a pashmina or scarf of some sort. On the off-chance I forget to wear mine, I feel naked, exposed and more susceptible to catching a cold. That’s also probably the reason why my face is a different, darker shade than my neck.

Despite how frequently I wear a scarf, I often catch myself staring at Parisian women (and men!) wondering how they managed to tie their scarf so it looks so chic. Just this past weekend at a Frenchie bachelorette party, I stared in awe at one of the girls tying a little scarf around her neck and thought, “well, if I did that, it wouldn’t come out that way”.

So when I came across this video that was included in a one-month Paris series New York magazine is doing, I had to share it. My favorite new looks to try are the celebrity and the waterfall. I’m hoping to master some of these scarf-tying tricks before Rio pries my cold, wine-stained fingers from the Paris streets back to NYC.

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Provence, Pyrenees & Pays Basque Road Trip

Last August, Rio and I embarked on a road trip to explore the South of France. While we’re here, we want to see as much of France as we can and decided that a road trip commencing from Avignon to Saint-Jean-de-Luz via the Pyrenees mountains sounded like just the way to do it. What we didn’t anticipate is that we would have to do this in a Smart car. Our favorite memories of the trip include experiencing a jai alai match, hiking, visiting our friend Steeve and his family in his hometown, walking through the red ochre town of Roussillon, driving through the hills of Luberon, and, of course, wine tasting!

So despite driving through some death-defying cols, we wouldn’t change a thing about this two-week adventure…actually, we really would have liked having a normal-sized car.

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Istanbul Vacation: In Video


I really wanted to post more photos and a day-by-day itinerary of our October trip to Istanbul, but that’s not going to happen anytime soon. So in the meantime, here’s a video Rio made of our trip to the city of domes and minarets.

Missed the one post I’ve done so far on Istanbul? Here’s the post.

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A Weekend in Amsterdam: In Video


This is about four months late, but here’s a video Rio put together of our weekend in Amsterdam back in July. If you’ve ever seen our Sri Lanka, Nice or Rome videos, then you can tell his videos have really improved. He may not be a professional, but considering he’s taught himself Final Cut Pro via random online tutorials and does this for fun, I think he’s done an amazing job!

For more Amsterdam photos and tips, click here, here and here. And for a recommendation on where to stay, here’s what I thought of Vondelview B&B.

Next video coming up? Istanbul!

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A Haircut in Paris


My first year in Paris, I returned to NYC enough times where I could continue to get a haircut at my trusty Oscar Blandi Salon. However, the last time I was back in NY was in October 2012…which meant, I had to finally give in this year and begin my search for a hairstylist in Paris. With the traumatizing experience my fellow study abroad friend Jennifer had years ago ingrained in my memory, and hearing enough more recent hair horror stories from other expats, I set out to find my Oscar Blandi replacement. After searching “best hair salons in Paris” and asking a few friends where they got their haircut, I decided to give the salon Delphine Courteille’s Studio 34 a try. Having worked on the cheveux of celebrities like Sophia Coppola and Gisele Bundchen, I felt confident enough that my hair would be in good hands. I mean, it better be for 100 euros! Well, my haircut looked good and I was perfectly content with how my hair turned out.

Three months later, it was time to rein in my grows-as-fast-as-weeds hair again…and I decided not to go back to Delphine Courteille’s Studio 34 salon. To be honest, even though I had given my Paris haircut virginity to Studio 34, the whole time I couldn’t help but thinking how I had really wanted to schedule my haircut at the buzzed-about David Mallett salon instead…so that’s what I decided to do. You may be wondering why I didn’t opt for David Mallett for my first haircut and the answer is simple…a haircut with a senior stylist there is 135 euros and that just seemed like a lot of money for just a wash, cut and blow dry. (Clearly, I had forgotten that my Oscar Blandi cuts with stylist Mairead were $175 a pop!) But I decided to screw it and told Rio he would have to brown-bag his lunch for a week, and decided to make an appointment at the salon that’s loved by beauty editors, the fashion world and more celebrities than I can list.

Located on the second floor of a 17th century hôtel particulier (town house) in the 2nd arrondissement, when you step into the David Mallett salon, you’re immediately taken by the beauty of the space. Decorated in gray, bronze and taupe, the airy salon is punctuated with cool details in each room like the 10-foot ostrich standing center stage in the main room and the tiger lying in wait in the washing room. And have I mentioned all the cool-looking, sharply-dressed salon team…who also have great hair?

Well, I’m happy to say that the 135 euros were stylishly well-spent four months ago and I even returned for a second visit this week. This time, instead of my usual trim, I decided to trust my stylist Richie’s recommendation and chop off a good three to four inches of my hair. I’m not going to lie – I was a bit scared and thought to myself, “I really hope I don’t start crying if I hate it”! But no tears were shed, my friends all raved about the cut, and even my harshest critic – Rio, who else? – loved it! Whew.

Want to see what my David Mallett haircut looked like? Here’s an Instagram pic.

March 2014 Update: Needing a change, I decided to lob off five inches and get a version of the “fashion bob”. What I like about my stylist Richie was that he didn’t recommend having my hair angled too much (the fashion bob is shorter in the back, and longer in the front) and cut it the way he thought was best for me. Although I haven’t quite figured out how to style it on my own, I think it looks pretty darn good. Here’s an Instagram pic.

David Mallett
14 rue Notre-Dame des Victoires
2nd arrondissement // Métro: Bourse
Tél: 01 40 20 00 23
**I love my stylist Richie (who also speaks English) and for a great blow dry, Etienne is your man!

A Tip on Hair Tipping: Wondering what to tip when it comes to haircuts in Paris? Apparently, you shouldn’t feel like you have to tip 20% like in NYC. According to my Frenchie friends, 5 to 10% is perfectly acceptable and even considered generous. Personally, I feel more comfortable tipping around 10%. At the David Mallett salon, you can just ask the receptionist for a small envelope to put your tip in. Then, simply give it to them to hand over or walk back into the main salon room and deliver it yourself.

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Tyler’s (Instagram) Video of the Day

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You can click on the image above to see my first Instagram Video featuring…Tyler, of course. This was post-walk and you can hear him licking working away to get a treat out of his smart toy.

As a big fan of Twitter’s Vine, I felt a bit conflicted about Facebook’s copycat move of offering videos on Instagram…but hey, that’s business and mobile video is (finally) gaining traction with the mainstream population. (Yup, this is where I plug client Hang w/.) So what did I think about Instagram Video? Well, three things:

1) I love the 13 filter options that can instantly enhance your video.
2) The image stabilization is great as it helps eliminate the shakiness in videos.
3) Compared to Vine’s 6 second maximum limit, 15 seconds for an Instagram video seems like an awfully long time. Then again, I felt a bit rushed with 6 seconds sometimes, so at least with Instagram Video, you can choose to shoot a video between 3 to 15 seconds long.

And if you’d like, you can find me on Instagram at @apresnewyork.

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Watching Now: Jay Leno Gas Station Prank


I don’t usually post prank videos… actually I never have on this blog, but I enjoyed this Jay Leno gas station prank so much the other day I had to share. (Who knows, maybe you Frenchie followers haven’t seen it yet.) Maybe I like it so much because this karaoke duo picked songs I really like… and have great voices. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s kind of a long video, but the music’s good – so who cares!

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Music I’m Loving: Manhattan

I admit that I effuse about how much I love Paris a lot. Probably too much. But it’s true – I do love Paris and really do never, ever want to leave this city.

Despite all this, I still love NYC. So when I saw this music video on my favorite Parisian beauty blog She Lets Her Hair Down, I had to share it. Not only does the song by Cat Power have a nice melody, but the shots of NYC make me smile.

Happy listening.

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Nice Weekend Getaway: A Video

Last weekend, Rio and I went to Nice for a little weekend getaway. It was our first time in the South of France and even though the weather wasn’t necessarily warmer than Paris, it was still un parfait petit week-end. Leaving Friday morning and returning Sunday afternoon left us ample time to not only see Nice, but we were also able to take the one euro bus (oui, only one euro!) to Villefranche-sur-Mer for a morning visit and delicious lunch at Les Garçons, and then hop on over to Monaco for the afternoon and early evening.

Here’s a video Rio made of our vacation – apparently, his latest hobby.

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