Greetings from Paris!

November 9, 2014

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I feel obliged to begin this post with: Bonjour! Greetings from Paris, France, our new home for the next couple of years! It has been a whirlwind to say the least – we flew direct from Houston, which was great save for the teething 6 month old part. That little element has been a not-so-fun challenge during the first part of our stay here. But it’s all good – adds a little spice to life! We had our inaugeral meal with one of my best friends who lives here – Susan, at a little bistro literally around the corner from our temporary housing. It was fantastic. She greeted us at our hotel apartment with two bottles of champagne and we each ordered a tasting menu at dinner. It was so yummy and fun to test what little French I know at dinner.

The last few days have been a blur of short sleeping stints and metro rides and hangouts with Susan and a little site seeing and LOTS of walking. This post will be short and sweet because things have not slowed down enough to really sit and write but I at least wanted to share a few iPhone photos! I still haven’t taken my “real” camera for a spin – but rest assured you will be photobombed when I do.

Here are some photos from the last few days – a view from our temporary housing in La Defense, which is sort of the corporate part of town where Connor’s office is stationed//We have been taking the metro and trying to learn how all the lines connect// Susan has a beautiful apartment with chevron flooring// Connor being a Parisian dad <3// Our little site seeing adventure to the Louvre yesterday.

I can’t wait to share more. I keep walking around with my jaw open and thinking “Is this really happening?”

 

It’s been great, Tulsa!

October 23, 2014

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The rose vine outside of our house in Tulsa.

If you have been wondering why it’s been so quiet around here, it’s because our little family has been preparing for a huge move overseas. We got word about 3 months ago that my husband’s job is relocating us to Paris, France! We are, obviously, super excited! We knew when we moved here that it would be temporary, but I never expected to become so attached to this little city in the middle of America. 2 weeks ago, we packed up the rest of our house in Tulsa and watched as all of our (remaining) things were loaded onto a moving truck. Things were so busy and chaotic that day that I didn’t have time to really let it sink in that this was really happening. That when I drove out of Tulsa that evening, that was it. We made some really amazing friends in Tulsa that we will miss so much. There are also some favorite places we will miss. I wanted to take a minute to share a few of my favorite things/places in Tulsa.

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The Tavern – This has been our favorite restaurant in Tulsa. The food is locally sourced (mostly), and the dessert chef makes the best peach cobbler and baguette I have ever had. Also, the burger. I worked here for a few months when we first moved to Tulsa and I loved it.

Collages1Hodges Bend – Tulsa’s premier coffee/cocktail bar. We used to have our Friday happy hour dates here, and we were able to continue them throughout my pregnancy because they serve delicious ginger beer and mocktails.  Connor and I have had many life-planning conversations here.

Collages2Retro Den – Oh man! My heart! This is by far my favorite Tulsa business. I bought several vintage pieces from Retro Den over the past almost 3 years, and finally got the nerve to talk to the new owners, Ashley & Ashley one day. We have been friends since and I am so happy that I got the chance to know them!

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Bison & Bear - another Tulsa favorite. B&B specializes in selling mens and womens clothing, outdoor gear, vintage finds, skin care products, coffee supplies, locally made goods and so much more.

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Downtown Tulsa Architecture – Tulsa boasts some of the most beautiful and well kept Art Deco buildings in the country. TFA offers monthly walking tours downtown where you can learn all about the history behind Tulsa’s downtown architecture.

Collages7Dwelling Spaces – another downtown gift shop that sells locally made art from clothing and jewelry to music and screenprinted art.

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First Ward Studio – A new edition to Tulsa founded by two native Tulsans who returned after living in New York and Austin to root back down and open their own hair salon in a historical loft in the Blue Dome district. I love the vibe here!

Collages9And ofcourse, our house! We have a lot of memories here, specifically bringing home our newborn son to this house and starting the first  5 months of his life here. It was the perfect, 1050 sq ft space for us at this time in our lives, and we will always cherish it!

Tulsa, thank you for being so welcoming to us over the last 3 years. We have loved getting to know you and all you have to offer.

We are getting ready to fly to our new home in about 2 weeks! In the interim, we are in my hometown of Houston for the rest of October, enjoying some family and friend time before we hop over the pond. We cannot wait to start our new life in Paris, but we are enjoying getting to spend quality time with some very special people until then. As soon as we get settled, I will share more about our move and our new life over there. And, most importantly, finding and decorating an apartment in Paris! Needless to say I am beyond excited about it!!!!!

 

Make: A Coiled Rope Trivet

September 3, 2014

untitled-9If you are like me and have heat rings all over your house, then there is no such thing as too many trivets. I had the idea to make this trivet the other day using some rope and wooden beads I had lying around. A while back I purchased these wooden beads for the beaded extension cord project, and I maaaaaay have gone a little overboard on the quantity. Also, I maaaaaaay have a problem with owning too much rope. Especially for someone who owns neither a boat or a truck with which to use said rope.

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So what is a girl to do with all these beads and rope? Make an awesome trivot, that’s what!! And you know me – it’s a really simple project, just how I like it.

Just start coiling the rope and glueing as you go (I used hot glue because I thrive on instant gratification), and keep going until you achieve the desired trivet size.

untitled-66Once you have the trivot to the size you want, go ahead and glue on the beads to act as feet for the trivot. I painted my trivet with black acrylic paint, just because I like the drama. That’s right. I used the words trivet and drama in the same sentence.

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untitled-49 untitled-53What do you think? It might be fun to do a few more in coordinating colors.

 

Make: Homemade Rosemary Sugar Scrub.

August 26, 2014

untitled-103We have been trying to trim the fat off of our budget lately, so one of the first things to go was my bi-monthly pedicure, something I had admittedly gotten reeeeeally accustomed to having. Especially in the summer, when my skin tends to get extra callous. I always pay the extra $6 at my local nail salon for the sugar scrub, and it has become my favorite part of the pedicure  process.

untitled-79 untitled-96I was really happy to find that after one simple Google search there are about a million DIY sugar scrub recipes that are both simple to make and inexpensive. I found one that is 2 parts sugar (either brown or white – I chose brown), 1 part coconut oil ( I purchased the 365 brand from Whole Foods) and a few drops of aromatic oil (I chose rosemary).

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Radio Silence

August 21, 2014

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe’ve been traveling! Lots of stuff going on in the Cartland household that I can’t wait to share on the blog. I will be back in blog action soon! Until then, enjoy this photo that depicts my feet in a presumably exotic location.

(shoes// Madewell, location// Beluga Pointe, Seward Hwy, Alaska)