Posts filed under "monday moods"

Monday Moods: I Feel... Toasty.

Besides the weather being over the top sunny
and all together lover-ly,
I can honestly say,
our weekend in England recharged me 
in a way I wasn't expecting.

As I sat down on the Eurostar last night to return to Paris,
I reveled in the feeling of being completely relaxed after our trip.

{Editor's Note: This is not a normal feeling for me. Trips typically leave me exhausted.}

I guess it just felt good to be "home."

Walking by the Pret A Manger in our neighborhood,
saying "hi" to the desk clerks at our office,
meeting up with friends for dinner...

The simple pleasure of being in a familiar place just felt really nice.

And the food...
I have really missed the food in England.

{Editor's Note: Where are the vegetables, France??}

As I sat with a cup of tea & piece of toast
yesterday morning while checking emails,
I couldn't help by feel myself sliding into a state of euphoria.

If you are waking up
and needing the day to start off with an easy win...
it might be time to dust off the toaster, 
 dredge the jar of jam you got at Christmas out of the cupboard,
& indulge in something dependably tasty.

Today, let's toast the glorious pairings one can enjoy 
with just a single slice of crunchy bread...


cinnamon toast (my favorite way featured on hello splendor) | egg & soliders (the cutest way to eat toast)
toast & jam (this is tiptree tiny tip raspberry is amazing) | toast with butter & Charbonnel et Walker hot chocolate

images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

ps. yup. just realized it is actually tuesday. oh well.

Posted on April 3, 2012 and filed under "delicious dish", "monday moods".

Monday Moods: I feel... like an insider.

In these quiet days of February
that fill the lull between holidays
and warmer tourist seasons...
the city of Paris is a bit dimmer.

These pictures can't show the freezing temperatures,
but trust me, they are there.

Though while the windy streets are empty,
the foyer to the Louvre a bit quieter,
and the line at Laduree historically shorter...

Don't be fooled.

The city of lights is still twinkling
with the everyday beauty 
that is woven within this place.

You see it in the old women walking by in their fur coats,
the husband & wife chatting to each other as they stock their store,
or the family rushing to unlock the entry door to their home...

In these cold and quiet days,
I feel like I have stumbled upon Paris off-stage...
the Paris before me is in a natural state of la vie quotidienne.

I get to see Paris with her hair down...
and it's beautiful.

PS. Lauren Smith- you won the giveaway!
Who wouldn't want to try coffee in Ethiopia?

Email me and I'll have some cute espresso cups 
sent your way from France!

*all images original to aspiring kennedy
Posted on February 13, 2012 and filed under "France", "Paris", "monday moods".

Monday Moods: I feel... ruined.

This morning has been full of exploring
the ancient Roman ruins in Arles.

We have climbed the steps of the ampi-theatre
that used to host gladiators & wild beasts
and today is the meeting place of bulls & matadors....

We have sang on the stage
that once welcomed ancient performers
and today hosts famous celebrities....

And now?

I'm taking another cue from the Romans
and am headed into to take a hot bath.

If you are visiting Arles,
you can visit both the ampi-theatre & theatre for €5...
plus, you are surrounded by French restaurants.

Nothing about that combination can ruin your day!

*If you visit during the warmer months, 
you'll have a good chance of seeing a bull-fighting event in the stadium
(a favorite sport of Arlesiennes)
or catch a performance or classic movie in the theatre.

*All images original to Aspiring Kennedy

Posted on February 6, 2012 and filed under "France", "Southern France", "monday moods", "provence", "travel".

Monday Moods: I feel... off.

After one month in the US,
our bags are once again packed
and stuffed with the splendors
of Christmas morning & American retail prices.

Delicacies such as chile rellenos & fried okra
have made our jeans fit a bit tighter,
but the time with our loved ones has made our heart swell, too.

So as I anxiously await touching down in London
and moving on to a glorious stint in Paris,
I'm also saying goodbye to a few aspects of life
that I've been enjoying so much in the States.

Hunting through my mom family's abandoned grocery store for buried treasures. I found some good ones!

Roasting s'mores with family and watching Downton Abbey.

The retail craziness in the US. So much of everything... Is that 24 species of Pop-Tarts?

Decent burgers- because let's be honest: England kinda sucks at making burgers.

Spending time with my grandma...

And surprising her with dinner on her wedding china. (She wanted "spaghetti with a big glass of milk." ha!)

And of course, playing with my sweet niece. Good grief, I love that girl.

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy
Posted on January 23, 2012 and filed under "monday moods", "stonehaven".

Monday Moods: I Feel... Golden

England may be known for it's perpetually grey skies...
but back in the US, 
I'm squinting and smiling in the sunshine.

 i can only assume my love for gray's papaya stems from my mom eating these when she was pregnant with me.
i feel like a lady in these shoes... and girls under the age of 5 love me.
trying on jeans is much more fun when its someone else trying them on.
bubble bath to the max.
eataly. where dreams come true.
in-n-out a la texas. burgers never tasted so good.

*all images original to aspiring kennedy
Posted on January 9, 2012 and filed under "monday moods".