Pass It Forward: 3 Expats in Paris

Friday 28 June 2013

Before I delve into this week's feature, I'd like to say a huge thank you to Anjum, a reader who graciously shipped a huge box of handmade cookies along with all the paraphernalia I need to ice my own. It was a complete surprise. I didn't think answering a few questions on photography justifies such a massive gift but thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. Do check out her exquisite cookies here.

Most of us are mad about Paris including me so it's no surprise that I'm constantly finding blogs about expats who live in the romantic city. I've visited the city on numerous occasions and some of my friends are former Parisians who'd decided to live in England. It's one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen but like any big city, scratch below the surface and you'll find faults. Not all women there are stylish or what you'd call (the much perpetuated myth) Parisian chic. They bring up kids no different to most of us and not all are gourmands either.

Carin Olsson of Paris In Four Months

Carin, a Swedish export to Paris isn't a stranger to most of you. We were both interviewed by the lovely Malou of 33 Avenue. In fact, I've heard of Carin in the early days when we were mad about Hermes (and still are) and were actively participating on the Purse Forum. She's an utterly talented photographer. Her photos of Nicole Warne/Gary Pepper are worthy of a magazine cover because they are THAT incredible. If you haven't heard of her, go straight to her blog now and be prepared to be blown away.

Diane Yoon of Diane Abroad

Diane hails from Los Angeles but currently lives in Paris. Diane Abroad is essentially a travelogue of her adventures and the glorious food that she consumes (and never seem to put on an ounce! Yes, I'm jealous just in case you're asking). I'm addicted to her blog! The blog is filled with one breathtaking photo after another along with beautifully written posts that draw you in. I've been progressively working backwards through her archive over the past week which will explain why I'm behind on my emails.......

Milsters of Little Pieces of Light

Milsters is what I call a global citizen. She has lived in 13 countries which is rather mind-boggling in itself. I can't help but admire her courage to pursue her dreams yet realistic enough to be organized and have back up plans. She's of Chinese, Filipina and Spanish heritage and a Canadian citizen. Her blog, Little Pieces of Light has won numerous awards. Her posts are packed with oodles of information that's invaluable to any Francophile or expat. She also covers plenty of juicy tidbits about accommodation, restaurants and off the beaten tracks of any places she'd visited. I call her blog a travel encyclopedia. You'll understand what I mean when you check it out.


  1. I've discovered Paris in Four Months only recently and absolutely love her photography and seeing Paris through her eyes.

  2. Oh wow! Thank you so much for the shout-out. I am super touched. :)

    All the best


  3. Oh oh Marlene I'm feeling even more nervous about my limited photography skills having seen how beautifully you shot my work...I really hope you have fun creating your own cookie designs.Thank you again for all your help.

  4. OOOH just got my comment deleted before pushing post!!! sienna colours, red lippy and stripes - utter gorgeousness!!!

  5. 3 great bloggers! Carin takes beautiful photos :)

    Those cookies look amazing too! :)

    Away From Blue

  6. What a fantastic way to be introduced to your blog Marlene. Was randomly dropped here and glad I was, your posts are so personable and as a serious Francophile who perpetually searches for expat bloggers, this is a dream to discover more people like yourself. Thanks for sharing. Off to your archives!

    1. Thank you ever so much, Letitia for the lovely compliment! Ah yes, serious Francophile here too. I try to feature 3 bloggers on every other Friday as there are some incredibly talented ones in the blogosphere

  7. Thank you so much for the lovely mention :) I really appreciate it!

    xx Carin

  8. What a great mix of bloggers! First up, those biscuits are so gorgeous! They are like little works of art I don't know if I could eat them... Nah... just kidding! They would be down the hatch in a second. What an absolute sweet heart!

    - Mandi

  9. Marlene, thanks again for highlighting some cool bloggers! I'm heading back to Paris in a few months so I'll reference these blogs for good eats and fun sights!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  10. This just made my day! Thank you for the mention. I hope you're enjoying my archives, though the photos get progressively worse the farther back you go... yikes.

    1. You wouldn't want to see my old photos either! They shock the living daylights out of ME!

  11. Those cookies are so beautiful!!! I saw a picture once on pinterest. So lucky to receive such a fabulous gift!
    Thank you for the blogs - will definitely have a look.



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