excursions, vol. 4: les archives départementales, avignon

The highlight (yes, the highlight … probably) of my time in Avignon was a visit I made to the Archives D√©partementales. I was super fortunate because my host mother has a friend who works there. She was incredibly generous and gave us a guided tour one afternoon. We went into the grand old stacks, inside what used to be an ecclesiastical and later papal chapel. We also went up the tower of the papal palace where they keep 11 levels (!!) of archives. She told us the story of how the Archives came to be housed in a part of the building, while the other part is where public visits are held. It’s bizarre, because I had already done a guided tour of the Palais and hadn’t even really noticed that we didn’t visit half of the building. I guess tours are kind of like that – it’s hard to keep your bearings. Or is it just me?

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the once and future makeup

Recently — okay, not that recently, in January actually — I was reminded by my mom that I once wore a Dior foundation, and said to myself, huh. I had almost no memory of this! So I thought it might be fun to put together a little post about my go-to products now and their (probably objectively just as good) predecessors.

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(This is from last July on our third anniversary :) )

A beauty blog I read recently gave a name to something I have always experienced as a closet beauty junkie: even if you really like a product, it’s just so fun to try something else. In other words, few things merit a “repurchase” unless the product is completely fantastic and/or at a desirable price point.

Without further ado, the things I love now and their antecedents!

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the best hair trick

Seriously. It’s majikal.

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OK, so as I have discussed before, my only hair goal is to look like Connie Britton all the time. And suddenly, although it’s still not a reality, it’s so much closer.

I found some tip on Refinery 29 about curling your hair in a ponytail, so I tried it.

First, you put your hair in a ponytail on the top of your head, as near to your forehead as possible. Next, divide the ponytail into four sections. With a 1″ curling iron, curl each section and pin it to set. Get on with your morning. When you’re about to leave the house, mist with a little hairspray (I’m using a Tresemm√© one right now that I honestly don’t like very much, but even it suffices), unpin, finger-comb or brush, and ta-da!

Does this make any sense? I’ll try to do a picture tutorial soon.

the bungalow, los angeles

This past weekend, I headed out to Los Angeles to celebrate my friend Sloane’s bachelorette party. It was a riot: four girls cried, five girls puked, and we lived the luxe life for three days. So fun. To me, one of the highlights was going to the super-trendy Bungalow at the Fairmont Hotel. We were lucky and got there before it filled up, so I was able to snap some pictures of the inspirational decor without the crowds. I love the beach-y, but not tacky, vibe.

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We snagged a table outside.
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It was a wild and fun weekend :)

hair crush

I am not the first one to realize that Connie Britton has fantastic hair. But guys, my obsession is deep. I come pelting out of the bathroom, shouting “Tami Taylor Hair!” to Parker. He has literally laughed in the face of my volume. But I know the truth. My hair pales in the face of hers.

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Come on, y’all. Bow down to the greatest hair ever.

PS. Searching for a hair salon now to get my hair cut just like her. Am I certifiable or what?