La Vie à Paris
“There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties, or ease, it could be reached. Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it."
- EARNEST HEMINGWAY, A MOVEABLE FEAST
If the past few months have demonstrated anything to me it is this: we have a duty to ask and re-ask the big questions of life: who we are, what we value, what our responsibilities to ourselves and to each other are. And although these questions are always the hardest to ask, I've learned with time that it's the asking, not the answering that really matters. Because once you ask the questions, the answers are never far off. In fact, the answers might just present themselves to you. Plain to see.
That's more or less what happened to us in the last few months if I had to summarize it. Some time off in Europe spent asking the questions at the end of last year led us to Paris, where we just moved, and where we'll be living for at least the next six months (insert Eiffel Tower-sized exclamation mark here) After that, we'll see!
Here's Sherif, my husband, on our last night in New York City. He's a beautiful man, not just in the glow of candlelight, but deep down. After a week spent at a baking class in Paris in October, he wondered (out loud) what it would take to leave his very corporate job for a decidedly different life: that of a baker. As soon as he asked the question, I knew he made up his mind. You might call it an aha moment, but it really wasn't. It was years of asking the question finally presenting the answer. Plain to see.
Life is never perfect. It's far from linear. Our human experience is so achingly complex and beautiful at once, I often wonder how all of the billions of people on this planet are able to hold the human-ness of it all. But the more I go through it, the more I believe this: if you're open to it, there's ample magic in this world.
While we're here, you can expect coverage of local Parisian magic as well as (hopefully) quite a lot about French fashion, past and present. I'm eager to see how living in Paris will impact my relationship with getting dressed. For now, we've followed Mr. Hemingway's advice and brought all of our hopes, and open hearts, to Paris. Wish us luck!