that’s where the fun is


allo et bonjour mes cheres amis!


checking in from paris where it’s 3:30 am and most sensible people are asleep.

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at home i seem to need a solid 8 hours but here i’m getting by on 4 or 5.

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guess it’s an obsession; a bit of not wanting to miss anything and being determined not to let these days slip through the cracks unaccounted for. so it’s editing, cropping, downloading and uploading photos after long days of walking for hours.


that said, i wanted to just say hello and post a few shots of the day at the market and around town. i’m still on my social media kick and it’s been a lot of fun tweeting and hashtagging and posting and learning what works as i go along. what i’m really enjoying is having no agenda for a minute and just taking my time and not feeling rushed.

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i have a travel companion who is patient and understanding. and i think that may be the key to the whole social media and tech revolution. when i was fervently trying to text and tweet and multi-task in real time, it was impossible to focus and not one thing got uploaded (correctly anyway)! it’s only when i can sit quietly and go through images and edit, tag, interact and think that it works for me. otherwise it’s a burden and i can’t stand any of it! and that’s my tip for the day and note to self. stop rushing and be mindful with the content we’re creating. best of all, now that i’m not just hoarding pix and actually dispersing them of various channels, i’m actually having fun again and seeing my world of photos take shape and i like it. well, have a great night and enjoy the rest of the weekend. it’s official, i’m off to bed!


July 28, 2014. Paris, Paris Apartments. 27 comments.

living in real itme


bonjour tout le monde et bon weekend as they say en paree!


it’s been a few days since we left le meurice and the hustle and bustle of the days with the wonderful #EmbraceParis group.

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my dear friend keni valenti has arrived

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and we have since moved into a sweet apartment house on the left bank thanks to madelyn at paris perfect and are working on honing our social media skills.


i wanted to touch base and let you know which channels are working best to get photos and info out to the universe.


although it’s difficult to post in real time, a stop at the apple store or a starbucks can get us hooked up on the WIFI here and there.

so before heading out this morning to vanves flea market, here’s a quick snapshot of what we’ve been up to.

blue doors in paris

lastly, i had to post this from you tube, it’s a video from funny face that keni has us singing thru the streets all day everyday! he’s been my muse and is so much fun! have a great weekend, more soon!

July 26, 2014. Friends, Marché aux Puces, Vanves Flea Market. 12 comments.

the best laid plans

Room 135 Le Meurice

bon journee! we’re officially settled in to le meurice in paris. our social media gathering is in full spring and the  hashtage is #EmbraceParis. the trip is already moving a the speed of light and although i had big plans to blog, tweet, fb, instagram etc. in real time, it’s proving next to impossible! we have 5 minutes before heading out for a picnic in the tuilleries garden and i’m here as opposed to getting ready to leave for the day! but i do have for brush these dents so will just quickly bid adieu and share a couple photos of the gorgeous suite! our hosts, carina and norma have set up the most incredible trip but as hard as we try it’s almost impossible to post and i apologize for overpromising to share.  needless to say there has been a lot of laughter and great times. the women here are sensational and as i sit next to a different one at each meal or event i marvel at the power, beauty and commraderie in the room.

ok well i better go. i lifted the following from carina’s blog so that you can meet them all. i’ll try to tweet fromt the road today…

Empower * Brainstorm * Collaborate * Engage * Social Media

Bringing creative international women together for an experience full of positive energy, there will be much collaborating, sharing and brainstorming on all things related to the wonderful and crazy world of social media. EMBRACE is about empowering each other through positive peer support. Whilst initially Embrace was to be hosted by the city’s most beautiful hotel (the Hotel Plaza Athénée), a small change has taken place and events have now been moved to their sister hotel, the exquisite Le Meurice, another of the charming properties in the Dorchester collection.
Generating a Paris inspired frisson throughout social media platforms such as : Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, along with individual websites, you can follow the hashtag #EmbraceParis to see what the ladies are up to, and where they’ll be.

Of course, none of it would be possible if it weren’t for the incredible support of some truly amazing companies. You can click on over and follow them online here:

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The Dorchester Group:

Le Meurice

le meurice by lynn of design the life you want to live

Hotel Plaza Athénée


The House of Moynat

house of moynat by brooke of elements i love

Marie-France Pochna of Paris Unlimited

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Chateau Vaux le Vicomte:

Chateau Vaux le Vicomteby lynn of design the life you want to live

Chateau Vaux le Vicomte by norma theisson

The Dailey Method Paris:

dailey method collage by norma theisson


twiz tour by norma theisson

twiz tour


Neal Brothers

neal brothers foods

and of course the fabulous ladies who will be Embracing Paris – you can read more about them on Norma’s post ‘Calling all social media ladies’

Norma Thiessen – co-host

norma thiesson

Lisa Ferguson – Strengths Trainer

Lynne Knowlton

Jennifer Brouwer

Mary Kay Bosshart

Ann Garvin

Brooke Crowle

Andrea Claire

Claudia Strasser

Be sure to jump in and come to Paris with us across social media – we’d love to hear from you.


July 23, 2014. Embrace Paris Trip, Friends, Paris. 18 comments.

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