embrace change

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parisian ambiance by carinaokula.com

bonjour mes cheries, happy sunday! i hope you’re having a good weekend and savoring the last of the evening hours. i’ve been nesting lately, just enjoying home after moving around so much last year and definitely not thinking much about travel and changing my locale right now. but spring will soon be sprung and that means wanderlust is in the air.


my beautiful paris, norma theison

truth is i do love to travel, there are still so many places on my bucket list to see. for you too? well, an invitation to an event in july reignighted my fire to explore the world; (or at least my favorite part of it), with a trip to gay paree.

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it’s hard to believe that paris never gets tired after all these years. it’s just a magical world i guess, why ask why? the good news is that for 3 days i’ll be with kindred spirits who share an obsession for the city. the event will be held at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée and is called ‘Embrace Paris 2014’. the hostesses who are behind the trip are two brilliant belles, norma thiessen and carina okula. they’re both magificent photographers and the city is their muse. (carina’s work will soon be featured in the paris apartment’s boutique)!


these two have put together an incredible itinerary beginning with the hotel. they have hooked up with the french chamber of commerce, recruited sponsors and planned an intimate conference to empower women using a variety of social media channels.


as carina’s blog says, the gathering is about:  Bringing creative international women together for an experience full of positive energy. There will be collaborating, sharing and brainstorming all things related to the wonderful and crazy world of social media. EMBRACE is about empowering each other through positive peer support and will be hosted by the city’s most beautiful hotel in July 2014.

We’ll be generating a Paris inspired frisson throughout social media platforms such as TwitterFacebookInstagramGoogle+, along with individual websites.


just as an aside, you may remember the last episode of sex and the city? it was shot at the hotel, the night carrie has her aha! moment in that incredible dress!

plaza en paris

i’ll check out the other ladies over the next couple weeks to get to know them beforehand. it’s a really small group with a whole lot going on. here’s a partial roundup:


so i bit the bullet and am booked for the month of july. if you’re going to be in paris, let me know and we can rendezvous! i’ll be giving tours, doing signings and roaming aimlessly with a van down south.

on another note, my dear friends from Paris Perfect are holding 28 days of clues for 28 entries to win a trip with all the trimmings! stop by their site each day for a new clue and to submit your entry.



  • 5 night accommodation in a one bedroom Paris Perfect apartment with Eiffel Tower view*
  • Two Paris Pass tickets that include free entry to over 60 museums and attractions as well as a free Seine cruise, Métro pass, wine tasting & more
  • Lunch for two at one of our favorite Paris restaurants – Café Constant
  • Two tickets for a Skip the Line Eiffel Tower tour from Easy Pass Tours
  • Chocolates and macarons from the world-famous Gregory Renard shop
  • Beautiful bouquet of flowers from one of Paris’ leading florists
  • Airport transfers for 2 people

all the details can be found here: parisperfect.com-win-a-stay-in-paristhe competition closes march 13, 2014. bonne chance!

ok well it’s getting late and time to enjoy the last few weekend hours. uh oh, just one left…sweet dreams!

March 3, 2014. Embrace Paris Trip, Giveaway, Paris, Paris Perfect Apartments, Paris Trip, Plaza Athenee, Social Media.


  1. Clare replied:

    Creative women? Paris? Sounds perfect to me!!! :-D
    I’ll be heading over to “Paris Perfect” to try my hand at winning a trip haha!

    Clare x


  2. meannarongDC replied:

    Reblogged this on arongmaryann.


  3. Peggy Braswell replied:

    sounds wonderful + I am in the contest! Here’s wishing everyone lots of luck. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com


  4. Belle Inspiration Magazine replied:

    This event sounds exciting with loads interesting topics. Let’s plan to meet up in July Claudia!


  5. Karena Albert replied:

    I just entered the contest Claudia, how exciting!
    The Arts by Karena


  6. Norma Thiessen replied:

    Counting the days to Embrace!! xo


  7. Deborah Achelles replied:

    I am in there as well – cant wait to get back to Paris


  8. Katy @ iFuckingLoveFitness replied:

    Aw, I’m coming to Paris in mid-June! Wish I heard about this earlier. :(


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    It would be easier to embrace change if this blog changed a bit more often.


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    Hi Claudia,
    yesterday was a special day for you right? I wish you all the best for the upcoming year. Happy birthday!


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