I met Elise when I was getting my haircut by Stephane Forlay at Salon Bonaparte in December. I'd been there in June 2007 with my best friend Karen who got the best haircut ever from Stephane while I got a blowout from the mind-numbingly sexy Sebastien (think Jim Morrison meets pirate meets Renaissance angel...with sleepy hazel eyes). Anyhow, ever since then, I've planned on getting Stephane to cut my hair whenever I'm in Paris. The salon is chic and cool and very laid-back. None of the frantic buzz of a top NYC salon on a Saturday. And after stretching out in the massaging shampoo chaises (yes, you heard me right, you get a body massage from the chair as you get your hair shampooed. Nirvana), you're as contented as a cat in a sunny windowsill.
But I digress... Elise was getting her hair colored in the chair next to mine. It was funny, at first, I assumed she was French, she had that "je ne sais quoi" chic about her. Then I heard her speak with her Texan accent and thought...tourist. Then when we were side by side at the shampoo sinks, letting our glazes percolate, she spoke such good French, I knew she must be a resident. We struck up a conversation and by the time we were getting the last strand coiffed, had exchanged business cards.
Her blog is fantastic. A great look into day-to-day life in Paris, especially from a gastronomic point of view. This girl loves her food, yet she's skinny as a rail. I'd hate her, but she's too nice!
Anyhow, I read her blog and can't help but wish I could live in Paris as well and have the opportunity to experience life as a Parisienne, without the feeling I have to rush around and see and experience as much as possible. I'd love to shop at the wonderful food markets, take some classes in cooking and flower arranging. Spend an afternoon painting watercolors at the Jardin Luxembourg, walk Petey along the Seine - and take him down to visit Virginia (and Tom and Tama-Chan) in Le Perche. With every visit, I find more and more friends - Sanjay and Djamila and their boys, Sabrina, Virginia and Hubert, Susan from cooking school... and now Elise. I think I need to focus on getting the resources together to go to Paris with Petey and spend at least a month there. I'd invite some friends to come visit for a few days, but mostly, I'd just like to live there.
Okay - I've got that goal in mind....