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Joyeux Anniversaire.


It's official! Happy Francoversary to me!

Three years ago today, I got off the plane in the pursuit of a new life, perhaps some love, and happiness. Happiness! Ha! I've said this in the past, but if I knew just exactly what lied ahead of me, I probably would have hightailed back to JFK tout de suite. What messes I've tangled myself in here!


Wanting to come up with something fun for my three year anniversary, I was thinking of writing up a super fun francophile post. A celebration of all of the things I love in Paris, recognizing what I have learned, and sharing some of my favorite French music and moments. But since most of my posts are generally a love letter to Paris, I decided to go a different route.

I came here three years ago to basically drain my savings, explore the culture, master the language, and scratch that itch of having one last adventure before truly settling down as an adult. While I do love this culture with all of its quirks and glory, my intention was never to completely lose myself to the Frenchness of it all. The fact will always remain that I'm not French and I'm not from here. I may live in Paris for the rest of my life but I will always be a faux-risienne, and embrace my pedigree as an Italian-American.

Staying true to these roots, and also as someone who doesn't take herself too seriously, before moving to the City of Light, I "art directed" my very own version of An American in Paris. Taking the concept and adding my own twist, I now have a constant reminder that no matter where I am in the world, I will always be a cheesy chick from New York at heart.

I hope you enjoy the photos (complete with my mom's commentary when I showed them to her) as much as I did taking them!




"Is that my skirt? Put it back in my closet, I'm not kidding!
Cute pic, by the way, what's that fountain?"

"Why does your body look like a sausage in this one?" 

"Isn't the Louis Vee-tawn store near there?"

"Oh Gawd, please don't do that in Paris, 
it looks whore-y."

"What a glamour shot, but you're about to get hit by that car.
Not very responsible."
 
Thanks Mom. 

Gotta love Mother Coquine who never fails to notice the random or insult me, and my pre-Paris figure, damn girl. French girls may not get fat but I do. Don't be fooled, I so don't look like this anymore. Sad.

Paris has been much harder on me than my mom and it's been a challenging as well as entertaining past three years. Here's to the next three that I hope are less colorful. Je me souhaite un Joyeux Anniversaire!

What was going on a year ago today? 

44 comments:

  1. Wow, when you come out of the closet you really come out with a BIG BANG. Those are some fantastic photos, Signorina Guidette! And I know that I've said it before but I'm going to say it again, I love your mom's comments!

    Happy 3 year Francoversary! I wish you love and happiness as you go forward with just enough craziness to keep life interesting. xx

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    1. Hahahah yeah, these photos are completely ridiculous! I like to have fun with where I'm from as well as poke fun at my mom's comments. She's quite a character!

      Thank you so much Mary Kay for your comment as well as you support and for being such a fantastic blog friend! You're special. : )

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  2. Oh là là, sexy mama! Happy Francoversary!

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    1. Hahaha. Is our pose-off on? Who am I kidding? I'll never win. You are the queen of the sexy pose! xo.

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  3. Love it! Your mom is hilarious. Congrats on three years in France!

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    1. Thanks, Laura!!! Yeah, my mom is a piece of work.

      I'm sending you lots of hugs and support from Paris. Stay strong, Sista. : )

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  4. "Don't be fooled, I so don't look like this anymore."

    Maybe not, but I bet you still look damn good.

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm a bit bigger but I look really happy, so that should count for something, right? Hahaha. Thanks for your comment!

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  5. yay! happy celebration (with kale tonight!) I'm glad you're here... you have made my transition to paris life so much easier. So thank you to YOU Ms Coquine! BTW when do we get to meet your mom?

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    1. Yay!! Kale RULED! We had a blast!!! I was so happy to see everyone! MK, Finding Noon, Paris Cheapskate, Joseph the Butler, Conrad, Bryan, Heather...OH MY!!!! It was an overload of awesome people!! Well done, my dear, well fucking done. Like I said in my email, I'm so proud of you!

      I'm so glad I met you too! : )

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  6. What's a nice guidette doing in Paris!!!!!!! LMAOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I KNEW you were going to get a kick out of this "photo shoot". Thank you for getting me. : )

      I heart my fellow Champagne sista!

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  7. "faux-risienne" - love it. These photos are hilarious, thanks for a good start to the day over here :) Congratulations on your three years!

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    1. Yes, being a 'faux-risienne' is the deck of cards I have been dealt with. No matter how long I've been here..I'm just a chick from New York. I accept!!! I'm glad you got a kick out of my take on expat living. Thanks for getting it, and thanks for your well wishes!!

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  8. happy franceaverisary...or something like that....havent' had enough coffee yet

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    1. Franciversary, perhaps?;)

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    2. Thanks Debbie!!

      Duchess- Franciversary works too. Francoversary..I don't know..whichever sounds better. It's a bit awkward to say, I admit.

      xoxoxo to you both!

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  9. Happy Anniversary! Here's many many more years en France!

    p.s. your mom is a trip!

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    1. Thanks Sue! Yes! Here's to many more for me..and soon for you too! Let me know if you need any help!

      Yes, my mom is a trip to you all and completely insulting to me. Ca va...

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  10. Cute post....je vous souhaite beaucoup d'autres! J'espere que tout ira bien dans le futur.....

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    1. Merci beaucoup Mem! On verra, on verra...

      J'ai des nouvelles à partager avec vous... ; )

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  11. You're a hawtie you look fabulous! Funny sense of humor and your mom too! I love that you thought of doing that before leaving -- your mom and friends must have been dying of laughter. You need a pic with the president now, ha! Love the 'tude! Keep up being your vibrant self! Cheers and bon anniversaire de 3 ans en France !! Chin chin!

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    1. Oh D! Thanks, girl!!! I know you so get my ridiculous sense of humor!

      Thanks for being such a supportive, awesome, and "down" blogger girlfriend. They are hard to come by. : )

      xoxoxoxoxoxooxox!

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    2. Thank-you so much as well, L! I've appreciated all of your kind support as well as the many laughs over what I think has been about a year of blogging and communication avec toi! Bises xx

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  12. Lol, I love your mum's commentary, I think she'd get on very well with my mum :oD

    Joyeux anniversaire!

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    1. Hi Katy!

      Thanks for commenting and welcome!

      I must jump over to your blog to see where you're from!

      Thanks for the comment!

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  13. Look at THAT hot ticket!;)

    Love the "cheese fest" and love your mom's comments:)

    One day, we might both live in Paris:) Wouldn't it be nice?:) So hang in there, it might take a while!:)

    Bon anniversaire et amuse-toi bien:)

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    1. Hahahahah...LOVE! "Hot ticket"!!!

      Oh and I'm such a cheeseball. When you're in France..tu verras...je te jure!!!

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  14. I also love that you're staying true to yourself and not beating yourself up because you're not "French". I see so many expats struggling to fit in and I always wonder why. You should never be ashamed of your origins, quite the contrary.

    Once I was visiting a fellow Canadian in Paris who remarked that a French woman would not tie her scarf the way I had tied mine and I remember thinking "who gives a flying f***?! I'm not French and that's how I wear it!" If every Parisian girl jumps head first in the Seine (ewwwwwwww!), do I have to go too?

    That was the ducal rant du jour. Now back to our regular programme:)

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    1. Thanks for this additional note, Duchess. It's funny because my French friends really embrace my New York/Americaness..they get a kick out if, it's the Americans I cross paths with from time to time that seem to have an issue with it.

      My French gets corrected by Americans, but not by my French employers during Fashion Week or my French boyfriend. It's stupid.

      I am who I am. I adore the culture, speak the language, gained weight from the cheese that I'm obsessed with, but at the end of the day, I will always be a chick from New York. Am I crazy for being true to who I am?

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  15. Haha! Love the photoshoot!! Happy Francoversary!!

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    1. Thanks Shannon!!! xoxoxox! Glad you enjoyed my cheesy "photo shoot"! Hahaha!

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  16. You must be a breath of fresh air in Paris! Never change!

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    1. Well I don't know about that per se, but I try to have fun with the two cultures and not take myself too seriously.

      I promise, I will never change. At this point, it would be impossible!

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  17. Hahahahahaha!!!! Tres original, Mademoisella!!! Only you could get away with something like this.

    Happy Francoversary!

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    1. Thanks Rachel!!! I think everyone could get away with this! It's all about just staying true to who you are. I'm not special for doing this. Not at all...


      Thanks again for your comment!

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  18. Félécitation on being 3 years old eh!
    Happy Francoanniversaire Keep them blogs a coming!!!
    It was great to meet you and Seb the other night.
    Cheers
    Conrad

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    1. It was so lovely to meet you too!!!! Thank you for your support and I'm glad that I was able to answer some of your questions at the Kale party.

      Really, it was a pleasure to meet you, Conrad!

      Thank you!!!

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  19. Joyeux Francoversaire! Your mom's commentary is hilarious. Btw, it's refreshing that you embrace the New York thing even while living abroad - I spent a semester in Paris and I met so many people who were making it their life's work to try and fool people into thinking they weren't from the States. I adore French culture too, but it seemed so ridiculous.

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    1. Thanks Callie!

      And thank you so much for understanding what I mean! It's not against expats at all, as a big group of my friends are from the States, but you know what I mean, a handful that I know (acquaintances really) try a little too hard and it's annoying to watch.

      Thank you for getting me. : )

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  20. French girls may not get fat but girls who move here do. Fact. My thighs and badonkadonk are the proof.
    Happy three years! I'm three at the end of September :)
    P.S. we totally have the same hair. x.

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    1. Hahaha, I don't believe you. The photos I've seen of you have been really slimming. No, really. You've got a cute little figure! There's something in the water down there that allows you guys to start drinking at 11am!

      We so have the same hair!

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