Back when I was single, or rather, freshly dumped, I used to hate, and I mean HATE when I was told that the right one "is out there". Out where? Out in Jersey and fate was supposed to somehow transport me there to meet this really awesome guy? I have never actively looked for love, being alone as you read from my last post is not a fear, I was just sick of constantly being broken up with. Seriously, I was starting to think that there was something gravely wrong with me. Like did I have halitosis and no one was telling me?

Thanks to the guidance of my friend Thomas who tried to uplift me during those painful days that in no time I would go back to being my slutty self (thanks?). With that, he introduced me to the French dating site Adopte Un Mec. Not looking for anything serious, this cheeky site where I was able to place dudes in my shopping cart and rate them as "favorite products" was beyond perfect and at the same time, so very wrong. (Can you just picture the outrage if this was a site for men and they were able to put women in shopping carts?) Going on a handful of dates that you can read about here on my Girls Guide to Paris piece, unexpectedly, I also met my husband. 

Two years ago yesterday, Aurel and I strolled through Paris, finally stopping in Jardin du Luxembourg to drink soda and talk about music. It's kind of weird that all of this is documented here on a blog, but I'm thankful it is, it makes looking back so much easier! Wanting to recreate that day, I squeezed (squoze?) my over-30 thighs into the same dress I wore that day, and planned a full picnic in the park with rosé champagne, expensive munchies from Nicholas wine shop, and shrimp with American cocktail sauce. 

And it was rainy and cold. 

Of course, it was, this is Paris.

Well, guess what? That wasn't going to stop me from having my already purchased picnic. Using everything "parky" we have in the house, pulling my herbs and plants out from the window, I created the garden in our living room. And here's how it turned out....

 Voilà! Instant park.
Plus I didn't need a coat!

With the left over sky blue tulle that was my wedding veil, 
I created a "canopy" to protect us from mythical rainfall.

Setting out all candle holders to give our park a moonlight hue.
(merci Kristen and Gwan!)

My fresh mint and basil, hopefully not insulted that they were
being used as mere props.

And even though we cannot see the Eiffel Tower from 
Jardin du Luxembourg (or can we?), in my park, 
we can and there she is!

It was the perfect recreation of an already perfect meeting. 
I guess the right one was "out there". 
Thanks Adopte Un Mec from saving me a trip to Jersey!

Bon early week-end à tous!
And to all of you in the States, Happy 4th of July!


  1. That is so neat. Well done for not letting the rain ruin your day!

  2. Now all I can think about is a woman in a shopping cart. Weird image.

  3. that was the cutest. ever. :)

  4. Ooh, I like the candleholders, glad they got a romantic outing! Happy anniversary.

    1. I LOVE them!!! Thank you! You have a more formal thank you coming your way with a CD...just waiting to get the cards back from the printer. Sorry it's taking forever!

  5. Aww! That's such a sweet little indoor picnic. Paris wouldn't be Paris if it didn't rain whenever you planned something for outdoors!

    Happy anniversary!

  6. Oh, yes i remembered Adopt a guy, the concept for me was so weird by placing "potential someones" in a shopping cart.

    The days of formerly known as "Sebastian" and your quirky dates, such a cool, romantic, handsome *giggles*, loving man. I'm so glad you found each other.

    Thanks Thomas for hooking up mi amigo with such a charming Husband.

    Love how you recreated the parfait picnic. :) :) :)

    1. Thomas wasn't invited to our wedding which I think is so funny. But what was funnier was that he didn't even French!

      Did you go on any Adopte Un Mec dates?

  7. AnonymousJuly 04, 2013

    Beautiful recreation of a picnic! Tres romantique!
    Happy 4th!

  8. Just as lovely as it gets.
    Bisous and Happy Meeting Day! :)

  9. Aw, this is one of the most romantic things I have ever read. Love Denise

  10. AnonymousJuly 05, 2013

    This is so romantic! I love that you went out of your way to do this - adorable.

    Love your blog - it's as hilarious (and raunchy!) as you are in person!! xx

    1. Hahaha thanks Miss Apres New York (you guys, how awesome is this blog title??)!!

      I loved meeting you, you are just as loud as me! Must be a New York thing. : )

  11. Hee hee, love it!

    As an aside I might have to thump the next person that tells me that the perfect guy is out there to sweep me off my feet, history would seem to contradict them!

    1. Oh god, yeah, I was told all of that stuff too and it would just frustrate me. I was like how many times do I have to be dumped and humiliated before I meet said "feet sweeper". I was just like, I'm better off alone...

      But saying that Katy, the right guy is out there waiting for you.. : P !!!

  12. Look at you being all gushy and romantic! Such a sweet idea and personally, I think your park at home is cozier than the real thing :)

  13. Thanks everyone for your sweet comments! I'm glad you all liked my makeshift park. We enjoyed it late into the night looking up at "the stars" -- or rather, our dangling light bulb from the ceiling!

    Thanks again everyone! xo.

  14. This is adorable - besides why be miserable in the rain anyway?
    Also it was so fun to read about the Adopte un Mec! Glad it only took 3 tries to find the one!