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With the autumn season comes the influx of events, socials, and friends. With the lull of the summer long gone, the rush of early September thankfully settled in, early October, I have come to realize is when we all start to resurface socially.

Me being someone who adores autumn (but really, what girl doesn't?) as well as throwing shindigs, Sylvia of Finding Noon called on me to help develop this idea of hosting a "reading atelier" to celebrate Francophile author Juliette Sobanet.

Wanting to be direct and clear, I branded the event by naming it words + wine, designed the simple logo, and invited my nearest and dearest friends to expand her guest list with new faces.


Keeping with the simplicity of the brand, I sprinkled the space with glowing tea lights and fresh flowers. A Hotel Costes playlist enriched the mise en scène, I insisted that glasses brimming with bubbly be available to guests upon arrival, and with the help of our guests, we had some few nibbles to absorb the wine.

I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate on a Monday night in Paris.

Juliette delighted us with reading an excerpt from her book "Dancing with Paris", followed by a Q&A session. Our guests asked insightful questions prompting Juliette's refreshingly honest responses in regard to her writing process, time management, the excitement of quitting her day job, and the glamourous projects she has in the works.


Many of us walked away feeling inspired; Juliette was candid about the amount of work that goes into writing a novel but also charmng and warm, not making it feel unattainable. Being in a room of women who in one way or another are following their dreams with their own passion projects, be it writing, cooking, illustrating, farming, you could feel the creative energy igniting.

Kicking off autumn by celebrating an accomplished author in the company of equally inspiring women, I anticipate what else the season has in store. It's only just begun!

If you're not familiar with Juliette's work, I recommend starting with her first novel "Sleeping with Paris". If you're a fan of this blog, I promise that you won't be dissapointed.

To see more photos from last night's words & wine, click here to the Facebook page of Mary Kay's Out and About in Paris.

9 comments:

  1. It's events like this that make regret not living in Paris and remind me that I live in another world, the province world. I can't imagine attending an expat bonding event with other women out here where I live. Sure, I know that there are other expats in Bordeaux, but they are far and few in between.

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    1. You know, I have wondered about the expat community in other pockets of France, and if they are as huge as they are up here in Paris. I guess they're not. There are so many of us here, it's hard to keep up!

      Well the flip side is that I bet your French is better than ours because you spend more time with natives! ; )

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  2. oh lord another bunch of Paris books I'll have to read now..LOL...thanks "ella"

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    1. Hahaha sorry, Deb to through another series of Francolit your way! ; )

      Enjoy!

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  3. Oh how I wish I was there! Looks like it was a fabulous evening!! xo

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    1. Me too! You would have fit in perfectly. So your scene! We'll always have November 18th. ; )

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  4. Looks like a fun evening :o)

    If it inspired you to write, this month is NANOWRIMO, so I expect to see a completed manuscript by the end of the month please...

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    1. It was a blast! We had a good time!

      Oh thanks, get a complete manuscript by the end of the month...hmmm, okay, you're on! But wait, does it have to be any good? ; )

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  5. Thanks for the wonderful evening and the beautiful post! Really looking forward to getting together next time I'm in Paris!

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