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Evening in a Summer Garden - De quelle planete es tu 1One summer weeknight, Sasha hosted a little apéro in her precious courtyard garden.

In Paris’s summer heat, evenings outdoors with friends are the best ways to escape. Some homemade snacks and a bottle of rosé and you’re set.

This summer night was one of those evenings where the sun set surprisingly late and you didn’t see the time take flight, and was filled with conversations with familiar faces: Valerie, Lindsey, Jessie, Kristen, KasiaMelissaMary and their beaux.

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Lali's Birthday Picnic - De quelle planete es tu 1This weekend I headed over to the border Paris’s eastern forest, the Bois de Vincennes, for a special birthday celebration picnic for Lalaina. The meeting spot was right by the Lac Daumesnil, and the sun was shining bright with a little breeze. We parked beneath the trees in the most perfect picnic spot.

Aside from being one of the most adorable people I’ve ever met, Lali is also a big yelper and foodie gal here in Paris. She’s got a knack for all things adorable, which you will be able to tell by the photos in the below. Decorations, quilts, cakes, sandwich flags, you name it. This was the girliest most adorable picnic at that park that day.

It was lovely to see some familiar faces, and also to make acquaintance with some new ones…. Not to mention trying her Uncle’s Madagascan samosas, HOLY MOLY were those delicious. Lemonade is the icing on top of any picnic.

Happy Birthday, Lali! Cheers to you!

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Pelouse en fete - De quelle planete es tu? 1This past Sunday was the first day the grass was open in the parks of Paris.

To celebrate the occasion, Lauren organized a big picnic to anyone who felt like joining in Parc Monceau. She crafted the most adorable sets of cutlery and straws and was quite the host. She decked out the park with vases of flowers, adorable blankets and plates full of yummies. I am anxious to see what she does decoration-wise at the Hive next month.

The sun was shining and it was just the perfect start to Spring. People who knew each other closely and also those who had just met mingled and gobbled down delicious picnic grub together, creating good conversation. Parc Monceau was packed with families, friends and lovers and it made it feel like the nice weather is finally here to stay in Paris. Lauren even introduced us non-Aussies to the joys of pavlova. C’était superbe.

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I for one, am anxious for more park time. This winter was far too long.

Special thanks to Lauren for hosting and pimping this fabulous affair.

This week was the Kinfolk Paris picnic organized miss Rubi from She Lets Her Hair Down and Tifamade.

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It was a very lovely and whimsical picnic right at the foot of that big radio tower that everyone knows so well.

The candles were lit and duralex cups held down our place holders, and the gray skies scared us ever so slightly at the beginning. The breeze of the Seine felt so refreshing after such heat here in the city of lights. The bouffe by Tifamade was absolutely delicious (I can’t wait to order more of her sandwiches sometime!).

All in all, it was a very magical evening and it was so wonderful to meet so many interesting people who dwell in this fab city.

It’s nice to get out of the city now and again. I love living in a city, but an afternoon in the countryside can be so refreshing.

With my parents in town last week we headed south of Paris to Montargis to enjoy a summer lunch with the two families. The house is like a dollhouse (which I have posted on before, actually) and I can never resist to snap a million photos when there as it is just so precious. It is a dream. Now that it’s  summertime the flowers are in full bloom and the vegetables in the garden are starting to grow. From spice plants to strawberries, they’ve got it all. It is nice to see so much natural color.

Under the sun we dined and drank and giggled. After a post-lunch stroll along the canal in the sunshine picking flowers, we made our way back to the hustle bustle of Paris. I couldn’t have asked for a better Sunday summer afternoon. It was absolutely wonderful and oh so picturesque.

I hope your summer is magical off to a terrific start!