Songs For Autumn

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Autumn is here, and with that I’d like to publish my second playlist here on ExploresMore (find my playlist from summer here). While I feel like people would typically listen to more mellow songs as the climate becomes colder, for me autumn has been mainly filled with fast and upbeat sounds. Whether I’m sitting on the metro at 8AM going to school, or jogging in the afternoon, these songs are what have been motivating me and getting me through. They especially inspire me and help me stay awake when exhaustion strikes!! From mainstream to old school to French, I think that there’s at least one song here for everybody, and encourage you to give the playlist a try. That being said, enjoy the music, Spotify is embedded below!

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Pont Du Amoureuse

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Happy Friday to you all! Today’s post is brought to you from Paris’ Pont Du Amoureuse, or, the Love Lock Bridge. It’s where couples, friends, family, etc. from all around the world put their locks and throw their keys into the river Seine as a symbol of love. Only a short walk from my school, this has to be one of my favorite spots in Paris. This week I enjoyed my lunch on a bench in the middle of the bridge, looking out over the water and watching couples adding their own locks. It was truly a lovely experience, and I hope to make it a tradition. Especially now that most of the tourists have started to go home, spots like this have once again become more bearable. If you ever are a tourist in Paris though, I highly recommend coming and just sitting at this spot. It’s in an incredible area of Paris; I could personally watch boats, people, and the beautiful buildings for hours on end. Anyways, hope you enjoy this post, and that you as well took some time this week to enjoy the beauty of the world around you. Outfit details are below!

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Gone Girl: Did The Movie Live Up To The Book?

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Last week after work me and a few other Au Pairs treated ourselves to a movie night out. We headed over to the La Defense cinema, Amy (find her here) and I incredibly excited to see if one of our favorite books would live it up on the big screen. After receiving quite a generous student discount, we settled into our seats to watch the 2 1/2 hour movie (self-brought snacks in tow of course). And, did the Gone Girl movie live up to its incredible novel predecessor? Read on to find out!

SPOILERS AHEAD! DO NOT KEEP ON READING IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

The comment zone is not spoiler-free as well, so avoid that too. :)

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Lush Holiday Products

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I don’t know about you guys, but I am absolutely thrilled that signs of Christmas are starting to pop up around Paris. Marks & Spencer has brought out their truffles and advent calendars, stores are selling Christmas scented candles, and, best of all, Lush has rolled out their lineup of winter products. Having had not the best week last week, I decided to treat myself this past Thursday, indulging in the body wash Hot Toddy, and the soap Yog Nog. My bathroom now smells of Christmas, and I could not be more thrilled. Some of you might think I’m crazy already preparing for the holidays, but, this cold weather has my system all out of whack. Right now the temperatures I’m experiencing are the types I got only at Christmas in Los Angeles, making my body think it’s a good two months further in the year! Might as well go with it though, because it’s never too early to start getting excited for the best holiday of the year :) For reviews and descriptions of these two wonderful products, keep on reading!

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Back To School

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Back to school you might ask? During your gap year Julia? Yes, you read the title correctly, back to school! Last week my French classes began, and I have been loving them (despite the early mornings after 4 months of sleeping in). Since I plan on coming out of this year speaking fluent French, I have been studying hard. But that doesn’t mean that my studies of Parisian style have fallen to the side! I’ve been going to class the past couple of days wearing a look that I like to think of being typically French: comfy pants, a sweater, and ankle boots. And of course, the large book bag to distinguish me as the student I am. Read on for more photos, outfit details, and to catch I glimpse of how I spent the day at the St. Martin Canals!

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