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A Seasonal Playlist: Winter 2017

Photo by Barbara Defranoux Since coming to France, I have to admit I’ve been a little out of touch with the current hits playing on U.S. top 40 radio. I mean I just heard “Black Beatles” and learned what the Mannequin Challenge was around Christmas. All that to say, most of what I’ve been listening to during the autumnal and winter months are carefully curated into a Spotify playlist I’ve creatively titled “fall ’16/winter ’17.” On it, is a melange of the new Ed Sheeran tracks, some Chainsmokers, Bootstraps, Henri Salvador and random others. Currently on repeat: “Paris” by The Chainsmokers The Chainsmokers just dropped their newest single “Paris” on the 12th of January and I’m obsessed. Not only because I love the city of Paris, but it’s such a nostalgia-fueled tune and I’m a sucker for those. The lyric video defines “Paris” as “a sentimental yearning for a reality that isn’t genuine.” Essentially, in the context of the song, Paris is more of a state of mind than the actual city which is pretty clever …

A Weekend in Paris

You know when you haven’t seen a close friend in a long time? When you finally see them again, you talk as though no distance or time has separated you and it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. That’s how it felt to be back in Paris. The schools in France were just on vacances which means that I had two weeks off to do whatever I pleased. I hung out around Hyères for the first week, during which I watched way too many “Friends” episodes and went on a couple of day trips with the other assistants. We visited Aix-en-Provence and Toulon for a day. The greatest discovery from the Aix trip was definitely the lavender. They produce it in the region so we found some for cheap. I’ve been diffusing it like crazy. For the next portion, I made my first trip back to Paris for a four-day weekend. I hadn’t been back since I left last November at the end of my study abroad. It was a breath of fresh …

7 Ways To Unplug This Summer

As we approach summer, a season that many of us use to catch up on our favorite TV shows, the lazy screen-sucking habits can start to set in. That’s why I made it one of my 2016 New Year’s resolutions to cut down on the amount of time I spend with technology. Let’s be honest, twenty-somethings (and people in general, if we’re being real) spend way too much time online these days. We all do it. I, for one, want to spend more time with people than I do looking at computer screens, and this is how I plan to do it. Here are seven ways to unplug this summer. 1. Monitor your computer use. Are you spending your computer time being productive? If you’re spending your time online pinning things for three hours or Netflix binging, it’s time to reevaluate. Try to limit your computer use to work or school related activities. Leave the Pinterest detours for days when you want to try a new recipe or DIY, the Netflix binges for sick days and …