I'm Patricia and this is where I write about my embarrassing cultural mishaps, finding my way around a French beauty counter, and day-to-day life as a Madame.


It all started during my 3rd year of university. I was studying abroad in France at the time and fell in love with a tall, dark, mysterious (couldn't understand what he was saying half the time) Frenchman* who barely spoke English. It was love at first sight and a great motivation to learn French quickly.

The next year I went back home state-side to finish up my bachelor's degree. But I didn't even stick around for my graduation ceremony. As soon as the tests were finished and my grades were in, I hopped on a plane back to France to marry Laurent. Best decision I've ever made.

I'm a make up junkie, an avid reader, always on the hunt for the best skin creams, and a lover of all chocolate patisseries.

Blogging has been a wonderful outlet for me as I've gone through the ups and downs of trying to figure out where I fit in on this side of the ocean. I've met such wonderful people and hope to continue to do so.

*I occasionally refer to him as Monsieur Right on the blog. 
Don’t worry. I am fully aware that this falls under the category of corny, obnoxious nicknames. I’m just kind of a corny person.

Don't worry though. I didn't marry him just for his looks. Though I strongly considered it when we first started dating. I remember thinking, "Well, crap. I kinda hope this is the one. Otherwise every guy after this will be totally less hot. Looks-wise it can only go down from here." 

Now you know I'm a woman who clearly had her priorities in order at 19. ;)


  1. Love your blog, it's fun to hear about your adventures! Way to be brave, I had some culture shock moving to D.C. for a few months, I'm sure you've got a lot to deal with. But keep it up, you're awesome!

  2. What a great adventure! I love Paris and we used to go there a lot when we lived in Europe. I would love to go to the temple in Switzerland but it must be wonderful to finally get a temple in Paris..

    I'm a European living in California but I miss Europe and I would love to move back..Some day I will.
    I enjoy reading your blog.

  3. How fun!! I would love to travel over there someday! Y'all are adorable!

  4. What a fabulous story. I'm an Aussie who adore's France (am a serial visitor) and can't wait to read more of your adventures.

  5. I found your blog on the Collective Linkup and I HAD to start following you! I fell in love with your blog the second I saw you're an American living in France. I lived in Germany (and am American too) while my husband finished his graduate program. I always love hearing other's stories and adventures abroad. I look forward to your future posts! Feel free to stop by my blog as well


  6. Came across your blog from One Haole Girl and LOVE it! I used to live overseas and would go to France every opportunity I had. I absolutely LOVED it!! I wanted to work there as an attache when I was in the Air Force (just to live there). I'm so glad you decided to make your blog public so us little people in the US can live vicariously through you! Oh, congratulations on your wedding!!

    Sparkling with Sneakers

  7. So glad I found your blog!! I've always wanted to visit France, so I'm excited to see what it's like from someone who actually lives there!!

    :) Liz

  8. i love your blog and happy that i found it.

    Delightful Ideas

  9. Hey Lady! I am so excited that I found your blog! It is adorable.
    I can't wait to keep reading and to get to know you a little bit better!

  10. love your blog! So happy to just have found it through the blog link up! woohoo! looking forward to checking out your blogging adventures :). I am new to the blogging scene, you should gimme a follow at http://foreverconvinced.blogspot.com/

    xo Jess

  11. Alright, we have the same minors. And while you are living in France, I am an expat living in Spain! Although the whole "fall in love with a Spaniard" thing hasn't quite happened yet, SO cool that it did for you though. I am a little envious, because I am SO not ready to leave Spain! Can't wait to follow your blog- especially since you are a fellow scarf lover like myself. :)


  12. Stopping by from the blog hop! Your blog is adorable.

  13. I am SO happy to have found your blog! I grew up in Antibes, near Nice. :) I miss France everyday of my life, although we currently live in Thailand and I can't really complain!!!

  14. Can I have your life? Finding a "monsiguer right" was on my list of goals while studying abroad in Paris last spring (which I completely agree is wet and cold 9 times out of 10). So while I'm back in American dutifully finishing up my degree, I will live vicariously through you :) Oh, and i LOVE your e.e. cummings rules of punctuation and capitalization comment. If I wasn't a communications and journalism major and didn't have AP Style drilled into my brain, I would be right there with you and artistic capitalization.

  15. I'm glad I just found you. As a French teacher, I have an obsession with French and France, but living there is something I have never wanted to do. I love reading about Americans who have married and moved to France. I find it fascinating that you could get carried away and move to France!

  16. Loving your blog - soo glad that I stumbled across from the link up today :-) Your layout is so cute. Looking forward to reading more :-)


  17. Just found your blog and I'm really excited to read more! My husband is in the Navy, and we would love love love to live in Europe one day. I bet living in France is so wonderful! Newest follower :)


  18. Hi there,
    Just found your blog and immediately followed...it's such a fun read. :-) I'm Kelly, an American teacher with a part time life (soon to be full time life) in northern Spain. Looking forward to reading more.


  19. SO excited I found your blog! The husband and I dream of becoming expats in France. In fact, we are spending our entire summer this year overseas! We are in the southwest right now and are venturing north soon.


  20. Stumbled across your blog at Bon Bon! :)
    Love it and following you!

  21. Love the blog! I've just moved to France with my soon to be husband and I'm relishing all your posts. Can't wait to read more :-)


  22. Such a cute story! I'm enjoying reading your adventures...makes me miss my days in France!

  23. I laughed out loud at the part where you said your husband was hot and your first thought was that you hoped he was the one cause no guy would ever be that hot. I feel the same way about my current boyfriend. I've read your about me like 5 times but I just like making sure I know things about you when I tell my friends about your blog. Haha.

  24. I didn't know you were LDS! I suddenly want to read your blog even more! Is that bad? I might be...but I don't care.

  25. Well you are a lucky, lucky girl. Who could blame you for making a bee-line back to France? ;D If I was in your position, I'd have gotten out my man-lasso too!
    Very cool you live in France. What would be your primary tips for anyone considering living there?

  26. Love your outlook on the whole relationship/hunk deal.

  27. Just discovered your blog and I'm loving it!
    How long have you been living in France? I moved to France also for my now husband and studies :)

  28. I am so happy I found your blog. I repeat: sooo happy. I worked in "not Paris" (specifically, in Beausoleil, near Monaco) as an au pair. I'm stateside on a new adventure now, but my husband and I are both wanderlust-types who can't wait to get out the door again. Until then, totally living vicariously.

    à bientôt!



  29. I just moved to France for my study abroad! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog you have such a beautiful story! l'm in Lyon and I seriously can't wait to really get into my study abroad experience!


  30. So, I know I've stumbled across your blog a few times, but this is my first time really exploring it and hopping around to different posts, and here on your About page, when you said your husband was good-looking, obviously I was interested in the picture ;) and I was startled to notice how much he resembles my own husband! It's not really that startling, but they both have the darker tans, similar eyebrow shapes, style their hair the same way, might not be completely clean-shaven in pictures. My husband is short though...and he tends to try to look goofy in pictures, not serious. :P
    So that's all, I was intrigued that you found a guy from France who looked rather similar to my Mexican husband! haha!

  31. awww.. he is totally cute! I love a good love story... especially with bits of corniness in it. ;)


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