One Year Ago…


Exactly one year ago this week, I was on my way to Paris. We flew out on Thursday and arrived on Friday, and as the plane touched down on French soil I burst into tears. I had worked myself up so much for that trip, and though it had only been nine or ten months since my last trip to Paris, I was hungry for the city, the energy, the language, the food in ways that were overwhelming. Can you say ‘dramatique‘?

However much of a cliché it might be, my love for Paris is unquantifiable and all-consuming (exhibit A: my entire blog). It was passed onto me genetically, and though I might have fought it when I was an angsty teenager, if you know me at all you know that “Francophile” doesn’t even begin to cover it.

So imagine my surprise and heart-bursting joy on that trip last March, on the day we arrived no less, when my boyfriend went down on one knee in the gardens of the Musée Rodin, forever tying us together and to Paris.


Sure, I had to break up with Gary Oldman once we got home (but I still see him sometimes on the side!), but I’d say that was a small price to pay for the perfect engagement. We still have some wedding planning to do, but we took last year just to enjoy being engaged without the pressure of picking table linens and spending all of our money. All of those details are being sorted out now, don’t you worry, and I promise to share some more soon.

I can’t believe it was a year ago! Where does the time go? Surely I’m overdue for another trip to Paris, right? A year is just too long.

28 thoughts on “One Year Ago…

  1. time flies, doesn’t it. and I probably shouldn’t tell you, but I’m going to Paris next week. only for three days, but better than nothing. I can’t wait :)

    1. I can’t believe it either! It FLEW by, and now all of the sudden we actually have to start, uh, planning things! Gah xo

  2. time goes much too fast. especially when you are planning something big . . . like a wedding. which i can’t wait to hear more about (hint hint). happy weekend and happy one year trip to paris/engagement anniversary! xoxo

    1. The fun details (like the venue and dress and photographer) are all locked up, and I’ve shared them all with you. We’re on to the more expensive, less-fun-to-write-about things like catering and DJ. Oy. But details are coming soon, I promise! xo

    1. Aw thank you, Yelle! And yes, it really has been a year, I can’t even believe it. It feels like it was just a few weeks ago, it’s crazy. xo

  3. So chic et romantique !! J’espère que tu pourras retournée après ton mariage pour contempler la ville éternel et fêté votre amour!! Et tampis pour Gary…

    1. Merci, Eva! Plus romantique, je sais. Je suis chanceuse! Mais Paris me manque. Un jour encore. xoxo

    1. Join the club, ladybird. And we obviously discussed Paris as an option, but ultimately settled on Greece. Paris will always be there (beckoning me back constantly) xo

  4. So romantic! What a good man! :) I thought of you when I wrote today’s post, must have known somewhere in the back of my mind!

  5. In the lovely words of Audrey Hepburn: “Paris is always a good idea.”
    I’ve just recently found your blog and have absolutely fallen in love with it. I’m glad to have found someone who also shares my fascination with art heists (that’s how I found your blog)! I feel bad for never commenting before, but I surely will from now on.
    Bonne journée.

    1. Oh Hillary, that is so incredibly sweet of you to say! I’m glad to find someone else who is as intrigued by art crime as I am! Thank you for commenting, and don’t worry about feeling like you have to comment (unless you want to!). I’m just happy to have you. xo

  6. I definitely understand that feeling of getting weepy when you land somewhere that feels home to your soul. One place I’ll be in in a few months and one I won’t go back to. ;) Looking forward is always better and that wedding on the horizon?! That’s exciting! Wheee!

    1. Wait where won’t you go back to?? And where are you going next? I feel like I should know this and I’m slacking. Ack, sorry! I blame it on Daylight Savings Time, I’m all thrown off and feeling wonky.
      And oh yeah! Fun things on the horizon for sure. The wedding! :D xo

  7. I’m overdue for a Paris trip. I definitely have an ongoing love affair with that city. Each time we touch down, I almost get tingly. ;)

    1. Can you pick me up on the way? I’m the halfway point for you! We should make a big trip out of it ;) xo

    1. I know it’s a little bit of a cliché (like that line in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, “Oh wedding in Hawaii, real original!”) but I wouldn’t have changed a thing. It was romantic and perfect (even if I laughed — nerves!) xo

    1. Thanks, Erika! My offer to Alexa above extends to you, too. You pick up Christine (Plumed) on the way and we’ll all go. Clearly we need it!
      And thanks, I was really insistent on making our engagement an actual stage of our relationship, not just the period where we happen to be wedding planning. Plus the venue we wanted was only available that far out, so it worked in our favor! xo

  8. Erin, I remember coming to your blog and reading about the engagement. I kid you not, I loved your story so much and I was so happy for you – even my husband was like “…what’s going on?” (to which I’m like, “..oh, a girl I’m friends with from blogging…” lol Congratulations, again, Erin.

    1. Aw, Santa thank you so much! That’s so sweet and funny to hear! I get really invested in my blogger friends, too, so I know what you mean :) Good to know the feeling is mutual! xo

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