I am Elizabeth, a forty-ish Francophile who adores vintage photo booths, balloons, Björk, peonies, and doughnuts. I am married to a brilliant artist, Antz and together we have a lovely nine year old daughter, Liv. Antz and I were born and raised in Los Angeles yet we fell in love with Paris after several years of visiting for vacations. In March 2018 our family followed our longtime dream and moved abroad to Paris, France. It was the most stressful, scary thing I ever did but it completely changed our lives for the better and we are now happy expats.
Here are a few interesting tidbits about me, I won the Showcase Showdown on The Price is Right when I was nineteen years old. I am an only child, our daughter is an only child and my Mom is an only child yet my husband is the youngest of six children! Sunkissis was my first email address from 1996 and I still use it.
Spirit Animal: Otters, I could watch them for hours
Go-to road trip snack: Kettle popcorn and white chocolate French cookies
Favorite movie: Rosemary’s Baby, Amelie, The Royal Tenenbaums and Marie Antoinette (sorry impossible to chose one)
Celebrity crush: Jeff Goldblum (I met him!), Jason Schwartzman, Conan O’Brien (I met him too!) and Waris Ahluwalia
Top Five Favorite Bands: Björk, A Tribe Called Quest, Amy Winehouse, April March and Billie Holiday
Guilty pleasure: Online shopping, tabloid magazines and attending fancy open houses
Childhood hero: Michael Jackson and my first grade teacher Mrs. Lori Carpenter
I am happily married to Antz, a handsome, talented artist who loves Thundercats, ice cold milk, making crafts with our daughter and wants to own a baby donkey. Antz proposed to me after six years of dating on top of the Empire State Building in New York. We got married on the beach in Malibu on a sunny day in August. We bought our first home, a 1923 California bungalow in hipster Highland Park (Los Angeles) four years after we were married. You can see the improvements we have done over the years here. He was an Art Director before we moved to France, now he is a freelance artist and is enjoying working for himself in our apartment.
I began blogging out of boredom to rant about my life. Then I became pregnant with our lovely daughter Liv, and the ranting became raving. Being this kid’s Mom is my greatest accomplishment.
Liv is a rad nine year old who already has a full schedule with modeling, drama class, ballet lessons, roller skating club, playdates, and playing Minecraft! She is obsessed with making videos for her YouTube channel Liv in Paris and watching Stranger Things, collecting Pokemon cards, loves crafting with her Dad, dressing up like Marie Antoinette, dancing to 80’s music, eating croissants and quoting Adventure Time. Liv attends a French public school and is our official French translator. Liv and I worked all summer to memorize the Yakko’s Nations of the World song.
We have a grumpy 13 year old cat named Lola that we brought from LA with us to Paris. She enjoys napping, eating and hates wearing hats.
Currently, I am a stay-at-home Mom/blogger and I enjoy giving walking tours of lovely Paris for my walking tour biz Paris My Friend.
These are a some of my favorite hobbies:
Dreaming of buying and renovating a charming, old cottage in the French countryside
Traveling to every country in the EU
Hunting Flash Invaders
Being silly in photo booths
Listening to April March, Nina Simone, Tom Waits and Björk on my record player
Brunching on Sunday afternoons
Going to matinee movies with my husband
Playing Pokemon Go with my kid
Attempting to cook at least once a month (Antz is our chef)
Facetime chatting with my Mom and my best friend, Aimee
Swooning over Wes Anderson films
and most importantly, making new friends in Paris.
J’apprends à parler français!
We are so lucky to live this unpredictable, happy life.
Lovely meeting you!