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3 colorfully cool European brands I discovered

There is nothing more pleasurable than wandering the pretty Parisian cobbled streets, popping in and out of the lovely shops. Window-shopping is practically a national sport, and the French in particular take great pains to present their customers with beautifully packaged gifts.  Expect to be asked if what you’re purchasing is “pour offrir” — aka,…

Day trip: Mont St Michel

How do you feel about dreamy, mystical islands off the coast of France with churches that date to the 9th century? Sounds intriguing, yes? Ok, so obviously a day trip to the medieval island of Mont St-Michel is only feasible if you are actually IN the country of France. But! File this one away for…

It’s a colorful life: Christmas Home Tour

It’s a colorful life always here at Pencil Shavings, but this year after partnering up with Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles for our holiday decorating class, we figured we might as well throw  a fun blog-hop together for all our fellow color-loving friends.  When you get done here, I’ll be sending you on your merry…

A Paris girls’ trip getaway

I’m home from Paris after the most gloriously memorable week with my sisters. My heart is so full – so enthralled! –  of all the beauty, excitement, grandeur, delicious French foods and the general sense of well-being that comes from being in my absolute favorite place on earth. I Instagram Storied (I totally just made…