As an au pair, I work a relatively small amount of hours (30) but I work six days a week. So on Saturday, my only true day off, I try to squeeze as much goodness into it as possible.

Like waking up to Indian food after a long night out at the pub…



Sipping a noisette while eavesdropping on French men arguing about soccer…


Spending the day shopping in Le Marais with my former au pair family, whom I absolutely adore.

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Finding all of the incredible design shops of Le Marais that I never knew existed thanks to Stephanie. (Stephanie is an incredibly talented interior designer who actually just launched her company’s first website, give it a look if you’re a design-lover! It’s Kalb Lempereur Interior Designers.)


Stopping for vanilla cream-filled waffle at the venerable Northern France bakery, Meert.

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Blowing 100 euros on a really gorgeous, black, backless dress… (oops!)



Meeting friends for mint tea and baklava at the tea room of the Grand Mosque…

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And wandering the Jardin des Plantes until sunset.


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Ashley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Uganda. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour Magazine.