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I am an American in Paris…

I came to Paris one year as a study abroad student, yes…I know, SO typical!, and I decided to make it my home. Years later I am still in love with this city, although I do allow myself the right to complain about the annoying sides to Paris. I pay my city tax, so I take that perogative. 😉 Besides, I hope to spend my life here…

Author of this blog, here you will find my musings, my ideas, Paris fashion, places I love, things I test, things I taste, travel tips, inspirations and more… all surrounding the obvious theme and my muse : Paris, France.

Je suis une Américaine à Paris…

Je suis venue à Paris un an pour des études, oui…je sais trop typique!, et finalement je me suis retrouvée chez moi ici. Des années plus tard je suis toujours amoureuse de cette ville, même si je me permets de râler sur ses aspects énervants. Je paye ma taxe d’habitation, donc je prends cette liberté. 😉 De toute façon, j’espère passer ma vie ici…

Auteur de ce blog, vous trouverez ici mes réflexions, mes idées, la mode à Paris, des endroits que j’aime, des choses que j’essaye, que je goûte, des conseils de voyage, mes inspirations, et encore… tout cela autour du  thème évident, ma muse : Paris, la France.


Melissa Ladd


  1. Hey, I work with the CheapOair travel blog ( and we’re interested in having you guest blog for us. Please contact me if you’re interested. Thanks! Aldo.

    • Intriguing. What kind of blog post where you looking for? Anything in particular? Other than the obvious subject of Paris!

  2. Hi there,

    I’d like to invite you to become a contributor to The Paris Blog. PLease contact me to discuss!

  3. Ian Ian

    Hi Melissa.

    I may have some material suitable for the ‘romantic section’ of your blog. Head over to my site and let me know what you think.

    Best regards.


    • Ian, I don’t normally care for others self promoting on my blog comments, but um.. that little blond boy on the front page of your site is so adorable, eating a macaron, wide, eyes and a crumb hanging from his mouth… I couldn’t resist and believe everyone should see it! LOL! I want one JUST like that!

  4. Ian Holmes Ian Holmes

    Hi Melissa.

    To be honest I wasn’t trying to self promote. I was simply wondering if you’d like to do an article as I thought it may be of interest to some of your readers.

    I couldn’t actually find your contact details on the site so simply figured that a comment would be the best way to reach you.


    Anyway glad you like the little boy enjoying his macaron!


  5. Hi Melissa

    My name is Franki Goodwin, I am one half of Mademoiselle London – an art and poetry duo based in Paris who write and draw about this wonderful and infuriating place – and we’ve just self-published a book.

    I’d love to send you a copy with the hope that you might love it and be compelled to tell your readers about it (a perfect xmas gift for any francophile!).

    Please send me your postal address and I’ll get one out to you, I could even deliver it myself if you had time for a quick coffee?

    Many thanks

  6. Hi Melissa I really love your blog…
    I know that you have thousands of ideas, but if you want to use some of my contacts for your blog i will help you with a great pleasure.
    A friend of mine , Michelle Boor, an american girl leaving in Paris, created her own brand of shoes » Vouelle ». I m sure it would be a good idea for your blog to meet her and discuss with her…
    A bientôt peut être…
    Frédérique de fredisblog

    • Thank you Fred! I will definnately look into this designer. Merci!

  7. Jean-Loup Jean-Loup

    Fun Blog.
    Hope you enjoyed a good glass of hydromel!

  8. Hello

    I wasn’t sure whether you got my previous message or not, so I just
    thought I’d email you again to be on the safe side.

    My name is Nisha and I represent a site called

    The website is dedicated to stylish shoes that start from size 2+, the site has some good brands and has a style to suit everyone.

    I have been looking around your website and I would really like the opportunity to write a guest post for you!

    Please can you let me know if you are interested and I can suggest posts that I am working on which I think could
    work well for your readers.

    * Comfort on your wedding day
    * Going out shoes, comfort VS Style
    * Sexy, hot feet, top tips for great looking feet …
    * How fish can get your feet looking great . . .
    * What it means to wear an anklet and why they make your feet look attractive…
    * How to improve the health of your feet and why this is important
    * DIY predicure

    I look forward to hear from you.

    Best regards, Nisha.

  9. Hello,

    We are interested to mutual guest post with you and would love to hear from you,

    For more details please contact me at:

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,


  10. EM EM

    Hi, where can I e mail you to invite you to my exhibition?

    Thank you,


  11. Hi Melissa, I love your blog, and I love your haircut!!! you have to tell me: who cuts your hair so impeccably? Please share this gem with a faithful reader!!! Claudia

    • Thanks Claudia! I will be very « un-French » 😉 and actually share the address of my hairstylist on the internet *gasp*! Hahahaa! I go to Lamaze Jérôme, at 21 Rue Taine, 75012 Paris, France Tel : +33 1 43 44 47 90 ‎

  12. you have a lovely blog here. i’m planning a visit to Paris in January’12 and it will be my third time, so i was looking for new places, cafés, bars, little shops, etc. and i think i found what i was looking for. thanks!

    • Well I am glad you have found what you needed Lunchetta!

  13. Colboc Colboc


    i love your blog ! it’s very interressant to see how the american see the France and Paris of course.

    do you have des news sur les createurs de mode i am créatrice de mode and i organise a salon of fashion designer all the month at Paris
    if you want i would like to speak with you !!
    sorry for my english

  14. Hello,

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    We are Paris Select Book and we work in partnership with 130 luxury hotels in Paris as publishers of a luxury guide book on Paris.

    In a few days, the Paris Select iPhone and iPad application will go live. We have been working alongside other media organisations to get as much publicity and exposure for the event as possible.

    This innovative and unique application has already caught the attention of several large organisations in Paris (Opéra de Paris, le Palais des Congrès de Paris, les Galeries Lafayette, les Cars Rouges) so we truly believe that this is going to be a great success.

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    We hope that in reading about our publication both in the press kit and on the application that you will see the same kind of quality that we have recognised in your own work, and that perhaps you would be willing to write an article about us. In return we would be more than happy to promote your site throughout our own social networks (Facebook, Twitter).

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    Advertising Manager




    Edition SCHIN

    83, rue Chardon Lagache

    75016 Paris




  15. stefania romani stefania romani

    good morning Melissa

    I’m a journalist from Milan

    could you give me your email address, I would like to get in touch with you

    thanks and look forward to hear from you



  16. Thank you for following my blog and right back at ya!

  17. Salut! Je suis contente de trouver ton blog!! Moi aussi, je suis une américaine à Paris! Mais je suis plutôt bloggeuse de beauté

    • Thanks for that reminder Greeneyesmom! I AM pretty lucky!!!!

  18. Hey there :)
    Wow what a lovely blog you have! You are so talented and not to mention incredibly blessed!! Could you please check out my blog? I would be really pleased if you could give me some advice :)

    All the best,

  19. Isabella Isabella

    Bonjour Prete-Moi Paris :)

    I have just started reading your blog and it is very inspiring. I have traveled in Europe and been to Paris twice and so reading your blog brings so much memories and inspiration.

    I hope you keep blogging more about every streets and corners of Paris with pictures and videos of course.

    Also, may I know what you do for a living in Paris? I have done a lot of research finding employment in Paris and it has been reported by many that Paris has the highest high unemployment rates and that it is even harder for foreigners.

    Anyway, I would love to hear more from you.

    Take care,


  20. I love your blog. I’m in Paris for part of the summer and I love getting ideas from your site. Thank you!

  21. Hi Melissa, I just read one of your articles (?) on Expat Paris entitled « Allo Quoi » and Im wondering if you know of any special workshops or meetup groups or networking groups or ANYTHING that can help other anglophones with professional politeness in french ranging from the phone to emails. Maybe even tips on setting up meetings.

    I oversee interns that come over from the States and seeing as how I only have 2 years here, even I, have trouble navigating these choppy and super frustrating waters. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!! All the best!

    • Hi Carolyn. I’ll try to look into that and let you know if I find something. But do check out Meetup. There are very useful groups on there! :)

  22. Ruthie Ruthie

    I stumbled upon your blog and LOVE it!! My name is Ruthie and I’m currently living in Florida. One of the places that I would love to visit some day is Paris! It’s always been a dream of mine to visit Paris and indulge in it’s culture, people and food. I’m looking to connect with you on FB and Twitter!!

    I’m starting to get into the Travel Industry and would love someday to become a travel blogger. My blog is in the middle of being designed and can’t wait to share my experiences of living in Florida as well as traveling with my husband around the world!

    I will continue to visit your blog daily for inspiration, stories, experiences and much more!

    Ruthie Turner

    • Thank you Ruthie! I’m grateful for readers like you. :-)

  23. Hi Melissa,
    I came across your blog and absolutely love it! I also studied abroad in Paris- had the very spoiled opportunity to live in the 6th district thanks to distant relatives who are still in Paris. You provide practical yet fanciful tips and advice to living and shopping in Paris which is super awesome :) Thank you for having this blog. Are you looking to connect with fellow Paris writers? I write on the study abroad angle about the immersion into French language and culture as an Anglophone. This is a blog that I will check often.

    • Jeroen, your video is lovely! Thank you for sharing. Do you have a twitter account?

  24. Trish Trish

    Hi, I found your wonderful blog by searching dairy free bakery, Paris, France. Your review was from 2010 & I loved the photos! By any chance do you or your readers know of any more dairy free bakeries? We will be traveling there in September with our tween daughter whom is allergic. We are excited to be visiting your beautiful city! Thanks, Trish

    • Trisha, thanks foe reading and commenting! There are other kosher bakeries in Paris. I know of one on rue Jouffroy D’Abbans in the 17th called Charles Traiteurs.

  25. Tricia Mansfield. Tricia Mansfield.

    Hi Melissa. Dave and I are going to be in Paris for a few days with another couple. We arrive on September 25th and are staying for three nights at Le Meridien Etole. It would be great to see you and Charles for a drink or something. After Paris we go on a Viking Cruise in the sout

  26. Hello Melissa,

    I just discovered your website and I love it very much, it is very rich and you give a lot of interesting information about the France and French people!

    With my two colleagues we are French teachers who give Online French lessons and write a blog to help students know how they can take advantage of Online Resources to learn French.

    Like a lot of our visitors are interested in reading about the France, French habits and things like that, we would like to create a cooperative link between your site and the ours.

    Mainly we are thinking of sharing the link of your site on our blog (and we would ask you to do the same) but if you are open to publishing an article about our activity, it would be really a pleasure for us!

    Thank you in advance for your answer

    Best regards,

    professeur de français

  27. Hello, I find your blog very cool. I like the way you tell stories. I was wondering if there were an E-mail or a platform where I can contact you. You see this summer, I’m planning to launch a photo souvenir action in Paris. I ould tell you more about it. In the mean time, Keep up.

    Take care,

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