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Are you and your phone connected at the hip (well at the hand)?  Coming to Paris soon, and want to make sure you are connected while you are in town. Lucky for you there is practically an app for everything these days, and there are a number of apps that will make it easier to navigate, eat, and explore the city. Below you will find 7 of our top picks of apps to help you during your next trip to Paris beyond the classics like Google Translate, XE currency exchange, or Mapstr. 7 Apps to download for your next trip to Paris CityMapper– For the navigation challenged Citymapper gives you a number of different itinerary transport options that will get you where you need to go via metro, bus, walking, taxi, bike, or even Uber. The great thing about this app is its accuracy and updates on service delays, it even tells you the nearest exit to use when you arrive at your outlined destination address which comes in handy in Paris. RATP– Paris public Transport Paris’s Public Transport is operated by RATP. They have an app that provides you itinerary options for all of Paris public transportation including the […]

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First and foremost I would like to wish you a Happy New Year!  We are officially two weeks into the new year and you’ve probably already sat down to reflect on your goals, started getting back to the swing of things, and are refreshed and motivated to kick off the year. The beginning of the year in Paris is always filled with winter sales, new fitness offers from gyms, and tons of events and activities to start off the year. Beyond these things, I wanted to share a few hand selected ways you can kick start your year in Paris. Learn something new– Want to learn something new this year? Why not sign up for a new class with Municipal Courses for Adults CMA). Registration for classes ends Jan 24th so head on over to their site to see the catalog of classes ranging from foreign language classes, cooking classes, multimedia classes…   Health Check-In–  For those of you who know me, I am all about promoting positive health practices. When is the last time you got a comprehensive check-up? I’m talking blood work, dental, vision, hearing tests? As a prevention measure, the French Health Insurance system (Assurance Maladie) offers […]

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Have you decided  to move abroad? Congrats, that is awesome! When it comes to a move abroad there are many pieces of the puzzle that need to be put together, and figuring out how you will support yourself is a big part of that. The concern of finding work abroad, especially if you don’t speak the native language is something people express as a main deterrent to moving abroad. Luckily we live in a time where “work” doesn’t automatically equate to a traditional 9 to 5 job, it could be freelance work, remote work, or running your own business. So that leaves room for a bit of creativity in what your work situation can look like. You could potentially negotiate with your current company for a relocation, explore remote work options, or find a job in your field in the new city you plan to live in. For those who are interested in moving to Paris, there are a wide variety of work options. You just have to know where to look, know how to market yourself, and be persistent until you land a job. Below you will find 20+ websites that I have found useful in my jobs seeker’s […]

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Have you ever thought about moving to France but not sure what visa you can apply for? Look no further, this post will give you a glimpse into different visa options that will allow you to move to Paris or other cities in France. One of the nice things about moving to France is that there are many different visa options available beyond moving for school, work, or a French significant other. Today, there are visa options for creatives/artists, entrepreneurs, researchers, and there’s even working holiday visa’s (for certain nationalities).  Having lived abroad for a total of seven years now (6 out the 7 years in Paris), I have realized the difficult part isn’t making the decision move abroad. The hard part is figuring out a way to move that fits inline with your personal and professional goals and figuring out how you can legally live in the country beyond the allotted time for tourist (90 days for Americans).   I’ve gone through my share of different visa’s since being here, and in the past couple years new visa options have been created. So I decided to put together a handy Moving to Paris: Visa guide that will give you insight into the different visa […]

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For the past couple months I have been adjusting to my new found freedom of being in between jobs, working freelance, and no longer having to go to an office everyday. I’m surprisingly very productive working at home, but some days I need to recharge and work from a different environment to spark my creativity and feed off the energy of other people working. Five or six year ago the only places you could find à café to work was Starbucks. Today , there are so many specialty cafés, and restaurants that have WIFI and a comfortable environment, but not everyplace has space or setting to actually be productive. There are also so many new co-working spaces that have amazing spaces and are perfect for freelancer or startups, but the downfall to many of them is the price tag that comes with them.  It has been a bit of trial and error of testing out places where there is enough space, not too busy, outlets, and you can feed off the energy of other people working. Whether you are looking for a space to respond to emails, or to finish up a freelance assignment, here are a few of my […]

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  Photo Credit: @cflgroupmedia It seems like plants are quite the craze these days in Paris and many places around the world. With blogs like Urban Jungle bloggers, concept shops dedicated to plants, and home decor focused around plants, these outlets give you lots of motivation to want to tap into your green thumb.  What’s not to like about plants? They easily bring color to a space, they purify the air, they are a cheap/easy way to decorate, and they can give you a little glimpse of nature in the midst of living in a city. Luckily in Paris there are tons of spaces that bring green to the city through the many gardens, parks , floral walls, rooftop gardens, and even cafes and businesses using plants a focal point of decor. If you are looking to bring a little green to your apartment, there are some cool spaces and shops dedicated to indoor plants. As a plant lover with a growing collection of plants, I’ve gathered some of my favorite addresses in Paris to shop for plants below. Where to shop plants: Alma Grown in Paris (Pop-Up space until Oct 7, 2018)- Plant shop 100% dedicated to urban agriculture. You […]

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Paris in the summer is probably one of the best times of year, however with the current “Canicule” (heat wave)  it has been a bit of a challenge to keep cool. With temperatures as high as 36°F/96°F,  no nearby beach, lake, breeze, and lack of air conditioning, it takes some  creativity to find things to do and places in Paris where you can still enjoy all the summer time activities without being miserable from the heat.  In this post you will find a few recommendations of  things to do and places in Paris to escape the heat. Paris Plage Summer Pop-Up Spaces: Ground Control – 6000m2 space, with tons of activities, workshops, DJ sets and food/drinks L’aérosol– Cool space that has street art, food trucks, and even roller skating Paris Plage ( Until Sept 2) – Annual activities to bring outdoor/water sport activities to Paris Cinema en Plein Air (Until August 19)- Enjoy an outdoor movie on the lawn of Parc de La Villette once the sun sets and temperatures cool down La Plage de Glazart– Beach party vibes, summer time parties and concerts until September 30 Le Jardin Suspendu Rooftops/Terraces: La Communion at Wanderlust- Rooftop bar along the Seine River Rosa Bonheur Sur Seine Terrass […]

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Coming to Afropunk Paris this year? I sure hope so!!!  I am excited to be working with Tastemakers Africa for their collaboration with AFROPUNK  this year as the official global experiences partner. What are global experiences you may ask? For all the Afropunk cities (Paris, Brooklyn,London, Atlanta…), Tastemakers Africa will be connecting festival goers with unique experiences hosted by locals.  La Vie Locale loves highlighting Paris in a different light, and we are so happy Tastemakers Africa has entrusted us to be the local community manager to work with local creatives to bring this project to life in Paris. Starting July 5-22, we have carefully curated a wide array of experiences related to food, art, culture, fashion, and adventure. If you’re traveling from the US, another country in Europe, or you’re a local looking for cool ways to see the city, there is something for everyone. You will be able to discover the African/ Caribbean side of Paris by way of visits to artist galleries, cooking classes, dance classes, photo walks, shopping experience with local brands and so much more. Here are a few highlights of the experiences we have in store: Paris in Black and White: July 10, 11, […]

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This year’s Dîner en Blanc Paris, all white secret location pop-up diner is celebrating it’s 30 year anniversary in Paris. It is huge event that will gather thousands of people, the location isn’t revealed until about a couple hours before, and the theme is of course all white. I’ve seen different editions done all over the world and have never actually been myself. I’m so excited that I will finally have the chance to attend this year in Paris. Normally it is an very exclusive event that can only be attend by invitation by a friend or a member of an organization. But this year for the first time in its history, Le Dîner en Blanc Paris is open to everyone in Paris and it is expected to gather 20,000 people from all over the world. Beyond the glamour that you see in photos with people dressed up in all white with lovely food spreads, a lot of planning and organization is needed especially if your traveling from abroad just for it. To help with some of the logistical aspects of this event you will find some tips below of where you can buy everything you need if you don’t want to lose time shopping or […]

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For all the girls with Afro/curly hair in Paris looking for places to get their hair done or to find hair supplies, your in luck. Thankfully, the natural hair scene in Paris has evolved since I first move to Paris 5 years ago, and you have a lot more choice when it comes to hair care in Paris. The landscape is ever changing so I prepared an updated guide to all things hair in Paris. Vocabulary: Shampoo/: Faire un shampooing Condition/: Soin Blowdry/: Blowout, Brushing Trim/: Couper les pointes Braids/: Tresse Not too tight/: Pas très serré Hair Salons/Stylists:                                                         Photo Credit: Dydy Natural Hair Lover  Dydy Natural Hair Lover: Natural hair specialist, Weddings, Color, Dreadlocks Appointments: Book appointment on her Facebook Page Afro Soins: Run by a lady from Guadaloupe (Josie), she is used to doing natural hair. I usually go for a wash, deep-condition under the steamer, and blow-dry (only for 27euros) Appointments: Walk-in only Address: 47 Rue Championnet, 75018 Salon D: Salon located at Republique, natural hair, braids, dreadlocks Address: 5 […]

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