I moved!

I’ll no longer be posting on this website, I’m sorry I didn’t post about it sooner- I totally spaced. The Dirty Foot Movement has moved location!

I’ve bought the URL and now own TheDirtyFootMovement.com! I’m so excited for this shift, so go check out the new pretty website!!!! Go, go, go!

My Escape to Bordeaux

Because life in Paris is so hard, right?

Really it’s just that I had a few extra days off after a long work week and decided to run away for a bit to explore some new terrain, and what better than Bordeaux? You’ve heard the name before- maybe seen it on a wine bottle or 50. If you’ve heard of France you’ve heard of Bordeaux since it is, after all, the wine capital of the country. But the last few days I have found there is much more than wine to this city.

I have fallen in love with this place much more than I thought I would. I’d enjoy living here as much as I enjoy living in Paris! The architecture is just as stunning and the food just as good. The flower shops just as dreamy and the churches just as magnificent. But where it is different is where I love it all the more. It is warmer here (it being in the southwest and Paris in the north) and the people are a lot friendlier. Don’t get me wrong- I love Parisians, but think about general city life. No matter what major metropolitan area you are in, the pace is quicker and less forgiving and people are a bit colder a lot of the time. That’s just how it is and Paris is no exception. Bordeaux is not a small city, but it is no where near as big as Paris, so I find the people a lot more patient and friendly.

3 days is plenty to see Bordeaux considering the size but take more time if you can! I’m staying a total of 5 days and it is so nice to leisurely live moment to moment without an agenda. I came on a really tight budget and I have had a wonderful time but there is of course a luxurious side of Bordeaux that I’m sure is way more dreamy than what I’ve done; but I am me, and I enjoy couch surfing as much as I enjoy staying in a luxury hotel. I’m also here during off season- there doesn’t seem to be many tourists at all and it was very cold the first 2 days, then the temperature rose the last 2 days and it’s been absolutely beautiful. Also- be ready to practice your French a ton. In Paris you can count on pretty much everyone speaking English but when you start moving around elsewhere it’s a bit more of a challenge.

I can’t wait to come back here one day in the far future when it’s nice and sunny (I’m a little bitter because I got stuck in the rain yesterday without an umbrella). All in all, Bordeaux is wonderful. When visiting, your list should consist of taking lots of photos as you walk, renting a bike for a day, visiting the little gardens and parks, and drinking wine all the while. I am so happy that I was able to take time away to come here. More pictures to come!

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Galia Lahav

Last week was Couture Week in Paris and I had the privilege of attending Galia Lahav’s presentation, which made me swoon, to say the least. The Russian designer hails from Tel Aviv, where everything she can dream up is made real by the top seamstresses in Israel. Galia’s name is that of one of the top bridal and evening couture houses in the world; and you will definitely understand why after scrolling through the photos below…

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The Seed

The photos below have nothing do to do with what I’m writing about but it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want SO… I heard some wonderful advice at church this week: “You will never be given the responsibilities of the entire farm until you learn how to first cultivate the seed.” Essentially what I got from it all was that God will give you the seed, but then it’s your job to water it. And not just a couple times, but consistently. Most of us already know this. We all know that seeds to finish growing over night, they’re a commitment. We hear something along those lines quite a lot; you know how it goes. Especially as a yoga teacher, I am constantly reminded to stay present in all that I do; but that doesn’t make it any easier.
I’m a planner. I think it is so fun to plan trips and parties and whatever else! That’s not a bad thing at all, but I’ve seen throughout my life that sometimes I get so excited and focused on what is coming that I don’t fully enjoy the things that are happening right now. If we want to cultivate a certain thing in life, we have to start smaller than we think we do. Dig deeper, look further in to the present moment and the present needs. Meditate on the things of now while keeping the future in the back of your mind. I truly believe it’s the key to success to master that.

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I’m With Her

Yesterday roughly 4,797,500 marchers gathered in 673 different locations across the world to stand up for Women’s rights.

feminism
ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/
noun
 1. the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
Welcome to America, where…
Women had no legal right to get birth control while married until 1972.
Women had no right to serve on a federal jury until 1973.
Women had no right to get a credit card in their name while married until 1974.
Women had no right to sue for sexual harassment until 1977.
Women could be fired from their job while pregnant until 1978.
Women had no right to refuse sex with their spouse until 1993.
Women have no right to equal pay until _____.

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On Saturdays We Brunch.

Saturdays are for sleeping in, strolling aimlessly, making new friends, but most importantly: brunch. When I lived in America I only “brunched” a couple of times; but in Europe, it’s the norm- as they don’t seem to even start their days until 9 am.

I’m still not a religious bruncher but I’ve definitely upped my game, tagging along with friends to find new and noteworthy spots that are oh-so-worthy of that coveted Instagram picture. Today was no exception. It was my first meal at Season and as you can see below, it was no disappointment! Check out their Instagram: @seasonparis

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Musée Picasso

Among the many museums in Paris I want to visit, Musée Picasso was next on the list and lucky for me, there was an awesome exhibition going on (‘Picasso-Giacometti’, which will be present until February 5th). Disclaimer: not all of the photos below are from the Picasso-Giacometti exhibition, some are just long standing Musée Picasso pieces.

I know next to nothing about art. My opinions of it all are often shallow and over-simplified such as, “Ooh, that one is pretty!” You will never hear me say, “I wonder what the artist’s motive was behind that color scheme…” It’s not because I don’t care, it’s just because the thought literally doesn’t even cross my mind. But being a semi-regular-museum-goer nowadays, I have become more aware of that and have started attempting to pay more attention to the story behind each piece.

That being said, this museum is really cool because of what you learn about the exhibitions and pieces. For example, Giacometti was an artist that Picasso took under his wing. There is an obvious difference between their styles so it’s pretty cool to walk through the exhibition and learn about the inner-workings of their relationship during the time they worked together.

BUT ANYWAY, enjoy the pretty photos. Sorry I haven’t posted very recently; you know how the holiday craze goes. I’m back on track now though, if I’m really disciplined I’ll continue posting once a week or so, stay tuned and Bonne Année!

http://www.museepicassoparis.fr

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Merci

Here’s a few snapshots from one of my favorite cafés in Paris! Not only does Merci have a really cool shop of clothes and trinkets in the back, but it has shelves and shelves of old used books you can read from while enjoying your café creme. You’re welcome.

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Close Up

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If you don’t experience some sort of self-consciousness at some point in time, you’re lying. This is me: someone who is more likely to be over-confident than under-confident. So why did I feel the sudden urge to edit this photo before I published it? Personally, I’m a big fan of the Instagram filters but where exactly is the line drawn when it comes to enhancing your attributes or covering them? And more importantly, where do we draw the line when it comes to the way we talk to ourselves? When I first looked at this picture I thought, ‘Oh I look kind of pretty… except those huge pores aren’t very pretty… and neither is the [hardly noticeable] peach fuzz on my nose…’ and then my next thought was ‘WHY THE HELL AM I REBUKING MYSELF FOR BEING HUMAN?!’

Getting up close and personal and liking what you see starts with how you treat yourself, not how other people treat you. And on that note, other people’s opinions of you are none of your business. Your only business is being the best you that you can be, however you see fit. Stop holding yourself to someone else’s standards, you deserve better. You are beautifully and wonderfully made; God made no mistakes when He made you.