My Day-to-Day (The French Way)

By Jason Freely / a couple of months ago
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This post was created in collaboration with Oui by Yoplait
Illustration by @virginiabrownart

Paris is my favorite place on earth—hands down. I’ve written guides for how to experience Paris the way I do when I go there. Still, when I’m home doing my day-to-day activities, there is always a little Parisian in my heart. From hunting for vintage denim to shopping for groceries in small batches, it’s pretty easy to incorporate a bit of the la vie française into your life, even in the heart of the North.

Thanks to Oui by Yoplait, I’m excited to share with you just how easy it is to replicate that je ne sais quoi that makes Paris one of a kind. I’m sharing how I created a France-inspired staycation with a guide to finding Paris in Minneapolis. You don’t have to wait until “someday” to enjoy the little things we love so much about French culture. Want a chance to experience the real thing? Oui by Yoplait is giving away a trip to France. Click here to find out more details.

Minnesota: L’Étoile du Nord – The Star of the North

Kate Arends walking into coffee shop Wit & Delight
Photo (and all photos below) by Chelsey Werth

9:00 a.m.: First stop, Patisserie 46—arguably the best pastry shop in the Twin Cities. I’m heading to south Minneapolis today to pick up a new old pair of jeans and a couple of tops from my favorite clothing brand. But first, I need coffee, breakfast, and a little sketching time before Mille opens.

Patisserie 46 is just a block away from my favorite shops and it’s always bustling with families, students, and freelancers—activity from all walks of life, just like a café should feel. If you see me out in the wild, I’m forever traveling with sketchbooks and my little box of pastels. I’m intentionally not looking at my phone, and these days, I never know when sketching inspiration may strike. Much like sitting at a café in the artistic left bank, I find just sitting and people watching gives me a bit more joie de vie than my typical Insta scroll.

10:30 a.m.: Mille opens! They have a couple of blouses I’ve been eyeing for months and FINALLY—a pair of vintage denim I asked them to set aside because they’re in my size. The fit is perfect, and so is the blouse. I also walk out with one of those “forever” dresses that look good on you no matter what age or stage of life you’re in. I’m going to pair it with a pair of white sneakers. Parisian-inspired, but grounded in Americana.

11:00 a.m.: The Foundry is the next destination on my list. Much like the arrondissements in Paris, this south Minneapolis neighborhood is filled with various stores and coffee shops tailor-made for spending long afternoons wandering. The Foundry is my go-to shop for extra particular home goods and little bits and bobs like beeswax candles and natural cleaning supplies.

I find a couple of treasures for August and Birdie for Valentine’s Day and pick up some beeswax cream for my nightstand. I also buy a tortoise hair clip because I’m always twisting my hair up with a pencil—it feels cool and effortless, much like the French girl style I long to emulate. I purchase two—one for my desk and one for my car.

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