Olive Us: Betty in Paris

Surprise, surprise, I woke up to another grey day in Paris. But there’s something about the grey that is just so Paris. So many photos and postcards you see of Paris are sunny and perfect, but a certain charm is missing from the reality of days. When I watched the latest “Olive Us” episode with “Betty in Paris” I was hooked from the very first Amelie-esque scene. Then I realized that the charm really was in the way that colorful Betty in red and blue stands out against the “blah” Paris. The Blair family – all 8 of them – is an American family living in Normandy for over a year now and their adventures are chronicled on Gabby’s blog, Design Mom. “Olive Us” is a video series in conjunction with the fabulously talented Tiger in a Jar that captures so many simply delightful moments about their life in France (and sometimes their travels). They’re all great but this episode is seriously beyond adorable!

Produced by Ben + Gabrielle Blair
A Tiger in a Jar Production
Title Illustration by Merrilee Liddiard

Watch all Olive Us episodes here!


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Cooking with David Lebovitz {Paris}

The lines between the blog and real world blur more often than one would expect. After meeting chef/blogger/author David Lebovitz at the ParisByMouth launch earlier this summer, I was lucky enough to get to put together a special project with him for design*sponge. I’ve never done a video or any project like this before, but it was an amazing challenge and I love how it turned out! It also became a very personal project for me, as we visited my favorite market – the Bastille market along Blvd Richard Lenoir, filmed the opening shots on the street I lived on 6 years ago, and shot the interview in the beautiful garden of Studio Vermes where I took photography classes as a student studying abroad in Paris and fell in love with this city, chatted about Paris and talked travel. (You can find the full post here).

A huge thank you to Grace Bonney (design*sponge herself) for making this all come together, David Lebovitz for being a great person to team up with, Christian Wilmes for being an amazing videographer and making me look good (with special assistance from Sophie Bocqueho), and Kali Vermes for opening the doors of  Studio Vermes!

P.S.Check out David’s take in his post about our adventures HERE. And you can find much more from our interview (including how David travels) HERE.

{stills 1-4 above courtesy of Christian Wilmes; behind the scenes via Kali; bottom [kitchen] image by David Lebovitz}

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