What Happened In June

June was a big month of change of us. First, we moved out of the little cabin we had been confined it, and into a bigger house with my whole family. That meant mom, dad, me, Amanda, Elvis, Todd, Diana, Hudson, and Oliver all in one house. Four separate adult families living together. It was chaotic, it was hilarious, it was insanity, it was wonderful! We were still in Laurel Canyon, so me and Petit could take our walks together. Then we had birthday week – Hudson, Oliver, Mom all in a row. That’s A LOT of cake, and we aren’t complaining about it. Cedars lifted their visitor policy, so we got to go visit Nick in the ICU, Elvis started WALKING, and waving, and throwing his food on the ground when he didn’t want it anymore. Sacre bleu! I took a little road trip for some self-care, Amanda and I launched a project we’ve been dreaming of for a long time, and I went back to France. I feel like we just lived a year!

Where I Traveled: Joshua Tree

Mid-month I realized it had been three solid months that I had left France, and three solid months since I had not spent a day alone. I know a lot of people were in that same situation – but I went from being married, to suddenly alone and had just started to embrace that solitude and find happiness in it when I returned to America and moved in with my siblings, and then entire family. Overnight, I turned into a second mom to the world’s cutest baby and a crucial part of the Wake Up Nick #quaranteam. The days were beautiful chaos, and in caring nonstop for Elvis and Amanda, I never took a minute to think about what I needed until my brother said, “You can’t support someone if you are not strong and taken care of yourself! Go take a day.”

It suddenly dawned on me that I could do that… and then I realized how much I needed to! I rented my dream car, booked an Airbnb and left the next morning for one of my favorite places in the world: Joshua Tree. It was my third time there, and my favorite visit yet. The park was so quiet, I felt like I had it all to myself. I spent hours just driving around the park, listening to Tom Petty, and sitting on top of the Jeep taking in the sunset views. It was totally restorative for my heart and soul.

I wrote a story for my Story Behind The Shot Series if you want to know more about why I love Joshua Tree and what it means to me, you can listen below.

What I’m Reading: Old Journals

I’ve been keeping a journal since I was 12! This past month as I’ve been working in my memoir, I’ve been re-reading the old ones from trips to be able to put myself back in that moment, and it is truly like a time machine. If you have never journaled before, I encourage you to start it now. It’s never too late to begin, and having them to look back on one day, I promise you it will be one of the best things you’ve ever read.

What I’m Wearing: HOORAY FOR

I had to retire my favorite tie-die onesie. It’s SO Laurel Canyon, but SO not Paris. So I left it with Amanda until I return. This month, I’ve been living in my new HOORAY FOR tee, of course! I apologize for the shameless plug, but I’m really, really proud of Amanda and I for finally getting this off the ground. We had this idea back in January, and have always dreamed of doing something together. But life was too hectic for us to sit down and start something – until we were together 24/7! What a silver lining to come from confinement – we launched a dream, and your support has been amazing! We launch two new designs each month – one we choose that donates half the proceeds to a cause we’re passionate about, and one that YOU get to choose! Today is July 1 – so head to the website to see the new designs.

How I’m Keeping in Shape: Hiking

I was in LA, and I fell prey to their ways. Elvis and I elevated our Canyon Walks to some proper LA hiking. I’ve never loved hiking for some reason I can’t explain. I love walking, and exercising, and nature – but put them all together and I’m not a fan. I think it’s that you end up so dusty at the end. But, I have always wanted to hike to the Hollwood Sign, so on Father’s Day we took a family hike there. It was beautiful, and though I did get very dusty – I loved it. We drove to Griffith Park and then did the Mt. Hollywood trail. It took about 3 hours start to finish and was beautiful.

Where I’m Eating: Monsieur Marcel

I started to miss French food something terrible this month. So the French market at The Grove in LA became my hangout. I went daily for fresh, hot baguettes, their selection of fromage, and their aisle of Maille products. If you are looking for Paris in LA – that’s a little taste of it.

Self-Care Ritual: Hair Care

When my stylist re-opened her LA salon, I nearly cried tears of joy! I am a natural, dirty, blonde. But 7 months of no highlights, and things were looking bad. I found my stylist six years ago now, by total chance when my typical stylist canceled last-minute and I really needed my do done. Carachele came to the rescue, and I never have seen anyone else since. Last fall she opened her own salon that is so beautiful inside I want to live there. I spent about a decade looking for someone who could make me the kind of blonde I wanted to be without damaging my hair. Needless to say, I cross the country/globe to see her and I call her my hair angel. A year ago I got Amanda on board too, so now we officially look like twins.

Beauty Regime: Microneedling

I’ve been using this tool for a solid two months now, and WOW is all I can say. I’m shocked by the results of this magical roller and now can’t imagine my life without it. After a week on my face, I bought the attachment for the body also. I’ve tried a lot of at-home beauty things, and this one is a game-changer! Microneedling essentially creates the tiniest damage to your skin with teeny needles so that your skin regenerates faster. I was septical and afraid it would hurt, but instead found it feels wonderfully satisfying, and it works. I’m definitely going to be visiting my facialist less now.

What I Discovered: Monos CleanPod

This is a real, magic wand! I was worried about all the germs lurking in the world as I knew I was heading back to France. I had to deal with the airport, and a plane, and then an Uber. I’m obviously on high-alert about being careful, so I bought the cleanpod the second I heard about it. With a press of a button, a high-energy beam of UVC (ultraviolet C) light is emitted from the specialized LEDs, effectively sanitizing surfaces without the use of chemicals. In 30 seconds, UVC light can kill up to 99.9% of germs that get in its way! This LED contains no mercury, and powers on immediately without any warmup time. I’ll be taking this thing EVERYWHERE from now on!

That’s a wrap for June. I’m back in France this month and will be sharing all the things I love about this country, so tune into my stories for a little taste of Paris!

  1. Karen says:

    Thank you for sharing, Anna. I’m glad you made it back to your happy place and continue to live your dream. Looking forward to seeing all your adventures in Paris. Going to live vicariously through you since I won’t be flying anytime soon. Be safe, healthy, and happy 😊 Anna! ❤️

  2. Emmanuelle says:

    What a month ! Like you said, you lived a year in one month ! Hope juli brings you joy, happiness and calm. Hope you’ll have good news from family and that you’re not missing Elvis so much ! Can’t wait to see what’s next for you ! Enjoy your life in Paris ! Let me know if you are comming in East France, in Strasbourg, i can show you how beautiful it is ! Xoxo

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