25 December 2014

A Long December

Paris, France
By Haleigh In Non classé

Well here we are, Christmas at last. It’s been a long December to get to this day (Christmas Eve as I write). There was a lot of work and a little bit of traveling. Somehow between my assignments I managed make time for some people I care about, which I guess is the spirit of the holidays. I headed to Lyon to visit Laetitia and her darling baby, and got to see the famous Fête des Lumières. I also made it to Luxembourg and Germany to speak about photography at en event hosted by Emilie and enjoy the Christmas Market for an afternoon in Trier. It’s been hard to find that time though and to be honest it’s been such a stressful month, but promises are promises and they were worth it. I wish I had more in me to write something wonderful tonight, but all I want to do is go to bed and relax. Instead though still, I find myself writing here so I’ll give you what I can.  For as long as I have lived in Paris, December was divided in two, the first half in France and the second half in California. I think we imagine that when we move away from home and out on our own is when we really grow up. I don’t think it really hits us until later though when the holidays come around and you realize the place that feels most like home is your own, wherever you chose that to be. My parents don’t live in the houses I grew up in anymore, so this is really my home and there is not another place I would rather be this Christmas. So that’s where I am tonight in good company with my mom who has decided to join me here for the holidays. Enjoy some snapshots from the last month…


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  2. Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's 25 December 2014

    Your mom has still got it! I learned how to skate when I was little and took classes and everything, but I haven’t skated in so long! Last summer I went skating with my friends in Hong Kong (indoors) and, unfortunately for me, skating was not like riding a bike. My friends and I were wobbling all over the ice and holding onto the railings alongside the little children. It was still a lot of fun though, and by the end we started getting the hang of it! We even tried to do interpretive dancing to Frozen’s Let It Go 😛 Anyways, I love your coat and MERRY CHRISTMAS! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  3. Meg 25 December 2014

    Happy Holidays, Haleigh! Enjoy charming chilly Paris with your mama in town! xx

  4. Elle 25 December 2014

    Lovely photos!! 🙂 Merry christmas!!


  5. Eline 26 December 2014

    Such gorgeous pictures! Blogposts like this make me realize that I’m moving to Paris in february already! Waaah!

    Have a nice day!
    Kiss, Eline from http://elineous.blogspot.nl/

  6. supal {chevrons & éclairs} 26 December 2014

    Merry, merry Christmas Haleigh! I loved this post so much! I moved from America to London and spending the holidays away from my parents was a little difficult. This truly reinforced that my parents are so near and dear to me. Hope you had the merriest of Christmases. xx

  7. Kim 27 December 2014

    Where is that amazing black cape from???

  8. French Kissed 27 December 2014

    Truly the most magical skate of my life…under the glass dome at le Grand Palais des Glaces…

  9. maria 27 December 2014

    have a beautiful new year haleigh!

    hope santa does not find his way home this Christmas and stay around throughout the year so all of our wishes and dreams come true on daily basis!! that is my wish for everyone really.. so nice to walk on the street and see happy, smiley people everywhere..

    your mama is a great dancer and together you are so cute you two!

    xoxo maria

    p.s: I always follow your lancome posts! you have some great pics and tips in there for all! thank you haleigh!

  10. India Alexandra 27 December 2014


    Absolutely love all the photos and especially the bits of video too on the ice. So festive and colourful, just what December is all about

    Happy Christmas Haleigh

    Love from Scotland,

    India | See the Sparkle

  11. Joyce 29 December 2014

    This looks absolutely amazing. I hope to go ice skating here sometime! Your mom is such a great skater! Ice skating is one of my favorite winter activities and I’m sad that I didn’t get to learn any cool tricks when I was younger. I hope you had a fabulous time in Paris for Christmas, but since it’s Paris it’s hard to imagine how you could not. Cheers!

    Characters & Carry-ons

  12. korin 31 December 2014

    This post is just beautiful, love the gift of your mom and the video.
    Happy New year

  13. Kat 14 January 2015

    I always like to pop by your blog once or twice a month to see what is new (and to steal your music suggestions – my Spotify account thanks you) and this post might be my favorite. Your photos are always stunning – the colors are so beautiful and the way you create a sense of wherever you are (Paris, a lavender field, LA) is amazing. The videos of the ice skating and Paris all lit up for the holidays looks like nothing short of magic. I am visiting for my first time in September to October and I cannot wait. Thank you always for sharing.

  14. Konstantina Antoniadou 23 February 2015

    so many beautiful photos!



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