the balloon diaries

Hey mes petits dreamers,

Today I discovered la Maison Rose and my new bible – How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Sex, Food, and Femininity. All enjoyable subjects.

French painter Maurice Utrillo made la Maison Rose famous. His painting is called “little pink house,” and there she is. A glowing pink restaurant perched on a hill. I crossed the road to find myself a table for one and almost getting side-swiped by a speeding tuktuk. Seriously? Tuktuks in Paris? Is there anything this city doesn’t have?

The ambience of la Maison Rose is exactly what I love: quaint, charming with imperfections throughout. I feel right at home. I take a seat and dive into my new bible; shamefully I’m not a huge reader. I know. Don’t judge me.

There are some serious pearls of wisdom in this book. My personal favorites are the advice about embracing navy, having a signature piece, and owning your bad habits – “She drinks vodka in the evenings but green tea in the mornings” – here, here! But my absolute favorite tip that totally made me LOL: “Always be fuckable. When standing in the lines at the bakery on a Sunday morning, buying champagne in the middle of the night or even picking the kids up from school. You never know.”

Based on this book’s theory, it’s a miracle I’ve ever gotten “lucky.” Judging by the French standard, I don’t think the gym pants that I often wore in Australia on days where I just couldn’t be bothered would pass as “fuckable” attire.

On that note, I’m off to buy a bottle of champagne to drink while I throw out all of my beloved gym pants.

Still getting lost in the right direction.



anna dawson -

Getting informed.

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PARISIAN - maison rose

Great advice and a light refreshment.

montmartre - theballoondiary

Always look up!

la maison rose - montmartre

Is that a cute boy in the door way ??….Sorry. False alarm.


WARNING. Crazy tuktuk drivers roam the back streets of Paris. But don’t worry, he’s colour coordinated and that’s the important thing.

anna dawson

A bad hair day never killed anyone.

balloon pink

 Paris je t’aime.