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Since the beginning of the lockdown, we had time to read, to cook, to take care of ourselves, and – of course – to go through every streaming platform’s catalogues. If you run out of ideas on what to watch, here are five good reasons why you should start Mrs America!

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1.Mrs America narrates a pivotal American feminist moment
Mrs America takes place in the USA in the 70s when the country was torn between two antagonist female-led political groups: the feminists and the anti-feminists. The plot focuses on the historical character of Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative housewive who previously had studied law. While she would have liked to participate in debates on the nuclear threat, Phyllis ends up fighting against the feminist movement and creates the STOP ERA campaign. The ERA – a.k.a the Equal Right Amendment – is a constitutional amendment in favour of gender equality. It was first proposed to the Congress in 1923 before second-wave feminists decided to reintroduce it to the centre of political debates. Among them were Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm and Betty Friedan, who are three American feminist figureheads represented in the TV show.

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2.Mrs America features an all-star cast
Mrs America is the first tv show where you can see Cate Blanchett holding a lead role. Always wearing a perfect bun and a frozen smile, she plays Phyllis Schlafly, an antiheroine who has a complex personality.
You’ll find next to her other talented actors and actresses. Among them are Rose Byrne playing Gloria Steinem, Uzo Abuda in Shirley Chisholm, Tracey Ullman as Betty Friedan, as well as Sarah Paulson and Margo Martingale.

3.Dahvi Waller is Mrs America’s creator
You may have never heard of Dahvi Waller, but you certainly know – and enjoy! – some of the shows she created. Indeed, Dahvi Waller is none other than the one behind Desperate Housewives and Mad Men!

4.Mrs America has an amazing original soundtrack
When you think of the seventies in the USA, you probably associate the period with the Vietnam War, the feminist movement, and the hippie movement. Yet, it was also a time when music held a considerable place. Therefore, watching Mrs America, you will be able to discover – or rediscover – key songs and artists from the decade, such as the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Eagles, The Kinks, … Beware, you will probably want to shazam them all!

5.Mrs America resonates with current events
Watching Mrs America is a way to take a backwards step when Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman to be elected in Congress, just a few years after the end of segregation in the USA. It is also an opportunity to follow second-wave feminist debates on equal pay and abortion rights. While Mrs America is a historical show, it also highly resonates with current events in America where anti-feminist backlashes regularly happen since President Trump’s election. Nowadays, wage inequalities still exist, and the right to abortion keeps being threatened in the USA. As for the ERA, it was not until the beginning of 2020 that Virginia finally ratified the text, hence becoming the last State approving the amendment. Better late than never!

Article by Léah Boukobza

Since the beginning of quarantine, you probably have had enough time to skim Netflix’s catalogue in its entirety between business meetings and yoga sessions you both do from your leaving-room. Then, you may have noticed this new German show – Unorthodox – among the ranking of the most-watched series on the platform. The show consists of only four episodes which recount Esty’s life, a young ultra-orthodox Jewish girl from New York who, one day, chooses to leave the community she grew in for Berlin. There, she hopes to live a fulfilling life free from religious duties.

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Inspired by Deborah Feldman’s autobiography entitled Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots (2012), Anna Winger and Alexa Karolinski decided to tell Esty’s life – a fictional character – through a very inspiring and moving show.

Esty is a nineteen-year-old young woman who grew up within the Satmar Hasidic community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She has never left New York, and strict religious precepts drive her life. Raised by her granny and her aunt, Esty enters into an arranged marriage with Yanki, a member of the same community. A year later, she decides to go to Berlin without leaving any trace. Once she has crossed the Atlantic Ocean, one can witness Esty’s metamorphosis who gradually learns how to reclaim her own body and who discovers new feelings of freedom, especially through music, a passion her community forbade her to practice.

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If some scenes can look a bit unlikely – this may be due to the program’s short format – Unorthodox still offers a heartening story about a brave and powerful woman. The Israeli actress Shira Haas wonderfully interprets the role of Esty in both English and Yiddish. She had already previously stood out by her talent and delicate performance in Shtisel, an Israeli television drama distributed by Netflix.

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Tonight, switch off your phone and assist to Esty’s rebirth through this poignant show … and be ready for a binge-watching session!

Article by Léah Boukobza

What is endometriosis anyway? It may be likely that you have heard of this condition but it’s more likely that you don’t know that much about it. Endometriosis is a chronic condition that causes symptoms of heavy bleeding, nausea & vomiting, anxiety, chronic fatigue, bloating, pain during sex and possible infertility. This occurs when the cells In the lining of the womb break down and bleed. Normally, these cells exit the body through the vagina but with endometriosis, the blood is released into other places like the abdomen, ovaries, bladder, among other places.

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. I created this infographic hoping to educate others on endometriosis. Statistically, someone you know is suffering, and it's highly likely she’s unaware that what she’s experiencing isn’t “normal”. Please share to help spread awareness. You never know who is out there desperately looking for answers.

This is believed to affect 1 in 10 women or roughly 176 million women around the world. Yet some doctors tell women when hearing their symptoms that some women just get heavier periods. They are not taken seriously and some are not diagnosed for years and are having doctors just throw them pain relievers. This illness is just shoved under a rug and ignored. People just chalk it up to thinking that they just get bad cramps but it will be over in a week and they will be fine. If you talk to someone living with this daily, they will tell you a completely different story. 

Endometriosis is not just a bad period like some us may know it to be. It is a major chronic illness that affects a women’s emotional and mental state with physical pain.

These women are dealing with symptoms and effects of endo daily and you probably don’t even realize. Women are SO strong and resilient going to work every day despite the pain they are feeling. They grit their teeth and bear it and try their best to live like nothing is wrong. 

There is a serious lack of awareness. There is no cure. Medication, some surgeries, and heat pads simply are not enough to help. Women struggling need something more to be done and doctors should be actively looking for a way to cure this disease. More gynecologists and doctors need to become more knowledgable and understanding about what these ladies are going through. 

If you are living with endometriosis know that you are not alone! If you are having these severe symptoms regularly and you have been told it is normal by your gyno, I implore you to seek out another opinion. Keep searching until you find someone who can diagnose you properly and start giving you the help that they can offer you. 

It’s Endometriosis Awareness Month! Let your friends and family members be heard by sharing information about this chronic illness.

For more information or to join a community of others experiencing the same as you, check out https://www.practicalendo.com

Written By Katie Chaplin

Fall is here, and has brought with it orange leaves, burning sunsets, pumpkin lattes, and chilly nights where all we want to do is get warm under our bedcovers with a hot chocolate and a good book. Some might see this season as particularly dreary, as it signs the end of summer and the start of gloomy weather. However, autumn is just begging for us to change our habits and make the best of it, through spooky activities and witchy events… Here are some tips to enjoy this Halloween season to the fullest.

BAKE TASTY RECIPES

It is finally socially appropriate to sip on hot chocolates, lattes, and tea whenever we feel like it. Of course, tea-time wouldn’t be complete without a snack. Cinnamon, pumpkin or ginger are some of the flavors to rediscover through tasty foods to bake at home, like these easy Halloween treats by So Yummy:

FOLLOW NEW ARTISTS

There are plenty of talented illustrators on Instagram who publish Halloween or fall themed artwork during the months of October and November. For instance, check out sarahughesillustration, or marysyring! There is nothing like surrounding oneself with witchy drawings to feel inspired by the season. Perhaps you might even create something yourself, or:

DO AN ART CHALLENGE

During the entire month of October unfolds one of the most popular drawing challenges held by artists on Instagram. We are of course talking about Inktober. The challenge consists in drawing a drawing a day, following a prompt list. There is an official prompt list, but many artists also come up with their own list, so you can choose whichever one fits your expectations or style best. Some artists holding their own challenge include: moonchildillustrations, or furrylittlepeach… It is never too late to join: the point is to have fun and push yourself!

THROW A THEME PARTY

Why not hold a Halloween dinner party at your place? You might not necessarily want to go trick or treating around your neighborhood, or your city might not even celebrate the event. Take matters into your own hands and invite friends over to enjoy a spooky meal and decorate the whole place accordingly. Any excuse to have a costume party!

CURATE YOUR WARDBRODE

Orange, brown, mustard yellow, burgundy or auburn are just some of the colors you can bring out of your wardrobe in the fall time. Just because the temperatures drop does not mean you have to wear exclusively colorless outfits, that might get your overall mood down. Quite the contrary, as demonstrated by Jerianie.

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GO WALK IN NATURE

This is the ideal season to go for walks in the park or the forest. The weather is chilly but still enjoyable, and the change of colors makes it one of the nicest times of the year to appreciate nature. Bonus points if you go in the late afternoon, during the golden hour to get the full effect of the changing season.

WATCH SPOOKY SHOWS AND MOVIES

This list would obviously be incomplete without a few scary movie and TV show recommendations. Whether you want to discover new TV shows, or re-watch classics, we have got you covered. We recommend watching Sabrina the witch, Over the Garden Wall, Coraline or a good old Tim Burton film.

READ THESE GOTHIC CLASSICS

And finally, since there is nothing quite like getting cozy in bed with a page-turner, how about choosing a gothic novel to read this fall? Frankenstein, Wuthering Heigths, or Jane Eyre… are just some of the perfect stories to pour over these coming months.

Article by Inès Huet

From September 6 to 11, our team was in New York to meet our community and lead various workshops in the popular Lower East Side. It was an enriching and moving experience, since it was so important for us to come to you. So we crossed the Atlantic Ocean and opened the doors of our very own apartment in Manhattan to welcome you; and it was incredible.

We told you at the end of August: Paulette chose New York to celebrate its 10th birthday in September. And it’s during the Fashion Week that part of our team showed up at the 123 Bowery; at the 5th floor because we like to work on our behinds. The bright and welcoming loft, in Paulette’s colors, was perfect to organize meetings and workshops around good vibes and cookes for even more inspiration and self self-empowerment. The pop-up Paulette apartment had a very busy but exciting schedule during which we were able to talk to you and discuss topics that interest us, revolt us and motivate us.

A few workshop extracts via our Instagram account

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What an adventure!

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Thanks to our partners: MAJE, NIKE, ABSOLUTION, 27 ROSIERS, GLOSSIER…

Interior design in collaboration with @abigailbellvintage

Californian brand Patagonia will join youth activists striking for climate action everywhere
on September 20 and 27, 2019. Patagonia stores worldwide will be closed on these two Fridays.

Patagonia is a Californian clothing brand founded in 1973 by accomplished rock climber Yvon Chouinard. The brand sells mountain gear and other outdoor sports clothes, as well as equipment such as backpacks, sleeping bags and camping food. In September 2019, Patagonia is joining the youth movement for climate action lead by Greta Thunberg. On Fridays 20 and 27, stores all around the world will be closed.

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“The climate crisis is a clear and present danger to our health, our pocketbooks and our employees and their families. Like the fake science paid for by tobacco companies that for years denied the link between smoking and cancer, denial and delay on climate is destructive to human life. Enough is enough. We need action,” declared Rose Marcario, the CEO of Patagonia.

From the start, Patagonia has been very aware about sustainable and responsible materials. The brand is paying attention to where materials are produced, and in what conditions. When it was revealed in 2005 by PETA that Patagonia’s wool providers were not treating correctly the animals, the brand changed sources.

A committed company

Patagonia is often taking actions for the climate, from organizing boycotts or giving 100% of Black Friday sales to environmental groups in 2016 to suing the US government and President Donald Trump for reducing the size of national monuments (similar to national parks). Every year, the company gives 1% of its sales to environmental groups through the One Percent for the Planet organization – which was co-founded by Yvon Chouinard. In June 2019, Patagonia announced it would give its $10m tax cuts to groups fighting the climate change crisis.

The company also created a platform called Worn Wear. People can return certain Patagonia merchandise in good condition in exchange for store credit. Then the items are cleaned, repaired and sold through the Worn Wear website.

Article by Juliette Cardinale

A typically French habit consists in sitting at the terrace of bars and cafés to sip some wine or a cocktail enjoying the sunset during happy hour. Here is our selection of the best happy hours to try out in Paris, from cheap oysters, to luxurious whisky.

Le Café Bohème

We are always excited to come to this bucolic, and elegant café, for a drink or something to eat. You will immediately feel at ease in the flowery atmosphere of the Café Bohème, with its dried flower bouquets hanging on the wall, on tables, or its printed cushions. The cocktail menu is elaborate and original, with a Mojito Champêtre (rum, Saint Germain, fresh mint, ginger ale) or a Rose des Vents (vodka infused with rose, lime, tonic). The beautiful setting will keep you coming back for more!

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The oyster bar Istr

Istr means oyster in Breton, a nod to the origins of the three creators of the restaurant. Inspired by New York’s oyster bars, you can taste oysters – at the counter or at your table – in a chic backdrop. Every Sunday from 6 pm onwards, is Oyster hour: all oysters are sold for one euro, and the cocktail for nine! One of the most original happy hours of the capital.

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The Bonnie Café

Pastel colors, and kitsch decorations: Café Bonnie satisfies all our girly cravings. The bar is decorated with glitter, pink, feather boas hanging from the chandeliers, and princess armchairs. The cocktails are just as unique as the place: the Bonnie and Clyde is the bar’s signature drink, made with champagne, vodka, cranberry, raspberry and sugar. The cocktails are all named after famous characters or classic films, such as The Little Prince or Alien, which you can drink for eight euros.

The Mabillon

At the beginning of the evening, we love going to the Mabillon, a brasserie with wood walls, leather sofas and to top things off, a big terrace. In this Peaky Blinders-esque setting we recommend ordering a whisky or a Bloody Mary !

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Article by Inès Huet

PHOTOGRAPHE : Jérémy Benkemoun
DA : Mikaël Thiolet
STYLISME : Magali Forey
MODÈLES : Ryan / Aliane Uwimana /
Raphaël Lourel / Elie Kouka / Victor Lesaffre
HAIR & MAKEUP : Hicham Ababsa
PRODUCTION : Galéane Martinez