Let’s Celebrate!

8 years ago by


Erik Melvin

Celebrating is something I too often forget to do. Time passes quickly, you go from one activity to the other. You’re busy. You may not have exactly finished a project yet. So yeah. You forget.

It’s too bad. I was thinking about this the other day with regard to my book. I got so busy launching it that I still haven’t had time for a party (not even a tiny one!) even though it’s one of the things I’m most proud of. Even though I still can’t even believe it’s been a New York Times Best Seller for months now. And it’s coming out in countries I even haven’t yet visited.

It’s too bad because all these projects, especially the ones we hold most dear, are real moments of growth, communion with others, and self-actualization.

Before, when my life was a little bit more fluid (I assure you, I’m doing everything I can to put a bit more space back into my schedule. Cult of the overbusy, you won’t get me!), I made a point of celebrating even the smallest successes. And each time, I thought it was a great thing to do. It was a time to say thank you to the people who’ve worked with you, and most of all, to reflect on why you did the project in the first place.

That’s why, this time, we decided to celebrate the release of Pardon My French. Something simple, but real. The people who helped me get it started were there (except for Amanda and Emily, even though they’ve been working on it like crazy), including the Outnet team (I could write an entire post about them – they’re the ideal partners, they let us have total creative freedom and give us the support to do things well) and my friends.

Typically, dinners stress me out, but this time – in the name of my new quest to be chill – I decided not to overthink it and just enjoy myself. I had such a good time, I totally forgot to do a speech, even though I seriously loooooooove speeches, especially when they are teary-eyed and full of good feelings.

Oh well, I’ll do one when we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the blog this summer. And this time, you’ll all be invited!!! (hehehe teaser)

I’ll let you take a look at the photos. And don’t forget to download the podcast here!


Translated by Andrea Perdue

garance dore lets celebrate photo the outnet
garance dore lets celebrate photo the outnet



garance dore lets celebrate photo the outnet
garance dore lets celebrate photo the outnet
garance dore lets celebrate photo the outnet
garance dore lets celebrate photo the outnet



garance dore lets celebrate photo the outnet


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  • Sounds awesome!
    And 10 years for the blog – I can’t believe it! :)
    Big congratulations! And you are right – we have to celebrate. I am also very bad at that. I want to but then I get tired even of the thought of a party. :)

  • Beautiful photos Garance! What a lovely celebration. Much love! xxx

  • Ah oui? On arrrriiivveeeeee!
    Oui c’est tellement important de marquer le coup, de fêter les moments importants de la vie, de passer du temps avec sa famille et ses amis, et surtout, d’en profiter!
    C’est fatigant aussi de recevoir, d’organiser mais ça vaut tellement le coup!!!
    Bises, bon week-end

    Julie, Petite and So What?

  • Hasina March, 4 2016, 9:45 / Reply

    Tellement vrai !
    Encore félicitations pour le livre (génial !) et le lancement du podcast (super idée !).
    J’espère que la fête aura lieu en Corse vers la fin du mois de juin par exemple… (Ça coïnciderait avec mes vacances à la découverte de cette belle île sauvage.)
    Bonne continuation pour tout, Garance !
    Cheers !

  • So important to celebrate and mainly appreciate every miracle we have in life..just being lucky to do what we want and to have wonderful life project..i once read that people who have experienced..almost death live like life is going to end tomorrow…that’s how they appreciate every moment in life…i try to remember it ..although it’s not easy everyday…
    so thank you Garance for your beautiful world you have created..and try to stay like that honest and beautiful!!
    with love
    Yael Guetta

  • Célébrer, c’est la meilleure idée qui soit!
    (et pourquoi ne pas ajouter une petite légende sur les photos pour dire qui est qui?)

  • Congratulations, Garance + team! I’m so excited for you all and to hear each and every episode of the podcast. The first one was great. Loved Doll + Em :) On pins and needles till next Thursday…

  • Nice team! Congrats on the book success :)

    I read the Power of Now and now I enjoy more the little moments without overthinking!

  • Bravo pour le podcast! Moi aussi je suis une grande “célébreuse” donc je te comprends entièrement! Demain c’est mon anniversaire et je prépare une super soirée!

    Je serai là volontiers pour célébrer les 10 ans du blog, puisque j’y suis depuis le début! xo

  • laurence March, 4 2016, 10:07 / Reply

    oh mais oui! c’est super de célébrer les petites comme les grandes occasions! en allemand on dit un truc du genre “Feste müssen gefeiert werden, wie sie fallen” ce qui veut dire en gros: il faut fêter les fêtes comme elles arrivent – j’adore cette expression et j’essaie aussi de l’appliquer au maximum. Célébrer un nouveau job, un emménagement, une rencontre, une belle opportunité, ou tout simplement ce (et ceux) qu’on aime… ce qui ne veut pas forcément dire se mettre une pression de ouf et organiser une méga soirée, on peu très bien passer une bonne soirée avec des proches, boire un verre, rire, profiter… et surtout savoir être reconnaissant de ce que la vie nous apporte, c’est ça le plus important :)
    et comme je ne sais plus si je l’ai déjà dit ici: félicitations pour tout ce qui t’arrive! je te suis depuis 2007 je crois, et ton chemin m’impressionne autant qu’il me fait plaisir, go garance!
    ps. tu nous invite à NY cet été?! mais trop bien ;)

  • Looks like a sophisticated yet quaint affair! I can’t wait to see what you’re doing for your 10 years. I forgot it was 10 years this year!

  • Merci de partager ces moments avec nous. Le plaisir et la complicité y sont palpables! Félicitations! On aime le sweat-shirt Pardon my french, une version tee-shirt blanc serait super aussi. Pourra-t-on s’en procurer en ligne éventuellement?

  • It’s so easy to get stressed over parties, especially in New York. Instagram and magazines make it seem like overplanning is practically required. It’s like the perfectionist polar extreme of those who think you have to get falling-down drunk and break a lot of furniture or you haven’t had fun. Neither is very satisfying.
    Congratulations on the book and the blog, which I’ve read daily since the start!

  • Beautiful pic! ;)


  • Superbe cette photo avec Aymeline Valade! Et c’est vrai, ça! Je suis totalement d’accord: on ne “celebrate” pas assez! En tout cas, c’est mon cas. Je “celebrate” chaque fois avec mon homme (les petites et les grandes nouvelles!) mais en cercle plus large, je ne prends pas assez le temps. A méditer!

  • Ana @Champagnegirlsabouttown March, 4 2016, 1:00 / Reply

    It was so nice to hear your voice again :) Congratulations!

  • Joanna March, 4 2016, 1:10 / Reply

    Congrats! The photos show that it was a lovely evening!

    I was hooked by the photo of a lady wearing sweatshirt with PORDON MY FRENCH on it

    I LOVE IT!!!! It is so cool!!!

    Is it possible to purchase it? How? Do you sell it via your site? Or is it a DYI project? ;-)

    I will be more than grateful to get to know and if – possible – to buy one for myself

    many warmest regards


  • Hey Joanna, i’m the “ladyyy” :)
    Got that sweat shirt at Old Navy store in NY :)
    You can find it on their website :)
    Have a good day

  • mosaic_world March, 4 2016, 1:15 / Reply

    congratulations with your book’s success. I agree, sometimes you must take out time to congratulate yourself or to allow yourself recognition for doing a good job, completion, closure.

    the lighting in the restaurant (photos) is seriously gorgeous.

  • Madeleine March, 4 2016, 1:53 / Reply

    Forget what creams people use, let’s get really authentic here! I want to know what these ladies are doing at the dermatologist to get this crazy gorgeous rich girl skin. Merci d’avance !

  • venezia30123 March, 4 2016, 3:03 / Reply

    HAPPY 10 Years & CONGRATS!!!!
    Thanks so much Garance & team for bringing lots of joy every day!

  • nouchka March, 4 2016, 4:19 / Reply

    Juste merci pour ton livre (pardon my tutoiement), qui ressemble si bien à ce que ton blog a pu être. J’y ai trouvé ta fraicheur, ton ton et ton humour. J’ai aimé ces confidences, cette impression de lire le courrier d’une amie.
    J’ai aimé tes conseils mode, justes et adaptables à toutes les bourses.
    Alors MERCI !

    (je dois avouer, ce qui me fait lire ton blog, ce sont surtout tes écrits : perosnne ne saura te remplacer, car tu as une écriture tout à toi)

  • I so love the first episode of your podcast! I am a foreigner living in New York as well and I so agree about the things you said about friendships in US and Europe!!! I was laughing through tears!!! I am such a huge fan of intelligent radio since I was a little kid and this was pure pleasure!!! I cannot wait for the next episodes!!!

  • Felicidades! Just one comment: do it more like your youtube posts. The first podcast was boring with these two ladies talking and talking hummmm…gave up on minute 40.

  • wonderful pics! :)

  • Beautiful photos! I loved the Pardon my French video series, i’m excited to give the podcast a listen :)

  • Alexandra March, 5 2016, 8:50 / Reply

    everyone is so BEAUTIFUL!

  • ainhoa March, 6 2016, 6:07 / Reply

    qui est la blonde ;-) ? très belles toutes les deux avec vos fleurs blanches à l’oreille (elles sont quoi ? )

    PS: love the sweater pardon my french :)!

  • Congratulations on all your wonderful accomplishments, Garance! Love the podcast already :)

    Thank you for reminding us to stop and celebrate with the ones we love. Hope to make it to your anniversary party this summer ;)

  • Alex de Berlin March, 8 2016, 7:54 / Reply

    Garance ! je suis dégoutée de t’avoir raté à Berlin :-((( je regarde ton site et suis instagram presque tous les jours sauf le vendredi, samedi et dimanche et du coup je n’ai su que lundi matin que tu étais passé à Berlin le WE dernier… je suis vriament triste, j’aurais tellement aimé faire ta connaissance depuis le temps que je suis ton blog…. menfin, il faut se faire une raison!
    peut-etre qu’un jour tu reviendras par ici ou qu’on se croisera autre part , pour moi c’est plutot l’Europe ! bises
    Alex de Berlin

  • Donc, ça fait bientôt 10 ans que je te suis quotidiennement, tout ce que je peux te dire, c’est que je suis en totale admiration pour ton parcours et ta passion. Il y en a très peu comme toi. Aussi, préviens-nous svp quand tu passes dans une émission,, je zappais et je suis tombée complètement par hasard sur La nouvelle édition et là bim c’était toi ! Félicitations pour tout !!

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