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Apr 8, 2013 / 9 notes

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This Week’s Featured Photographer: Ylenia Cuéllar


Every week in the Jetpac app we’re exploring a new destination through the eyes of a local. This week we’re featuring a young and talented Mexican fashion photographer living in Paris. Her name is Ylenia Cuéllar and her photos make us want to pack our bags and live the Parisian life.



Ylenia was born and raised in Mexico. Ever since a young age she was really passionate about anything and everything, but then she realized that her true passions are fashion and photography. She studied marketing with the plan to pursue fashion once finished, so she decided to move to Paris.

Once in Paris she graduated from ESMOD, worked with the Portuguese designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista, and collaborated on some projects with other designers. Ylenia wants to give back all the incredible experience that Paris gave her, so she became a fashion guide who will lead you through the most secret designers and vintage shops in the city via Localers.

Ylenia also starter her own a fashion blog, Ambitieuse,  that displays some of her photography and snaps from her daily life and small adventures. She does her photoshoots in different locations to allow her readers to visit and experience Paris with her. 

What was it about Paris that made you want to live there? 
It certainly was the Paris dream! There are so many reasons why I wanted to move here. I was intrigued by the culture and was amazed by its beauty. 

I wanted to learn the language and it seemed to be the best place where to exploit my two passions: fashion and photography.

Has Paris lived up to your expectations?
Definitely yes. The thing is, one has to learn that no matter where; if you move to a different country of course there will be a small culture shock and difficulties along the way. Once you understand that, you are able to find the beauty of the experience and this new place.

Paris has its good side and bad side, but I often still get butterflies thinking that I live in this amazing city.

What is the most surprising thing you’ve found about Paris after moving there?
To see how many faces Paris has. When visiting, most people get to see and experience just the surface of it; there’s so much more to Paris than just the Eiffel Tower and the baguettes.  

Where do you love going with your friends and why?
We love going to Le Marais and Montmartre. These two areas are so alive and have so much to offer: places to eat and drink, art galleries, boutiques, cinemas, workshops, parks, etc.

Where in Mexico are you from and what do you miss the most about Mexico?
I’m from Mexico City. What I miss the most is the real Mexican food and the warm weather. There’s many other things I miss, but I think these two are the ones that have me pulling my hair most of the time.  

Since you’re already living in Paris - one of the most dreamed-about cities in the world, where are you dreaming of going on vacation?
I think being from a big city and now living in another great city, makes me long for the opposite; isolated peaceful places, surrounded by nature or places where the people are very much in touch with their roots and ancient traditions. To name a few, I would love to go to the Maldives, India, Cambodia, New Zealand and Peru.  

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Apr 12, 2012 / 17 notes

Old fashioned Paris

Hello! hope you’re all fine!

As you all know I’m just not good with cold weather clothes, and well this past weekend, the weather was gloomy and that didn’t let me get on my spring fashion mood. This led me to try at least a bit and I ended up wanting to make a sort of “themed” shoot. 

My inspiration was “Paris in the 50s” more specifically Richard Avedon's photography and this is the result… I hope you like it!

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ESPAÑOL: El fin de semana pasado Flo y yo decidimos hacer una sesión de fotos un poco diferentes. Tomé la inspiración de la fotografía en París de los años 50. En especifico fotografías de Richard Avedon (uno de mis fotógrafos favoritos)

Y este fue el resultado!

All photos by Flo and I.

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Jan 18, 2012 / 10 notes

Bits of a sunday

Hey guys! I’m sorry I’ve abandoned you lately… I’m still adapting to the new schedule and as some of you may know, the temperature has drastically dropped here in Paris lately and when that happens my outfits are all about functionality and not at all about fashion {sad I know, but I’m just no good at winter clothes}

Anyways I promise you that I’ll try to post some Paris photos if I don’t make outfit posts. Also next week I go to México to my brother’s wedding so I might share some pics from that too, in any case I promise I’ll share more with you :)

Have a great week!

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I present to you my favorite spot in all Paris.
I know there might be dozens of places massively more attractive than this, but to me there’s just something about this exact spot where I’m standing looking at this exact view.
I always have a spot wherever I live; that spot that always awes me and becomes the perfect place to think or to just forget about everything
I think ever since the first time I passed here I knew it’d be my spot… my little piece of Paris.
Jan 12, 2012 / 30 notes

I present to you my favorite spot in all Paris.

I know there might be dozens of places massively more attractive than this, but to me there’s just something about this exact spot where I’m standing looking at this exact view.

I always have a spot wherever I live; that spot that always awes me and becomes the perfect place to think or to just forget about everything

I think ever since the first time I passed here I knew it’d be my spot… my little piece of Paris.

Jan 3, 2012 / 25 notes
Jan 1, 2012 / 1 note

Anonymous asked: Hi Ylenia! Happy new year! A question for you : did you wait until you get the French school's acceptance and student visa before you moved to France? or did you move and then applied to the school? I'm thinking of applying for next september but it's still too early for the applications and I've been told the results will come out only in may or even July, it just seems too far away :( How were you able to apply so early? thanks xx

Thank you! Happy new year to you too! As the answer the your question, yes I did wait until I had my visa to move to France.

I understand how you’d like to have everything ready already and not have to wait until july, but it seems like the best way to do it. I would recommend you to investigate all the procedures and paperwork you need to do in order to apply for a student visa, and already start making a file with all that you need, then when the whole school applications come, you just need to add this and you can go straight and get your visa :)

I’m just gonna begin my postgraduate next week but the reason that I’ve been living in Paris since last year, is because I’ve been studying french. So what I did, was apply to a french language school got my acceptance letter and with this requested a visa; recently I had to renew it, since that visa was for my language studies only and now I’ll be doing different studies… in order to get the renewal I had to prove that I’m enrolled in an education institution and do some paperwork.

Hope this helps! If you have any other doubt, you can send me an email 

Good luck!

Dec 28, 2011 / 1 note

Anonymous asked: Still adoring your blog<3 Every picture makes me grin as I think of my past holiday with my bf in Paris<3 You may not remember but you sent me some kind words of motivation for my long distance relationship some months ago and I will never forget your kindness. Actually as I'm typing this, my boyfriend is sitting opposite me making funny faces x3 Thank you for maintaining a beautiful blog that reminds me true love knows no bounds xxx Joyeuse Fêtes a vous~ x

That’s really sweet thank you! I do remember! and you have no idea how glad I am to hear you are doing great and your relationship is strong and going :) and the best is to know that you’re getting to spend some time together, congratulations really! It’s really kind of you to say that, I’m happy be a proof that LDR aren’t a synonyme of “break-up”

Happy holidays to you too! Bisous!

Dec 22, 2011 / 4 notes

On top of the world

A few pictures from the day I took my mom to the obliged visit to the top of the Eiffel Tower; Flo and his sister Noun joined us.

Right now I’m off in Bordeaux for the holidays, so there’s a big chance I won’t get to update much.

What are your plans for the holidays, how are you gonna celebrate?

Bisous

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Dec 11, 2011 / 20 notes

Really good advice…

I only half/disagree on the fashion part.

It is true that the typical parisian is that one dressed all in black {and neutrals} and certain etiquette. But an amazing side of Paris {that I personally love} is the chance to express yourself through fashion; yes you’ll be frowned upon by the elder/conservative french people + the clueless tourists… but self-expression is cherished here, but you do have to know where to meet others who cherish it as much as you do.

I’ve never felt more free to wear whatever I want than here in Paris! Not that I’m the most stylish or fashionable person ever but still I don’t mind the few concerned faces I get from certain people… actually if I don’t get frowned upon, I feel like I’m not doing it right :P

*PS. I have to admit, that it is probably easier for a girl to dress in extreme ways without being scolded for it than a man… so he has a really good point. 

Great post by ledumpling!

So u want to make it in the big bad city of Paris? Well I have considered some of my do’s and dont’s that should put you one beret above the rest of the Parisian wannabe’s.

Let’s start with dress. Fashion is obviously of the utmost importance in Paris. Wear the wrong thing and you might just get a dirty stare or snarky remark. For example, I wore Vilebrequin shorts in late September. While I thought I looked like a walking ad for Hamptons Magazine, the rest of Paris thought I looked like I came from a Middle Eastern oasis. I was walking down Rue de Passy (Paris’ Park Ave) when a woman approached me and began to harass me. Because of my colorful trunks, she immediately knew I was not from Paris (everyone knows the Parisians don’t wear color). She asked me which Arab country I hailed from and explained that my attire was not appropriate for Paris. I played along and told her I was from Saudi Arabia, and thanked her generously for welcoming me to glorious France! And a tip for girls, do wear heels. The filles of Paris are always sporting boots or heels, even if they’re short and look like what you’re younger Jewish cousin wore to her bat mitzvah party. 

Don’t fall in love with a Parisian. Rather, do fall in lust with a Parisian. American films romanticize the Parisians. Their city is amazing, but they are not. Most Parisians smoke, are too judgmental, and are difficult to befriend. Plus, if you’re a temporary resident like I am, there’s no point in starting any sort of relationship. You’re better off finding one Parisian who dabbles in the Parisian social scene and drives a vespa to show you around.

Do befriend some Parisians. But if you can’t (and you certainly do not need to), befriend your fellow expats. Isn’t that why you moved abroad in the first place - to hang out with the exact same type of people you just got away from in your home country? With that said, choose wisely which expats you befriend. Don’t bother befriending the lady with the incomprehensible French at your local ubiquitous traiteur asiatique. But feel free to befriend that trendy girl who owns the small designer friperie right around the corner. And knowing French will come in handy, so get to know thse buzz words I blogged about earlier this week.

Do spend every waking moment exploring the city. Do not be lethargic or waste time. Especially if you’re living abroad temporarily, your time and availability are limited. So, try a different restaurant each day, visit a different museum, or pick a random point on the city map and go discover. You must spend as much time as you can walking along the Seine and in the first four arrondissements. A helpful tip a friend who lived in Paris once told me was to always get off one or two metro stops before your own stop and walk home. This way, you learn the city better and get some exercise in.

When flat hunting, do live in the 3e or 4e. This is the Marais, and the Marais is where it’s at. All of the bars, restaurants, museums, and shopping are all here or within walking distance. It’s also central, so cabs to and from won’t be terribly expensive. Don’t live in the 15e, where I live. The 15e is the main bourgeois neighborhood of Paris. Though it is residential and safe, it is painfully boring and out of the way. You might as well just pick up your stuff and move to the banlieu! As my friend likes to refer to it, the 15e is Paupersville. It’s a nice area, but there are no young people, no tourist attractions, and no places open past 20h (8pm in Euro time). 

Do take the metro everywhere. The metro system in Paris is extremely efficient, perhaps the only iota of efficiency that this city has. The stops are not too far apart, and it should never take you more than half an hour and one transfer to get anywhere in the city. Do register for the velibs, a public bike system in Paris. I am not one to go green and pack my granola in my Northface camelbak, but I am huge fan of the velib system in Paris. I have enjoyed biking short distances throughout the city in the past few months. It’s often a faster way of transportation when a certain area of the city is inaccessible by metro or bus. It’s also a great way to burns some kilocals after you’ve eaten one too many baguettes, which I assure you will happen. Do not take taxis here. The cab drivers often try to take advantage of foreigners, plus cab fares are exorbitantly expensive. Though it’s impossible to find a taxi in this city anyways, you still are going to need to find one at night after you leave a club, in order to avoid waiting until 5am for the metro to open. If you really need a cab and decide to call one, they start the pay meter from the time you call. So, you could have a cab pick you up but it will already have 20 euros on the bill in addition to the amount you’re going to have to pay for the actual drive. It’s nonsensical!

Do meet someone in the Parisian nightlife scene. Paris’ nightlife is SO different from New York. A friend asked me the other day: if you could change one thing about Paris, which would it be, the inefficiency or nightlife? I selected nightlife, she selected inefficiency. The nightlife scene in NYC is accessible to all. There is always a bar party, gallery opening, or industry event. Paris is completely different, and not to my liking. For a particularly good description on the topic, read this blog post.

Most importantly, do take advantage. Living abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity, not to be taken for granted. If you’re invited to an opera or wine tasting or weekend trip to the South, just say oui oui!