About

Tigers in Paris hasn’t always been a place for fashion blogging, instead it was created because I wanted to have a place to practice my writing. I’ve wanted to write a novel for a very long time and tell stories of a world beyond ours, but whenever I think of writing a huge novel, I become nervous and end up erasing all of my work. So I found that blogging has helped me ease my anxiety a lot.

The name of my blog is very special to me. You will find it surprising that it has absolutely nothing to do with the city that reminds others of romance, exquisite cuisines, and the famous Eiffel tower. Instead, Tigers in Paris is named in honor of my grandmother who had passed away four years ago. She was a lady of grace, aptitude, style, and resilience blessed with an inner strength that was in itself quiet…yet unbreakable. Up until the day that I lost her, I knew that everything she had did, she did it out of love. Her love was such a force to reckon with that it is parallel to the influential power in which the city of Paris reminds the rest of the world of love-the love of their significant other, the love of their children, and the love of their parents…

I think that many people can agree with me that it is hard to find such unconditional love, because it is difficult to find someone who loves you like that. Usually that type of love first comes from your family, but when I lost her, I lost my only family, therefore I lost myself for quiet a while. The foundation of Tigers in Paris is built on this. Deep isn’t it?

The saying, “Always remember to be bold, be brave, and be beautiful,” is something that I came up with during my time of loss and it had just stuck with me since. Now I say it every time at the end of all my posts as a reminder to myself and to my readers that they are stronger than they think they are. Hardships are indeed inevitable just as they are clever in sneaking up upon us, but the mental strength that we all have inside of us will forevermore be stronger than our fears, failures, and doubts. Tigers in Paris is now a place of escape…full of stories of endless travel whether they be fact or fiction, where age is limitless, beauty is profound, and all dreamers can dream…

Photography by Yoko Tsuki