About Me

I’m a native New Yorker who lives in (+ is in love with) Paris. Pourrie Pourrie. Paname. And all the sour names, fetid smells, glorious splendors + off-beat tunes that come with it.

With a background in Art History and a past in print magazine editing (the culture-list editor at Vanity Fair, a scout for Conde Nast Traveler, etc), I’ve distilled such aesthetic hoverings to a company called THATLouTreasure Hunt At The Louvre. We run a general public Hunt the first Sunday of each month (each one with a different theme, most of which are bilingual), and several targeted hunts throughout the month. For a menu of the various themes take a look here and here’s a tab on how to participate.

So if you’re tempted to dig up some magnificent treasure, partake in some fierce competition, and meet new people along the way, please contact me at:


Apart from that(Lou), this site is a platform for Paris musings. Sporadically I’ll address a project I’ve been attacted to for years: 19th Century Parisian iron and glass. And then no Paris blog would be a blog without the usual visits to and around the city, on both tangible and theoretical levels. Both my husband, El Argentino, and toddler, STORSH, make guests appearances, both known and unbeknownst to them.

Overall, however, this site is devoted to its namesake: THATLou. Most posts address the Louvre and its treasures as well as other museums. Prior to going on a hunt it’s worthwhile to type the theme of your hunt into the search box, because you never know which article will feed you info answering a craftily embedded bonus question in your Treasure Hunt At The Louvre! Here’s an example.

The header photo on each of the site’s pages is of the enormous d’Orsay train station clock, distorted through the rim of a vase. How THATLou appropriate is that??? Time: distorted and looooooming over a museum!


35 thoughts on “About Me

    • It certainly shall. Just drop me a line when you know your dates. And if you keep reading the blog you’ll be well ahead, as there are little hints all over the place!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Hi Daisy!

    I love this idea, so original! Bravo!

    Thank you so much for your response to my comment on Out and About in Paris. That was very kind of you. I’ll be on the lookout for future events!

    So from one native New Yorker to another, may I ask what part you’re from? I always like to connect with our people here in Par-ee! : )



  2. Ella!
    Lovely of you to leave a comment here and I very much look forward to meeting you — soon, I hope!

    I’m from the West Village. Growing up my mother was on Bank Street, father on W. 12th and grandmother on Christopher St. As an adult I lived all over, from the financial district (my fave – in the late 90s before it was gentrified), to a few short-term pads uptown (both E and W) to various usual spots in Bklyn, and back to the WV.

    How’s about you? Will find out whenever we meet.
    Kind regards,

    • O.M.G…I grew up on 16th/7th (Mom) and Bank St./Greenwich (Dad).
      Do we know each other?!?!?!

      I’m blown away. I never “meet” true New Yorkers in Paris.

      I should have known…you’re cool, why wouldn’t you have NYC running through your veins? : )

      • How very funny! From one end of Bank Street to the other (Mum was btwn Waverly and W4th. till she moved a few years ago to Chelsea. She’s getting old and the stairs were too much).
        Were you born at St Vincent’s? Where did you go to school? Too many questions! Will email you later today. So lovely to meet you!

  3. “Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles!*” I am participating in this evening’s ThatLou hunt! I won once, and I will let no “iconoclast*” find the treasure before me!

    *Dictionary of Captain Haddock’s Insults

  4. السلام عليكم! هذا هو عبد الله، ابن محمد عزب بن كاليش، الذي هو أمير.

    سآتي مع بالمفاجئة الكاميرا لمساعدة الكابتن “ميل sabords”.

    يجب علينا الفوز بكل الوسائل!

    سعادة، المدير العام العقيد الدكتور عبد الله، الرئيس الديمقراطي من أجل الحياة، القائد الذي لا يقهر، والمنتصرة، عالم الآثار رئيس، عبقرية براقة من الإنسانية، بما في ذلك السباح ممتاز فراشة صدرا، الحبيب الحامي الظالم والقاسي.

    Salam alikoum! This is Abdallah, Son of Mohammed Ben Kalish Ezab, who is Emir.

    I shall come with my camera surpise to help the captain “mille sabords” Haddock.

    We shall win by all means!

    His Excellency, General Colonel Dr Abdullah, Future Democratic President for Life, Invincible and Triumphant Commander, Chief Archaeologist, Brilliant Genius of Humanity, Excellent Swimmer Including in Breaststroke Butterfly, Beloved Oppressor and Ruthless protector.

    • Oh dear, what does it say? Down with Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand, up with Colbertism and the Mercantalists? Are you standing up for A-P’s family as well as representing Shiraly for the Entrepreneur’s THATLou?!?

  5. I had to take a break from blogging coz of some job interviews, and I have missed a lot of ur posts.. Sorry for that! I will try to make up quick! I missed a lot of awesome stuff here. 🙂

  6. reading the review about my blog in ur awards post, I came to this page to check my own comments. Found out u were absolutely right! I am seriously amazed at how much my own style of writing has changed 🙂 🙂
    Best wishes

    • I like your style old or new. In your posts it’s clear that you enjoy playing with the language — a great quality!
      Kind regards,
      Daisy de Plume
      (Since we’re being formal and all)

  7. I won’t arrive in Paris until the 9th. I will follow you and try to plan my next visit, so I can be part of this. What fun. I just discovered you!!

  8. Hi!!! I just replied to your comment in my blog, and I am so glad to have had the chance to getting to know your work!! Great blog, I just can’t stop reading!! I love Paris, I love art in all its forms, and your work here is fantastic! I’ll be in Paris in January 2013 and I will definitely participate in the treasure hunt! Thanks, and let’s keep in touch!

    • Marco, So kind of you to stop by! Likewise on being a fan – your photos are tremendous. I’m especially impressed by your bicycle series. Do please drop me a line when you know your dates in Paris and I certainly hope it will be when we have a treasure hunt organised!!

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