If there’s one item of clothing I absolutely had to bring to Europe, it was an over-sized (yet classic) black blazer. There’s something about the structured look and feel that feels so sophisticated, yet striking. I’ve fallen in love with this gem from Windsor—especially because the “boyfriend” style doesn’t feel like it’s suffocating (like most blazers), yet it still feels so sleek and chic. I paired it with a favorite pair of boyfriend jeans (more boyfriend style please!) and some of my favorite jewels like this darling ring from Rocksbocks and these sweet studs by Suzanna Dai. I adore throwing on oversized clothes (comfort + style) and glamming them up with a few of my favorite gems. Be sure to check out the blazer here. I promise…it’s a keeper! Xo
If I had to choose one person who I always found to be a leader in the whimsical world of fashion, it would be Coco Chanel. I remember watching films of her as a little girl, in purely all French (barely knowing any at the time), and staring up at the screen in awe of her magnificence. It was a “rags to riches” story, as Chanel crafted her way and created, designed, introduced elegance to the world of women’s fashions. Before Coco, women didn’t dress with the structured sophistication and grace that Chanel so carefully molded. So as I stood before the black and white stone magnificence of the very first Chanel on 31 Rue de Cambon, I couldn’t help but feel a little star struck at the utter grandeur that I found in front of me (goose bumps commencing now!). If you’re ever in Paris, I highly recommend stopping by the Chanelesque wonderland—to shop the most luxuriously chic collection there ever was and stop in and peek at the majestic staircase where Chanel watched her models twirl and step amongst her notorious fashion shows (P.S. Karl Lagerfeld is working away right above you, and Chanel’s apartment is only steps away). And if you do ever happen to go to Paris, and have a Chanel visite—after you take in all of the beauty that surrounds you, have a quick stroll to Chanel’s favorite tea salon—Angelina—just right around the corner. This salon de thé is where the designer sipped on her favorite “chocolat chaud blanc” (white hot chocolate) while masterminding her glorious collections. Dip in and sip away, the hot chocolate is to die for. Enjoy a few of my favorite Coco quotes, and happy weekend from Paris, dahlings.
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.”
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. ”
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
A little yellow dress…I’ve fallen in love. Whenever I throw this yellow stunner on, it always results in cute little ladies stopping me in the grocery store to tell me I look “darling” (love getting that compliment), or friends, coworkers, and random strangers admiring the silhouette and the color. Who doesn’t love a precious dress that makes you feel that good when you effortlessly throw it on? Sometimes the most important part about fashion is dressing up to make yourself feel a little bit more special that day. And with a little bit more confidence on your side, you can take on the day ahead at full force. A sweet yellow frock like this one from Windsor will surely do all of that for you.
Another key to feeling all girly and good is having the right accessories. These white tassel gems by Lisi Lerch are the perfect statement earrings for dressing up a sweet ensemble. I not only love pairing them with a little frock like so, but also with a casual outfit to add a little bit more fun and flare. They come in a variety of darling colors; click here to check out the rest of the fab Lisi Lerch collection.
There isn’t a place in this world that j’adore more than Paris. The glimmering of lights reflecting off the Seine River, the warm taste of espresso that tops off every meal (never leaving you tired, of course, despite the jet lag), and the utter sense of amour amid every soul in the city—what isn’t to love? Everywhere you gaze, there’s always a little bit of happiness and of course, a lot of history in the air.
We have roamed and danced around this city, finally adjusting and getting accustomed to being somewhat of a local in the City of Light and Love. I skipped around the city in my favorite cozy, light attire—Splendid pants and blouse, paired with my only blister-proof Tory Burch sandals. Macarons were a must, along with visiting the lock bridge (where visitors put a lock of love on the bridge and throw the key in the river). A trip to the sacred Notre Dame Cathedral was necessary in the first few days, along with exploring the marvelous gardens of Luxembourg and Tuileries. Picnicking in parks seems to be a big part of the French culture, so wine and cheese on the grass has become a quick and delicious ritual. I wore my favorite reflector Ray-Bans across town to add a bit of edge to the look.
If there’s one tradition that I’ve loved to keep from my childhood days, it’s stating the highs and the lows of the day. Pour moi, the high of my Parisian escapade thus far has to be sitting in front of the iron lady (le tour Eiffel, ladies and gents) on Bastille Day, watching the most beautiful and artistic fireworks show I’ve ever experienced. I’ll also have to add to the “high” list that a French man complimented me on my French-speaking skills on the very first day—huge accomplishment over here!
As far as lows go, there are hardly any… If I had to pick, late one night, stopping in for a quick McDonalds Big Mac seemed to be a good idea (is anyone else amazed by the McDonalds over here?! Sort of… glamorous) caused us to miss the very last metro, resulting in a very long walk home at 4 am. Long walk home equals 9 blisters, including 2 on the bottom of my feet in new shoes… ouch. However, it may end up being one of our best stories and adventures yet. And I assure you, McDonalds isn’t exactly on our dinner agenda every night, but a little (too much) wine can do that to you en France! Happy Weekend and Au Revoir!
Bonjour from Paris, mes amies! After downing 4 café au laits, hardly adjusting to the new 7-hour time change, searching endlessly for a grocery store open on Sundays (hello culture shock!), and santé-ing over many glasses of rosé, I feel like I am finally at home (might I add lots of nutella crepes later). More on Paris in a bit… first I thought I would touch on the important principles of simply getting overseas (or getting anywhere for that matter)…or jet-setting.
It’s all about jetting off in a bit of style and a lot of comfort. First, it’s always necessary to wear your heaviest shoes a la plane, so I always like to throw on my Vans authentic sneaks (PS-they’re on sale here) for a comfy-cozy plane ride sans blisters. It’s all about layering, and my favorite kind of layering is with a boyfriend sweatshirt like this CLASSIC one by ILY Couture. I’m so in love with the soft feel and distressed look, so it was nice to have the darlin’ gem along when needed. Check out the sweet brand and all of their casual-cute finds here. Layering it over a little white tank was the cherry on top of the perfect alternative to staying the right temperature. When we’re talking carry-ons, I love taking my petit backpack along for the ride and my carry-on by London Fog (once again, loving all neutrals over here). It’s nice to have the extra room in the carry-ons for bringing home any over-the-top heavy novelties. I’m sure you all know the rest to when it comes to traveling cute and stylish, so I would love to hear about some of your favorite trips and tricks as well. Au revoir, darlins!