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!
Today, I’m packing up my bags and jetting off far, far away… to the City of Lights and Love, the home of espresso and croissants, and to a world of history and art, to my new home, sweet home—Paris. As excited as I am to explore this unfamiliar world of curated culture, to live and breathe all things French, to learn by submersing myself in the unknown, I am even more proud than excited. And before you think I’m flaunting or bragging, let me explain it all a little bit first, and maybe you’ll feel a little proud too.
It all started 4 years ago. When I so suddenly decided I wanted to major in merchandising at the University of Texas. Little did I know I was signing up for a half pre-med degree in the College of Natural Sciences just to simply study…. fashion. It also started 4 years ago, when I learned that how I dressed spoke a very strong message to the world. I also learned (4 years ago) that the way to get there was working hard for the things that represented me to the outside world. This is when I started working a college job at Kendra Scott. Now, let’s fast forward to 100+ biology, chemistry, and business exams later, hundreds of tears cried because of sleepless nights worrying I didn’t pass a test on the human circulatory system, countless college nights consisting of having to say “no” to hitting the town with the girls, and long Saturday afternoons working while friends spent long days bronzing on the lake. And now it’s 4 years later, it all couldn’t be more worth it.
Going to Paris is not just a vacation, it’s a reward. Whether it was my job or my degree (the two main things that have shaken up and also changed my life over the course of 4 years), the long days and exhausting nights taught me, changed me, and educated me. I encourage you to think about what you’ve done for yourself, what you can do for yourself, and what you want for your future. I saw the light at the end of the tunnel and I chased it. As hard as it was, every moment was worth it, and it only taught me how to work harder for my next triumph. And I assure you, I’m nowhere near done chasing. What is worth working for to you? What are you proud of? And how can you keep nurturing that pride? I encourage you to find that light–as far away as it may seem–and keep pushing towards it. You’ll get there, I promise…and who knows, maybe you’ll end up in Paris too. Xo
I’d like to think of myself as someone with a fair amount of self-control. Even when it comes to shopping, I always strictly obey my “sleep on it” rule, and let self control take over before purchasing anything on impulse. (Try it! It’s extra easy on the wallet too.) I’m not sure if it was the way I was raised, or just simply something some people acquire naturally, but exercising self-control has never been a challenge. You’re thinking… where are you going with this? Well there’s one thing that gets me every time … yes, you guessed it: chocolate. And then we add the words “Girl Scout cookies” and “thin mints” to the mix, and all previously bragged-about self-control is lost. So now that you know my utter weakness, let’s walk you through how to make them:
This recipe is one for the (cook) books. Finished in an easy 15 minutes, tasting exactly like the “real deal,” and the ultimate fix for a mid-afternoon chocolate/minty craving, I promise you—it’s a keeper. I haven’t been able to cook up a recipe in awhile, so I’m extra extra excited about these sweet treats. Keep reading for the recipe below… happy baking!
Photography by Jessi Afshin
16 to 20 Oreo cookies
7 to 10 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
1 tsp mint extract
Twist the Oreos to separate them, and scrape off the cream filling (either discard the filling…or eat it; I prefer chocolate if I’m going to splurge)
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, then stir in the mint extract well.
Dip an Oreo half in the melted chocolate, turn to coat using a fork.
Use the fork to remove the Oreo from the chocolate, let excess chocolate drip off, and transfer to a lined cookie sheet.