Bonjour Paris | Grey Sweater + Black Pleather Skirt + Pops of Red

Bonjour! It’s been two days since we’ve been back to Paris. Most of that time was trying to find a place for me to fix my phone–had an accident at one of the towns of Cinque Terre. Anyway, before we left, we did some touring around Paris a bit and I had my friend KL, help me shoot this outfit that day.

Paris winter weather on a good day would be close to fall in DC, which was definitely the case that day. I thought this sweater was appropriate for a day like this and was quite surprised that the Pim + Larkin brand was pretty petite-friendly. This sweater fit well enough to not be bulky under coats.

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Shades of Grey | Ombré Plaid Coat + Suede OTK Boots

Bon dia from Barcelona! Apologies for the light postings on here, but if you follow me on my personal and blog instagram, you will know that I’ve been traveling for the past week with my friend, KL. Our itinerary for each city has been packed with sightseeing and foodie places and so far we’ve done Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre and Pisa. Barcelona is the last destination before we head back to Paris and then do little visits around the area like Normandy and London.

Anyway, I wanted to post this outfit from my last shoot with my sister before I left on my European trip. I hear that the East Coast has been hit with a snowstorm recently so this outfit will tie in nicely. You would think it’s crazy to wear a dress during the winter, but you’d be surprised how a form-fitting turtleneck sweater dress paired with OTK boots and nude tights will keep you fairly warm.

I absolutely love this ombré plaid coat and it fits just right. I’ve been wearing this coat throughout my trip and just love that it’s lightweight but yet still keeps the cold out. Looks so chic yet not expensive at all. You’ll be seeing another post with this coat–I just love the versatility of it!

Also for the winter, I’ve been looking for a pair of suede grey boots and these boots seem to fit the bill without being too expensive as well. I bought them over the holidays so was able to get a good price from it. I also just read that Vince Camuto passed away at the age of 78–wow. I’ve sadden by the news especially since I just started wearing his brand of shoes and they have so far been proven comfy and have a great selection of styles. May he rest in peace.

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Heart of Winter Casual | Faux Fur Vest + Boyfriend Jeans

Bonjour à tous or should I say bonsoir since it’s evening time in Paris. The weather here is like fall-ish with low temps in the 40’s. I’m not complaining one bit since I left JFK when temps were in the low teens. So far, I’ve been walking around getting myself familiarized with Paris. I’m about a mile from the Eiffel Tower so about 20 minutes of walking. The metro and bus system makes it very easy to travel here but since Paris is a walkable city, I am trying to walk as much as possible. And of course, the people here are quite friendly contrary to popular belief. Be sure to follow my personal instagram and blog instagram for instant updates!

Anyway, I wanted to take a moment to post a quick outfit shoot–many thanks to my sister for helping me shoot a bit while I was in Jersey first weekend of January. As mentioned in my last post wearing this faux fur vest, I wanted to incorporate another outfit with it to show the versatility.

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Winter in Paris

Bonjour à tous! Excusez-moi ma grammaire. Je veux dire que je jirai à Paris pour le mois avec mon amie KL. Nous voyagerons un peu à Rome, Firenze, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Barcelone, Londres et peut-etre Allemagne. Mais plus important, j’espere revenir aux Etats-Unis parler français avec facilité.

Translation:

I just wanted to practice my writing in French for a bit but really what I just said was I wanted to let you know that I will be going to Paris for a month with my mobile friend, KL. (Although I will arrive several days earlier than her and she will be leaving me two weeks early.) So for the short time she is in Europe, we will be traveling a little bit to Rome, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Barcelona, London and maybe Germany. (My friend, Linda, will be visiting as well end of January for about a week and a half. So I’m left on my own again for the last week and a half.) Hopefuly, I’ll return to the states speaking/understanding fluent (or semi-fluent) French.

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This trip has been many months of planning since summer of last year. Why Paris, you say? Well, last time I was there as seen in photo above was back in May 2009 and I was only there for three days. Not enough time to really focus on the culture or the language that I took for eight years back in high school/college but never had the time to really break it out and practice.

Anyways, I’m excited to embark on this journey so be sure to follow my personal instagram for instant food/city updates and blog instagram for outfit updates. I hope to update my blog along the way and maybe put out some tutorials as well as posting some travel vlogs while we’re there.

À la prochaine!