Since this is a throwback post, my outfit items are no longer for sale, but I’ve found you some similar (if not more fashionable) items!
Of course my first blog post will be about Paris! Paris is that perfect, beautiful, whimsical place I will never get tired of going back to. Seriously, I would pack my bags right now if you asked. Everything about Paris is fabulous. The little patisserie with perfectly imperfect delicious cheesecake. The stunning architecture around literally every corner. Luxe designer shops alongside gorgeous vintage boutiques. Multiple vantage points at which to view the City of Lights in all of it’s splendour. The most marvellous thing about Paris, however, is the women who live there. I’ll never forget the sight of a fashionable Parisienne expertly navigating the cobblestone streets in stilettos while eating a full-length baguette. I was in love. Fashion, beauty, and bread. Could there be more to life?
I’ve been to Paris twice, once with my sister and once with my Mom, and both trips were marvellous. Although I have a ton of travel plans for the summer (and I can’t wait to share them with you!) I thought I’d start my blog by posting about a throwback adventure.
Both times I stayed at Hôtel Willson-Opéra, a cute boutique hotel in the 8ième arrondissement. The hotel was clean and the staff were friendly, but the best part was the boulangerie right across the street! You bet the second we arrived I headed over for a croissant (or two).
During my first trip, we stayed for a couple of weeks. Our stay overlapped with Bastille Day, a commemorative day to celebrate the storming of Bastille during the revolution, so we got to see Paris in all of its glory. My favourite part of that trip was when we biked along the Seine and through the streets of Paris. Very dangerous, but so fun! After we parked our bikes, a perfect gentlemen said (and I quote) “Vous êtes ravissante mademoiselle”. I actually checked to see if he was talking to someone behind me! I think he had mistaken sweaty for “ravissante”. Magical.
The second trip was part of a multi-stop adventure, so I had less than three days in my favourite city to soak up as much Paris as I could. For those of you who love greats finds, I discovered a luxury consignment store called Reciproque on Rue de la Pompe in the 16ième arrondissement. I picked up a gorgeous vintage Hermès silk scarf for 138 euros- what a steal!
Here are some of my favourite moments from those three wonderful days.
This is that first croissant I was telling you about! It was just as delicious as I anticipated. After an eight hour over-night flight, we arrived at 8:30 am and hit the streets. We first stopped at the Palais Garnier before heading to Place de la Concorde.
The first time I was in Paris I didn’t get to ride Le Grande Roue and the second I got home I regretted it. Le Roue was built for the World’s Fair held in Paris in 1900. I would absolutely recommend taking a ride- ferris wheels are magical anywhere and this one’s got an extra special view.
On our first day I wore an Abercrombie & Fitch maxi dress (which actually should have been worn off-the-shoulder…oops…), my super-comfortable Steve Madden sandals, and a golden Coach crossbody that proved to be the perfect travel size.
Putting a lock on the “Love Lock Bridge” was on my bucket list for a while. My Mom and I picked one up and locked our love on Pont des Arts forever!
Ladurée is the luxury you didn’t know you needed. My first time there I picked up a Carré Chocolate. A Carré Chocolate is life-changing. It’s about fifty layers of delicious chocolate, sprinkled with gold flecks. My second time there, they were no longer selling the Carré Chocolate (desperate sigh). I’ll just have to go back! Ladurée is also where my obsession with macarons began. My two favourite flavours are vanilla and raspberry- I can’t get enough!
On my first Parisian adventure, my sister and I climbed to the top of the Tour Eiffel- all 669 steps. If I could recommend one thing when (not if) you to Paris, it’s that you walk up and not take the elevator. With every step I saw a different view of Paris. It’s something I’ll never forget.
The photo on the left was taken during my first trip. I had no idea that the flag was only up for celebration- I thought it looked like that all the time!
By far, the most stunning views of the city are from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
As Audrey Hepburn once said, “Paris is always a good idea”! I think I could go to Paris a thousand times and always find something new and beautiful. I’m not sure when I’ll be back, but I hope it won’t be too long.
What are your “must-do’s” for my next adventure in Paris? I would love to hear about your favourite spots.