Friday Five – Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Hello Everyone!

Ah…Paris…was it all a dream?

I can’t believe I was really there! It was all so beautiful. All I wanted to do was jump from café to café, sipping on delicious noisette, while watching the unique people & fashion of this great city. I’ve decided that no amount of visiting will ever satisfy my Parisian craving…I must live here (even for 3 months) someday. I desperately want to embody the Parisian woman, & know the city inside & out. I want to know the non-touristy parts of the city & go where the locals go. This also means I must learn French. (Eek! Come on Duolingo…but for real this time.) The determined dreamer in me will make it happen!

Although, since I don’t live in Paris at the moment *sigh* I’ve decided that I can start to embody the Parisian woman (her style, how she eats, her habits, her seemingly effortless glamour) right here in Richmond, VA.

Today I’m starting with first things first: the Parisian wardrobe.

I didn’t want to go for the typical, cliché black dress or striped shirt sort of thing. From what I’ve gathered, the Parisian woman never wants to look over the top, her hair is never done to a T (thank goodness!), & she always looks as though she just threw something on & it’s no big deal (but inside, she knows she looks good).

So here are 5 things I just “threw on” (not really…totally planned for weeks) while in Paris. These items will help me bring my inner Parisian wherever I am.

1. The Classy Sundress

Remember this dress? It was one of the choices for my Easter dress! You guys didn’t choose this one, but I secretly fell in love with it so I had to buy it! (Along with my actual Easter dress of course.) I had been saving it for the perfect occasion, & it just screamed Paris. I’m absolutely in love with the colors on this dress. The pastels against the natural white color are gorgeous, and they actually make me look quite tan! The length, combined with the one shouldered ruffle detail make this dress super classy, never giving too much away, while still being feminine & put together.

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe


2. The Perfect Mule

There’s no question that the mule trend is in full swing (& I hope it’s here to stay!). I found these mules at Forever 21 just a few days before I left the country. As I tried on my outfits for Paris for the last time (total planner…how un-Parisian of me…oops), these shoes flawlessly went with every single outfit! They just worked. Basically I wore these shoes all over Paris. They are super comfortable and so easy to walk in. Even on the cobblestone roads of Paris, the shoes performed beautifully. You need a pair of these to effortlessly pull an outfit together.

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe


3. The Bardot Top

Here’s another trend that can be seen everywhere, but it just makes sense why. How gorgeous & sexy (without being slutty) is this top? I love that the material is a little bit more crisp, & the flowy sleeves with the tie detail are the icing on the cake. The perfect way to spice up a basic white shirt. I tucked mine into this ruffled tulle skirt (because I love to wear tutus…I am a ballerina through & through), but it can also easily be styled with a nice pair of jeans or a pair of culottes. This is a true staple to add to your wardrobe. Wear it, & let out your inner Parisian woman.

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe


4. The Lemon Drop

Yellow can be a tricky color to wear (anyone else find it difficult?), but I say find your shade & wear proudly. I’ve found that this lemon shade works best on my skin tone, & boy, did I feel so cute & summery wearing my lemon romper! Put in the work (behind the scenes like a true Parisian) to find what shade works best for you. Then wear it nonchalantly, letting others be amazed that you can pull off that color so well. It’s really fun! I promise you can do it. Rock it!

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe


5. The Face-Covering Sunnies

These sunnies are my ride or die sunglasses. They are huge, without being obnoxious & bought at a reasonable price. Undoubtedly, they are Céline “Tilda” dupes, but I don’t care…I love them! They are perfect face coverers, great for masking the early-morning-no-makeup-coffee-runs, the times you can’t control the tears in public, & the secret people watching (or staring). Grab a pair of large or cat eye sunnies, & pair them with your favorite red lipstick, and transform into a calm, cool, & collected Parisian woman (whether you are those things or not).

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe

Friday Five - Perfect Your Parisian Summer Wardrobe


These items totally bring out my inner Parisian woman.

What articles of clothing are inspiring you at the moment? xx

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Ballerinas at the Ballet

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Today I can finally say that this will be my last post from NYC. It was one of those trips where I just felt like I was home. So in love with this city.

On my first full day off after the tour, Eri & I got asked if we wanted comp tickets to see ABT’s opening night of Don Quixote, & of course we said, “Yes!” It was truly magical. I was pumped to see one of my childhood favorites, Gillian Murphy, perform the role of Kitri. She was dynamite! Not to mention the music by Minkus is to die for! I left feeling so inspired by her performance. If you have never seen Don Quixote before, (heck, if you’ve never seen a ballet before) I highly recommend this classical masterpiece. Definitely one of my all time favorites.

Not only was the performance magical, but my dress was certainly magical as well.

I felt so glamorous in this Marchesa Notte embroidered dress paired with these amazing sky blue heels (which are quickly becoming my new favorites). Our hair was freshly done courtesy of DryBar (more on that here) so you know we were confidently power walking those West Side streets.

After watching an incredible show, and snapping a few pics by the ballerina hippo currently displayed across the street from Lincoln Square, we walked over to The Smith (more here) for a scrumptious meal and refreshing cocktails while we relived (and critiqued) the entire performance. It was a perfect way to end a perfect day.

P. S. – I am officially back in the States! Stay tuned for my posts from Africa & Paris! (& a giveaway!)

 

NYC Vlog

Hello Everyone!

OMG, I am in Africa!

I can’t wait to share with you guys all the amazing things we are doing here, but until then, I have another exciting tidbit to share:

My NYC Vlog!

This video was taken during the last two days of my trip. My friend, Eri, and I stayed in the cutest little Airbnb (right next to the original Shake Shack I might add) and ventured all over the city. In this video, you’ll see bits of our blowouts at DryBar, shopping in SoHo (including a visit to the Glossier Showroom), music and dancing in Washington Square Park, our evening at the Metropolitan Opera House to see ABT perform, tea time at Alice’s Tea Cup, meandering through Central Park, and finally seeing the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time.

I hope you guys are enjoying these vlogs. Let me know in the comments below if you want to see more.

After you watch this video (and give it a thumbs up *wink*), shop some new finds in this week’s Lust List!

Adventures in Central Park

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I am so in love with Central Park!

Two weeks ago, Eri and I relived my favorite Saturday morning routine in NYC. First, we traveled up to the Upper West Side (hello old stomping grounds!) from our Airbnb and headed straight for Alice’s Tea Cup (read more here). After filling up on tea and scones, we walked to the Central Park entrance on W. 72nd St. and walked to my very favorite spot: The Lake. It’s so gorgeous and surrounded by so much life including turtles, ducks, children, row boats, trees, and the best skyline (in my opinion). Then we continued to make our way towards the East Side visiting the Belvedere Castle as well as the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace. We watched street performers, heard some lovely live music, and even got a $5 henna to commemorate the trip. Upon exiting the park, we quickly found an H&M nearby to get our shopping fix for the day where I found a couple new summer go-to shirts that are seemingly nowhere to be found online or else I would link them for you guys. But I did almost buy this dress! (Should I get it?)

Anyways, we had the best time walking through this oasis smack dab in the middle of the busy city. It’s magic.

 

I know you guys might have already seen my outfit in a recent post, but I’ll post it here for you as well:

What are your favorite spots in Central Park?

What does your perfect Saturday in the City look like?


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Friday Five – NYC Eats

 

Hello Everyone!

Happy Friday!

I am so excited to share with you, 5 of my favorite restaurants & coffee shops from my latest trip to New York City. Some are old favorites, while others are amazing new finds. Either way, I highly recommend these adorable places. Whether you’re looking for a pit stop on 5th Avenue, or a delicious meal and great cocktails after a show at Lincoln Square, this post covers it all! You might want to grab a snack…the scrumptious content below is sure to make your tummy growl. (*Pizza in hand while typing*)

1. IDEA COFFEE

5th Ave. & E. 28th St.

This was my most loved place on this past trip. My hotel was only a few streets away, making it the perfect chilly day destination (read about the trench coat that saved my life here). Not to mention it was right next to the Rebecca Minkoff sample sale that I may or may not have found myself in a few times.

What to get: Power Green Smoothie (I had one almost everyday), NY Pizza Bagel, Blueberry Muffin (not just any blueberry muffin though…it’s topped with cinnamon and pecan crumble on top…yum!), Yellow or Green Light (a tea beverage of sorts served in a lightbulb! So cute! I brought two of them home to repurpose as flower vases.)

 

2. ALICE’S TEA CUP

Chapter I: W. 73rd St. & Columbus Ave.

Chapter II: Lexington Ave. & E. 64th St.

Chapter III: E. 81st St. between 2nd & 3rd Ave.

This is a long time favorite of mine, and if you have not been, well, you’re totally missing out. As a tea and scone lover, this place is heaven. The interior is whimsical and mismatched (hints, Alice In Wonderland) while still feeling homey, providing the perfect atmosphere for catching up with a friend.

What to get: TEA! My favorites are the Phoenix Desert Blend and the Lavender Earl Grey. They have a great deal on a pot of tea and 2 large scones (again, perfect to share with a friend), and their pumpkin scones are to die for.

 

3. THE SMITH

Broadway & W. 63rd St.

My friend, Eri, & I ate at The Smith after seeing ABT perform Don Quixote at the Metropolitan Opera House right across the street (more on that soon). It was a perfect spring night & we were able to get a table outside where we were immediately greeted & served bread & sparkling water. The food was delicious & the service was on point.

What to get: For cocktails I got the Splendor In The Grass (think elderflower, lemon, chamomile, & vodka…totally my kind of drink these days) and Eri got the Cucumber Loco (think cucumber, orange, lime, & tequila) & both were amazing. For food, we couldn’t decide, so we ended up sharing 2 things: Pot of Mussels in which we exchanged fries for their tasty brussels sprouts, and their skillet roasted Mac & Cheese. I mean, you just can’t go wrong with these choices! It was so good and the portions are huge! We left with definite full bellies.

4. SHAKE SHACK

E. 23rd St. & Madison Ave.

This is nothing new, I know, but I haven’t been to the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park since I first moved to the City back in 2011! Our Airbnb (check it out here. It was an amazing place!) was literally right down the street, so of course we had to stop by in not only for some fries & a shake!

What to get: Anything! haha 🙂 You literally can’t go wrong!

5. AUNT JAKE’S

Mulberry St. between Grand St. & Hester St.

After grabbing a pink drink from Pietro Nolita, we walked around Little Italy for quite some time going from restaurant to restaurant in search of the perfect spot for our last dinner of this trip (that also fit in our limited price range…). Finally we found this hidden gem of a place! It totally looked like a hole in the wall, they even placed fake grass out front; but as soon as we walked in, we were greeted by a nice gentleman making handmade pasta. Once they took us to our table we were immediately transported to another place, a much calmer place with potted plants, hanging plants, and candles covering the walls, and somehow there were windows letting in natural light?!?! On the first floor, in the middle of the block, in the middle of the city, and there was natural light in the back. It was magical. The food was so good and just tasted homemade, like they took care of each plate of food. So good!

What to get: Farfalle with Arrabiata Sauce & Rigatoni with Sunday Sauce

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Have you been to any of these places? Do you plan to?

What is your favorite NYC restaurant or coffee shop?

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