Snapshot 10/09

Beauty, Blog, Culture, Decor, Snapshots, Style

It’s any given Sunday night, the lights are off, I’m tucked in – face washed, phone charging, water cup almost empty – and I’m trying to fall asleep. Below is a version of a conversation that I have had in my head many times.

Okay, so tomorrow’s Monday, typically a casual day in my office, so I’ll wear my Levi’s 501s and a striped shirt. Comfortable, relaxed. Yes. Ooor, I could wear that new dress I scored at Crossroads with my denim jacket. Eh, it’s supposed to be cooler in the beginning of the week so pants it is, save the dresses and bare legs for the heatwave that will be Thursday and Friday. Shoes? Old reliable black loafers? I could go Birkenstocks but that might be a little too comfortable for the office. Dang, I really need a pedicure.

I used to feel embarrassed about planning my outfits the night before school, and now, work. Laying out each piece, whether actually laying it out or laying it out in my mind, felt forced and deliberate, and trying that hard never feels cool. There’s a difference between planning an outfit for a special event and planning an outfit for just another day of work. Doing the latter, planning for such a habitual thing, feels like the opposite of effortless. So perhaps the detail lies in the specialness of the event. We put thought into what we’re going to wear to a wedding because it’s an event we will take part in very rarely. But when it’s something like work, a place I go nearly every day of the week with the same colleagues and the same desk, the need to plan each detail seems frivolous. But it’s actually something that satisfies my desire to plan, and being prepared for the hour and change I give myself each morning to get ready for work really helps get me to the office on time. It’s soothing, mentally scanning through my closet and trying different combinations (this skirt, that scarf, that sweater I haven’t worn in forever!). Planning my outfit isn’t a revolutionary idea or admittance, but it’s a little nightly routine that I genuinely enjoy.

Are you a planner? Does organization bring you a secret wave of happiness? Let me know! And have a fantastic weekend!


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Through the Lenses

Through the Lenses

A happy, healthy & inspired new year to everyone! It could be the fact that the beginning of the year holds the possibility of adventure, but I am seriously craving Paris right now. Can I get a oui oui? See (and listen) to the playlist below for some aural satisfaction; I call this one Nancy Sinatra Goes to Paris.

Paris, I Love You- Part 3


| Café St. Regis, Île Saint-Louis, Paris |

I now understand that Paris is a city in which one could spend several months and still not fully absorb everything the city has to offer. Only staying for a week put us in the mindset of ‘Go! Go! Go!’- we must try to see, visit, and engage ourselves in as much of the Parisian experience as possible. There were the obvious visits: the Musée d’Orsay, Versailles, Ladurée for French macarons, the Eiffel Tower, & Notre Dame. There were the afternoons exploring various neighborhoods: Saint Germain des Prés, Le Marais, & the Bastille. There were afternoon cocktails at corner cafés, many strolls down the River Seine on our way home, and an afternoon walking the Champs-Élysées (with the unavoidable stop into Zara). I know that we only scraped the surface of all that Paris has to offer, and I can’t wait to return.

| our apartment on Île Saint-Louis |

| the view from our apartment at night |

| padlocks on the Pont des Arts |

| prints for sale along the River Seine |

| only a section of the gardens of Versailles |

| in the gardens of Versailles |

| Hall of Mirrors at Versailles |

| a little McQueen inspired, wouldn’t you say? |

| bits & bobs from Maison et Objet |

| lounging in the Place des Vosges, Paris |

| exploring in the concept shop Merci, 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris |

| Merci, 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris |

| chapel ceiling, Notre Dame |

| tea lights & prayers at Notre Dame |

| inspiring architecture at Notre Dame |

Paris, I Love You- Part 2


| bread at a local market |

As a city that is known for its incredible quality of food, pastries, desserts and confections, Paris undoubtedly lived up to my expectations. Seeking out some of the top culinary spots, we tasted amazing dishes and treats: sugary french macarons, crunchy, warm french bread, delicate yet flavorful fish. Enjoying these delicacies was definitely a highlight of my Parisian adventure.

| pistachio macarons from Ladurée on Rue Bonaparte:  my absolute favorite |

| and macarons from Château de Versailles… also Ladurée |

| cocktail hour at Cafe Le Depart-Saint Michel |

| ice cream at Maison Berthillon, 31 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île |

| wheels of cheese at a local market, Saint Germain, Paris |

| my first taste of escargot & it was delicious |

| dinner at the hip Semilla bistro, Saint Germain des Prés, Paris |

| a smoked salmon buckwheat crepe & cider, Breizh Cafe, Le Marais, Paris |

| and of course, a dessert crepe to follow: pear, chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream, & toasted almonds |

Paris, I Love You – Part 1

Fashion, Style

| “Red Independent Heart” by Joana Vasconcelos hanging in the Peace Salon in the Palace at Versailles |

There is no doubt in my mind that I will be returning to Paris as soon as I can. We were fortunate to stay on the beautiful Île Saint-Louis in the 4th arrondissement, a small island near Notre Dame which is centrally located to tons of neighborhoods, sights, and shops including Le Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Musée d’Orsay, & the Pont des Arts.

The city glows with life, from the towering buildings and monuments, to the chic and effortless urbanites, to the quaint cafés that line the streets and pop up on almost every corner, to the incredible food and “pâtisserie” treats.

Being inspired by the people, I decided to photograph a bit of street style: some for their fashion choices, others that capture the feeling of being in Paris. Above all, these people possess that “je ne sais quoi” that is so undeniably characteristic of the Parisian lifestyle.

| on the corner of Quai de Bourbon,  Île Saint-Louis, Paris |

| approaching Pont Marie, Paris |

| Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris |

| Rue du Bac, Paris |

| outside Café St. Regis, Île Saint-Louis, Paris |

| waiting for the Metro, Paris Nord |

| Rue Vieille du Temple in Le Marais, Paris |

| outside Berthillon ice cream shop, 31 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, Paris |

| near Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris |

| Rue Saint-Gilles in Le Marais, Paris |

| Rue de Rivoli, Paris |

| on Pont Saint Louis, Paris |