playing in paris

flowers

Yesterday was a very busy day.  After school I did some laundry then quickly headed to Oberkampf in search of a beach hat for this weekend’s trip to Nice.  My lack of success in the hat department was offset by my very exciting (liberal use of the word exciting I suppose) scarf purchase.  See, I’ve been looking for a “parisian” scarf ever since I stepped off the plane and noticed every.single.person on the metro wrapped up in the bright, patterned neck gear like a giant sea of colorful french clichés.  And my scarf-chase came to an end yesterday when I located the perfect blue and white cotton specimen in one of the frenchest boutiques ever.  Sold to me by the most classically french man with shaggy blonde hair, dark loose skin, bright blue eyes, and that old-attractive-man-je-ne-sais-quoi-thing, who claims to have designed the pattern himself.  Not too shabby…DSC01611

After Oberkampf I showered and it was off to the 9th Arrondissement to meet up with my old ballet coach, Yves, and watch him rehearse a very beautiful American dancer, Tom (who lives in Paris), for the Paris Opera Ballet audition/competition at the end of July.  After rehearsal near the Opera Garnier in a gorgeous sky-lit studio entitled “Juliette”, the three of us went out for a drink down the street and discussed the inner workings of the Paris Opera, and what it’s like to be at a big company versus a small one.  A lot to think about…sky

At around 7:15 is was time to meet up with Tegan for some good old Oberkampf dinner- salades and wine.  Yum.  It’s strange how in Paris the dark looming clouds can cast their daunting shadow and spit little bits of cold rain at you throughout the day, but come 9 o’clock (or should I say 21 heure?) the sky opens up and a pretty blue blanket peeks its way through (note the picture above, taken during our late dinner in Oberkampf).  A half-bottle of wine and some nutella/bretzels later, I was ready for bed.  Long, satisfying day in Paris!

Now I’m sitting in the rain, under the umbrella on my patio waiting for ze boyfriend to arrive.  His plane took off super late and I am starting to get anxious!  It’s sounds like the weather knows what’s going on in my head…the wind is picking up and the drip dropping of the rain is getting stronger and stronger, faster and faster.  Does this mean he is about to get here?  I hope so!  Until next time, xo.

living colorfully

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““Look, I really don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive, you got to flap your arms and legs, you got to jump around a lot, you got to make a lot of noise, because life is the very opposite of death. And therefore, as I see it, if you’re quiet, you’re not living. You’ve got to be noisy, or at least your thoughts should be noisy and colorful and lively.” –Mel Brooks

Colorful new tchotchkes brightening up these gray days spent in my apartment…a new dish from Anthropologie (on sale for $2!) holding earrings in the bathroom, Rife Paper Company pink ombré phone case of my dreams finally arrived, pretty pom-pom candle sconce hanging by my bed (also an Anthro treasure), ceramic egg carton repurposed into a jewelry dish (I seriously can’t leave Anthro empty handed), and of course, pretty fresh flowers make everything better. :) Happy Thursday, friends!

this week’s pinterest wish list

My pinterest boards are getting pretty clogged up, so I figured I’d share a few things that I would love to be rocking this season.  First, in a sea of pigeon-toed fashionistas donning all black outfits, this interestingly tailored wool blazer from Madewell caught my eye.  I love its unique shape and refreshing light gray color.  When these charcoal suede and leather Nike’s popped up on my pin-filled screen, I knew it was love at first sight.  Even if they only come in men’s sizes (what is up with that anyway, Nike?!), I’m still picturing them with skinny jeans and a varsity jacket.  Next up, a few Free People items- surprise, surprise.  This embellished peterpan collar sweater is to die for, no?  And if anyone is searching for that perfect leather jacket, FP’s black motorcycle jacket has come to save the day (plus it’s actually vegan “leather”…animal friendly- yay!).  Last but not least, I’ve been lusting after Ariel Gordon’s initial necklaces ever since spotting them on Pinterest some time ago.  They are delicate, dainty, and adorable…need I say more?

haute hippie

HAPPY thursday chickens!  I hope you all had a fabulous day.  This is just a quick little post about a new skirt I’m completely and utterly obsessed with pretty fond of.  I snatched this Haute Hippie beauty up last night and I’ve already tried it on with several different toptions (see what I did there? combined top + options into one word…genius I know it).  I love it for a whole bunch of fun reasons: 1. The colors are amazing.  My poor quality photo does not do it justice, so please check this out.  2. The fit is almost too good.  It’s short, it’s tight, it sits low on the hips, yet somehow it evades that whole “I just stepped off a pole” thing.  Always a plus in my book.  3. Remember my recent creation of the word toptions?  This skirt is surprisingly versatile, people.  I cannot wait to wear it to the final Up Close On Hope after party Saturday night.  Curious to see which toption I’ll choose?!  Stay tuned…

style inspiration

denim shirt + blazer + eggplant cords
layered pea coats + beanie
solid neutrals
all black + stripesrolled up varsity jacket + fitted green cargosstructured jacket + a pop of redblazer + stripes+ ballet flats + skinny jeans
retro sunnies + statement jacketnavy/tomato/camel stripes + leather skirt
tweed + lace + delicate gold necklaces
layered tops + detailed back mini
bright cozy knit + aviators
button-up + sweater + cuffed camel pants

Here’s a little outfit inspiration, brought to you by my unhealthy obsession with Pinterest.  Enjoy!

the color of the season

Happy October 1st, everyone!  I’d like to start off the year’s spookiest month with a little discussion about this season’s most gruesome new hue: oxblood.  Also known as maroon/burgundy amongst the squeamish, this deep brownish red is EVERYWHERE right now.  From blazers to sneakers, oxblood is coating the fashion industry with a thick layer of its rich hue, bringing an element of drama to everything it touches.  As for me, I’d like to try out the trend with some oxblood tinted jeans or maybe even a burgundy felt hat?  How would you wear fall’s most popular color?