20 Photos to Inspire a Trip to Paris

I have loved Paris before I ever even visited. I remember being in sixth grade and proudly telling my best friends mom, “I am going to live in Paris one day.” Where I got the notion, I have no clue but it has been a dream since. I always tell people that in a past life I must have lived there. It is strange to be pulled to a city before you ever even visit it. A few years later I was lucky enough to have parents who sent my sister, cousin and I to finally experience it. The city was everything I imagined and more. I have been lucky enough to go back several times and even live there for a summer. As the years go on, it will be a city I will continue to visit and photograph. It inspires me in ways I can’t put into words. Perhaps that is why Hemingway, Picasso, and all the other greats loved it so!

One of my favorite things to do when I am there is to spend the day walking the city, photographing its’ every corner, pop into a café, and wonder some more. So, whether you have visited or not, plan to go or not, take a journey through these 20 photos I have snapped over the years in this post, “2o Photos to Inspire a Trip to Paris.”

The Find
Whereabouts: Paris, France

at home • The Record Player

Ever since getting my parents old record player last year I am obsessed. I have been going on shopping sprees to the record store and listening to it non-stop. The crackle of the music is amazing! I think everyone should have one in their home and this Crosley is the perfect addition to any home!

Travel • Best Views of Paris From Above

Paris is gorgeous, but what might rival the city from the ground? Seeing it from above. I have rounded-up the nine best places to “See Paris From Above.” If you have a trip planned or will visit Paris at any time in the future, do yourself a favor and SAVE THIS LIST. Your homework – to at least visit one of these on your next trip. You will not be disappointed.

see the entire list here

The Universal Dress: Cover-Up

There are a few pieces I know from the moment I buy them, they will be a favorite. This Stateside dress definitely brought on that moment. It was minimal enough to dress-up and down, as well as classic enough to wear in all types of scenarios.  On my latest trip to Miami, Ashley told me of a place she wanted to show me before heading to the Miami Open. She was partnering with Lacoste for the tennis match so I knew we were going to be sitting in their box. Oh, the fashion dilemma. Beach one minute and swanky tennis match the next. I needed a dress that was appropriate for both, and I had it!

This is the perfect dress for those who want something that is an option for any occasion. Throw it on over a bathing suit for a day at the beach or wear it with sneakers to a tennis match. Either way, it works! Which goes back to my theory of only buying items you can think of five different ways to wear it or five different scenarios it fits in. This dress = smart investment.

* Side note – the dress does go up on the sides so if you have long legs I might consider taking it to your tailor to sew up the sides. I still HIGHLY recommend this dress as it is just too perfect for all summer settings and too classic to not own.

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outfit details //  Stateside Relaxed shirtdress, SKU ‘Joanna’ Straw hat, Zara Leather Lace-Up espadrilles, Karen Walker ‘Helter Skelter’ sunglasses

at home • The Golden Gun

You can take the girl out of Texas, but never the Texas out of the girl. Never were words truer when I stumbled upon this golden gun. Not only am I a big fan of James Bond, but I also think it is the ideal quirky accessory for the home. Feel how you want to feel about guns, but if you are into them, your home needs this. Place it on top of a pile of coffee table books or next to the bar for a more masculine feel. shop it here

at home • The Candle

I am a HUGE fan of Tom Dixon. The products that come from his line are sleek, modern, and high quality. When I walk by a store which sells his products I am instantly drawn in. That is why I had to write about this water candle. It smells like heaven and looks like vogue. If that isn’t a winning combination, I don’t know what is. shop it here

at home • The Bar Game

One of my favorite things about going to a bar during college were all the games. Be it, Buck Hunter or Darts, I was game! Now that I am older and over the bar scene I miss those games! However, now I can have my drink and game in the comfort of my own home! This dart board from Nest is not only functional but also  looks like a piece of art when not being used! Win, Win! shop it here

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