When I travel I am constantly on the Internet or Instagram looking for new places to discover and things to see. I kept seeing Rue Crémieux while looking at photos of Paris and on my trip in October I decided it was time to pay it a visit. It is located in the 12th and is very close the the Gare de Lyon. It is by far the most colorful street in all of Paris. It is quite a short street but it takes a solid 20-30 minutes to take it all in and get that perfect photo! While walking along the pinks and blues you almost feel like you are in Notting Hill, London. All the pastels are a far cry from the historic and neutral (but still beautiful) architecture of Paris. Rue Crémieux is definitely something I recommend visiting on your second or third visit – after you have seen the other “Paris Musts.”
Outfits • J.Crew Regent Blazer
I have always loved a good blazer but finding one that fits perfectly can be a challenge. When I first tried on the J.Crew Regent blazer I fell head over heels. I never stopped thinking about it. When J.Crew was having a sale I went in to buy it and they said it was the only thing not on sale! Go figure! I bought the blue anyways and have practically worn it out! Now the blazer is FINALLY on sale and I think I want the camel and the black! Enter Code GetShopping to get 30% off yours!
Travel • Old Havana Sneak Peek
I have been working hard on editing my hundreds of photos from Cuba! What a photogenic city! It was an absolutely incredible experience that I am excited to share with all of you! I have so many tips for your trip there that I had to learn the hard way! I can’t wait to share them with all of you. Stay tuned… In the mean time here is a little sneak peek of a photo I took of the “streets in Cuba.” For more photos check out my Instagram – @sothentheysayblog
Well it is officially the holidays in online land. Over the next few weeks you will be inundated with gift guides from blogs, retailers, and social channels. Holiday guides are great but I always like to find gifts that I know are a sure win – both in life and in the gift giving world. That is why I always, always, give and recommend giving Tata Harper for any woman in your life. Our skin goes through so many different stresses through the day it is nice to have products you can fully rely on. I have been a big fan of Tata for the past few years (read more in this past blog post). They are all natural (grown and made on her Vermont farm), always come in beautiful packaging, and they are so effective at doing their said job.
I have been a HUGE fan of their Resurfacing Mask for years. It gives you such a glow, I didn’t know one product could actually give you. While that is still my number one recommendation for you or your gift recipient, I just discovered the Honey Blossom Resurfacing Mask and am very pleased. Like her other products, it does not disappoint. The mast was inspired by her grandmother’s use of honey masks while growing up in Colombia which has been used for centuries as a soothing, hydrating and revitalizing skin treatment. The mask naturally is a concentrated source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and moisture – it melts onto the skin, sealing in hydration and soothing dry patches. I have loved using it on my dry skin after all my travels and I have been enjoying its hydration as these colder days roll in.
If you need a great little stocking stuffer or a gift for your girlfriend give the gift of Tata! I promise you, she will love it, be so appreciative, and become part of the Tata Harper fan club!
Outfits • The Boot at a Discount
If you have a pulse you have seen the Stuart Weiztman Highland Boot. It is a gorgeous over-the-knee boot but at $700+ it is a bit pricey for most of us. While looking for gifts last night I stumbled upon these Steve Madden OTK boots that are an almost identical copy. And at $150 it is hard to say no! If you want the look for less consider these beauties!
at home • Confetti Balloons
I am not a D.I.Y. person. At all. Actually it sounds like hell to me to sit in a room crafting but something about making my own Confetti Balloon doesn’t scare me away. I am thinking about getting these and making them with my sweet nieces over Christmas. A fun activity with a beautiful (and fun) end result!
Outfits • The Sweater Stone
It is the season of hot chocolate, hats, and lint! I pulled out my black wool coat the other day just to realize by the end of the day it was covered in lint. Good thing for products like the Sweater Stone which quickly and easily removes that unwanted fuzz. Trust me, this will be your winter bestie!
The first question I get asked about my last trip, “did you have so much fun?” And the answer is more complex than you would think. I had the absolute best time traveling and laughing with Krystal and it felt so amazing to be back. I literally feel like myself when I am there. But what I didn’t expect was how different I would feel about it as opposed to this summer. I booked my trip back a few weeks after returning because I missed it so much. So I expected it to be a very similar feeling as to what I had experienced a few months before. This summer everything about Paris was new, exciting, and scary. I really felt alive. I enjoyed every walk, every dinner, every day because it was all so new and fresh. I really felt like I lived Paris. So when I went back a few weeks ago I was surprised how I felt. While I still loved it with every fiber of my being that “newness” and “excitement” had worn off. I walked the same streets I had all summer, I had seen the buildings (although they never do get old), and I was no longer afraid to order food or walk into a store. That feeling had worn off, whatever that feeling is. Some people say this is great because it showed just how much I did this summer but it was something I wasn’t prepared for. While Paris will always hold such a special place in my heart, I am excited for new adventures in the future (i.e. I am leaving for Cuba in an hour)!
It is so comforting to know that Paris will always be there. The same streets and buildings will be there when I go back. And it does feel extraordinary that I can say all of this as there was a time I never thought I would ever get to “live and experience” Paris. And a time where I was scared shitless to be there alone (read this post). I cried for the first day because I was so scared to have go buy groceries or go to a restaurant in fear I couldn’t communicate. It is a dream I got to live and I can’t believe it is over. I honestly never thought I would get here, so to realize I have come full circle is such a moment. A really surreal moment.
I wanted to take a quick moment to say thank you again for all of your kind words over the summer and the past few months through e-mails, comments, and face to face. I have loved getting to share my excitement over Paris with all of you! Your sweet thoughts and kind words have meant so much. I can’t believe I have such amazing people who read this blog! Also, don’t worry, the photos, city guides, and recommendations will keep on coming. Because after it all, Paris still lives in my heart!
** So all of this to say, if you want to fall in love with Paris for your first time or go back and experience it all over again don’t forget to enter the Delsey “fly me to Paris” giveaway. It is an amazing opportunity! They will gift you these Chatelet bags you see above, give you $1K spending money, and fly you and a friend to Paris THREE times! No purchase is necessary and you can enter here! Bonne chance!