Things You Must Buy In Paris

Bringing the perfect souvenir back from any vacation can be a struggle. You want it to last, revoke a memory, and be something you can share with others. A souvenir is something I think is a must when you travel. My dream is to have a home full of unique souvenirs from past travels around the world: A rug from Morocco, a painting from Venice, silver from Argentina, leather from Italy. The point is to find something unique to that place and try to find the perfect item which encompasses all that the city is. While my list below is personal to my taste, Paris is full of wonderful souvenirs. All you have to do is keep an open mind, a searching eye, and buy what hits your heart! And NEVER second guess your decision, because in the long run you will be happy you have it!

THE CLASSIC BALLET FLAT
One of the most quintessential french fashion staple is the ballet flat. French women have been wearing them for decades and always pull them while being effortlessly chic. Since Paris is the heart of the fashion world it would be hard to leave without a classic pair of your  own! Try Repetto – they make the perfect pair! 
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CHANEL
Okay, so this is a little more out of reach but wouldn’t it be fun to leave Paris with a new something from Chanel? I have to admit, I have been to Paris quite a bit and never walked away with something from here, but this summer I plan to change that! I actually really want something vintage Chanel! I have this dream of me walking into a little side shop and finding the perfect vintage bag! If you a Chanel bag, shoes, or clothing isn’t your thing, check out their make-up, perfumes, or skincare! At least you will feel more Parisian every time you wear it!
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LADUREE
I know what you are saying, “my macaroons wouldn’t last long enough to make it home!” And I definitely agree but they  have loads of cute little accessories sure to commemorate your trip to heaven!
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HERMES
While this is similar to Chanel I actually am not recommending buying a bag here! I think their scarves, bangles, and perfumes are the perfect souvenir! My  mom bought a bangle on our last trip their and every time I see her wear it I think of Paris! It immediately brings back happy memories.
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FRENCH COOKING EQUIPMENTCrepe Spreader or other fun utensils
I actually got this idea from a trip I took to Gruyere Switzerland. While there my sweet husband popped into a cooking store and bought my mom something so she would remember the trip. Isn’t he sweet? That aside it brings back wonderful memories every time I walk into her kitchen. It also makes cooking just a little bit more enjoyable.
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FREDERIC MALLE
The God, the myth, the legend! Frederic Malle scents have been on my wish list for years! Not only are they the perfect souvenir but you will be smelling like a Goddess for months to come! If you don’t want to travel with the perfume, check out his candles! TO.DIE.FOR. And every time you light it, you will think of your trip in Paris. 
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MERCI – anything and everything
I recently discovered this store online and have been swooning ever since! I can not wait to see it for myself this summer. Everything from the striped shirts, to the cooking utensils, to the design are awe-worthy! Even if you don’t want to buy something be sure to check out their cafe! It is sure to add a special memory to your Parisian adventures!
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For the Beauty Junkie – Drugstore Finds You Can’t Leave Without

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Bioderma Crealine H20

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Sunscreen

Roger & Gallet Rose Body Lotion

L’Occitane en Provence Cream

The Find
Whereabouts: Dallas, Texas

Outfits • J.Crew x Sophia Webster

Summer is fun because you tend to be more carefree with your wardrobe – mainly shoes. Sophia Webster is the queen of carefree shoes! I have been a long fan of her designs but they always seem to be a bit out of budget. That is why I am beyond excited to see her collab with J.Crew! Be sure to check out their partnership! Your summer will thank you!

• Driving to Gruyères, Switzerland

Oh how I love Switzerland. It is always beautiful, clean, and calm. One of my favorite things to do is to go back to Geneva with my husband. There is just something so peaceful about being there. Over the years I have had the pleasure to get to road trip different parts of Switzerland. Each time is unique and leaves me wanting to come back. I have lots of footage from the years and I have always wondered why I never shared it. However, I decided today was the day to share a quick little trip up to Gruyères. Gruyères is like every other town in Switzerland – charming! My favorite part was by far the bells from the sheep grazing in the pasture. It was absolutely a dream to hear them in person while staring out over the beautiful landscape.  The video is short and sweet and I hope it leaves you wanting to visit Gruyères for yourself.

New Orleans City Guide

WHERE TO STAY:

Windsor Court – One of New Orleans luxury hotels. From the moment you walk-in you feel you have stepped back into old New Orleans. Two blocks from The French Quarter it is the perfect setting for a weekend away.

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WHERE TO DRINK:

Cane & Table – Be sure to get a photo with the Captain!

French 75 for a cozy and yummy pre-dinner cocktail

Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone – the bar is a real carousel that slowly spins around

tea at The Windsor Court – a famous tradition in New Orleans

Lafittes Blacksmiths Shop (it’s haunted  by an old pirate)

Bacchanal – A fun environment for a great glass of wine

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WHERE TO EAT
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Muriels – dinner

Tableau – dinner

Galatoires – brunch/dinner

Elizabeth’s – brunch

Brennan’s – brunch or dinner

Camellia Grill – brunch

The Ruby Slipper – brunch

Red Gravy – brunch

Cafe du Monde – best beignets!

Commanders Palace – dinner (best restaurant 2014 award)

Sylvain – dinner
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WHAT TO DO:

Haunted History Ghost Tour (go after your dinner)

Frenchman Street (Definitely check out The Spotted Cat and Snug Harbor for live Jazz and Cafe Negril for Reggae)

walk aroundUptown

shop on Magazine street

take photos of the beautiful homes in the Garden District

take the Free Wheelin’ Bike TourCreole & Crescent

Harrah’s Casino

WWII museum

walk down the Riverfront

take the trolly to St. Charles Ave.

Steamboat Nachez

St. Louis Cathedral – (listen to live music, get your palm read, talk to a psychic, or just people watch)
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all photography my own

Outfits • Mini Gladiators

Gladiators are this summers must have item. However, not every outfit calls for a sandal halfway up your leg. In those moments you need something on trend but a little more subtle. I have fallen in love with this Topshop lace flat – perfect with skinnies, shorts, or dresses. It even reminds me of this $700 Aquazzura pair but for 1/5th the price!

Outfits • The Loafer

I have a thing for shoes lately. Maybe it is because I am freaking out which shoes to pack for Europe this summer but I keep finding pairs I fall in love with. This baby blue Topshop Loafer caught my attention immediately. I love the pointy toe and platform. They would look great with skinny pants or shorts while enjoying your summer holiday!

Outfits • The Perfect Short

I am not going to lie, I actually bought this short in black and white but I still can’t get this lilac off my mind. I am usually not one for pastels but the cut and tone of this short make it perfect! This would be perfect to slip over your bathing suit or tuck a button-up linen shirt into. psst..right now these are 25% off with code SUMMERLOVE

Inspiration from Sézane

Since we look for inspiration in different places I thought I would share one that always gives me great ideas! Have you ever heard of the shop, Sézane? It is a french website and it curates the most quintessential french items. Everything from your wardrobe to your home – they have it. They update their product selection monthly which always has me sitting with anticipation for that new e-mail saying they released their next collection. I absolutely love every single piece they create. It is simple, feminine, clean, and classic. Sometimes I see items I already have in my closet – like basic leather shorts – and I am inspired by how they styled theirs. While they paired theirs with a chambray shirt I had previously been inspired by a striped shirt they had on their site a few months back. The thing I love about french dressing is, everything can be paired together. For example, while they styled their striped shirt with skinny grey jeans and their leather shorts with a chambray skirt, I flip flopped the two and they worked perfectly together.

While all of use go through slumps where we are completely uninspired by our closet I challenge you to always think of the french –  simple dressing with a few key pieces. And if you haven’t already be sure to check-out Sézane! You are bound to find inspiration for your styling and definitely something new for your closet!

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outfit details // White Blazer, J.Crew leather shortsTod’s Gommini Moccasin’s

 

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