Head to Paris with Delsey

THE BLOG IS BACK!!!!! Can I just say that again? YES! The blog is back! After the most frustrating week I can start blogging again. I didn’t leave you out of free will but rather becuase AT&T and Go Daddy screwed me! I can’t tell you how many tears and phone calls I had between the two, only to be told that it was the others fault. It was one of the most frustrating things I have recently been through. After doing my own detective work I found out that my server with all AT&T/Comcast users was compromised and it would never connect with GoDaddy. So weird right? After a lot of money and an e-mail to Chloe Digital all is good in the blog world. *shout out to Chloe who saved me! If you need any blog help I HIGHLY recommend her! 

I always try to look for a reason that things happen. During the process I couldn’t understand why this bazaar turn of events was happening to my blog but after a quick reflection I believe I now know. The past month I have been wondering if I still wanted to blog and when this whole “blog thing” would come to an end? I just didn’t know if I enjoyed blogging as much as I did when I first started. My photography had/has been extremely busy and my blog had not been a priority. Which I am sure you could see by the lack of updates recently. However, like the saying goes, “you always want one you can’t have.” So when the blog went down of course all I wanted to do was blog. I had so many post ideas and started to get excited to start working on it again. So here I am with a renewed appreciation for STTS and a changed attitude. Basically what I am saying is, get ready for more STTS! It is not going anywhere.

SO now that STTS is back I wanted to give you a little something special. I received a ton of questions on these Delsey suitcases from this photo so I wanted to share them as well as a very special giveaway. Not only have I been a fan of Delsey for the past few years (seriously their 28″ is the best for international travel) but I am excited to share a possible opportunity for you to head to Paris with your very own set! You all know my feelings for Paris. I love the architecture, the lights, the energy, the attitude, the cafe’s – I just love it all. That is why I am sharing this amazing opportunity with the “Fly Me To Paris,” Delsey giveaway. They are offering not one, but THREE trips to Paris with you and a friend! And if that isn’t enough to make you enter they are also going to make sure you arrive in style by giving you these suitcases and $1K spending money! Seriously, this might be the best giveaway I’ve ever heard of! So grab a computer, enter to win, and then sit back and start planning your wardrobe! Oh and let me know if you get the call back so I can send some Parisian recommendations!

Again, thank you all for sticking by me as I figured this technical glitch out! I am excited to bring you fresh content and I hope you enjoy what I have in store! See you tomorrow! Ah, that felt so good to day!!!!! thank you again Chloe

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Checking Off Paris

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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 Delseyfly 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!

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