A Weekend Guide to Paris

A Weekend Guide to Paris

It already feels like Paris was ages ago. At the same time, going through all of the pictures from our trip, I can still smell the croissants and baguette sandwiches we devoured, the fresh rain early morning on the Parisian streets. This was my second time in Paris, my last one being on my 25th birthday (apparently, I like spending birthdays in Paris, can you blame me?). The first time around, we extended our London trip and took the train for 24 hours in Paris. Let’s just say we made the most of every minute, and by the time we had my birthday dinner we were EXHAUSTED. Ever since that trip, I wanted to come back to this magical place and experience it fully…with time to spare.

Though this trip also wasn’t long, I felt like we had enough time to explore Paris like locals. We did some shopping, ate at the neighborhood bakeries, had nice cocktails at local spots (despite being slightly jet lagged the entire time). I seriously could not have asked for a better birthday…and I already can’t wait to go back to this beautiful place.

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How to Wear a Midi Skirt

How to Wear a Midi Skirt

Skirt: Vintage Escada , similar here (for under $200!)Turtleneck: Frank & Oak, similar here| White Button Down: Zara, similar herePumpsYoox (almost sold out – similar here) | Fishnet Socks: ASOS | BagSaint Laurent

Something as simple as the length of your skirt can take an outfit from classic to trendy. The maxi, the mini. Sure, they’re great, but we’ve worn these for years. It’s fun to get out of your comfort zone once in a while. That’s why I’m all about the midi skirt as of late. I’ve worn it before (and more recently!), and I’m loving seeing it in different patterns & textures this season.

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Where to Shop Vintage in Paris

Where to Shop Vintage in Paris

Two Piece Suit: Vintage Lagerfeld (from one of my fav vintage shops at home!) | Turtleneck: H&M, similar here| Boots: Topshop, similar here| Tights: Wolford | BagSaint Laurent

The first item on my agenda when we arrived in Paris? VINTAGE. Where. is. it.

We landed, took a nap to recover from our flight…and as Leo was still sleeping, my vintage hunt began. Luckily, we stayed in Le Marais, which is basically the vintage mecca of Paris. Immediately after visiting the first vintage shop, I knew I was in for a treat. The Parisian vintage shops are well curated, and house ALL of the trends you can imagine, nicely organized in separate racks. Kimonos? Check (I actually bought one! You’ll see it soon). Plaid shirts? Check. Varsity Jackets. Check (except I couldn’t find my size – so sad). Items I’d normally be looking everywhere to find were right there at my fingertips. It was a vintage shopper’s dream.

I popped into several shops, but these were my favorites –

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Monday Mindfulness

Monday Mindfulness

Denim Jacket: Vintage, similar here | Tee Shirt: 24/7 Perspective| Stirrup Pants: H&M, similar here | Ankle BootsZara | ClutchHolly & Tanager

It’s been a while! Sorry, I was in Paris celebrating my 30th birthday last weekend (not sorry, haha). So here I am, after being MIA for a week or so, now in a new decade of life. I was filling out a form today for something that required me to put my age…plugging in the number 30 was a weird yet comforting sensation. It feels right, so why is it so strange to say that number out loud? It will take some getting used to! I’ll of course be sharing more on my birthday weekend in Paris and my take on this “big” birthday and saying bye to my twenties – more to come in the next few weeks!

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My Approach to Hair Removal

My Approach to Hair Removal

I should have started experimenting with hair removal much sooner than I did. I blame that on my mom (sorry Mom, you know it’s true). I was a 5th grader with a unibrow and a mustache, and grade school kids have no remorse. Things were rough.

My first experience with hair removal was when my mustache was addressed in junior high. I started with wax, which ended horrendously at times…i.e. scabbing at the edge of my lips where I cringed every time I opened my mouth. My girls out there who’ve waxed their upper lip – I know you’ve felt this pain. No one deserves to go through this. Despite my traumatic experiences, I bought my own wax warmer and started waxing my legs, upper lip, bikini, etc all on my own. It was just easier and cheap…and ultimately better than shaving. But after years of waxing, the ingrowns worsened, my face became more and more sensitive to the wax, and I realized it wasn’t worth the effort given my hair would grow back in 7-10 days (yes, it grows freakishly fast). It was time to try something different.

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My New Fav Combo: Blazer + Hoodie

My New Fav Combo: Blazer + Hoodie

Blazer: Target | Hoodie: Target, similar hereKnit Skirt: Club Monaco, similar here (more affordable one here| Sock Boots: Zara (you saw these in last week’s post!)| LipstickMilk Lip Metal

Blazers have always been my thing, especially lately. I’ve only posted outfits with blazers here, here, and here. Excessive? I think not. You can imagine when oversized blazers became a hit, I was overcome with joy. A trend I was already a pro at rocking, FINALLY.

One thing I’m liking about the latest blazer trend is that I’m seeing blazers worn in new, unexpected ways. Over a slip dress, with a graphic tee, layered over a mini skirt or shorts, and my recent favorite…with a hoodie. That’s right, that hoodie you rocked back in junior high is now acceptable to wear out in public. Okay, maybe not that EXACT one (mine were all from the Gap), but you get the picture. This is groundbreaking stuff.

It’s chic meets casual… who wouldn’t love it? Shop more of this trendy combo below –

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The October Ten

The October Ten

In brainstorming new content ideas for the holidays, I realized I have all of these little things I’ve been wanting to share with you guys, but haven’t because I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to do so. Then, it struck me that I don’t NEED to have a separate post for each and every thing, but I can combine them all into a “favorite things” roundup and share all of the goodies at once! How does that sound?

I’ll share a monthly roundup of my “top 10” products, movies, music, food, ANYTHING of the month. I had an ongoing list of things I love from the last few months so pulling this together for October was super easy. One of my favorite things about blogging is sharing the stuff I love (yes, even outside of clothes), so I’m particularly amped about this series, and hope you are too!

PS – Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter and be the first to know what items I’m currently craving, what I’m reading…all the inside juice. I’ve been featuring favorite products, reads, etc the last couple of weeks and plan on doing more in the future!

Annnnddd now to the October top ten.

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My Go-To Sites for Beauty Product Reviews

My Go-To Sites for Beauty Product Reviews

I’ll admit it, I am a sucker for reviews. On everything. I want to know the ins and outs of each and every single thing I’m buying before I pull the trigger. Yes, it can be overwhelming, paralyzing at times, but in most situations it pays off. ESPECIALLY when it comes to beauty products. For one thing, because most non-drugstore products don’t come cheap. Also, the market is SO saturated, so you usually don’t know what you’re getting and if it even does what it claims it does.

With all that said, I research the sh*t out of every beauty product I purchase. I need to make sure I know what I’m putting on my face & hair, and that the product is worth the price. Call me crazy, but I check reviews across a few sites for different perspective.

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How to Wear a Power Suit

How to Wear a Power Suit

Suit: Vintage YSL (a lucky find from a Vintage Garage event), I couldn’t find something like it but you can pair a midi skirt with a cropped blazer for a similar look! | Sock Boots: Zara | Beanie: I picked this up in Berlin a few years back, but here’s a similar one | Lipstick: Mac, Chili

I’ve been waiting all year for this. Secretly, I’ve built up my stash of vintage power suits and have been waiting for the right moment to bust them out. Now is the TIME. My first suit purchase was actually this blazer (yes, it comes with pants!). I’m working on tapering the pants as they currently have a wide leg. TBD on that. Hoping to get that done so I can rock that bad boy soon.

Now, back to this suit. Vintage Yves Saint Laurent from the 70s. The previous owner sold it to me herself – we had a moment. I think she was very excited that I was excited about it, and that this beauty was given a second life. From the stitching to the buttons to the colors of the wool…it’s a stunning set. AND, it fits me perfectly. I didn’t even have to tailor it. Meant to be.

You are probably thinking to yourself, “I don’t know how to pull this off”. I thought the same thing, and here I am. Here’s how to wear a power suit. you can do it…

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My Favorite Podcasts of the Moment

My Favorite Podcasts of the Moment

I go back and forth on listening to podcasts. I was initially introduced to the podcast world back when Serial came out, and was instantly obsessed. Hence, my initial list of favorite podcasts that I shared about two years ago…funny enough, around this time of year! I’ve been back on the podcasts lately, it all began when I started walking to and from the office a few months back. The walks have ended but my podcast listening hasn’t, so I think it’s safe to say I’m into it. Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately:

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