It was very difficult selecting only 16 dresses for this post. Cannes 2018 was a vibrant showcase of modernized sequins, extravagant textures and structures, and classic suits. Perhaps the most beautiful things about this year’s festival was the diversity of women on the red carpet. From Cindy Bruna’s sexy structured suit and Wang Likun’s ice princess gown to Ming Xi’s delicate sequined dress and Naomi Campbell’s stunning teal ensemble, it was great to see so many women of color on the red carpet.

Dan and I officially closed on an apartment in DUMBO, Brooklyn and I’m moving in 12 hours!!! I remember arriving in NYC after graduating college and vowing to never leave Manhattan. Now that’s what I call young, foolish and naive.

After 4 apartments in 4 years, I’ve finally decided to call it quits and make the huge move to what I once deemed a haven for hipsters and hip moms. But then again it’s also home to quiet neighborhoods, SPACE and overall less grit and grime than Manhattan. Oh and of course, there’s the fact that my style icon, Olivia Palermo, will be my neighbor. (I swear I didn’t move to there just to stalk her and her dog in Brooklyn Bridge Park).

I can’t wait to move in with Dan, get a corgi named Bob (eventually), have picnics on the DUMBO waterfront where you can get the best views of Manhattan without actually having to smell Manhattan, and last but not least, redecorating!

I took a style quiz from Havenly, an app that pairs you with interior designers who can create your space online. The quiz was surprisingly accurate – this go-around, I’m trying to channel Scandinavian minimalism with hints of nature sprinkled throughout the apartment. I’m thinking a charcoal gray sectional, lots of plants, and a simple white desk. Basically I just want my new place to be a sanctuary of simplicity and somewhere I can just zen out and relax.

Obviously before and after photos to come soon.

xo

I’m writing this post a month after our visit to the City of Lights, during which time I’ve thought a lot about the inherent values and stresses of blogging. On the one hand I am blessed with an outlet for my creative cravings but on the other, I feel like every moment of free time is a wasted blog opportunity. It’s hard to have a full-time job and try to blog when you’re a perfectionist and want to give 100% to both. I’ll admit Paris Part 3 isn’t my best visual work but then again, I started this blog with the intention of documenting my life in a pure, genuine way void of glamorous shots you see on popular fashion blogs. I wanted my blog to feel real, not curated which is a hard balance when you also appreciate how beautiful curation can look.

For the next few posts, I’m going to try to let go of my drive to create perfection and instead focus my attention towards honest writing and photography. I hope you like it.

xo
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If you google Roman and Williams Guild, you’ll fine the tagline “Design, French Food and Flowers.” Um can you think of a better combination? I dare you. This Soho gem was the perfect place to meet photographer, Caitee Smith, for the first time.  I’m a bit of a micromanager and also pretty obsessive compulsive which does not make for the most easy to work with wannabe blogger girlfriend (sorry babe, I swear I didn’t mean to almost push you in front of a taxi for cutting off my feet in a picture) so I started looking for an affordable professional whose style I thought was similar to mine. After a bit of digging around the internet, I landed upon Caitee and we set up a time to meet for outfit and scenery pics at Roman and Williams.

Roman and Williams features gorgeous industrial influenced furniture, floral “sculptures” by Emily Thompson, and a cafe called La Mercerie.

Peach tart and baby blinis (Russian pancakes) with smoked salmon and creme fraiche

Zara coat, boots and fringed shirt; Paige leather pants; Topshop scarf and choker; Quay sunglasses   

Thank you, Caitee, for these stunning photos!

Palais Royale

Zara everything, literally: Zara skirt, Zara Sweatshirt, Zara boots. Outfit for under $150, hell yea Zara

One of our favorite parts of the trip was a walking tour of Montmartre by Discover Walks Paris. It was totally free though tips are encouraged (we gave $20 at the end of the tour). Our guide, Florent aka Feefo, was HILARIOUS. Dan and I had the time of our lives listening to all the interesting history behind this neighborhood that was once home to Picasso, Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh. Seriously a must do if you’re ever a Paris.

Best steak in town is at Robert et Louise, a no fuss and no thrills restaurant in the trendy Le Marais neighborhood. 1/2 their menu consists of various cuts of beef so it’s pretty clear what they’re experts in. All the steaks are tossed on an open fire grill that you can actually see on your way to their cellar downstairs where we ate. 

The Eiffel Tower does a fantastic light show from sunset to 1AM for the first 5 minutes of every hour. We had planned on finishing dinner around 10:30PM and heading over for the 11PM show but things took longer than expected and Dan was eating like he had all the time in the world. After death staring him during his last bites of steak and potatoes, he finally got the hint and we sprinted to the Eiffel Tower. Traveling really does bring people closer together doesn’t it?