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. View Full Post

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?

Dan and I recently spent 3 and a half days in Paris, which at first felt like enough time to soak up the highlights, especially since I’ve visited the city before. But on the last day, when we mistakenly thought there wouldn’t be lines at the Louvre at 9am or when we realized we didn’t really get to see any art during the trip, I decided I was completely wrong. This city is too charming to rush through cappuccinos and croissants, or to almost murder your boyfriend when he still wasn’t done with his steak yet and the Eiffel Tower light show is about to start.

Highlights on days 1 and 2 below. I’m also in the midst of writing an itinerary of our trip. I’m a major planner and have an insane organizational system when it comes to travel. Dan says it’s scary how much joy I get from making a schedule. But then again he also texted me today because one of his Insta fans DM’d him for our Paris itinerary so I’m not too sorry about my addiction to planning.

One general thing to note: I love Paris’ architecture with its charming streets and antique roofs so outside of visiting the Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower, spent a lot of day 1 and 2 just wandering around a few the 3rd and 6th arrondissements. Dan likes to take a different approach to traveling – he prefers historical and tourist sites over killing your feet (aka my bunion) just walking all day.

Louis Vuitton purse, Loft faux fur coat, Zara blouse and boots

Nothing more classic than a Parisian rooftop

The owner of above restaurant came out to yell at me to buy something or leave about 30 seconds after this photo was taken.

Best croissants in town @ Sebastian Gaudard

Mango top, Michele watch, Sam Edelman loafers

I subsisted on escargots during this trip. I’ve always adored this dish but didn’t develop a taste for it until after high school (the last time I visited Paris was in 11th grade) so this was the first time having authentic, buttery, garlic-y, herb-y escargots. Even if it sounds gross to you, it’s a must try. At the very least you’ll love dipping French bread in the sauce.

Coolest fashion, architecture and flower shops on every block

Au revoir Paris, you’ve been good to us.

Zara coat, H&M jeans, Michele watch, Quay sunnies, Louis Vuitton bag

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Despite being an (amateuer) contemporary art enthusiast and 4th year NYC resident (not the medical kind, I practically failed anything science related), I had never visited the annual Armory Show until last weekend. We did a little window shopping in Soho first before heading to the middle of nowhere, aka 12th avenue, for this Big Apple version of art basel. I had also only recently lost my By Chloe virginity – I know, what kind of wannabe fashion blogger am I if I don’t eat instagram curated vegan food? Yet I somehow managed to eat Chloe 3x in this one weekend.

The show was awesome as expected but also ginormous. I literally couldn’t fit into my loafers the next morning because my feet were so swollen from walking around for hours. It didn’t help that Dan took a snail’s approach to observing the art. At one point, we got separated and I had gotten to the back of the first showroom while he was still barely 1/4th of the way through. Thanks dude.

It was also super interesting to see how our iPhones have changed the way we view art. We see everything through our pixelated screens now rather than with our bare eyes. In fact, the last photo on the left was a pool of water that was programmed with facial recognition and mirrored the audience’s face, but the artist had to tell everyone to put our phones away because they were covering our faces. Now that’s pretty dope and corrupted.

Good bye 2017 – you were full of surprises and taught me so much but I’m so looking forward to 2018 and all of its opportunities to travel. I already have a three day trip to Paris booked for March. It’s my third time in the City of Love, but my first visiting with someone I’m in love with. How exciting!!

Of course, I’m already thinking ahead and dreaming about where else my passport will take me to in 2018. So far, I’m thinking: