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Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Timeless Summer with Cluse

Summer means longer days and getting away. Summer means beautiful sunsets and going for a dip in the pool. Summer means slowing down and catching my breath. Summer means twirling away on the beach in my favorite dress with my CLUSE watch to match. Living in such a technology-centered age, it's important to be able to break away from it all. Sometimes it's a relief to have a weak signal, being disconnected for a while.

During a weekend in the Hamptons, I danced around one of the most stunning properties in a dress I can't get enough of. To make the most of a beautiful day, I wanted to make sure I soaked up every minute of it. Thanks to my La Vedette Gold White/Caramel, it was a beautiful summer day in Southampton, New York. I love how these colors match perfectly against the shore line, the way the caramel strap sits against sunkissed skin. For the longest time I've always been a fan of CLUSE timepieces, the perfect everyday watch that can be both dressed up or down. Be sure to check out their website for their timepieces here. 

In collaboration with CLUSE.
Privacy Please Dress | CLUSE Watch | Hat Attack Bag | Hermes Sandals | Ray-Ban Sunglasses 
Captured by: Marco P.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 Paris, France

Au Revoir Paris

As I share the last set of images from Paris, I'm finding it hard to simply talk about an outfit when there's just so much more on my mind. Funny how travel can make you feel like you've escaped your troubles, but that's the thing about a vacation... you have to go home eventually and face things that you tried so hard to distract yourself from. I suppose I'll open up about something more personal in a later post. All I know is that I'm definitely in need of a mental reset.

Aritzia Top (Similar) + Jacket | Gucci Belt | Paige Denim | Céline Bag | Ahlem Sunglasses
Captured by: Marco P.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Paris, France

A Parisian Summer

Summer weather in Paris was just as I expected. The streets were filled with both tourists and locals, the evening ending late with the sun not going down until after 10PM. Marco and I would laugh side by side on our strolls through the street, back in a familiar place but stood in awe at the same time. Paris had a way of helping me clear my mind, helping me reset and find inspiration when I feel like I've been stuck in a rut.

To be back in Paris with not only the boy I love, but with good friends, that was something I needed. We'd have early dinners, enjoying wine while people watching from the sidewalk tables. We'd walk together and smile at the views and the excitement of being in a foreign country all together. I could walk through Parisian streets forever, especially because I've always adored the colors of Parisian buildings and French architecture.

It seems like they were richer in color, with more sunny days than the last time we were in Paris. I strolled through the streets in probably one of my favorite looks from the trip.

Aritzia Top + Skirt | Oak + Fort Cardigan | Stuart Weitzman Heels | Gucci Bag | Thom Browne Sunglasses
Captured by: Marco P.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 Paris, France

Hôtel Vernet | Paris

Imagine being in Paris and staying at a hotel so lovely that you didn't mind not leaving your room? For my second time in the beautiful city, I was lucky enough to stay at Hôtel Vernet, a beautiful property near the Champs-Élysées, around the corner from the Arc de Triomphe. From my past experiences with European hotels, it's safe to assume that a lot of space isn't something too common. Our last hotel had barely enough space for us to open our suitcases!

It was a breath of fresh air to check into Hôtel Vernet, a bathroom so big that we could dance around inside, ceilings so high and a balcony that allowed me to adore Paris from a few stories above the sidewalk. I'm so excited to share with you all my amazing experience at this perfect Parisian hotel.

The staff had immediately welcomed Marco and I with big smiles and we instantly felt at home. The lobby was stunning, I had only wished I captured more of the space! We were so excited to see what would be home for our last few days in Paris and we were not disappointed. The staircase wrapped around a stunning elevator that I swooned over every time we left and came back to the hotel. These design elements are things that make my heart flutter when staying in a foreign city. It's always beautiful to see aspects of design and architecture from the country still present in a more modern hotel. I loved how they kept original parts of the property intact, it added to the charm and uniqueness of it. You know their 5-Star label has been well-earned.

We had gone from a room with a bathroom that barely fit one person, to a one with his and hers sinks, a separate room for the toilet, a shower, and a bathtub. I'm always a sucker for a good bathroom with the perfect fixtures and color scheme. Trust me when I say this one was absolutely dreamy.

I had loved the way the light just filled the room. Be sure to keep an eye out for my travel video to see more of this space! I'm currently editing so it should be up in a few days!

I remember our last morning in Paris, I was thinking, "I wish we didn't have to leave already." Be careful what you wish for because a few minutes later, I was listening to a voicemail from our airline that our flight has been cancelled and we've been re-booked on a flight for the following day! We extended our time at the hotel for an extra night and made the most of our extra day in Paris. With a stunning sunset before we had to go, it was definitely a difficult goodbye.

Hôtel Vernet is a hidden gem in Paris that I most definitely can't wait to call home once again when I return to Paris. It was a beautiful stay with delicious food and such a wonderful staff. For your next trip to this beautiful city, please make sure you look at staying at Hôtel Vernet, it's so conveniently close to the metro, shopping, but tucked away enough that you can enjoy that quietness.

A special thank you to Hôtel Vernet for having Marco & I. We'll see you again soon!
See below for hotel information

HOTEL VERNET | Hotel Vernet - 25 rue Vernet - 75008 Paris - France

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Paris, France

From Paris, With Love

When I booked our tickets to Paris, I had this vision in my mind: a beautiful red dress and the Eiffel Tower standing tall behind me. I've partnered with Lulu's for this post, to share a series of images that Marco and I took during one of our mornings in Paris. I know it's all so cliche, the dramatic red dress, color of love in the city that people will say is one of the most romantic places in the world. But that's what it is. It's all that they say and so much more. It's why I came back a year after seeing it for the first time.

This post is inspired by the city that I fell in love with, with the person I fell in love with many years ago. It's hard to explain exactly what it feels like to be in Paris when you're with the one you love, maybe because it's really supposed to stay a feeling that is so overwhelming that it's hard to describe. It's funny to look back and know that we went from two kids playing in the park together after school to two young adults traveling around the world, little by little, slowly but surely.
You taught me how to live freely, to not take life too seriously. You've taken the serious parts of me and showed me how to laugh more and to just allow life to happen. We both had no idea what adventure we were about to embark on over six years ago when you asked me to be yours and only yours, but I am so thankful. To be able to see the world with you, with eyes that know love and what it's like to know to be loved in return is what makes all our adventures together so special.

I can't wait to see more new cities with you, to travel with your hand in mine, as we walk through new neighborhoods, our ears hearing and learning new languages. I look through the pages of my passport and I'm so glad that half of those stamps are from places I've been able to see with you. Wherever we are, I find myself staring at the views, but then back to you. Thank you for everything and I can't wait to see where our next adventure takes us.

Lulu's Dress | Stuart Weitzman Heels
Captured by: Marco P. + Tripod

In Collaboration with Lulu's