Well, it seems my habits of consistency are a thing of the past! Just yesterday I realised that I hadn’t updated my blog in over a month. How shameful! But what better excuse for a new post than a trip to Paris?
My boyfriend and I visited the ever so picture esque city over a long weekend, partly as a little romantic getaway as we had never been away together before, and also as a celebration for my 21st birthday. I had been longing to venture out to Paris for as long as I can remember, especially since my interest in fashion and style has heightened dramatically over the last couple of years. It was pretty much everything I had dreamed of and more – the beautiful architecture, endless balconies scattered all over, the incredible landmarks… Not to mention the charming side streets. Each one unravelled a new exploration… and to say I was eager to inspect all that they had to offer is an understatement. Getting lost down one at any given opportunity with a basket bag in tow was the perfect recipe for channelling my inner Jane Birkin!
As a little personal memoir and an insight for anyone interested, I thought I’d document a few things we got up to over our whirlwind of a trip. I could’ve stayed for weeks and weeks – we managed to tick everything off of our list, with a few spontaneous activities alongside, but I feel as though I could never get bored of the city of love. Plenty of people said to me before I left that I’d either love it or hate it. How could you possibly possess an inch of hatred towards Paris? It’s safe to say I was love-struck.
WHAT I WORE
I most definitely am an over packer when it comes to holidays or breaks. I like to have plenty of options, and I’d definitely rather bring too much than too little. The difference between mine and Connors luggage was rather comical – There he was with a little side bag and I was lugging around a thick suitcase!
THE PRETTY WOMAN DRESS
This polka dot dream from Oysho was a perfect choice for exploring the sights that Paris had to offer as it allowed me to stay cool while doing so. With a basket bag by my side, a Julia Roberts-meets-Jane Birkin ensemble was born…
When doing endless amounts of walking, my feet were the ones to pay the price – as I am someone who is prone to blisters, I opted for a more comfortable choice of footwear with this dress and teamed it up with some trusty Converse. Not the most sophisticated choice, I know, but sometimes you really do have to value comfort over style!
While snooping around the outside grounds of an art gallery, we stumbled across a little vintage sale. It only had about three or four small rails and a little side table of second hand gems, so I was rather lucky to find a couple of things to buy, one as a form of a souvenir and one to fulfil my ever-growing vintage shopping addiction…
I opted for this simplistic button down dress and neck scarf, which I decided to style in my hair for a change. I felt that they went together so harmonically, and what better way to spend your last night in such a dreamy city with some new purchases? I may slightly resembled someone you’d come across when on a safari, but I am still fond of this combination regardless.
For choice of footwear, I opted for some wedge espadrilles, which surprisingly did wonders for my worn out feet. A pleasant surprise of course, as there is nothing better than feeling comfortable in an ensemble you’re proud of…
THE WRAP DRESS
Speaking of comfort, this dress is basically the epitome of the word. I’ve written about this dress in a previous post, and here I am singing its praises again. When you’re incredibly self conscious of your legs like me, it’s lovely for a midi dress to have such an elegant feel to it. With the slit providing a flash of leg every once and again, you’re able to dip your toes out of your comfort zone without freaking out about it too much! A win-win situation…
Tortoise shell buttons are for sure a hit for me this summer; plenty of my ensembles I sported during my trip away proudly displayed them. Again, I relied on my ever so trustworthy basket bag as an accessory, with matching Mango tan block heel shoes as company. Despite these shoes pretty much being the devil and rubbing my feet into oblivion, I was rather fond of this look. A dress like this is ideal when investigating the hundreds of Parisian side streets before you.
SIDE STREET CRUSHIN’
Speaking of which, I had to mention just how much I adored all of the divine buildings sprinkled all over the place. With endless arrays of elegant balconies and classic window shutters, it’s hard not to gaze at them all day. Sounds odd when talking so lustfully over some buildings, but it really does infuse such a unique characteristic to your surroundings. Here a few I couldn’t help but admire…
Arguably one of the most prestigious landmarks in the world, it really is breath taking seeing it in person. Of course, you see it in films, photos, etc… But when you catch a glimpse of the tremendous Tower with your own eyes for the first time, it’s hard not to feel amazed. While we explored, I often caught it peeping through the trees or buildings, and it felt like I was seeing it for the first time all over again. I’m sure locals must be so tired of seeing tourists be so infatuated by something they see day in, day out, but it there’s something about it that truly captivates you…
While looking at the Tower itself is mesmerising enough, the views when you venture to the top are something that words cannot describe. Imagine falling in love with a city in seconds, only to then view it from above in all of its glory. It sounds ever so cliche, but was breathtaking in every sense of the word.
Oh, and at night it’s not too shabby either…
ARC DE TRIOMPHE
A very busy section of Paris due to being located so close to the road, the Arc de Triomphe was just as breathtaking as the Eiffel. It’s hard to imagine just how big these beautiful landmarks are until they are proudly stood right before you, claiming your wonder and infatuation within seconds…
It truly is a stunning piece of architecture, one that can be admired from afar or up close, you will fail to resist the urge to admire it regardless.
Another stupendous must-see landmark – It really is a challenge to find the words to describe its remarkable assets and presence. A trip inside is one hundred percent worth it – even if you are not religious (like me) it’s not hard to be moved by the glorious interior. You may find an unexpected new-found interest of the holy history behind the cathedral – you can almost feel the devotion within the spiritual atmosphere from the moment you set foot inside.
Ah. The lovely Louvre. My only regret of our trip is not heading over to the Louvre sooner – we didn’t realise it was so close to closing time, and we had to cut our admiration of the art short. A shame, but we managed to look at some stunning pieces during our visit. However, we failed to find that old gal Mona Lisa (if you’ve heard of her…)
I was besotted with all of the ceiling artwork – I was in absolute awe. I could’ve stayed and admired the pieces for hours on end – each one was different, with so much depth and beauty that I couldn’t even imagine trying to describe to you with words.
They withheld so much beauty that with all honesty, I didn’t feel worthy of standing beneath them. It felt like a dream – a lovely, angelic dream.
JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG
As Tame Impala fans, a trip to Jardin du Luxembourg for a quick snap of the Lonerism album artwork location was inevitable. We even met an American man who was there for the same reason. It felt somewhat odd staring at it in person – to some it’s simply just a gate and a sign, but when you’re so used to seeing it purely as the artwork for an incredible album, it’s pretty awesome to see it in the flesh.
So that’s a wrap…
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading into our little adventure to Paris. Merci for reading!
Until next time,
Lucy Violet x