Autumn is fast approaching, even though I’d desperately holding onto jackets-not-coats and bare legs-not-tights for dear life. Here is a selection of my favourite transitional pieces from the new arrivals for Autumn/Winter 2015.
Dressing for Paris in the at the height of summer can prove to be difficult, starting with the scorching heat in the busiest areas of tourist-laden locations, staying cool is paramount. Cobbled streets in Paris are a feast for the eyes, but a beast for the feet – especially if, like me, you live in sandals in the summer. So staying cool, comfortable and still dressed up enough to feel nice is a formula that’s not so easy to put together. Below is a little rundown of the outfits I wore for our three-day trip.
Devouring the best hot chocolate in the world (fact), witnessing spectacular views with my own eyeballs of one of the world’s most beautiful cities, shopping on one of the most famous boulevards in the world, lunching like Carrie Bradshaw, standing in front of the world’so most famous, priceless piece of art and tasting some of France’s finest wines all contribute to day two of our unforgettable trip to Paris…
Breakfast at Angelina was a breakfast for champions – a separate blog post on the restaurants we visited whilst in Paris is to follow so I won’t go into too much detail, however the hot chocolate deserves a special shoutout for just being totally bae.
Walking through the Jardin du Luxembourg was interesting, mainly because we were lost in the scorching heat looking for a way to get out and jump into a taxi (which were positively non-existent resulting in U.S. Trudging round cobbled streets in seriously hot temperatures with the sun burning through our SPF50. Beautiful though, I’d never complain about having to walk around the gorgeous streets of Paris, even if it was almost 35 degrees Celsius at 9:30am.
We finally managed to grab a taxi to the Arc de Triumphe/Champs Élysées, which, for me, was a surprising highlight of the whole trip. First of all, anyone under the age of 24 goes free, FREE. Who knew that word even existed anymore? But mainly, the views from the Arc de Triumphe were even better than those from the Eiffel Tower because, wait for it, you actually get to see the Eiffel Tower. I would definitely recommend anyone to go up the Arc, (if you can manage the hundreds of steps up a spiral staircase to the top, that is) the views were breathtaking, much more so in real life than any photo could capture.
Shopping along the Champs Élysées was always going to be high up on our agenda, I have been here twice before and if I’m honest, once you’ve been there you’ve kind of done it. The shops are pretty much the same as in anywhere in the UK, with a few exceptions, mainly being SEPHORA (the motherland) which seemed to somehow grab me and pull me in and brainwashed me into spending too much money on cosmetics that I didn’t need. Don’t know how that happened. I’m pretty sure they pump some sort of narcotic or something into the store as you walk in that forces you to make irrational purchases.
We’d planned on visiting KONG for lunch even before we had planned the actual trip, even before booking flights and the hotel. That is how much we wanted to be Carrie Bradshaw. Having featured in Sex and the City (the episodes where Carrie is living in Paris with the creepy Russian) we naturally walked in feeling super sophisticated and fancy free with our sweaty, sun beaten tourist faces and myriad shopping bags filled with aforementioned unnecessary purchases. I’ll go into more detail on the food in an upcoming post.
THE LOUVRE, first of all, we hadn’t anticipated quite how stinkingly HUGE The Louvre actually is, to the point where we turned up 45 minutes before closing time and it took us that long to find the freaking Mona Lisa. Finally found her, (by following the crowds of sweaty tourists with their God-forsaken selfie sticks) took a photo for Instagram in what is possibly the most 2015 way of documenting the fact that we were standing in front of the world’s greatest piece of artwork, and got ourselves out of the mass of human beings and into a much appreciated A/C’s cab back to the hotel.
After that we needed to cool off and shower the day off before dinner at XVIe Avenue.
So that was day two of our trip, one more day left! It was by far the most exciting and possibly successful day of the trip, we started the day off with the world’s greatest hot chocolate and ended it sipping wine from the world’s most renowned vineyards. Successful day all round.
I picked this shirt up from Zara last weekend and I really love it, it’s so versatile and goes with so many things. The cardigan is a wraparound in grey that i also bought in black. I had a similar one from H&M from a couple of years ago that I wore so much that its poor life ended after much love. The necklace is one that I’ve featured on here before, it’s a really cool coin charm necklace from H&M. There seems to be a Zara/H&M theme going on here….
Summer is here (although the grey clouds and low temperatures here in England suggest otherwise) which means it’s time to revamp our Winter wardrobes – If you live in most other countries you would’ve done this months ago, but this is the land where Spring and Autumn do not exist; the months simply seem to have no definition. Below are my top picks for Spring and Summer – I am absolutely loving the new collection from & Other Stories, I want every single piece!
Okay so ‘leopard and fur’ might be a tad misleading. When I hear those two scary-sounding adjectives I think of Teresa Guidice of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. But of course I have impeccable taste and wouldn’t be seen dead in anything less than covetable…
So anyway, my jeans are from H&M, and the furry trainers are from
Topshop. I jumped on the slip-on sneaker bandwagon, finally, after deciding I have no comfortable shoes which are attractive enough to be seen out of the house with.
even though I have three pairs of Converse and multiple other flats that are stylish and comfortable, but they’re not new so they don’t count okay?
Word to the wise, the jeans come up tiny so be warned that you will need to get them in a size or two bigger than you usually would be. Only a 4 year-old would get their arse into a UK 6 in those.
Whilst my dwindling bank balance dwindles into an oblivion, I thought I’d share an outfit that I recently purchased that helped dwindle away my bank balance. This top and skirt duo are from H&M as part of their Spring collection, and whilst the whole crop-top-and-pencil-skirt thing is all very Kardashian-esque I decided to buy into the trend. Despite it “officially” being Spring, the weather outside is still freezing coat-scarf-boots weather so I don’t think I’ll be wearing this outfit until perhaps July (let’s hope not), but at least that gives me enough time to perfect my currently non-existant abs in preparation for the belly-baring ensemble.
Following on from my post last night showcasing those goooooorgeous necklaces from Pinterest I felt inspired as I got dressed this morning. I have on my H&M coin necklace (underneath) and my Zara necklace (also the one everyone raved about because a certain Kate Middleton wore it, yawn.). Both are available to buy now both online and in stores.
With my whole day of lectures and seminar cancelled due to INSANE weather conditions, I decided to wander around the park in Epsom today with my new camera and my new cape (blog post coming later on that gem). Probably looked a bit like the kidnapper in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in all black errthang with a cape and a camera. But let’s not dwell on my suspiciously weirdo-like attire and focus on the main point of why I was
strolling trekking through my local park. Because of the ridiculous and rather obnoxious storms of yesterday, I was unable to go out and take photos of the Autumnal scenery of Epsom. Okay, I’m making it sound a lot more fluffy that it is. It’s a park with some trees and a pond and ducks, K? K.