AU REVOIR PARIS!

DAY THREE
So our third day in Paris started as the day before did, with fabulous food in a famous café, today’s was Café du Flore in the Saint Germain district. We then went on to explore a bit of Saint Germain in the only way two fashion girls know how – the shops. The H&M in Saint Germain is the best one I’ve ever been to, even better than the good ones in London, however I ended up buying a pair of leather trousers which sounds great, but I challenge any of you to try on leather trousers in 35 degree heat in a hot changing room in an upper floor of a busy H&M. It was a pull-them-up-turn-around-in-the-mirror-pull-them-down motion that took all of 3 seconds.

Today was so hot that we decided to head back to the hotel to cool down for 10 minutes before heading to the Notre Dame cathedral. Turns out the queue was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long in the hot sun to be even worth trying so we took some selfies in front of the cathedral like the little Instagram whores that we are and took a stroll around the cobbled back streets instead. Here we found the most quintessentially Parisian garden with rows of perfecting groomed trees next to a canal with iron bridges and a live band playing near a fountain. If that doesn’t scream Parisian then I don’t know what does.

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FullSizeRender-2 copy 16After that we headed back to the hotel for our final dinner in Paris (post to come), before catching a stomach bug and flying back to London the next day… Stomach bug aside, we had such a fabulous trip, Paris is one damn beautiful city, one that I can’t ever imagine tiring of.

Last selfie of the trip... Making the most of that perfect early evening light that Paris is famous for.

Last selfie of the trip… Making the most of that perfect early evening light that Paris is famous for.

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I LOVE YOU, PARIS

DAY TWO
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…

Waking up to this view every morning is probably the one thing I will miss most about Paris...

Waking up to this view every morning is probably the one thing I will miss most about Paris…

Hayley and I basking in the fabulous lighting...

Hayley and I basking in the fabulous lighting…

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.

A truly Instagram-able breakfast.

A truly Instagram-able breakfast.

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.

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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.

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Champs-Elysées

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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.

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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.

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hannah_stocking on Snapchat...

hannah_stocking on Snapchat…

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A bride and groom!!! In the taxi on the way back to the hotel.

A bride and groom!!! In the taxi on the way back to the hotel.

After that we needed to cool off and shower the day off before dinner at XVIe Avenue.

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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.

MY HANDBAG ESSENTIALS

DSC_0112It has to be said that I am rather fussy when it comes to the contents of my handbag, I like everything to have its place so that I can reach exactly for that thing at a moment’s notice. My iPhone is the same, I have all of my apps and photos in folders clearly labeled with what they hold. Perhaps I’m anal? Over-organised? Have-no-life? Possibly all three, but anyway here is the contents of my handbag…

DSC_0121The handbag that I’m using at the moment and considering my “summer bag”, although sadly the weather isn’t committing to it as efficiently as I, is by Nadia Minkoff. It’s such a cute bag for Summer and the lining is just as gorgeous…

DSC_0122Obviously first to mention of the actual contents is the most important: Beauty products. Here I’m being fancy and showing off my delicious new Chanel lipstick, but I generally carry around whichever lipstick I’m wearing that day. I also carry around a perfume dispenser (mine is from Sephora) which is such a handy device. You basically just decant your perfume into it and you can take it with you on the go so you don’t have to worry about carrying around full bottles of perfume. As you can see, it is the same size as a lipstick so really convenient.

DSC_0116I always carry a notebook around with me in my handbag, I find that writing notes in an actual book is much more tangible and satisfying that making a quick note on your phone. This leather notebook is from Home Sense.

DSC_0114Boring items to mention: obviously my purse and keys, I mean that’s a no brainer, right? My purse is from TKMaxx (doesn’t have a brand name on it, sorry!).

DSC_0117And last but not least, my life savers. My iPhone and my Filofax. We may have established by now that I’m a bit of an organisational freak so I like to keep my Filofax with me at all times, mine is the Filofax Pocket in Finsbury leather. My phone is the iPhone 4S.
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