Paris: A Photo Diary

“Then, Paris:

Misty, blurred, bright. Feeling like your entire existence is on black and white film. Water hangs in the air, suspended indefinitely just above pavement and cobblestones. Angry Frenchmen pay me no attention as they scurry down sidewalks; places to go and baguettes to eat.

Romance is everywhere; it fills rooms and dominates energies. Romance for lovers, romance for adventure, romance for all the enlightening sights and sounds I’ve discovered. This city’s romance knows no bounds. It’s not just for the couples; Paris is for the romantics, paired or not.

When I think of you, Paris, I will think of delicate lace, wet cobblestones, and too much bread. I will wistfully remember the clicking of heels on streets at 4 am. Laughter over a bottle of wine and a rude waiter. Speechlessness when I want to say something, and moments when I didn’t feel the need at all – like that night we watched the Eiffel Tower light up in all of her splendor.

I will always remember the day you served me all of my idols on a silver platter, walking down the street following a fashion show I will one day attend. The empowerment I felt in that moment, it can only be felt in a city like you.

Getting lost in your city streets didn’t taste like panic like it usually does; it felt like freedom vibrating across my skin and the rain acted as my guide. I explored with an intensity, feverishly eager for all the knowledge and experiences you had to offer.

Paris, most importantly you taught me that my greatest love is and will always will be with myself. Me and only me. I and only I can teach myself what I am worth. And Paris, with you I am worth everything.” – Journal entry, March 4th, 2017.

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What I Wore: Paris

Madewell Coat, & Other Stories Skirt and Bag, Urban Outfitters Boots

If you follow me on Instagramyou probably already know that I was in Paris this past weekend (yes, during Paris Fashion Week!). While I’m not yet cool enough to attend any shows, that doesn’t mean I didn’t partake in the fashion delirium taking place. The city was stylistically thriving (even more than usual) and this refreshing state of mind certainly guided my approach to dressing throughout the trip. The quintessential Parisian effortlessness that everybody talks about – it’s there, and it’s real.

I think there’s an element of trust between fashion and the French that the rest of us don’t experience; we spend precious minutes out of our day tucking and re-tucking shirts, re-tousling our hair, striving to achieve the perfect look. But the effortlessness of the French comes from them knowing that whatever garments they put on their back will indeed look more chic the less they are fussed with. They can’t afford to waste a moment double checking themselves – they have too many baguettes to eat and too little time.

I’m still trying to maintain that Paris state of mind when dressing back in Edinburgh and forever will, but there’s a spirit that exists in the city of style’s origin that’s hard to come by anywhere else. Until next time, I [wistfully] suppose.

Anyways, here’s what I wore. Let me know how I did.

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Madewell Coat, & Other Stories Bag, Zara Pants, Dr. Martens Boots
Vintage Jacket, Free People Hat, Dr. Martens Boots, & Other Stories Bag, Levi’s Jeans
H&M Shirt, Levi’s Jeans, Urban Outfitters Boots

September

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In an unexpected turn of events, I’ve chosen an outfit filled with cool tones just as we head into fall. I suspect that a hint of nostalgia for the summer months had something to do with the choice of ensemble, but who’s to say.

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Nostalgic as I am, however, I am beyond ready for fall. I’m slightly tired of having my makeup melt off in the humidity of Montreal and I’m more than a little excited to be wearing 4 layers again. (With boots, such as these incredible snakeskin beauties that I snagged this summer at a killer price)

I guess this look is the middle ground between these two, very conflicting, tendencies.

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Outside Lands 2016: The Complete Planning Guide

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This week I’ve been busy getting excited for my weekend at the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco! I just landed this morning and I am already loving the sunshine and prepping for this weekend with friends. (I’m currently sitting next to my hostess as she plans her outfits). We’re getting hyped for the weekend with this playlist, featuring artists from the lineup:

Since I had to pack to get here, I had to plan my festival vibes a little while back. I put together a couple of potential looks using some of my favorite new pieces! My inspiration was definitely more colorful and vibrant than usual – I’m mixing patterns, textures, and colors like there’s no tomorrow. I brought all these pieces because I feel like I can combine them however I want. The following are only 3 of the infinite possibilities:

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Zara Jacket, Citizens of Humanity Jeans, BP Scarf, Free People Boots and Brami
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Fjallraven Kanken Backpack, BP Hat, Free People Coat, Bodysuit and Skirt
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Madewell Skirt, Urban Outfitters Swimsuit, Forever 21 Backpack, Steve Madden Sandals
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Mario Badescu Facial Spray, Free People Earring Set

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As for what I’m bringing to the festival, I’m keeping it as light and streamlined as possible. Keeping it minimal keeps it simple and light – no need for back pain to ruin the day! My belongings for the weekend will be as follows:

  1. Fjallraven Kanken Backpack (Mini!)
  2. Coach wallet
  3. Portable phone charger
  4. Rosebud lip balm
  5. Kylie Cosmetics Lipkit (Posie K)
  6. Rayban Aviators
  7. Film Camera + spare rolls (35 mm)

*Phone and water bottles go without saying.

Are you guys going to outside lands?! Tell me in the comments! (Can’t wait to see you there!)

Expect follow up posts soon!