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.

6 States, 6 Days: Part I

So, my family (minus my brother & my sister, so really just my parents, Tucker, and myself) just finished a 6-day road trip through 6 states. What kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t post about it?

Here’s Part IThe {First} Photodiary.

I say the first photodiary, because this was a long road trip and with that comes a lot of picture-taking. Here is the first stretch of the trip – from Napa, CA to Sun Valley, ID, we drove over 13 hours in one day to reach our first destination.

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@meganmunroe: “Somewhere in Nevada”

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The drive was gorgeous in parts and ugly in others – but needless to say, we were thankful to arrive in Sun Valley that evening to a stunning Airbnb. (I didn’t get any pictures, but check out The Lodge in Hailey, ID!) The nature was beautiful, and we were spoiled with breathtaking weather during our stay.

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Sun Valley, Idaho

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Adam’s Gulch Trailhead / Sun Valley, Idaho
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Huck & Paddle / Ketchum, Idaho

The town of Ketchum was as quaint as the mountains were awe-inspiring. While we truly got the sense that Ketchum was a real town for real residents, we never ran out of things to do or new people to meet! We found this cute little shop, Huck & Paddle, and ate at some seriously yummy restaurants.

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Picked up in Sun Valley:

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Raspberrys Restaurant / Ketchum Idaho

Look out for Part II coming at you guys soon – this next one is an outfit post!

xx

NYC Photo Diary

As promised in my last post: a complete NYC 2-Day Extravaganza Photo Diary.

Above all, it must be noted how absolutely gorgeous upstate New York is in the fall. I realize I’m probably really late to the party on this one but I had to note it.

On our first full day, we explored Brooklyn in the morning, getting coffee and of course stopping at Beacon’s closet – hands down the best thrift store I’ve ever been to. Found an unused Loeffler Randall bag, a full 3.1 Phillip Lim suit, Dior Jacket, Missoni heels – the works. It was amazing. *sighs* I love New York.
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After we got back to the island we walked around Soho, and met up with one of my best friends from home! Sadly I didn’t get a picture with her, but you really have no reason to mistrust me on the matter so I’ll leave it at that. We shot an outfit post, and managed to get this picture of me pondering ~stuff~ in front of a classic NYC cab.

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So that was Sunday. On Monday, we totally switched gears and dove head first into the Uptown Experience, window shopping on 5th Avenue and munching at Fred’s (in Barney’s New York), along with a restaurant full of “ladies at lunch.” Here’s what I wore:

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Zara Blouse, Free People Jeans, Free People Boots
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The actual coat of my dreams, given it’s practically a replica of Ms. Penny Lane’s (*swoon*).

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After lunch, a stroll along Central Park, and a quick stop by the Plaza for a photo-op, we finally headed back downtown to hang in Greenwich Village. We got coffee, looked at puppies (check the adorable puggle below), and generally just tried to forget we’d be headed back to reality the next day.

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A quick outfit change:

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Topshop Top / Topshop Blazer / Free People Jeans / Converse / Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag

As a last hoorah, we traveled to the Meatpacking District and hopped on the High Line bandwagon. We watched the sun set over skylines, and soaked in the last rays of New York sunshine we could. The trip was too short, but I guess that just means I’ll have to go back sooner than I thought.

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Photo Diary: Experimenting with Film

My mom’s old Minolta 35 mm film camera has been sitting on my shelf, virtually unused, for almost 5 years now. In April, upon arriving home with unlimited summer inspiration, I decided I would finally really break it out for some experimentation. Throughout the summer, I brought this trusty camera with me on all my adventures, only planning on taking a couple of photos on each excursion. Here are (some of) the results:

Scan 9

Scan 16

Scan 6

Scan 18

Scan 30

Scan 12

Scan 20

Scan 27

Scan 4

 After 4 months of usage, it’s safe to say that I’ll be using this camera until it practically crumbles apart in my hands. I have grown to love using film on adventures, for many reasons. The primary reason? It truly allows you to enjoy the moment, taking in the experience rather than worrying about getting the perfect shot. If you’re not worrying about framing the perfect photograph, chances are the one picture you did take will capture the moment just perfectly.

xx