Take Me to Paris

Paris is the city of love and magic. It is a city that I have wanted to visit ever since I was a little girl, obsessed with all things fashion and fairytales. This past week I finally got the chance to see the monuments that make the city so special and experience a little sliver of the Parisian lifestyle.

While my experience definitely was not like what Lana Del Rey sung about in her song Paris, it was just as special. Sorry Lana, no making out in dark restaurants and staying out late when you are on a family vacation where there’s a 6am wake-up call every morning.

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The first thing I wanted to see when I got to Paris was the Eiffel Tower. Cliché, I know, but this is the icon that represents Paris in every non-Parisian’s mind. Once you see this architectural wonder, that is when you know that you have arrived in the most romanic city in the world.

After a long day of traveling I drug my family through the streets of Paris in order to find an unobstructed view of the tower. Even though they complained the entire way, I refused to give up on finding it. Obviously I couldn’t just take the easy way out and order an Uber right to the area. I needed to find that perfect view on my own, only by wondering through the streets. Eventually, after many winding roads, we ended up in a large park with a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower at sunset. I am a firm believer of taking the roads least traveled by; that is when you end up finding the most beautiful undiscovered treasures!

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While the Eiffel Tower was much smaller than I pictured, it was quite wonderful to see in person. If you have an appreciation for architecture like myself, then you know there really is nothing like it. Sure, it is the symbol of Paris’s beauty, but it is also a work of art in itself. Make sure you pay special attention to the placement of the iron beams when riding the elevator to the top.

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When you think of Paris the second thing that often comes to mind is the Louvre, or perhaps even better known as the museum that houses the Mona Lisa. While I think the Mona Lisa is overrated because of all the tourists it now attracts (but that is another story), the Louvre has a beautiful collection of Greek and Roman sculpture which I have always yearned to see. It still amazes me how these sculptors were able to create movement in their pieces while lacking the advanced tools that we now have.

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Did you really travel to Europe if you didn’t visit a cathedral? Nothing compares to the cathedrals in Europe. Nothing. Each one tells a similar story but in a completely different way. The Notre-Dame in Paris is no exception to that. Similar to the Greek and Roman sculptures, it blows my mind to think about how artists of the past were able to sculpt works of art like these. They are so grand that their building process is completely unfathomable to think about.

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And last, but not least, you cannot leave Paris without trying some Ladurée macarons. Believe me, macarons in Paris really do taste better than macaroons anywhere else. They are the perfect treat after traveling to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, which is right around the corner. After climbing 284 steps, you sure earned the right to indulge in some sweet treats!

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Paris is a city that gives you a new experience every time you visit it. Your experience all depends on what you do and who you are with. I hope to someday experience the city with best friends as well as someone I love. I will eat crêpes in the beautiful parks below the Eiffel Tower and socialize at the sidewalk cafés while drinking champagne. I will have a picnic by the Seine with a good book that I bought at a local bookshop. It is amazing how endless the possibilities of exploring a new city are. À la prochaine, Paris!

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And the Summertime Sadness Sets In…

Summer is soon coming to an end and as Lana Del Rey once sang, “I’ve got that summertime, summertime sadness”. I know I speak for all of us when I say I am going to miss the sun setting at 8:30pm, endless ice cream cones and beach trips. Nothing compares to watching the sun set over the edge of the ocean, lobster roll in hand.

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As each season ends I think it is important to reflect on how we have changed and the person we have shaped into over the past few months. This summer I got to call the Upper West Side my home for a month, living in New York City completely on my own for the first time. From this experience I have learned just how happy one can be by being in their favorite place and being completely independent. I often found myself running along the Hudson River at night, so thankful for where I was and the opportunities given to me.

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Living in New York City and working at EILEEN FISHER (which I talk about more here), has been a growing experience where I have learned more about myself than I ever knew. I like to think that my summer embodied Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” album. The songs in the album touch on being fearless and living your life for yourself, without any care of the opinions of others.

I can honestly say that I lived this summer for me. I enjoyed dinner at one of my favorite restaurants with simply a book as my company. I tried a new fitness class every day through ClassPass (FlyWheel will always be my favorite). I ran around the city working one job to the next.

Not only did I channel a Lana Del Rey attitude, but I also let her style inspire mine. She is casual yet glamorous with a vintage flare. She is known for wearing beautifully colored tropical patterns (her Coachella 2015 look will always be a favorite of mine). Lana is not afraid to express herself with her unique fashion sense. This tropical mini skirt, bell-sleeved top and copper sandals embody my summer.

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As we enter this coming fall I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and live a fearless life. Take the risks you have been too afraid to take. Do something that makes you happy, without worrying about pleasing others. It is amazing how much we can discover about ourselves when we live new experiences and do things for our own happiness.

 

Architecture as Fashion

In the fashion industry designers are inspired by all different mediums in their surroundings, whether it is a painting, a song, an individual’s street style, or a building. Architecture is a prominent inspiration for different types of art because it is an art in itself. I have always had an eye for beautiful buildings, analyzing just how that artist envisioned that structure on paper or the entire process of engineering that went into creating it. It is both a science and an art form.

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When I was exploring Riviera Maya, Mexico I was instantly drawn to the color and style of this church. It may have been because yellow is my favorite color and instantly pulls me back to the walls of my childhood bedroom, but there is something about it that is so visually pleasing, instantly soothing and inspiring the soul. Before I visited Mexico this was exactly what I pictured a traditional building to look like.

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The vibes I got when I was around this building were the same vibes I imagine avid festival-goers feeling at Coachella. They are in the middle of the desert, surrounded by their favorite music and people with the same care-free, fun spirits as themselves. I was in a brand new country, taking in the difference of culture, surrounded by others who were also vacationing to escape the busy reality of their everyday lives.

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For this reason, I am obsessed with anything relating to music festivals. Festivals connect people in the same way vacations and culture do. I stalked every hashtag on all social media sites referencing anything Coachella-related last spring in the hopes that it would feel like I was enjoying the experience with the festival-goers. My favorite singer, Lana Del Rey, performed, so naturally I was inclined to this serious stalk session. It is hard to put my love for Lana Del Rey into words; if you are my friend, you know how much I admire and adore her and her music.

After her performance I began actively searching for the outfit she wore during her set, a 70s-inspired, tropical floral mini dress, similar to the dress she wore in her Shades of Cool music video. I was so desperate to find a dress similar to this that I made my own. I went to my local Goodwill and searched to find the perfect bright, vintage floral print. Of course the dress made out of this fabric was four sizes too big with a long boxy cut and shoulder pads. I created my own dress pattern and used the cut-up scraps of this dress to create my Lana-inspired mini dress.

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Of course, fast forward a few months later, I find this dress at the Forever 21 in Soho. It is the exact same cut as the dress I fell in love with and spent so much time sewing myself. And for a small price tag of $27…The moment I bought it I knew I had to wear it to Mexico.

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I paired the dress with my favorite chunky, wooden heels from Nastygal to make it seem as if I was a model stepping out of a vintage photograph. To make the look more modern, since we obviously are no longer in the 70s, I added this gold, beaded body chain. Pairing this under any shirt or dress that shows skin is instant sex appeal (1970s Fifty Shades of Grey?). There’s nothing sexier than a chain draping over an exposed slice of skin.

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Let the colors of Mexico and vintage floral print inspire your next festival outfits. With whatever you wear, as long as it expresses who you are as a person and inspires you just as the music does, you can’t go wrong. I will hopefully be attending Governor’s Ball this summer in New York City, showing you more indie, bohemian fashion.