As I cleaned out my closet at my parent’s house this past weekend, I found random journal entries and magazines from my last trip to Paris. Reading all of these entries made me think back to Paris and ways I could bring parts back to home.
Although I can’t go back to wine tasting with my best friend in a beautiful castle cellar, I can sure go through flashbacks in small ways. When I lived in Paris, every wine I tried and loved costed under five euros so I’m always searching for a wine that will take me back to that summer.
Also, I still try to find foreign films on Netflix to keep up with the language. Also love fashion? Try the “Yves Saint Laurent,” film that was directed by Jalil Lespert. This film on the muse was a great representation, and made me want to not only live in Paris, but live in Paris in the 60’s. Try these jammies for a night in with a bottle of Rosé from Provence, and, boom, you’ll be transported to France. If going out is your style, try Pardon My French for brunch or Raclette for dinner in New York.
There are more and more French brands coming to the states, as well. The one trend I do hate is graphic tees with French words on them, especially when the wearer doesn’t know the translation. Everyone has been talking about French brand Kenzo for HM, especially on Refinery29, and here I am also, foaming at the mouth waiting to grab some come November. More gushing to come when Paris Fashion Week begins in mid-September.
I cannot believe that the summer is already burning out, and fall styles are hitting the stores. I’m that one girl who always seems to start wearing the season’s clothing late in the game because I always love prolonging summer styles. I agree with Free People on this “Endless Summer” concept because I love it so much. I think that if you have classic items such as satin shorts or conservative cover-ups, they will still translate in between seasons with added scarves, cardigans and booties. A great way to ensure that you’re ready for fall is to soak up as much summer as possible, that’s at least what I’ll be doing!
If I could live in a bikini and sarong most of my days, I would be content. This brings me to discuss vacation options for the rest of summer and the long Labor Day weekend. Although I’ll be doing more a low-key beach stay this Labor Day, I’m more than excited to lounge in the sun with a cool drink in my hand (with a fun personalized stirrer or garnish would be even better)!
There are many inexpensive vacations that one can explore such as Santa Barbara or Greece. Although the airfare could be expensive, try this layover website to search for flights that are timed so you can do a day excursion while in the layover city. Airbnb is the way to go if you’re trying to save money, and I love the personal vibe that you get when you’re staying in the heart of a city amongst locals. When I lived in Paris last summer through Airbnb, I stayed in the 8th arrondisement in a tiny studio (with no AC!), but I loved it because I was living amongst locals, and I was a few blocks from the Champs-Élysées.
Who said Champs-Élysées? That question brings me to the most important part of a vacation, big or small. Don’t forget to go shopping, although this isn’t necessarily the bargain part of the trip…Try searching the exchange rate right before you go away and always look for local markets or where the locals shop. I will definitely be shopping since I’ll be in the states come Labor Day weekend with sidewalk sales galore- when stores are practically giving away summer styles. Whether you’re soaking up the sun or taking part in a different summer adventure, I hope yours will be endless!