Dec 16, 2014

Old and new favorites

Apparently my closet has been missing out on having a super thick knitted sweater – until now, that is. With this one (by Maska and sold by A Boy Named Sue), I can throw caution to the wind and wear my Max Mara spring-weight coat in winter and be totally warm and cozy. I missed the boat on getting a new winter coat this season, so I've been trying to wear this green coat whenever possible. Now, all I want are chunky sweaters to tide me over NYC's impending winter. It really does make such a difference.

This is also probably the most colorful you'll ever catch me. It's so hard for me to not want to wear black and grey all winter (er, I mean all-year round), but I suppose a little color won't kill me.

Sweater / Pants / Tote / Scarf / Coat (similar)

Dec 12, 2014

A Saturday in Paris

There was one beautiful day in Paris on this last trip – of course it was also the day I slept in from jet lag! But what can you do but embrace what's left of the day? I think some 9+ miles were walked this day (if my iPhone health app is accurate at all). Below are some scenes from the day, from the smoker across the street from the AirBnB, to spying on neighbors' units later at night and the beautiful streets of Paris in between.

It's hard to go wrong with Paris and black and white.

Dec 10, 2014

Bits from Paris

It's no secret that shopping in Paris is terribly fun and dangerous, especially with the Euro as cheap as it has been recently. I was feeling a little extra indulgent as I recently just spent my birthday over there. Over the past two and half years, I've been lucky enough to visit the city four times now. To me, there's almost something easy and comfortable about returning there. I never feel pressured to cram my schedule, because I know I'll be back soon enough. I spend my days there just as how I would spend a leisurely day in NYC – walking a ton, having long lunches, and visiting my favorite shops.

From this trip, I picked up a few more goodies from the usual suspects: Astier, Byredo, magazines from Colette, the new Halzan bag from Hermes, and a varsity jacket from APC.

My favorite Parisian, Nicolas of Telescope Cafe (which I wrote about way back when), gave me one of the best birthday gifts ever – these darn cute ceramic cups that Le Petit Atelier had made for Telescope a while back. On my last visit to Paris, I had been trying to get my ass over to Le Petit Atelier but found that they had closed up the shop. These made me so ridiculously happy, and they will be well used for sure.

I'm a complete sucker for Byredo packaging. They make such good props too that I couldn't resist a new hand cream and a candle from their holiday line. The cardamome scent is complex and heavenly.

It's almost too pretty burn. Almost.