expectation vs reality: what to wear in paris


good evening guys, well i guess it’s officially morning now since it’s about 2:30am. i’m leaving for paris in the morning and have been tying up all the endless loose ends. i’ll be away for about 3 weeks so there’s a lot to do and packing has been something i postponed till the last minute, thinking i had that, at least, down pat. normally i’m a pretty goood packer but for some reason this trip i seem to be suffering from over-packing syndrome and can’t seem to get it together. my bag must be 60 lbs already! i’ll be in the city and then down south so that means a really varied wardrobe from casual to chic. paris is a city that even in summer makes you want to represent as far as style. it asks you to bust out your sunday best and yet wear it as casually as possible. i’d love to be one of those great street style gals but now am thinking, what really makes the outfit? it’s not the quantity, that’s for sure. before i zip my bag i wanted to give it one last edit so i took a stroll thru my pinterest style board just now. heck, pinterest is practically my very own closet, since i’ve been saving dream looks to it for a year or more. thought i’d share a little of what i discovered just now about paring down some of the bulk in my suitcase, and going from aspirational to attainable. these first photos are sort of inspiration and the second set is what i may be able to pull off. should have done this days ago. sigh. well if you’re traveling, hope this helps!


i’m not going to a ball. even if there is one i won’t be neededing a ballgown, or stillettos. not that i’m packing quite that crazy but i may have some fancy stuff i don’t need to bring…


i do wish i had a super cool jacket from somewhere exotic and will keep my eye out for one.


it would be great to have a perfect white shirt with frenchie details


a little black dress with sleeves is chic. and the heels are great, but mine would have gotten stuck in that train track behind her. murphy’s law.


blazers set a tone, like you’ve really got it all together, even with just a white tee underneath. i’d better pull out a couple even though it’s june…the forecast is pretty chilly and now that i think about it, didn’t even pack one


she’s super chic and simple in a white tank and skirt with skinny belt


and these airport looks are glam but i think flats and loose clothes are the way to go to relax, eat and sleep


a white skirt is chic, whether it’s long or short and so is a long sleeve black shirt


paris is the place to play with fashion and push design boundaries


the perfect LBD is a must


of course, so is being ready for anything which in this case means having the right accessories…glasses and a good bag


it would be so much fun to be these glam girls but now reality is setting in…



wait, actually yes i do have something to wear…in fact i probably have some version of all those things. and i didn’t pack any of them! where’s my black tank?



i have a hat and glasses, i’ll restart with that.


and pull out my long sleeve black top and stretchy skirt


and long white skirt


and ballet flats


i have a khaki dress, that can stay


and a clutch, watch, bracelet



comfort is key, maybe i should pack my converse after all



and i said no to my jean shorts but maybe one pair would  be oka39f0ea714030428baccea1e13aa0ba5



do i have a black blouse? no but i can fudge that



i do have white shorts, so easy to wear with white or a dark shirt. stick with solids.


white tops


a simple white tanks look great under anything


and i do have a couple white tops of course


a tank, a button down…funny that NoNe of this is what i packed.



well i do have a boho bag like this


white jeans, check


dark blazer, wide belt, v neck tee


colorful blazer


and where is my LBD?





jackets…have them…didn’t pack em


but…my mom sent me some vintage scarves she’s had since the 70s so i’m definitely bringing those. ok it’s official. i’m about to go unpack and hit the reset button.


my new rule when i put anything in the suitcase now will be the kiss principle…keep it simple.


and lighten up! thanks for letting me work it out…good night!


June 9, 2015. Fashion, France, Life, Paris, Paris Trip. 17 comments.

weekend warrior


hi gang, hope you’re in the throes of a great saturday. i’m starting to remember why weekeknds were invented and have spent a peaceful few hours absolutely no agenda. that said, i’m ready to rock and roll after a bit of a respite. i’ve been trying to refine what i can control and actually noticed changes right away in all areas. what surprised me was that i was in a rut and had no idea.  it wasn’t till my friends rearranged the apartment last night that i realized that i have a tendency to keep things status quo. once something was in place i was hesitant to change it around. i’ve been moving things around since i could slide an armoire so it was a bit of a shock. the decor is not perfect but i’m inspired with my bed now facing east and my head is not against windows (mom’s pet peve) which now can open!


now that the chi is flowing, i’m noticing what’s been blocked. the first is that i miss ye ol’ pen and paper. have you stopped writing as much since we got smart phones? it’s rare to even find a pen half the time. with pen and pad i’ll make and take notes, jot down phrases, ideas, designs and great things people say. in my quest for refinement in things i have control over, i’m boycotting the multi-task feature in my brain. focusing on one thing and doing it well has been an interesting struggle but it’s paying off  by forcing me to double check my work and stop rushing (what is all the rushing about anyway)?, work with precision and be more conscientious on all levels. everything can be done if we make time for it. i just came across this from  live and love richly:

    1. Write out a weekly list.
       We overestimate what we can accomplish in a day and understimate what we can accomplish in a week. However, for me I still overestimate what I can accomplish in a week. Now when I write out my weekly to do list I identify the top three most important things that I want to accomplish at work that week. Before I would list 9 or 10. I wasn’t completing tasks. Then I identify things that need to get done that week, or projects that I want to work on. Keep it simple. Just six major things in your business. Some of these tasks may take time each day and may have several mini action steps in them.
    2. Integrate work-life balance into your weekly list. Include the rest of your life in your to do list. The reason many of us never get to the rest of our life is because we give priority to planning our work lives.We have to bring the same discipline into planning our fun time and free time. If we don’t I guarantee it will be taken up by something else.Often because we haven’t decided what we want to do, and because we tend to value our work more than we do our free time. Include household projects. Make a list of the important areas in your life. Health, Finances, Spiritual, Friends Family, community
    3. Include lifestyle prosperity in your list. Now think about what would really make your heart sing this week. What would be fun? Maybe you need to relax, maybe you don’t need any more fun and stimulation. Would fun involve getting together with friends, or having an evening out with your spouse? Or would it involve having some alone time and just being quite, sipping tea, journaling, watching a movie. Give this some thought when you write out your weekly to do list and decide when you will do it and what you want to do.
    4. Transfer your weekly list to your daily list. Don’t feel like you have to accomplish all your personal goals that are listed on your weekly list, maybe it will take you two weeks. It doesn’t mean that every week you have to accomplish something regarding heath, spiritual, fun or relationships. The important thing is that there is balance overall, not perfection.
    5. Be willing to be flexible and give yourself breathing room. Give yourself permission to be inspired. To take breaks. Go for a walk, take a nap. Make the process more important than the end result. Make it your goal to end up with energy by the end of the day. Our goal is to check off a certain amount on the list. Make it a goal to choose the things on your list that you feel pulled toward doing.







well i’m going to make time while the sky is blue to conquer this weekend by doing all of the above, mostly number 5…enjoy whatever you’re working on!



May 17, 2014. Life, Living. 11 comments.

happy mother’s day!


it’s a beautiful day to celebrate! happy mother’s day to the most important woman in my life…that’s you, mom!


thank you for showing me such a wondrous world.


you taught me that beauty can be found everywhere when you look for it.


you helped me become an independent thinker, life lover and hard worker.


i hear your words of wisdom all the time.


you’re never far  away, even though we’re apart.


this last photo reminds me of when you used to pull over and dig up wildflowers in fields and bring them home to our enchanted garden! remember to always have a shovel in the car!


i love you, sweet mama! happy day to all you magical moms and daughters!

all photos found here: http://www.pinterest.com/parisapartment/fleurs

May 11, 2014. Holidays, Life, Mother's Day. 13 comments.

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