around the world 80 days

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bonjour tout le monde, coming to you from gay paree! i spent the last few days at the flea market with clients from perth, australia who are buying for their antique business which will be set in a gorgeous church they’re converting into a store.

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i promised to keep it hush hush for now and will be blogging more about it when it’s ready to go. but i couldn’t resist sharing a little of our time together. they asked me to help them find a lamp post to hang their shingle and i knew just where to go to look, but what we found surprised even me. next to an everyday light that had been removed from a paris street were three magnificent lamposts that had come directly from the Champs-Élysées!

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hard to believe this magnificent piece of history was available for purchase but then again, that’s the beauty of the french flea market; it’s a place where you can take piece of history home with you, even if that means all the way around the world to australia.

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the details were beautiful and on one hand i can’t understand how they could have been slated for removal after all these years, but on the other,  i’m grateful that they’re there for the taking for someone who truly appreciates them.

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the plan is to get them to their new home within the next 80 days for the grand opening, so they’ll be packed up and shipped on monday.

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i can’t wait to see them in their new home! we’re finishing up tomorrow, so  for now, it’s  lights out!

ps i’m in paris for the next couple weeks so if you’re interested in shopping the markets together email me at theparisapartment@gmail.com. bonne nuit! 

 

June 13, 2015. Antique Shopping, Clignancourt Flea Market, Clignancourt Market Paris, flea markets, Fleamarkets, France, Furniture, Lighting, Marché aux Puces, Paris, Paris Flea Markets, Paris Trip, Vernaison Market. 7 comments.

expectation vs reality: what to wear in paris

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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!

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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…

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

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

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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the perfect LBD is a must

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

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

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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?

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

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and pull out my long sleeve black top and stretchy skirt

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and long white skirt

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and ballet flats

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i have a khaki dress, that can stay

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and a clutch, watch, bracelet

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

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

 

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

 

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

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white tops

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a simple white tanks look great under anything

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and i do have a couple white tops of course

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

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well i do have a boho bag like this

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white jeans, check

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dark blazer, wide belt, v neck tee

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colorful blazer

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and where is my LBD?

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neutrals!

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jackets…have them…didn’t pack em

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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.

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

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

 

June 9, 2015. Fashion, France, Life, Paris, Paris Trip. 20 comments.

out of thin air

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bonjour guys, it’s been a long time. tonight i’m finishing up the last of the profiles on the women from the social media conference this summer in paris. so without further ado, and last (but by no means least), please meet one of the co-hosts and a true soul sister, carina okula.

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i profiled carina twice on the blog before we ever got to be friends. i was a big fan when i first set eyes on her magical photos, they’re serene yet vivid and she captivated me completely once we met.

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she’s one of those people who sees beauty everywhere and lucky for us she’s willing and able to document it. just her daily life provides images and content that could so easlily get passed by in the hustle of city life, especially when you’re tending to two kids and a hubby. she pulls beauty out of thin air and makes it concrete and tangible, and that takes effort.

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i’d like to channel her and have the camera ready at all times, take the time to go home and edit, work with photo programs and learn new techniques. luckily we have big plans to work on projects together including a book and creating a niche for some exclusive photos on the TPA boutique. choosing from her images will be the hardest part.

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website: carinaokula.com

of course she’s a social media whiz so check her out and follow her around just to what she’s up to.

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blog: carinaokula.com/blog

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twitter.com/carinaokula

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instagram: instagram.com/carinaokula

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pinterest: pinterest.com/CarinaOkula

i want to thank carina for that one way trip to the moon and a time that i’ll never forget! looking forward to the future together and glad to have you by my side on all the projects to come. have a great night everyone!

October 22, 2014. Tags: . Paris, Paris Trip. 13 comments.

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