Peonies and Paris
Bonjour mes amours! I am here today, obviously, with another part of my new Paris travel diary. If you can’t fall in love in and with Paris than I really don’t think that I want to know you very much. From the stunning planning of the city where you can be on a road and see the arc de triumph one way and a gorgeous garden and planned vision in the other to the brilliant and romantic architecture that aligns LITERALLY every building (a little valley girl for ya, but like come on it’s like literally every single building) the beauty of the city is vast and never ending. There is no doubt in my mind that it truly is the city of both love and lights and I find that I tend to emulate the cities vibes with my looks and styling while I am there. Yes, of course we want to emulate the effortlessly chic ways of the native parisian women but I find myself so inspired by the city itself when looking around and breathing in and out the fumes it makes me truly want to dress in a way that I feel emulates what Paris manifests inside of me.
On this fine beautiful, I mean absolutely stunning and gorgeous Spring day in Paris my love bought me some peonies (my favorite flower, they’re in season..YAY 🌸) and we went for a stroll down to the Pont Alexandre III bridge which of course goes from the left bank to the right. I am sure you’ve seen the bridge in pretty much any intro to Paris in a movie or show, think Gossip Girl or Sex and The City. The bridge boasts perfect views of the Eiffel Tower to the Champs Elysees and all of the museums that span the blocks down The Seine. My love and I took a stroll across the bridge and down The Seine breathing in the views and luxing out parisian vibes and wandered our way down to Musee D’Orsay, Musee L’Orangerie and of course the Tuileries Gardens. I had never been to Musee L’Orangerie but visiting the exhibits here will now be on my must do list every time I visit Paris. The museum houses one of Claude Monet’s most famous works of art and seeing the Water Lilies or Nymphéas in person was utterly breathtaking. The museum houses two oval shaped rooms with 6 paintings each under direct diffused light as originally intended by Monet. The 6 paintings in each room from one to the next depict sunrise to sundown of the water lilies in Claude Monet’s Garden. The exhibit was originally intended to become a place of peace and serenity for the French people after World War 1. Sitting and immersing yourself in the paintings as intended truly brings a sense of calm to oneself and therefore Musee L’Orangerie earns itself a place right near the top of my Paris to-do list.
I paired my statement dress with simple Aquazzura kitten heels (great for walking around without your feet begging for help) and the most classic handbag of ALL french handbags, my vintage Chanel flap bag. Last but not least I layered a few bracelets, grabbed my go-to sunnies by Ray Ban and I was ready for a perfect Spring day in Paris.
As I mentioned Paris seems to really pull out the romantic in me and I already consider myself quite the romantic so imagine the mushy gushy mush I must become when in the city of love and lights. Being such a romantic usually means I come off as pretty extra but I am E X T R A and proud so I won’t lie of course and I will let you know that I purchased this gorgeous Self Portrait dress well in advance of my trip with the intentions of wearing it on a perfectly parisian day. This dress reminds me so much of Paris with its clean lines and exemplary tailoring not unlike the beautifully planned city in which I reside. It especially reminds me with the lace overlay of the dress that reminds me of a parisian feel a sort of throwback to Marie Antoinette days with the elegance of the lace capelet.