Travel Diary: Paris

Travel Diary: Paris

Bonjour! I’m back from Paris and my post-trip sadness is beginning to set in, but with Paris Fashion Week currently underway, I wanted to get my Paris Travel Guide up stat. This way, those of you that are IN Paris currently can hit up my favorite spots.

Below, check out my favorite things to do, places to see and places to eat.

THINGS TO DO

  • Shop along Avenue Montaigne: Here you’ll find all the high end stores like Celine, Dior, Chanel, etc. Even if you don’t plan to purchase anything, it’s still fun to window shop and see the latest high end fashions
  • Head to Marais: This area reminded me a lot of SoHo, New York. Here you’ll find low to mid-end clothing stores, cafés and fragrance spots. Walk around, take in the view and do a lil’ shopping
  • Relax around the Grand Palais: While I would also consider this a “place to see,” there is just so much to do around the grounds of the Grand Palais. You can relax in the plush gardens, grab a cappuccino or meal at a café or hit up small shops. I found an AMAZING vintage store called Dugrenot that was unfortunately closed, but by the looks of the window display, I’d definitely recommend going

PLACES TO SEE

  • The Louvre: Go in the early AM to avoid swarms of people
  • The Eiffel Tower: At night, look every half hour to see the lights sparkle
  • Musee d’Orsay: Housed in the train station building, constructed by Victor Laloux for the 1900 World Fair, the Orsay is a national museum devoted to all the arts between 1848-1914
  • Arc de Triomphe: Same note at the Louvre, go early to avoid large crowds
  • Grand Palais: As noted above

PLACES TO EAT (Cafés and Restaurants)

  • Costes: My absolute favorite spot for dinner or drinks! The lively restaurant has terrace seating, and a trendy lounge/bar with live sets from international DJs. The décor is sexy and moody. You may even see a celebrity dining at this hotspot (I saw Adam Lambert). If you’re feeling risky, try to escargot – you won’t regret it
  • L’Avenue: My favorite lunch spot. If you want to lunch like one of your favorite Instagram influencers (Marianna Hewitt) or even a celeb, look no further. L’Avenue is the place to find the world’s most fashionable people and the best food. Sit outside, take in the view of Rue Montaigne and enjoy! I’d recommend getting the Spicy Tuna Tarar with avocaodo
  • Monsieur Bleu: If you want unreal views of the Eiffel Tower at night, look no further. Offering a high Art deco ceiling and stunning terrace, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful restaurants in Paris – with an unrivalled, magical view of the Eiffel Tower.
  • La Societe: This posh space has a huge stained-glass ceiling and offers French bistro fare. I’d recommend ordering the crispy duck
  • LouLou: If you’re in the mood for some delicious Italian cuisine, this is the spot for you. This new restaurant, located at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, boasts a unique and privileged location at the heart of the Palais du Louvre. I’d recommend indulging on the buratta and flatbread
  • Ladurée Paris Champs Elysées: Stop into this upscale bakery with Parisian origins, specializing in French macarons in a number of flavors. I grabbed an iced coffee (I know, so American of me), while my sister enjoyed a salted caramel macaron.
  • Café Le Nemours: If you’re visiting the Grand Palais, be sure to stop by this beautiful café, known for the delicious quiche. Of note: Angelina Jolie filmed “The Tourist” there

I hope this helps! Any questions? Comment below and I’ll be sure to answer them. Ps. You can shop all of my Paris looks below. Au revoir!

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How to Crack the Fashion Week Code

How to Crack the Fashion Week Code

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Is it really here ALREADY? Wow, time really flies. I can’t believe this is my fifth year attending Fashion Week.

I actually have a funny little tidbit to share – in college, my roommate Amanda and I made bucket lists in the notepad section of our phones and I still have it to this day (I’m always trying to check things off – I’ve done about half). Number 34 on my list (yes, it’s a long list) was “Go to New York Fashion Week,” and it feels crazy to realize how many times that dream has become a reality now.

To quote Kim Zolciak – “dream, believe, and receive!”

Anyway, with New York Fashion Week upon us, I wanted to share some tips for those of you that are interested in getting involved this season. My favorite thing is to mentor college students or interns because I know how much the people that mentored me really swayed my career path. So for those of you want to learn a few tips, keep reading.

TIPS FOR THOSE LOOKING TO GET A FOOT IN

Reach out to smaller brand’s or designers to see if they’re doing anything for fashion week: You’ll have a better shot at getting a foot in with a new and emerging brand vs. a big one like Alexander Wang

Offer to help a brand or influencer (basically act as an intern): Brand’s an influencers are all looking for some extra help during the hectic time. Reach out to a brand or influencer you admire to see if they need help taking photos, getting ready or with anything at all. It may be the ticket in you’re looking for

RSVP to shows via the NYFW schedule: Some brand’s list their RSVP information publically. All you need to do is google the NYFW schedule, click on the shows you’re interested in and RSVP. There’s a chance you may not here back, but there’s also a chance you may 😉

TIPS FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE A FOOT IN

Share industry invites and contacts with friends with expand your event/show list: My friends and I all share our invites and contacts with one another so we can 1. Attend the same shows (so much more fun with a friend) and 2. Help each other out in the process

Team up with a media partner and to offer more brand awareness: Ask a big media company to partner up for a Snapchat or Instagram Story takeover to show that you’ll be reaching a larger audience outside of just your own

When in doubt, talk your way in: Look I’m just being honest here… and brands will hate to read this (sorry!), but it’s just the truth – every fashion week bloggers and influencers just talk their way into shows. It’s just what happens. I’m not saying actually sneak in around the back or anything like that, but rather suggesting you show up, say you RSVP’d and see what they say. 9/10 times they let you in.

Not invited, but still want to have a presence? Take photos in front of the show: All of the main photogs wait outside of the big shows to take photos of celebrities and top influencers. If you don’t have a ticket inside, it doesn’t mean you can’t try to stun outside the show by catching the eye of a photog.

Breaking Point 101: My Top 3 Tips for Getting Long Hair without the Damage

Breaking Point 101: My Top 3 Tips for Getting Long Hair without the Damage

It’s no secret that most girls long for luxurious long hair without all of those nasty damaged or frizzled ends. I must say, it’s not always easy to maintain healthy long locks, but I’m confident that if you follow my below tips, you’ll be on your way!

Tip #1: Get a trim every 4 months: I know, I know – you’re trying to grow your hair not chop it off, but I promise that getting a trim 4 times a year will help your hair remain strong and healthy. After all, your hair grows from the root NOT ends, so you need to make sure you’re chopping off all of the deadness in order for them to look full and healthy vs. brittle and dry.

Tip #2: Use the right Hair Care: Using the correct products really help restore your hair. I’ve been loving 180Pro’s newest line – the Length Revival Collection, which is ideal for anyone with long or hard-to-grow hair that suffers from breakage and split ends caused by color, chemical services and heat styling. The collection is designed to strengthen strands so damage doesn’t hinder hair’s growth.

And if you’re a science geek like me – let’s get technical. Each Length Revival formula has a powerful combination of 180PRO’s patented Pro-Peptide Complex™, which targets hair’s worst breaking points to help repair up to 2 years of hair abuse**, and a new reinforced Length-Lock Complex, which fortifies strands from root to tip to protect against breakage for longer, stronger, nourished hair.

Tip 3: Lower the Heat: I’m sure you know by now that frying your hair with hot tools will only damage it more. What I’d recommend is using low heat or letting your hair go natural. Or if you’re like me and have really dry hair, only style it with heat 1-2 times a week. You’ll definitely notice a difference if you put the straightening iron down and embrace your natural hair.

So what do you think? Will you implement these products and rules into your routine? Comment below and let me know your thoughts.

I’m Still Obsessed with #MillennialPink…

I’m Still Obsessed with #MillennialPink…

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with with Stylinity, Topshop and Chinese Laundry

You might remember I wrote a post about #MillennialPink a few weeks back. Well, guess what? I’m still not over it and as I guessed, this trend is here to stay. When I came across this TopShop light pink denim jacket, I knew it had to be mine (I guess love at first sight does exist after all). As much as I love it, I had a harder time styling it than imagined, so when I was sent these block heels from Chinese Laundry, I knew they were a match made in heaven.

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Shop My Look: The Slit Skirt Trend

Shop My Look: The Slit Skirt Trend

Disclosure: This post is a collaboration with Stylinity, Steve Madden and Topshop

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good skirt or dress with a high slit. Who doesn’t love showing a little leg and playing homage to Angelina Jolie’s infamous Oscars 2012 red carpet moment? For those of you that don’t know what I’m referencing – you should – but HERE is photo evidence.

Anyway, that’s why I love love love the skirt I’m pictured in above – it’s super comfortable, a bit sexy and perfect for summer. You can shop my entire look below:

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