May 17, 2018

paris part I

[ Dress: Y.A.S. (similar here and here) | Belt: ASOS | Sandals: Soludos | Scarf: Vintage (also love this and this) | Bag: Mango (similar) | Sunglasses: AJ Morgan (similar) | Lips: Kat Von D 'Outlaw' ]

I am so excited to finally share the details of our amazing 10-day long France trip that we took at the end of April!  I will do my best to recap the highlights, share the favorite things we did, what we saw...and hopefully not bore you over the next few blog posts!

So first a little background.  This trip came to fruition back in November when we got the save-the-date to the wedding of one of my sorority sister's.  The wedding was at the end of April in Provence  but it made the most sense to fly in and out of Paris (Patrick had never been; I'd been dying to go back since high school), and thus the planning began.  It was quickly becoming clear this was going to be the trip of a lifetime, and the next thing we knew we were booking tickets for a 10-day trip.  Throughout the planning process, there were times where 10 days felt like way too long, and then times where it felt like it wasn't going to be nearly enough.  In the end, it was the perfect length.  I won't bore you with the details of the planning process (basically a ton of googling and blog reading) and will skip right to the start of the trip:

We landed in Paris around 6:00 am, and once getting through customs and retrieving our luggage, we high-tailed it to the city.  We couldn't drop our bags off at our apartment until 9 am, so we killed time by getting croissants and coffee at a local cafe and then hung out in the courtyard of the Louvre (you do what you gotta do haha!).

Once we could get into our apartment, we showered, took a nap (hello jetlag) and got ready for the day.  The weather was unexpectedly in the mid-80s (a huge shock coming from never-ending winter that was happening in Chicago), so I threw on this breezy dress, tied my hair back with a vintage silk scarf and we were out the door.

The only thing on the agenda for our first day was to see the Eiffel Tower.  I knew we would be jetlagged and didn't want to overdo it, and what's more Parisian than the Eiffel Tower?!  I had read that the views from Avenue de Camoens were incredible, and it promised to be less touristy than the Trocadero.  Indeed it was beautiful!

We ended our first day in Paris with dinner (and dancing!) at Maxim's and a long stroll home to our Parisian apartment.  It was perfect.

PS Wishing a very happy birthday today to my husband, my better half, the man behind (and a lot of the times in front of) the camera and my everything!  I love you!

xo, Annelise

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