Friday, April 26, 2013

Bon Voyage

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The day has finally come. I’m on my way to Paris!

If you don’t already know my rule for traveling, it’s that I always try to look as much like a local as possible. So I did some research, pulled some stuff out of my closet, and finally decided what I was going to take with me.

As a general rule I try to pack light. The goal is to have a lot of outfits, without a lot of clothing. I also pack things that are cheap and have no emotional value to me, so when I leave, I don't feel too bad about leaving them at my hotel. This also allows me to have room for presents for my family, friends and (dare I say it?) myself.

But I digress…

Since you all care so much about what I wear (I hope you hear the sarcasm in that), let me show you what I’m bringing with me.

A skirt is always a good thing to bring with you on a summer trip. There are days where it’s going to be too hot and uncomfortable to wear pants. I paired this cute, ticking skirt with a light t-shirt and a gray blazer for a casual layered look.

I was a little surprised to find that it was going to be a little nippy in Paris for at least the first week that I’ll be there. So, accordingly, I brought a light coat in case it rains (it probably won’t now that I brought it).

Under that I paired it with a white, lacey blouse and some plain black jeans. The canvas tote is a stylish option to carry my school things in. I thought this looked very French.

This is my swimsuit, but I have it in emerald green.
J Crew

Once I went on a bike trip through Austria with my family and some family friends. On our first day of riding, we stopped at a little resort close to Passau, Germany for the night. While I was walking through the hotel with my friend, we spotted the most glorious thing you could imagine seeing after eight hours on a bike. A pool. Of course, neither of us was smart enough to bring a swimsuit (or as they called it in the trip pamphlet, a “bathing costume”), so we just sat and stared at the glistening waters.

That was the last time I didn’t bring a swimsuit on a trip.

It doesn't matter if it’s snowing or my hotel allegedly doesn’t have a pool, I always bring a swimsuit with me. You never know if you are going to need one. So for this trip, I brought a navy maxi dress that I can wear anywhere, and, of course, the requisite swimsuit.

I was a ballet dancer for 14 years, so I LOVE ballet. While I’m in Paris, I fully intend on going to the ballet. I bought this dress with the Palais Garnier in mind.

The knit black dress is comfortable enough to wear in the day but dressy enough to wear at night. It’s plain and elegant, and best of all, it reminds me a little of Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I paired it up with a black purse and a string of faux-pearls.

Other than these pieces, I'm just bringing a few t-shirts, pairs of pants and underwear, of course—but I hope that goes without saying.

I'll see you on the other side.

Bon Voyage!

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