Monday, April 21, 2014

Paris in the Springtime

Paris Balcony
Dress: Byron Lars via Anthropologie | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Bag: Jimmy Choo | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bracelets: David Yurman | Watch: Michele

If you've been following my Instagram feed, you already know that I spent the last couple weeks in France. My sweet fiancé and I decided to run off to Paris and elope! Well, sort of elope, in that it was just the two of us there, but our family and friends very much knew we were getting married and gave us their blessing. Plus, I had been doing some covert planning for a while (I'm sneaky like that).

We decided we wanted to rent an apartment in Paris to give us a little more space for wedding preparations and meals and such. We found the loveliest place through Airbnb, and for the same price as a much smaller hotel room, we had a one bedroom pied-à-terre on the Left Bank, just across the Seine from Notre Dame. It had a kitchen, a big living room, and a wraparound balcony with a perfectly Parisian view that made me swoon every time I glanced out the window.

View from Paris Apartment
{Our little neighborhood}

We had an abundance of sunny weather and warm temperatures throughout our trip--very atypical for Paris in the spring (it rained pretty much the whole time I was there in April two years ago), and a very pleasant surprise. We tried to walk as much as possible and to sit outside at cafés or on our balcony whenever we could. Mimosas and pastries from the renowned Maison Eric Kayser down the street were de rigeur for the mornings.

Anthropologie Carissima Sheath

We were a stone's throw away from Notre Dame, so we wandered around Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis quite a bit. Upon walking over to the islands our first day out and about, I realized that the cherry trees were blooming by the cathedral and all over the city. I had never seen the cherry blossoms in Paris before, and I was hoping that they might be in bloom for our wedding. The pink petals everywhere made the whole trip seem that much more magical.

Cherry Blossoms at Notre Dame.jpg

On one of our strolls, we went back to the spot pictured below--the love lock bridge right near Notre Dame, where two years ago we thought it might be sweet to get married on a bridge over the Seine (more on how that little idea turned out in future posts).

Notre Dame + Pont de l'Archevêché

The outfit I'm wearing in this post is definitely not a sightseeing-friendly look, but it was perfect for a romantic "engagement" photoshoot we did with our Paris-based photographer the day before our wedding. Anthropologie has carried several iterations of this Byron Lars dress over the last year or so, and upon its arrival shortly before we left for Paris, I realized right away why it has been so popular. I truly can't say enough about the quality and level of detail on this piece. A 00P fit me well right out of the box. Currently available in three colors plus another version in a more eclectic mix of materials, a glance at the reviews on Anthro's page shows how well it works on a variety of different shapes and heights.

Mimosa on a Paris Balcony

Stay tuned for more Paris posts later this week!

x, Tam


Monday, March 31, 2014

Petite-Friendly Maxi Dresses at Anthropologie

Anthropologie Petite Tamsin Maxi

Tamsin Maxi Dress via Anthropologie

Zara Petite Denim Jacket
Dress: Anthropologie (I'm wearing an XSP) | Jacket: Zara (current season's) | Hat: F21 (similar here andhere) | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Shoes: Ann Taylor | Bag: kate spade new york (similar here) | Bracelet: David Yurman | Watch: Michael Kors

I adore maxi dresses (and think they can definitely work on petite frames), but it's always a challenge to find petite-friendly ones that don't require alterations or four-inch heels. I've had some luck with Anthropologie's maxis lately, and I appreciate that they always list the length of the petite v. regular versions in their product descriptions. (Another tip: I take a look at their model photos--if the dress ends at their model's ankles instead of at the floor, the petite version will go to the floor on me).

The dress I'm wearing in these photos is their Tamsin Maxi. I sized up one size because I've noticed that this particular designer (Puella) seems to run pretty small. With our warm spring temperatures here in Denver, I've been able to wear it already with a jacket, but I think it'll be a great dress for summer.

Hope you had a great weekend!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Ladylike Tulle

anthropologie tulle skirt

Blush + Tulle
Tee: J.Crew (similar on sale in solid or stripe) | Skirt: Anthropolgie (similar in black Nordstrom or Modcloth) | Sunglasses: Karen Walker "Super Duper Strength" | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bag: Reed Krakoff (find it here in another color) | Bracelets: David Yurman | Watch: Michele

Happy Friday!