Top: H&M (last seen here) | Skirt: ASOS (last seen here) | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Necklaces: Brian Gavin, Theresa Mink | Bracelets: David Yurman | Watch: Michele
In my last post, I mentioned that we really lucked out with the weather in Paris. I could not believe how warm and sunny it was on several of days we had there--definitely did not need the rain boots, turtlenecks, and heavy scarves I packed. Luckily, I was a typical nervous bride and kept checking the weather forecast multiple times daily before we left, so I threw some warmer-weather items in my suitcase, too. The skirt I'm wearing is one I picked up from ASOS last year and love for travel. It's super-comfortable, doesn't wrinkle, goes with almost everything, and takes up very little room in my suitcase.
We spent a lot of time the first couple days we were there looking for flowers. After reading a few blogs and talking with my photographer, I decided I would order my bouquet once I got to Paris. I checked out a bunch while we were wandering the city, including the ones at the big flower market on Île de la Cité. Parisians take their flowers seriously, and they definitely did not disappoint! Below is a rare photo of my now-husband (on one of the chillier days) checking out the selection at the market.
Not far from the flower market, we found this little cafe, Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole, which had its own set of charming florals--as this was the beginning of the growing season, they didn't have the full complement of flowers and vines they have in the summer, so they supplemented the lilacs with some faux chickens, lambs, and tropical birds.
Even on the grayer days, the city was just as charming. I love the typical architectural style of Paris, and it's so much more enchanting when streets wind around and buildings, sidewalks, and intersections aren't perfectly straight. (And yes, while it's delightful to wander, it can be maddening to be lost when you're trying to get somewhere--we found this app and this one, both usable offline, to be lifesavers when trying to navigate the Metro and the streets.)
We ended up finding pretty blossoms even when we weren't looking for them--the two photos below were taken at a park in the St. Germain neighborhood, where there were piles of pink petals carpeting the walkways and more floating in the air whenever the breeze picked up.
I'm wearing heels in these photos, but I definitely did not walk any great distances in them. If you ever run across me in person, you'll probably discover I almost always have a change of shoes in my bag, and I didn't deviate from that in Paris. I love the put-together look and extra height that heels give me, but I usually put off throwing them on until I arrive at my destination. For commuting and sight-seeing, I love my Matt Bernson flats, and I wore them consistently throughout our vacation (they're also on sale in select colors right now--for reference, I go half a size up from my usual).
Hope you enjoyed this set of photos--more to come soon!