am I french yet?
I shot these photos when I got back to NYC. I wanted to take photos in this sweatshirt I found in France. I bought it in one of the tourist shops along the Seine, but I could envision it being styled in a more fashionable way. I think the collared shirt underneath, pairing it with a skirt, and the matching beret to bring out the pop of red all help to tie the look together and elevate it.
Towards the end of my trip, I was able to meet up with my friend Nawal, whom I met through Instagram. We met for the first time in NYC back in 2018 when she came to visit from Paris, so I was glad to be able to met up with her again in her city. She showed me some of the secret passageways in Paris, where we shot these photos, followed by lunch and vintage shopping.
paris is always a good idea
Last time I went to Paris, I didn't get a chance to see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night, so this time I made it a point to go. We were able to get there in time to catch the last light show, where the tower sparkles before going dark for a few hours at 1am. It really is a very different experience seeing it at night vs day.
sitting along the seine
I found this dress a few weeks before my trip while I was thrift shopping and it reminded me of the iconic photos of Sharon Tate in Paris in 1968, so I decided to do my best to recreate them along the Seine.
One of my favorite activities during my trip to Paris was So French Tour, a tour around the city in a vintage car. We drove down the Champs Elysees, around Montmarte, along the Seine, and of course to the Eiffel Tower. I was originally annoyed because it started raining shortly after the ride started, but the silver lining is that we got to see a rainbow behind the Eiffel Tower. It was such a fun experience and a great way to see the city.
On day 2, we explored Montmarte and we found this Instagram famous photobooth. I'm not sure how people get such good photos here- there were lots of people waiting in line to use the booth and for their prints to develop, and the mirrors made it difficult to not catch people's reflections. But luckily I was able to get a few decent shots, plus some cute film strips. As a bonus, we stumbled upon the grocery store used in Amelie which is located just down the street from the booth.
nicole in paris
I finally made it back to Paris! I had been thinking about and planning this trip since 2020 before the pandemic but obviously covid put everything on hold. I was in Paris for one week before traveling to Lyon for work for another week. This was my outfit the first day I arrived. I knew I wanted to shoot here (Colonnes de Buren) and figured I would coordinate in a black and white look. While in Paris, I wore a beret almost every day, even though I know it makes you look like a tourist, but I just couldn't resist since it's one of my signatures anyway. When in Rome, right?
I'm not kitten around
Joanie Clothing also sent me this cat dress from their new line. I love the collar and mustard yellow color, and of course the quirky print. I paired it with a pair of new shoes Vivaia sent me, which are actually made from recycled water bottles. I can't wait to continue wearing this dress through the fall and pairing it with black tights.
beret season is back
One of my favorite things about the weather cooling down is that I can bring back my berets. Joanie Clothing sent me this stripe dress from their new line and I had to pair it with a beret and my straw bag for a French girl vibe.
la vie est belle
My friend and I had dinner the other day at the newly reopened Figaro Cafe in West Village. It originally opened in 1957, closed in 2008, and recently reopened again. The decor is modern with a vintage twist and the food and service was amazing as well. Definitely recommend it for a great NYC dining experience all around.