On Friday I received this cat shirt in the mail from SheIn. Even though I'm actually afraid of cats in real life, I am always drawn to quirky clothing with animals on them, cats included. I thought about how to style this shirt, and something about it felt very Parisian to me. I think because it reminds me of that very famous and iconic "Le Chat Noir" poster from the late 1800's.
If you're interested in buying this cat shirt for yourself (it also comes in a variety of different colors, both solid and striped), you can find it here:
Since the top is striped, I decided to pair it with this polka dot skirt. I added my cat eye glasses and a beret for a retro Parisian touch. I decided to grab a croissant and head to Washington Square Park, where there is an arch, similar to the Arc de Triomphe.
Although last year was the first time I visited Paris, I've always had a love for the city of lights since I was young. Even though I think New York is a superior city, Paris is my favorite city. But the amazing thing about New York is it is so diverse, so there are many places here that make you feel like you're actually in Paris. Below I'm going to list my 3 favorite places in NYC for getting your French fix.
Laduree (2 locations: Soho and UES):
Laduree is hands down the best spot for macarons. Don't even bother trying to get a macaron anywhere else in New York City because you will be disappointed (trust me, I've done the research). They also have a restaurant where you can sit down to eat. It is a little more pricey, so if you're on a budget, pass on the food and just go for the macarons.
Raclette (East Village):
If you are a cheese lover, you will probably consider this place to be heaven. Raclette is a traditional French dish, in which melted cheese is served on top of vegetables, potatoes, etc. The waiter brings over a wheel of warm cheese and scraps it onto your plate. They come back again mid meal for a second scrape. Again, if you love cheese, you will not regret checking this place out.
Pardon My French (East Village):
PMF is another east village gem, and is one of my favorite spots in the whole city for boozy brunch. For $30, you get an entree and unlimited mimosas or bloody Mary's for 2 hours. If you'd like to forgo drinking alcohol, there is also an option to get a $20 brunch with coffee or tea instead. For your entree, I highly recommend the pancakes!
What are your favorite French inspired spots in NYC?
Top: C/O SheIn
Skirt: Banana Republic; Shoes: Nine West (bought from Macy's); Watch: Hypergrand; Beret: old
Location: Washington Square Park (West Village, New York)