Adventures at Paris Fashion Week

I have to pause in between my tales of Sicily to share my weekend in Paris for Fashion Week.  It wasn’t as epic as for those that were involved, but it was still incredibly cool to be there.

I had work meetings on Thursday and Friday and my meetings on Friday afternoon were right in the heart of the action.  The women and men walking along the street and in and out of buildings looked like moving pieces of art.  And I guess that is what fashion essentially is – art.  I was mad at myself in retrospect for not being braver to whip out my phone and start snapping photos, but I was also trying to blend in – act like maybe I was supposed to be there too.  🙂

Friday night I had dinner with one of my best friend’s, Sara, and because all of Paris was sold out in terms of hotels for the events, I stayed with her.  After dinner, we tried heading to the very famous Raspoutine night club.  Sara and I found ourselves standing outside in a mingle with many gorgeous women.  The only reason I could tell they weren’t models is because they were my height.  But it didn’t take long before the models started flooding in – one tall, long-limbed beauty after another, waltzing right into the club.  It’s like the crowd of people opened up as though we were the red sea parting for Moses.


Me and the others that couldn’t get inside

And then the ultimate sighting – a celebrity.  Kanye West to be exact.  He walked right past me into the club, almost as if in slow motion, and paparazzi came out of nowhere, like fruit flies in your kitchen.  “Where the hell did you come from?” I found myself saying, out loud, when what I really should have been yelling was “Kanye!  Over here!  CHI-TOWN!  I’m from Chicago TOO!!”  Oh well.  Maybe next time….

And that was just Friday.

Saturday, Sara and I headed down to the Tuileries to try and spot fashion people and take our own set of fashion photos.  I of course couldn’t leave Zurich without my new Celine Bag as that was the only thing that made me look remotely plausible as a fashion person.

We had fun – sitting in the sun, watching bloggers have photographers take photo after photo of them to get the perfect shot – it was another world.


Fashion Week

My friend Sara kept making me laugh – anytime she saw anyone wearing “sensible” shoes she’d whisper “Editor.  That’s an editor.”  This wasn’t her first rodeo.


Sensible shoes

So what did I wear when scouting the scene?  Nothing too fancy, in reality, because I had limited space in my suitcase.  However…

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

What the Missus Wore:  Jeans by AG Jeans//booties from Seychelles// top from H&M//belt from Chattawak//bag from Celine

It was a start.  You can never go wrong with black on black, just ask Karl Lagerfeld.

The rest of my weekend was spent leisurely enjoying my favorite city.  As much as one might think all of Paris revolves around Fashion Week, it simply isn’t true.  Life outside was as fabulous as I had always known it – pain au chocolat, coffee outside in the sun, flirty French men, old ladies and their tiny dogs, and artists with their paint brushes.

With or without fashion week, one never knows what adventures Paris has in store…


What the Missus Wore: Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano was such a great trip, and given I knew we would be on a train for about 5 hours that day, I had to dress comfortably.  However, with the close proximity to Milano, I also didn’t want to be sloppy.

I went for a combination of comfort and class.  I had recently purchased a great pair of faux snakeskin loafers from Zara and have barely taken them off.  I paired this with a comfortable and very old black tunic from Forever 21 (and by old I mean, like 2006), a belt from Chattawak and my H&M aviators.

The scenery worked perfectly as well. The buildings’ bright colors were the magic pop of color I usually have in my outfits.

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A fun tip with the belt as well – it fits my hips perfectly but is way too big for my waist.  The leather is soft enough that I am able to make a simple knot so I can wear it multiple ways.

What the Missus Wore:  Tunic from Forever 21 (similar here)//loafers from Zara//belt from Chattawak (similar here)//jeans from Paige Denim//aviators from H&M//clutch from Louis Vuitton

Hurray Lugano!

What the Missus Wore: Paris, France

Paris is one of the best places to go to feel inspired about clothing. When I lived in Chicago and would visit Paris, I would take note of what the women were wearing because I knew it would be in Chicago stores 6 months later.  I always envy the Parisian women because they have this natural confidence that just sings from every inch of them.  They could have smudged mascara and mismatched shoes and yet they would still be the chicest and most interesting women in any room.

As such, when visiting Paris, I find myself a tad more intimidated when pulling together an outfit.  As easy as it seems to come to Parisian women, for me I fumble about trying to look chic and always wonder if I really managed to pull it off as flawlessly as they do.

My husband helped me take photos that included some of my favorite elements of Paris.  The first is of course the Eiffel Tower.  The weather is starting to turn in Europe – the warm summer days are starting to slowly get cooler – and my most favorite bomber jacket is always in order for this kind of weather.

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What the Missus Wore:  Dress from Anthropologie (similar here)// booties from Repetto// bomber jacket from Chattawak (similar here)// scarf from H&M (similar here)

Another place I love in Paris is Pont Alexandre bridge.  My husband and I took some amazing wedding photos in this very spot and I wanted to visit it again together.  It was also a great time to wear one of my new purchases from Tara Jarmon.

I did recycle many elements from the above look, but one thing I’ve been trying is the makeup-bag-turned-clutch.  This neon clutch doubled as my makeup bag for this trip and I thought it added a fun pop to the outfit overall.

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What the Missus Wore:  Dress from Tara Jarmon // booties from Repetto// bomber jacket from Chattawak (similar here)// sunglasses from H&M// clutch from Forever21 (similar here)// tights from DKNY

I felt pretty chic in these outfits, so hopefully I pulled it off.  Until next time, happy shopping!