The French Riviera

Last week I was in Nice and Cannes and it was such a pleasure given that fall has officially arrived in Zurich.  It felt like summer was just beginning in the Cote d’Azur, as there were people on the beach wearing shorts, flip flops and sun dresses were seen at every turn.

I arrived in Nice and after I finished my work day, I walked down to the rocky white beach and sat down to read my book.  It was incredibly relaxing, hearing the waves lap upon the shore and watching the sun slowly dip into the water out of the corner of my eye.

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Being in Nice, by the water, I tried to dress as “nautical” as possible.  Although sadly my husband was not with me so I didn’t have a good photographer on hand.  🙁

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What the Missus Wore:  Top from Second Sister (similar here)//sunglasses from H&M//necklace from Stella & Dot//clutch from Forever 21

I have been relying on TripAdvisor a lot more lately for my dinner recommendations, and I have found the 4th – 10th down on the list are always available and never disappoint.  In Nice, I ate at Le Petit Cafe.  I had a delicious salmon dinner with a lovely chilled rose wine.  Rose is always best in the south of France as French rose is often from the region of Provence.

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The next day I was in Cannes and had dinner at Da Mimmo.  It was a delicious pizza restaurant where the waiters dressed adorable with 1920s newsboys caps on.  The pizza was divine and so was the weather.

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Cannes is also lovely and these beaches have sand instead of the smooth white stones like in Nice.  It’s easy to get to this beautiful paradise from Zurich and completely worth it. I was thankful for the extended summer treat and I very much look forward to when I can return.

 

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!

The Magic of Paris

Last week I was blessed to visit my most beloved city once again, Paris.  I was there for a full 7 days – 5 for work, 2 for play, and Tony met me there Thursday night.

After a week of not-so-great weather in Zurich, Paris was a lovely treat as the sun shined for most my of time.  It felt like it was just for me.

The accessibility of Europe since moving to Zurich still blows me away, and I feel so thankful every time I get to venture somewhere, whether new or old.  However, Paris is still the only city that can drum up those happy tummy butterflies in anticipation. Even after seeing more places since becoming European, Paris remains my favorite.

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Tony and I ventured to some of our most preferred restaurants and went back to Pont Alexandre, the place of so many of our amazing wedding photos.  The August carnival was back as well, with the ferris wheel in the same place as always – nearest to the Louvre – and we indulged in cotton candy.

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I also received my birthday and anniversary gift, which was just being able to shop in Paris.  Such a dream come true!  Tara Jarmon officially loves me.

Tony ate the creme brulee, I the chocolate mousse, and we drank red wine while watching the tower sparkle each night.

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Paris will always be so special to me.  There is a magic in the air that I only feel when there and every time I go I discover something new.  Whether the fashion, the food, or the smells, there is no place like it, and I prefer it that way.  It’s a good life, especially when in Paris.

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