Paris in the Fall is one of my favorite times to visit. The colors pop against the blues and grays of the Haussmann buildings and the light is golden. Not everyone has the chance to see the city at different times of the year. These are a collection of images from 2013 - 2018. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did capturing them. Prints are available for purchase in the shop here.
November is considered the shoulder season. The tourist season ends at the end of October and there is a bit of a break before crowds pick up in the city for Christmas. I have spent every Fall in Paris since 2013. It is one of my favorite times to visit Paris. This year, I decided to push back my normal visit and I booked a trip for November.
What to expect with the weather:
The days and nights will be crisp. Pack a warmer coat and scarf. You can see my full packing list here. A leather coat was good up until October, but you will need something heavier for November.
Early November, you can have one last warm day (it happened last visit) but you can never be too sure.
You should expect to have a few rainy days during your visit. Pack an umbrella and make backup plans for rainy days.
The light is one of my favorite things about Fall. You will see the most beautiful golden light all around the city through November. Plus, as a bonus, the sunsets are pretty amazing. I don’t see these colors at any other time of the year.
What to do:
Check out one of the many exhibitions in the city. You can visit the regular museums but if you have been to Paris before, here are a few new exhibits to check out.
If you haven’t seen the Van Gogh Lumiere exhibit, I have heard great things from so many readers. I haven’t been all year but it ends on December 31st, so now is my last chance. You can book online in English and the tickets are 29 euros each.
The exhibition runs through January 27. Tickets are 15 euros and you can purchase online.
The exhibition runs through January 20th. The combined ticket is 22.40 euros for the special exhibition and general admission.
Stroll through Luxembourg Gardens and The Tuileries. The colors are still vibrant at the beginning of November.
Activities in the city:
November 11 is Armistice Day. Expect a lot of things to be closed. Bakeries and cafés in the center of the city should be open.
November 20 - December 31st Galleries Lafayette will be opening a skating rink on their rooftop overlooking Paris. This is not to be missed and this is a new ice skating rink in the city. The rink has free access, bring gloves as you will need them. The ice skating rink in front of Hôtel de Ville Required them. The rink is open from 9:30 am - 8:30pm. You can see the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night from this view.
November 21 is Beaujolais Nouveau. This is marked by the third Thursday of November with fireworks, music, and festivals.
The Champs-Élysées will light up the street for Christmas on November 21st.
Visit the Christmas windows at the major department stores including Galleries Lafayette. This year’s theme is the Christmas beehive. More details as they are released.
I will be in Paris early November and I was told by a source that works with Galleries Lafayette the tree should be up. I took this photo in 2015
Galleries Lafayette has now installed a walkway so you can walk across the glass dome and get up close and personal with the tree.
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I started off from my hotel in the early morning to chase the light and look for a decent cup of coffee. I was staying not too far from Montmartre so I set out on a walk only to hit a dead end in the coffee department. I kept walking where I discovered a new croissant on my way to Montmartre and hit an old favorite Cuillier. Montmartre will always be a special place for me as it was where I started my journey back in 2013. I had an apartment on Blvd de Rochechouart for three months.
I explored a bit around Rue des Abbesses and I wanted to see what new places had opened. There was an Italian spot on this very corner that opened up. I returned here for lunch at Roberta for pasta on the terrace. I probably ate more Italian than French food this past trip but I wasn’t complaining. The weather was so nice, I couldn’t refuse sitting outside for lunch and people watching.
It was nice to discover some hidden streets I hadn’t seen before in my old neighborhood like this one. I loved seeing this building covered in ivy. I am sure it is stunning in the later months of Autumn.
The neighborhood has changed so much since my time in 2013. There are some parts that still hold that old school Parisian charm but much of the neighborhood is slowly letting chain stores take over. I stopped in La Mascotte for a cup of coffee and a seat at the bar. It is a great spot for people watching. It was this older gentleman reading the newspaper at the bar that drew me in. The coffee isn’t amazing but the people watching makes up for it.
I walked back to my hotel in the 9th to check out and check into Pavillon des Lettres. I had only stayed at Pavillon de la Reine before this and I was very excited to explore this new hotel. The hotel has 26 rooms and each room is a different letter inspired by a French author. I was in room D for Diderot.
This was my view from the balcony and you can imagine my face when I saw the Eiffel Tower. I wanted to stare at this view forever.
This is where I decided to write the postcards from Paris. I have been sending readers postcards from Paris since 2016. It is so fun to surprise readers with a note from Paris. This is a tradition I carried on from my Grandma.
I watched the sunset from my balcony for as long as possible before quickly changing clothes and meeting friend in Le Marais for dinner.
After dinner, I returned back at the hotel but ended up heading back out again. Once of my oldest Paris friends was in for one night and we had plans to meet for drinks. It was SO late but I couldn’t go back on my promise. (Melissa, if you are reading it was totally worth the late night)
We had drinks and chocolat chaud at Café de Flore until the café closed for the evening.
One of my goals of the Paris agenda was to see Paris for the first time through a fresh set of eyes. It was requested that I bring everyday Paris to all of my readers. I am excited to announce the newest print shop collection which is now in the shop. I launched the new print shop a year ago this week so I am celebrating with 20% off all prints. The site also got a much needed refresh just in time for the holidays. Use the code ANNIVERSARY through next Wednesday to save 20%.
Paris was dressed up for Fall but it certainly didn’t feel like it. Temperatures were in the 80’s for the first few days of my trip. I wore a JCrew dress and my Blondo flats for my first meeting of the day. I brought my leather jacket but quickly learned it was way to warm for a jacket. I always like to leave early because I never know what will catch my eye along the way.
I took a quick stop for a croissant at Utopie and a coffee in the neighborhood before arriving at Buly on Rue de Saintonge.
I was happy to discover a new (to me) market just steps from the Boulangerie. I took a quick look and was on my way making a note to visit again another time.
I arrived at Buly and enjoyed a café crème at the bar before taking a tour through the stores products. I wanted to steal this girl’s look from head to toe.
I explored my old neighborhood and favorite street Rue de Bretagne which was right around the corner. I was sad to see it has lost some of its charm. There was a Ladurée that now replaced an old antique shop that sold way too many sunglasses and my old greek store was now closed.
One of my favorite spots Le Progrès on the corner had been remodeled. It looked like it got a modern facelift and the old Parisian charm was now gone replaced by shiny new light fixtures and a fancy floor.
I continued my walk to Canal St Martin where I had my Amélie moment on the bridge and checked out the new location of Miznon. The place was packed but I snagged one seat at the bar.
I continued to walk and walk all the way to the left bank to Luxembourg Gardens. I hit over 12 miles that day but the weather was beautiful and I wanted to soak up every bit of Paris.
I walked back to the apartment that night and eventually stopped for pizza for dinner. I don’t know why but I was craving a real Italian style pizza with fresh mozzarella and basil. I stopped to try a new place that had outdoor seating and was on the way. Not all pizza is created equal so I won’t be sharing the name of this spot.
I would love to know your thoughts on sharing my opinions on here. I always want to be honest with you, but I never want to hurt a small business because I didn’t care for their service or food. I only write about a place and share details if it is worth recommending.
Along with that, I ended up having a very late date on this Friday evening. I was still so tired and the date pushed back the date (he was late) until almost midnight. It was an amusing date to say the least. While a lot of my friends have asked me to share my dating life on the blog, I still want to keep it private until both parties agree to be shared. While it would make for a fun read, I wouldn’t want to be written about without my knowledge if the tables were turned.
After walking so many miles with my camera and lenses, I decided to give my back a break for Saturday. I carry everything in my Cuyana bag which I love and has been around the world with me. Top zipped bags are essential in Paris for keeping everything safe. You can read my Paris safety post for more tips.
P.S. Don’t miss the first of The Paris Diaries here.
Welcome to the Fall Series of The Paris Diaries. This idea started two years ago when I took my first trip to Paris after starting the blog. It was a way to bring you into my daily life in Paris. It was a huge success with readers so I have continued it. I used to stay up late every night in Paris and write a recap of the day. Last year, a friend suggested that I live in the moment and enjoy Paris, I could write when I got home. It honestly took a huge weight off my shoulders and allowed me to be more present and enjoy my time in Paris.
I barely slept on the plane which is pretty normal. I ended up watching a few movies include “The Book Club” which I thought was hilarious. I am loving Jane Fonda lately from Grace and Frankie.
One of the blog readers I have gotten to know in Chicago ended up being on the plane. They had a girls trip and stayed at Adele and Jules. (It is on my Top Boutique Hotels List for Paris) You may remember this photograph from my trip in January.
We rode into the city together and I made my way to my first accommodation of many. I will say that the weather is always grey no matter what season I arrive in Paris, but this was the first time it was warm and sunny. I had to take full advantage of it and fight the jet lag and desire to climb into bed.
My first stop was the local boulangerie that was just around the corner from where I was staying. Boulangerie Utopie has one of the best croissants in Paris.
I stopped by one of my favorite coffee spots for a café crème, Boot café. As I walked out the door with a coffee cup in hand ( I took it to go). I immediately wanted to start shooting the city. I remember having to put my cup down along the way because I needed two hands to shoot. I craved a good cup of coffee but my heart wanted to capture Paris.
I had to run a few errands before the stores closed. This included a trip to the Pharmacie to pick up face wash, shampoo, and body wash. It has always been easier to pick up these things once I arrive so it doesn’t weigh down my suitcase and since I use mostly French products it saves me money. I will bring home the rest when I am finished.
Since I was in the neighborhood, I held out for La Favorite. I crave their smoked salmon! The portion is huge and I couldn’t finish it all. There was great people watching as I sat on the terrace and the weather was perfect.
I stopped for lunch in the Marais before picking up a SIM card for my phone. It is easy to pick up a SIM from Orange so I chose a lunch spot close by. After lunch, I realized Orange was no longer in the same spot. A quick check on the map and Orange was across the Seine and a long walk for my jet lagged body. I ended up finding a Bouygues store on Rue de Rivoloi. It was a quick transaction. There was a choice between a SIM card you could add to over time or one for my visit. I ended up getting 20 GB for 40 euros. I didn’t even use half of it during my two weeks and I was using it regularly to do Instagram Live videos. In the US, it is $10 a day with Verizon so this was the better deal in my opinion.
I made my way around the city for a bit in a jet lagged fog. It is always strange coming back even if I am only gone for a few months. The city changed so much in just a short amount of time. I walked around as much as I could before deciding to go back to the apartment. The sun was beginning to set and rain was starting to fall.
This was the only rain the entire trip. If I knew this, I probably would have walked a bit longer through the drizzle.
I set my alarm for a quick nap because I couldn’t say awake any longer. I pulled myself together for the grocery for snacks and couldn’t fall asleep until 2 am.
I am a terrible sleeper, but I live for that first good sleep when I make it abroad. I usually sleep so well that first night and the nap ruined it!
Bonjour from Paris! It took me longer to adjust to the time difference this time around but I am slowly getting there. While most people tell me they envy my job there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of the beautiful photographs. I have an early wakeup call before 8 am to catch the light and I end up working way too late at night. As I write this it is 11:30 pm and I will most likely work until 1 am before calling it a night. I figure I can sleep when I get home or at least attempt to. (we all know I am not the best sleeper)
The weather has been more like Summer weather than mid-October Fall weather. No matter how well I have packed from years of experience, I didn’t pack quite right. My suitcase was heavy on arrival and I have already picked up a few things at the pharmacie.
To be honest, I put a lot of pressure on myself for these trips. The trips to Paris are fully funded by me. My photography is what allows me to return to Paris so often. I save a lot and work hard and do my best to maximize my time here. I try to collect as many photographs as I can for the Print Shop and blog content. I plan out ideas for future blog posts as readers ask questions during the trip and I make notes as I go throughout my travels.
I truly try to make each experience different. Tonight, I was enjoying cheese and wine with my neighbors next door at my Paris Perfect Apartment this evening and they have been to Paris a few times. They explained it best as each trip was a different layer of the city. The first trip is the museums and all the sights and the trips that follow are discovering something new.
I have been to Paris a lot over the last 8 years and I am always trying to make a new experience. This time around I am staying at a few different places. They are in different neighborhoods all around the city which gives me a different perspective. Some are familiar neighborhoods and others are new discoveries.
A lot of readers have been asking for everyday life in Paris when I asked what they wanted to see through my eyes. There are parts that I have seen so many times that they seem normal to me. My goal this trip is to really step back and try to see it for the first time. From cafés to quiet streets and everything in between. I am also challenging myself to put people in my photographs. For years, I have been shooting empty streets. I was always turned away by cars parked on the streets or people passing by. I am trying to see the city differently and the people what makes Paris.
I am in Paris until next week and I am looking forward to discovering new parts of Paris and seeing Paris for the first time with fresh eyes. If there is something you would love to see from Luxembourg Gardens to the Eiffel Tower please comment below and I will do my best to show you.
Thank you so much for your support with the blog!
I leave for Paris this Wednesday and I feel I am not ready to leave town again so quickly. I just returned home from Cincinnati late last night and my suitcase is yet to be unpacked. I knew this when booking the trip but the next few days are going to be jam packed getting ready for this next adventure.
A lot of people are asking what my agenda is this next trip, I am still working on that and it should be in a separate post this week.
The weather looks pretty good for October. It can be hit or miss and I have usually seen it turn towards the end of the month. The weather looks warm for at least half of the trip and since I didn’t see rain my last trip in April, I am actually looking forward to a rainy day.
I created a general packing list for Paris for the Fall here but below is what I am packing for Paris for my trip this year. I hope these packing lists help you when you are preparing for your own trip.
I always seem to forget a scarf when I am in Paris. No matter what the season is, it is always good to have one. I have bought multiple scarves to keep warm in April and May. I just bought this blanket scarf which I will bring with me along with a scarf my Aunt bought me a few years ago that I always bring for the plane. I can still this in my carry on and pull it out to use as a blanket.
It is officially leather jacket season which pretty much runs during early Fall and early Spring. I bought one a few years back and it was totally worth the investment since I wear it over and over again.
I recently purchased a trench coat that I love but with the sunny weather this April, I didn’t end up needing it. I can’t wait to break it out in Paris this October.
While half the trip will be warm and in the 70’s, the other half is up in the air. Sweaters are essential for Fall in Paris. I have been living in this open front sweater for the last month and I need to snatch it up in more colors. It is part of my Fall uniform.
I wrote a whole blog post about my favorite sweaters for Fall here. I have already fallen in love with some big comfy what I like to call “café sweaters” for the cold/rainy days.
I am leaving some room in my suitcase for a stop at Sèzane to pick up a few more sweaters.
Skirts and Dresses
I am so happy to pull this skirt out of my closet for Paris. I bought it last year and loved it. The original one is sold out but this one is similar.
I bought this top at Sézane that I will either pair with a skirt or pair of pants. I have already worn it once and I love it.
This dress has become a staple over the last month and I can’t wait to wear it a Parisian café with a red lip.
I always bring my Longchamp for a carry on when I fly to Paris. It can easily be folded up into my bag but makes a great addition when my luggage is just on the border of being overweight. Let’s be honest that has happened more than once. I carry snacks, my toothbrush, a clean pair of underwear and a blanket scarf. The luggage is so much heavier on the way home but it fits right on top of my suitcase so it isn’t too bad.
September was busier than expected with personal and work life. I am in full on planning mode for my trip to Paris in October. I wanted to try something new with a roundup of the top 5 blog posts of the month. If you like this quick preview of what is trending let me know in the comments below. Thank you so much for supporting and reading the blog!! xo
Top 5 favorite purchases from September.
Blondo boots have been a favorite of mine for years. I have 5 pairs and counting. I am so happy you like them too! They are the best walking shoes for Paris and they are waterproof. Plus the price point is pretty reasonable too.
Now that it is officially October, it is mug season. I need to break out all my favorite teas. This Bonjour mug from Anthropologie was a blog favorite for obvious reasons.
I love traveling with these Bioderma wipes. They are great for refreshing your face before and after landing when I fly. You can read the post about my Flying Essentials in this post.
This scarf is another favorite for flying. I will be bringing the one my Aunt got for me on my trip to Paris. It has been on every trip with me even in the Summer. It doubles as a blanket for those long flights.
This soap instantly upgrades my bathroom and kitchen. They sell this in Paris but it is now available in the US. For the full post on 25 French Brands You Can Buy in the US
There you have it! My most popular posts from September and a few favorite things. I can’t wait to bring you to Paris with me in October.
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It is officially Fall in Chicago. Sweater weather has hit with perfect timing. Last week this time it was 90 degrees and I was on a boat on Lake Michigan. I am officially on the hunt for more sweaters (suggestions please). Does anyone else get tired of their sweaters after a long Winter?
If you are headed to Paris this Fall, I created a blog post with activities around the city and what to pack. I have already had requests for activities in November and December. If you like this post, please comment so I can start planning future similar posts to help with trip planning.
If you are headed to Paris with kids, Fat Tire Tours has a whole list on What to Do with Kids in Paris. Bookmark this for a future trip!
One of my favorite hotels in Paris, Hotel Powers is set to reopen as a 5 start hotel in December. I have stayed here a few times and always loved it. It got a refresh but the character, charm, and views still remain the same. I can’t wait to experience it in person. I included them in my 10 Boutique Hotels in Paris post here.
Do We Travel just for Instagram? A great post to get you thinking about why we do what we do. I would love to know your thoughts on this one.
I loved the honesty of Garance Doré in this post on depression. She is opening the door for all of us to talk about anxiety and depression. Some people keep this private but if you know friends who are struggling, reach out and check on them. It can never hurt!
My favorite jeans that I wear all Fall and Winter are 40% off! They are a staple in my Fall Uniform.
8 Things You Need to Do Before Starting a Blog (I wish I read this before starting this one)
Uncovering The Belle Epoque Hotels of Paris. How many of these have you heard of?
Are you a tea drinker? I love Kusmi tea and it is available at Anthropologie. Plus this collection is on sale!
Headed to Paris and don’t have a cell provider for International text/calls? You can purchase a SIM from Amazon that you can use in Paris from ORANGE.
The Best Cooking Shows that Take Place in Paris. My favorite is “I Will Have What Phil is Having” Has anyone seen this show? Bookmark this post for the colder months.
Pink sheets? Maybe these will help me sleep better. After finally tackling my sleep routine these past few weeks have gotten me off track.
My Anthropologie mirror is on sale. This is one of my favorite purchases in the last year.
This Week on the Blog
First off, I want to thank you all for following The Paris Diaries this Autumn. They were a little more spaced out than usual but I needed time to reflect and squeeze in everything. The purpose of the trip was to shoot The Wedding but when they booked my ticket I added on a few more days. It only made sense to push forward my annual October trip to Paris to September, instead of flying back again.
The Wedding was a lot of fun and a huge creative challenge. I am used to capturing Paris in the light, with empty street scenes, and now here I was shooting people and it was one very big day. When I took on the project, I knew that this was going to challenge me, and I wanted something new and different as a photographer.
Once the wedding was over, I was burnt out. I wouldn't admit it until later. I was exhausted mentally and physically. I had just about another full week in Paris and there was so much I wanted to see and do. I had ideas, but here I was for the first time just stuck mentally. It was a bit of a creative block and I feel overstimulation. There were days where I had time to myself and I couldn't figure out a plan for the day. Should I go to the left bank and shoot or should I stay close by in the neighborhood? I just shut down. I put so much pressure on myself as a solo business owner and personally. I can't force the creativity, it has to come naturally. I was worried that I didn't get anything new and different to share with you as an audience and for the print shop, I felt a bit defeated.
Looking back, I put way too much pressure on myself. I had about a week in Paris after the wedding and I feel I got a good amount shot. There are a few future posts which were a lot of fun but need to be put together properly.
I try to fly home on Mondays. A lot of things are closed on Mondays in Paris and it just makes the most sense. Sunday is my favorite day in Paris, so I wanted to make sure to enjoy it to the fullest. I visited the Bastille Market, picked up bread and croissant at my boulangerie, walked through Place des Vosges, brunch with friends, and I even played my first game of pétanque with my Paris family. It was the warmest day I had all year in Paris and it was my last. Everything worked out in the end and personally, I wish I could do it all over again. Hopefully, that opportunity comes again in Spring.
There was a turning point and something I didn't realize was an issue until the very last day. This was the first time I had a phone that was connected to wifi. I typically get a SIM card but I don't use it that often and rely on wifi where I can catch it around the city. I like being disconnected. There were emails and messages clouding my thoughts and it was overwhelming, I felt stretched too thin.
My favorite part of Paris is getting lost on the streets and letting the city lead me. I never fully let go mentally until I gave up the phone. The minute I gave up my data connection I felt free. I could easily get away with "sorry I didn't have service" to anyone that tried to contact me. After all, it was Sunday. I needed this more than anything, to disconnect. The sun set around 8pm that night, so I messaged a few friends when I was back in the apartment to meet me on a terrace for wine.
After wine and cheese at a local spot in the neighborhood, we crossed the Seine for dinner. I never really had an itch to connect, I was finally in the moment. As my friends and I headed back towards the right bank, we made one more stop at a cute café for wine. The air was still warm and the city was quiet as we walked home. I dropped my friends off and I kept walking along the Seine. When I looked at my watch it was close to 1 am. The night went so quickly and I still had packing to do. But as cliché as it sounds I waited patiently on the Seine, for the clock to strike 1, so I could watch one last sparkle of the Eiffel Tower.
My day started at the Bastille market. I wanted to pick up the same dahlia I had last week so I arrived early. The flower guys were still setting up so it actually worked out better for shooting this as they were below me and now propped under the yellow lanterns. They didn't have the dahlia because the weather was cold and rainy but the good news is my flower guys know me and greet me with a "Bonjour" and I even get a smile out of one of them.
I had an appointment close to the Eiffel Tower in the morning so I made my way there via metro. I, of course, had to say hi to Madame Eiffel. There are some really adorable streets just behind Trocadero that I loved exploring and wish I had more time. I won't lie I got a little distracted before entering my meeting but Paris has so much charm. As I passed by each home I was trying to decide which house I wanted to be invited for dinner. Does anyone else do that?
The weather was absolutely beautiful and I hated being inside for the morning. The only part about this area is there weren't a lot of coffee shops like you can find in my neighborhood. I went into my meeting without coffee and almost fell asleep. It was my first stop when I got out.
I went to Café Constant for lunch on Rue St Dominique and had roast chicken and potatoes with a glass of wine. It was fabulous. While the inside was lively and packed I wanted to enjoy the fresh air so I sat outside which didn't have the same ambiance for one. This is a great lunch/dinner option if you are in the area.
I had to run a few errands back in my neighborhood so I took the bus back towards Hotel de Ville and walked the rest of the way home. The weather was just perfect. It was the kind of weather you just want to throw open your windows for fresh air, turn on some jazz and pour yourself a glass of wine. I sat and people watched from my window and took it all in. This trip was more chaotic than the last one and time was short. I wanted to freeze time.
This week was a stressful one. I spent the weekend with my family to celebrate my niece and nephew's birthday's which was a lot of fun. I left Tuesday just as the news of Hurricane Irma was coming out. We spent Monday night talking about action plans and my sister running to the grocery to pick up more essentials. I watched news reports and tracked the hurricane all week. I sent early morning texts and a few extra phone calls worried about my family. They made the decision to stay put in Florida. While it looks like my family will be safe this round after Irma made a last minute turn to the West coast there are two more on their way. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by these dangerous storms.
I leave for Paris on Tuesday! It does not feel real.. I will be writing more about this and what I will be doing in Paris in future posts. I am planning on sharing what I am packing as soon as I find out myself. My orders from both JCrew and Amazon will not show up in time for my trip so I have to go back out and start again. I do have a photo shoot with Katie Donnelly this week as well and I have no idea what to wear!! Suggestions on dresses please. The weather will be in the 60's so I can't decide Fall clothes or in between?
Starting My Holiday wish list with this one. Le Creuset has a new color "Sugar Pink" and I am all about it.
I am in love with this Home Tour of The Co-Founder of The Everygirl Have you seen it yet?
Paris Heritage Days are next weekend! If you are in Paris you will have the opportunity to see inside a lot of closed off buildings. The full list is available here. This is the best link I have found. I have plans to explore one day with my Paris family and the next with friends Magali and Thomas.
This post does include affiliate links which puts a little bit of money in my pocket for coffee and croissant research. Merci!
You have either booked your ticket for Paris or thinking about visiting Paris. Autumn in Paris is one of my favorite times. You city is full of color and shades of reds and yellows. The weather can be beautiful in the Early Autumn but towards the end of October, the weather turns. So the big question is what do you pack for your trip? This was my fourth October in Paris so through trial and error here is what I recommend for your suitcase :
Parisians use this accessory as a staple. Whether it be to add another layer of color or texture to their outfit or to keep warm a scarf is essential. I picked one up a Galleries Lafayette on my last trip but you can certainly grab one of these classic options here or here. I made the mistake of not packing one for Spring and purchased a few to help keep me warm. Lesson learned Paris weather can be unpredictable. Better safe than sorry. I always pack an extra large one for the plane that can be large enough for a blanket. My Aunt got me hooked on this and I can't travel without the one she sent me years ago.
Boots are essential and you want to have comfortable walking boots for Paris. If it rains, you want something that is water resistant but still cute. I have two pairs of these boots in black and grey. I posted these for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as my favorite find. Wellies are really big in the States but I rarely see French woman walking around in rain boots no matter how bad the rain is. I love these over the knee black flat boots or these are great riding boots. I am a huge fan of the bootie and packed a pair of high heeled booties but didn't wear them much. Paris is filled with cobblestones and heels aren't the easiest to get around. You can always grab a taxi or uber if you are going out to get around the city. I will pack a pair of ballet flats for the trip too. My favorite is by yosi samara. These have been tested on the streets of Paris. 10 miles a day for weeks and they have held up great.
Sweaters are essential in Paris because it does get cold. The colder months are damp and cold they aren't dry like other cities. I love packing one large sweater which I call a café sweater that is perfect for sitting in a café on a cold rainy day in Paris. Some of my favorite sweaters include this one and I just purchased two of these bodysuits that are the most comfortable things! I will be wearing them on repeat in Paris.
This sweater has been a reader favorite. I bought it in red earlier this year and can’t wait to wear it in Paris. Size down. I ordered a Small and returned it for an XS.
Half of my suitcase was dresses this past trip and it made traveling so easy! I love dresses with boots and stockings or leggings. I had a lot of meetings so this was an easy look to throw together and wear all day long from morning until night. Jeans are perfectly acceptable but I think it all depends on how you dress them up or down. I wouldn't wear athletic shoes outside and around the city. It is much better to have comfortable walking boots or flats. I love these leather leggings to wear with sweaters.
When it comes to bottoms, jeans are acceptable but just wear them in good taste. No crazy rips or shredded styles. Keep it simple and classy. Leave the Lululemon at home if you can or if you must save it for the flight to and from.
I love the idea of a cross body bag in Paris to keep your valuables close by and if you aren't lugging around a big camera like me it is a great option. When traveling to and from Paris I carry this bag from Cuyana that I have mentioned before. It literally holds everything and gets better with age. I also pack a larger Longchamp bag for the flight home. This saves me from the possible overweight bag I might encounter at the airport. I can transfer some items in here and take off some weight.
My toiletry Bag is important to keep everything organized and clean. I love my Cuyana travel bags for this. I can put makeup in one and my toiletries in another. This past trip I brought along my own shampoo/conditioner from home. My hair never does well with the Paris pollution and water. It is best to go with what I know and love. I have fallen for this Klorane shampoo and conditioner that will be going with me to Paris.
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All photos of me taken by Iheart Paris
I spent the morning working on a project for the blog and was in desperate need for coffee after only a few hours of sleep. I am staying on the left bank close to Rue Monge so I popped over to Strada coffee with a friend.
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I spent a few hours walking around Montmartre in the rain capturing a few photos from my friend Lilly's new book. She showed me around some of her favorite streets in Montmartre as the rain and we grabbed a coffee at a neighborhood spot. It's crazy to see how much my neighborhood has changed over the years. I captured a few photos of Montmartre filled with red ivy and I will be sharing for an upcoming post.
Tonight I was with friends chatting over wine, chocolate, and cheese in the most beautiful Parisian apartment. Yes, if you are keeping track this is my third wine and cheese night in Paris and I am not sick of it yet. It was too dark to take photos but I hope to be back again soon to share Magali's eclectic decorating style. The apartment has chevron floors and the most amazing collection of designer candles all over. It is my pinterest dream come true. I am extremely lucky to see so many friends while being here in Paris.
Tomorrow I am taking a little time to myself in the morning before headed to tea at Le Bristol. I am picking up a museum pass for the weekend. What are your favorite museums in Paris I am looking for suggestions on where to go.