Monthly Archives: February 2011

Hello From Paris // Part 01: The First Time Experience

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Photo by Juliane Berry


In travel posts, it’s quite easy to gloss over everything.

Let’s face it — it’s easy to make things appear much better than they actually were. Thankfully, for my Parisian recap, I don’t have to rely on any trickery because everything from our neighborhood, hotel and interactions with the locals were beyond awesome. Gala and I did, saw and experienced so much of Paris in only a matter of days that it feels impossible to properly sum it up in a way that doesn’t fall short.

I had never set foot in Europe and with the end of my twenties nearing, I felt an impending pressure to make it a reality. As I was growing up, I loved looking at my parent’s photo albums of their Parisian adventures that took place in the late 80s. Though they’re no longer married, they both still look back at those times quite fondly and talk about how Paris was the best place ever to visit. The cheese, the shopping, the champagne, the parties and of course, the history — it all felt like a lot to live up to. Luckily, from the time Gala and I set foot in Paris last week, it all unfolded quite magically.


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Bonjour from the Hotel du Petit Moulin!


Based on some research, Gala and I chose to stay at the Hotel du Petit Moulin in the famed Le Marais neighborhood and it was a perfect choice for our tastes. In upcoming posts, I will be covering the hotel and 3rd arrondissement in much more detail. But overall, if you appreciate pops of bright color, independent boutiques, cobblestone streets and feeling of decadence deeply rooted it the past, this is the locale for you.


Paris impressed me in a major way.


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One of the things I enjoyed most about Paris was the element of surprise.

All around town, massive residences and impeccably groomed courtyards were tucked behind oversized doors in brightly painted colors. Any time we spotted an open set of doors, we were tempted to peek in. While taking photos of my favorite set of doors, they quite suddenly opened and a man greeted us warmly with “Bonjour!”


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In Paris, you never know what’s around the corner.

During a photo shoot, we stumbled upon the grounds of a beautiful old hotel, totally unplanned. It was enchanting.


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Handwritten Parisian signs and windows made me smile.

I love type and the whimsical charm of French handwriting was awesome.


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Our hotel was a perfect match.

Part of the reason that Gala and I enjoyed our stay in Paris so much was because of our choice in hotels. We were actually excited to return to our room each night because it was stylish, comfortable and smelled amazing. Multiple friends had recommended the Hotel du Petit Moulin and thankfully, we took their advice. Each room features a different theme and we got my first choice, featuring a wall mural by Christian Lacroix and the best bathroom ever. A heart mirror and red tile? Can you blame me for not wanting to leave?


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Ahhhhh, the view.

When you’re accustomed to Portland, New York and America in general, nothing is better than waking up, peeking out the hotel window and getting a view of beautiful apartments dating back hundreds of years and cobblestone streets.


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Capture memories with a super talented photographer.

If you have a chance, hire a photographer in Paris to record those special moments. Gala and I spent a day of our trip running all over Paris with the insanely talented photographer Juliane Berry. Since I don’t speak much French, it was nice working with her since she’s originally from LA and could direct us in English. She knew of all the best spots, helped us navigate the Metro and we ended the day with her photographing us in our awesome hotel room. We had so much fun and I think that shows in the photos.


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The view of Paris from Fauchon’s eating area.


Fauchon is the equivalent of a department store for food.

Never have I seen food so artfully executed. The neon pink plexiglass doors at the entrance, the displays of chocolate packaged in rainbow-colored wrappers, the coffee and tea section that features flavors mere mortals never knew existed — it’s truly a feast for the eyes. Everything, down to the tiny sugars for your coffee are impeccably branded. My photos do it no justice. This is one of the top 10 places in Paris that you must visit.


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Paris in the rain is still good.

Since we were traveling during winter, we knew the weather wouldn’t be perfect. Still, we didn’t let the occasional bursts of rain and gray skies dampen our fun.


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The store window displays are artfully arranged.

The Parisians know how to take seemingly basic everyday items and arrange them in a way that makes you want to buy everything on the spot. Gala and I counted this flower shop as a favorite.


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Find joy in the little details.

I loved this car! Fleur power, anyone?!!


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The coffee knocked me on my ass.

On my first day in a Paris café, I quickly learned that I’m not an espresso girl! On the next particularly cold day after wrapping a photo shoot, I sheepishly wandered into a Starbucks. And oddly enough, it tasted even better than usual. Could it be the milk?


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Make experiences your own.

As silly as it can sometimes be, Gala and I have a penchant for mouse ears. We threw them on for photo shoots, in front of the Arc de Triomphe and a few places in-between. Naturally, some people stared but most found it humorous. It was our little wink and reminded us of home.


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Parisians somehow manage to make everything seem classier.

Yep, even the sex shops.


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Every pastry we ate was ridiculously good.

Though we normally eat fairly healthy, we totally went all out on our vacation. Pastries for breakfast? Sure, why not! For me, it was impossible to say no to deliciously buttery, perfectly flaky croissants that averaged just one to two Euros all across town. We sampled quiches, chocolate concoctions and more; nothing was off-limits!


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Dressing up has never been so much fun.

People make an effort look pulled together in Paris; it’s just not okay to wear your pajamas and Uggs to the supermarché! Gala and I attempted to dress up every single day and people responded enthusiastically. A little effort goes a long way!


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Laduree is so…Parisian.

Locations are scattered throughout Paris. For a dash of old world charm, peek into the beautifully decorated windows or, even better, step inside for a world famous macaroon.


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The Arc de Triomphe is insane!

I mean, I’ve seen tons of photos over the years….but in person, it is HUGE. I was completely blown away by the detail. Sure, all the chain stores along the Champs-Élysées leading up to it are a total drag but then, BOOM! You’re there, in the shadows of one of the greatest monuments in the world. The nonstop traffic swirling around the base at all hours is a wonder all its own.


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Mundane chores are sort of fun again when you’re in Paris.

Yes, even grocery shopping. Gala and I arrived bright and early at a supermarché in Le Marais and no joke, they were playing Marilyn Manson. We wandered the aisles, excitedly snatching up our American standbys (Tropicana!) and indulging in the evils of French sweets. If we’d been in Paris longer, I’m sure we would have found a way to overdose on cheese and chocolate.


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Take time to visit the cafés.

This is where the real energy is. Gala and I frequented a few throughout our stay, mostly for dinner. During our second night, I dropped a bread basket, our checks got switched, we snapped an array of Polaroids and the patrons around us were still friendly. At the cafés, alcohol flows freely, piles of bread and cheese are consumed and everyone goes home intoxicated and happy. What’s not to love?


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The Eiffel Tower feels much different in person.

It’s really hard to get a sense of scale from photos — the structure is massive. I have a glass Eiffel Tower on my night stand at home and in a way, It felt really odd to finally see something that is so celebrated up-close and personal.


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I hope you enjoyed my inside scoop on Paris. Stay tuned for Part 02, covering the architectural beauty and grandeur of Paris.

Cheers!


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What I Wore: 2.25.11 // Reykjavik Chic

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Greetings from Reykjavik! Gala and I are having a nice little vacation just outside the Arctic Circle. The vibe in Iceland is totally different than Paris but we’re enjoying some quiet time before heading back to New York in a few days. Our shopping expedition through downtown Reykjavik today yielded some truly epic legwear. It is super nice and cozy in our hotel room but don’t worry, I changed into much warmer layers before venturing outside — frostbite in the name of being fashionable? No thanks! Expect lots of Paris recaps starting next week!


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I Wore:

Faux French sweatshirt, Urban Outfitters
Leather Shorts, Topshop
Tights, Reykjavik Shop
Boots, Dr. Martens


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Okay, my feet can’t compete with the tub’s feet in our hotel room. Check out those claws, baby!


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Messeca for Solestruck Ads

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I wanted to share these recent landing pages that I designed to promote some hot new spring styles by Messeca over at Solestruck.


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If you’re a stiletto girl, these are for you. I was super impressed with the quality and these have some major edge. With these babies on, the sidewalk will be your catwalk.


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Work it in the Elisha and Ember by Messeca. Yeow!

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Cheers from Iceland,

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Goodbye, Paris. Hello, Reykjavik?!

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Photo by Juliane Berry, Paris.


Paris was by far my favorite trip EVER. I mean, I expected it to be good but it far surpassed all my expectations. Gala and I left Paris this morning (after one last delicious pastry for breakfast, of course) but we were far from ready to go home — we had one more stop on our epic journey. As we boarded an Air Iceland plane (!!!), I knew we were in for even more excitement and surprises. As you’ve probably figured out, Virgos have a hard time taking the easy route, traveling included. We arrived in Iceland this evening and took a cab past miles of what appeared to ancient volcanic moonscapes. And now, the second chapter of our EuroVirgo 2011 trek continues.

I have so much more to share with you, coming up soon-ish!


Cheers from Iceland,

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Link Love: 2.24.11

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Vogue Italia by Paolo Roversi, February 2011


10 lessons for young designers, straight from Wieden+Kennedy’s Executive Creative Director.

• I’m a big fan of Portland favorite Stumptown Coffee’s packaging because it’s simple yet effective.

• JC Penney has just been rebranded but to me, it’s nothing groundbreaking. Thoughts?

• A look inside a French woman’s makeup routine. (via Anna @ D16)

• A recent interview in New York with Carine Roitfeld, former editor of French Vogue is inspiring because she isn’t afraid to speak her mind.

• Who pays full price for designer clothes and then casts them off after just one wear? These people do.

• How to deal with trash talk in your life.

• I enjoyed taking a look at the branding of a bistro in Canada.


Sweet Cheeks: Style With A Cause

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Sweet Cheeks is a company that was founded by two-time Olympic medalist Hannah Teter. As a pro snowboarder, she has taken her notoriety and funneled a significant portion of personal time and energy into raising awareness for a variety of social causes.


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When some old friends from local agency Nemo HQ approached me and asked me to design a site for Sweet Cheeks, I signed on immediately. I was inspired by the merging of style and social consciousness in an effort to help those in need.


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What exactly is Sweet Cheeks? It’s a line of panties that Hannah and her friends promote with at least 40% of net proceeds of each sale going to Children International. Sweet Cheeks says that “It’s about gifting, in the name of peace, love, and posterior. Wearing a pair of panties never felt so good, so pair up today.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!

Development of the site was done by Nate of OK/No Way.


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Bonjour from Paris!

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Comment allez-vous? Gala and I have been having an absolute blast in the City of Love! Here are a few snapshots from the last few days. Enjoy!


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Photo by Juliane Berry


Un. Traveling with your BFF is the best! Do it! It’s so nice keeping company with someone who wakes up at a similar hour and shares the same taste in hotel rooms, shopping and food. No stress!


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Deux. Give the old classics a new spin. Let’s face it — Gala and I rarely ever play by the rules. Having a great time is paramount, especially when you’ve just traveled halfway across the world. We made the most of our time at the Eiffel Tower and strolling down the Champs-Élysées towards the Arc de Triomphe, shooting polaroids and even throwing on our matching Mickey Mouse ears for a few shots.


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Trois. Nothing can beat the excitement of finally seeing the Eiffel Tower in person. Nothing.


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Quatre. Nobody explained to me what an authentic espresso would taste like. Let’s be honest here — I am American, I am used to the flavor and consistency of Starbucks. On our first day in Paris, my face shriveled with just a sip. Ha!


Au revoir!

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