J T'aime Paris

It's finally feeling like fall in Southern California (by that I mean it's 80 degrees instead of 100) and so I thought it would be the ideal time to share with you an outfit from Paris.  Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world.  Cliche, I know, but there's something magical about the way the clouds swirl about and the Parisians strolling along the seine looking ever so chic, even at 6am on a Tuesday.  And don't get me started on the pastries.  I try to be healthy, but I'm a carbivore at heart...and those damn croissants au buerre get me every single time.  I mean literally every time I walk past a bakery.  Which is often in Paris.  Good thing I had to walk a lot :)

We only had a whirlwind 3 days in Paris...and I tried to squeeze everything in but of course I failed.  After having a meltdown...my boyfriend reminded me to drink some wine, eat a croissant, and relax.  I felt much better after :) My favorite bakery chain in Paris is Eric Kayser.  If you can get to it, I hear Du Pain et Des Idees is amazing.  I have yet to make it but I can't wait to go back! Gerard Mulot, Pierre Herme, and Lauduree of course also having amazing pastries!

The main chapel at Versailles

The main chapel at Versailles

One of Marie Antoinette's famous gardens

One of Marie Antoinette's famous gardens

The stunning hall of mirrors.  Seriously it is dazzling in every way and photos cannot do it justice.

The stunning hall of mirrors.  Seriously it is dazzling in every way and photos cannot do it justice.

One of my favorite tourist sites in Paris is the Palace of Versailles.  I've been twice and still want to go back!  It's absolutely stunning and it's so enormous there is always more to see.  I was happy to see all the flowers in bloom...can you imagine living in a place like that?  I think I would pass out from the excitement.  But hopefully I wouldn't get executed.  I'd like to think I'd be a bit more clever than poor Marie.

Standing on Pont Neuf bridge.

Standing on Pont Neuf bridge.

Paris was just starting to cool down when we arrived.  I welcomed scarf weather with open arms, as I was dying for a respite from the heat of Venice and Barcelona (photos of those to be shared another time...) I love picking up scarves from street vendors in Europe.  It's one of my favorite gifts to bring home, for my friends and for myself.

Showing off our love lock...hopefully I can find it again!

Showing off our love lock...hopefully I can find it again!

Paris is known to be one of the most romantic cities in the world, and I find it to be absolutely true.  To make our mark, Brian and I added a gold (of course!) love lock to the bridge.  It might be cliche, but to me, it was such a special way for us to commemorate our first trip to Europe together.  Here's to many more adventures!

We ran around the city on our last day trying to beat sunset so we could snap some more photos.  Here I'm in front of the Grand Palais.  I'm wearing this jacket from Zara (a Spain exclusive but this one is very similar), a bodycon midi skirt from Vince Camuto ,  and Sam Edelman flats.  My scarf and crossbody bag are from a street vendor in the Florence leather market (similar here and here). My rings are Tiffany & Co mixed with some vintage pieces.

I stumbled upon this cello player in a corridor outside the Louvre.  He was so talented!

I stumbled upon this cello player in a corridor outside the Louvre.  He was so talented!

Paris has my heart because it's a city that cherishes beauty and art in every way.  At each corner, hidden in little alleyways and behind stately doors, there's something lovely and romantic to be discovered.  I can't wait to visit again and hope you get to go too!  If you've been, what are some of your favorite places so I can add them to my itinerary next time?


stay gold,

Tiffany

Florence

Hello Hello!

Today I'm excited to share with you one of the most historic and beautiful towns in Italy: Florence! From the gorgeous red rooftops to the overflowing leather market, Florence, or as the locals say, Firenze, truly has a way of stealing your heart.

Santa Maria del Fiore at sunset

Santa Maria del Fiore at sunset

Pont Vecchio Bridge

Pont Vecchio Bridge

My outfit of choice for shopping & sightseeing: easy denim, white blouse & comfy sandals!

My outfit of choice for shopping & sightseeing: easy denim, white blouse & comfy sandals!

The rooftop views are to die for!

The rooftop views are to die for!

The architecture in Florence is just amazing!  Santa Maria del Fiore, home to the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower, is one of the most dazzling facades I've ever seen.  It's intricately carved and covered in green and pink marble.  When the evening light reflects on the marble, it's completely captivating.  I could have stared at it forever.  Pont Vecchio Bridge is known for it's little gold shops and is a fun spot to browse.  I love to sit on the rooftop at La Terraza to soak in the Florentine skyline after my feet are sore from a long day of shopping.

The Florence food scene is not as amazing as Rome's, but there are still a few yummy items worth mentioning.  We had great cocktails at Art Bar.  They were fresh, inventive, beautiful and affordable!  A food hall recently opened in the middle of the leather market, and it's a fun place to spend the night with friends munching on a variety of goodies.  I got this amazing crostini plate, which featured 3 different kinds of truffles!  Florence has amazing Paninis (my favorite are at All Antico Vinao & Bondi Focaccine) which aren't pictured here because I ate them too quickly.  Florentine steak is famous but I found it overrated.

One of the most rewarding things to do in Florence is to climb all 463 steps to the top of the Duomo.  It can get a bit stuffy, dizzying, and warm, especially in the summer heat, so I recommend dressing light!  I wore a white romper (also love this one and this one)  and cotton kimono from Forever 21.  I wanted to be a bit covered, because we were in a church, but I also didn't want to overheat! My sandals are Ciao Bella (only available in black now, but similar here & here),  and my bag is from Asos (similar).  I'm also wearing a necklace by J.Crew and sunnies by Michael Kors.


Do you love Florence as much as I do?  There is so much art and culture there and I left feeling very inspired.  If you haven't been, do you want to go?  Share your dreams with me :)

stay gold,

Tiffany

Cinque Terre

Buongiorno! 

I just finished my first official work week as an attorney and sigh...let's just say I still wish I was in Europe.  Today I'm sharing our stop in Cinque Terre with you.  "Cinque Terre" means "five lands" in Italian, and it consists of five darling little fishing villages along the Italian Riviera.  The towns are tiny and so beautiful, known for their colorful homes and dazzling clear blue water.

It's a great spot for a weekend getaway while in Italy!  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. When I look at them I feel so serene.  I can remember the smells and exactly how happy I was to be enjoying a place I had dreamed of for so long.  Do you have a place like that?

I'm wearing the same dress by Lucy Paris, (which I bought from Bloomingdales) in all the pictures because we hiked to see all the towns in one day!  It's no longer available but you can find a similar one here, here, and here.

Riomaggiore is the first town you see when you get off the train.

Riomaggiore is the first town you see when you get off the train.

my favorite town, Manarola.

my favorite town, Manarola.

overlooking the water in manarola, wearing a dress by lucy paris. 

overlooking the water in manarola, wearing a dress by lucy paris. 

the towns have the best seafood (they are fishing villages after all!)

the towns have the best seafood (they are fishing villages after all!)

Corniglia is the third town, and has the cutest little houses!! 

Corniglia is the third town, and has the cutest little houses!! 

raviolis with walnut sauce

raviolis with walnut sauce

pesto everything!

pesto everything!

Cinque Terre is part of the Liguria region of Italy, where pesto was invented!  We ate pesto everything!! Though it's extremely green and not super attractive in a photo, it was absolutely delicious.  The basil from the region tastes different than any other basil I've had, and they also add a local pecorino cheese to the sauce, making it super creamy and amazing.  The region is also known for a special walnut sauce, which I became obsessed with! Hopefully I can figure out how to make it for you guys...

we stayed in vernazza, the fourth town.

We stayed in the town of Vernazza, which is the next to last town.  It's a little bit bigger than the first three, and it's easy to access the other towns from there, which is why we chose it.  However, Manarola, the second town, pictured first, was my favorite.  It's so romantic and their little beach and cliffs make for a wonderful day in the water.  

every town is full of the cutest little boats!! i wanted to steal one ;)

every town is full of the cutest little boats!! i wanted to steal one ;)

water like diamonds...

water like diamonds...

From Da Eraldo in Monterosso.

From Da Eraldo in Monterosso.

Monterosso is the last and biggest of the five towns.  If you're looking for something to eat, go straight to Da Eraldo and order the antipasto board.  It was the most delicious and beautiful plate I've ever seen in my life.  The portion pictured was for two, but it fed four of us! It's served with homemade bread, served piping hot from the oven...MMmmmMM!! 

Sunset & beach umbrellas in Monterosso

Sunset & beach umbrellas in Monterosso

We ended our stay with a gorgeous sunset.  It couldn't have been more perfect! Sorry that was such a long post but there were too many good pictures...have you been to Cinque Terre? Do you want to go? Shout me out and let me know!! I hope these photos relax and refresh you for the week ahead, and that they inspire some major wanderlust ;)

stay gold,

Tiffany