Worth the Wait

“How much further is it?  It seems like we have gone in a circle.” sighs my husband as we walk.

I glance down at my phone and realize I asked for driving directions, not walking directions.  We have, in fact, made almost a complete circle.  Before he sees the metro station where we originally started  I say “Let me refresh the GPS.”

“How much further?” my son asks.

“Let’s stop for a minute and get a cold drink.” We duck into a cafe and order two iced teas and an Orangina.

As we cool off I say “It’s really close and I promise not to take too long.  I just really want to see it.”


“We can catch the metro back to the hotel without a transfer.  We will be back in no time.”

We set out again.  This time I am careful to click the walking icon.  We walk for a few minutes and I spot it on the corner.  There is a line to get in and a cute set up with water and coffee.  My husband spots the line and sighs loudly.  Luckily it only takes a few minutes.  My boys sit in the shoe area until a man comes over and invites them to go downstairs.  I look around and notice the line for the fitting room is long as is the check out.

A few minutes later I get a text from my husband “Take your time.  We have snacks.  There is a movie down here.” Whoever came up with the idea to have a “Cinema” in the basement was a genius.  Most of my shopping on this trip has been solo in the late afternoon when my boys have their required siesta, but now I don’t feel pressured and rushed.

I look at the blouses and spot one I love.  I ask for my size.  A few agonizing minutes later the sales lady returns. I caress it and I go to brace the dressing room line.  It is now much shorter.  I try it on. We are a match.  I happen to be wearing white denim; the blouse’s length and ecru color are perfect.

I text my husband to make sure they are still OK.  I get in line and debate whether or not to add a couple of clutches as well.  Just as I get to the cashier, my husband and son emerge from “the cinema” downstairs.

The lace top (which is now sold out – I have linked a few great options below) was worth the walk and the wait.  I was thrilled to check out Sezane at L’Appartement in Paris. My husband and son enjoyed their rest in the cinema. It was the perfect spot on our last day in Paris after logging well over 100k steps

For a recent lunch in La Jolla, I styled the top with white denim, my Ark bag, sunglasses and denim slides.


Lace top (similar here, here, here, here and here)

Denim Mules


White Denim

Cult Gaia Ark bag in Large (also here).

Happy Styling!



Favorite Color

The favorites of many unify into one.  This mural, “Favorite Color” by Roy McMakin, was created by asking people their favorite color.  He then presented them with of 4 to 6 swatches and asked them to choose the one that was closest to their favorite color.  You can read more about the mural and the process here  and here (including some controversy about if blue really is the most popular color).

It is so bright and cheerful and I love the grid.  I decided to highlight orange (even though blue is clearly my favorite color) as I loved the pop.  I styled my J. Crew cuffed striped shirt, Hermes Maxi-Twilly, J. Crew Signet Bag in Bright Sea, J. Crew Black Toothpick Jeans and Tod’s Driving Moccasins in orange.  I am walking into 2017 inspired by the full spectrum of color.


J. Crew Top

Hermes Maxi-Twilly similar here and here

J. Crew Signet Bag in Bright Sea

J. Crew Black Toothpick Jeans

Tod’s Shoes

Happy Shopping!



Bright and Focused in La Jolla

I love this mural “One Pointed Attention” by Kelsey Brookes in La Jolla.   It definitely relaxes me and is a great image for a mini-mediation.  You can read more about Kelsey Brookes here.

I kept it simple with all black and a few accessories like my J. Crew Pink Sunglasses that have become a neutral and of course my favorite J. Crew Leopard Gemma Flats, the ultimate neutral.


J. Crew Lace Embroidered Top

J. Crew Toothpick Jean in Black

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses

J. Crew Leopard Gemma Flats

J. Crew Signet Bag in Deep Wine

J. Crew Coin Purse in Italian leopard calf hair

Almost everything here and at J. Crew is 30% off with the code WEDNESDAY through 11:59 pm eastern today, September 27, 2016.

Happy Shopping!



Casual Stripes

Tied with my love of leopard is my love of blue and white, particularly blue and white stripes.  I am always excited when I spot a new take on the classic blue and white.  This J. Crew shirt has a club collar and the fabric is a textured jacquard with the coolest buttons. The jeans are also a new J. Crew cut and style called the straightaway.  I love the exposed button fly.  I had forgotten how comfortable a button fly can be.


J. Crew Club Collar Striped Shirt

J. Crew Straightaway Jean

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses in Pink

J. Crew Paisley Gemma Flats (on sale! plus 30% off)

J. Crew Signet Bag in Deep Wine

J. Crew Coin Purse in Italian Calf Hair

Happy Shopping!