“Monsieur and Madame, your car is here.” My heart sinks it is fifteen minutes early and I just don’t want to leave. “Are you ready?” , my husband asks. “No” I reply sadly. I soak in the last seconds of our charming hotel lobby. The Hotel Thoumieux did not disappoint in any way. “I’ll help get the bags down. Take a minute.” I take a last photo of the lobby with its’ perfect leopard print accents and I reluctantly head down the stairs to the car. We ride silently to Charles De Gaulle as I continue to breathe in Paris. Right before we arrive, I get organized. I have a big job to do, filing my VAT paperwork.
“Does this really work?” my husband asks. “Yes, just wait. You will see a lot of credits on our credit card.” As I wait my turn I watch a couple rifling through their luggage madly to present their proof of purchases. My heart beat hastens. I know I organized everything with the purchases at the top, but it still makes me nervous. I go up to the window and hand over my documents. “Where are you traveling to?” “Los Angeles”. My twelve forms are stamped and now I must place each in an envelope and mail them. I am moving at a fast speed, all efficiency. My husband snaps a photo. We can now check in and we are on our way home. I am distracted by my mental calculations of my refunds for a few moments and forget how sad I am to leave.
It has been three years since our last trip to Paris and I think about it all the time. Facebook has been serving up daily memories. I don’t have our next trip planned, yet. In the meantime, I continue to enjoy these fun travel based t-shirts from J. Crew. I styled this one with denim, a cashmere cardigan and my new favorite shoes.
This is a coat that I dreamed of as a little girl. I always loved leopard print from the time I can remember. It had an air of glamour and at times it was a little over the top. Now I incorporate it into a lot in the way of shoes, belts and blouses. When I saw this coat I fell in love. I am styling it in a very neutral way with a black cashmere sweater from J. Crew, J. Crew black toothpick jeans, a Goyard Saigon bag, Armand Ventilo shoes I picked up in Paris two years ago (I have linked three other options below) and my J. Crew Jane Sunglasses in pink for a pop of color.
I am soaking up the last days of summer with family time, beach time, barbecues and yes, I think some bubbles are in order. This summer was really fun. My son shares my love of travel and we were great travel partners. We are working on our list for next summer as well as vacations this year. My husband was able to join us on several trips.
We thoroughly enjoyed our week on Martha’s Vineyard with our East Coast family. My son and niece are both only children, so it is great for them to have cousin time. We dominated both Monopoly games, but really need to work on our Ticket to Ride skills. The Martha’s Vineyard Airport is so charming. My husband and our luggage returned to Los Angeles, while my son and I stopped in Boston for three nights. Tune in tomorrow for a post on that leg of the trip. Until next year MVY…
Venice Beach or Paris? These photos remind me of Paris and give me wanderlust, but also remind me that there is so much to explore in my own backyard. My mother is a very talented photographer and a wiz on her iPhone (at least with editing photos, we are working on the rest). We did several outfit shoots in Venice when she visited last weekend. There are so many great walls and doors (especially the doors in Monday’s post). These photos really do remind me of Paris where The Navy Leopard was born (more about that in this post). I love the iron gate and cool bike rack. As I dream about my next trip, I will continue to explore the local sights.
The purchase of these Adidas by Stella McCartney navy leopard shoes was the seed for this blog. I bought them on our first trip out of the country and away from our son in the fall of 2014. We went to Paris for my sixth time and my husband’s first trip there. They replaced the walking shoes I had brought that turned out to be less comfortable than I anticipated. Additionally, you can’t just wear any old pair of shoes in Paris.
At the time I thought about all the adventures I would have in my navy leopard shoes and that it would be a fun name for a blog. Almost two years later, The Navy Leopard was born.
The shoes are very comfortable and are one of my favorite pairs. They are sold out, but here is a similar style that I think would mix just as well with other patterns and solids.