“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.
Growing up on the Monterey Peninsula I longed for a more urban life. My dream was to live in New York or San Francisco and I did live in both places as an adult. It was hard to appreciate the relaxed lifestyle and natural beauty as a teenager. I also hated the fog and lack of “summer”. Visiting mid summer this year was refreshing for a week. It was nice to break out a sweatshirt and bring a little New York to Pebble Beach. This sweatshirt has quickly become a favorite. The sleeves are a little shorter which allows for cuffs and bracelets.
Shoes (similar here and here)
“You have to keep it”, said the VPS when I tried to return this sweatshirt to J. Crew. I had gone on a bit of spree and was editing my choices. It it sold out soon after and I ended up wearing it a lot (and I am still wearing it several years later). There is nothing better than a well worn and loved item of clothing. There is another sweatshirt (linked below) that I picked up in Carmel and have already worn on repeat. I will feature it in Fridays’ post. I styled this one with tweed mules, denim and a button down.
Liberty Print Shirt older style (this and this would work well)
Horse Sweatshirt older style (this and this would work well)
Vintage Crop Jeans (similar here)
Please note: The shopping event at J.Crew at The Grove will now be on September 16, 2017. Details to follow.
“Pack like it’s winter” I told my Los Angeles based travel mates for our week on the Monterey Peninsula. When I lived in New York City and traveled home in the summer I had to remind myself of the fog and cold despite having grown up there.
The weather was a refreshing change and a chance to start wearing a few of the recent fall items from J.Crew. I love this camo sweater and it’s the perfect weight for late summer and into fall. I styled it with a gingham shirt, navy denim and pops of pink with my shoes and sunglasses.
The fog lifted our second day and we had a sunny afternoon at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was fun to see it through my seven year old’s eyes. I vividly remember when it opened when I was in high school and I even had a chance to work there one summer during college.
For more fall style inspiration stop by The Grove in Los Angeles on August 26, 2017 from 11 am – 2 pm. I’m co-hosting an event with Amy (@howtojcrew). Details to follow.
Prada Shoes – older style similar here and here
“Just one more cable car ride, Mommy” said my seven year old on our last morning in San Francisco. We had a hard time leaving “The City”. A one night stay at the Fairmont was extended to two nights and then we were having such a great time we extended one more to make three. I had been reluctant to visit San Francisco with my son. I spent the first nine years of my post college, professional life in San Francisco before moving to New York City. The city is filled with memories of my twenties. Good memories, but I had felt finished with the city. My son and I have started a tradition of taking mother son trips to new cities that neither of us has visited. San Francisco meant returning to my past. I ended up having a completely new experience and it was such a treat to see “The City” through my seven year old’s eyes.
On our last night we went to the Tonga Room at our hotel, the Fairmont, and had a blast. The cover band was amazing and it was so much fun to watch them as they played in a boat that cruised around the plunge pool. Every twenty minutes rain falls (with lightening) around the pool and my son was quick to put up his drink umbrella.
This week’s manicure commemorates our trip and was my son’s idea. The color is “Lace Me Up”, by Essie Gel Couture. The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.
Items in the photos include:
A.L.C. Leopard Print Dress
Burberry Plaid Blouse
Burberry Printed Skirt
Zadig & Voltaire Plaid Shirt
MSGM Track Jacket
J. Crew New York Sweatshirt
New Balance for J. Crew Palm Print Leggings
New Balance for J. Crew Sneakers
Legend of Lido Clutch
“A Life of Adventure and Delight” by Akhil Sharma
“You’ll Grow Out of It”, Jessi Klein
San Francisco Travel Guide
I love this Marel George painting of an Italian beach scene on this t-shirt. Just like with last week’s Andiamo tee, I am living vicariously through my clothes. While I thoroughly enjoyed a recent getaway to the American Riviera (Santa Barbara), but I still dream about the long days in Europe.
I styled the tee with my go-to seersucker blazer, jeans, sunglasses, Legend of Lido clutch and Stuart Weitzman heels.
J. Crew Stretch Blazer
J. Crew Marcel George T-Shirt
J. Crew Sunglasses
Legend of Lido Clutch c/o
J. Crew Denim (on sale!)
Stuart Weitzman sandals
Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Pink Bluff
Ready for the weekend, again? I am! I have serious summer wanderlust. This summer will include a few domestic trips. I will have to rely on my wardrobe and imagination for international pursuits.
I styled this “Andiamo” tee with a white denim skirt, sunglasses, New Balance sneakers and my bag of the summer (which is in stock!).
J. Crew Andiamo Tee (on sale!) and here for more sizes
J. Crew Piper Sunglasses
Cult Gaia Ark Bag (in stock!)
New Balance 620 Sneakers
J. Crew Skirt (similar here)
I brought a little Florida sunshine to San Diego recently (not that San Diego needs extra sunshine). This Florida Jackie cardigan was fun to style with my paint splatter slim boyfriend jeans, Piper sunglasses and cork flats.
J. Crew Florida Sweater
J. Crew Piper Sunglasses
J. Crew Slim Boyfriend Jean (similar here)
J. Crew Shoes (older style these and these would look great)
Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Pink Bluff
Spring Break in Seattle! Spring Break in Seattle! We decided to mix it up and head north instead of south for the vacation. My son and I had a few days to explore the city and see family. We had a great time and a variety of weather. It was good for my Southern California born and bred seven year old to experience something different.
This week’s mani is a Space Needle set against negative space.
The color is “Liquid Mirror” by Chanel. The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.
I had to have the “Maine” destination art t-shirt from J. Crew in my favorite navy. I can almost taste a lobster roll after a long day in the water.
I styled it with a new gingham blazer, boyfriend jeans with paint splatter, a striped clutch and striped shoes. I know the tee, blazer and jeans will be on repeat all summer. The jeans are limited edition and are available on line and in just two stores. The blazer is lightweight and perfect for Spring and Summer.
Here are a few of my other destination art t-shirt looks: Golden State, Beautiful Waste of Time, Dreaming of Paris, London Calling, New York State of Mind, Sliding Doors, Cheers to the long weekend!, I’ll take Paris and the Vineyard and New York on the Vineyard.
J. Crew Limited-edition slim boyfriend jean in paint splatter
J. Crew Puckered Gingham Blazer
J. Crew Maine Destination Art T-Shirt
J. Crew Clutch older style (similar here and here)
J. Crew Striped Gemma Flat (very similar here and here)
Lipstick Queen Vesuvian Liquid Lipstick