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.”

“OK.”

“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.

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

Denim Mules

Sunglasses

White Denim

Cult Gaia Ark bag in Large (also here).

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

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It’s Finished…

The sales person at Le Bon Marche sighs as I try them on again.  It’s 7:45 pm and the store closes at 8:00 pm.  My birthday is tomorrow.  They are extravagant, but I do love them.  I am not 100% sure about the comfort and after the pair I bought in Amsterdam last week gave me blisters,  I am a little hesitant

“Shall I wrap them up?” she says with thinly veiled annoyance.

“What time do you open tomorrow?  It’s my birthday.”  I say with a smile.

“10 am.” she says as she sets the box down and gestures to put them in the box.

“Ok.  I am going to think about them and I will come back tomorrow.”  I say as I take them off and hand them to her.

She just stares at me like I am a crazy person, boxes them up and walks away.

The next morning I wake up with the sun and my first thought is of the shoes. They are perfect and will go with everything.  Prada mules with rainbow bands.  It is my 36th birthday.  I head out for coffee and a croissant at Cafe de l’Esplanade.  I enjoy the view of Les Invalides while keeping an eye on my watch.  At 9:15 am I pay my bill and head over to Le Bon Marche.  I arrive at 9:45 and wait for the doors to open.  I can’t stop thinking about the shoes.

The doors open and I head straight for the third floor.  I find the display shoe and pick it up.  I look for a sales person.

Finally one greets me “Bonjour, Mademoiselle.”

“Bonjour, I would like these in a 39.”  I say with a smile.

She smiles and goes to get them.  The wait goes on and on and seems to take an hour.  She returns with a scowl on her face and she is empty handed.

“I am sorry.  We don’t have it.  It is finished.” she says.

“But, I just saw it last night at closing.  Are you sure?” I plead.

“It is finished.  I am sorry.” she says again.

Defeated, I leave the store.  I walk aimlessly on Boulevard Saint-Germain.  How could I be so cautious and let them slip through my fingers.  I must have them.  I jump on the metro and head to Prada on Rue Saint-Honore.

I head into the store and look around and don’t see them anywhere.

“Bonjour, Mademoiselle. ”

“Bonjour.  I am looking for the sandal with the colored straps.”

“Ah yes, we only have a 35 left.  Very popular.”

After I returned to the states I continued to try to find them.  InStyle magazine featured them a few months later, but they were no where to be found.  I still think about them from time to time.

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Fourteen years later, I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday in Paris, again.  This time with my husband and son.  I was very determined not to hear “It’s finished” while still being cautious about my purchases.  I did not buy that many little things, but I did go for a couple of bigger things like the shoes below and a handbag (coming soon).

I had my eye on this Veronica Beard blouse (below) before I left.  I was saving all my shopping for Paris, so I held off.  Imagine my delight when I learned it was on sale and still available in my size upon my return home.  I styled it with denim, a striped clutch, my new sandals and my sunglasses (which were perfect in Paris as I could leave them on going in and on the metro and still read signs and be chief navigator for my family).

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Blouse (also here )

Striped Clutch

Sunglasses

Denim

Hermes Sandals (similar here, here and here)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Tipsy French Edition

Bonjour!  I woke up this morning at 3:30 am with thoughts of my fresh croissant and cafe creme.  Instead I made myself an iced black coffee and had some overnight oats with hemp, flax and chia.  Back to reality.  The nine days in Paris to celebrate my birthday were glorious.   It was my son’s first trip out of the United States, so we hit all the usual spots. I loved seeing them all again through his eyes.  We stayed in the same neighborhood where I spent ten days in the mid-90s.  I kept flashing back to pre-marriage and mommy memories as my family  made new memories.

In preparation for the trip I got a gel mani with a tipsy french tips.  My mani paired nicely with my aperitif of choice, kir and all things Paris.  The gel held up well as you can see in the photos (some were taken more than a week after the mani).

I may hold on to this mani for a few more days as I reminisce and ease back into my California life. I will miss the walking and the endless light of the summer long days.

Adieu.  Until next time…

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Items in the photos include:

Clare V Tote

Moynat Gabrielle Bag

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Memorial White

It’s official!  You can wear white as of this weekend.  This a rule I break all the time, particularly for my favorite super comfy Wit+Wisdom white jeans that I picked up recently in Santa Barbara for well under $100.  I also picked up this fun tie shirt (also a bargain) and considered the two pairs of slides (below) at J. McLaughlin (they are having a huge sale this weekend and the shoes are included!).  I also love this bell sleeved jaquard top, this eyelet shirt, these fun pants and this wrap dress.

I still have my eye on this bag (in a new color combo).

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Floral Slides (on sale!)

Gingham Slides (on sale!)

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Striped Tie Top

White Denim

Bag (similar here (on sale!) and here)

Sunglasses (similar here, here and here)

Striped Shoes (similar here, here  and here)

Floral Slides (on sale!)

Gingham Slides (on sale!)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

 

 

Welcome to the Hotel Californian

“You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.”  Well I would never want to leave the beautiful Hotel Californian.  My husband and I checked out this new hotel when we had a quick getaway to Santa Barbara to celebrate 10 year anniversary.  It is gorgeous.  They just had their grand opening party last night.    I still can’t get over all the changes to lower State Street since I was in college at UCSB only a few years ago.  Back then there was very little going on lower State Street except a few dive bars. This is the latest addition.  I love all the black and white tile.

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Blue Camo Jacket (similar herehere and here)

White Denim

Blue Leopard Tee (similar here and here)

Striped Shoes (similar here and here)

Bag

Sunglasses (similar here and here)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

A Little Leopard

East Hampton, 1997

“Jenni, what did you buy? I left you for 10 minutes. That’s a big bag”. Elizabeth exclaims as she crosses Main Street with our iced coffees.

“A couple of bags. Great sale.”

“Let me see. Let me see. Oh Zadig & Voltaire. Nice. I love the black one and the duffle is great. A leopard print handbag? Really?”

“Yes, I love it. It adds a little something and says I’m a risk taker. “

She laughs.

“Just wait. I’ll carry it on the flight home to San Francisco. You never know who I’ll meet.”

“Well if anyone can pull it off, it’s you”.

My first leopard print purchase.  It was followed quickly by a belt and adorable pair of sandals (that have survived many a closet purge). Back then leopard was a simple embellishment mixed mostly with black and white. I had yet to embark on pattern mixing.

Los Angeles, 2017

“Hi I’m home.”

“Hi do you need help with anything from the car”. says my husband from the family room.

“No I’m good. I race up to the closet”.

I quickly hang up my new jacket.

“Hold on what’s THAT?”

“A new jacket. Do you like it?”

“It’s a bit much.”

“I think it’s just the right amount of much.”

Leopard is now in most parts of my wardrobe and even in my home decor (in shades of blue of course). This jacket is more leopard than I usually wear, and I love it. I styled it with my ark bag, denim, sneakers and a white tee. There is even a leopard pouch hiding in my ark (for a pop of print and to keep the Ark tidy).

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Jacket (similar here, here and here)

Linen T-shirt (similar here, here and here)

Ark Bag (also here and here)

Leopard Pouch (inside Ark) here, here and here

Denim (on sale!) this new wash and this new wash are on my list

New Balance Kicks

Sunglasses (similar here, here and here)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Rainbow Smiles

There is a lot to be happy about.  It is almost Thanksgiving vacation.  We have family visiting for the holiday.  We are having another heatwave (which I have decided to enjoy instead of being annoyed).  So today I am “Up Beat” and rainbows.  Why not?

I styled this “Up Beat” t-shirt with a velvet blazer, denim, tweed flats and a tropical clutch.

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Velvet Blazer

T-Shirt

Shoes

Denim

Clutch

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Blue and White

My tried and true favorite color combination is blue and white.  It is evident in both my home decor and most of my wardrobe choices.  When I saw this clutch while on vacation in Hawaii, I knew I had to have it.  For me it’s a neutral (and it has this handy shoulder strap inside for when you tire of carrying it).  It gives a nice pop to my casual outfit of white jeans, blue tunic and my new favorite sandals.

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Top (similar here and here)

Jeans

Sandals

Clutch (similar here)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE