Back in 2015, Aaron and I spent 5 days in the City of Lights with two of our dearest friends, Bryan and Michelle (Michelle is a super talented photographer who took most of the photos you’ll see today). Since I was on a hiatus from blogging, I never wrote a proper post on it when it happened — but I sure am excited to share it with you today!
Currently, we don’t have any big trips coming up, but even the simple act of preparing this post has me feeling inspired again! Reminiscing on travels is good for the soul. Now I’m scheming on how we can bring some of that travel magic into our everyday lives — even while we stay put in good ol’ Abilene this summer. 🙂
Today we’ll look at:
- What I packed in my carry-on
- What we did (plus, eateries + shops you’ll want to add to your travel bucket list)
- What I wore each day
Let’s jump in!
WHAT I PACKED
This neutral + classic packing list may look a little lackluster — but I still consider it one of my most successful packs to date!
My goal was to pack clothes that were comfortable and timeless so I never had to worry about feeling overdressed or underdressed. Basically, I wanted to forget about my clothes and enjoy the experience. 🙂
These pieces worked great for our trip two years ago, but I’m most proud that they still work. Almost every piece + outfit is something I still currently wear.
My color palette? Grey, white, and black — with a little interest via stripes and cognac accessories. I brought 4 tops, 3 bottoms, 3 pairs of shoes, 1 jacket, and 2 dresses in my carry-on. Here’s the full list:
01 | Striped Tee
02 | Grey Tank | similar (made responsibly + on sale)
03 | White Button Down (old) | similar | similar (made responsibly) | similar (under $25)
04 | Stripe Crop Tank (old) | similar | similar in solid colors | similar in yellow (made responsibly)
05 | Soft Blazer (old) | similar | similar (under $35)
06 | Black Skirt (old) | similar | similar (under $15)
07 | Sunnies + Watch
08 | Tote | similar (made responsibly) | similar (under $65) | similar (under $49)
09 | Black Skinnies (old) | similar (made responsibly) | similar (under $40)
10 | Black Dress (old) | similar jumpsuit | similar with criss-cross back | similar (under $70)
11 | Leggings (old) | similar | similar (made responsibly + under $30)
12 | Linen Dress (under $70) (mine is old and different from the one shown above) | similar (almost sold out) | similar in a shirtdress (under $50)
13 | Short Heels (old) | similar (on sale) | similar
14 | Flats (old) | similar (on sale) | similar (under $15)
15 | Sandals (old) | similar
WHAT WE DID
EVENING: Arrive at our Air BnB after a long day of travel. (Pictured above.)
The particular apartment we stayed in is no longer available, but we stayed in Le Marais near Rue des Gravilliers. It was quiet, but in the center of things — the perfect base to explore Paris.
MORNING: Visit Montmartre + Sacre Coeur. Walk to lunch at Buvette. Pick up flowers for our apartment at the flower shop next door. (Pictured above.)
AFTERNOON: Head back to the apartment for a nap. 🙂
EVENING: Head out to dinner at Season, then take a short walk to Le Perchoir, a chill rooftop bar, for after-dinner drinks. You may have to wait in line for a few minutes, but it goes quickly and it’s well worth it for the views + vibes. (Pictured below.)
MORNING: Wake up early and peruse the antique market Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen.
We stuck to the high end markets and didn’t buy a thing, but we weren’t there to buy — we were there to see one-of-a-kind antiques in person. I’m an antique enthusiast so it’s my thing, but it’s definitely not for everyone. Do your research before you go, because it’s not easy to navigate.
AFTERNOON: Browse the home goods at concept store Merci and grab coffee at their coffee shop. Definitely put this one on your list. (Pictured above.)
EVENING: Drinks at Bar Du Central, then walk to the Eiffel Tower for a picnic dinner. (Pictured below — see the Eiffel Tower peeking out there?)
MORNING: Visit the Louvre and walk the grounds. (Pictured above.) Then head to Rue Cler to explore the area and grab brunch at L’eclair. Admire the flowers at Cler Fleurs down the street.
AFTERNOON: Visit Museum De L’Orangerie to see Monet’s Water Lilies. The museum is small and manageable and the wait is well worth it. (Pictured below.)
EVENING: Admire Notre Dame on the walk to a fancy dinner at Le Reminet. Stop by the Eiffel Tower one last time to see it all lit up + sparkly at night. It only lights up for five minutes every hour on the hour, so be prompt.
WHAT I WORE EACH DAY
And there you have it! 🙂
So tell me, have you ever been to any of these spots? What did you think? And I’m curious — how do you bring a little travel magic into your every day life? Share away in the comments!