It’s finally my favourite time of year when the days become longer, temperatures rise and those early morning call times start to feel a whole lot easier. Dare I say enjoyable even. Not to mention the amazing array of florals now in season, which are worth the early morning weekend flower run. Oh and the obviously awesome pollen fuelled hay fever. One such staple at this time of year is a simple jersey stripe dress, which can double as a tee when paired with a midi skirt. Particularly when you can’t decide between the tshirt and dress options. All about keeping my wardrobe streamlined and versatile this season.
With each visit to the city of light I feel more inspired and fall deeper in love. I draw inspiration from many sources but the most profound moments are often when wandering aimlessly, with an open mind and camera in hand. Dreamy Paris never disappoints in that department with each turn bringing endless inspiration. From the impressively rich history and culture, incomparable architecture, tranquil gardens and endless museums. A place which nods respectfully at the past but never ceases to invigorate and inspire. Even the rain, which persisted most of the trip could not dampen the cities architectural beauty and cultural charm. Quite the opposite in fact with every delightfully Parisian nuance enhanced, enticing you you to explore even further. A city that is anything but an ostentatious try hard. It just is.
Here are a few postcard worthy moments from a magical city, which has a piece of my heart.
Photography by Christie Moore
1. Taking in the view from our cosy apartment in Le Marais.
2. Watching the ducks enjoy the rain drops in the Jardin des Tuileries.
3. A few of the many cute wheels around Le Marais.
4. People watching after exploring the always inspiring Pompidou Centre.
5. Strolling through the Jardin du Palais Royal. More from one of my favourite places in Paree here.
6. Rogue accents en route to the Eiffel Tower.
7. Lovelocks along the Pont Des Arts. A lovely sentiment, however I fully support protecting this significant public landmark.
8. Enjoying the most amazing tasting and looking eclairs from L’éclair de Génie.
9. A little Parisian magic taking me back to my childhood in Le Marais.
10. Feeling festive during my afternoon stroll thanks to whoever left the cute balloons in Le Marais.
11. Wandering the quintessentially spring feeling Jardin Du Luxemburg.
Each year as the winter chill begins to thaw out to a temperature not requiring multiple layers at all times, the mid-season sales kick in full gear and pop up all over our inboxes. Whilst it is all too tempting to add those spring/summer wish list pieces (my sartorial equivalent of a wanderlust list) to cart straight away it is actually the optimal time to stock up on those knitwear pieces first, which can quickly add up. Especially if alike myself you are quite particular about fit, fabrication and have a general disinterest in feeling itchy whilst wearing garments.
When it comes to knitwear experience has shown me that it is very much worthwhile investing in quality over quantity pieces. Particularly as the weather often cannot make up it’s mind until mid spring anyway, making those trusty knitwear pieces transeasonal staples when paired with classic denim, skirts or shorts. That’s where this striped knitted number comes in that I have had my eye on for some time. Classic with a twist via an open back cut that will surely serve as ventilation as spring approaches.
I came across this dreamy mural covered building last week during my regular work commute. The colours and energy of the community building are an instant mood lifter and really brighten up the mundane. Since recently coming back from my around the world travels I have been asked what it has felt like getting back into the everyday routine. Sure the alarms and commutes were a shock to the system at first but between all those amazing trips and post trip memories there is a whole lot of living to the fullest to be done. It’s about finding magic in the everyday. Whether it be things like inspiring spaces such as this building (there is a interesting TED talk discussing the importance of public spaces here), strolls in the park, catching up with friends and family over a cuppa or enjoying your own company. Those little things that bring you inspiration, happiness and fulfilment in your daily life. Particularly with a brand spanking new week just around the corner…