I have just gotten back from a trip to Paris, which you might have seen if you follow me on Instagram. It was a really wonderful trip and I am extra lucky because I got to spend it with my whole family this time! It was wonderful spending some quality time with them while we explored Paris together. We even got to see snow while we were there! I wanted to share some of our pictures and my outfits from the trip as well as share some of my recommendations.

I am certainly not qualified to write a comprehensive guide to Paris. I feel like I would to live there for at least a year to do that. But I wanted to share a few of our favorite stops while we were there. I’m not even going to try to touch museums and art exhibits, as again, I am not qualified. These are some nice places to stop by in between sightseeing!

For food:

Ellsworth:
We have gone to Ellsworth three times this year and each time I love it more. It’s small, unassuming, and intimate. They are famous for their fried chicken and for good reason! Everything is served tapas style, so you can really try the whole menu while you are there. Apparently they have an excellent brunch as well, but I have not tried it. I recommend making a reservation in advance!

Carbon:
This was new to me and one of my favorites on this trip. The menu is Argentinian and I moved to order some books on Argentinian cuisine after our meal. This was my favorite meal in Paris. Jeff and I shared a hanger steak with sweet potatoes that was absolutely ethereal. The interior is stunning and makes the small restaurant feel airy and bright. They have a new secret bar underground that I sadly did not get a chance to try. If you get to go, let me know how it is! Note for vegetarians…the menu can be quite meat-centric so you might have to order a bunch of appetizers instead of a main.

Bonhomie:
We had an excellent meal here earlier in the year and were eager to return on this trip. The menu is Mediterranean inspired and served shared style, I believe we ordered almost the entire menu between five people. This is a dining experience that goes at a very relaxed pace, which is a wonderful break from running around the bustling city. I recommend arriving early before dinner and enjoying a cocktail at their bar, which features its’ own separate menu.

Tavline:
I was really inspired by our meal at Tavline, a new Israeli restaurant in the Marais. They describe the menu as Israeli comfort food. We had a delicious appetizer sampler with hummus, spiced sweet potatoes, beets, and roasted cauliflower. This simple preparation of vegetables was done with such elegance and care. Tonight Jeff and I are trying to replicate this meal! We shared the shakshouka and it was the perfect dish to warm our bones after a day out in the cold.

Little Red Door: Jeff and I loved this place for cocktails. They have a changing “inspirations” menu but they also do classic cocktails exceptionally well. The bartenders are very fun to talk to. I would arrive as early as possible as it tends to fill up quickly, a good one to try on a weeknight rather than a weekend!

Experimental Cocktail Club: We were bigs fans of the Experimental Cocktail Club in London so we were eager to try the Paris E.C.C.. It does not disappoint, and the best part about it is it can be very quiet and tranquil when you go during the week. Perfect atmosphere to enjoy a stiff cocktail in beautiful Montmartre.

For Shopping:

The Frankie Shop:
The real life version of the Frankie Shop is a charming boutique in the Marais. This was a treasure trove, I bought some wonderful dresses here I am going to wear a lot. I must preface this recommendation by saying the sizing offered is quite limited and errs small.

KILO Vintage:
This was fun for vintage lovers! It is nothing fancy, no designer vintage here. Just very well organized vintage basics and lots of them. If you are planning to come here, make sure there is extra room in your suitcase.

Leclaireur:
There are several locations in Paris, and they all have their own vibe but each one is a completely unique shopping experience. The buying is extremely selective and they stock some really incredible designers you don’t get to see anywhere else. Walking into the Leclaireur in Montmartre where you have to be buzzed in through a door, I thought it would be the kind of place where the sales staff would treat you rather rudely if you were just looking around. I was wrong, the sales staff could not have been nicer. The boutique in Montmartre was like a museum, I would love to go back soon.

Fifi Chachnil:
For lingerie lovers! I wanted to buy some lingerie in Paris that I would not be able to find anywhere else. I found just the thing at the Fifi Chachnil store in Montmartre. It isn’t just lingerie, the clothes they offer were to die for as well. It is spendy for sure, but you can see and hear them sewing the clothes in the backroom atelier as you shop, so you are getting truly handmade Parisian lingerie.

 

Above I am wearing a Red Valentino skirt, an A.P.C. bag, a puffer from the Frankie Shop, and boots by Frye.

Above I am wearing an A.P.C. dress I got while in Paris, an A.P.C. bag, my husband’s trench coat from the Kooples, and Manoush suede pink pumps.

Above I am wearing Fifi Chachnil lingerie in the Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais where we stayed.

Above I am wearing a dress from the Frankie Shop, my husband’s trench coat from the Kooples, tights from Urban Outfitters, and shoes by Sonia Pinto.

Above I am wearing a Carven leopard faux fur coat I bought last year with vintage Moschino pants, red tights from Target, my A.P.C. bag, and Vanessa Seward shoes.

 

 

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I missed out on Black Friday because I was just so wiped out from hosting Thanksgiving. I’ve spent the weekend recouping with Netflix in bed and cruising sales online, getting ready to make my move for Cyber Monday. I’ve been holding off shopping for the most part lately, the long wait makes this so much more fun. Below are a few of the items I have my magpie eye on…

Nordstrom’s sale is really good because it is full of Junya Watanabe, Molly Goddard, Simone Rocha and Miu Miu. Also, it is an extra 20% off sale items today only!

 

 

Some favorites from Net-a-Porter’s infamous biyearly sale…in the danger zone now. I’ve been wanting a pair of these Attico shoes for months.

 

Shopbop is doing an EXTRA 35% off sale items!! So crazy. I love all of the R13 on sale right now!

 

 Above photo of Charlotte Rampling by Alain DeJean, 1974 x

I am so excited to share some of our wedding images with you guys. I posted a few pictures on Instagram but I have some of the images shot by our talented wedding photographers Scott and Kristi Redman now. I wanted to let you in on the wedding prep process. I was really lucky to work with the talented hairstylists from Matrix on the day of our wedding. As you might remember, I went to Hilton Head, South Carolina a few months back to test wedding styles with Matrix stylist Danielle Keasling. That day was such a blast, it was the first moment that I really felt like a bride and got me so excited for wedding. We talked about my dress, our wedding colors, the setting, the weather, and started planning the hair accordingly.

We tried a number of styles from Matrix’s Style Link Little Black Book of Styling: Weddings Edition, which has a great selection of ideas you can choose and adapt from. After playing with a few styles we decided on a romantic undone up-do for the big day. It was so cool getting to be a hair model that day, I really got to feel pampered! It also resolved a lot of the butterflies that I had about getting ready for the wedding. I really can’t tell you how much better I felt after our
consultation. On a day as emotional as your wedding day, it is such a relief to be in the capable hands of an expert. I had a much better handle on my wedding day look after our consult, I could see it all coming together.

On the day of, the stylists arrived three hours before the wedding and I did my makeup myself while Danielle styled my hair. I chose to do my makeup myself because I actually find doing my makeup relaxing. I was keyed up in the hours before we walked down the aisle! It is pretty chaotic finding time to get ready in the midst of handling wedding details and making last minute decisions. Being tucked away with Matrix’s team in my mom’s bedroom with my sister, my best friends, and my mom helped calm my nerves considerably. It was a really special moment. My husband, my dad, and our officiant also got their hair done by Matrix’s team and the guys all loved getting their hair too.

Here is a basic rundown of the steps for my hairstyle. I learned a lot of great tips and products from working with Danielle. We started off by setting my hair in loose barrel curls as a foundation. Danielle used the Matrix Style Link Heat Buffer and a 1” iron, wrapping my hair in a wand style fashion away from my face. She then pinned each curl with a clip until my hair cooled. Then, she used the Style Link Texture Builder at the base of the curls for density and grip, released the curls and used a comb to separate the texture. Next, she sectioned my hair in a side part and started twisting and braiding multiple sections from the sides of my face, and separating the lower half of the back of my hair into a braided low bun. She spent a LOT of time playing with the twist and braids with her fingers, pulling them looser and giving them texture for a more undone look. She used the Style Link Style Fixer for a strong hold and shine to make sure the look would last all day. We finished with a comb adorned with flowers that matched the floral arrangement in our ceremony. Then my sister helped me into my dress (!!!) and I was ready to walk down the aisle.

I loved the result and it held up all night long, even after I switched into zombie makeup and jumped in the swimming pool later that night at our Halloween reception! I was really inspired by my experience working with Matrix. I am always fascinated by what goes into creating beauty looks and I love quizzing hair and makeup artists on their techniques. I learned a lot from Danielle and I have been switching up how I wear my hair since the wedding. We went to Tokyo for our honeymoon right after the wedding and I came up with a braided up-do inspired by wedding hair that I wore almost every day. As someone who went into wedding planning with a totally DIY mindset, I am so glad that my hair was not a DIY situation, especially seeing how great it looks in the photos now! Thank you Matrix and your amazing team for being there on my big day.

I’ll definitely be doing a post about my dress soon, and eventually about the makeup I decided on and probably some pictures of our Halloween party too! It was the most fun I have ever had in my life, Jeff and I are having wedding planning withdrawal right now. We are really touched by the kind well wishes from our friends and readers of Sea of Shoes and Thyme and Temp. You guys make us feel so lucky.

This post was made in partnership with the amazing team at Matrix, thank you for being part of our big day.