Pink in Paris

stacy reeves photography

I’m flying back to New York today after spending a week in Chicago and a couple of days at home with my parents, too. Twelve days absolutely flew by! I spent Mother’s Day with my family, got to play with my 2.5 year old niece for a few days, sent way too many snapchats of my dogs, had a week-long sleepover with my college bestie, celebrated the marriage of another friend alongside a huge group of our college pals, took a ton of SoulCycle classes at the newly opened Old Town studio, spent a day wandering around Chicago with my mom, hung out with Hallie in the city we became friends in 4 years ago, grabbed lunch in Lincoln Park with Liz, got my hair and makeup done at Goldplaited for the wedding, wandered through my old stomping grounds in Lincoln Park, explored new (to-me) restaurants in the West Loop… The list could go on and on. I had such a fabulous week in the city that I’ll always call home.

pink coat in front of the eiffel tower

The notion of home is one that’s been on my mind a lot lately. I’ll share more about this later, but I actually got ‘evicted’ from my apartment a few weeks ago… Talk about a surprise! On May 1st I was notified that I had 60 days to find a new place to live. But like I said, that’s a whole different adventure that I’ll save for another day.

Chicago is one of the cities that will always be ‘home’ to me. The town I grew up in will always feel like home, my parents’ house will always be the home I grew up in, Champaign where I went to school always feels like home when I return, and New York will always be home to me in so many different ways.

Paris is another city that sparks something inside of me that makes me want to call it home. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Paris twice in the last seven months, and I get that same feeling that I used to get when I visited New York before I decided to make the move from Chicago.

I’ve always been the type of person where I want to do all of the things. There are not enough hours in the day for all of the jobs that I wish I could do… There aren’t enough days in the year for me to eat at all of the places on my NYC Restaurant Bucket List… And similarly with cities, I wish I could live in Chicago, New York, and Paris all at the same time. Different parts of me become more alive when I’m in each of them, if that makes sense. I’m drawn to so many different places for a plethora of reasons and it’s hard for me to figure out where the heck I want to be! Do you ever feel the same?

For the time being, however, I’m beyond excited to get back to New York and take advantage of this beautiful time of year. I’m looking forward to laying on a blanket in Central Park, wandering around Soho with an iced coffee in hand, brunching in the West Village, taking a trip over the bridge to Brooklyn, and figuring out where my next adventure will take me!

spring outfit, pink coat with white jeans, nude rachel zoe flats, pink henri bendel bag

parisian outfit, eiffel tower, striped sweater, white jeans, pink coat, stacy reeves photography

PS: There are plenty of Paris posts coming over the next few weeks! Rather than posting all of my photos and recommendations all at once after a trip, sometimes it’s more fun for me to be able to re-live the memories for a few weeks (or months) after. My favorite places to stay, shop, explore, eat, and drink will be up next week!

These photos were taken at The Trocadero, or the the Palais de Challiot, in Paris. It’s the perfect place for a photo opp to get the Eiffel Tower in the background! Normally, it’s SWARMING with tourists (not so fun fact: it’s where my phone was stolen out of my bag in October), but Stacy and I visited nice and early on a Saturday morning to avoid the crowds. The fact that it was actually drizzling in these photos may have helped our cause, too! 😉

pink coat, white jeans, blush pink handbag, nude leather flats

pink coat with striped turtleneck

pictures in paris with eiffel tower in the background

pink coat with white jeans paris

paris in the spring, pastels, pink coat, white jeans, pink handbag, eiffel tower

pink coat with blush pink bag

paris in the spring, eiffel tower

julie vos greek key necklace

Get the Look…

J.Crew Pink Cocoon Coat
J.Crew Striped Turtleneck
Old Navy White Jeans
Rachel Zoe Flats via Zappos
Henri Bendel Bag
Julie Vos Pendant Necklace
Karen Walker Sunglasses
Julie Vos Cuff Bangle

eiffel tower paris portrait photos stacy reeves photography

Click through to browse some of my favorite pink coats…

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42 Comments

  1. 5.19.15
    Rena commented:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your family and the outfit you wear here looks absolutely fantastic on you! The coat is really a dream <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  2. 5.19.15
    Lindsay Ava commented:

    Love these pictures, Paris is such an amazing place. I totally understand when you say Chicago and New York are your home, because when you travel or live in different places for a while it can become home 🙂 OMG what happened with your apartment? Hope you will be ok!

  3. 5.19.15
    Minau commented:

    Very pretty outfit! Great coat, love the color of it!

  4. 5.19.15
    Annie Reeves commented:

    So glad you’re drawing out the experience in Paris – I love looking at your dreamy photos! Can’t wait for more. xo

  5. 5.19.15

    That’s so nice that you feel at home in different cities. It sounds like each one has something different and special to offer. These Paris pictures are amazing, and I want this whole outfit!

  6. 5.19.15
    Sarah Lynn commented:

    I don’t know if I’ll have time to see Paris on this European trip but your pictures have me dreaming of the city….
    Great photos!
    I’m so sorry to hear about your apartment, but I really enjoy your optimistic outlook about the whole situation. Good luck on your search!
    http://www.wanderbeforewhat.com

  7. 5.19.15
    Meagan commented:

    Gorgeous outfit! Looking forward to seeing what happens next!
    -Meg
    http://www.smalltownsisters.blogspot.com

  8. 5.19.15
    Lauren commented:

    I can completely relate. There are certain parts of me that feel at home in different cities, but I’m just trying to enjoy where I am at the moment! These photos are just absolutely stunning.

    Fizz and Frosting

  9. 5.19.15
    Gentry commented:

    You look just adorable! I love the pink coat! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip! XO

  10. 5.19.15
    Meghan commented:

    SO gorgeous! cannot wait to see even more from the trip!

  11. 5.19.15
    Emma commented:

    Beautiful jacket and beautiful photos!
    emmastyleguide.blogspot.com

  12. 5.19.15
    Sarah commented:

    Love, love, love these pictures! They are perfection!

  13. 5.19.15
    Angela commented:

    I definitely can relate to feeling a draw to certain cities. Especially when you visit – you feel pulled to stay there because it sparks a connection unlike anywhere else.

  14. 5.19.15
    Liv commented:

    Such a chic look, which is great for Paris.

    Liv

    http://www.livforstyle.net

  15. 5.19.15

    I love your Paris photos! I totally feel this way about wanting to live in multiple cities at once! I want to live in DC, Honolulu, and Omaha simultaneously! haha

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

  16. 5.19.15
    Natali commented:

    Paris always makes a perfect “backdrop” for any type of photos, esp. outfit ones. 🙂
    You look gorgeous in this outfit and I love how you’ve accessorised it and added a nice touch of colour with this pink coat.

    http://lartoffashion.com

  17. 5.19.15
    Susie commented:

    These photos are stunning! Absolutely beautiful!

    xx,
    Susie

    http://www.SequinsandStrawberries.com

  18. 5.19.15
    Alexandra commented:

    I am absolutely obsessed with pink coats – very Jackie O. I look forward to visiting Paris someday!

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
    http://www.littlewildheart.com

  19. 5.19.15
    Tessa commented:

    Love this Jessica! I totally know what you mean when you say you come alive in different cities! I have never been able to describe my love for San Francisco but thats the perfect way to describe it! I feel like I really come alive when I’m there. I felt the same way when I first took a trip to Los Angeles and I have officially decided to make that my new home, super scary!!! I saw your snap chat about your apartment and hope all is going ok!!! Good luck.
    xx, Tessa | http://www.abrunettewithbaggage.com

  20. 5.19.15
    Alyssa commented:

    You look perfectly Parisian in these photos!

    Alyssa
    http://www.feathersandstripes.com

  21. 5.19.15
    Heidi commented:

    So happy to see these pictures and I’m in LOVE with your jacket! What a fab color on you.

    Wishes & Reality

  22. 5.19.15

    The fact that vacations fly by SO much faster than real life, is my least favorite part about going ANYWHERE.

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.com

  23. 5.19.15

    Very pretty look! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could own a place in NY, Chicago, & Paris one day? I say, you should try to make it happen.

    Happy Tuesday 🙂
    http://www.lovecompassionatelee.com/thinkoutloud

  24. 5.19.15
    Katherine commented:

    Oh no about your apartment! What a horrible thing to find out. But I’d love to see you live in Paris for a while. You’re only young once, and if you can afford it and do it, then why the hell not? #allthetravel

    Katherine || The Green Bows

  25. 5.19.15
    Casi commented:

    I’m visiting Paris for the first time this Friday. Do you have any places to eat or drink that you could recommend? I know you said you would share in future posts, but it would be great to try some of the places you enjoyed. Thanks!

  26. 5.19.15
    Lara commented:

    Love that coat! I totally get what you mean sometimes it’s just crazy to think about everything I want to do and all the places I want to visit – my list just keeps growing for each. I get inspired at the most random things and it makes me want to explore this new idea. I just think it’s important to actually try and do it all of things you want even if some turn out bad because you never where those adventures and dreams may take you!
    xo, http://chicandsequined.com

  27. 5.19.15
    Vera Sawicki commented:

    You look gorgeous & I love your coat!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

  28. 5.19.15
    Kathryn Parry commented:

    Stripes, a pink Henri Bendel satchel, and the eiffel tower? What a chic and classy combination!!! Love your style!
    ~Kathryn

    TheSugaredLemon.com

  29. 5.20.15
    Shannon commented:

    Love everything about this post! Paris has such a magical atmosphere, I cannot wait to return. I LOVE the Montmartre arrondissement. Best of luck with the new apartment search and move!!

  30. 5.20.15
    Cait commented:

    Obsessed with this!

  31. 5.20.15
    Laura commented:

    I totally thought that you were going to write that you were moving to Paris with the way you started this post! It seems like you had a wonderful time. And I love the coat and bag! Perfect for the location.

    Laura | Surf & Hydrangeas

  32. 5.20.15
    Linh commented:

    Hi Jessica! I love your Paris photos and your blog! I was super excited when you posted this because I’m traveling to Paris next Friday for the first time and would love it if you could suggest places to go, things to do and most importantly how to pack. I’ve been overwhelmed on thinking about what to pack! From your pictures I am thinking I need to pack some cold weather items? Also, I’ll be visiting Chicago in July and would love any suggestions for that too! Thanks so much!!

  33. 5.20.15
    C's Collection commented:

    I have never fallen in love with a city like I did Paris. Beyond beautiful!! Love these photos of you- such a pretty pink coat… when did you go to Paris?

    C’s Collection
    http://chelseascollection.com

  34. 5.20.15
    Leeanne F commented:

    I totally get what you mean about the “home” thing – different cities just jive with you in different ways! Glad to hear you loved Paris, and this outfit is AMAZING. Love the pink coat instead of the what-I-would-have-expected red coat.

    Xo
    Lee | LegalLee Blonde

  35. 5.21.15
    Preeti Grey commented:

    Such a pretty and chic outfit! Love your hair darling. <3

    Best,
    Preeti Grey
    The Lotus Closet

  36. 5.29.15
    SincerelyJennie commented:

    Sounds like you had a great time in Chicago! You’re making me feel like I need to get out and explore more!

  37. 6.3.15

    Sounds like you had an amazing time with family! I’m such a “family girl”; both a momma’s and a daddy’s girl. However, at the same time, I love my independance as well. Though I no longer live there, I consider Atlanta my hometown. I love getting chances to “go back home” and visit! That pink coat is fabulous, and, there is absolutely nothing wrong with “reliving” fabulous Paris memories for weeks or months to come. I look forward to it! 😉