Do you ever find that coming back from a long vacation is almost enough to make you question ever going on one again? That’s kind of the boat that I was in when I got back from Europe. I felt like I boomeranged back into my day-to-day without slowing down at all. Yes, I had just returned from a vacation, but it wasn’t as if I was laying on a beach all week re-charging. Exploring two cities in two different countries was exhausting! (Amazing, but tiring, you know?) I was in over-drive before we left for Europe, and jumped right back into a crazy week when I got back. And then I kind of crashed — I was in a weird funk the past few weeks and I felt myself shutting down a little bit each day. I didn’t feel like blogging or even Instagramming, I was light-headed and nauseous for days at a time, and I didn’t even feel like talking to anyone besides my mom. I realized I had entirely too many projects on my plate (realizing you can’t do everything is a really hard lesson to learn, my friends) and had to slowly make steps to get my life back under control. And in the midst of trying to put out fires and clean up the messes, I just didn’t really feel like sharing anything online. I spent a lot of the week after I got back writing and reflecting and then got to head out of town for a fun trip to Hilton Head Island. Having a bit of a reset week, followed by a little weekend escape (mixed with lots wine and a lot of girl talk with Grace and Hallie) was just what the doctor ordered — I’m finally feeling like myself again and finally feeling more inspired to blog again. Feeling burnt out and suffocatingly overwhelmed is a real thing — It’s weeks like the last few that remind me how important it really is to slow down from time to time and allow yourself to recharge your batteries! I have a lot more thoughts on this and could go on and on, but I’ll save those for another day. Bottom line — Sorry for being MIA (the above + major computer issues = not a good mix) and thank you for sticking around in the mean time! xo
Now that we’ve got that little ‘note from the editor’ out of the way, today’s post is a much, much more upbeat one! And it’s a photo overload because Stacy is so unbelievably talented!
Let’s get to it..
If you weren’t aware already, I could not be any more in love with Paris! It’s a head over heels situation. Completely, madly, absolutely in love with Paris. The relaxed lifestyle, the living-in-the-moment mentality, the stunning architecture everywhere you look, the quaint streets, the hushed feeling amongst the city, the scenic views along the Seine, and the little peeps of Lady Eiffel wherever you go… I can’t help but smile ear to ear. I can’t even put into words the immense amount of happiness that I feel when I’m there, but it’s similar to the electric energy I felt every time I visited New York before I moved here. That feeling when you know you just belong there. When I got to Paris a few weeks ago and was out wandering the streets to find a cute cafe for a bite to eat, I was honestly so happy that I thought I was going to cry. Sheer joy, in overwhelming amounts.
While I was in Paris, I had the pleasure of shooting a few photos with Stacy Reeves and it honestly was one of the highlights of my trip. Before I left for Europe, I was searching for a photographer and emailed quite a few of them. Stacy was on my list and was actually scheduled to be out of town for a shoot the weekend I was there, so I assumed we wouldn’t get to meet. Since the weather wasn’t cooperating while I was in Europe, her shoot got cancelled and we were able to squeeze in a few outfits between rain clouds on one of my last days in the city. I think it was fate, honestly. Stacy was such a breath of fresh air! Her and her husband moved to Paris 2.5 years ago from Dallas, Texas and haven’t looked back. Stacy shoots weddings, engagements, anniversaries, bloggers, and simply just visitors that want some beautiful, scenic shots from their trip to Paris!
Having this blog, I get my photo taken a lot… Like a lot, a lot. And I instantly felt so comfortable with Stacy, which isn’t the case for me generally. It usually takes me a while to warm up to a new photographer for whatever reason. But I instantly felt like I could be friends with Stacy — I could have spent the entire day with her!
And fyi — this is in no way sponsored. You can even ask my mom and friends … I’ve been back for three weeks and I’m still raving about her and the absolutely amazing photos that she took! I was blown away when I got the images back… She did such a fantastic job! Just wait until you see some of the photos later this week with the Eiffel Tower… 🙂
And now that I’ve gotten that little love note out of my system… Here are a few more photos from Carette, a gorgeous Parisian cafe in the Trocadéro.
A bit about my outfit… Is there anything that feels more Parisian than a great striped top? I am just about as in love with this striped top as I am with Paris. (Yes, we just went there.) Between the cowl neck, the flattering arm cut, and the giant gold buttons down the back, it’s literally perfect. I paired it with my trusty camel blazer, white denim, and my favorite flats of the moment.
Get the Look…
J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer (similar here)
Sail to Sable Top c/o (also available here!)
Old Navy White Denim
Rachel Zoe Flats c/o Zappos
Henri Bendel Bag c/o
Capwell + Co Knot Cuff
Capwell + Co Ball Cuff
Delphine Pariente Paris Ring
Karen Walker Sunglasses
Michael Kors Watch
J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer | Sail to Sable Top | Old Navy White Denim | Rachel Zoe Flats | Henri Bendel Bag | Capwell + Co Knot Cuff | Delphine Pariente Paris Ring | Karen Walker Sunglasses | Michael Kors Watch