My first trip to Paris came about at a very interesting time. It was the spring of my junior year – I had just been dumped by my longterm college boyfriend and was in a MAJOR funk. My spirit was crushed, and the only solace I found was at the bottom of a pint Ben & Jerry’s or cry-singing to Adele and babbling about how ‘she’s the only one who understands me.’ I think it is a testament to how truly pathetic I must have seemed, because when my best friend Caitlyn suggested we take a trip abroad my parents not only liked the idea they immediately booked me a flight.
c/o MAISON JULES lemon skirt & striped top | RED VALENTINO bow sandals (old.) | c/o CLINIQUE ‘cherry pop’ lip color | DAVID YURMAN crossover ring | VITA FEDE titan bracelets | OLD NAVY bucket bag (similar)
In case you missed the memo Paris is pretty amazing. Experiencing the beauty of this new and exciting city was like a shock treatment for my soul. The city of lights quite literally illumanted my path to the future. I no longer cared to wallow about what I was leaving behind in the past because I could finally see that there was so much laying out in front of me. For me, Paris will always be a symbol of life’s amazing possibilities.
As much as I wish I could just hop on a plane at a moments notice, Paris is after all an ocean away and sometimes I have to get my inspiration stateside. Lucky for me, there are a few Pieces of Paris here in Dallas, that will do the trick in a pinch. Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie in the West Village has some of the best French Macaroons in town (not to mention is conveniently located next door to one of my favorite nail salons MiniLuxe which kills two indulgences with one stone). If you ever need a festive lunch spot or a place for a romantic dinner date, I highly recommend Mercat Bistro in the Harwood District. They also are home to my personal favorite Chai Tea Latte period. Do any of my local readers have any other DFW spots I need to check out? Sound off in the comments – Merci Beaucoup!
Now that I’ve filled you in on my love affair with Paris, it should come as no shock that I am obsessed with Macy’s Maison Jules line. As I mention in this post, I love that these styles are très chic without breaking the bank. While I hate to play favorites, this lemon skirt is too cute not to sing it’s praises. I have it style with this striped tee today (a Parisian style staple), but I can’t wait to wear it again with a white crop top or a slouchy cream knit. The shirt dress I wore to Mercat is also one of my favs, and doesn’t it look just perfect next to their blue & white patio chairs? Make sure to check out the entire collection at Macys.com.
c/o MAISON JULES shirt dress | JOIE wedges | J.CREW straw tote | RAY-BAN gold aviators | c/o CLINIQUE ‘cherry pop’ lip color | DAVID YURMAN crossover ring | VITA FEDE titan bracelets
Photography by Mary Summers for SideSmile Style
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