After my trip to the US, I came home to London for a day and a half. I didn’t even bother unpacking; I just added a few warmer things to my suitcase and we drove straight to Paris (a 5 hour drive). Now, I am not one of those bloggers who wears a new outfit in every single post. I buy things I love, usually statement pieces, and I wear them to death. I enjoy mixing them and seeing how many different looks I can get out of re-working the same pieces in different ways. When you travel, you have no choice but to do this; you simply make do with whatever is in your suitcase.
For instance, the shoes I’m wearing in this post, I wore before here. The earrings I wore here. The trousers I wore here. But doesn’t everything look so different worn with this (old) black jacket and these (sold out Mango) statement sunglasses? Plus, everything just seems to look different and better when you photograph it in Paris!
As much as I adore colour, I also adore black… especially for travel. It is urban, it is practical, it is elegant, it matches everything, and it does not have to be boring. I need to wear a stronger lip colour and a brighter blush to pull it off with my pale colouring, but that is a small price to pay for a colour which can look so chic and pulled-together with so little effort.
Now, this Stefanel jacket is something that has been in my closet for six years, and I’ve never even worn it once. I ordered it online because I saw it on Pippa Middleton (sad, but true) and thought it looked like it belonged in my closet. It was too small, but I couldn’t bear to part with it. I mean, look at these details!
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know I have a serious weakness for coats, shoes, sunglasses, and anything sparkly, of course. I thought I’d give this coat to a friend of mine who has always liked it, but then something happened. I lost 30 pounds (14 kilos) in the last 100 days, and now it fits. In fact, it is now slightly too big (see under the arms) so my friend may end up getting it anyway, but for different reasons! I’m not quite where I’d like to be yet in terms of weight, but I’m definitely getting there. 30 pounds sounds like a lot, but when you’re 5’8″ you’ve got a lot of room on your frame to hide stuff. How did I do this? Well, I’ll share all of that in my next post, but mostly it has to do with me finally addressing my serious addiction to sugar. It is the most personal and soul-baring post I’ve ever written, but honestly, if I can help anyone else who has struggled with their sugar addiction or their weight (who hasn’t?), it is worth me sharing. I’ve learned so much about what makes me tick. I’m a complicated open book; I didn’t think there was much more to learn about myself at 48, but I have learned (and continue to learn) a lot in kicking my addiction. I just wish I’d learned it sooner. In the words of Maya Angelou,“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
Anyway, back to Paris. Autumn is special here. I’m just going to leave a few photos below of how beautiful it is. If you’re planning a trip to Paris, see my recommendations here… I’ll have to edit that post next month to remove my beloved Colette which is closing in December.
See how everyone is wearing black?!
Even the graffiti is beautiful
My son photobombing!
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One other Paris outfit (weekend style) was this duck egg blue cashmere sweater (Winser London’s Audrey) which seems to blend into Paris and into my favourite local coffee shop, Boot Cafe, so well. I wore the Ecco shoes from this post a lot; I think they look so much smarter than a white sneaker, and they proved perfect for a city holiday.
I’m glad to put away my suitcase for a while, and I’m looking forward to wearing winter clothes… my favourite season sartorially. See you next week in your Inbox. xx
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