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Paris in the Fall Part I

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Sorry its taken me a bit to do my European travel round up... time ran away at the end of year as it continues to do! So Part I , here it is! 

To end my 2016 I had an amazing adventure around Europe. Planes, trains and automobiles- 10 days in France, Belgium, Spain and back to France. Road trips, wide open beautiful countryside covered in vines, the Mediterranean Sea, streets of Barcelona. sleeping in the oldest Medieval Castle in France and the sparking Eiffel Tower outside my window. To say the trip was good would be an understatement. 

For me, travel, by far, is my greatest source of inspiration. Being in a different atmosphere than your everyday, getting outside of your comfort zone, enjoying another culture and I am so lucky to get the opportunity to do that! 

We started the trip in Sainghin, my boyfriend's home town. Quaint and country. I found myself meandering old cobblestone stone side streets, ancient churches and I knew I was the only American for miles. It is a very small town outside of Paris and I was mostly taken by what I saw in terms of the architecture. All of the homes were very traditional stone, but new builds were popping up in the middle of farms that were wholly modern. The black steel and wide open windows in stark contrast to the traditional surroundings. And I loved it. I also love and noticed everywhere the French philosophy of repurpose. My boyfriend's family home has been in his family for generations and it has been built on, added to, converted, creating a warm and unique atmosphere where everything is worthy of saving. 

Next stop a trip to Bruges and Ghent. Drinking hot wine along the winding canals I took in these fortress like cities made more for walking than cars. And dont worry of course I had a waffle! 

The next day we flew to Toulouse and I have to say I wished I had more time to enjoy this city. It was pouring rain, so we hid out most of the time in a cafe, but did venture out a bit under the arcade. And the pink city did not disappoint. I have always been a fan of those "big little cities." Maybe thats why I love San Francisco so much! Toulouse felt like that. Meandering and green set atop drifting rivers. Modern and old in the perfect mix, a vibrant outdoor scene and who doesnt love an carousel! I intend to go back and spend a few more days there to really take in the beauty that is there. 

Road trip! Unbeknownst to me I had a surprise in store on our way from France to Spain. Sleeping in a beautiful castle in Carcasonne. It was raining when we left Toulouse and as the old walled city lights came into view our little car got closer and closer, until I was told that the hotel was inside the castle! Score! Our adventure to actually get into the hotel was very Woody Allen, trying to drive our mini Euro car on tiny winding roads that were never made for cars, waiting for a bellhop to arrive in the pouring rain and finally arriving to the magnificent hotel in the old walled city. 

Part II- Espana and Paris! I cant wait to show you around El Nacional, my favorite place in Barcelona!  In the meantime I am heading to Tulum next week. Check out my pinterest board as my plan my warm weather vacation! 

Fall Fashion...

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Im usually more focused on shopping for furniture and home accessories, but with my impending trip to France, Belgium and Spain quickly approaching and what seems like non stop photo shoots lately,  I have been shopping fall fashion and let me say there is some great stuff out there! So to keep your closets as inspired as your interiors here is a quick round up of some of the fall pieces I have made mine or plan to! 

I swear I could wear Ulla Johnson everyday. Her pieces are usually my spurge pieces, but they are items I keep FOREVER. I have been eyeing this fringe wrap jacket for awhile and I am pretty sure its coming with me to Spain. 

The forever denim lover that I am- I have been hoarding levi's including stealing and cutting up the jeans from my nearest and dearest. No denim is safe from me. Recently bought a pair of these vintage 501's and have been living in them. 

Bought 2 of these babies in the stripe version and the basic black and going back for the rest of the colors. These tee's are perfection- the fit is amazing- soft and sexy and I love, love, love a scoop back. Looks perfects paired with my high waisted flares.

Doen, all day , every day! I am so in love with this line - their dresses are beautiful and romantic- I just bought this sweater and just saw how many of their pieces I have been eyeing all summer are now on sale! Shopping spree headed that way! I never met a sweater that I didn't like and the cozy bell sleeves on this was more than I could handle.   

Boots, boots! I am ready to wear these babies all over Europe in less than a week. I have been looking for a cool pair of snakeskin boots for awhile that aren't too pricy and these fit the bill. Low heel and great color these will look great dressed up for a night out or out along the Champs- Elysees sightseeing. 

My Jord Wood Watch! I'm sure you guys have seen my obsessive posts about my love for my wood watch on instagram-  but seriously not leaving the country without it! I have been wearing the Frankie Koa and Ash Style non stop lately and have been getting so many compliments on it. Its so lightweight and everywhere I go people comment on how cool it is. Belle montre! 

I Want to Go : Hotel Henriette

I'm headed to France next month and already planning for all the croissants I will be eating and museums I will be frequenting. I had enrolled in a beginner French class in preparation for my trip (and lets be honest my life) but sadly due to my crazy travel schedule criss crossing the US of late, I have missed every single lesson... So instead of buckling down with my Rosetta Stone I did what any design obsessed, newly minted Franco-phile would do, I turned to Pinterest for travel inspiration and immediately fell down the rabbit hole of all the places i would be finding treasures to bring home with me. 

So turns out I'm totally in love with Hotel Henriette in Paris. The rooms are to die for and don't you dare ask me which room is my favorite. I absolutely refuse to pick a favorite and I intend to switch rooms every night I am there. 

Follow along on my France Trip Board on Pinterest- I will be adding all the places I plan to visit! 

All images via Hotel Henriette