La Petite Robe Noire

As you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I visited Paris with my husband recently. I usually do photo shoots when I am there, but have tended to avoid the big, iconic backgrounds like the Eiffel Tower or one of the many beautiful bridges in the city because that always seemed so cliché to me. This time I went full tourist/blogger to get those shots, and I could not be happier with the results.

The thing about a location like Le Pont Alexandre III where we took most of these pictures is that you have to do it early in the morning to beat the crowds. We met our photographer at 8 am on a Saturday, which when you factor in jet lag, felt more like 5 am to us. I was really happy to get this dramatic shot with the Eiffel Tower in the background.Did I mention the icy temperatures? Thirty degrees to be exact. But I really wanted to take pictures in this little black dress by DC based designer Cotton Canary.  I had to add a little fur collar of my own to try to fend off frost bite.I love the silhouette of this dress – it reminds me of something a modern day Marie Antoinette might wear (she did after all, like those full skirts). The slight tulip shape finished with a lovely peek a boo lace detail is demure yet sexy at the same time. And best of all? The dress has pockets!This little red bejeweled clutch that I found at some random accessory store adds just the right pop of color, and turns this into a holiday party-ready look. And can we talk about these shoes from former Jimmy Choo designer Tamara Mellon? I love the sexy take on classic babies.See? No one else in sight! Yay! Except this guy, but he was invited.Making an exit is one of my fashion rules, and these lace/fishnet tights from Wolford are my favorite ways to draw attention to what I am wearing, and my legs of course, which may or may not be one of my better features.Travel tip: in addition to the bridges, if you are in Paris and want a great shot of the Eiffel Tower, I highly recommend the Trocadéro. Here is a shot from one of the staircases. Again, the earlier you get there the better, as it gets really crowded. Absent from this shot are the other bloggers. recently engaged or married couples, and quinseañera photo shoots that were taking place there by the time we wrapped up at 9 am.

Photographer: Ioana Cmeciu

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