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. Read More »
In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a beret wearing kick lately, and nowhere does it make more sense to do so than in Paris, where I was for this shoot (obviously). I picked up this wool dress and these unique white booties from two of my favorite French designers (Isabel Marant and Chanel, respectively) on sale a few weeks ago in New York. Read More »
As you can imagine, there are beaucoup de good restaurants in Paris. When I visit with my husband, we tend to go to a handful of favorites, but sometimes we discover a place or two that we haven’t tried before. We stay in a darling apartment in the Marais, which is on the right bank and in the middle of Paris. Most of our usual spots are a short, scenic walk or cab ride away. Here is a non-exhaustive list of those places. Read More »
As you may have figured out by now, I’m pretty simple (get it? Because “Simply” Sylvia?) when it comes to dressing. I always try to pick unique, versatile pieces that are not only stylish, but functional. This poncho from one of my favorite DC based designers, DeNada, is a great example. I love everything that designer Virginia Arrisueño creates (a boss lady if ever there was one – see her interview here), but this particular piece fits my personality and style to perfection.
I love a good bouclé/tweed combo, especially when the labels involve at least two “C”s. I fell for this cute vintage bomber from Chanel despite the fact that the color scheme is not my usual (i.e. shades of black). I pulled out this almost twenty-year old brown tweed pencil skirt from my lawyering days in NYC (yes I have a hard time parting with my clothes, and yes I’m old enough for some of my clothes to qualify as “vintage”) because I liked the way that it picks up the subtle hues in the bouclé.
I decided to play up an eccentrically stylish, beatnik vibe by accessorizing in the manner of fashion’s current king of quirk, Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele. Quirky, that is, anywhere but on the famously avant-garde left bank (rive gauche) in Paris, where I just happen to be sitting as I write this.
Vintage Beige Chanel Bouclé Bomber available at Ella Rue (similar here), JCrew Tweed Pencil Skirt (similar here), Gucci Sylvie bag, Gucci Marmont Metallic Pumps (similar here) Le Specs Liar Liar Cat Eye Sunglasses, Beige Wool Beret (similar here)
I don’t know about you, but to me the most stressful part of traveling is editing my packing list. For my last trip to Paris, I was determined to be as minimal as possible (never mind the THREE jackets I brought because, you know: PARIS), and to fit everything into my carry-on bag. I kept my eye on the weather forecast (which was all over the place) and tried to choose pieces that I could mix and match and easily convert from casual to dressier looks. I knew I would be spending most of my time walking around the city, so comfort was essential, but not at the expense of style, bien sûr. Here’s what I ended up taking. Read More »
One of the best things about Paris is the food. Whenever I’m there I have a few favorite spots that I always hit (Café de Flore, Le Voltaire, Hotel Costes, to name a few), but I also try to find places that I haven’t been to before. Here is a round-up of discoveries from my recent trip – several of which are in the 9th arrondissement, the neighborhood I stayed in. Read More »