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As Day One of my Paris recap may have led you to believe, our mini Euro trip had some heavy emphasis on nightlife this time-around…
YOLO, you know?
(…Yes, I said it!)
I won’t go into too much detail about our second night out — because that, my friends, is a post in-and-of itself. But if you’re looking for recommendations on the best late-night bars and restaurants in Paris, I’ve got you. (Coming soon!)
In the meantime…
While laid-back and effortlessly undone is the name of the game when it comes to cool-girl Parisian style, there were a few days (nights) when I felt like getting just a bit dressier, so I went the mixed prints route — using stripes as a foundation, of course.
Today’s ensemble felt like the perfect balance between fashion-forward but simple. Do you agree?
I bought this pretty floral skirt after seeing Jess style it a few different ways (she actually designed it, too!), and it truly does go with just about everything in your wardrobe.
Lazily, this was the only point in the trip that I heat-styled my hair (using a wand). After a quick application of my basic beauty routine (all products linked below), I grabbed my go-to going out bag and we were out the door…
I remain to be surprised by how much my mini Pashli handbag holds. It’s a bit of an investment, but I use it every weekend and find that it’s perfect for traveling.
You’ve seen these vegan-leather boots before, and they were the first thing I packed in my suitcase (which you can read more about in this post). You know I’m a boots-as-pants kinda gal, so they came in handy for both day and night… So easy to walk (skip, stumble, dance, etc) in… Hehe.