Hello Summer

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It was a year ago this time I was in Italy. I spent ten days from the south to the north exploring the country. It was so hard to leave Paris this time but I guess that happens every trip. I arrived to Positano and in my mind was thinking that nothing could feel quite like Paris. That was until I walked along the shore in Positano and when I looked up saw the most amazing view of Positano just as the sun was setting. I surrendered at this point and decided okay Positano you got me! I fell head over heels for this place. I went alone and yes this place is swarming with honeymooning couples so I did feel a little out of place but I let that go quickly. One thing no one told me is that Italy is filled with Jasmine in the summer. Everywhere you turn is just the most fragrant delicious scent. Its intoxicating. You mix this with the smell of the sea and I am just in heaven. It would be my signature scent if I could create one (hint!)

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So many people have been asking when I will be back in Paris. The truth is I am not sure of my next trip. I have been in Paris in October the last three years but I don’t know if that will happen this year. I am working on another project that I just pitched that could bring me back to Europe in September. Fingers crossed please!! It would be a dream come true.

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But quite honestly this is where I want to be this Summer. Wouldn’t you agree. Sand in my toes, sea salt in my hair and a spritz in my hand. Can you blame me?

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Yesterday I picked up a few more items for summer including the most comfortable pair of white jeans ever! A new bathing suit from and a hat for LA!

Musee D’Orsay

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My first trip to Paris was in 2003 I had terrible bronchitis and it was Valentines Day. Nothing was going to stop me from seeing the city. I sat on the top of the double decker bus camera in hand and enjoyed every freezing moment. When I was in High School my French teacher did a lesson on French Impressionism. We had to identify all the artists by their brush strokes. I was so excited to see all the paintings I had studied in school. This was my first trip to the Musee D’Orsay and I was in love. I keep returning and discovering new parts to this beautiful museum. Its by far one of my top picks and a great rainy day activity. What’s your favorite museum in Paris?

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Rose All Day

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Chicago finally feels like Summer. It has taken a while. It was just two weeks ago in the middle of May where I needed gloves on the weekend. I caught up with friends over Rose and cheese last night. While I am getting ready for LA I picked up these sunglasses from JCrew over the weekend. So excited to finally wear them! These strawberries paired perfectly with our Rose and cheese. I can’t wait for more nights like these.

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I am in love with these Anthropologie bowls and use them every chance I get. They come in every color and I collect them. Does anyone else have these? Plus they are super inexpensive.

 

A little update on what I have been up to

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When I first moved back to Chicago and finally had my own place the ideas kept coming to me like crazy. I finally felt creative for the first time in a while. I still wanted to travel but decided to take things to a different level. I have been active on Instagram for a while now and wanted to create content for hotel groups. If I wasn’t renting an apartment for months at a time I had stay in hotels. So why not trade hotel stays for photographs? I had a few ideas of hotels I wanted to work with which I will get to in a different post because I dreamt it and then I actually made it happen. Its been a bit crazy!

In January I traveled to Paris for 6 nights and stayed with a group of hotels. Two nights in each property. So many people ask for hotel suggestions in Paris and I am working on putting together a list but here is the first one called Plaza Tour Eiffel The location is just around from the trocadero and you can catch the sunset or sunrise from this beautiful spot. I recommend sunrise since you won’t be bombarded with as many people. The room had a view of the eiffel tower and little balcony.

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I was welcomed with a box of the most beautiful and delicious macarons from Carette. They went quickly but you can’t blame me can you?!

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The most stunning rooftop views from the little terrace. The hotel is perfect situated by the metro and there is trocadero square to grab a coffee or lunch at one of the many cafes.

Lazy Weekend Mornings

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One more I forgot to add to the reading list! French style and this weekend has been filled with lots of coffee breaks. From my recent stay at the fabulous Grand Hotel du Palais Royal. Each room is stocked with books and it really makes it feel more like home.

Weekend Reading List

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I will admit its been a while since I have picked up a book. I have a growing amount of coffee table books that I have collected the past couple of months too. Here is a list of what I have on my reading list. If you have any favorite books please let me know I would love to take one to the beach when I am in California in a few weeks.

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Cracking the Code – This is a new business book I already bought for a friend and bought a copy for me too!

Big Magic – I loved Eat, Pray Love my Melissa Gilbert and everyone has been raving about Big Magic.

Paris Mon Amour – This has been on my list for a while now going back and forth between Paris. I love this book of beautiful Paris shots. Take it all in over a cup of coffee.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – I have lived in my apartment for 8 months which is the longest I have lived anywhere in 8 years and I feel things I don’t need are collecting and crowding my space. I would love to get rid of a few things and make space in my apartment and mind. Has anyone read this book and given it a try?

 

 

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