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paris for a mother-daughter getaway

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time for a visit

My mom and I grew up with an incredibly strong bond. “When Supal was born I wanted to give her every opportunity the world had to offer. She should see no boundaries and not limits. I wanted her to be one thing… and that was unstoppable.”

Growing up my mother was a proper mother to me. One that held very high expectations, never let me quit, encouraged {and sometimes forced} me to do things that I never thought I would cherish one day. As I grew older, our relationship of mother-daughter became more of a friendship. She was, and still is, the first person I go to when I need advice or have a problem. The relationship evolved organically as trust, honesty and love was instilled in existing structures. And to this day, I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t FaceTime her regularly.

It had been one year since I had seen my mother in the flesh and I was itching to get some quality time with her. At that point, I hadn’t made plans to go to America-and so my parents thought it was time one of them bought a ticket to visit me across the pond. With eyes full of tears right now, it is really hard to live so far from them-but their love reaches me through every barrier that comes between us.

And like any child that has been give the world plus more, I wanted to treat her to a trip she will never EVER forget. she had been to London a few times now {not since I moved here}, so it seemed fitting to take a European city-break like the locals do. So we went to Paris.
 

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I didn’t want to rush Paris, so I decided to book it for 5 days, which is way more than what you need to explore the city. But I wanted to be able to take time to sit down and sip on coffee whilst people watching and take extra long sleep-ins. So 5 days, 4 nights it was. We first stayed in Hotel Bourg Tibourg in Le Marais, which was perfect as it was in the heart of it all, but quiet enough to get some good rest and not be too bothered. The latter portion of our trip we stayed at Hotel Sacha in Montmartre. There are lots of boutiques and cafes surrounding the hotel and it was super close to Sacre Coeur and the Parisian views from above.

“I want to experience the Paris that you love.”

When I heard the words above, I knew I needed to take her to some of the places I frequent to and do the things that I love best. We stopped at almost every boulangerie that came in our path and grabbed a baguette. I know where every Laduree macaron can be found in the world and we happily snacked on those. We took a nap under the shade of a tree in the Tuileries and gossiped in the Luxembourg gardens. Shopping was just a whole other experience we got to do together too.
 

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what we carried

both of us carried purses from Coach
THE ROGUE BAGBROOKLYN CARRYALL 28
 

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some of the new place

You can find suggestions and tips from my previous Paris trips of places I went to: here is the first time I went and I shared my whole weekend itinerary and what I wore the entire weekend. The second post I shared were some places I go to often if I need a bit of a pamper in Paris. And since I was in this city for the first time with my mom, I wanted to make sure we discovered places together too. They are, after all, the ultimate memory when I visit again and again.

We grabbed a coffee at The Sprezzatura with my friend, Ylenia of @ineffabledaze one afternoon in Le Marais. Surrounding it were so many sweet boutiques and instagrammable doors! And the interiors, much like the coffee, did not disappoint.

One of the warmer days we were in Paris, and a particularly sunny one, we decided a lunch of ice cream was totally necessary. With a fast queue running out the door we knew Scaramouche was the place to get it. Utterly creamy, thick and subtly flavored-we ended up helping ourselves to double scoops on a cone each!

My mom and I packed a picnic for the train to Paris from London. Though it only takes a little over 2 hours, we ended up indulging on some of our favorite British delights. Lots of cheeky treats were had and so we were craving some vegetables. Luckily, Le Marais is full of gastro-experiences, so we headed to Miznon for dinner. Order the falafel plate, trust me. There are a few falafel places in that little corner, but this one has the freshest ingredients and the best pita bread!

I try out a new brasserie whenever I’m in town. Last time it was Cafe de Flore and this time I headed to Le Deux Magots in St. Germaine! Just across the street from the former, you get a proper Parisian experience.
 

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what I wore

dress c/o ANTHROPOLOGIE purse c/o ANTHROPOLOGIE flats ASOS sunnies c/o BODEN
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some of the regulars

There were many streets and corners and bridges and views that I took my mom. “This street is my favorite because there are some cute balconies here.” “It’s just a little bit more and the view will be worth it! I promise!” Those spots will be reserved for those of you who visit me, but to share some of my normally frequented places…

We went to Grand Coeur and Cafe de l’homme for a meal. Go for the seasonal menu and the amazing French frites. The steak tartare is one of my favorites at Cafe de l’homme-and don’t forget to ask for a window seat if you can. Alternatively, you can go just for a coffee if you’d like! It’s perfect for an afternoon as it overlooks the Eiffel Tower.

The lines into the museums were overwhelming! The Lourve in particular was a nightmare as it was the height of the tourist season. We ended up going to Musee D’Orsay and by our surprise the queue wasn’t all that bad. I really wanted to see my homies, Monet and Degas.
 

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what I wore

striped top PETIT BATEU blazer c/o JOULES jeans c/o JOULES sunnies RAY-BAN c/o SUNGLASS SHOP purse c/o COACH lipstick AMAZING GRACE by CHARLOTTE TILBURY
 

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what I wore

denim jacket c/o ANTHROPOLOGIE bottoms ASOS trainers SUPERGA c/o ANTHROPOLOGIE sunnies RAY-BAN c/o SUNGLASS SHOP shop my wardrobe via THE BOUTIQUE

PS – Happy birthday, Mummy!
 

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a luxurious weekend in paris

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running away from reality

It was about a month and a half ago did I put down a new clients’ paperwork and realize that I was stuck on a hamster wheel. Continuing to move as quickly and efficiently as I can without a break. I needed a break, and with that, an easy break. A holiday that didn’t require too much fuss and hassle and so I searched what I wanted. I needed to escape the country because the countryside just seemed like an extension of London. And so Paris was on my mind. Since I had already visited and toured the city and it’s monuments, I thought an autumnal escape where people watching and sipping wine were priorities. I deserved a treat so we decided to make this a luxurious one…

When I woke up Friday morning it felt a bit too easy for me to fall out of routine for the day and not look at my inbox. Getting on the train, leaving the city, into one tunnel and out of the next, and soon my roaming switched on. I was in another country without my responsibilities or obligations, and instead with the motivation to indulge.
 

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frenchie restaurant
5 rue du nil
75002, paris
+33 1 40 39 96 19

After 9 brutal days of meeting deadlines and being challenged by clients I was ready for a drink. For each country I visit, I search for something ‘exotic’. And though we associate the term with colors, textures, smells so different from the Western perspective—I wanted French wine, a nice hearty red. Something we were in the right place at the right time to do.

Frenchie offered a range of European wines and most notably a kitchen that offered edible flavors that flirted with the elements of your choice of libation. Each waiter a connoisseur that knew what I was looking for before I could even attempt to explain what I needed and why I needed it. Tucked away from the hustling corner of the city, the alleyway that coughed up this little kitchen and space was warm and dense. People sharing tables, no one a stranger and sharing bottles of tap water with unknown strangers. The vibes were for those looking to immerse themselves into the wild.
 

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hotel costes
239-241 Rue Saint Honoré
75001, Paris
+33 1 42 44 50 00

As most of you know from my weekend escapades in London, #DesaiAfterDark, I get up to no good. Drinks with double shots, house music, sweet vibes, lots of short dresses and unnecessarily amounts of makeup and fake lashes. What invites me into a place, in reality, are the plush seats and the corner ambiance. Conversations sparking, eyes flirting in between flickers of a flame hosted by a table candle. We sat in a corner, my elbows on the round table, sharing a bottle of wine, teasing each other exchanging whispers in each other’s ears. The place swarming with nouveu riche social climbers, but it didn’t fail to allow you to paint the destiny of your own night. A nightclub that allows you the freedom to enjoy what you came for is exactly what I like. Either a table for 2 or a booth for 6, there was space for everyone.
 

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Café de Flore
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain
75006, Paris
+33 1 45 48 55 26

One of the oldest coffeehouses of Paris, we decided to go for drinks here naturally. At the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germaine and Rue Saint-Benoit, it was energetic. Tables lined with regulars, a place to be and to be seen. A place of leisure, so go for the people watching. For the opportunity to hold a hand. Keep warm in a corner. Exchange eskimo kisses. And finish a cup of coffee that stains the table with a ring.

what I wore

coat c/o BODEN scarf ZARA flats ASOS skirt H&M silk blouse c/o BODEN purse c/o BODEN
nails COURTNEY c/o ZOYA NAIL POLISH jewelry c/o J. LAUREN
 

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Cafe Kitsuné
51 Galerie de Montpensier
75001, Paris
+33 1 40 15 62 31

Through winding streets and down the Japanese corner of Paris. There was an opening to a park that was rather unexpected. In a hallway that forced nature’s light between each column, you could hear the faint moan of the espresso machine and then there was a line just past the door that let out the aroma of oil coffee beans that have just been ground to perfect a latte. Cafe Kitsuné was the cutest little cafe I ever did see. So simple and elegant that was branded with little drawings and stamped cups. Order your latte extra hot and then meander towards a grand museum courtyard and you will soon enter the Palais-Royal.
 

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Le Meurice
228 Rue de Rivoli
75001, Paris
+33 1 44 58 10 10

Walking through the revolving doors you get just little previews of a place firing up your anticipatory senses. From the little glimpses, I felt on edge thinking I was walking into a space where I wouldn’t feel the most comfortable. Gilded walls, ornate and over the top mouldings, you think the bed… Will I be able to sleep? In anticipation waiting just a few more minutes for the final inspection to be done, I made it up to the room.

There was an oak desk set next to a window overlooking typical Parisian rooftops, a humble bed, 2 armchairs, a lamp that mimicked one I have at home. And though hotel rooms are an exotic symbol of practicing something different from the everyday life, I wanted to move in. Move in and expect waking up, changing into a dressing gown, order a warm breakfast and take a bath full of naturally perfumed pink petals of roses.
 

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Angelina
226 Rue de Rivoli
75001, Paris
+33 1 42 60 82 00

Right next to our hotel, Le Meurice, I was baffled by the queues that never seemed to be relieved. The needle of my curiosity pricked at my excitement. I peered the inside through the gilded-writing windows. A typical patisserie with walls that lined with quaint boxes full of naughty treats that seemed like the perfect takeaway for the trip. The indoor was extravagant, but full of long awaited tourists in their puffer jackets that just didn’t seem to fit. It was a hype, surely. The hot chocolate, the same severed on the corner of the street right outside the cafe, was what I ordered and it was pure delicacy. The thick and creamy texture that just subtly flirted with the milk. So go for the hot chocolate in the wintery of days or the ice cream in the summer if you’re not keen to experience an afternoon tea with the most delicate french pastries.
 

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Le Moulin de la Galette
83 Rue Lepic
75018, Paris
+33 1 46 06 84 77

Think of Renoir sitting, drafting, and conceptualizing Bal du moulin de la Galette. One hand resting on his thigh whilst the other helped pace the glances between the windmill and his easel. Near the top of the district nestled at a conformable spot on a hill, the restaurant housing familial history and the inspiration of many artists including Van Gogh and Pissarro, not just Renoir. The patio and garden both seemed like a good place to be in the deep spring, but we opted for a table inside tucked away in the back. Ordering comfort in a claypot of chicken and root vegetables with gravy initially doused with brandy and a sprig of thyme. Go for the seasonal dessert though, the chestnut creme brûlée was what won me over.
 

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Cafe de l’Homme
17 Place du Trocadéro
75016 Paris
+33 1 44 05 30 15

One thing I wanted to see was the Eiffel Tower twinkle. It is the only thing that I haven’t experienced after being in Paris over and over again for work. To me, it was purely magic in a world where we want a magical solution to everything and don’t want to believe in the fantastical things that the world can provide us. We walked in with the intention of having a deep red and steak tartare for dinner. Our table overlooked the entirety of the Eiffel Tower and my anticipation high for the sparkles to start my evening, I was told that I had just a 4 minute wait. The wine was ordered and when I looked about, couples filled the room speaking in French and exchanging luscious eyes and chat with their partners. I decided to do the same, because ‘when in Rome,’ no?

And after a sip of our sparkling water, the beaut twinkled and I fell silent. I was dazzled and didn’t want it to stop. To say I was distracted by something shiny was an understatement. He grabbed my hand and tried to stir my attention, but I wouldn’t budge. So he ordered the starter, dinner and we were enthralled in conversation. The environment was for frequenters and thus I felt at ease: no rules, no worries, just me and him… and I delicious stack of proper frites.
 

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Grand Coeur
41 Rue du Temple
75004, Paris
+33 1 58 28 18 90

My new favorite of all places in Paris, which is an extremely bold statement. Le Marais is one of two districts of Paris that I could revisit over and over again (next to Montmartre, of course). The garage-like opening, however, startled me. We were walking through and all I could hear were our feet against the concrete and I tried to control my expectations to prevent disappointment. We were coughed up into a courtyard that was bright, white, sprinkled with a few heavy pots of wintering rose bushes. Piano playing and through the Victorian-length windows you see ballerinas in class.

Another corner table that overlooked the patio, we sat side-by-side. First, given a small circular bread that was instructed to be broken and shared with someone you like. The menu seemed reasonable, straightforward and simple, but with interiors that were literally perfect—there was something up their sleeves. I ordered the prawns served with pumpkin. I had my understanding of what was coming, but instead came a proper pumpkin so precisely baked. A butter knife was able to slice through it and made accompanying the prawns easy. Portions generous, wine crisp and the ambience majestic as we watched children exchange their greetings before entering their ballet class.
 

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a sartorial walk through paris

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perusing the romantic city streets

My style recently has become minimal with touches of femininity and since becoming more
confident in my own body, I feel like I can truly enjoy how I adorn myself. And
since this Paris trip came into possibility, it excited me a little more than when
I was in South Africa in May. I guess I took this as a sartorial opportunity
to really hone my style and a touch of Parisian flair is definitely inspirational…
So a few more postcards from Paris and a bit of outfit details too!
 

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what I wore • day one

top WHISTLES similar ASOS skirt ZARA similar MANGO flats ISAAC MIZRAHI
backpack FIORELLI earrings c/o HAPPINESS BOUTIQUE
 

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what I wore • day two

dress REISS shoes SUPERGA purse COACH earrings c/o HAPPINESS BOUTIQUE
watch c/o LARSSON & JENNINGS
 

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what I wore • day three

dress MANGO shoes SUPERGA purse COACH earrings c/o HAPPINESS BOUTIQUE
watch c/o LARSSON & JENNINGS
 

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paris for the weekend

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paris is always a good idea

It was barely a month before the planned trip when my friend from St. Andrews called
me about her upcoming visit to England to visit the rest of the girls. I was ecstatic,
but quickly came to realize that she has already visited London countless times. She
proposed a weekend away to discover a new city and it was absolutely perfect, and
surprisingly I needed the escape more than ever. We were in the city beautiful for
merely 72-ish hours and were quick strokes across the city. And now a bit of a weekend
city guide for you wanderlusters itching for an escape.
 

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friday

Start at Quai Branley and walk up to the Eiffel Tower with the Seine guiding you
on the left. You won’t miss the majestic Eiffel Tower as you enter a little park
that is just too beautiful to be true. Then walk across Pont d’Iéna where you will see
the famous Parisian carousels. Continue onwards via Avenue de’Iéna and you will soon
see Arc de Triomphe right in front of you. And if you’re keen to continue, follow along
Avenue des Champs Élysee and peruse the shops. Walk down to the other end of Champs
Élysee towards the gardens and you will soon see the Grand Palais. Walk down Avenue
Winston Churchill, which will soon turn into Pont Alexandre III, it’s a romantic
lilac bridge with gilded accents! Take a right and looking straight ahead you will
spot the Esplanade des Invalides. There is no poor photo of this building! Finally,
stop by a restaurant or a cafe for coffee and gateaux {with suggestions below}. End
at the Eiffel Tower again and if you planned it well, you can grab a bottle of
win and wait for the Eiffel Tower to sparkle!
 

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7th Arrondissement

a few restaurants and cafe suggestions for you located on the west side of the 7th arrondissement…

Il Vino
13 Boulevard de La Tour Maubourg
75007 Paris, France

Le P’tit Troquet
28 Rue de l’Exposition
75007 Paris, France

Le Bosquet
46 Avenue Bosquet
75007 Paris, France
 

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saturday

On Saturday, start early with a cup of coffee in hand. Get off at la cluny-sabonne
metro station and walk through the Latin Quarter via Boulevard Saint-Michel. End
at the Jardin du Luxeumbourg on your right. Peruse through the gardens and taken one
of the most celebrated green spaces in Paris! Then walk to Boulevard Saint-Germain
and head east towards Ralph’s {more information below} and have lunch. Once you’re
done, cross Pont du Carrousel to the Lourve and be sure to enjoy the courtyards
before entering the museum. Exit via Rue du Rivoli and cross Pont Notre Dame and make
a visit to the cathedral. Cross Place du Petit Pont and visit Shakespeare and Company
before ending your day.
 

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ralph’s

173 Boulevard Saint-Germain
75006 Paris, France

shakespeare & company

37 Rue de la Bûcherie
75005 Paris, France
 

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sunday

We kept it simple the final day with a visit to Musée d’Orsay and then walk through
Le Marais. Le Marais is the art district full of little shops, boutiques and cafes that
makes it a perfect afternoon delight. We perused many shops and found it exceptionally
exciting to go through the district without a plan. Then later we caught a train that
dropped us off straight at the station in order for us to catch out train back to Paris!
 

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vogue : street style | paris, new york city, milan edition

This collection of images start about the same time I was most coveting a camel coat and half-calf leopard belt… but I quickly came to realize that I was wishing for spring and summer with these brights and loose neutrals. And so I collected and collected until my heart fluttered for some of my most favorite seasons of the year. As spring came and went summer is now hear for much longer and so a bit of inspiration for bike rides with him, mini lace dresses, backless dresses and loose waves…