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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volume eight

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a look into the future

In high school, Orwellian-style plots were books that I was more into. It forced me to look at the world in a different scope compared to what we’re expected to know and learn and foreshadow. Backstory: I was on the speech and debate team, heavily immersed in policy issues at a young age, and constantly directing the government’s role on various issues and relationship with various countries. A post-apocolyptic look at the world {that didn’t include vampires or zombies} was much more interesting to me. Fun fact: I thought I would get into politics for the longest time up until I had my first job, which was with one of the government agencies. Not a chance anymore…

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“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.”

Oh, Brave New World, what can I tell you? I wanted to fall in love with this one
badly, but it was hard for me to get invested in the characters as I thought the
development didn’t really appeal to my emotions. Personal thoughts aside, it’s about
a time far in the future where the World Controllers create a society, perfect to
them, that utilizes genetic engineering and brainwashing to control the populace.
Recreational sex and drugs, happy consumers, sounds like the ideal blockbuster film…

Well, not everyone is happy. In particular, Bernard Marx wants to emancipate
himself from this world and so his visit to one of the Savage Reservations fuels his desire.

A bit of fantasy, slightly enigmatic, and definitely thought-provoking. It’s crazy
to believe that a world that is so infiltrated with technology can ultimately
be controlling our actions on even a personal level. Think, social media. Something to
ponder, for sure, as we enter this new and highly technological world.
 

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stone fruit galette

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it’s called trust

I don’t get too deep on c&é on personal issues I deal with on a day-to-day basis. But
lately I’ve been contemplating the true meaning of friendship. Since launching the
consultancy, friends have come and gone since time has been of essence. I haven’t been
able to give time to the people I should and re-focused the extra moments I had on
myself or my family. My guess is that it comes with starting a new business.
But when friends leave you and pick you back up and then leave you again for their
own convenience, you start to realize that that person was really never worth it.
And that’s when it hurts as you have entrusted them with everything and anything you
have. It’s funny because I don’t feel betrayed, just a bit confused as to how to give
my trust to the next person?
 

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re-building; re-focusing

And this when I take a really good look at who I have in my life and provide that
trust that I have now bottled up again to the people who most deserve it…
And what a difficult process it is.

So this stone fruit galette’s inception was not just out of the ordinary, but it was
one that I thought out. A recipe I trust and have perfected through the years here
on c&é from one galette onto the next, season-after-season, and the fruit that mimics
the sweetness of moments.
 

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{ps} I topped the galette with ready-made candied walnuts,
and you could do the same too!
 
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frolicking through mayfair

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from window shopping to people watching

styling SUPAL DESAI photography SARA LEJON PHOTOGRAPHY
location MAYFAIR, LONDON in collaboration with HAPPINESS BOUTIQUE

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Every few weeks my cousin, my first cousin, makes a visit to London and treats me
to dinner and drinks. Always. It’s something we connect on. talking about boys {and did
I mention he’s gives the best guy advice?}, all over good food and libations.
And if there is one thing for certain, he has his haunts we continue to go to, and for
him it’s Mayfair. Sort of silly to have Mayfair his neighborhood he visits often since
he’s actually quite the normal… well, guy. If you don’t know, Mayfair has streets and
squares full of shops like Oscar de la Renta, Lanvin, Dior, and the like. And of course
there are a sprinkle of good restaurants and cozy pubs. It makes it the perfect little
place for us to meet as the sartorial surroundings is my thing…
 

 

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like living a dream

Oftentimes, he has his friends meet up whom I catch up with as well. They’ve become
a bit like family too since they’re in town. And it’s so sweet to see my cousin dress
his best and pressure his other guy friends to acknowledge the dress protocol. It’s
like he creates that utopian world for me to frolic in. To visit shop after shop,
explore the corners of the park, and enjoy a cocktail. It’s like living a dream.

A visit to Mayfair means one thing. Lots of window shopping, perusing little boutiques
and standing right outside the pub watching the people walk-by, the cars roll by and
the fluid conversations. And so a bold lip, simple dress, and a glamorous touch {think,
earrings}-just might do the tip. And a typical London afternoon isn’t complete
without a classic trench now, is it?
 

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introducing Happiness Boutique

Since moving to London, a lot of my typical online-boutiques have been replaced simply
because of shipping problems. I wanted to find a statement jewelry site that is not
classic, yet edgy and won’t break the bank. And luckily for me Happiness Boutique
found me! The combination of free shipping and a customer rewards program means I will
definitely be visiting for the latest trends.

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dress ANTHROPOLOGIE flats BANANA REPUBLIC earrings C/O HAPPINESS BOUTIQUE purse COACH trench TED BAKER lips GRENAT SATISFACTION BY YSL nails ETERNAL OPTIMIST BY ESSIE