Paris Diary: (Paris is Always a Good Idea…)

StyleOnTheCouch H&M Sweater Fred Segal Hat Eiffel Tower Paris William Williams Photography

StyleOnTheCouch H&M Blue Knit Fed Segal Hat William Williams Eiffel Tower Fashion

Eiffel Tower Blue Jumper H&M StyleOnTheCouch

 

StyleOnTheCouch Paris Fashion Eiffel Tower H&M blue jumper

StyleOnTheCouch H&M Sweater Fred Segal Cashmere Hat Eiffel Tower Paris

I couldn’t have had a better start to the New Year than I did in Paris.  An amazing city for fashion, food and architecture – five days exploring Paris was the perfect way to kick-start 2013.  I did very little other than explore the streets on foot and soak up the sights and the atmosphere – the pretty Marais and Saint Germain with their boutiques and brasseries; the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden and the Pantheon.

Being January, walking around the city required several layers for warmth and I spent most of my time wrapped up underneath my coat in chunky knit sweaters and my favourite cashmere beanie from Fred Segal.  This persian blue jumper is from H&M – a spontaneous buy in December that is serving me well this winter!  Perfect with jeans this cable knit is a great colour to fight the grey clouds and dark nights that draw in so early.  Having said that, it was a beautiful day when these photos were taken at the Champ de Mars – I was so happy to be in Paris!

My Paris Foodie Notes:

Brunch at the divine Angelina Tearoom, at the wonderful suggestion of my friend Anne.  We dined on mini macarons, freshly baked organic rolls with jam and honey and duck foie gras terrine on brioche toasts with fig chutney.  All topped off with a glass of champagne, of course!

Coffee and cake at Jacques Genin in the Marais, where I met fellow blogger Cee – whose site I have followed avidly for some time now.  A fashion blogger and aspiring novelist currently away from her home in Vancouver for adventures in Paris, Cee’s personal style is inspired by her icons Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel, Marion Cotillard and Leigh Lezark. At her suggestion I tried the Paris Brest pastry, a mouth-watering ring of choux pastry with praline cream filling.

Supper at Cafe Charlot, also in the Marais (where I met my gorgeous friend, handbag designer Kasia Dietz, for great wine and food).  A New York feel in a perfect Parisian setting.

A late night take-away crepe from one of the crepe stands in the Latin Quarter.  A must!

Chocolates from Maison Georges Larnicol.  A little taste for my Eurostar trip home….

My Paris Shopping Highlights:

Browsing Le Bon Marche, ambling around the streets of the Marais (for French staples Maje and Sandro) and visiting Mise En Cage boutique.

Wearing: Blue knit from H&M; Fred Segal cashmere beanie, jeans: sample.

Photos: William Williams.

My Life in Shorts: Urban Outfitters Denim, Zara Tee & Austin City Guide Part Two

Even in October here in Austin it is still shorts weather.  Quite unbelievable in fact that yesterday I was by the pool sunbathing, whilst in the UK I would be indoors in the pub and plotting my next winter coat purchase.  These Urban Outfitters shorts are crazily short shorts but I kinda love the high-rise styling of them.  Available in four different denim shades (blue, black, vintage dark and multi) they ain’t called cheeky shorts for no reason.

In this feature, I bring you part two of my Austin City Guide (read part one here) where I’m sharing more of my favourite new finds in the city.

Boutiques:

Stag Austin – 1423 South Congress Ave. (Image below).  Most of the guys I know who have visited Austin rave about this place.  Menswear: “part clothing, part antique, part gift, part apothecary” the website will tell you, Stag have an excellent selection of brands fit for a style icon like Steve McQueen.  Fantastic blog too – they just published an excellent Autumn essentials series.

By George – 1400 South Congress Ave.  The curator of this SoCo boutique has brought together many great brands under one roof.  Here you will find Steve Alan, Helmut Lang, Isabel Marant, Equipment and more. With a sister store at Lamar (524 North Lamar) named one of the country’s top ten boutiques by Lucky Magazine, By George is another must visit. Customer service gets 11 out of ten from me.

Bars and Restaurants:

Doc’s Motorworks –  1223 South Congress Ave. The daily specials (1/2 price burgers on Mondays, $1 tacos on Wednesday) have me feeling glad that this place is my new local.  Go hang out with the cool dudes with motorcycles on Thursday ‘bike nite’.
Home Slice Pizza – 1415 South Congress Ave.  New York style pizza by the slice or pie. Totally yummy and perfect after a few drinks on South Congress.
Jo’s Coffee – 1300 South Congress Ave / 242 West Second Street.  You’ll likely find me here at Jo’s Coffee, Americano in hand, blogging.  The porch at their SoCo location is a perfect place to hang out – try one of their tasty breakfast tacos or the South Austin speedball (longneck beer and cup of coffee).  With jazz at weekend brunch and Monday night movies, you’ll want to move in here.
Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

Have a great weekend, Blog Reader! Shorts: optional.

Wearing: BDG High Rise Cheeky Shorts, Urban Outfitters.  Tee, Zara.  Sunglasses, GUESS.  Satchel, ASOS.

London Baby (And a Little Blog Break…)

After a fabulous New York Fashion Week I’m all packed for my flight and I’m heading back to London this evening to catch up with friends and family.   I’ve also got some very exciting things planned during London Fashion Week – picking up my bespoke dress from designer Yan To from the Young British Designers competition last month, meeting Amber Sakai who will be in town and visiting the amazing team at Bordelle to see how their pieces are created*.  Not to mention catching up with fellow bloggers / tweeters from the UK, some of whom I have had long conversations with but have never met and cannot wait to chat with.

I’m taking a little break from the blog during the trip so I can fully enjoy England and reflect on the New York collections.  I’ll be posting my thoughts and adventures when I’m back in the US and I’ll continue tweeting when I’m in the UK (probably photos in-front of double decker buses and red telephone boxes as well as tea and cake, things like this.)

I’ll catch up with you all soon.  See you shortly!

StyleOnTheCouch xo

Artwork by the amazingly talented Barbaracadabra.  And thank you Nico!

*At this point I want to say that as exciting as these things are, I am mostly looking forward to giving my Mum, Dad and Sister a hug, as I have not seen them since July.