France with Friends 101

France with Friends 101

I spent this memorial day a little differently than usual, I went to France for the week with my two good friends from college and it was incredible. We were so sad to leave and had such an incredible time. In just a week span we traveled to Paris, Nice, Cannes (just for a day trip),Β  and Bordeaux. It was all so beautiful and I think I have eaten enough charcuterie/gelato/croissants to last me until next memorial day!

Our first day in Paris felt like christmas morning because I was so excited to see the eiffel tower – in all of my traveling throughout my life I had yet to go to France so this was huge for me because I grew up loving Paris’s architecture, fashion and culture. I also was incredibly obsessed with the eiffel tower, so I could not WAIT to see it in person! It was such an exciting feeling to even get a small glimpse of it! Seeing it during the day was incredible, but at night during our dinner cruise watching it sparkle on the hour of 11 pm, was something I won’t ever forget!

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A side from the sight seeing, my biggest fear going into the trip was how to pack. We were only there for a week but traveling to many places, so I wanted to pack light but also needed a versatile wardrobe! I also had to consider all of the potential souvenirs that would be coming home with me. One perk for sure traveling with friends is that you have multiple options! Shared wardrobes are always a plus. My friends, Jess & Lexi, also have a jacket obsession so we all had multiple jean and leather jackets to rotate for the week.

In the photos you can see the various jean jacket styles that we rocked – my personal favorite jacket I wore was a whopping $7 from salvation army. My one friend and I were in there a few months back looking for clothes for a 90s bar crawl and she found it for me and it perfectly over sized and light weight. I love it! A lot of jean jackets and jeans for that matter I end up distressing and tweaking to make it exactly how I want them to look.

While packing I thought of practical pieces and easy ways to switch up my outfits with a few core items. Layering is also key so I made sure I had a few go to sweaters (I brought a white sweater, a neutral cashmere topper, jean jacket, rain jacket, and a baroque wind breaker with me). It rained in Bordeaux so I was very thankful I had a rain coat! I also packed a over size black knit dress from Club Monaco that I wore pretty much the entire trip, just used different shoes and jackets to dress it up or down. I also wore a pair of white jean shorts from revolve with some different blouses and sweaters which were perfect and I shockingly did not spill anything on them!! I also rocked my small red gucci bag the entire trip along with my small MZ wallace backpack and both were useful and versatile items.

As far as footwear went, I stuck with a pair of addidas sneakers and slides, lace up sandals, flip flops and then this new style shoe from everlane called the day glove, they were so comfortable and a nice easy shoe to walk around in all day. I did not pack a single pair of heels (1 because I am tall already and 2 cobble streets and heels are not a good mix). By the end of the day our feet were pretty tired so it was nice to put on comfy sandals after a long day of having closed shoes on.

I could post photos all day long about this trip, we had such an awesome time. A few things to mention is that when you travel and have a budget, keep in mind all of the ubers, cabs, and trains. Since we went to so many different places a lot of travel was required and it adds up! So research the cheapest and fastest way to get where you need to! We had a champagne tour booked at Moet but we did not plan our timeline well and keep in mind how far places are and the price for travel! So unfortunately we did not make it there since it was in another town almost 2 hours away and the train was over 100 euro, so instead we went to Disneyland Paris! Which I absolutely loved. Seeing that castle was almost as great as seeing the eiffel tower!

thanks for reading xx

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Parisian Pharmacies 101

Parisian Pharmacies 101

Bonjour!

I apologize for my lack of posts – these last two months I was finalizing my move from Buffalo to California and finally have some free time to get back to blogging!

I was just in France with two of my good friends from college and we had such an incredible time. We visited Paris, Nice, and Bordeaux. It was my first time to France and I absolutely loved it. Once of my favorite parts was the pharmacies at almost every corner. French pharmacies are a little different then ours over here in the U.S, sure they sell medicine and toothpaste, but they also sell higher end skincare (a little less the price too) that we usually have to purchase at Sephora or department stores.

One of my absolute favorite skincare brands, Caudalie, comes from the heart of Bordeaux and the creators of the line created it on their families winery and estate in Bordeaux. They discovered that the vines and grapes held much more power than just becoming wine. Their secret is polyphenols and they have multiple patents in their skincare. It all started in 1993 and now they have a hotel and spa on their estate which is apparently incredible. We unfortunately did not have time to visit their so it gives me all the more reason to go back!

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So, being in the home of Caudalie, I made sure to stock up on my favorites and even branch out and try a few other things from them. I had actually purchased so much that they gave me a free gift with purchase! It consisted of a Caudalie makeup case with small travel items!

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I of course had to add in some of the nougat I purchased from Laduree since they matched the color ways so well. Don’t worry – I made sure to buy macarons as well. So good. Three of my all time favorite products are in this picture above us, Make-up removing cleansing oil, deep cleansing exfoliator, and the moisturizing mask.

Make-removing Cleansing Oil – NUMBER ONE it smells amazing. It has almond oil in it and I love the smell of almond oil. It is also super gentle on the eyes, I often times just do a few pumps in my hand and then rub all over my face, especially the eye area and it does not burn or irritate them at all. I think rinse with warm water and even the most stubborn makeup comes off!

Deep Cleansing Exfoliator – this is one of the greatest exfoliators. It is spa grade and really gritty, that being said you are sure to get all of the dead skin and built up grime on your face off. I have had this product used on me in multiple facials and it is so awesome that you are able to use it in your own home! It is perfect for clearing up your skin and prepping it for a clean slate. Your skincare will absorb into the skin better which will in turn give you better results with your face.

Moisturizing Mask – Caudalie makes three really great masks and it is super hard to pick a favorite but since I was traveling when I purchased this travel size mask, I chose the moisturizing because it is perfect for tired and dry skin. I will apply a thin layer of this mask before bed or before a flight and just leave it on. It leaves my skin super hydrated and looking super healthy afterwards.

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The Des Vignes collection is another one of my favorites from Caudalie, the smell is absolutely incredible. It is not an over powering fragrance, very refreshing and sweet smell. It has notes of neroli, musk, a hint of ginger liqour, and infusion of jasmine and orange blossom. Shown above are their body care products. One that stood out that I had to buy was the body & hair nourishing oil, I had never seen it before and it is absolutely AMAZING. Perfect for the ends of your hair, you’ll smell it all day. Or do a little on your legs, arm and chest when you’re tan for a nice hydrating shimmer.

I am so excited to use all of the products. France was an incredible time and I am so happy I was able to experience it! Also, now that I am home there will be much more content heading your way.

xoxo,

Annalee