Phew! It’s been a busy, busy week on this end, friends…
I moved (apartments) yesterday, which has kept me pretty preoccupied… Granted, it’s been a nice change of pace. It’s also why content has been on the slow side over here this week, so sorry ’bout that.
But beyond the fact that I’m currently buried in boxes, I’ve got one word to describe my routine the last week: Lighter.
I imagine it’s the turn of the seasons and spring truly approaching on the horizon, but quite simply: I’ve felt a shift in my energy lately. It’s left me feeling a lot more energized, lighter and overall happier. Does the same thing happen to you?
(Upon further investigation, this directional shift is actually scientific. For all of us! It has direct correlations to the energy in nature: In spring, for example, winter’s dormancy ends and that spirited, vibrant energy in us re-emerges. Ever felt like you’ve had a case of warm-weather ADD? Case-in-point.)
For me, this shift started when we were in Paris earlier this month.
Overseas, of the things I remember marveling over is how simple and relaxed everything is — whether we’re talking street style, rush hour or even just a dinner reservation. Typically, you can spot an American by paying attention to (1) who has their phone on the table and/or (2) who is flagging down the waiter in a rush.
… To further illustrate this thought:
By far, the most popular footwear in Paris was — and is — Stan Smith sneakers. Super simple, bright white, no fluff. They’re everywhere! On guys, girls, kids and adults alike… Worn with dresses, jeans, skirts — you name it.
Do you have a pair yet? I LOVE them.
I actually tried to purchase a pair of these pre-trip, but they’ve been sold out everywhere so I had to wait until we got back.
Upon arrival, I haven’t taken them off. (Really.) In fact, I think I’m going to get the navy and white pair, too… Athleisure is my daily uniform, after all.
Since I had such a hard time hunting mine down, here’s a few places you can find Stan Smith sneakers (and as an FYI, I would suggest sizing down a half-size):
*Click to shop Stan Smith sneakers:
Nordstrom has them in-stock (but in past purchasing experience, they sell out quickly). Urban Oufitters has many sizes available — and Macy’s also has almost every size in stock. All retailers have them priced the same.
For today, I’m sticking to those low-key Parisian style vibes, styling my sneakers with my all-time favorite pair of white jeans (that are spill-proof) and a cropped leather jacket I found on sale in Le Marais. I’ve never owned a good leather jacket before (Zara or Blank NYC all the way), but this one was worth it.
*IN THIS POST:
Striped top: Joe Fresh (similar here)
Leather jacket: Maje (here in pink; here in faux fur/for less)
White Jeans: Joe’s Jeans ‘Spotless’ Vixen skinny jeans (they’re spill-proof)
Sneakers: adidas Originals Stan Smith sneakers (here in Navy)
Black clutch: Unknown (similar style here)
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Hair: Styled with Living Proof thickening cream
Foundation: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue in ‘Natural’
Lipstick: NARS velvet matte lip pencil in ‘Never Say Never’
Mascara: bareMinerals volumizing mascara
Eyeliner: Mac Liquidlast eyeliner
Setting powder: Laura Mercier
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