Paris Street Style Travel Diary

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Chino Trousers with Side Stripe – Zara | Japanese Oxford Square Shirt – | Houndstooth Patterned Coat – H&M | V-cut Red Leather Ballerinas – Zara | Medium Monogram College Bag – Saint Laurent |

I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Paris, France this past week. Fashion capital of the world and full of beautiful architecture and history you only experience in books. While I was here for work we also had the opportunity to visit all of the best spots Paris has to offer. From the Chateau de Versailles, to the Eiffel Tower, to the Louvre and Notre Dame. It really was an incredible experience.

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Fashion from Afar – Santorini Greece

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As a kid I never got to experience much traveling, I had my first plane ride without my parents and ever since I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and traveled to Washington D.C. with my 8th grade class (as many of you I’m sure did as well) did I realize how exciting and fun it is to travel. Being a lover of learning, reading, history, there is a lot that I get out of traveling to new destinations. After becoming addicted to history documentaries when I was still in college and after taking my first Art History class I fell in love with Europe and especially Greece. Alongside it’s rich history, the mythological aspects that hide behind it are something that I’ve always been curious about (hence my Greek Mythology course in college, boy did I love my GE classes).

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When the time is right I will make my way over the Atlantic and land (jet lagged) in Santorini Greece. The beautiful cliffside community has an amazing array of colored buildings and cobblestone pathways that would be the perfect backdrop for a pair of culottes and an oversized tank. Here are just a few of the essentials you might find with me on my trip:

Day Look:

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Off shoulder top, baggy boyfriend jean shorts, bright satchel, and pointed flats.

Evening Look:

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Oversized white tank, white culottes, lace up sandals, cape blazer and a cute clutch.

My biggest fear in traveling to a non-english speaking country is communicating with the locals. As a big supporter of making check lists and planning my first task would be to research basic terms that would be useful when traveling to a different country (who, what, where, when, how, please, thank you, hello, goodbye, etc.) The great part about traveling to these type of tourist destinations is that a good majority of people you may come across will speak English. With technology assisting in traveling with each additional ‘app’ or website we encounter (whether you use Google Maps, Yelp or Expedia) it’s important for me to be able to visit a local website that can translate into English. Cue the amazing services Smartling provides. Smartling is able to grab content from current sites html, xml, cms and strings automatically and translate accordingly. Working as a project manager for a Marketing firm this is a service that I find extremely useful, especially for websites that have consistent updates for content and need them done quickly and efficiently.

Another exciting part of travel is trying all of the traditional food the city has to offer. With Greek food my experience is limited to the local Mediterranean restaurants of Southern California however cool Greek salads, cucumber-yogurt dip, and Baklava would be at the top of my list when I arrive.

Whether I’m relaxing on the beaches, eating delicious food, visiting the historical villages, vineyards, castles and archeological sites the beauty of the city would simply be enough.

Mini Vaca & Printed Shorts

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This past weekend Nick and I visited Laguna Beach to celebrate our one year anniversary. It was one of the most relaxing vacations I’ve ever been on and the weather was perfect. Nothing like walking out of your hotel room and onto the sand. Aside from eating some amazing food, laying out and taking some long walks on the beach, I still managed to get a few shots of my outfits. The theme for this relaxing getaway… printed shorts. The first pair you see are from H&M. I got them for a steal last year as they started blowing out their summer items. The second pair are a printed trouser short from Forever 21 which makes them a little dressier. Both outfits are perfect for this vacation, simple, light weight, but still a fun pop of color!

Cropped Top – Brandy Melville

Printed Trouser Shorts – Forever21

Sunnies – ZeroUV

New York Thrills

While Orange County is a fairly metropolitan city it doesn’t hold a candle to the thrills of New York City. My second trip gave me the culture and experiences I had surpassed during my short lived first visit. Cool crisp air flowing In-between the seemingly endless skyscrapers gave me an excuse to wear beanies and scarfs everyday. I’m not only using this post to share my pictures of my trip but to also stand as photo diary.

Day 1:

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Long flight, expensive cab rides, beautiful Times Square lightshow.

Day 2:

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Morning waffle and coffee, Harry Potter exhibition, a long walk through central park, sunny spot with my love.

Day 3:

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Crisp gusts of wind, faded city views, towering rows of village fashion.

Day 4:

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Soho shopping date number 2, harbor view, remembering those lost, late night Times Square run, dinner with New Yorks finest.

Day 5:

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Last minute explorations of the city, Times Square shopping, Rockafeller Center lunches, kisses in the rain on 5th Ave, seas of black coats at Grand Central Station.