FRANCE | 10 Things To Do in Paris

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10 THINGS TO DO IN PARIS

My days in Paris were short and sweet, and I am already missing the delicious food, the strolls, the views and the Parisian vibes.  The City of Light has always been one of my fave cities in the world, not only because I lived there, but because my experiences have always been lovely.  So I was incredibly happy when my sister announced that she would be getting married in France… that meant that I would return to Paris!  The day finally arrived and a few weeks ago we took a flight from Miami to Paris, spent the weekend, and then drove on Monday to Dordogne, the southwestern region of France.  We returned to Paris the following Friday and stayed six more days.  Today I’d love to share with you my 10 things to do in Paris! … and a few photos I took on this trip.  😉

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[Outfit details at the bottom of this post]

SAINT GERMAIN DES PRÉS

This quarter of the 6th arrondissement of Paris is one of the swankier neighborhoods in Paris’ rive gauch (left bank), filled with brasseries, upscale boutiques, yet not overcrowded with tourists.

Two cafés that I recommend to try are Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore, I used to go to the first one with friends for l’aperitif (love this French habit!).  The aperitif is a friendly ritual that Parisians do before a meal, they share a drink (nothing too high in alcohol) and something salty like chips.  They also do it on regular week nights!

Sit outside, order the croque-monsieur and a Monaco bière with grenadine (my fave!).  While the timing of the aperifit may remind you of the American Happy Hour, it is not the same concept.  Happy hours celebrate the end of the ‘work-day’ but the aperitif is something else, it is not the end, it is the ‘beginning of the night,’ so the mind set is very different.  And while in Paris I used to do the aperitif almost every night, here in Miami, I rarely make my way to any happy hours!

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MUSÉE D’ORSAY

Skip the lines at the Louvre and visit this beautiful museum instead!  Musée d’Orsay houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces of the world.  Inside are the works of a few of my favorite artists: Pierre Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, and Claude Monet.  This museum is housed inside the former Gare d’Orsay, a railway station constructed for the 1900 World Fair.  The view from the top level is amazing!!

I have a big admiration for painters and their art, that is one of the reasons why I initially moved to Paris – to focus my studies on Art History.  If you are in Paris for a few days, and not sure whether to visit this museum or the Louvre, consider the following: the Louvre exhibits over 35,000 works of art (that’s a lot!), Musée d’Orsay contains 2,000 paintings and 600 sculptures.  Back in the day, I visited the Louvre over a dozen times (3-4 hours inside each time), and I still have tons to see! … plus it is overwhelming due to the size of it.

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CAFÉ DE L’ESPLANADE

This (pictured above) is likely my favorite café in Paris, and it has a spectacular view of Les Invalides!  I love how cozy the outdoor seating is, the trendy inside decor, their menu, and that it sits in all of its Parisian splendor.  Overall, it is a discreet, quiet, and elegant café in the exclusive 7th arrondissement.

I found this café because it was less than half-a-block away from the apartment where I used to live.  I loved going there with a friend who lived nearby, to study for exams while enjoying the peaceful view.

If you are going to splurge and treat yourself, this place can be a nice option, but I suggest that if you go for dinner – make the reservation the day before.  Also, the gorgeous Musée Rodin is around the corner, it is dedicated to the works of my favorite French sculptor, Auguste Rodin – go check it out!

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PALAIS DE TOKYO

If you want a fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower, make your way to Palais de Tokyo located near Trocadero in the 16th arrondissement!

Afterwards you can also enjoy lunch or dinner at two trendy restaurants that I highly recommend (a)

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FRANCE | Château de Hautefort

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FRANCE | All Black Style at Saint Yrieix la Perche

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saint yrieix la perche

FRANCE

SAINT YRIEIX LA PERCHE

Good morning babes!  How are you?  Here is another look from my collaboration with NAKD Fashion.  In order to soften the rectangular shape of these wide leg trousers, I decided to add a feminine ruffled bodysuit that accentuates a little bit my body’s silhouette.  The part that I loved the most about the pants was the paperbag waist detail.  By tucking in any slim top inside of them, you can highlight it 🙂 These comfy trousers can easily be worn with any color top, and have been perfect here in France where you can feel the Fall weather at night…  Hope that you have a wonderful week, I’ll talk to you later, xoxo.

FRANCIA

SAINT YRIEIX LA PERCHE

Buenos días!  ¿Cómo están?  Aquí hay otro look de mi colaboración con NAKD Fashion.  Para suavizar la forma rectangular de estos pantalones anchos, decidí agregarles un bodysuit femenino con voladitos que resalta un poco la silueta de mi cuerpo.  La parte que más me gustó de los pantalones fue el detalle de la cintura.  Se puede resaltar usando cualquier top ajustado 🙂  Estos pantalones son ultra cómodos, combinan con todos los colores, y han sido perfectos aquí en Francia donde ya se siente el clima del otoño por la noche … Espero que tengan una linda semana, y hasta pronto, xoxo.

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FRANCE | A Fall Look with NakdFashion

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FRANCE

A FALL LOOK WITH NAKDFASHION

Hey babes!!  Here is a fall inspired look, a Kimono Wrapped Dress and OTK boots!  I have been doing a collaboration with NakdFashion and I shared with you my favorites on Instagram.  This dress is comfortable, sexy, and it comes in five colors, but olive brown is the color I loved it the most in.  I wore it in France, while spending a few days in the little town of Saint Yrieix La Perche.  It is located in the Aquitaine region in west central France, and we stayed there for the weekend, after a week in Paris, and prior to going to the chateau where my sister’s wedding was held at.  Love to have found a wrap dress that comes with a detachable v-neck petticoat with adjustable straps to wear underneath.  It makes a difference!  Because it got a little chilly at night, these boots were perfect for it.  You can also style the kimono over skinny jeans.  Hope you love the look 🙂  See it in every color and length below or in the boutique section of my blog.  Lots of love <3

FRANCIA

UN LOOK DE OTOÑO CON NAKDFASHION

Hola chicas!!  ¡Aquí les comparto un conjunto inspirado en la temporada que se viene, un Kimono que se ata a la cintura y botas sobre la rodilla!  He estado haciendo una colaboración junto con la marca NakdFashion y he compartido con ustedes mis prendas favoritas en Instagram.  Este vestido es ultra cómodo, sexy, y viene en cinco colores, pero el color verde olivo es el que más me gustaba.  Lo llevé conmigo a Francia, y me lo puse mientras pasé unos días en la pequeña ciudad de Saint Yrieix La Perche.  Está situada en la región de Aquitania en el centro-oeste de Francia, y nos alojamos allí para pasar el fin de semana, después de una semana en París, y antes de ir al castillo donde se celebró la boda de mi hermana.  Estoy feliz de haber encontrado un vestido que viene con una enagua desmontable y con las tiras ajustables para llevarlo por debajo.  ¡Esto hace una gran diferencia!  Debido a que estaba un poco frío por la noche, estas botas altas resultaron perfectas.  Si gustan, usen el kimono sobre pantalones de jeans ajustados.  Espero que les guste el look 🙂  Pueden verlo en todos los colores y largos abajo o en la sección de la boutique de mi blog.  Un abrazo <3

kimono wrap dress

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Nakdfashion Kimono Wrap Dress | olive brown| navy | red | stone blue | pink terracotta

Tory Burch Shoulder Bag 

Over The Knee Boots (old) | option 1 | option 2 | option 3

Jimmy Choo Sunglasses

LET’S SHOP KIMONOS BELOW!

 

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LUNCH @ HARD ROCK HOLLYWOOD

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“BEACH CLUB”

HARD ROCK HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA

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Happy Monday, everyone!  Yesterday I took my mom to lunch at the beautiful Beach Club located inside the Hard Rock Hollywood.  She was super excited to go, and I have been a Hard Rock fan for decades.  I’ve got shirts, and tank-tops from Hard Rock Cafes across the world!

We ate by the lagoon-style pool, and stayed cool with their refreshingly cool cocktails.  My favorite was the Mango Fusion Mojito – you must get it when you go!

  • Blueberry Frozen Drink
  • Mango Fusion Mojito
  • Florida Farmer’s Salad with Mahi-Mahi
  • Angus Burger & Sweet Potato Fries

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hard rock hollywood

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BEST MIAMI RESTAURANTS WITH A VIEW!

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BEST MIAMI RESTAURANTS WITH A VIEW!

Are you planning to visit South Florida soon?  Whether you are considering a vacation in sunny Miami, coming to town for a business trip, or visiting friends and family – I recommend making a reservation at any of these prior to arriving!  All of the restaurants below offer breathtaking water views.  Continue reading to see a round up of my favorite restaurants with a view – in no particular order.

THE BAR AT LVL 25, Conrad Miami

Unrivaled views of Biscayne Bay!

Conrad Miami Bar at LvL 25

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The Nutcracker Miami City Ballet

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THE NUTCRAKER

Presented by the Miami City Ballet at the Adrienne Arsh Center

Saturday, December 17 – Saturday, December 24, 2016

Only 15 Days till Christmas!!!  I always love when the Holiday Season is here because it bring us tons of holiday lights and decor, Christmas songs on the radio, cooler temperatures, peppermint everything, and fun local events like George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcraker.’   This show is the most enchanting holiday treat for the entire family, it’s a spectacular ballet that I enjoy each time that I see it.  The scenery is magnificent, the costumes are gorgeous, and Tchaikovsky’s music is magical!

The Nutcracker performance is presented by the Miami City Ballet at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.  The Arsht Center has truly transformed Miami’s culture scene.  It is currently celebrating it’s tenth season, and it showcases around 300 hundred performances throughout the year!  These are organized into series: Broadway in Miami, Jazz Roots, the Masterworks Season, Miami Made Festival, and the Summer Season, among others.  The center is beautiful inside and out, and it was designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.

INFORMATION

Below you will find all the information that you need for ‘The Nutcraker’: dates and times, duration, and ticket prices that start as low as $ 25.00.  If you are in Miami, I suggest you enjoy The Nutcraker with friends, your family or on a date, and then let me know if you liked it!  **  Also, I have included the basic information for the West Palm Beach location.  Enjoy!

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SCHEDULE:  Saturday, December 17 – 2:00 PM

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ART BASEL & DESIGN MIAMI

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Nilufar gallery design miami
Nilufar Gallery / Design Miami

ART BASEL & DESIGN MIAMI

Calling all ART AND DESIGN LOVERS!  Only 3 more days until Art Basel and Design Miami open their doors to art and design lovers from every corner of the world.  Over the years, Miami has become a well-known top destination for collectors and enthusiasts alike.  That is because Miami Art Week definitely has something for everyone: from Art Basel, to Wynwood Walls, to Design Miami.  There are also dozens of art festivals that pop-up throughout the city for this special week of the year.

For those that love to mix and mingle in a fashionable crowd, this week is for you!  Everything you need to know about both of these world-renowned events is combined in this post.  In this post you will find detailed information about Art Basel, Design Miami, Miami Art Week Events and the best local parties.  When purchasing tickets you will see that there is a ‘combined ticket’ option, this ticket will allow you to visit both Art Basel + Design Miami for a set price.  You can attend by yourself, or with a group of friends, either way you will surely love this whole week!  Enjoy!

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