Today’s outfit is a mix of old and new. While in Paris, Bug and I replaced pretty much my entire wardrobe from shoes, to undies, to clothes and jewelry. Partly because none of it fit me any longer, and partly because I had this intense need to scrub everything from the past from my life. When I arrived home, I filled 6 garbage bags with clothes and donated them, leaving just a handful of things from before my life imploded.
Since it’s foggy and damp, I’ve returned to my typical way of dressing: layers, scarves, and boots. I wanted something casual for my hair today and originally did beachy waves, but it looked too fussy with my scarf. Instead, I pinned two messy side buns. It looks polished from the front, but a mess from the back. What do you think?
Long Sleeve T-shirt: Hakai
Skirt: Gray cord from Banana Republic (this is one of my old items. It’s way too big, but I love it.)
You all know I thrive on spontenaity, right? So it shouldn’t surprise you that last Monday – three days before I was to fly home to San Francisco – I looked at Bug and said, “Let’s go to DC.”
And so we did.
As soon as we arrived in Northern Virginia, we just knew that it was a place we could live.
So Bug made a few calls. We looked at schools, the weather, the quality of life. We found a house we love.
And…it looks like, if everything goes right, we’re moving to DC!
In less than a week, we went from random suggestion, to planning a cross country move.
But DC wasn’t all about finding a new place to live, we also took the boys sightseeing – mostly at 8am because we’re all jet lagged and awake at 4. We basically had everything to ourselves, which was awesome.
The Outfit (top picture):
Shirt: Deep green, cheery blossom print blouse by Jodhpur (random French label, I think)
Jeans: My trusty Levi’s (right now, I only own one pair of jeans that fit me. But I’m sure that will change as soon as I start eating “american” again.)
The Jardin Acclimatation is a huge park/amusement park/zoo/water play land situated in the Bois de Boulogne, a massive green area on the western side of Paris. Bug and I had heard rumors of this fabulous place, but we were skeptical. After all, how different can a big playground be?
Turns out, it’s rather fantastic. For a small fee (3-euro, I think) you get admission to the park. Rides cost extra and are a little pricey, but there are also free playgrounds, activities, and a splash pool for younger children.
AND THERE’S AN AMAZING BRUNCH. Finally, after three months of searching, I found a brunch that I loved at the Pavillion de Oiseaux, a restaurant inside the park. We thought it would be a typical park restaurant with bad, reheated food, but no. It was amazing. Even though reservations are requested, and the place was packed, we landed a table on the outside patio after a five minute wait. Food is served buffet style, but instead of being heavy on pastries and fromage blanc like the other brunches we’ve had, this one had salmon, green beans, salads, made-to-order eggs and crepes, steak au poive, cheese, fruit, dessert, and of course, pastries. Topped off with champagne, and it was perfect 😀
After we finished gorging, we explored the rest of the park. The boys loved the “Forest Adventure” zone which is a giant play area made of wood. One of the most popular attractions: A wooden fence that the kids climbed all over. Who knew?
There’s also a mirror maze that confused poor Fox so badly that he walked into a few walls. I’m happy to report that I beat the rest of my family out of the maze and proceeded to stand outside and laugh at them 😀 The aviary of exotic chickens was bizarre, but very charming, and the walk of distortion mirrors was also hit.
If you’re traveling to Paris with children, I highly recommend spending the day at the Jardin. There are plenty of places to picnic, kick a soccer ball, and enjoy the sun. This is probably one of my favorite places I’ve visited in Paris and honestly, I’d come back even without my kids just to have brunch and lay on the grass.
Top: By Sunhee Moon, my favorite San Francisco designer. This shirt has hidden side pockets and neck pleating. It’s from three or four summers ago, and I love it. The shop still carries something similar.