DC: Speed Trip

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 back of Mt. Vernon overlooking the Potomac.
The Lincoln Memorial
The Washington Monument
Being swept off my feet by Bug…and DC.

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.)

Belt: Skinny deep orange from Nordstrom

Shoes: wood heal wedges from Schuler & Sons

The Outfit (Bottom Picture)

Cardigan: Lafayette Collection

Dress: Illou (another random French line)

Tights: Wolford Velvet de Luxe 50 in Festival – Wolford makes the most comfortable tights ever.

Shoes: Repetto heeled loafers in Cola

Bracelet: Trina Turk for Banana Republic

Outfit Post: A Navy and Green Day in the Jardin

 

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?

Pudge on a portion of the wooden climbing fence.

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.

Bug showing off his ideal physique in a fun mirror.

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.

Striking a pose in the Jardin Acclimatation.

The Outfit:

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.

Sweater: Navy, open front cardigan from Zara.

Belt: Banana Republic (I wear this with everything.)

Jeans: Levi’s Demi curve Skinny

Boots: Repetto, Rita

Sunglasses: Paul Frank

Earrings: Random silver hoops I picked up years ago.

 

Outfit Post: Rainy Day

 

I’ve been frantically typing, typing, typing to finish last minute edits on Nightingale all week, which means I’ve been skipping all the fun afternoon activities (Paris Sewer Museum, anyone?) and only emerge from my apartment for meals. Bug is going to do a post for me later this week on Le Grand Metro Ride, the Sewer Museum, and the Notre Dame bell tower, but until then all I’ve got is an outfit post.

Today’s look was inspired by this pin on Pintrest:

This is what I pulled together from my closet. Pretty close, right?

The outfit:

Dress: Zara

Sweater: Zara

Belt: Banana Republic

Boots: Repetto

Necklace: Banana Republic

Bracelet: Dawali; Blue Rebel nail polish from Chanel.

Leggings: Wolford Velvet de Luxe 50 in Admiral

The Schedule:

8:30am – Roll out of bed

10am – Tidy up house, take a shower, mess around online after Bug and the boys leave for Notre Dame.

11am – Start trying to write the Nightingale dedication and acknowledgement pages.

11:30am – Stare out window, make new playlist, read the news.

12:15pm – Bug and the boys arrive home, frozen and hungry.

12:30pm – Head out to lunch. Tried a Japanese place near our apartment. Super good. Must find the name.

2pm- Drop boys off at home. Bug and I stroll down the street and do a little shopping.

3pm – Return home while Bug does the grocery shopping. Get the boys started on their Anne Frank reports. The Colonel decides he’s going to draw pictures of Napoleon getting “beat by the Russian Team,” followed shortly by, “Marie Antoinette being guillotined.” Consider if this means I’m raising a sociopath. Decide he’s just a fan of history.

4pm -5:30pm – Bug and I try to nail down where we’re going next week. The East Coast is becoming more and more likely, although London is still in the running.

6:30pm –  A home cooked dinner, prepared in our mini-kitchen by Bug. Steak haché for two boys, rostisserie chicken for the adults, and a falafel sandwich from the corner shop for Pudge.

8pm – Bedtime for the boys.

Rest of the evening – probably drinks across the street then a movie at home.

And just because I think he’s adorable, here’s The Colonel. He’s taken to dressing French and insists on wearing scarves, button-up shirts and “fancy” clothes.

The Colonel before our front door. Dapper, isn’t he?