Outfit Post: Everything is Rosy, Including My Hair

Today’s best laid plans were crushed when the Fox announced he had a stomach ache during lunch. After a bit of back and forth, I decided he wasn’t faking and shouldn’t go to the Jardin Acclimatation. Nothing like rides and lots of walking to make a sick boy sicker.

I’m trying to hide my disappointment – we only have a few days left in Paris and I really don’t want to waste any of it sitting around the apartment. But what can I do? A sick kid is a sick kid.

I did, however, get out this morning for a short run. As I ran, I kept making lists of the things I’ll miss about Paris:

1. Men that enjoy dressing nicely and make even causal look good.

2. Le Metro

3. A neighborhood that is truly walkable

4. The sound of church bells. Especially, the 10:45am Sunday morning bells.

5. Afternoon champagne

6. Macarons

7. Being able to dress the way I like to and not have people think I’m overdressed.

8. How clean it is (San Francisco, please, please, please do something about the dirty streets. Cleaning twice a month is gross).

When that made me depressed, I switched to things I’ll not miss about Paris:

1. Being tempted by the sweet, yeasty, mouth-watering patisseries

2. Sunday brunch not starting until 12pm

3. Sidewalk right-of-way wars

4. The scooters

5. My neighbors who like to have parties at 3am on Monday nights.

Below are a few pictures of my neighborhood from my run this morning. I love how quiet the Marais is pre-11am.

The dome in the back is the Panthéon.
I love how these stairs disappear into the water.
Hotel de Ville and the horse statue.
The back of Notre Dame

Because I’m feeling a little morose, I wanted to wear something cheerful. Until recently, I never wore pink, but I’m liking it a lot. Maybe I’m embracing my “girly” side more (although Bug informs me, I’ve always been very feminine, just not pink-girly). I also had my hair colored yesterday and had Liam, he of the mesmerizing chest hair, darken the roots so that the contrast with the ends is more pronounced. Because my hair is naturally strawberry blond, Liam decided to make it extra dark because my color tends to fade fast. It freaked me out a little when I woke up this morning to see such dark hair (it was pulled back, so I couldn’t see the blond ends), but I really like it.

Still blond around my face.
The dark roots and crown. There’s a lot of red/pink in there.
I look like I went through a wind storm, but you can see the change between colors clearly here.

The Pink Outfit:

Skirt: Chambray from Jcrew (Summer 2011, I think)

Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft (spring 2012)

Stockings: Wolford Perfectly 30 in anthracite These are a sheer, dark gray with a bit of shimmer and feel amazing on.

Cuff: Diwali

Shoes: Minelli Leopard print ballerinas.

Outfit Post: Sunday Brunch in Paris


Don’t call it a come back…

A “Mom Wore This Post”!*

Until I arrived in Paris, I believed no city could possibly love Le Brunch as much as San Francisco. I was soooo wrong. Brunch is a way of life here and restaurants serve nothing else between 11am and 4pm. This is a little problematic for me as traditional French brunch is pastry heavy, but we’ve managed to find a few places that serve eggs and salmon.

Sundays also seem to be the day French women dress down. Hair is thrown in messy top knots, faces are freshly scrubbed, but the outfits are still pulled together. I think the point is to look like you rolled out of bed, into an amazing outfit, and just know you look fabulous. It took me a while to embrace the messy look, but with the use of hair powder, I’ve come around.  I’ve been a fan of dry shampoo for a long time, and I especially love it on days I topknot my hair. It adds just enough texture to make my bun big and full. While here, I discovered Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo (normally I use Bumble & Bumble) and love it. Not too heavy or sticky, and it does an amazing job of making my hair look shiny clean.

The outfit:

Casual Sunday brunch

The Outfit:

Skirt: Comfy, old chambray skirt from JCrew. It’s a little wrinkled in the picture because I’d been sitting on the door stoop for a while.

Top: Attic and Barn – I love prints and their collection is full of patterns.

Bag: Ted Baker Hickory in dark red.

Shoes: My super trusty Franco Sarto cork heel wedges. I’ve had these for at least six years and still love them.

Earrings: Multi-gem waterfall from Jennifer Tuton.

Sunglasses: Paul Frank Far Away and Lost in Joy in crimson stripe.

The Schedule:

9am – Wake up. At home, I’m typically up by 5am, but I’ve gotten lazy this summer. Of course, I also stay up until 2am almost every night.

11am – quick stop at the grocery store before it closes for the day.

12pm – Brunch

2pm – kind of, sort of work on the final Nightingale revision notes. They’re due Thursday, and I plan on spending all day tomorrow – after my therapy session – working on them.

3:30pm – send the kids to the patisserie for bread and the gelato shop.

7pm – dinner

9:30 pm – boys to bed

10:00 – work a little more on NG

11:30 – convince Bug sleep is over-rated and we should watch a movie.

2am – BED

*Mom Wore This was a blog I ran featuring my daily schedule and outfit along with the outfits and profiles of other moms.