Year of the Dog

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Happy Lunar New Year!

It's been awhile since I've popped into to say hi. It's been straight back to work since I've gotten back from Europe. Of course in order to travel has hard as I do, a lot of work goes into it, to make trips like that happen. I'm happy to say though, with the new year coming into I have (of course) more trips planned for 2018. This April I will be headed to Disneyland (no surprise there), and this coming Fall I will be headed to East China and South Korea, with my friend Kristina. Here's to another great year! - JN

Getting around Paris on a budget

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We're off to the museums again today!

This time, we booked ourselves some tickets to the Big Bus Tour.  If you're like us & not a fan of following big groups or time constraints, this hop on, hop off tour bus works great for getting around. For €38, we got a two day pass to unlimited use of their buses. The Big Bus tours in Paris, have two intersecting routes, with double decker buses (some open on top), that take you around to most of the tourist attractions you would want to see.

Buses started at 9am, with one route picking up from each stop every 15 minutes, the other every 30 minutes. This included places like Grand and Petit Palais, the Arc de Triomphe (where our hotel is), the Louvre, Tour Eiffel, Moulin Rouge, Montmartre, and Notre Dame. Not to mention, there are headphones on board the bus for an audio guided tour of wherever you go, in 8 different languages. 

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Not to mention, there are headphones on board the bus for an audio guided tour of wherever you go. We started our day getting picked up at the Arc de Triomphe and heading to a short visit to the Petit Palais.

Then it was off to the Louvre

Despite this being my second visit to Paris, I was excited, since this would my first time inside the Louvre. (Last time to was shut down during Paris fashion week). 

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And of course, whilst I know that most people tell me it's slightly overhyped, we made a bee-line to the Mona Lisa. I can now confirm, that yes, it is smaller than you expect it to be & indeed in a very large room. Although not alone, it is on lone wall, and roped off. After we crossed that off the bucketlist, we wandered to other parts of the Louvre.

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The thing that makes me fall in love with Paris though, isn't their sweet confections, but their beautiful buildings. The Frenchs' attention to detail, from the grandeur of their arches, to their impressive vaulted murals, make their buildings beautiful works of art in their own right, in addition to the beautiful art pieces these buildings house. The French also have an admirable commitment to preserving their architectural history, and way of life. And for that, I will always appreciate Paris. Love, Jen

Coat from Express
Backpack from Michael Kors
Boots from Alexander Wang

Girls in Paris

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Good morning from Paris!

Hello everyone! Guess who's back in Paris! Last time I was here, was in September of 2016. I was two weeks into a solo backpacking trip & post my third ever Disney half marathon. This time though, I'm on a trip with the girls!

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Three girls, one week, and the beautiful city of Paris. I can't even begin to describe how excited I was, to start 2018 off this way. I've packed a little more than usual, I have more time here, and now we have each others company. You best believe that this trip is going to be a whole lot different than my last visit. It might be a little wilder, it might be a little girly (or a lot), but it'll definitely be a lot more stylish! You know, a girls girl kind of trip!

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For our first full day, us three girls were quite productive! We woke up early, had some breakfast at a cafe near our hotel, by the Arc de Triomphe. Then it was off to the Musée d'Orsay! We made our way, floor by floor, up to the famous clock up top. It was fun to see what changed since my last visit. Then it was across the Seine to the Louvre. Museum-ed out, we decided to leave the inside for another day, and we were off to the top of the Eiffel Tower (my first time up)! Lastly, we ended our night with dinner at Carbon Paris.

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Suddenly, everything I loved about this city was coming back to me. Coupled with the fact that I had been reading up on some French history & learning some more French words, this first day was more than I could ask for. I just can't wait to see what the next few days with these ladies have in store for more! Thanks for reading! Love, Jen

Coat & Top from Express
Backpack from Michael Kors
Boots from Alexander Wang

White Christmas

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What a special Christmas it is!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas with your family & friends! Here it the Pacific Northwest, we've been fortunate enough to have our first white Christmas, in a long while! 

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I've already worked 48 hours in the last week & I have another 44 hours in the next week to go, so it's truly wonderful to have today off. Not only that, to have been able to spend time with my extended family last night, see it snow, then be able to relax on Christmas Day.

My family & I woke up early this morning & go enjoy the fresh snow outside. Finally got to bust out this Jacket I've been saving from Zara. My friend Shahrzad & I officially leave for Paris in two weeks, and can bet I'll be bringing this pink treasure with me! Anyways, happy holidays! - Love Jen

Kensington Plaid

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Goodbye London

It’s crazy to think that, it feels like it was just a day ago, when Lindsay and I arrived in London together. Then a blur, yesterday was our last full day in this beautiful city. With this being my second holiday here, I now honestly feel like I’ve done everything I wanted on my wishlist. 

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We’ve visited three museums: the Tate Modern, the V&A Museum, and the Natural History Museum. As a medical healthcare professional, I definitely recommend the Human Evolution exhibit in the Natural History Museum. If you’ll be in the area, from now until February 2018, the V&A Museum has a gorgeous Balanciaga exhibit. I’ve never seen better put together and well lit exhibition. 

We’ve also stumbled upon a Peter Pilotto sample sale (see last post here), perused the Borough Market, had impromptu poetry written for us on the street, and saw Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. 

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We’ve also had plenty of good food, like savory crepes for breakfast, and dinner outside, by a fire, along the River Thames. We’ve had gelato roses & octopus ravioli at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, while being served by Jamie (a different Jamie). And lastly, we had one of the finest meals in our lives, 40 floors up, with a gorgeous view of the London’s city skyline at night, at the famous Duck & Waffle

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In retrospect, the first half of our adventure has turned out better than I could have imagined. With all we’ve done, will I be back? Of course I will! I’ll be damned if it’s the last time I eat at Duck & Waffle. Now, off to Scotland! 

Love, Jen

Peter Pilotto Sample Sale

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Yesterday, whilst heading to South Kensington, to visit the V&A Museum. Lindsay & I stumbled upon a Sample Sale. Lindsay saw it first & I'm glad she did. She asked me who Peter Pilotto was & immediately remembered how much I loved his work from the Peter Pilotto x Target collaboration, back in 2014. So of course, we went in!

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I had never been to a sample sale before, but trust you me, my love of fashion has not faded after all these years. Those who know me, know I still sometimes live stream fashion week in the comfort of my own bed. 

The idea of a sample sale though, is it's the designer selling off pieces that they've made during production. They're good enough to wear, but aren't the finalized production pieces, so you get them for a fraction of the price.

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All in all, it was fun girl-time shopping experience & I had a good time talking to Sophie, one of the Peter Pilotto interns. In the end, I decided to pick up this beautiful slit pencil skirt I found. The print & color gave me hints of Asian inspiration, and it reminded me of something you could wear to a high class holiday party. I love the blocking of the print down the center, and the low but playful slit at the bottom. 

It ended up being a perfect the pick-up for the next day, when we went to Wicked! I just paired it with a neutral wool blend sweater from Zara. Anyhow, it was a fun find & will most definitely be a memorable staple piece. Just though I'd share! Thanks for reading! Love, Jen

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