Skirt – ASOS
Sneakers – Nike
Bonjour mes amis,
I was in Paris at the end of the month for my best friend’s birthday and thought I’d try to rustle together a blog post to commemorate the trip (and her birthday ofc). Firstly, I just want to say that button up skirts are some of the cutest articles of clothing ever! They make me feel like I live in the countryside, on a prairie like Dorothy – or maybe that’s just the feel that this skirt in particular gave me with its rust colouring and two toned stripes. Either way, I need to invest in more of this particular style of skirt. This outfit was very conservative with its high neck and tights but I quite enjoyed it, it not only made me feel quite mature but gave me these later 80 campus feels (like Clueless but with a longer skirt)
Another thing I became aware of after arriving in Paris – apart from how well I seemed to blend in – mostly because I was wearing mostly black, was how undeniably chic the women there were. There is definitely a cultural appeal about Parisian women, namely that they are immaculately, effortlessly, becomingly stylish and chic, carry themselves with poise and have an explicit presence. More than how they dress, it is not their style that gives them that presence (although it definitely doesn’t hurt) but their attitude.
“You have this ‘Je ne sais quoi’ quality about you”
“She has this Joie de vivre”
Are both French qualities that are constrained within the French language and although they can be prescribed to others outside of the nationality, they cannot be translated. In a way, it is the French attitude that is unable to be transformed or transfigured into any other kind that is not what it first was (French). I feel like that got a bit complicated whilst I was trying to figure out what it was that I was trying to say but ultimately, the French have this sexy confidence that is expressed through their style and the way they carry themselves. Something I both admire and attempt to emulate within my day to day life.
Another interesting element of my trip was the discovery of Paul Signac’s work. So, if I remember correctly, he was an early 20th century Neo-impressionist French painter who painted in dots of pure colour. His paintings were not only fun to look at but incredibly breathtaking when peered closely at. It was crazy to view all the dots that made up the trunk of a tree or the sea – oh wow, the way this man painted the sea! I was in awe truth be told, not only because he was so talented but also because I’m so lazy that to think that someone would take hours on end to paint in dots and create such a masterpiece stirs all sorts of emotions within me. Mostly it makes me wish I wasn’t so lazy haha.
I’ve included some pictures of his work below for you all to have a look for yourself, although if you want the real deal – Go to Musee D’Orsay if ever in Paris, you will not regret it. Asides from Signac, there is a lot of incredible art (Van Gogh, Picasso etc etc) to enjoy 🙂
And last but not least, here is a picture of my bezzie’s cute butt, Happy (now Belated) 21rst Birthday beautiful!
As always, let me know what you think and I hope you enjoyed this post!