If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve recently been to the beautiful city of Paris. It was my first time visiting the city, so I couldn’t wait to explore!
We got up bright and early to get the Eurostar and a couple of hours later we had arrived!
As soon as we walked outside from the dark train station, the light hit us and the first thing I saw was the beautiful French architecture on the buildings, with wrought iron balconies everywhere you look.
We hopped into a taxi and drove around Paris on the way to our hotel. I couldn’t resist leaning out of the taxi window to get some snaps!
I did a Carrie Bradshaw and screamed when I saw the Eiffel Tower…I am such stereotypical tourist!!
We stayed at the Hotel Ares Eiffel, which is a boutique hotel just a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower. The decor is stunning, designed by Italian designer Poltrona Frau with Versace tiling covering the bathroom and Hermes toiletries.
We quickly unpacked, filled the wardrobe, changed and were ready for a full day of shopping.
One of the things I adore about Paris was how many fresh flower stalls there are, on practically every corner, selling the most beautiful selection of flowers. I have a bit of a flower obsession and find there is nothing more cheery than a house filled with fresh flowers.
^^ Look at all the different shades of pink on those roses, so beautiful! ^^
Before a full day of shopping, we needed some food so thankfully we spotted Le Royal, a traditional French restaurant on our way to the shops…
But first, champagne to toast being in Paris. Could you think of a better reason?
I ordered a Croque-Madame, which is a ham and cheese toastie, covered in melted cheese with a fried egg on top. It was amaaaazing and soon became my new food obsession.
We also ordered some fois gras with toast…
Finally, we could focus on what we do best…shopping!
I was so happy when we found a Sephora. It’s any make up addicts dream! I am still hoping they will open in London one day, but for now, I made sure I stocked up!
I bought a new jacket, so after a quick change over, it was time for an outfit shot…
We popped in and out of both high street and designer stores, and whilst browsing through Louis Vuitton we discovered a library dedicated to fashion books. From big chunky coffee table books to tiny little fashion bibles.
Time ran away with us as we stood there flicking through the pages and lusting over the beautiful photography.
I picked up a Parisian Chic book for my mum, a style guide full of fashion tips written by a celebrity model revealing the secrets of how Parisian women maintain effortless glamour and timeless allure. The perfect gift for my fashionista mum. I’ve found it online here if you fancy having one for yourself and won’t be visiting Paris any time soon…
After walking around in heels all day we needed to give our feet a rest over a coffee. We stumbled upon a cafe called Fouquet’s along the Champs-Elysees so grabbed a table outside and ordered coffees and thick hot chocolate.
We worked off our hot chocolate by walking up and down the Champs-Elysees, before calling it a day and grabbing a taxi to take us back to our hotel.
^^ I told you our hotel was close! ^^
A fabulous first day in Paris! After such a busy and tiring day strutting around Paris we were tempted to curl up in bed, get an early night ready to do it all again the following day, but first, it was time for dinner and cocktails somewhere Carrie Bradshaw would approve of…
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