Vogue Paris Inspiration

Vogue Paris, September 2014

Vogue Paris, September 2014

Vogue Paris, September 2014

I came home from Europe in October with a bag full of (very heavy) magazines. I was really excited to find a September issue of Vogue Paris at Orly Airport on my way back because it looked awesome and it may or may not have come with a free fashion week t-shirt…

Anyway, I’m always taken by whatever Vogue Paris I’m reading, but this one had all of these images that I actually  could not stop staring at – the styling is amazing and everything about these photographs is perfect. I held on to the magazine and look at the photos every so often but I figured that it was time to share them with all of you.  Also, this way, they’re on the internet right where I can find them in case I accidentally throw out the magazine in a fit of cleaning rage (which has been known to happen). Here are some things I’m thinking I need to own because of this Vogue (click the links below to shop):

Sarah Chloe Gold Signet Ring / Topshop Classic Fedora / ONE by SW3 Fringe Jacket / Frame Denim Le Grand Garçon Boyfriend Jeans / Gucci 60th Anniversary Loafer / J.Crew Striped Cotton Jersey Top 

 
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A Minute for Mexico

Isla Mujeres Mexico via youmademelikeyou.com

Isla Mujeres Mexico via youmademelikeyou.com

Isla Mujeres Mexico via youmademelikeyou.com

Isla Mujeres Mexico via youmademelikeyou.com

Isla Mujeres Mexico via youmademelikeyou.com

A few days after getting back from Japan (and the rest of our round the world adventure), I somehow packed another bag and got my tired/jet lagged self onto another flight – this time to Mexico. I hadn’t been back since my wedding about a year and a half ago and I was so excited to eat, go to the beach and, of course, see my family. The trip was supposed to be a few lazy tanning days but, in the end, it turned out to be more of an adventure (in a good way). It was no boys allowed – just seven women that flew into Cancun from all over for an amazing week.

Our first destination was the amazing Akalki Holistic Center in a place called Bacalar, about a 2.5 hour drive away from Cancun. The rooms are these beautiful little huts right on the turquoise water of the lagoon – you swim with the fish and possibly crocodiles, but they only come by at the crack of dawn so it’s perfectly safe (or so I was told, very casually, by the hotel staff).  The town of Bacalar is tiny – so tiny that you can’t check the weather on your iPhone and so tiny that the “wine shop” was a concrete room behind a garage door with four dusty wine bottles and some snacks. After we were done with the wine shop, it was just a snack store but the pizza place seemed to have some inventory because they actually came through and delivered amazing pizzas (an hour or two late but who was counting?) to the hotel.  We ate them under the stars and the giant moon right on our patio, hearing the fish splashing around underneath the dock and watching some huge birds swoop down into the water for their dinners in the dark.

After that, we took the ferry (which was kind of like a 20 minute mini party) to Isla Mujeres. I had been there once before but only to the beach for a few hours and this was nothing like I remembered. This is a small, super relaxed island with a beautiful beach, restaurants, shopping (crafts and Mexican things) and no huge hotels. When I go away, I try to keep the shopping to a minimum and buy only one or two really special things even though I want EVERYTHING. A good friend of mine once told me I was becoming a knick knack lady, and I hear his voice in my head every time I pick up a little chotchkie. This time, I limited myself to only a couple of things for my apartment (an embroidered pillow case and a shell) but wanted ALL the things (click the links below to shop).

Stephanie Kantis Jasper Pendant / One Kings Lane Serving Platter / Bucilla Embroidered Pillowcase / Madewell Cosmic Connection Ring / One Kings Lane Talavera Coffee Mugs / Dwell Studio Turtle Shell Paper Weight

 
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The Loveliest Singapore Day

High Tea at the Raffles Hotel Singapore via youmademelikeyou.com

Tiffin Room at the Raffles Hotel Singapore via youmademelikeyou.com

Raffles Hotel Singapore via youmademelikeyou.com

Singapore Botanic Gardens via youmademelikeyou.com

Singapore Botanic Gardens via youmademelikeyou.com

Singapore Botanic Gardens via youmademelikeyou.com

Ok, so there was the heat.  We didn’t start off melted into two little puddles, but as soon as the sun came out it was game over. It happened in the orchid garden, which is unfortunate because this was probably the most spectacular part of any botanical garden I’ve ever seen. It was strange though, because while other people were hot, we were the only ones FREAKING OUT and literally melting to the point where I actually couldn’t deal. We got it together though, with lots of little breaks into random  (air conditioned) gift shops that were luckily scattered all around. I even got a fan and actually used it, which was kind of lovely and I highly recommend.

Later that afternoon, we had a reservation for high tea at the Raffles Hotel, one of the most famous spots in Singapore and where the Singapore Sling was invented. I always love me some high tea, but this one stood out because of the cultural twist on the traditional tea time. Sure, you’ve got your tea sandwiches, scones and jams, but you’ve also got chopsticks and dim sum. The hotel itself is also beautiful and full of tradition with the harp player adding to the lovely colonial atmosphere.

Even though it was hot as hell, everyone in Singapore still looked nice and pretty dressed up – here are some things I’m glad I had in my suitcase for exploring (click the links below to shop).

Sam Edelman V-neck tank / Red Valentino Daisy Shorts / James Perse Linen Button-Down Shirt / Splendid Crete Flat Sandals / Vince Berlin 6 Sneaker / Kiehl’s SPF 50 sunscreen 

 
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Mood Board

Mood Board via youmademelikeyou.com

Mood Board via youmademelikeyou.com

I left Japan at 11:30am on a Wednesday and arrived in New York at 11:30am that same Wednesday. After spending a few days in a crazy jet lag blur, I left for Mexico and when I got back… it was basically summer. I wish there had been more of a transitional period between seasons, but there are a few pieces I can’t put into hibernation just yet. My mood is very specific and I’m actually happy that the weather is a few degrees cooler in Denver, where I’m headed for the next  few days. Here are some things similar to the ones I’ve packed in my carry-on (click on the links below to shop).

Gucci Lip Color Intense Lipstick / Vince Berlin 6 Suede Sneaker  / Wendy Nichol Leather Bucket Bag / Maison Michel Wide-Brim Rabbit Felt Hat / Helmut Lang Leather Jacket / Chanel Vintage Button Logo Earrings 

 
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Tokyo Denim and Leather

Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo, Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo, Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo, Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo, Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo, Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo, Japan via youmademelikeyou.com

I thought I did pretty well and stayed level-headed while shopping at the biggest Uniqlo in the world the day before our lovely stroll in the beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens. I only picked up a few basic things that will definitely come in handy all the time. I couldn’t wait to wear this cute denim dress from their collaboration with Ines de la Fressange and it was the perfect thing to pair with my trusty sneaks for another day of walking around like crazy people. It was casual enough to be comfortable and nice enough to go into any restaurant or tea salon without feeling like a hobo. Click on the links below the images to shop similar:

Topshop Denim Shirtdress / Helmut Lang Leather Jacket / Adidas Originals Stan Smith Sneakers / Ray-Ban Original Aviator Sunglasses / Free People Slouchy Tote 

 

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