Friday, May 31, 2013

Bon Weekend

My first day in Paris involved a little rain that later turned into a heavy shower. I'm glad I got out and about around Saint Germain and the Louvre before it sent me back to my hotel for warmth.  I usually don't like to photograph people but some of these are my favorites since they perfectly highlight chic Parisians. 

Bon weekend! 

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Royale with Cheese

I uploaded these photos before I left for Paris but forgot to actually write anything or post it. In all honesty, jet lag is rearing it's ugly head.  Or at least that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. 

I actually posted these photos of designer Jacques Grange's apartment in the Palais Royal a few years ago but since the Palais Royal is one of my favorite places in Paris, I thought they deserved a second look. I'm still amazed that he stays so under the radar.  It's so French and chic.  I doubt that I will see him when I stop by the Palais Royal on this trip but I'm certainly going to keep my eyes peeled just in case! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Paris is Always a Good Idea

"Paris is always a good idea." - Audrey Hepburn

I couldn't agree with Audrey more especially since I'm off to Paris tonight.  I'm headed to the City of Light for a press trip with a lot of built in personal time. The weather seems a little iffy and not unlike what it's been in New York recently so as soon as I hit CDG, I'm buying a four day Paris Museum Pass.  I'm looking forward to getting lost in the Louvre or Musée Nissim de Camondo whenever it starts to rain. Now that we have a Laduree a few blocks from my apartment, it's not as much of a treat but I can't wait visit the tea salon when I need a rest. I will be staying in Saint Germain where I'll be able to walk to all my favorite places like Flamant and Deyrolle.  I hope to make it to the Marais to visit Merci this trip too.  

I'm traveling alone and actually look forward to getting lost while taking photos and not having to worry about holding someone up. Photography is becoming more of a focus in my life and I'm excited to take my better camera and better eye to Paris this trip. I also plan to Instagram my adventure if you want to follow along.  I'll try not to post too many pics but can't make any guarantees.  I wasn't looking forward to eating dinner alone but I do know a few people who I plan to meet up with during my trip. 

Most of all, I'm looking forward to being inspired. Cassandra of Coco + Kelley posted about needing directing in her Uncomfortable post from yesterday and I can definitely relate.  I've been feeling adrift this year and not sure which direction to steer myself.  I have been in safely ensconced in my comfort zone and need to figure out what I want to do next, whether it's another book or developing a product line.  There is nothing like a change of scenery to inspire and motivate and I hope to come back with a new sense of purpose.  

As I mentioned, I am traveling alone and want this fact to inspire you as well.  So many times people don't go places because they don't have anyone to go with them. If you've been waiting to visit Paris or another place, just do it.  There is no time like the present to follow your dream and you never know, you might just meet someone fabulous along the way. 

À tout à l'heure!

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Be My Guest

Until I get back on track from the long weekend, I suggest heading over to Guest of a Guest to read a fun interview I did with them last week.  You can also see a few more photos of my apartment. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Hat Attack

The sun is finally out after what seemed like a week of rain.  That means you might want to pull out a hat except that the gale force winds would probably blow it off your head.  Maybe better to display your hats on the wall or in the entry.  Nothing says summer like a good straw hat no matter it's located. 

Kendall Conrad's daughter. 

Brigitte Bardot

Design by Tom Sheerer. 

Pablo Picasso

Aerin Lauder's Southampton house.

Romy Schneider

via Country Living

Audrey Hepburn

Photo by Francois Halard

Photo by Jacques Henri Lartique

via India Hicks

Marilyn Monroe


Doris Day

by Eric Roth

Jacqueline Bisset

Vincent Van Gogh, Self Portrait with Straw Hat

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