Thursday, May 24, 2012

Impeccable Planning


When I was in Paris recently I made a special trip up to Monmartre to go back to Metal Pointu's, the jewelry shop I fell in love with during my last trip. My purpose was to get one of the chunky, statement necklaces that I had seen the last time I was there. This one is just perfect, having enough thickness and heft to feel and look substantial, but not so much as to overwhelm my slender neck and narrow shoulders. While I was there I also picked up another ring to go with the one I already had. I really love how the two pieces complement one another.

A couple of days later during the trip, I was wearing my new necklace with one of the dresses I had packed. My friend/coworker who I was traveling with remarked at how perfectly the necklace went with my dress. I said, "Well of course they go together, I packed this dress knowing I would be going to that shop to buy a necklace to go with it!" He thought that was going just a bit too far for fashion, but I thought it was simply impeccable planning.

Vest: Cotelac
Top: Max Studio
Pants: Cynthia Steffe
Sandals: Michael Kors
Jewelry: Metal Pointu's

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Surprise




I've been waiting ages to wear this dress. I found it for $9 at the thrift store, brand new with tags, just as we were heading into winter. Since this color is really only suitable for warmer weather, it lurked in my closet packed away with all the rest of the summery stuff that I boxed up to make room for my sweaters and wool skirts. I had pretty much forgotten about it in fact, so it was a nice surprise to open up the box and find a brand new dress waiting for me.

Cardigan: Anthropologie
Necklace: Dana LeBlanc Designs
Dress: Calvin Klein
Shoes: BC Footwear
Bag: Coccinelle

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Strasbourg and Paris Sights

As promised, here are some photos from the France portion of my trip. I'll start off with a few from Strasbourg.

You can't visit Strasbourg without taking a look at the magnificent cathedral, which is so large and imposing it can be seen for miles around.

 The west side of the cathedral is built in the late Gothic style.
 It's impossible to even fit the whole building into a single frame.
 Here's the other side of the cathedral, which is in the Romanesque style.
 A quaint little square near the cathedral, with lots of the German style timber-framed buildings that are common in Strasbourg. And a giant boulder. I'm guessing it was too much trouble to move it, so they just built around it. That's what I'd do anyway.

The next stop on the trip was Paris, where I was lucky enough to meet up with the fabulous



Inside the theater is a modern ceiling by Marc Chagall, and a bronze and crystal chandelier that weighs an impressive 7 tons.
Here's the only other outfit photo I got while I was traveling.
I love how it looks like this guy is squeezing the fish really hard to make it spit water. Another statue looks like he's playing air guitar with his fish.
Another fish; this one on the Pont Alexandre. Grotesque and beautiful.

Suits of armor on the windows of Les Invalides.
 Incredible craftsmanship on these old cannons; also at Les Invalides.

OK, you've seen this structure before, but I thought it looked pretty cool with its head buried in the fog.

Creepy gargoyles on Notre Dame.
Offsetting the creepiness, thousands of locks on the nearby Love Bridge.

That's it for my travel photos! I hope you enjoyed reliving a little of my trip with me. I'll get back to my regular outfit posting in a couple days.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Lisbon and Surrounds

Today I thought I'd share some photos from my recent trip abroad. I'll keep the explanations brief and mostly let the images speak for themselves.

The first stop was Lisbon:
 This is the Rossio train station; my hostel was located inside the station

 Commercial Square



 A few examples of the beautiful tile work that can be seen all over the city.

 The view of the Tagus river from the Alfama district

 The Castle of São Jorge on the top of the hill

 Inside the castle grounds

Overlooking the city center from atop the Santa Justa lift, shown below:
Which, incidentally, gave me terrible vertigo.

While in Portugal, I took a day trip to Sintra and Cascais:



While in Sintra I toured the Quinta da Regaleira estate:




 The whole place is amazing, but to me the best part was the acres and acres of lush garden filled with tunnels, grottoes, towers, statues, and all sorts of other surprises. Climb a tower and it leads to a hidden path; go down a dark tunnel and come up behind a waterfall; the whole property is designed to keep you exploring one place and then the next without retracing your steps.

 One of the few pictures I had someone take of me. This was out at the coast near Cascais.

I also spent about half a day in the Belém area, which is a short train ride from the Lisbon center:

The Padrão dos Descobrimentos on the left, and Torre de Belém on the right. And yes, that is a bride posing for photos in front of the monument and a mini Golden Gate Bridge spanning the river.

A few views of the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Monastery of the Hieronymites):



 And with that I will leave off, since that's a lot of photo posting for one day. I'll share a few from the France part of the trip in my next post.