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As mentioned previously, today I’m headed on a getaway to warmer weather. Goodbye, freezing New York! Goodbye, snow! I am headed towards Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands and I couldn’t be more excited. After several very stressful months, I’m looking forward to donning a swimsuit, sandals and sunscreen and getting to know this island, its culture, locals and food. (It’s been nearly two years since I’ve been on a beach that wasn’t the Hamptons or Jersey Shore!)

As any sane person does, I used this getaway as the perfect excuse to kickstart my spring shopping. I’ve rounded up several items that I purchased to pack in my suitcase and a few other items that I have my eye on for later this season as well.

I’m en route as you read this so be sure to follow along on my Instagram and on Tuesday, March 24th I’ll be taking over the Cayman Island’s Instagram handle and sharing exclusive photos there – be sure to follow!

Click on the + signs in the above image to be directed to each item or click below!

Bathing Suit // Aquazzura Heels (just bought them in black) // J.Crew Panama Hat

Blue + Black Sunglasses // Passport Holder (got mine monogrammed with MMD!) // Ear Cuff (so chic) // Yosi Samra Ankle Strap Sandals (these are my absolute favorites from last summer – they are so comfortable even when walking around all day!)

Tassel Sandals // Boyfriend Shorts // Leopard Flat Clutch //

Truffle Clarity Pouch // Eyelet Shorts (I got them in white and they are on sale!)

Neon Jelly Sandals // Gold + Orange Bracelet (perfect for stacking) // Samantha Wills Bardot Turquoise Ring (cannot WAIT to wear this!) // Soludo Wrap Sandals (also love the wedge version in white)

And if you’re looking for a cover up that doubles as an easy, breezy dress, I’ve had this one for several years now in a pink shade and love how it feels like pjs. I also bought this swimsuit and love the way the top fits – it is so flattering on!

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travel diary // paris part III

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While in Paris Chloe Johnston was gracious enough to set us up with a 2 hour shopping tour of the Marais. It was wonderful to have a guide that led us to some favorite spots of locals vs. going to those stores we have available in the States. It didn’t hurt that it was also sale season! In addition to favorites of mine like Maje, Sandro and COS, Chloe’s expertise led us to some gems of stores that I could have wandered in for ages. Many thanks to Chloe for the experience and if you’re heading to Paris anytime soon, I highly recommend you look into Chloe’s Paris tours.

Stores to not miss:

  • Les Petites (great dresses, leather and wear-everyday blouses)
  • Merci (clothing, accessories and wonderful home goods)
  • Mellow Yellow (highly affordable shoes)
  • Hello, I Love You Can You Tell Me Your Name (loads of cheeky t-shirts to browse)
  • Bash (beautifully feminine pieces)
  • Bimba & Lola (dresses with great prints and plenty of lovely accessories)

See my Paris travel diaries Part I and Part II.

[Photographs by moi]

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travel diary // paris part II

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I think anyone knows that you don’t go to Paris if you’re on a diet. Food is a religion in France and has worthwhile indulgences everywhere you turn. While you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything bad to eat in Paris, today I’m sharing my favorite spots from my recent trip.

  • Brasserie Thomieux: A classic French brasserie – order the steak and champagne and then take in the sparkling Eiffel Tower as you walk home.
  • Le Refuge des Fondus: An utter tourist attraction but it doesn’t matter. For 21 euros you’ll enjoy a full baby bottle of wine, cheese or meat fondue and some snacks and an aperitif to begin. Tucked in Montmartre, this is a favorite spot of mine for the atmosphere alone.
  • Berthillion: Deux coups de glace, si vous plait! While Berthillion is served at cafes throughout Paris, it’s worth heading to the idyllic Ile Saint Louis to the original location. I always have chocolat et framboise.
  • Trieze 13: Indulge in the most amazing, albeit a bit Americanized brunch, in this darling spot tucked away down an alley in Saint Germaine. The parfait and biscuits were utterly to die for and the laid back atmosphere had us chatting with the chef and enjoying fresh pressed juices.
  • Rose Bakery: I had read this was a favorite of Isabel Marant’s and it’s so darn charming. Very sleek and simple in design, we had some of the most amazing risotto for lunch with a glass of rose on a beautiful street in the 9eme arrondissement.
  • Saturne: Another favorite of Isabel’s I had read about was an utter splurge but so worth it. Mackerel with lime granita, shaved baby cucumbers and raspberries? Yes, please. Each of the 6 courses were utterly delicious and we went with the wine pairings which were surprising and thoughtful and very much worth adding. Be sure to make reservations in advance.
  • Le Hibou: This contemporary brasserie was around the corner from our Saint Germaine flat. It’s modern and has a delightful full menu and is lit up at night with hundreds of beautiful lights with plenty of outdoor seating.
  • Poilane: The best pain au chocolat you will ever have. Period. (This is also a favorite of Ina Garten’s alongside Barthelemy).
  • La Cuisine: We took a wonderful 2 hour wine and cheese pairing course on a Saturday afternoon and it was a highlight of our trip. You’ll venture to Ile Saint Louis to pick out cheese and wine and then head back to the school where you learn all about how to pair the various cheese and wine selections. Highly recommend. (Let’s also talk about how cute the heart shaped cheese is?! Not to mention delicious…)
  • Cafe des 2 Moulins: Enjoy a glass of wine in the cafe in which Amelie was shot in the Montmartre neighborhood.
  • La Maison Rose: Also in Montmartre, this lovely pink cafe aptly named La Maison Rose has a delicious Sancerre and is on a winding, cobblestone street just steps away from flats where artists like Picasso used to reside.
  • Rue Cler: Interested in doing a picnic at La Tour Eiffel? First head to Rue Cler and visit the various shops to pick up your baguette, cheese, fruit and wine.
  • Fauchon: While prices are high, I love wandering in Fauchon. I picked up a small jar of fig jam that I’ll enjoy later with some foie gras and a glass of wine. Visit La Maison du Truffes nearby and taste the truffle butter (!!!)

And in case you missed it, here’s Part I.

[All photography by moi]

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