PHOTO DIARY: PARIS EATS

Sunday, March 26, 2017


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Hi everyone! Today we're continuing my recap of PARIS! There were so many amazing restaurants that I legit gained about 6-7 pounds. I wish I was over exaggerating but I'm not. My work dresses don't fit right. Depressing but the food was totally worth it. French food is just mouth watering, completely satisfying and worth every calorie. I'm not over selling it. Also, I think there's like the most Michelin restaurants in Paris. I never even knew what Michelin was until my boyfriend started taking me to all these delicious spots. Below are a few suggestions. E N J O Y!

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Try these:
1.Les Orchidées: We had the bolognese cappuccino, confited tomatoes with origan and the roasted cod with soya butter
2. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Saint Germain We've had Robuchon before in Tokyo and again in London so we're pretty familiar with the menu. Recommended: LA LANGOUSTINE in ravioli truffled with stewed green cabbage, THE BLACK COD marinated in miso, crunchy cucumber on a cream of smoked eggplant and THE LAMB OF MILK in chops with the flower of thyme
3. Le Cinq (@ the Four Seasons) French gastronomical cuisine. This one is 3 stars so it is a little pricier. They do offer different tasting menus too but those have limited selections. Try: steamed line cod fish with truffled potatoes and surprisingly the grilled and glazed pigeon.
4. L’Avant Comptoir Paris by Mouth. This restaurant was so extremely fun! It's super small and hard to get reservations. I saw a lot of people just stand at the bar and eat. It's a great local tapas spot where you get a taste of everything. There menus are on the ceiling and the have literally a MOUNTAIN of butter for their customers. We ordered way too many items but everything tasted so good so I don't think you can go wrong there.

Besides seeing all the amazing monuments in Paris that everyone dreams of seeing, the food adventure was just as enjoyable. I've never had so many amuse-bouches (single, bite-sized hors d'oeuvres) before in my life lol and I don't mind it at all. So let's say you pay for like a 3 or 5 course meal, you always end up getting like 2 extra dishes. While I was in Paris, I literally cleaned every single dish off. If I could like it without being judged, I would have.

Thanks for following me on my recap. Next up. London!

xx-Jo

PHOTO DIARY: PARIS

Saturday, March 25, 2017


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Hi everyone! I'm back from my trip from Paris and London. I had the most amazing time EVER IN LIFE. It was my first time visiting and there was a lot of planning and research so I wanted to quickly give you tips and a list of some things we did while we were there. Enjoy!

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Some things to do:

Eiffel Tower: Trocadero Trust me. You see the beautiful Eiffel Tower almost everywhere you go in Paris. If you want the really good view of it, definitely check out Trocadero. I had to do some searching to find this spot so I wanted to make it easier on anyone that's going. :)

Lock Bridge: Pont des Arts Since the bridge was replaced, they do the locks here. HINT. Bring your own lock so people there don't try to scam you lol.

Jardin du Palais Royal: The Royal Garden We didn't get any tickets for this. We went to explore the garden. We went in March so it wasn't in full bloom yet but still nonetheless, extremely beautiful.

Louvre: Louvre Most people go straight to the museum to get the tickets but there's usually a really long line just to get in. There's a "secret" entrance at the Carousel du Louvre where no one goes so there's no line. I think if you buy online or through the hotel it's a little more expensive.

We went mid-March so it was still pretty cold in Paris. Definitely check the weather and pack layers. A few things I learned there:

1. So much people watching in Paris - it's awesome
2. Smoking everywhere, you can't run from it
3. I love that there is a cafe literally everywhere so coffee lovers are literally in heaven
4. There's a ton of scammers on the walk towards the Eiffel Tower so just avoid them
5. Bring scarves. Paris street style is on point

Next couple posts will cover food and some restaurants we tried and then on to London!

xx-Jo

BANANA REPUBLIC: WHAT MOVES US

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


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Can you believe it's February of 2017 already!?! I'm still messing up and writing 2016 on everything. I seriously need to wrap my head around the fact that we're in the start of a brand new year. You know what that means! New resolutions, new trends, new to-do lists, new goals, new wants, new styles...etc. So, Banana Republic poses the question - "What Moves Us?" What moves you? What moves you emotionally, physically, mentally? Is it fashion? Travel? Career? I'm sure we all think about these things throughout the day. Why don't you think about that while I talk more about this new outfit I'm posting about.

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Photographer babe: @Marilynnoir

What I Wore: Pants: Banana Republic | Top: Forever 21 | Bag: Banana Republic | Shoes: Charles David

Fashion Tip: Office style that works for me: minimalism. I try to keep things as simple as possible for the office... only because that's literally the easiest way to go. I like a lot of neutral items so the beige top and tan tote are major must haves because you can style that 100 different ways with different pants, skirts and blazers. Always pick items that you can layer and work into multiple outfits. If it's a one time wear, don't buy it.

So, what moves you? This year I have a lot of travel planned. My boyfriend and I will be in Aspen, Paris, London and possibly China. That just covers the first half of the year. We haven't made any concrete plans for the end of the year yet, but when it's all booked, I'll add it into a post! Some work, some play but either way, all around fun. We're movers and shakers so it's always an adventure with him. I just have to be able to balance and manage my work schedule with the constant traveling. Some new things for the Spring that I've incorporated into my wardrobe and my suitcase are all versatile and of course flattering pieces.

1. Trench coat - This will be my go-to in Europe because it'll still be pretty cold when I go in March. It's a lightweight all around jacket that is slim fit and classic looking.

2. Trousers - Much like the ones I'm wearing in this blog post. They're easy to wear, breathable material and moves with you. Trust me, you know what I'm talking about. I really can't wear pants that are too tight and the material is super stiff and it's just all around uncomfortable. These pants are extremely versatile and can be worn with heels or loafers and still have a very well put together look.

3. Midi dress - These days, you can pair just about anything with great sneakers and get that "model off-duty" look. Pack a pair of heels for a day to night quick change. Add a trench for the lady like vibe or a moto-jacket for a more edgy feel. Like I mentioned in my tip, stock up on staples that are versatile and good for layering.

That's all for now ladies and gents! Thanks for following me on my life and fashion adventures. I'll definitely keep you posted on all travels!

[This post is sponsored by Banana Republic, however all opinions stated are my own.]

With love,

xx-Jo

HOLIDAY STYLE WITH BANANA REPUBLIC

Monday, December 12, 2016


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It's my favorite time of year!!! It's the holiday season! Christmas and New Year's Eve is right around the corner. Is everyone ready!? My Christmas playlist has been on repeat since November so I'm in full mode holiday happiness. Today, I'm sharing my holiday look with Banana Republic. Are you ready for some layering? It's finally cold enough to start layering your pieces. The easiest way for me to put together any outfit during Christmas or New Year's Eve is to either add fur, sequins or both.

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What I Wore:

Skirt: Banana Republic
Gloves: Banana Republic
Top & Faux Fur: H&M
Sunnies: Zero UV

Fashion Tip: Holiday style tip: add faux fur for instant glam. Add anything sequins for a Christmas/NYE look.

Everyone loves a little shine and sparkle during the holidays, so this skirt is perfect for the season. It's well fitted but flares at the bottom so it's not binding. The length is just above the knee for a classy look and I'm totally loving bell sleeve look these days so I paired the skirt with a plain bell sleeved top. The outfit felt like it was missing a little something, so the perfect accessory to top it off is a [faux] fur throw. If you're feeling a little "blah" about your outfit, just add some fur. That'll make you feel better!

We don't usually get the opportunity to wear gloves often in California because it never gets that cold. BUT, if I needed to, I'd definitely wear these leather gloves. They're soft leather and so lady like. And, I didn't realize how convenient they are because there are two fingers that have some material on it that allows you still use your phone! I know a lot of gloves have it but it still amazes me when such pretty gloves have them. When you have such statement pieces like a sequin skirt, fur throw and bow gloves, you have to keep everything else simple. I finished the outfit with easy strap black heels and my classy YSL clutch. The perfect holiday outfit broken down.

I hope everyone enjoys their holidays with friends and family! Banana always has amazing sales so definitely check it out.

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine's Day... It's going to be a busy few months!!! Have fun and be safe everyone. Thanks for reading!!

xx-Jo