Just a few short days away from November, one would expect chilly weather, warm coffee, and a lot of cozy knits. Not in Georgia. The weather is still nearing the upper 80s, and the sweaters are still neatly packed away. That does not mean that this Northern girl is not prepping up for fall.
One: chunky plaid knits and jackets
Two: maroon pants
Three: neutral ankle boots
Four: tartan scarves for every day of the week
Five: moto-inspired coats
Six: the highly-coveted-waitlist-elite Mansur Gavariel bucket bag
Seven: slip ons in bold patterns
Eight: pleated minis (bonus points for tweed)
Bonjour, friends. Almost immediately upon finding out about my brother’s acceptance to study abroad in Paris, I was planning my trip. I was the kid who had a Paris themed room. I’m the one who envisions going to Paris Fashion Week twice a year. I knew I had to go and I had to go soon. After deciding that skipping class was not the best idea, I settled on Christmas Break. And here I am!
I haven’t done much yet. Just a little walking around and exploring. This amazing view of the Eiffel Tower is from the Arc de Triomphe. 300 steps was just the small price we had to pay.
A few of my Parisian observations and experiences so far:
1. I’ve tried snails.
2. I’ve realized I know much more French than I thought. However, it’s still not much.
3. Drinking espresso after every meal is a must-do.
4. Bread and wine are among the cheapest things in Paris. Needless to say we are consuming copious amounts of both.
France is fun. After two days, it’s off to Italy for us!
If you are in New York or ever come to New York I HIGHLY recommend going to Stone Street in Financial District. It was recommended by a friend, and my boyfriend and I decided to try it out while he was visiting last weekend. It’s a short, cobblestone street that is most easily described as adorable. It’s also a really incredible atmosphere. They shut down the strip and it’s filled with tables. There are roughly 8 restaurants along the street and everyone sits outside. We liked it so much that we actually went twice, ha! Stone Street Tavern and Adrienne’s Pizza Bar were our two choices and they certainly didn’t disappoint. I guess now that I’m a less picky eater I’ve become a bit of a foodie. Who wouldn’t in this city?
Okay, one more foodie remark. If you love mexican and ever find yourself down in SoHo, you must check out one of my favorites: Lupe’s. I frequent this place and take all of my out of town friends! I’m not into big chain restaurants so this little gem was a great find!
I carried on being a tour guide and tourist the rest of the time he was here. We walked along the water in Financial District, visited the World Trade Center, ate dinner in Little Italy, went to the top of the Empire State Building at night, and walked the High Line. I’ve actually never walked on the High Line and it is absolutely something I intend to do again.
This is my fourth extended stay in New York City and it amazes me that there are so many things I’ve yet to do! Do you have any suggestions or must-haves of your own! I’m up for trying all sorts of things with the rest of my time here.
Someone said that to me this past weekend when I told them I was leaving for Africa in a week. Clever. African LOVE the fact that I leave for Ghana, Africa in six short days, though. I have no idea what to expect. I’ve decided that since the summer of 2013 is bound to be an eventful one, I wanted to not only document it but also make a bucket list. So, here’s what I have so far. Let me know if you have any good ideas!
-Document Ghana with photos, letters, and journals
-Design a piece of clothing in Ghana
-Bring home an awesome leather bag!
-Bring home some piece of jewelry!
-Emerse myself in Ghanian culture. Live, breathe, and love Ghana will all that I have. I don’t want to look back and think “I should’ve done that.” Instead I’m going to try the weird foods, talk to the locals, and dance to the African dances like I was born to. And of course, laugh hysterically along the way.
-Move to NYC for the 4th time!
I’ll work on my NYC bucket list before I get there. You’d think I would’ve done everything there is to do, but I’m far from completing the list!
Although, down here in Georgia, it couldn’t be sunnier. The showers I’m surrounded with are showers of good news. That’s right. It’s closing in on summer after all. If you know anything about me, summer means that I will be obtaining another NYC internship. Where will this one be??
I will be at Elle Magazine! I could not be more ecstatic. My mentor and boss is an incredible person and I have no doubt that the experience will be just as fantastic and rewarding. However, I’m taking a slight detour prior to moving back to NYC…
This would be Ghana…Africa. I’ll be going on a month long excursion to Ghana, Africa to partake in a retail development course. I’ll be working with local retailers and designers to design something and sell in a store back in my school’s town. I’ll be having frequent posts of my travels. While there, we will be working directly with Ghanian women to learn how to weave, make beads, batik printing, and various other trades. It will be an unforgettable trip to say the least.
Until my departure date of May 14th, I’m trying my best to be a student. No more trips to fashion week or the beaches of Florida. I’ll be attending class, taking finals, and volunteering a lot of my time at the local humane shelter. Yay for puppies!