Paris Travel Diary

Paris Round Up | Dress Up Buttercup

Dress: ModCloth (ON SALE) | Vest: Revolve | Boots: Steve Madden | Luggage: Delsey | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: David Yurman | Bracelet: David Yurman 

Paris Round Up | Dress Up Buttercup
Coat: Love, Fire Jumpsuit: Anthropologie (ON SALE) | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Clutch: Eloquii | Earrings: Tory Burch

Paris Round Up | Dress Up Buttercup

My Outfit// Sweater: Top Shop | Skirt: Jcrew  | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Clutch: Eloquii

Ted’s Outfit// Coat: Bonobos | Shirt:  Men’s Shop  | Pants: AG  | Shoes: Timberland

Paris Round Up | Dress Up Buttercup
Shirt: Shop Bop | Pants: Free People | Booties: Kendall & Kylie ( ON SALE)  Purse: Givenchy | Earrings: Tory Burch 

Paris Round Up | Dress Up Buttercup
Coat: Kristen Blake ( ON SALE) | Sweater: BP. | Jeans: Top Shop | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Earrings: Tory Burch  | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: David Yurman | Bracelet: David Yurman 

Paris Round Up | Dress Up Buttercup
Coat: Top Shop | Sweater: Madwell ( ON SALE ) | Pants : Wit & Wisdom | Scarf:  BP. |  Purse: Givenchy | Shoes: Katelyn Pan |Ear Muffs: Nirvana Designs | Beanie: Treasure & Bond 

Paris Round Up | Dress Up Buttercup
Dress: Show Me Your Mumu | Earrings: DISK | Shoes: Marc Fisher 

Where to begin! Paris was absolutely stunning! I know, cliche, but the more I travel, the more I realize the hype around Paris. I have been to Paris several times before but it truly is a romantic city with your significant other. This was our first time together and we made everlasting memories!

For this post, I am going to give you a quick round-up of what we ate, toured, and stayed for those who asked!

    • Eat: unlike other trips, this one, I was thoroughly prepared for reservations before we arrived. And believe me, this is a rarity, lol! Ted was impressed so I definitely will continue to do this for him 🙂
      • Les Climats
        • Les Climats is a high-end restaurant that serves top quality French food (1 star Michelin rating). Not budget freindly, but oh well, we were in Paris lol. I absolutely loved this place. The ambience was romantic, the service was good, and the food was delicious! We splurged a bit on this one and went with the Chef’s choice (9-course meal) and a bottle of wine (or 2 lol). I would recommend going with this option, especially if you are not familiar with french food. The waiter will ask if you have any allergies, and the chef works around your needs. If you don’t mind breaking the bank a little bit, I would highly recommend it. I especially loved siting by the fire. It was so Pariseanesque (not a word) lol!
      • Firmin Le Barbier
        • In my opinion, this is the cutest place on earth! Similar to Les Climats, Firmin is a high-end restaurant. The difference, the owners are literally in the restaurant too. This place seats about 15 people, and the food was fantastic. I ordered the Foie Gras, and the hubby had Escargot (heck, we were in Paris, might as well eat like they do, lol). Dinner was good, but the dessert was excellent!! Hubby and I shared the Chocolate Ganache with passion fruit ice cream, which I LOOOVED. I wish I didn’t share lol. I honestly would go back to Paris just for this dessert. I think about it all the time!
      • Seine River Dinner tour
        • This one is a good combination if you want to enjoy an incredible view at night with a view. There are plenty of options online and make sure to read the reviews!
      • Frame
        • This restaurant is a California-fusion. What that means? No clue really, but that’s what they said, lol. On the menu was a mix of American classics and french food. Also, eat outside and enjoy the fantastic view of the Eiffel tower!
      • Crepes, Croissants, Baguettes, etc., etc.,
        • I probably stopped at every crepe stand I could find, lol. They are so good and it is so fun to watch them make it! Nutella crepe allll the way.
      • McDonalds
        • You know, when you’ve had too much Escargot and Foie Gras, lol. I honestly don’t eat McD in the states but I always have to make a stop. Reminds me of home!

  • Sights to see:
    • It’s Paris. You can literally walk down any street and there is going to be a story there, with beautiful architecture and the cutest shops! Outside of the main attractions (Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arc De Triomphe, The Louvre, Seine River tour, etc., etc.,), Paris is really yours to make. The hubby really wanted to do the Hop-on, Hop-off tours, since he so loves the history of the city, and they have English guides to explain everything. Unfortunately, I lost the tickets after the first day, lol, so we went around walking the city the old-fashioned way, and we absolutely loved it! I would recommend doing the same.


  • Where to stay:
    • Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel: Hubby had a ton of points with Accor hotels, and found the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel with the Eiffel Tower view. Absolutely lovely! They had incredible service, conveniently located to the Eiffel Tower. I will say though the room was updated but the bathroom was not. The doors were chipped and needed a major renovation but other than that the bedroom was modern and did the job! Location was a bonus for this one!
    • Shangri-La Paris: Always a high-end classic. This is where hubby initially wanted to stay, but the place was completely sold it!


Let’s Talk Mini Givenchy

Coat: J Crew | Jacket: Touve | Sweater: BP. | Leggings: BP. | Shoes: Nike | Beanie: Natasha Couture  | Purse: Givenchy | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: David Yurman | Bracelet: David Yurman |

Let’s Talk Mini Givenchy

Y’all, these have to be my favorite photos yet. How magical does Central Park look? We woke up early yesterday and went straight to the park to explore since New York had a small overnight snow fall. We could not stop smiling, it was such a magical experience! I wanted to talk about my Givenchy mini antigona purse today since I have received lots of questions. I got it at Nordstrom a couple months ago after spending months eyeing it and I couldn’t be more in love with a purse! It’s probably my only designer purse that can be worn with a super casual outfit or with a dressier look! I especially think it is perfect while traveling or running out the door and needing just a purse to carry a few items in. I love wearing a designer bag with a causal outfit just to up the level of your look a tad. I have always been a huge believer of investing in a good designer bag over anything else!  This bag is so versatile I do always carry it to dinner as well with a more dressier look!

I absolutely love when Nordstrom carries the designer bags I have my eye on because of triple point days. It’s like a double win getting so many points while shopping designer items!


Christmas Look on the Canal

Sweater: Topshop | Skirt: JCrew | Shoes: Steve Madden | Earrings: JCrew | Clutch: ELOQUII(similar)

I wore this Christmas look on the canal last night as we headed to dinner and thought it was so perfect for this time of year. You probably have caught on by now that I am a huge sucker for skirts and over the knee boots. I loved that I could wear a huge comfy red sweater to make the look bright yet comfy. Something about the canals in Amsterdam are so magical and I couldn’t stop but take this outfit in front of such a beautiful sight! When Ted, Katy, and I came a couple years ago, we also took professional photos here. I think it was Ted and I’s two year anniversary so we hired a photographer to capture us on the canals.

Such sweet memories and photos I cherish forever. I always recommend hiring a photographer or shooting some sort of professional photos while you are on a trip. I NEVER regret it!


Winter Look In Amsterdam

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Coat: Goodnight Macaroon |  Jeans: Big Star | Shoes: Kendall + Kylie | Scarf: BP.  | Purse: Sole Society  | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: David Yurman | Bracelet: David Yurman | Earrings: Tory Burch 

Winter Look In Amsterdam

If you didn’t see on IG, sister & I make it a goal to take a sister trip every year! We recently were sitting in Houston talking about how the year was almost up & we realized we had only a little bit of time to plan our trip. In typically Dede fashion I looked up flights, booked two tickets to Amsterdam, & began searching for hotels on our way to the airport.

I am sooooo happy to be back in Amsterdam with my sister for this magical time of year & I am even more excited to be wearing winter looks in Amsterdam. The weather is WAY colder here than in Houston but I do hear we are getting a bit of a cold front this week. We spent our first day walking around and exploring the canal & seeing all the pretty sights & lights. I also made sure to stop & get some fries in Amsterdam at my favorite little spot. I joked about coming back to Amsterdam just for those but I’m not joking…they are the bessst!! lol

One thing I am learning about myself as I travel is that my body does not adjust to the time zone as easily as others. My husband & sister can sleep through anything while I am up all hours of the night && getting only 3 hours of sleep. Oh well, it gives me time to type away at my blog post! Well, I’m off for another day of exploring Amsterdam. If you have any recommendations on things to do, see, or eat. Let me know & hope everyone has a great Wednesday!