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October 23, 2017

Place des Vosges - Flytographer Review

Flytographer Review, Paris, Engagement, Place des Vosges, travel, places,
Paris was an absolute dream. There really are no words to describe this city. You instantly feel a sense of enamourment when you arrive. The sounds, the sights, the food; it really is everything and more. I'm going to be going more into detail on our trip (and yes our engagement!!) but for now, I wanted to share some photos of our morning at Place des Vosges. We headed there early on the day after our arrival. Before we left for our trip I had booked a photography session with Flytographer. I really just wanted some photos of ourselves, that weren't selfies, and this seemed like the best way to do it. It was a Tuesday so locals were busy hurrying off to work and we had the square to ourselves. After a bit of a mix up (I was still in Greece time, so we arrived an hour early...lol!), our photographer arrived and we met Olga. She was an absolute pleasure to shoot with. If you're thinking of booking a Flytographer package, do it! I highly recommend it and here's why. And btw- this post is in no way sponsored! I just truly loved my experience with them! 

1. A keepsake. I always come home from vacations and realize I have tons of photos of the city, but none of us enjoying it. Having a photographer ensures you'll have some quality keepsake photos to last forever.When I booked our session I had NO idea that these photos would turn into something more... basically an engagement shoot! The selfies we took after he proposed are truly priceless... I mean there are tears streaming down my face, we're sweating from hiking up a hill and the sun is glaring in our eyes, but these ones are just a bit more polished. 

2. Effective and efficient with the camera. Not everyone knows how to use a camera. When you ask other people (locals and tourists alike), they may not necessarily know how to use your camera properly and you may go back to the photo and realize they have cropped off your heads, or have blurred your faces. With Flytographer the photographers use their own gear and know how to use it. Olga brought with her 3 different lenses! She was a machine on the lens and caught the moment in just one take. She wasn't afraid to jump into oncoming traffic, get down low and jump on cafe patios to get the perfect shot!

3. The photographers know the city. Olga was amazing. She let us wander and decide how we wanted the shoot to go. I wanted an empty street, she knew where to go. I wanted a flower shop to pick up a rose, and she was on it. 

4. Fast and reliable. Our photo album was edited and sent to us just five days after the photos were taken! Sometimes photographers can take so long to return the photos to you. I couldn't believe how quick the turnaround was. Also since Flytographer is a service, you coordinate all shoots with a concierge service who is there to help you and ensure the shoot is managed and executed without a hitch. 

5. Affordable. Before I found Flytographer I reached out to photographers in Paris. They wanted over $1000 for a photoshoot that would give us max 20 photos! I was shocked. With Flytographer you pay by the hour. We booked 1 hour for $350. We had access to all the photos and they were edited. We chose a location but really wandered the city for an hour shooting places we found were interesting to us.  

Check out series 1 of our photos and you'll see why I loved using this service! I can't wait to share more... and of our engagement!!! EEEE

Flytographer Review, Paris, Engagement, Place des Vosges, travel, places,
Flytographer Review, Paris, Engagement, Place des Vosges, travel, places,

Flytographer Review, Paris, Engagement, Place des Vosges, travel, places,

Flytographer Review, Paris, Engagement, Place des Vosges, travel, places,


Flytographer Review, Paris, Engagement, Place des Vosges, travel, places,

Flytographer Review, Paris, Engagement, Place des Vosges, travel, places,

Flytographer Review, Paris, Engagement, Place des Vosges, travel, places,
Flytographer Review, Paris, Engagement, Place des Vosges, travel, places,

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October 19, 2017

How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian

How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian

Ever wonder how when you travel you get so overwhelmed by the beauty and newness of places that you often forget to focus on the little details? You end up taking that classic picture of the Eiffel Tower that has been posted a billion times, there a bunch of smiling tourists in the background and truthfully, no real "Parisian" would ever fathom even taking a similar photo. On this trip, I really wanted to emphasize the hidden beauty, the less explored and be one with the locals! This gives you a new perspective on the city, allows you to see it behind native eyes, and yes-- you're Instagram feed will look a lot more fancy and distinguished!

Here's are five ways to Instagram Paris (or really any city) like a local.

How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian

1. Play with angles.
Like I said, everyone has seen a picture of the Eiffel Tower. So how can you shoot it in a way that's different, yet exciting and still recognizable? Take an interesting photo that focuses on new angles by snapping just the top portion of the landmark, or shoot interesting buildings from new perspectives (i.e.: peaking out of a beautiful row of buildings). Cropping the buildings, or showcasing just one aspect of it instantly makes the photo more dramatic, mysterious and a little romantic.

How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian




31 rue cambon, Chanel How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian
Versailles; How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian

 How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian2. Get the details.
The Hall of Mirrors in Versailles is absolutely breathtaking, but I can guarantee if you try to take a shot of the whole room your photo will be crowded with tourists listening to headsets.  Focus your shot on a grouping of the chandeliers or a partial shot of the mirrors. I mean, even the ceiling is gorgeous, snap that while you're at it. The same goes for taking photos in the city. There is so much beauty to be found. Think of all the ornate doors, door handles, and balconies. Did you know most courtyards are just left open during the week for deliveries and workers? I found some of the most beautiful places just wandering behind closed doors! The big picture may be beautiful, but they know you're there anyway. Try going for the less discovered smaller picture and really hone in on the beauty.

Versailles; How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian

How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian

How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian
3. Avoid the overplayed.
Yes-- Cafe de Flore is a Parisian establishment. But seriously on every corner is a stunning cafe where you can sit outside, enjoy a noisette and listen to the allure of the French language. Why not head on over to La Palette, which is just down the street, enjoy your time in a potentially more breathtaking setting. You'll feel the true Parisian vibes and are guaranteed a less rushy time. There are countless boulangeries, patisseries, and restaurants that are just waiting to be discovered. I discovered the world-renowned Meert waffles by just walking by! And it was that much more special because I didn't have any preconceived notion of the place. This was also the case for Popelini. The chou was the most amazing and finding it on my own was a great pleasure. Don't get trapped in by the trends and discover the unknown. Then snap it!

Hotel Grand Amour; How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian

Popelino; How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian

4. OOTD the location.
There is no need to search out any boring old white walls here! Every inch of this city is stunning. Just hop on any street corner and get someone to take what I call the "up-down" shot (where the photographer aka partner/mother/bestie gets to ground level and snaps a photo looking up) and you madame are guaranteed to look like a true Parisienne! I love showcasing the setting, landmarks and interesting points with an OOTD. Find a spot that accentuates the aesthetic of your outfit and showcase the city too!

Louvre; How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian

L'Eclair de genie ,How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian
5.Accessorize it.
I know while travelling it's unlikely that you will bring along odds and ends with you, but I'm sure you'll have your card holder, sunglasses or a fabulous lip stick on hand. Use these props to your advantage. Pull out your accessories and style the shot by incorporating a bit of yourself it in. Make it  your own, otherwise, it's just another coffee and croissant.

Hotel Grand Amour,How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian
How to Instagram Paris Like A Parisian
Do you think these tips will help? How do you snap shots of new cities?!

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October 04, 2017

How to Throw a Thanksgiving Picnic

Kelly's Bake Shoppe- Ontario gluten free vegan bakery, Thanksgiving Picnic for two, picnic essentials

When you think of Thanksgiving get-togethers usually you think "evening time, indoors". There might be a fire burning and a turkey in the oven. However, Brandon and I will be away for Thanksgiving this year, and rarely do we do things the conventional way. This year with the help of Kelly's Bake Shoppe we decided to have a romantic Thanksgiving themed picnic for two. Who am I kidding... I decided we were having it and he so graciously went along with my idea!
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October 02, 2017

Pre Paris

White tiered statement sleeve sweater, blue denim, leopard belt, red bag, paris inspired, White mules

I officially cannot contain my excitement. We leave for Santorini and Paris in days, people! I can't even tell you how long we have been itching to get away. This year has just been torpid and we are in need to get away. I have been outfit planning for Europe for too long now. However... I'm only bringing a carry-on! Am I crazy? I may be. The cities are so different, both in temperatures and in style but I'm going to do my best to incorporate pieces I can transition from both climates. I have to say Joëlle's carry-on packing guide has been a huge help! Neutrals, neutrals and more neutrals! It makes it so easy to mix and match.

A few weeks ago we headed out to dinner and I was in full-blown Paris mood. Blue, red and white. A sleek ponytail, a red lip and a leopard belt to accent. What do you think? Did I nail it? Be sure to follow along on our travels next week, mes amies! 

W H A T  I ' M  W E A R I N G :
Forever 21 denim, Chicwish sweater (similar), Target belt, Kate Spade bag (similar),  Zara shoes Celine sunglasses 

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White tiered statement sleeve sweater, blue denim, leopard belt, red bag, paris inspired, White mules

White tiered statement sleeve sweater, blue denim, leopard belt, red bag, paris inspired, White mules



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September 29, 2017

Glamorous Travel Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury- Paris travel beauty/skincare essentials ; magic cream, lip lustres, look in a palette, pillow talk, filmstar, wonderglow, goddess clay mask

When I think Parisian beauty, I think effortless, timeless, yet glamorous. As I mentioned I am only bringing a carry-on bag for my travels, which is most definitely limiting the amount of beauty/skincare products I will be bringing. This is oh so difficult for a beauty junkie like me, but it needs to be done! In that case, I am focusing on the essentials. The products I know I can rely on time after time, but taken up a notch, because, after all, this is Paris! If there is one brand I turn to for glamorous beauty it's Charlotte Tilbury. Even the casing is seductive. So, here they are, my favourite Charlotte Tilbury products that are without a doubt getting stuffed into my ready to burst suitcase.

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September 28, 2017

3 Ways to Style a Denim Skirt

White & Pink stripe top, Le Chateau denim stretch skirt, Louise et Cie leopard flats, Kate Spade Cedar Maise bag pink ; fall style

This pink stripe top was a summer favourite. I often paired it with crisp white jeans, or white shorts, basically all of the white! But ladies and gents... who am I kidding, you are probably all ladies... fall is quickly approaching and I am looking for all the ways to transition my summer pieces to becoming fall appropriate. I think we all are. 

A good dark denim skirt is pretty much the answer to what to pair with all those summer blouses. It instantly adds a hardy texture and tones down the brightness or summery-ness (I may have just made that word up) of the blouse. To really hone in on the fall vibes I paired this outfit with my favourite leopard flats. Fall always has me dreaming up pattern play, especially with leopard prints. It must be the neutral colours that have me associating it with the season. 

But seriously, denim skirts are just great pieces in general. I contemplated the versatility of them for the longest time. When I finally got one I couldn't stop wearing it! A basic oversized tee, a knit, a blouse... you name it, it works! 

Here are 3 ways to style that denim skirt for fall:

1. Pair the denim skirt with your summer blouses to get you through the transitional days. 

2. When fall hits hard tuck an oversized knit or sweater into the front and pair with a cropped bootie.

3. Tuck in a tight fitted turtleneck and pair with a chunky metal buckled belt and knee-high bootie. 

W H A T  I ' M  W E A R I N G :
Winners top (similar), Le Chateau denim skirt, Louise et Cie flats (similar), Kate Spade bag 

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White & Pink stripe top, Le Chateau denim stretch skirt, Louise et Cie leopard flats, Kate Spade Cedar Maise bag pink ; fall style White & Pink stripe top, Le Chateau denim stretch skirt, Louise et Cie leopard flats, Kate Spade Cedar Maise bag pink ; fall style


White & Pink stripe top, Le Chateau denim stretch skirt, Louise et Cie leopard flats, Kate Spade Cedar Maise bag pink ; fall style

White & Pink stripe top, Le Chateau denim stretch skirt, Louise et Cie leopard flats, Kate Spade Cedar Maise bag pink ; fall style

White & Pink stripe top, Le Chateau denim stretch skirt, Louise et Cie leopard flats, Kate Spade Cedar Maise bag pink ; fall style

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September 26, 2017

Black & White Timeless

White Culotte Jumpsuit, Black, Austin drop earrings, The IT black camera bag, Old Navy sandals, NYC blogger, Bryant Park

I probably say this every year... but this trip to NYC has to have been my favourite! This year my mom and I stayed three nights instead of two, and it gave us so much more time to leisurely roam, explore, and enjoy! There is never a shortage of things to do in the city and this year we did some things that we always wanted to do but never have. For starters, we roamed around the MET before it opened. I have a friend that works at the museum and she SO graciously took an hour out of her workday to give us a private tour of the museum. It was INSANE. I cannot even begin to describe all the exhibits, and all the feels I experienced. Even if you don't love persuing around galleries, the MET is just not to be missed. I mean they have fulled transported The Temple of Dendur inside the mesuem, and The Roof Garden has the most stunning view of the city.

After an early morning exploring The Met, we headed to The New York City Public Library, another place we had been wanting to visit for a few years. The architecture of the building is just gorgeous (I'm sure you remember the scenes from the SATC movie re the Carrie and Big wedding flop), think huge marble lions, crystal chandeliers, not to mention the 50 million books it houses, and don't forget to look up to see the ceiling murals. Once we had our fill of history chasing we headed back outdoors into Bryant Square. The grin on my face says it all! Truly happy to be in a beautiful city with my beautiful momma.

White and black are just as timeless as the pieces of history we exposed ourselves to on this morning. My outfits in NYC are often minimal but powerful. I transformed my white culotte jumpsuit with a black tank top and a pair of drop earrings. Still city classy but effortless.  And the comfy sandals are just the key to walking miles on end.

Have you ever been inside The Met or of NYC Public Library? Promise me you'll add them to your list.

W H A T  I ' M  W E A R I N G :
Tobi jumpsuit (identical & on sale, identical), Ardene tank top, Charming Charlie earrings, The IT Bag camera bag, Old Navy sandals

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White Culotte Jumpsuit, Black, Austin drop earrings, The IT black camera bag, Old Navy sandals, NYC blogger, Bryant Park

White Culotte Jumpsuit, Black, Austin drop earrings, The IT black camera bag, Old Navy sandals, NYC blogger, Bryant Park

White Culotte Jumpsuit, Black, Austin drop earrings, The IT black camera bag, Old Navy sandals, NYC blogger, Bryant Park

White Culotte Jumpsuit, Black, Austin drop earrings, The IT black camera bag, Old Navy sandals, NYC blogger, Bryant Park
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