rings and things

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I realized I never put up a "part two" for our trip to France. So here we go. For Part One.

After four days in Cannes, we took the train to Paris. It was by far the most beautiful travel experience through tiny villages, hills and valleys, rainy and romantically gloomy. We ate too much, drank too much, walked just enough, and explored until my brain was full.

One of my favorite moments was taking C through Sacre Coeur. Even though everything was in French and the place was packed, it still held the reverence and quiet I crave and reach for in the busy city. I showed him all the saints' statues and explained their stories the best I could. It's special for me to be able to share the important things I love with my best guy.

Our second day in Paris we went to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Even though I was mostly focused on the kids playing way too close to the rails, it was amazing to see Paris from way up high and imagine what the place looked like long ago. C rushed us back to our hotel to get ready for our 5:30 dinner reservation. He told me the restaurant had a dress code and I had to dress up— which I rolled my eyes to, and tried to convince him rules are silly and we should just stick it those fancy French rules and I should wear my Adidas tennis. I suppose I'm glad he picked out my outfit.

We arrived at a park, you know because even though we were running late we should stroll through on our way to dinner. It was beautiful and by far the prettiest place I had ever been. I kept repeating it looked like Narnia. We stopped at a bridge and he told me I was pretty or something. Again I rolled my eyes. I still don't quite know how to take a compliment. The rest I don't remember much of, just his goofy grin. But it ended with him on one knee and a ring so pretty, I still don't think it's mine.

So I suppose he's my forever man and we'll grow to be old and squishy and and completely wrinkled from laughing so much together. He'll make me go on adventures I never dreamed I could go on. He will leave me alone when I need to be, and bring back ice cream when he's back. He's the only person I'm ok with being smarter than me and I guess that's just who you're supposed to marry.

We THEN went to dinner at l'Arpege and had a 13-course dinner and wine pairing. The whole restaurant  clapped when we sat down and the chef came out to congratulate us at the end of the meal. I really can't think of a better way to come down off of a dreamy proposal than to eat the most beautiful meal you've ever seen and drink the most delicious bottle of wine you'll probably never have again. He did good.

Our last couple of days we skipped around the Lourve, literally skipped, toured the Catacombs, ate some more, and walked until we had soaked up every last bit of the city.

Now we're home and I supposed we will celebrate it all next fall.

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oh. and here's a fun video my sweet cousin made for us.

https://youtu.be/A06Kf5GHg-M

photos by the lovely marion colombani

jump around

I've decided overalls and jumpers are the winning-est trend to happen this season. Swathed in denim from ankle to shoulder by day and a stretch v-neck number by night, I've decided there is no reason to pick coordinating pants and tops ever again. I will gladly sit all naked and vulnerable in a public restroom for the comfort and convenience of a one-piece. Cover me up and zip me in. I will be living in this Free People jumpsuit this summer. This cropped, army-green denim number is my favorite tax-return purchase. It's the perfect flea-market perusing (with my trusty Birkenstocks) and cocktail-sipping (with strappy heels) number and I will never take it off. Except to pee. And then I will have to completely remove it and have someone else zip me back in. Volunteers?

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[jumper-free people, shoes-birkenstock, necklace-anthropologie, sunnies-madewell]

Thanks, Sarah for the photos.

wish list

gift guide

gift guide

by

abigailcrain

featuring

capri blue candles

This Christmas I can honestly say I don't need anything gift wise... except rent money. I have so much to be thankful for that it seems selfish to ask for more. I'll be home for the holidays soon, but have been soaking in all of the holiday cheer NYC has to offer. The Rockefeller tree was everything I hoped it'd be, the Saks and Bergdorf widow displays were downright dreamy, and strolling through Central Park bundled up with hats and scarves with a special boy on my arm has been the best gift of all.

Except this is a gift guide and I couldn't help but mentally check off my imaginary list walking down Fifth Avenue.

1.  Bobbi Brown's entire Holiday Collection was on point this year. I'm not a huge fan of shimmers and sparkles on my face, but this

gorgeous highlighter

would be the perfect touch of holiday glam to add to a party outfit, or just brighten up your complexion for everyday-wear.

2. Big, bulky sweaters are kind of my thing. Just recently I was deemed unrecognizable after arriving at a holiday party in a classic LBD and my hair down. Really? Ok, maybe I'll wear girl clothes more often. 

This v-neck sweater

seems like a sexy alternative to my usual bulky counterpart. I'd wear it with my number 3 pick, the 

black bralette

, just in case the neckline sweeps too low.

4. I've pretty much chunked all of my heels as there's no reason for torturing the balls of my feet walking from place to place around here. I figured these

all black tennis shoes

could serve as an the go-between from home to office.

5. I've been dying over the

Volcano Capri Blue scent

so often enticing shoppers in Athropologie. I've pretty much said no to paying full price on anything there, but this candle is so worth it.

6. Although the majority of my clothes are neutrals these days, I still feel drawn to baby pinks and blush tones now and then. I think

this Henri Bendel bag

would be the perfect complement to pop against my all black everything.

7. The perfect boyfriend jean is a true gem to find, and while I absolutely adore my Forever21 staples,

these zara jeans

are a bit tighter and more flattering when paired with my layers upon layers of sweaters and blanket scarves.