Okay, we all need a bit of a break. Am I right? After almost nine months of lock down, open up, election fever, building numbers of covid cases, diminishing numbers of covid cases, building numbers of cases again, post election fever, then more lock down. We can’t see our friends and family, then we can but only outside and with masks on, then it gets too cold to do that. We can bubble with the neighbours, but we can’t see our ninety-three year old mum. Then it’s back to just us and whoever we live with. And much as we love our loved ones… it’s not enough. Ackkkk… we just need a freaking break.
But, and this is the important bit, we are not going to get a break just yet. And we have to hang tough. Stay strong. So, we could continue to cry every once in a while. Have a bit of a barking fest with our loved one, and then bury our head in a good book. Or we could make a plan to escape. If only in our minds. Escape for a weekend away with some good friends many of whom we’ve never even met. Escape to somewhere wonderful… like Paris. So, are you up for a weekend in Paris? Even if it’s only a fantasy weekend in Paris? Huh?
If you’re new around here, you may not know that we’ve done this before on the blog. We’ve had wonderful get togethers without leaving home. We had a fictional tea party last spring, and a book club event in my back yard in the summer, with a catered lobster supper and houseboats on the river. And I think it’s time for another event. A getaway to a wonderful city for fun and relaxation, and some “me” time before winter sets in. Before we gear up for Christmas, or between Thanksgiving and Christmas for those who live in the States. I know that holiday celebrations this year will be scaled down, big time. It will just be Hubby and me celebrating at our house. But still, that tourtière doesn’t make itself, people.
Here’s the plan, so far, for our weekend in Paris escape. We will arrive in Paris on a Friday afternoon, spend two nights, and fly out after brunch on Sunday. We’re staying somewhere fabulous, with shops and restaurants and assorted delights within walking distance. There will be shopping (ha, ya think?), various cultural activities not conducted by moi, and lots of eating and drinking.
We will not be dressing like fashion models, or I won’t at any rate. I’m aiming to be comfortable, warm, able to walk, and still look reasonably smart and polished. First off, bring something really casual, like your new sweat pants and a cosy sweater, for sitting around our accommodation drinking multiple cups of coffee or wine and yakking with friends. You’ll also need to pack something warm for strolling and browsing outside in the evening, an outfit which can possibly double as a casual dinner outfit. You’ll need an outfit for shopping or gallery hopping on Saturday, one for Sunday brunch, and one slightly more dressy outfit for Saturday dinner.
Here’s what I’ve planned to pack so far. I decided on a colour palette of black, cream, and grey. It’s easy to put together, looks smart and everything works with everything else in case I change my mind about what to wear with what at the last minute. On the plane I’ll be wearing a comfortable travel outfit. Turtleneck, crepe joggers, and my Cole Haan Chelsea boots. These boots are easy to pull off and on at airport security. Unlike my Stuart Weitzman lace-up ankle boots.
I will also wear my Uniqlo ultra-light down jacket and my new scarf which I just purchased. I’ve been looking for a cream scarf and this one with the soft grey window-pane stripes just fills the bill. My light down jacket is warm, and will roll up into a ball and pack into its little bag if necessary. It makes a lovely pillow too. I’ll probably wear my Mackage cross-body bag with this outfit.
This is the outfit I plan to wear shopping on Saturday, and I may wear it home on the plane. Black wool leggings, my old Max Mara double-breasted blazer, a light mock-neck sweater from Vince, and my grey AllSaints cross-body bag. This roller bag is Hubby’s, and I’m bringing it because it looks better than mine with my black and neutral colour palette.
I’m going to pack all black or silver jewellry. My big hoops earrings, a pair of black studs, one other pair of earrings to be decided, some bracelets, and two vintage brooches.
For Sunday brunch I plan to wear my Vince mock-neck cashmere sweater, my Max Mara blazer, Frame high-rise jeans and my boots. If it’s cool I may swap the blazer for my down jacket.
I will change the cashmere sweater and jeans for my light turtleneck and leggings for the trip home. I haven’t talked about my smart dinner outfit here. That’s because I’m not sure yet what I’ll be wearing. Maybe my leather pants and a dressy blazer with my Rag and Bone silk cami. I may pack my Max Mara tweed coat… or I may buy a new wool coat when I’m there. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Or maybe a very sleek, full-length puffa coat. I hear that puffa coats are all the rage in Paris. And my old Zara one did not wash up that well, I’m sad to say.
Now, if you want to join us on our weekend in Paris, and I sure hope you do, you’ll need to get busy, my friends. What will you pack for our fictional getaway? Make sure you’ll be warm and comfortable. It will be December after all, and we will be outside and walking quite a bit. But you’ll want to look a bit smart and polished… because, well, it’s Paris.
First plan your outfits, and then take a picture of yourself in one, or more of them. E-mail me your photo here. Explain what you’re wearing and why. You might want to send a shot of your travel ensemble, your smart dinner outfit, or your comfy shopping and gallery hopping outfit. Maybe you want to take a photo of your warm and casual evening strolling outfit, or the sweatpants and cosy sweater tea-drinking ensemble. It’s up to you. Please don’t crop or use filters etc on your pictures. I can crop them to fit, and play with contrast etc. if necessary. If you’ve already edited the shot, your picture will just get fuzzier and fuzzier. Send your description and/or explanation and the photo to me by Tuesday, December 1. When I put together the post about our escape, I want to include as many photos of you guys as I can. Don’t be shy. We are all friends here.
Here are some of the pieces from my packing list:
So that’s it for me today, my friends. I have to go now to plan my lounging and chatting outfit and my smart dinner outfit. I must say I’ll be tired of wearing all black by the time we get home from our weekend in Paris. Perhaps I’ll buy myself a colourful silk scarf while I’m there. Hermes, maybe? Or a soft cashmere sweater dress, in a jewell tone, that fits me perfectly and makes me look ten years younger. Ha. If I’m dreaming, I might as well dream big.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s outfit. So don’t forget to send me those photos.