Friday, August 25, 2017

the left bank

{Dress | Slides | Jacket | Hat | Purse}

The Left Bank has always held a special place in my heart. It exudes charm, creativity, and flair among several other characteristics that make up it's artistic and well-visited neighborhoods. The Rive Gauche as it's also lovingly referred to is where many famous writers and artists like Picasso and Matisse called Paris home. This part of town reminds me of a past trip to Paris, where my then boyfriend proposed to me (!) and we ran all over town taking in the sights, sneaking into cafes to have a glass, and running out again to catch the sparkling lights on the Eiffel tower, as one naturally does. 

There were many special moments that made that trip to Paris, but a moment that does stand out was my outfit. Of course, you probably already knew that though. :) I remember pretty vividly I was in a pair of denim skinny jeans that I would always cuff, a whiskey leather moto (the one I'm wearing above!), a black and white scarf that I vowed to artfully tie around my neck as any French woman would and a pair of large hoop earrings — that I still wear, as evidenced by my Insta-stories. It was cute and casual, but it wasn't a "I just got engaged outfit!"

If somehow I was given a do-over — the beautiful Banana Republic oxford scallop dress I'm wearing above is what I'd choose on that balmy day. Being proposed to on the Seine floating in this breezy, but sophisticated number seems to flow about right. Especially when paired with special extras like marigold satin slides, a mini basket bag and the perfect summer hat. I can see myself wearing this chic dress throughout the very end of summer and the beginning of fall with cardigans and chunky knits alike.

Post sponsored by Banana Republic. Photography by Jessica Monroy.

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