Summer ’17 Fashion Trend: Winter Boots and Summer Dresses

Get those winter boots back out, girls, cause this summer is all about the winter boot et summer dress combo!

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To add extra mileage to your summer dress, try pairing it with some sturdy leather knee high winter boots -it honestly transforms a kooky frock into an edgy high fash piece.

winter boots and summer dress

You may be thinking that winter boots are not exactly the most comfortable of items to wear on a summer’s day -right you are, Harry! But since when was high fash about comfort?

Winter boots and summer dress

Plus, you can always count on some good old British summer showers -in which case you will be glad to have taken out those winter boots from the back end of your wardrobe!

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WEARING

Summer dress: Boohoo

Winter Boots: Daisy Street

My 25th Birthday Weekend: Guide to the Most Elegant Restaurants and Bars in Paris

I had my first “fear of old age” dream the other night. In the dream I had a very wrinkly forehead, which I kept trying to iron out. I should probably invest in some botox.

Turning 25 has made me think about what my younger self thought being 25 would be all about. Basically, this super hot, super successful, super human, who is a mature adult, but still young enough to be cool -talk about pressure!

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Whilst I am grateful for what life has given me so far, I can’t help but think that 9 year old me would probably turn her nose up at 25 year old me.

Anyway, whilst turning 25 may have been a little stressful in some ways, in other ways, it was actually pretty amazing. If you follow me on IG, you will already have seen -or, rather, been spammed with- pictures of my weekend in Paris last month.

So what better way to celebrate adulthood, than by sharing my wisdom with you on *where to go whilst in Paris* -just like a respectable adult would?

Where to stay 

St Germain

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We stayed in a beautiful studio apartment on the 4th floor of an old building on Rue de Buci, St Germain -so far, so French. Both the apartment and the location were absolutely spot on, but if there were anything I would perhaps do differently this time round, it would probably be checking if the building has a *LIFT* -but no biggie. Lesson learned! Stairs are fetch.

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Now, Rue de Buci was an excellent choice and I would love to be able to claim that it was all part of my master plan. Alas, I have to admit, it happened rather accidentally.

 

Anyway, if you enjoy french wine shops, cute little cafes and bars and a lively yet not too rowdy street (told you this was a responsible adult review), I would definitely recommend staying here.

Where to eat 

Brasserie Vagenade 

Dinner at Brasserie Vagenade on the first night was absolutely divine. The restaurant was just a stone’s throw from our apartment -very convenient considering my choice of shoes.

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The food at BV was superb, the staff very friendly. I’d been craving escargot for some time, so I had to give in -when in Rome, after all. But the atmosphere was what topped it all off for me: belle époque interiors, mirrors on every wall and the lively chatter of a very french clientele -it had that je ne sais quoi that I think Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald would have loved.

Ralph

As in, actual Ralph Lauren’s restaurant!

Honestly, when I walked through the elegant doors of this restaurant, I felt like I had landed in the 1920s  -just like in Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’.

From the jazz music, to the pictures of horses the walls, to the imposing fireplace in the middle of the room -everything about this restaurant was perfection. Even the butter! I mean, Ralph Lauren butter is gotta be worth a visit -right?

Bars 

Cafe Marly

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Café Marly is just view goals all over. It may be a little pricey, but considering the terrace gives you front row seats to the glass pyramid, it is totally worth it.

The 18th century rococo gallery has an elegant and contemporary feel, and the corridor that runs through the tables is practically a catwalk for beautiful waiters -I told you this cafe was all about the views.

 

Cafes 

Cafe de Flore

An old classic and a little cliche -I am aware of that. But I had to pay a visit to Café de Flore, just to see what all the buzz is about.

Lovely crockery and perfectly positioned people-watching tables, but a little touristy and, quite frankly, probably like a million other cafes in the area. Good, but not the one.

Brunch

OFF Paris Sienne

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Basically, the perfect brunch spot in Paris -a floating hotel on the river Sienne with a beautiful outdoor pool. I mean -does it get any more instagrammable than this?

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Brunch was the usual all you can eat format, which is perfect if, like me, you like endless girly chats in front of endless cappuccinos.

Shame the weather wasn’t quite as we had hoped, but nothing can stop a girl from wearing gold mules.

WEARING

Outfit no. one

Top: Zara

Jeans: Newlook

Shoes: Zara

Outfit no. two

Pyjamas: Primark

Outfit no. three

Blazer: Zara

Shoes: Zara

Outfit no. four

Coat: H&M

T-shirt: Topshop

Outfit no. five

Jumper: New Look

Skirt: Primark

Mules: Primark

 

 

Conquering fear: Tips for Bloggers Starting Out

It may not be obvious from these pictures, but there were actually a lot of people on that beach that day, all wrapped up warm in their winter coats. It was freezing and a few people were staring, but I did not actually care.

There is something truly powerful in not giving a damn. It makes one feel so alive and free! Fear is one of the main reasons for our insecurities and anxieties. Remove fear, and you’re pretty much as free as one can be! Look at children: they’re always running around naked without a care in the world. Why? Because they’re not scared of judgment, which makes them free, careless and happy.

Whenever something scares me I ask myself one simple question: what’s the worst that can happen?

Take this photoshoot as an example. What’s the very worst thing that could have happened? Perhaps if someone started pointing at me laughing and telling all their friends to come and watch this stupid girl dancing around on a freezing beach? Or maybe if someone started shouting at me or body shaming me?

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Does that sound ridiculous to you? Of course! That’s because it would probably never happen. Our brains are very good and conjuring up worsts case scenarios; but the likelihood of one of our worst case scenarios actually coming to life is quite frankly very unlikely -reality almost never beats our pessimistic brains.

IMG_9940But even if that actually had happened, if people had started laughing at me or calling me fugly, what difference would it have made? I still would have my pictures, right? Think of the upside: now I have some nice pictures and something to talk about for my first blog post! That sounds like a win to me.

You can apply this rationale to any kind of situation: public speaking, job interviews, dating, or anything else that might make you uncomfortable. It is a very liberating feeling. And once you’ve done it, you’ll want to do it again -it’s addictive!

Image-4The first time I did a shoot in public (with an iphone and a tripod!) I felt so embarrassed: I thought everyone was looking at me and judging me and laughing. The second time, I cared a bit less. Until eventually now I actually enjoy the attention -I have fun with it! You can all stare, laugh and think whatever you want. Hopefully, you are actually all really nice people and wouldn’t do that, but if you’re not, the joke’s on you (you generic, not you, you)!
What about you (this time you, you)? Have you ever done something you weren’t very comfortable with and found you actually enjoyed doing it?

All the best!

Victoria x

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Wearing: Formby swimsuit by Jackwills (which I’ll probably be wearing a lot this summer as I’m completely obsessed with this pattern!);

Location: Tenby beach, Pembrookshire, South West Wales.