September 14th, 2019
Travel

36 Hours in Paris

“Do you want to go to Paris?” I asked my husband, daughter, sister, and friend — they all responded “no thanks, you only go for 36 hours.” Short (really short) trips are my thing. Years ago, once a month I would take the night flight from NY, do go-sees all the next day, then catch the last flight home — my girls didn’t even know I’d been out of the country. In a short spurt I get everything done and avoid jet lag.

Last weekend was no exception. I’d been telling anyone and everyone about the exhibition Trees at the Cartier Foundation (it was incredible) — all said “just go, already.” Plus, I had a few errands. Most of the space in my carry-on was taken up with Holiday Boileau returns — I’d bought each item in two different sizes.  And, I wanted to see the shop (adorable, worth the trek, and I bought a red dress). September issues and a pharmacy stop were also on my to-do list.

So, no curated packing list. Unless I’m camping or heading to the beach, I wear the same things when I travel as I do in NYC. 5 grey sweaters, 1 pair grey jeans, 2 skirts (a mini and a midi), 1 pair grey Adidas, a tote, a pouch, and filet bags for purchases.

Et voilà!

SHOP

what's new

PRADA

Wool top

MACKINTOSH

Dunkled putty bonded cotton 3/4 coat

BOTTEGA VENETA

Bouclé jacket

GUCCI

1955 Horsebit grained-leather shoulder bag

BOTTEGA VENETA

A-line bouclé skirt

MARNI

Clog sandals

RAY-BAN

Classic B-15

THAKOON

Poplin tie front maxi dress

SAINT LAURENT

Tribute leather sandals

BEN-AMUN

Gold-plated necklace

GUCCI

1955 Horsebit grained-leather shoulder bag

ANNA QUAN

Bebe ribbed cotton top

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  • What items do you pick up at the pharmacy?

    MarySeptember 14th, 2019  11:34 AM

     
  • Sounds like a great trip! Where are your gray jeans from ? Thanks very much. Laurie

    LaurieSeptember 14th, 2019  12:23 PM

     
  • I am also curious about what items you grab at the pharmacy? I was there in June, and picked up some things, but I would have loved an expert’s help!

    Meghan QuinnSeptember 14th, 2019  12:30 PM

     
  • 36 hours, 24 hours, 4 hours – I don’t care, I’m going to Paris whenever I can! Haha

    Mariya

    Mariya ZafirovaSeptember 14th, 2019  12:30 PM

     
  • Remember Concorde? No jet lag.

    M K OkaySeptember 14th, 2019  12:53 PM

     
  • I stock up on Bioderma creams for sensitive skin. Even though I can get them here, I can’t resist poking around a French pharmacy.

    PrestonSeptember 14th, 2019  2:12 PM

     
  • Can you share details of your packing list? Which sweaters? How about a jacket? Which tote? Any boots?

    AmeliaSeptember 14th, 2019  2:21 PM

     
  • Grey sweaters: The APC X Suzanne Koller, a long Irish cable-knit cardigan from my mother, 3 old J.Crew shetland crewnecks (2 boy’s, 1 men’s). Jeans are Frame, no boots or jacket. I crammed my Birkin into the hotel safe and carried Kendall Conrad’s Bolsa pouch everywhere.

    PrestonSeptember 14th, 2019  2:35 PM

     
  • Great graphic novel images!

    Erica Bastress-DukehartSeptember 14th, 2019  3:27 PM

     
  • Love this idea. Love this post from you.

    ShelleySeptember 14th, 2019  8:33 PM

     
  • you are fabulous this is fabulous. love it. never heard of Holiday Boileau!! so what size did you take? and what did you order?

    Amanda RossSeptember 14th, 2019  8:34 PM

     
  • Love your packing style

    JeanSeptember 15th, 2019  3:33 PM

     
  • I’m going on the 23rd for 6 nights wish I’d only booked 36 hours! Great post.

    MarcySeptember 16th, 2019  1:15 AM

     
  • You are inspiring me!, Preston! Thank you. I used to do this…Could you please recommend a cardigan?. Thank you

    MoiraSeptember 16th, 2019  8:30 AM

     
  • Finally, someone gets me on short trips! I went to London for five days and absolutely loved it. Short and sweet. No fuss. Museums, high tea, some shopping, and a play. Long compared to yours but lovely, either way.

    myda y.September 16th, 2019  1:08 PM

     
  • You are insane. Did you go to the Citi-Pharma in the 6th right by Saint Germain? It is an OUTLET pharmacy! incredible. packed, but worth it.

    KateSeptember 18th, 2019  1:00 PM

     
  • Excellent packing list!

    That's Not My AgeSeptember 25th, 2019  3:54 AM

     

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