September 14th, 2019

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 Fondation Cartier (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!


What's New


Laser-engraved logo belt


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Braided leather bangle


Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress


Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat

  • 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 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

  • How did I miss this post? Finally, and again, someone understands me. Most people don’t get the shortness of it but I just love it. You see what’s on your list, shop, dine, and go.

    myda y.August 17th, 2022  12:23 PM


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