September 29th, 2023
On My Mind

Paris Dispatch

I’m in Paris, not for shows but to (sort of) look for an apartment. The weather in New York is abysmal, so it’s nice to not be there. While packing I convinced myself that it’s much cooler here than it is. So eager to wear sweaters and boots I rationalized that it’s in the 60s at night, which is true, however it’s high 70s during the day… My friend HC will give me flak because she knows I have questionable packing skills and encouraged me to start the process before the morning of my flight. She, also, kindly pointed out that the tall Celine boots I’m thinking of buying will be impossible to pack for the return trip (at least I’ll be able to squeeze in my favorite lip balm). Out of my overstuffed carry-on I’ve pretty much worn the same things for two days. Lesson learned.

Despite my packing idiocy, September is a gorgeous time to be here. This time of the year I’m endlessly inspired by the chic women (mothers and grandmothers) picking up their children from school. Today I’m going to check out Rouje and Mister K, two shops on my radar. Even though there is a recently opened Officine Générale shop in NYC, the prices here are significantly less. And, if the boots are a perfect fit, I’ll just figure out how to get them home.

Hope everyone is well!

  • This sounds like a beautiful time to be in Paris, packing be what it may! And it sounds like you may have a partner who can double team the return-flight packing with you. Enjoy exploring Rouje and Mister K.

    RMSeptember 30th, 2023  6:40 AM

  • As I read this I kept thinking maybe you can wear the boots, pick up a larger carry-on, or check a bag.

    CBSeptember 30th, 2023  9:01 AM

  • Please plan a dispatch on the chic women in the 16th!

    MonicaSeptember 30th, 2023  9:41 AM

  • Sounds like you’re having a much needed and marvelous time! Agree w/RM and CB re: boots, as you said, if they fit you’ll find a way! As it’s fashion week and there are wild looks around, perhaps, w/padded clips you could attach and wear as a statement cape or peplum 😉 But, seriously, you’ll find a way if they’re right for you.

    Great photo of you btw – enjoy your time and best wishes!

    Lisa F

    Lisa FSeptember 30th, 2023  10:01 AM

  • Want to hear more about the apartment adventures. How fun.

    KerrySeptember 30th, 2023  10:20 AM

  • Love the outfit with your very chic green Adidas. Is that a dress? Top and skirt? Look forward to living vicariously through you!

    KimSeptember 30th, 2023  1:28 PM

  • Going later this month and also staying in the 16th! Enjoy and looks like that bag is big enough to hold boots! Also count me envious that you’re (even sort of) apartment shopping!!

    Stacey BewkesSeptember 30th, 2023  2:11 PM

  • Hi! Hardly think rationalizing boots and sweaters is bad packing (at least I hope not lol) although listening to Heather is always a good idea. Sounds like a fun trip, enjoy all the hunting.

    SueMSeptember 30th, 2023  3:12 PM

  • I had the opposite experience. When I left London eleven days ago for D.C. and NYC, the weather forecast was for good, slightly cool but sunny weather! Instead I spent most of my time in NY in rain puffas and sneakers! I ended up buying some merino wool sweaters from Banana Republic which were useful.

    MMSSeptember 30th, 2023  7:47 PM

  • also curious about the outfit! looks like the perfect travel outfit, is it a dress?

    betsyOctober 1st, 2023  7:02 AM

  • I’m wearing a long-sleeved black Petit Bateau T-shirt, and the James Perse skirt I shortened.

    PrestonOctober 1st, 2023  2:43 PM

  • Want to hear what you thought of Mister k. Been thinking of ordering a couple of things from there.

    lizeeOctober 1st, 2023  3:57 PM

  • I agree … wear the boots on the way home! I am heading to Paris in November and would love to know if it is worth taking a field trip to Mister K and Rouje. Safe travels!

    Kris KOctober 1st, 2023  10:55 PM

  • Can we see this carry on of which you speak ? I’m
    Always looking for new “ carry on “ suggestions . Large enough to fit what I want , small enough to look like I’m an unflappable expert, roomy enough to add a souvenir …
    Thank you

    JoOctober 2nd, 2023  1:31 PM

  • I am a horrible packer. Always trying to get better.

    LOctober 2nd, 2023  4:51 PM

  • Jo – I have an ‘Away’ carry-on and I am thoroughly impressed. It seems as though they’ve thought of everything.
    Preston – You never fail to impress me. Impossibly chic. Can you give us details on the white long sleeve tee? Is it your beloved Petit Bateau?
    Marcheline Isabelle

    MarchelineOctober 4th, 2023  2:28 PM

  • Yes, this T-shirt is Petit Bateau, but I also wear a perfect one from Brandy Melville.

    PrestonOctober 4th, 2023  3:08 PM


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