Scrapbook: Paris Through Rose-Tinted Glasses

Paris 9At the start of the year I posted about plans and goals to make 2014 awesome. I love seeing new places, so I thought it might be fun to document everything from the little trips to the far-flung holidays and all the experiences in between. I love putting together photo albums, silly collages and scrapbooks (blame this on watching far too many programmes like Art Attack as a child!) so Scrapbook is a feature where I can share photo diaries and memories. 

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Has it really been almost three weeks since we returned from Paris? It only feels like yesterday that we were skipping along Rue de Rivoli, snapping photos and gorging on delicious pastries! Oh Paris, mon amour, you were truly magical! This has to be one of the most difficult scrapbooks to put together for sure – I took oodles of photos and have SO MUCH to tell you about this fabulous city!

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The first thing that I fell in love with in Paris was the buildings. With deliberate and intricate architecture, I spent a significant amount of time facing upwards and taking in the balconies, carvings and rooftops. Le sigh!!

It’s easy to get around Paris, the Metro service is super fast (and cheap!), but to be honest we enjoyed getting around on foot most of the time. Comfortable (FLAT!) shoes are a must if you want to cover a lot of ground. And boy, did we ever! From sunlit strolls along the Seine, to museum runs and the impressive walk up Champs-elysees, there are plenty of places to explore.

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As it was our first trip to the city, we managed to take in a lot of tourist-y spots, along with some lesser-known gems. In a couple of days we visited the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, St Germain, Arc de Triumphe, and Sacre-Couer. Oh, and the Eiffel Tower, of course…

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What a beauty! I must admit, I didn’t expect to be excited by a big hunk of metal. But when I first laid eyes on it, I let out a little squeal. It’s especially striking when you see it unexpectedly. Like when we were walking down a street, happened to turn a corner and – BOOM! – there it was! Unashamedly swooning like a right tourist.

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The sun was out every single day of our trip, which was a stroke of luck! It meant that my already romanticised view of Paris was literally seen through rose-tinted glasses – specifically, these Dita Von Teese ones. Thanks Pretavoir for hooking me up!

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As well as seeing some of the ‘main’ sights, we also made time to visit a few things that were off the beaten track. First on the list was Pere Lechaise – the resting place of Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. It may sound a little morbid, but it was beautiful and very peaceful. We also walked through Jim Morrison’s old neighbourhood, which was quaint and filled with pretty boutiques and cafes. We even found his apartment at Rue Beautreillis, which was awesome to see.

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The red light district, as you might expect, was gloriously scuzzy. We cut through it on our way back from Sacre-Couer and found Moulin Rouge – ooh la la! All of our days were jam-packed, but next time we visit Paris I’d love to take in a show.

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There are museums and galleries galore in Paris, so it was very difficult to pick a couple out (there wasn’t enough time to see them all!). We loved visiting Palais de Tokyo (hello, vintage photobooth!), and right next door is Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris which was also AMAZING.

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As with most cities, there is no shortage of shopping! However, as the weather was so glorious we preferred to spend most of our trip outside, soaking up our surroundings. In my opinion, there is no better place to spend a sunny afternoon in Paris than Jardin des Plantes – a massive botanical garden filled with gorgeous blooms!

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We couldn’t go to Paris and miss out on Disney (what do you take me for?)! You can read a full separate post on our DIsneyland adventures here!

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Food-wise, Paris is full of delicious and indulgent treats. A visit to Laduree was a must-do! Their macarons really are to die for and they also sell some cute gifts.

We had such a wonderful time on our trip, it would be too difficult to choose a favourite part! Could you blame us?

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Paris, you have bewitched me. I am sure it won’t be long before I’m back on your streets, hungry for more!

Have you ever been charmed by a city? Where are your favourite Parisian hangouts?

avec beaucoup d’amour, 

Miss West End Girl x

The Halloween Girl Gang Project: Unlikely Style Icon

Wardrobe Convos Lynsay11If you were around this time last week, or have been following my adventures on Twitter and Instagram, you might be aware that I revealed the first part of Halloween Girl Gang – a style project that I’ve been working on with my ladies at Wardrobe Conversations and Miss Vicky Viola. It’s a collaboration that’s been born out of a love for fashion and horror movies – and what better time of year to let it loose on the world than Halloween?

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The first photo shoot was based on an eerie family portrait, and it was all very solemn. Not smiling for photos was certainly a challenge! The next shoot, was a totally different vibe indeed! We challenged ourselves to find an unlikely style icon from the movies, and build an outfit theme around the character of our choice. WIth so many to choose from, it was a difficult choice! But when there’s something strange, in your neighbourhood…can you guess who I picked yet??

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Yep, everyone’s favourite silly spectre – Slimer from Ghostbusters!

A couple of months ago, I unwrapped a Ted Baker dress so bright it nearly had me reaching for my phone (WHO YA GONNA CALL?!). It was lime green. No, wait – make that slime green! It was a clear winner when it came to making a start on my outfit for this shoot.

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Slimer is always eating. That’s part of his charm! In fact, he’d much rather eat a huge sandwich than haunt a house, and well – I must say that I would make the same choice! Accessorising with some fun food-themed accessories helped bring this ensemble to life, and I immediately reached for my hamburger clutch bag from New Look and a glittering pizza slice for my hair by the fantastic Alternate Normality.

My trusty New Look boots, some more slime green (this time on my nails – the colour is Radium by Illamasqua) and a pair of glasses that Janine Melnitz would be proud of helped finish off my look! My little ghost brooch is handmade by moi – with the help of Tatty Devine at one of their glitter-packed workshops!

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So, why DID I pick Slimer? Well, I kind of like that for a ghost he isn’t very scary – in fact he is pretty silly. We also both have a penchant for bright colours and would rather befriend someone than intimidate them. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, so I thought it would be a fun way to mark the occasion! I can’t believe the movie is really 30 years old! I’m excited to be going along to a screening on the 28th of this month and laughing along at every joke (again!). Will I see you there? Don’t forget your proton pack!

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I’ll leave you with a shot of the Halloween Girl Gang in its entirety for this shoot. Can you guess who the other girls picked as their unlikely style icons?

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Don’t forget to keep up to date with the rest of the shoots over on Wardrobe Conversations this week to see if you’ve guessed correctly!

Do you have an unlikely style icon this Halloween? What’s your favourite line from Ghostbusters?

Cause bustin’ fashion makes me feel GOOD, 

Miss West End Girl x

 

All photography by Ross Bull

Friday Hi-Fives: Ghouls, Glitter and Gelato!

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Greetings from Shoreditch! I’m sitting in a Starbucks in my home-from-home, sipping my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season and reflecting on the last seven days. It’s not a bad way to end the week at all in my book, and I’m looking forward to some fun meetings and catching up with my London ladies over the next couple of days!

As well as switching up my coffee order, I’ve also changed my hair for Autumn – cue the makeover montage! A trip to BLOW on Saturday was just what the doctor ordered and I walked out after much pampering and gossiping with a head full of colour – purple and copper ombre to be precise! I’m in love…

This week also seen the launch of the #halloweengirlgang project with my ghoulfriends at Wardrobe Conversations and Miss Vicky Viola. We had so much fun shooting these spooky sets, be sure to check back on Monday for the next installment! I spent a glitter-packed girl date with Vicky on Wednesday, as we cruised some of Edinburgh’s finest – including Hannah Zakari, Hula and Mary’s Milk Bar. Hooray for quality time with like-minded babes! On the home front, we’ve started packing up the flat and I’m determined to find the PERFECT statement armchair. If you see something suitable, tweet me!

I am so ready for this weekend, how about you? First, let’s celebrate this week’s most awesome…

Link Love 

Cosmetics queen MJ shares her top tips on how to shop for make-up like a pro

Scotland Re:Designed have launched their 2014 showcase, and it’s just the thing for aspiring designers AND fashion lovers!

Ever wondered what a pizza the size of a table might look like? I know I do. Erica did too, and found somewhere that serves them!

Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow are throwing a HELLUVA bash for #Pinktober – featuring Swoon Nails, We Are Faux and much more

I can’t stop cooing over the new BOB skirts by Dawn O’Porter and Karen Mabon – especially this one!! 

 

Also Making Me Smile…

Hope Street issue 3 – their Elvis Made Me Do it editorial is flawless

Starting the day with sequins…and lots of ‘em!

Dark chocolate and sea salt hot chocolate

Hotel beds that look (and feel!) like giant marshmallows, aahhhhh…

Getting excited over really trivial homeware items (fruit bowls! Rugs! Toilet roll holders!)

 

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week and managed to spend time with the people that make you smile. See you next week!

With ghouls, glitter and gelato,

Miss West End Girl x

 

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