I came across Yoya in the West Village just this past weekend. A co-worker told me it was great and that I needed to check it out. Well, I am glad she did. While in actuality it is a store for babies and mommies, they also have bad ass jewelry and super cool accessories (GREAT scarves). Yes, you can find the perfect children’s gift in this store, but they have much more to offer. Please check it out. It’s at 636 Hudson Street. Now for grub talk. Cafe Cluny is it. On West 4th Street and West 12th Street you can find authentic, high quality and highly delicious French food. I had the curried chicken salad wrap. Not my typical lunch choice, but dang it was good. The chicken was tender and had a fantastic balance of curry, almonds and cranberries. The wrap was light and flakey and the side of zucchini fries was a nice touch. It helps that the atmosphere was inviting and quite frankly, beautiful.
I am all about classic purses at the moment. With the increasing prices of ritzy designer bags, I am over even thinking about $2,000 bags. Kate Spade & Coach provide fantastic alternatives. All bags are under $500 and are dope. The backpack above is my favorite Kate Spade pick. The nylon is versatile and durable. But I personally prefer the Coach Classics. They are suuuuuper sick. The bucket bag in navy leather is too good. Check out their website and order them up.
So excited about my newest purchases on my budget. First is my new beanie. In the past 2 months I have lost 2, but they have been replaced with the best yet. This Carhartt beanie is available on the Carhartt website for only 8 bucks. Steeeeeeeeal and so dope. I almost equally love the Varsity jacket I got on sale today at Aritzia. It is my personal way to fill the void for the APC Carhartt Varsity jacket that I would kill for. If you are in the market and have the change, check out the collab. Lastly, in making a return at Barney’s, I came across these fabulous Marant pants. While they were part of her Fall collection, they seem pretty Spring to me? Either way, I’m wearing them year round and I can’t wait. Open Ceremony’s bites on a budget is probably the best thing for any New Yorker. The bloggers at OC comprise, on a very frequent basis, a “bite on a budget” (aka a meal that is delicious under $10). I’m down. Thanks OC!
My first purchase in Paris. These fantastic Isabel Marant Pitt Jeans. Not only are they warm and comfortable, but the fit is absolutely perfect. Slouchy, distressed & tapered. So good. And for Marant, their price tag is not too hefty. As for what I want to buy. I could buy both the entire American Retro store and The Kooples store. Both such chic French street brands. The two Kooples tops below are necessities.
Yesterday I was a chic Parisian thanks to Inès. I took her up on grubbing suggestion and I checked out Bread & Roses in the 8th. While my lunch completely broke the bank, it was worth every penny. I ordered “le petit chèvre,” which consists of chèvre on nut and raisin toasts, topped with sun dried tomatoes. It also came with a side salad. Could not have been better. Today I went to Merci café on Beaumarchais. I had been to the store, but never the café. It was adorable. Such a fantastic setting. The food was equally pleasing. I had a parmesan and prosciutto salad with fresh tomatoes and baguette. Definitely saved shopping at the store for dessert. I may or may not have bought a pair of Isabel Marant jeans in my travels today. Stay tuned.
It’s gotta be my favorite place to shop here in Paris (aside from Isabel). American Retro knows what’s up. Their Parisian chic street style aesthetic is always right on. The company was started in 2002 and grows more fabulous with age. It is favored by my girls Alexa Chung, Lily Allen and Rihanna. Thank god for their eCommerce site, I can’t do without this brand when I’m in the states. Entirely necessary for everyone to check them out. Links to their site and their eCommerce site are clickable from the images above and below.