One of the most magical things about Paris is what you'll encounter during your time there. Gorgeous streets, interesting people, fluffy cats perched on cafe tables, and perfectly behaved dogs walking the streets without leashes- you literally see it all in Paris. <Yes, I totally saw a fluffy cat casually sitting at a table in a cafe this trip, lol, it was my favorite thing I've ever seen in Paris>. What you don't always see is the intricate, characteristic courtyards that adorn many of the apartment buildings behind traditional French doors. Behind these doors is a whole other side of Paris- one that is local to its residents.
Since we stayed in an Airbnb right off Place des Vosges (link to Airbnb here, however it may no longer be available for rent due to Paris rental restrictions.The host also has other properties in Paris!), we got to experience living like a Parisian. Upon each entry to our rental, I admired this beautiful courtyard and its character. I loved it so much, that using it as a backdrop for these photos was an absolute must- especially with the vintage green car!
Views of the Courtyard!
For this look, I was going for something a bit more over the top, yet still achievable. The vintage blazer is from More Than Your Average, and since it is a few sizes larger than my normal size, it fit perfectly to wear as a dress since it was long enough. I paired a casual sweater dress under it, and matched knee-high boots to achieve the full look, along with a turban I bought at a store in Paris. While certain pieces from this look are no longer available, I want to show you how easy it is to pair something similar.
First, look for a statement over-sized blazer (you could even get away with a men's blazer!) that is long enough to wear as a dress. You could even do a blazer dress as well! Next you'll want a turtleneck dress that is short in length so it pairs evenly under the blazer. If you're going with a blazer dress, you could simply look for a turtleneck top! The look is super easy to achieve, its just finding the right pieces that may take a bit more work. I pulled together a few looks with links below, OR, hit up Mya of More Than Your Average to request she look out for some amazing blazers for you on her shopping trips!
Photos by Arielle Lewis Studios.
Blonde in the District