“Paris is always a good idea.” —Audrey Hepburn
A few weeks ago, our founder and creative director got the chance to travel to Paris with one of our favorite French brands, Sézane. While it was a super quick trip, it was still the trip of a lifetime. She’s going to share what she and her bestie wore on their trip and the things they did.
Audrey Hepburn was right when she said, “Paris is always a good idea.” That sentiment is even more true when you get the opportunity to experience Paris like a true local, and with your best girlfriend by your side. Traveling to Paris with Sézane was a no-brainer for me. It’s a brand I know and love (see our recent stories with them: Sézane’s Guide To Living Like a French Girl in NYC and 4 Transitional Outfits To Try This Fall). The founder, Morgane Sézalory, invited us to Paris to get a feel for what life is like there. She wanted us to see the brand’s gorgeous Parisian store, eat and shop at her favorite local gems, and have an intimate lunch with her to talk business and motherhood (that post is coming next week, so stay tuned!). It was such a dream trip! I thought it would be fun to share a visual diary with you to help inspire your own Paris adventure, so here it is:
Day 1 was sort of a blur. We left on a Tuesday and arrived Wednesday morning. Thankfully, we started off in Paris with massages at Six Senses Spa. It really helped with jet lag. If you can manage, book a massage as your first activity whenever you do long travel!
I kept things pretty casual this trip. I didn’t want to be fussy with a lot of fancy items. I opted for classics like T-shirts and blouses with jeans. I added a little more style with my accessories. I didn’t pack one pair of heels for this trip! I don’t wear them that often, so why pack them and clutter my suitcase. Plus, it left room for me to bring home goodies.
We stayed at The Hoxton, which is so beautiful and cool! I highly recommend it. The secret bar upstairs has the most beautiful mustard-colored couches and pink ottomans. Seriously, this place is eye candy!
The other great thing is it’s located around the corner from the Sézane store and other great shops.
For dinner, we went to an amazing modern Thai restaurant called Bambou right across the street from Sézane. The décor is very ornate and cool. We were able to sit outside while drinking wine and eating delicious pad thai. I would recommend going to this spot with a group of friends.
Day 2 was our most jam-packed day. We woke up and had breakfast at the hotel. Then we jetted over to L’Appartement Sézane before it opened so we could experience it without the crowds (and trust me, there are always crowds). It’s by far one of the most beautiful shops I’ve ever been to. No detail is overlooked. Sézane takes pride in the details, and I think the company does such an amazing job at making costumers feel special and appreciated. It offers a free photo booth in the store, a private cinéma downstairs that is totally free (great for if you have someone shopping with you who wants to just chill while you try on clothes), and next to the shop, there is a café where you can order free coffee, tea and snacks while reading cool books and admiring the accessory collections. It’s incredible. If you’re ever in Paris or the new NYC location, I highly recommend you check it out.
The wall was inspired by the NYC store opening
Anne-Caroline and Margaux lead the Sézane public relations and digital marketing in Paris. They are incredibly sweet and stylish. They took us around to all their favorite parts of Paris and made us feel so comfortable. They’re also best friends, which made for very cute best friend double-date experiences.
Found a pair of heels I love for the holidays
Back at The Hoxton for a rosé break and a quick outfit change.
We then went for a special lunch with Sézane’s founder, Morgane Sézalory, in her incredible home. This was by far my favorite part of the whole trip. Her home was as dreamy as it looks in pictures. Every area is filled with beautiful colors, art and décor that means something to her. She’s gifted at layering things effortlessly throughout her home, and her eye for detail is part of what makes Sézane so successful. You will get to read her interview and see the photos we took in her home next week.
Morgane was so gracious. She made us lunch herself and let us take as many pictures of her home that we wanted (and we took a lot!). She’s the kind of gal who would give you the shirt off her back if you asked (she actually gave us the Sézane pillows off her bed!). You could get this sense when talking to her team. Everyone thinks she’s amazing and inspiring, and we felt the same way. She opened up about her recent issues with burnout and how after having her second daughter she needed to step back and take more time off for herself. I know that Cassidy and I could completely relate to that. It was refreshing to speak so candidly with someone who is doing such big things in her industry.
Morgane then had us explore some of her favorite shops in her neighborhood. We ate the most delicious pain au chocolate from Des Gâteaux Et Du Pain, explored designer India Mahdavi’s shop (the lamps are on the top of my list for dream décor for my home!), picked out gifts for our kids at the super cool Bonton and went to the Sézane section at Le Bon Marché.
Cassidy is wearing a Black Halo jumpsuit
I’m wearing a vintage cardigan jacket (similar) | Zara pants
That evening, we were treated like princesses at Terrass Restaurant & Bar that has a panoramic view of Paris. Can you spot the Eiffel Tower?
Day 3 was our free day to explore more of Paris. We started off at the famous Café de Flore and then headed to see the Eiffel Tower. Sadly, the Eiffel Tower had so many gates around it that we couldn’t get the very best view of it, but we made up for it on our sunset boat ride on the Seine (super touristy, but totally worth it!).
My daughter requested pictures of the carousel! This shot made her day.
Must-stop selfie spot at Colette.
We knew we had to see the Christian Dior exhibit while in Paris. Everyone told us it’s incredible and they were right. The whole thing was stunning.
Another favorite moment from our trip was exiting the Dior exhibit at the Louvre at the most picturesque time of day (it was around 5 p.m.). The entire trip, I couldn’t stop admiring how beautiful the light is at all hours of the day. We lucked out with beautiful weather, and that night the sky was really showing off. We walked around the Louvre and basked in the golden sunlight. It was the best way to end a magical trip to the City of Lights!
Thank you so much to Sézane for partnering with us and giving us the trip of a lifetime!