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Friday, May 29, 2015

Exploring the gardens of Versailles

After a quick detour for some stateside activities, I'm back to round up some of my favorite outfits from my trip to Europe.  While my sisters were in Paris, we decided that seeing Versailles was a must-do.  Fortunately, we weren't disappointing.  The palace is stunning and serves delicious macarons and hot chocolate in its restaurant.  The only thing putting a damper on the trip were the literally dozens of signs warning you about pickpockets and urging you to secure your belongings.  At one point, we thought my sister's cell phone was taken.  Luckily, it was just apparently chilling up in Marie Antoinette's bedroom and was returned to us by security after a fairly priceyinternational call to our mother stateside.

The weather was pure perfection and everything you'd ever want for touring the world's most famous gardens, so obviously I had to wear what ended up being my favorite purchase of the entire trip.  This dress is life.  It's preppy perfection and fun to boot!  The stripes are fabulous--especially the different colored sleeves and yoke.  The brand of the dress is Joules and I nearly fell over from joy when I realized that they will ship to the USA as well.  Somewhere in Dublin, I also managed to find the world's most comfortable/inexpensive wedges at Penneys.  I've come to the conclusion that Penney's is everything that Forever 21 wishes it could be and cross my fingers that they bring some stores to our side of the Atlantic.

Because the dress was a little busy, (and because I only packed a very overstuffed carry-on) I kept my accessories limited to a link bracelet, watch, and navy chandelier Kate Spade earrings.  And of course, wherever there's sun, you can count on me having my Ray-Bans around.  Sometimes I think about expanding my sunglasses collection but I don't think I'd ever get any use out of anything but my tortoiseshell Wayfarers.

It was almost overwhelming how beautiful Versailles was.  I'm so grateful to have gone, but at the same time, it was almost like I couldn't absorb the vastness of everything.  I found myself a little jealous of the locals who could go running through these gardens in the mornings and have this place be a part of their every day lives.  Then I remembered that I live on the beach and stopped feeling sorry for myself!  Nevertheless, there's something truly special about Versailles and I hope to someday return.


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