June 27, 2012 § 4 Comments
It’s been a crazy hot week here. We are trying to escape the heat by doing mostly inside activities, or outside activities either early morning or late evening. I love summer so much, but it always makes me extremely homesick for the crazy lazy summers of my childhood in my hometown.
I’m trying to keep my outfits creative, but needless to say comfort (when I can’t wear short shorts, short skirts, etc) has been my top priority.
Tomorrow is a big day in the Smith household… Potty training. I’ve read the books, I’ve bought the undies and treats. I’m freaking out for I have no idea of what’s coming my way. Wish me luck!
June 20, 2012 § 14 Comments
Good morning world! Well, it is good morning on my side of the world. For most of you it is still the middle of the night.
Saturday we took O to his first birthday party. As a guest, of course. For he was present at his own birthday parties 😉 . People here usually dress up a little when it comes to parties, so I figured O needed a little dressing up too. Check out his hair do please.
I had a hard time figuring out what to wear. I wanted to be cool (it was hot!) and comfortable (chasing a toddler is a work out!), so I remembered this dress in the back of my closet. I’ve had it for quite some time, but I still love it. Its a little long for my taste, but it’s an appropriate length for Turkey. I got it to go to a wedding, but I just dressed it down by pairing it with my beloved Havaianas.
Dress – Ipekyol
Sandals – Havaianas
Bag – gift
Necklace – gift
Sunglasses – Kotton
We ended up getting stuck in traffic on Sunday and didn’t make it home in time to go out for a casual Father’s Day dinner. So we postpone our celebration to Monday! I wore:
T-shirt – Local bazar
Pants – Mango (What can I do, I LOVE this store!)
Sandals – Steve Madden
Necklace – Kotton
Bag – Mango
Scarf – vintage
Close up of my new necklace. Ever since I saw Kendi wearing this aqua necklace I’ve been on the look out for something similar. I don’t have an Anthropologie near me and shoping online would cost me a fortune in shipping and handling fees. I forgot about it for a while. Then lately a lot of bloggers ( here and here) have been wearing this J.Crew inspired necklace, that had me wanting something aqua/turquoise again. All of a sudden it was like the piece that was missing in every outfit I tried to put together. I finally saw it this week at a local store here and just had to have it. I may still order the J.Crew necklace to wear when we get to America in October!
Have a lovely Wednesday!
June 15, 2012 § 4 Comments
Wow, is it Friday already? Here’s what we’ve been up to this week!
Linking up with Life Rearranged
June 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
We only had the morning to sightsee on our last day, so we opted for a laid back morning of a croissant and cafe au lait breakfast at a historic area around the Notre Dame. We chose the charming Au Bougnat Cafe, and were not disappointed.
We took a leisure stroll throughout this neighborhood. Did a bit of last-minute shopping and then headed to Cafe Carrette for one last round of macarons. And fit in one more sighting of the Eiffel tower. Just the perfect way to end our time in City of Lights.
Our journey back to Bursa, Turkey was long but relaxing. Traveling without a toddler is such a breeze! We came in the middle of the night, so I didn’t get to see O until the morning. It was the first time I had left him for this long. It was so strange not to know what he was doing at every moment of every day. He seemed to have missed us, but had a lovely time with his Gram and great-aunt. I’m so grateful for their willingness to stay in foreign country and watch our son, so we could have some time for ourselves! I’m also, of course, grateful for the husband, for orchestrating such a great surprise. A trip of a lifetime indeed.
June 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
Thursday morning woke us with a nice warm breeze. We decided to try a new patisserie for breakfast. We were so pleased, the people there were so friendly. Actually let me make a parenthesis here and just say how the french were so friendly to us. We didn’t meet one sales person, one waiter or anyone for that matter, that wasn’t extra nice to us. The husband’s high school french (i.e. May I got to the bathroom please?) combined with my 5th grade french (i.e. Good morning, how are you?) didn’t amount to much, but everyone went the extra mile to help us out.
We sat on an iron cafe table. No tourists in sight. Just regular Parisians having their cafe au lait. And the grotesque Brazilian having mounds of macarons for breakfast. What can I say? I just couldn’t have enough of them. That morning we visited the Jardin de Luxembourg. After a long day of sightseeing the day before, we welcomed the sight of crisp french gardens and delicate English roses. We sat there for a long while, resting our tired legs, letting go of all the stress of the past two years. Afterwards I wanted to hit up two other museums, but I also wanted to save enough time for some fun shopping. So I let go of seeing my beloved Degas (hope to catch it on another trip!) to go see the Rodin museum. My sister had said it was fabulous. And it was. The gardens, the sculptures, the Van Gogh and Monet! My eyes relished on it all, inspired for decades to come.
As I sat there admiring the large replica of “The Thinker”, a group of school children came in with their teacher. I couldn’t understand what he was saying. I could make out that he was telling them to admire the way the Thinker was posing, for they all started to copy the statue’s pose. It hit me how lucky these children are, to get to go on field trips on a city that breathes so much culture and history. Another important note, the teacher was there by himself with the kids, and they all behaved quite all. No other chaperones needed. I thought of all the field trips I chaperoned as an ESL teacher. How much us Americans (most of the times with reason) tend to overprotect our children.
The rest of our afternoon was spent at the Lafayette Galleries. We had lunch at their Gourmet space, the husband found a comfy sidewalk to wait on and I set out for some fun shopping, but mostly exploring. For I don’t think I could afford much of what is sold there. I was amazed at the sheer greatness of it all. Six floors filled with every possible designer need. Gorgeous architecture and crowded, crazy crowded. To my surprise (not) there were tons of Brazilians! In all my travels I hadn’t seen that many Brazilians in one place outside of Brazil! But more and more Brazilians are starting to travel. Everywhere we went we met at least one or two Brazilians. Crazy. And most Brazilians, of course, love some good shopping.
We topped off our afternoon with a pre-dinner picnic on the lawn by the Eiffel tower. The husband and I took off our shoes and proceeded to have one of the most relaxing dates we’ve had. Ever. It was just magnificent. I don’t remember when was the last time our bare feet had touched grass. The sun shining just so, the breeze going just right. It was the most normal we felt in some time.
Dinner was had at the yummy Cafe Constant. If you’re ever in Paris, don’t think twice, just go there. We aren’t big fans of fancy stuffy restaurants, so casual dining is the way to go for us. This was casual dining at its best. The service was great and the food, amazing. The creamiest mashed potatoes, just-right steaks and sweet to the point Creme Caramel for dessert!
Our evening was crowned with a view of Paris and the Eiffel tower from the top of the Maine-Montparnasse Tower, a gorgeous sunset, wonderful view, even better company.
June 13, 2012 § 2 Comments
Somehow I managed to take a few pictures of what I wore this week. Nothing fabulous, mind you. Just finally happy to get some wear out of my summer clothes.
I live in a country where I can’t really wear shorts or tank tops out in public. I mean, girls wear them and it is not against the law or anything. But reputable moms my age just don’t. So I kill my desires to wear a simple short + tank top outfits when I know I’ll be spending it at home.
Tank – Old Navy
Shorts – refashioned from an old pair of jeans
We were invited to go out for a little sightseeing with friends. I never know what to wear in these situations. Because they usually turn into something other than what we set out to do! I knew I wanted to be cool, but also needed the comfort of pants. I’m glad I wore pants, too bad they were white, because we ended up going to their relatives farm. (warning: white linen pants and farms don’t really fair well together). I was cool and comfortable all day though! Shhh! I forgot to iron the pants. Oops.
Pants – Gap
Shirt – H&M
Sandals – Bambi (local store here)
Bag – Old Navy
Necklace – gift
I apologize for the crappy iPad photos, I was going to have the husband take a few pictures but he was terribly busy this week. This is my outfit solution for not being able to wear shorts on a an awfully hot day like yesterday. Below the knee skirt, nice breezy fabric and a soft cotton tee. I had a few errands to run and this was actually quite comfrotable despite temps being up in the high 90s. Yikes.
Tshirt – Mudo
Skirt – Mango
Sandals – Gap
Necklace – gift
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June 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
I don’t stop to be amazed at how my God continually answers my prayers and realizes dreams I’d had since childhood. I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve longed to one day see Paris. Maybe it was when I started studying art in 6th grade and fell in love with the ballerinas of Degas. I longed to be bathed in culture, fashion and gourmet cuisine like Audrey Hepburn’s character in Sabrina.
Our first full day in Paris started off with a bit of that: the most amazing croissant, chocolate macaron and a cafe au lait, savored on a sidewalk table. I wrote postcards to my family, excited about the day had to offer. The husband and I taking turns talking, no interruptions. We knew we only had a limited amount of time in the city, so we circled on the map our top must-see sights and tried to hit those up first. If there was time leftover, we would try to do more. We took to the Eiffel Tower first. I didn’t think I was going to think it all that majestic. But it was. To think it was built a century or so ago, the beautiful ironed architectural details took my breath away. The husband was thrilled by the view you see from the top of the second floor. We decided to just take the stairs and not go all the way to the top. We planned to go to the top of the Montparnasse building the next night and see the tower and the city lit up. I tell you though that even from the second floor, the view was worth it and breathtaking.
We found lunch at this delicious tiny restaurant, Cafe Corrette. The dessert displays alone will have you salivating, but the pink packaging they put their sweet treasures in, is also to die for! Too bad we didn’t have time to sit down and eat there. We went back the next day for some more macarons. We decided to just take some pastries and the most-amazing-oh-my-goodness-melt-in-your-mouth macarons. After I tasted the salted caramel I was hooked. We ended up having macarons every day on this trip. Our little daily ritual. They were life-changing at every bite. We then took the metro to check out the Triumph Arc and the Champs-Elysee avenue. Beautiful, gorgeous street, but crazy busy. It was there, however, that my eyes spotted an H&M, towards which my feet started walking to, as if my mind had no control over them. The husband found a comfy place to sit and let me enjoy a whole hour of mindless meandering and shopping. I grabbed a handful of stuff to try on, but in the end only came out with a simple pair of little black flats. Does that ever happen to you? You finally get the chance (and a little budget) to go shopping at one of your favorite stores yet you can’t find a thing that you truly love to take home with you. Oh well, the flats ended up being the purchase of the trip, as I wore them every single after I got them! Quick note: yes I was in Paris and chose to shop at H&M, please don’t judge me.
That afternoon we still had time to go see the Sacre Coeur church. The whole area where this church is situated is just so charming. I had fun looking around the thrift stores and artsy shops. It was there I found the cutest eco bags as a souvenir for my sisters!
We had heard the Louvre had fewer crowds and cheaper rates on Wednesdays, for it stays open until 9:30. So we saved our evening for a walk through the Louvre. The entrance alone is a feast for the eyes. That glass pyramid is just so gorgeous. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you go in, they say it could take up to four months to go through it all! With that in mind, I knew I just wanted to go in and get a feel for this place and, of course, get a glimpse of Ms. Mona Lisa. She was tinier than I anticipated. But isn’t that with most works of art? They become so huge and famous, you picture them larger than life. “Tiny” as it was, this piece is indeed a work of art, and a cut above all the other pieces of that period. I was truly in awe.
After a stop by the gift shop where I scored the cutest hide-and-seek book about Paris for O, we went to look for some dinner. After much wandering around, the place we were looking for had closed down. We settled for a place near the Louvre. I had a yummy Quiche and the husband had duck with potatoes. Talk about dinner envy. I wanted his dish so badly! 🙂
Calorie-filled, we went on a fun walk, stopping by the Pont du Carrousel. A bridge where lovers lock a lock with their initials all along the sides of it. The atmosphere there was so fun. Young people had brought their picnic fixings, wine and guitar. The husband enjoyed taking pictures of this fun crowd, while I just got to sit down and think on all the day’s adventures!