Survival Guide: Paris Fashion Week

So Paris Fashion Week began yesterday here in the City of Light and as promised, I wrote up a little survival guide. In here you’ll find tips and tricks for surviving one of the busiest and most exciting weeks of the year as well as a few of my favorite products. 

Maybe the most important thing I can tell you (and something I’ve learned the hard way) is plan, plan, and plan some more. Map out the shows you’re going to as well as the events, presentations and parties, then write down the times, addresses and how you will get there. I usually like to keep track of this in a physical planner as well as on my phone. I know it seems basic, but this is SO important! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been rushing from one thing to another only to realize I had double booked myself or had misplaced the information for a show I was so looking forward to. 

Transportation: Figure out ahead of time whether you will be driving, taking public transport or using uber because the time you need for each will vary greatly. Also, if you’re doing Fashion Week on a budget, I would definitely reccomend getting familiar with the metro and bus system (I know, ew.. But it’s not that hard, I promise!) to save time and money because uber usually has crazy prices and lots of surcharges during this week. 

All invites are good invites. I know way too many people who only want to go to shows or presentations for designers they already know and love, but take a chance! Accept an invite from a lesser-known brand or check out a new designers’ presentation.. You just might find your new favorite label and you’ll probably have a great time doing so. 

Here are a few of my fave products that I really can’t live without during this week: 

Avène Antirougeurs Day Cream

This gentle cream is a great makeup base and has built in SPF. Smooth some on in the morning for instant sun protection and an even skin tone (with products like this, no wonder the French are famous for their gorgeous skin).

John Masters Organics Hair Milk 

Essentially a leave-in conditioner this luscious hair milk will leave your hair refreshed and stronger (plus it smells divine!). 

B.B. Straight Blow Dry Cream

This timesaver is an essential during Fashion Week. Before your blowout, put a dime-sized amount of this in your hair and comb it through – you’ll be amazed at how much time it shaves off your normal routine and how long it makes your hairstyle last! 

Dior Powder Brow Pencil (Dark Brown)

This pencil has an amazing powdery texture and comes in a variety of shades, making it super easy to fill in your brows (even in a rush).

Stila Vinyl Lip Color

I love this lip color in merlot! It provides the perfect amount of color without drying your lips, and it really does last all day. 

Sephora Sheet Mask – Orchid

This mask is super low-maintenance and is the perfect recipe for fresh skin. Put it on before bed for 15-20 minutes and you’ll wake up with a glowy complexion and super hydrated skin. 

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum

I love this serum because it’s the perfect texture and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. This is an amazing addition to my nighttime routine and definitely helps give my skin that extra boost it needs after a fashion week night out! 

&Other Stories Cat Sunglasses

Last but not least, be sure to find an amazing pair of sunglasses. Not only will they protect you from skin-damaging UV rays but they will also come in handy to help protect your eyes from all the flashing cameras. I love this simple pair from &Other Stories, check out their website for more! 

Hope you guys enjoyed my fashion week guide! Here’s to a great week to come! 


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Sunday Strolls

So I’ve just recently started an MBA program here in Paris (which I adore) but I’m only 3 days in and there’s so, so much work! Talk about re-learning years’ worth of forgotten concepts and reading 250 pages in a weekend…
Needless to say, after spending the weekend hard at work I was ready for a break Sunday. Previously my least favorite day of the week, Sunday has become my favorite here in Paris. Most stores close down for the day and everything seems to move at a slower pace. Sundays in Paris are the perfect time to take a stroll and discover a new part of the city.. And what would Sunday be without a proper Sunday morning breakfast, or “pâtisserie”? 

It’s argued that Paris has the absolute best pastries in the world,  and I would have to agree 100%! Here are my favorite go-to places across the city for the perfect sweet treat (plus they are open on Sunday!): 

The Smiths Bakery 

12 Rue de Buci, Paris 6e

Open daily: 8h – 23h

This little spot tucked away on the bustling Rue de Buci never disappoints (and it’s open late, too). Offering an amazing selection of homemade sweet treats as well as savory options, you’re sure to find something you like. My favorite is their dark chocolate chip cookie and their raspberry tarte, but everything I’ve tried from there has been simple and delicious. Check it out on your next meander through the 6th ! 

Pain de Sucre 

14 Rue Rambuteau, Paris 3e

Open Thursday – Monday: 10h – 20h (19h Sunday)

This lovely bakery has two storefronts with a stunning selection. In the boulangerie you’ll find all sorts of savory options (their sandwiches on pain Au lait are to die for!) as well as one of the best pain Au chocolat aux amandes in the entire world. If you’re in the mood for something even sweeter, head next door and check out their selection of beautifully crafted cakes and tartes! 


150 Avenue Victor Hugo, Paris 16e

Open Tuesday – Sunday: 6h30 – 20h30

This lovely bakery has several locations around Paris, but the one at Victor Hugo is the only location open on Sundays and is also the only one that has a sit-down option (the others are only take away). Here they have a Nutella pain Au chocolat aux amandes. Yes, NUTELLA inside a pastry. Check it out! 

Sunday Casual:

Wearing: Brandy Melville Shorts | Amongst Few Sweatshirt | Adidas Sneakers