While I was in France, I went to the Louvre. It’s another item I successfully marked off of my bucket list. This museum is so astounding and breathtaking, and HUGE.
I wore a simple, comfortable outfit that I could walk long distances in, and that would also be warm. Museums filled with marble and tile tend to be very cold.
My best tips for navigating and enjoying the Louvre is to go very early. I went as soon as it opened and there was still a twenty minute wait to get inside. They have crowd control so that the museum doesn’t become a hazard, but I can assure you it’s still extremely crowded.
Bring water bottles. Any time an Uber or hotel offers you sealed bottled water, take it, it will cost even more than usual to buy it at such a crowded place like the Louvre.
Most importantly, have fun, looking at art doesn’t have to be boring, look for pieces that call your attention and study them. You might find really awesome “easter eggs” in the paintings and find deeper meaning in them.
Here is how crowded it was when we first arrived. Crazy!
Note: The Mona Lisa is stunning in person but it’s VERY difficult to get anywhere it. If you want to get a photo with her, you have to go around the edges of the crowd and squish yourself in.
I have been looking and looking for a vintage vanity for a long time now. I got lucky and found this guy at a cute little vintage furniture store in NY. I thought this project would be a huge undertaking but so far I’ve had major progress!
The vanity is solid wood, and I’m not sure what kind. Many parts were faded from the sun, and had some varnish wear. So, I had it sanded down and painted!
I decided to get a vanity because here in NYC bathrooms are very small. I am someone who needs their own space to apply makeup and that can take up a lot of space. Luckily I had a window with the perfect amount of lighting and area for a vanity. Here’s what it looks like now. Another really cool thing about this piece is that it’s on wheels!
The molding on this piece is what makes it unique and I didn’t want it entirely covered up so I asked for the company I bought it from it paint it “shabby chic”. If you’re trying to explain the “weathered” and “distressed” look, some won’t understand what you meant, I found that everyone seems to understand “shabby chic”.
The hardware on this had completely rusted so I replaced all of it with these crystal pulls that I found from H&M home for $7 a pair! I had no idea that H&M even had a home section until about two weeks ago when I moved here! In case you want a pair yourself and you’re not in the NY area… http://www.hm.com/us/product/32318?article=32318-A
Having your vanity face a window is crucial for makeup application! The natural light is so awesome for applying anything.
The fun part came after all the work was done! Getting to make it my own.
My favorite part of owning a vanity is getting to make it my own. On my personal vanity I have my most worn lipsticks, a vanity tray with pretty bottles of perfume, whatever purse I’m currently wearing, candles and flowers.