It’s a beautiful day in Manhattan and today I went out and did what most New Yorkers do on Sunday afternoon. I went to brunch. While I know this is a topic I’ve already discussed in some detail I have a few new things to add.

Going to brunch is an occasion (life is an occasion isn’t it?) and that means it’s time to get dressed up. Pick comfortable clothing that you won’t feel embarrassed to be seen in. I tend to run into someone the minute I’m not put together. 

Another way you can tie a look together is tossing on a hat. It’s one of my favourite ways to get dressed up fast. 

*Brunch tip- when you finally pick a place to go to brunch, pay attention to what everyone else is ordering. If you see a common plate that most people are getting, order it too! It’s popular for a reason.

Outfit Details: 

Shirt: Helmut Lang

Pants: AG

Cardigan: Vintage wool

Shoes: Chanel 

Purse: Givenchy

Hat: Chanel

Spotted running around 34th street wearing faux fur and drinking a cappuccino (with soy). A very typical Belle sighting. ☕️?☕️?

Outfit Details:
Shirt: Zara
Jacket: Zara
Pants: Burberry
Shoes: Givenchy (60’s)
Bag: Givenchy

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The moment when you stop letting others opinions and fear dictate how you feel; that’s when you start living your best life. xx

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Snapshot in Paris. Shopping bags and white roses from the street. Swoon

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While I was in France, I went to the Louvre. It’s another item I successfully marked off of my bucket list. I know a lot of people dream of visiting this museum, however travelling to France can be expensive for some people. One of my friends’ parents recently visited, they used a company like Key Equity Release in order to fund their trip against the value of their home. They had decided that since they are getting older, they should start making the most out of their lives by visiting all the places on their bucket list. This made me want to go and see more things around the world, where better to start than the Louvre Museum! This museum is so astounding and breathtaking, and HUGE (infact, it was only after going there that I learnt it’s the largest art museum in the world – I wish I’d thought to look at art blogs like https://www.artofthecountry.org/ before going!). It’s obvious to see why it’s so popular and attracts so many tourists!

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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.

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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.

Added side note: it’s worth it.

Outfit Details:

Shirt: tissue shirt Old Navy

Scarf: Vintage Oscar de la Renta

Pants: high waisted AG

Shoes: Dior Fusion

Coat: Burberry

Bag: Givenchy Antigona

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