For my bachelorette, I told my MOH (Maid of Honor) that all I wanted was sand. I wanted to be on the beach somewhere. We didn’t have to go to Miami, or the Bahamas, I just really wanted to hear the ocean. So me and four of my girls went to Tybee Island, Savannah Georgia. I would say so far it’s been one of the most memorable experiences of my wedding process thus far!

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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

The day that Brendan proposed, he told me to make sure I wore something nice. I didn’t know we were going to a palace but I was excited to see what I could pull together to go to one. Bren has in the past told me to wear something nice specifically because he knew I would want pictures. I really took more time than usual to pick this outfit. 

When traveling it’s essential to pack things you can wear more than once, such as a coat, a hat, sunglasses. Many tourists think they have to sacrifice style for comfort. This is not the case! I wore a white cotton off the shoulder top, warm wool coat, pants and chiffon pants. 

I was so pleased to see that my outfit seemed to even mimic the colors of the flowers in the garden. 

France was surprisingly chilly but once the sun peeked out it was finally warm enough to go without a jacket. 

I felt really good in this outfit and I even felt glamorous. This might be one of my favorite looks ever. The best part was that none of it was planned!

Outfit Details:

Coat: Vintage 60′s Lili Ann 

Shirt: Zara

Pants: American Apparel 

Shoes: American Apparel

Hat: Vintage 50′s black velvet

Purse: Chanel GST

Sunglasses: Prada

I’m back from my trip from France! Getting to go to France with Bren was such a dream come true. We spent the whole week in Paris, and spent one whole day touring around the Palace of Versailles and it’s gardens. I have been wanting to take a trip to Paris for as long as I can remember. 

The garden was so beautiful and just when I thought that the day wasn’t going to get any better… Brendan asked me to marry him! Of course I said YES! 

Everyone and their cousin has been asking me how it happened. It’s actually a very funny story. 

I wanted lots of pictures of us together and Bren asked an older French couple to take photos of us.  

While the couple was taking photos of us, he asked me if I’d like a present. I of course said yes! He had recently bought me a pair of pearl earrings and he told me he would probably get me a necklace to match. In my mind I thought for sure that it was a necklace. I did not, for one moment believe he would propose to me.

Brendan got down on one knee in front of my favorite section of the garden. The flowers and view of the rest of the gardens was incredible. I was in so much shock, I kept saying “is this real life” and “omg what is happening”. 

Meanwhile, the married French woman realized what was happening and began to cheer and scream “regardez” (which means “look” in French) to her husband who was clearly very tired of touring the gardens and seemed half asleep. Suddenly the older couple that was previously moving around a little slowly became photographers and started moving swiftly all around us getting photos of what was happening. I was still so surprised I didn’t move! Brendan said I had a huge smile plastered on my face. The French woman came over to me and shook my arm and kept saying “regardez!” to look at Bren and the ring. 

After about twenty seconds of complete shock. I finally screamed YES at Bren. The French couple gave us hugs and wished us well and said congratulations over and over again. As they were walking away we could hear the wife shouting excitedly “I can’t believe that happened! How beautiful!! I still can’t believe it!”

Afterwards we went to celebrate by having cheese, wine, and pastries at Angelina inside the Palace! 

Here is another part of the garden that I could see from where Brendan proposed. 

And here is one of the entrances to the gardens, the entrance really was astounding. Everything around the palace had a gold lacquer on it.

It was the most magical day. I have never in my life been so genuinely surprised! I can’t wait to be Mrs. Bakst! 

Look back soon so I can show you just how wonderful the inside of the palace and the rest of our trip too!

Love,

Belle

I’m finally starting to get around the city easier. Today I roamed around the wholesale jewelry markets and learned some interesting things. 

1. You can barter at some costume jewlery stores 

2. If you want you can buy in bulk and use a discount

3. The cheapest place in the city don’t take card, they only take cash! 

My favorite thing today (because I can name a ton) about NYC is how diverse the shopping is. If you can think it, it’s available for purchase somewhere here. 

Ferragamo shoes for today. Matchy-matchy can be fun.

These earrings I scored at Marshall’s for $14! They can be worn two ways, the underside of the earring can be removed and you can wear just the studs. Two pair in one!

Outfit Details:

Shirt: Helmut Lang 

Pants: Vintage 70′s 

Shoes: Vintage Ferragamo 

Scarf: Vintage 60′s

Earrings: Bella & Jack (found at Marshall’s for $14!!

Purse: Chanel Grand Shopping Tote