Au revoir, Paris

March 5, 2014

Final last shots from my final day in Paris with Mary…I already miss this lovely city. The interior shots are of the little studio we stayed in. Mary logged some serious time on airbnb hunting for the most perfect place for us and we could not have been more charmed with what she found. Nestled in a 400-year old building on a quiet street in the Latin Quarter, the studio was the perfect spot for us. My photos don’t do it justice—I love the Instagram Mary posted that gives a better view of the whole space! The little book Mary…

Final last shots from my final day in Paris with Mary…I already miss this lovely city. The interior shots are of the little studio we stayed in. Mary logged some serious time on airbnb hunting for the most perfect place for us and we could not have been more charmed with what she found. Nestled in a 400-year old building on a quiet street in the Latin Quarter, the studio was the perfect spot for us. My photos don’t do it justice—I love the Instagram Mary posted that gives a better view of the whole space!

The little book Mary is flipping through is The Fashion Insiders’ Guide to Parisa tiny but mighty manual full of best-kept secret spots and favorite recommendations of some of the fashion industry’s most famous peeps. We tried to hit up a few spots before leaving town and really enjoyed eating lunch at Rose Bakery (as loved by Isabel Marant).

One of my favorite parts of our visit? Seeing that Parisians really do carry baguettes of bread around. I’m already plotting a return visit, if only so I can eat my weight in said bread once again.

Images taken by MBM for A Piece of Toast

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Traversing Paris

March 4, 2014

Apologies for the overwhelming amount of images above. Editing is not my strongest suit…Mary and I did SO much our second day in Paris and I was overly camera crazy. Last Monday was our true full day in the city and we were determined to see as much as possible. We started out early and walked from our apartment to breakfast where we fueled ourselves with crepe and egg deliciousness before heading to Notre Dame. Holy (no pun intended) loveliness—the cathedral was even more stunning and mystical in person that I imagined. While walking along the Seine River on our…

Apologies for the overwhelming amount of images above. Editing is not my strongest suit…Mary and I did SO much our second day in Paris and I was overly camera crazy. Last Monday was our true full day in the city and we were determined to see as much as possible. We started out early and walked from our apartment to breakfast where we fueled ourselves with crepe and egg deliciousness before heading to Notre Dame. Holy (no pun intended) loveliness—the cathedral was even more stunning and mystical in person that I imagined. While walking along the Seine River on our way to the next stop we stopped and bought a “friendship” lock to secure to the Love Lock Bridge (actual name: Pont de l’Archevêché). Tres fun.

We continued to walk along the river, stopped twice by a gypsy man who tried to gypsy us with a “ring we dropped” (creepy), and made it to The Louvre. Knowing how long it would take to go inside, we decided to walk around the Palace square and Pyramid and I made a vow to do the full inside tour of the museum on another trip. Lots of chic people and pigeons mingled with the pretty architecture. A walk past the Arc de Triomphe du Carrosel and down the Tuileries Garden and we were en route to the Arc de Triomphe. The walk down the Champ-Élysées was no joke (re: further than it looks) but made it easy to pop in and out of shops along the way. Even while under construction the monument was still so neat to see.

Next up: The Eiffle Tower. I had seen far-away glimpses of the tower while out and about but was so giddy with excitement to get up close. It is so impressive, and huge, and cool—I completely fell under its spell. A delicious lunch of steak frites near the tower and one bottle of wine later, Mary and I were desperate for a sweet treat. So we did what any sensible girls in Paris would do and walked to the closest Laudrée Bakery. By this time we were acting so slap happy and silly from stomping all around the city—it was the perfect way to end our day before taking a taxi back to our cozy place and indulging in more wine (when in Paris!), eight different flavors of macaroons, and then an amazing dinner.

Images taken by MBM and Mary Summers for A Piece of Toast

(Madewell ‘Bien Fait’ Sweatshirt // BlankNYC Vegan Leather Leggings (sold out, similar, similar) // Trouvé Leather Jacket (old, similar, similar) // Saint Laurent Ligne Classique Y Leather Tote // Stuart Weitzman 5050 Leather Boots // Loomed NOLA Scarf c/o // Ray-Ban Aviators // Gold & Gray Bracelet // Dana Rebecca Lauren Joy Necklace // Dana Rebecca Sylvie Rose Necklace)

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City of Light + Love

March 3, 2014

Paris. Paris, Paris, Paris. So beautiful it made my heart hurt a little bit. Mary and I took a train from London to Paris last Sunday and after dropping our stuff at the most lovely studio apartment (found via airbnb, more on it later this week) we ate a killer lunch (croque madame is my spirit animal) then walked to the Luxembourg Gardens. We lucked out with a chilly but sunny day and it was the perfect place for us to stroll and people watch…couples were cuddling, adorable children were playing, people young and old were sitting, walking and enjoying the various…

Paris. Paris, Paris, Paris. So beautiful it made my heart hurt a little bit. Mary and I took a train from London to Paris last Sunday and after dropping our stuff at the most lovely studio apartment (found via airbnb, more on it later this week) we ate a killer lunch (croque madame is my spirit animal) then walked to the Luxembourg Gardens. We lucked out with a chilly but sunny day and it was the perfect place for us to stroll and people watch…couples were cuddling, adorable children were playing, people young and old were sitting, walking and enjoying the various spaces of the garden. It felt like a Sunday but one so different from what I typically do back at home. We might not have any gardens as impressive as Jardin du Luxembourg in Dallas but it made me realize that while back at home I need to be better at getting out and taking advantage of the places and spaces available to me.

A hysterical memory? Two of those mint green lounge chairs that surround the long lawn freed up so Mary and I decided to snag them…she gracefully sat down and I slid into my seat, proceeding to lean back and really take advantage of the whole act of lounging. Then my chair teetered backwards and I completely tipped over. Onto gravel. Mary and I had a fit of very American-esque loud giggles before getting the chair back up and in its normal position. Not to worry, only my ego was hurt.

The rest of our Sunday was spent trying to connect to wifi (a no-go that forced us to rely on one another for entertainment and forgo blogging, the horror), sipping champagne and snacking at our Paris home, and then indulging in decadent fondu dinner followed by crepes and ice cream for dessert.

Images taken by MBM and Mary Summers for A Piece of Toast

(Marciano Cocoon Coat (old, similarsimilar, similar) // The Icon Shirt by Rochelle Behrens // James Jeans Neo Beau Boyfriend Jeans // Jigasw Pom-pom Scarf (similar, similar) // Saint Laurent Ligne Classique Y Leather Tote // Loeffler Randal Boots (old, similarsimilar) // Ray-Ban Aviators // Zoe Chicco Black Heart & Arrow Stud Earrings)

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Maison Labiche x J.Crew Tees

October 29, 2013

The moment I saw these Maison Labiche tees in J.Crew’s new arrivals last week, I knew that I had to make them mine. As a person who is white-tee obsessed, I love to get my hands on those versions that are extra special and unique – the white tees with a twist. Maison Labiche owners, Jenny and Marie, are described by J.Crew as being “Parisian cool-girls” and they have most definitely found their niche. Adorning the classic white tee with hand-embroidered sayings. The tees are sold in a tiny boutique in Paris and upon researching the brand further, their internet…

The moment I saw these Maison Labiche tees in J.Crew’s new arrivals last week, I knew that I had to make them mine. As a person who is white-tee obsessed, I love to get my hands on those versions that are extra special and unique – the white tees with a twist. Maison Labiche owners, Jenny and Marie, are described by J.Crew as being “Parisian cool-girls” and they have most definitely found their niche. Adorning the classic white tee with hand-embroidered sayings. The tees are sold in a tiny boutique in Paris and upon researching the brand further, their internet presence is quite tiny as well. Maison Labiche’s site was all in French, but the visuals of the cheeky tees and sweatshirts is really all you need to fall in love.

Add this to the list of one of the many reasons I appreciate J.Crew – they have done an exclusive collaboration with the Parisian brand and opened my eyes to a new obsession. Leave. It. To. Beaver. Because I can’t pick a favorite between the two sayings, “Ooh la la” and “I Love You”, I will most likely end up convincing myself that I need both (right now they would be an extra 25% off with code SHOPNOW!). It is after all an exclusive collaboration…

(Images via J.Crew)

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ME want some CV

May 2, 2013

Is it safe to say that most all of know the name Clare Vivier and we know it to be synonymous with her leather pouches, bags, and bespoke monogramming? Yes? If the name means nothing to you then I urge you to visit her site to familiarize yourself with her products then head over to this fabulous feature about her and her career as a fashion designer on The Everygirl… Then go look at her blog. And maybe even read her “about” overview on her site. If you’re like me (and I am a bit afraid to admit this) you…

Is it safe to say that most all of know the name Clare Vivier and we know it to be synonymous with her leather pouches, bags, and bespoke monogramming? Yes? If the name means nothing to you then I urge you to visit her site to familiarize yourself with her products then head over to this fabulous feature about her and her career as a fashion designer on The Everygirl… Then go look at her blog. And maybe even read her “about” overview on her site. If you’re like me (and I am a bit afraid to admit this) you might have looked at Clare’s stuff and thought, “Cute, cute – looks to be great quality – but not a life or death item.” It wasn’t till reading the Q+A on The Everygirl and going way, way back through her blog that I felt this overwhelming feeling that Clare Vivier is an enchanting, creative, motivated entrepreneur and not just the name attached to simplistic, pretty bags.

Reading more about her, how her thriving business came to be, and seeing the world through her eyes via her blog allowed me to look at her products through different eyes. That might sound bad, but I actually thought of it as a positive thing… Sometimes I think that so many brands (especially in this overly saturated luxury logo world) are liked just because of the name/logo and not necessarily for the designers behind them. It definitely depends on what kind of shopper you are, but what motivates me are the stories and the people behind smaller businesses.

Why it took me so long to learn more about Clare, I don’t know. But I do know that I need some of her beautiful products in my life. Her love for her company and products is so apparent and the integrity and gratitude that back her brand make it all the more irresistible… I’d love to get this clutch (if only for the irony that it says “hello again” and it would be my first piece of hers) and put some initials on a catch-all. And some day this messenger will be mine. Tell me, Clare Vivier followers and owners, what pieces do you own or dream of? And do you find Clare as lovable as I do?

(Images via The Everygirl or Clare Vivier Blog)

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