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Paris Highlights: Day 3 and a Giveaway!

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One thing about Paris on Sundays, a lot of the city is closed – restaurants, shops, etc. Your go-to spot on Sundays is in the Marais district/Jewish quarter. Now this is important information, if Paris shopping is important to you, this is an area you DO NOT WANT TO MISS. Cobble stone streets lined with gorgeous clothing stores? Dream come true! I made my first purchases of the trip on this day and am so happy with the things I bought!

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Allison – I didn’t purchase anything this time but last year I bought a gorgeous jacket from here!

paris highlights day 3 shopping marais 2

A few purchases:

paris clothes (3) paris skirts

paris clothes pink top

On this trip we decided to do research on some good restaurants. There were two places in particular we wanted to try and we had a reservation this night at one of them, Les Ombres. Les Ombres sits right near the Eiffel Tower and has the most amazing view! We had heard mixed reviews on the food but decided to take a chance just the same. First of all, the view is awesome! We were seated by the window and had a great view of the Eiffel Tower as the sun set. 

paris day 3 les ombres view

les ombres paris dinner outside

As far as the food goes, the presentation is superb but the food was just OK. The tiny sweet pea macarons that we had at the beginning of the meal might have been the best part of the dining experience (other than the view!) I ordered from the vegetarian menu and got a salad and risotto, which were rather tasty, especially the risotto. Brent’s lobster and peach salad was good, but he did not like the flavor of his steak. If you’re looking for an authentic French meal, this isn’t it. The restaurant is full of tourists who are looking for a nice (and expensive) meal. I’m still glad we visited just because now we’ve been there and don’t have to waste time (or $$$) going back! (Don’t worry, we ended the trip on a high note with the next night’s meal!)

les ombres food

We opted to get dessert elsewhere and found a cafe open late on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées where we shared a sampler plate of delicious desserts.

paris day 3 highlights dessert
Brent got the “regular” sized coffee, which was tiny!

Probably one of my favorite parts of the entire trip was the walk from dinner at Les Ombres to the Champs-Élysées. This is one of the most luxurious areas of Paris and it was so fun to walk down the street admiring the beautiful buildings and wondering about the people who live there. This is also where you get to see every amazing designer store in Paris! (Basically, if you’re a celebrity or incredibly wealthy, this is where you shop!) Dior, Chanel, Valentino- the window displays for all were gorgeous and I had to stop and look in every one!

paris shopping

I wore two different looks today, one for shopping in the Marais and another for our “fancy” dinner out. For day, I opted for a pair of black skinny jeans (that I actually got from my first Stitch Fix shipment), a sheer dark green tank and a European staple, a leather jacket. (In my case, a faux leather jacket!) The ankle boots made another appearance but by dinner time my poor feet were done and my Croc flats carried me through the night. (Seriously, I owe the folks at Crocs an apology. These shoes saved me on this trip!)

paris highlights day 3 what i wore

Jacket  (similar here, here and here) // Top  (similar here and here) // Jeans (similar here and here) // Bag // Shoes (on sale!)

For dinner I went with a black dress with leather detail (yes, more black and leather!) with tights, flats and a snakeskin print coat. Here’s a little bathroom selfie from the restaurant:

les ombres paris selfie

paris highlights day 3 what i wore les ombres

Dress (similar here, here and here) // Coat  (similar here and here) // Bag // Shoes

And now for the part you’ve all been waiting for, right? Let’s do a little Paris giveaway!! I brought back this bracelet and the longer I look it, the more I want to keep it for myself! We better do this giveaway before I change my mind! 

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18 Comments

  1. Julie Smith says:

    You make me anxious to travel soon… Maybe back to Paris one day!!

  2. Colleen Long says:

    I would love to go to Germany to visit my boyfriends family. I would also love to go to Paris!

  3. Katy Linsao says:

    Thanks for doing this giveaway! I really want to visit the Vatican.

  4. Kim Pincombe Cole says:

    Paris tops my list for travel, followed by Positano (Italy) and Olia (Greece)!

  5. Ashley Bree Perez says:

    gorgeous! would love this!

  6. Dagmar M says:

    Italy!

  7. Debra Schramm says:

    Greece is on my travel bucket list!

  8. Beth says:

    For a place I’ve never been…Ireland. For a place I’ve been but want to go back to…Germany and Austria!

    1. I’d love to go to Ireland too! And Germany and Austria are good picks!

  9. Paris is where I want to go more than anywhere. But, I want to live in a log cabin in Montana.

    1. Paris is fabulous, but a log cabin in Montana sounds pretty peaceful and amazing!

  10. Cindy A. says:

    I would love to visit France and Scotland!

    1. I would love to visit Scotland too!

  11. Cynthia G says:

    Num 1 Hawaii or bermuda

    1. Both of those sound amazing!

  12. Liesl says:

    P.S. Love that snakeskin print coat!

  13. Liesl says:

    I’m a big fan of “relax, be warm, no agenda, don’t have to drive anywhere once you get there” types of vacations, but your Paris adventures are making me want to travel overseas!

    1. I will say that after this trip both Brent and I decided our next vacation needs to be somewhere tropical where we don’t do anything! Paris is great, but it’s more of a “working” vacation!

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