The First Things I Plan To Do Post-Quarantine

The First Things I Plan To Do Post-Quarantine

The thought of “post-quarantine” seems really far away right now when I’m writing this (May 8, 2020). As of right now, New York state is hoping to open parts of the state starting May 15th. However, NYC and Long Island are not apart of those areas that Governor Cuomo is hoping will open because we still haven’t met the guidelines to open by that date. Truthfully I have no idea when I’m going to be going back to work, or able to go grocery shopping without waiting on a huge line outside, or sit in a restaurant again. I’m almost positive this summer is going to involve wearing a mask to beach and there won’t be any trips anytime soon. I don’t want to be negative, but I want to be realistic. Things won’t really go back to “normal” and things will definitely be different moving forward. This time in quarantine has allowed me to do a lot of thinking about what I’m missing, the things that truly brought me joy, and things that maybe I don’t want to keep doing once this is all over.

The things I’m missing most is getting dressed for work every day and walking around the city. It’s incredibly inspiring for me to walk the streets of Manhattan, coffee in hand, looking at all the different people walking past me. It was my absolute favorite way to start and end my work day. The very first things I’m hoping to do post-quarantine will probably be getting coffee with my boyfriend in a coffee shop. Maybe even sitting down to enjoy it if we’re allowed to. Not just because I miss Starbucks either. Because I really miss being around other people.

Another thing I miss is the excitement of getting dressed to go out to a dinner date before a night at the bars with my friends. I definitely miss trying to pick out an outfit that’s not too revealing, but still feels sexy. I miss eating free bread at a restaurant and ordering a spicy margarita with dinner. I (kind of) miss standing at a crowded bar waiting for the bartender to notice me so I can order. I miss coming back to the table with a round of drinks. So I think the next thing I’ll want to do would be to go out to a bar and have a few drinks and dinner with my friends once we’re allowed to do that too. I’m not sure how that will work with social distancing, honestly.

I miss going to the park and complaining about how crowded it is and how I can’t find a good spot to take my outfit photos for a blog post. The park I usually go to was ALWAYS crowded, no matter what time of year it was. It was always a struggle to find a pretty spot that didn’t have people walking past you every 5 minutes. Even though it was super annoying to change a million times in the back seat of the car then standing and wait for a group of people to walk by, I miss going to the park without worrying about putting on a mask and gloves and staying far enough away from everyone. So I’ll probably also try and go to a park to get some new photos done once we’re allowed to.

I miss a lot of things honestly and I have no idea when I’ll be able to do them again. But one thing I know for sure is that I won’t take them for granted when I can do them again. I’ll make sure to smile and say thank you to my barista. I’ll tip a little extra for my server or bartender when I go out. I won’t even mind waiting for a group of 10 people to pass by in the middle of my photo shoot. As much as I want things to be normal again, I know they won’t be, so I’ll appreciate the things that make it feel as close to normal as possible.

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How to Dress Like A French Girl

How to Dress Like A French Girl

I have recently become obsessed with the chic and effortless style of the modern French girl. Now I want to note that the key word here is EFFORTLESS. These ladies keep classic, airy pieces in their wardrobe so they never have to worry about what to wear. Now this is not to say that you won’t see a trendy piece of clothing on their Instagram here and there, but on a regular day you’ll see the most simple and classic pieces they own. I wanted to share with you some key items that French girls will always have in their wardrobe to keep up their effortless look, so that you can dress like a French girl too.

Effortless Style

Because it’s May, I’m focusing on spring style but I find that most of these pieces will transition into the fall and winter as well, minus a few floral dresses in exchange for a neutral toned sweater. The first staple item is the tried and true pair of denim. If you ever meet a French girl who says she doesn’t own a pair of jeans, she’s probably lying. In my research I’ve found that they like to stick with a classic straight leg style in a lighter wash, though I know the French are not opposed to a wide leg or a pair of skinny jeans in a darker wash either. Along with a classic pair of denim, you’ll also find a light cotton or linen white button down shirt. It took me a very long time to appreciate the ease and effortlessness that comes with a white button down shirt, but it truly is one of the most versatile shirts you can own! These girls also tend to own a few blouses (usually in a light color or maybe black for a night out) and these tend to have more feminine details such as ruffles, pearls, or a puff sleeve. Blouses like this are great for the more formal occasions like night out on the town or a brunch in the summer. You’ll also usually find a French girl in a pretty printed dress, usually a midi length. The print is typically teeny tiny and the silhouette is very airy, and feminine such as a wrap style dress. A few other staple pieces that I always find when I scroll through my favorite French bloggers Instagrams are a khaki trench coat, a plaid blazer, Chelsea boots, and a really pretty pointed toe flat shoe!

Accessories

Some accessories that I always see the French girls wearing are very dainty, feminine and minimalist! For the spring and summer specifically, these French girls will wear a straw basket/bucket bag, possibly with a cute printed scarf wrapped around the handle. I also always notice that they’ll wearing very pretty and dainty gold jewelry. One or two necklaces, a small pearl stud or gold hoop and a few rings or bracelets will usually do the trick. For hair and makeup, I noticed that French girls will keep these super simple as well. Their hair will usually be very natural and wavy and maybe a tied up in a top knot or with messy fringe. For makeup, they keep things very natural with a pretty pink flush during the day or a bright red lip for a bolder look!

Where to Shop

When I’m trying to tailor my style to look a little more French, there are a few shops I like to search through to find these pretty classic pieces. For the spring a big favorite of mine has been Everlane for blazers, button down shirts, and a classic trench coat. I also really like to look through & Other Stories and Sezane for sweaters in the winter. I look through Zara and Mango for blazers, coats, and pretty blouses. Lastly, I like Topshop for my mom jeans or straight leg jeans that are nice heavy denim material.

Finally, I took all of my research and inspiration and decided to style a few outfits inspired by French girls for you…

Outfit #1:

For my first look, I decided to wear this really dreamy blue dress from Abercrombie and paired it with these strappy white sandals from Steve Madden. These shoes are sold out in the white, but come in a few other colors. My dress is also sold out, but comes in a few other colors as well. It’s super simple, but it gives off such a romantic french look!

Dress: Abercrombie / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #2

My second outfit is such a classic look! A simple blue button down from Everlane, paired with some mid wash mom jeans from Topshop and a flat pair of sandals from Steve Madden.

Shirt: Everlane / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #3

For my last outfit, I wanted a more romantic but still casual look. I went with this pretty white top from Abercrombie, my absolute favorite straight leg jeans from Topshop, and a pair of tan strappy mules from Steve Madden. My jeans are sold out but here is a similar pair. My shoes are also sold out!

Top: Abercrombie / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

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