From the Closet:
My Color

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Sass & Bide sweater, Zara jeans and coat, Nicholas Kirkwood flats, Givenchy bag

Trying to incorporate more red into my wardrobe as it really is my favorite color and it seems that people respond more positively to me when I’m in it. Do you have a color that does this for you?

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From the Heart:
Ready for You June

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I’m not sure how its already June, but I’ve got no complaints! As my friends can attest to, I’m beyond obnoxious about my birthday month, and since my birthday falls on the 26th of June, I have 25 days that are not my birthday that I claim as my own anyway. This year will be a little different because I’m alone in Paris, without anyone to remind and demand special treatment from. But thats ok too. It’s still my favorite month of the year, for reasons other than my birthday. It marks the beginning of the best season – that alone qualifies it. Also, its the halfway point of the year, so its a great time to reevaluate your resolutions and make new ones going forward for the second half of 2015. I’ve been doing this for the past month, but kind of half-heartedly. It turns out quitting your job and moving to Paris for three months comes with almost too much freedom than I know what to do with, so I’ve been a little lost – but definitely lost in a good way, wandering sometimes aimlessly around the streets of Paris, chasing inspiration wherever I can find it. Fortunately, I think I may have found it. So June, I’m ready for you – I’m ready to start thinking about what comes next, I’m ready to start putting my plans into action, I’m ready for a world that exists without being a lawyer once I’m back in California, and I’m ready for 34 (wow!). Bring it!

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Fellah Hotel, Marrakech

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I’ve been to many, many cool hotels over the years. For me, half the fun of traveling is the hotel. I’d rather not travel if the only option is a cheesy, cookie-cutter, chain hotel.  When I’m planning a trip, I spend hours combing travel websites, looking at hotel photos, and reading reviews. I fell upon this gem on Mr. and Mrs. Smith and it was love at first sight. My experience there definitely did not disappoint. The Fellah Hotel, located a little outside of the city center, is like a little bohemian hideaway in the desert. The hotel staff, mostly locals, make you feel like family and are incredibly accommodating. I split my time in Marrakech between two hotels, because I knew once I arrived at the Fellah, I wanted to relax on the grounds rather than running off to explore other parts of the city. There are plenty of day trips and excursions, but staying at the hotel is an easy option as well, as the hotel has a library, a gym where you can take boxing lessons, a spa, and a center where you can learn to cook. I mostly enjoyed my time lounging by the pool with a good book in hand. It was truly a unique and enjoyable experience.

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From the Closet:
Parisian Doors

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NLST tee, Zara jeans, Isabel Marant booties, Etoile Isabel Marant belt, Gucci bag

This is my third time in Paris, but the first time I’ve actually been able to spend quality time here. The first two times I visited were in the thick of winter, when the main thing on my mind was finding indoor places to hide out to keep warm. Perhaps since I was distracted by the bitter cold, I never before noticed the beautiful doors here. Not surprisingly, it was the first thing I noticed upon settling into my new digs in Saint-Germain-des-Pres – they are plentiful in this part of town, especially, but really if you stop and take a look around you, you’ll find them all over this beautiful city. Which gave me the idea to start doing outfit posts in front of them. Enjoy! xoxo

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Marrakech Photo Diary

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Just a few photos from my trip to Marrakech. I’m dying to go back to Morocco and explore more of Marrakech and also travel to other cities. It is a beautiful country! I was hesitant to travel there alone, having never been to Africa or a Muslim country before, and while there were moments when I felt overwhelmed, and a little out of my comfort zone, I don’t for a second regret going. As a female, there are aspects of travel that men likely take for granted. I never ate a meal outside of my hotel, for instance, because I wasn’t sure if it was culturally acceptable for someone like myself to get dressed up and sit alone at a restaurant. I could have eaten in the medina, but I did attract a lot of unwanted male attention that made me slightly uncomfortable. But I also met many incredible locals, inside and outside of the medina, who were most welcoming. I had an amazing driver, of Berber heritage, who gave me a brilliant history of Morocco. One of the things he emphasized was how even though there were Berbers and Arabs living in one place, and most of the people (but not all) are Muslim, they are very proud of the fact that Morocco is a very peaceful country and they can all live in harmony. Almost every person I spoke to was very eager to make me feel welcome, which was incredible. Also, there isn’t any industry in Marrakech, so the people are welcoming to tourists and hoping to grow the tourism industry. So if you are looking for a trip that is a little off the beaten path, and want a taste of Northern Africa, I would highly recommend Marrakech.

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