Summer Blues

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This week I went on a day trip to Giverny, a commune outside of Vernon that is a short train ride from Paris.  It’s best known for being the location of Monet’s home and his famous water lily pond and gardens.  If you know me at all, you’d know that I love Monet and especially his water lily paintings, so this was a place that has been on my bucket list for quite some time.

My friends and I took the train to Vernon and then planned to bike to Giverny, which is a 30-minute bike ride through the countryside.  I haven’t ridden a bike since I was probably ten years old, but they say you never forget how to ride a bike, right?

I didn’t exactly forget how to ride a bike, but I’m comically bad at it.  My main problem is that I don’t have great balance, and on top of that every bike I tried had a problem with it, which I didn’t realize because I haven’t been on a bike in ten years.  The brakes didn’t work, the gears wouldn’t shift, my feet didn’t touch the ground so if I stopped I fell over – I think you get the idea.  Luckily, I had great friends who traded bikes with me, pedaled slowly along with me, and didn’t laugh (too much) when I fell into the bushes (twice).

But the ride was absolutely beautiful, Monet’s gardens were charming, and the water lily ponds were literally picturesque.  If you plan on traveling to France, I definitely recommend  taking a trip to Giverny!

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xoxo,

– Hannah

Paris

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Bonjour mes amis! Many of you have been asking why I’m in Paris, for how long, and, most importantly, what I’ve been eating while I’m here.  I thought I’d write a post and update everyone on how things are.  Spoiler alert: they’re great.

I’m in Paris for a six week study abroad program with nine other students. I’m studying French Culture, Art, and Civilization, which means I’m spending most of my time at some of the best museums in the world.  I’ve only been here two weeks and I’ve already been to Notre Dame, St Denis, Chartres, Sainte-Chapelle, the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, the Arc de Triomphe, the Musée Carnavalet, the Musée de Cluny, the Musée de l’Orangerie, and the Louvre (twice!).  I’m exhausted, but loving every minute of it!

It’s a scary thing living 3,625 miles from home.  I knew I’d be challenged to grow when I decided to take my very first flight abroad to live in a country I had never even visited.  But I’m having a great time doing things that push me out of my comfort zone.  I rode on a hot air balloon even though I’m terrified of heights.  I tried escargot.  I ordered a chocolate croissant in French even though I feel like I have a toddler’s vocabulary.  It’s scary, but it feels great.

For anyone who has been to Paris, please leave a comment or send me an email with your favorite spots to visit and must-eat pastries.  Merci in advance!

To see more pictures from my trip, follow my instagram here.

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xoxo,

– Hannah

No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn

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Hi friends!  Thank you so much to everyone who has been following my blog for the past few months.  It’s been a lot of fun and it means a lot to me.

I’m finishing up my last final today and moving out of my apartment this weekend, so I most likely won’t post any more until I’m in Paris.  I definitely plan to keep updating this blog with pictures from my trip, so follow me here and on Instagram if you’re interested in seeing those!

I thought this shirt from Brooklyn Industries was perfect for finals week.  “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” has been my mantra for the past few years, but it’s never so relevant as during finals. 😉

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Shirt: Brooklyn Industries // Pants: UNIQLO // Shoes: Old Navy // Sunglasses: Cole Haan

Xoxo,

– Hannah

Flower Power

Today was my last class of my last spring semester and it feels so bittersweet.  I’m so excited to be moving on to new adventures, but New York has really become home to me and I’ll be sad to leave in two weeks!

But I am so thrilled about this warm weather, and I made a vow sometime in January when I was up to my knees in snow not to complain about summer no matter how hot it gets.  So even though I was a little too toasty in this outfit (I changed into jean shorts and sandals as soon as I got home from school) I’m just so glad it’s the season for t-shirts and floral print!

I’m also excited because I got my tote bag from Brooklyn Industries in the mail yesterday!  Ever since I found out I was going to Paris I’ve been on the hunt for a quality tote bag that wasn’t too expensive.  I like carrying little cross-body bags, so I just wanted a tote to travel and then use as a school bag for my final semester.  I was stuck between totes from Fossil and Madewell when I stumbled across this vegan leather bag and fell in love.  Great quality, cool brand, and about one third of what I was planning on spending.  It’s soft but sturdy, and coral on the inside.  Oh also on the inside there’s a whole extra bag.  Yeah.  It comes with a cross-body bag with a removable strap.

If you’ve done a lot of traveling, leave me a comment and let me know some advice you wish someone would’ve told you that makes traveling a lot easier, whether it’s a tip, something I need to pack, or a place I should visit!

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Shirt: Joe Fresh // Jeans: Levi // Shoes: Gap // Tote: Brooklyn Industries

xoxo,

– Hannah