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!
Top: Brandy Melville // Skirt: UNIQLO // Shoes: Victoria // Bag: Brooklyn Industries
I’ve never considered myself a hat person. I actually really hate hats. My grandma, a true southern belle, always bought me huge sunhats with big flowers on them that I would wear for exactly the amount of time it took her to take a picture, and then toss on the ground.
But last week I saw a girl in the West Village with shoulder-length brown hair wearing a cute little black sunhat, and I caught a glimpse of myself this summer strolling through a Parisian market and wearing a sunhat. I decided to get a cheap one from Forever 21 just in case I really couldn’t pull it off. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that hats are okay. I even wore a baseball cap to a Yankees game a few weeks ago and it was great.
The point of this is that I refused to wear hats, not because I didn’t like how they looked but because I thought I wasn’t a “hat person.” I think a lot of the time we let the idea of how we should be, or what we want to be, or how we think we should act, overwhelm who we actually are. This applies to every aspect of life, not just fashion, but I think it’s particularly evident in how we dress. We say things like “I can’t pull that off,” or “it looks good on you but not on me.” And it’s true that there are certain clothes that flatter some body times better than others. You should always dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. But don’t let something as silly as a trend dictate what you should wear.
Speaking of dressing comfortably, jumpsuits are clearly the best. They’re ridiculously comfortable and every time I wear this one people compliment me and I can pretend like I put effort into getting dressed that day. Read my classmate Brenna’s hilarious post on why we should all wear jumpsuits every day.
Jumpsuit: I got it years ago and I don’t remember where, but H&M has a similar one here // Hat: Forever 21 // Bag: Fossil