Mini cupcakes and a quick trip to South America

When it comes to food, I know what I like. I rarely venture outside my known countries of Italy and Mexico when I sit down for a meal, especially because I’m a vegetarian and I know that meat is a huge part of most cuisine. But the beautiful part about Paris is that I’m 99% sure that it’s impossible to find a pastry that isn’t vegetarian. Along with that, when you live in a city as large as Paris, you can try food from just about any country that you want to.

A cupcake a day…

FullSizeRenderThis mini cupcake from Berko, a little cupcake and cheesecake bakery, served as the perfect afternoon snack. I opted for chocolate peanut butter, but they had every flavor you could ever imagine, including a raspberry one that had the prettiest, most vibrant frosting I’ve ever seen.

Pain au chocolat dans le parc

IMG_5757I know this little pain au chocolat doesn’t look like much, but I think it might be the best one I’ve had since arriving in Paris– and that says a lot because I eat these almost every day. I got it from La Boulangerie des Invalides-Jocteur and enjoyed it while sitting at a beautiful little park in front of Invalides.

Not bread and cheese

FullSizeRenderLet’s take a break from the sweet stuff and talk about this amazing vegetarian rice bowl I got from Bob’s Kitchen. This place is pretty well-known and has quite a few celebrity fans, including Karlie Kloss, but after trying this peanut saté vegetable stew, I totally understand why. It was filled with roasted vegetables, brown rice, and a handful of fresh spinach.

A turnaround trip to Argentina

FullSizeRenderI’ve never tried any kind of South American food, but after trying to get lunch at a restaurant that was way too crowded, we ended up down the street at Clasico Argentino. Situated in the Marais, this restaurant serves Argentinian empanadas and seals them with different designs that serve as a key for the what’s stuffed inside. We tried cheese/onion (circle pattern) and cheese/spinach (triangle pattern) with rocquette salads, and if all South American food is anything like this place, I will definitely be trying more.

Wine, wine, wine

FullSizeRenderAlong with taking a class about fashion, I am also taking a class about food. Our teacher gave us tickets to the Salon des Vins des Vignérons Indépendants, which is a giant wine festival where you receive as glass your ticket and can try as many wines as you please. I’ve done some cool things since being in Paris, but this wine tasting was hands down my favorite. I learned a lot about different wines and how they are made, and even tried everyone’s favorite after dinner treat– cognac (let’s just say I probably won’t be ordering it at a restaurant). My favorite find of the day was a chardonnay-champagne mix, which I didn’t even know was a thing.

So  in case you haven’t caught on yet, I’m eating and drinking pretty well in Paris and I love sharing all of my culinary discoveries with everyone. Make sure to check back soon for more of French foodie finds!

A French twist on field trips

Although I spend most of my time in Paris eating obscene amounts of food, visiting museums and exploring the arrondissements, I actually do go to school as well. I’m currently taking 3 classes, one of which is entitled “les français et la mode.” This translates to “the French and their fashion” and we spend our time learning about the most grand couturiers that the world has ever seen and the influence that fashion has had on French culture. This week we took a break from the classroom and visited the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition to learn about one of the most talented women the fashion world has ever known.

FullSizeRenderThe exposition was created by current Alber Elbaz, the current creative director of Lanvin, and it is set in the beautiful Palais Galliera. Elbaz used mirrors to create reflections of the pieces in order to change the perspective that one will look at the clothing in order to make it seen from the perfect angle. Unfortunately, it was prohibited to take photos, but being the sneaky and dedicated blogger that I am, I managed to snap a couple.

FullSizeRenderFullSizeRenderBecause we were attending the exhibition as a class, we had to complete a pretty extensive worksheet that covered all things Lanvin. At first I was a little bit frustrated that I had to spend my time completing five pages of classwork while at this beautiful exhibition, but ultimately it worked out in my favor because I learned so much about Jeanne Lanvin and where she drew her inspiration from.

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Above is a drawing of the famous Cavallini dress, a navy ball gown with a giant crystal bow embroidered onto it. The bow serves as one of Lanvin’s signatures, because the bow serves as a symbol of the bond that ties her and her daughter, Marguerite, together. This was my favorite thing that I learned at the exhibition, because I think it is so beautiful that Jeanne Lanvin’s love for her daughter is what inspired one of her most iconic gowns.

Overall, this field trip has hands down been my favorite day in fashion class. We also learned that we will be visiting “Fashion Mix” in May, which is another exposition at Palais Galliera that shows how foreign designers have made an impact on the French fashion scene, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that post. The Jeanne Lanvin exhibition runs until August 23rd, so if you will be in Paris anytime before then and have any sort of interest in fashion I highly recommend going!

Looking on the bright side

Time for another hidden Parisian gem! If you’ve ever searched “Paris” on Pinterest, you’ve probably stumbled across a picture of Rue Cremieux without even knowing it, so today we decided to check out this social media sensation in person. This tiny little street is filled with brightly colored homes, all of which are painted in a different shade of pastel.

FullSizeRenderUnfortunately the sun had started to set when we visited, so you can’t quite see just how vibrant these homes were.
FullSizeRenderThis street may or may have not been painted solely for outfit selfies, but I’m thinking it’s probably the former ;)

Before we visited Rue Cremieux, we got brunch at the Bottle Shop and got our daily dose of culture at the Musée National Picasso. I decided to opt for boyfriend jeans, H&M ankle boots, a black sweater, black coat, floppy hat and my ever-so-trusty Rebecca Minkoff satchel– and the over-sized shades were the perfect accessory to accompany my complete lack of motivation to put on any makeup this morning.

FullSizeRenderThis little pink house was the cutest.

FullSizeRenderIn case you didn’t believe me about how bright the houses are on this street…

Days like today remind me just how lucky I am to be in Paris. The combination of an incredible brunch that only set me back 15 euro, a museum visit that sparked a new-found interest in surrealist art, and a quick stop in a café (despite its incredibly average mousse au chocolat) made for the perfect Sunday. Even though it is so difficult to be away from the people that I love, I’ve been filling the void with new interests and trying learn as much as possible about the amazing city that I’m in. I have spent my metro rides rekindling my love for reading and my weekends discovering a love for modern art that I never knew I had. I’m so excited to see how I view the world by the end of this trip, and I’m even more excited about the person that studying abroad is turning me into.

The purrfect Sunday

Since I’ve been in college, I’ve found myself absolutely hating Sunday. This day marks the end of weekend festivities and I would almost dread going to bed because the thought of having to wake up for another manic Monday sounded absolutely terrible. But here in Paris, Sunday has become my favorite day of the week. I’ve been dedicating this day to sightseeing and soaking up as much of Paris as possible.

This past Sunday I combined my two favorite things in the world– good food and fur children (aka cats). Le Café des Chats, located in the Marais, provides a home to 14 rescue cats who lounge about the restaraunt while you get to chow down on an amazing 25€ brunch.

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Although 25 euro might seem a little steep for a leisurely Sunday brunch, you have to see how much food you get for this price. We received an actual cup of coffee (if you’ve ever been to Paris you’ll understand how rare and exciting this is), fresh-squeezed O.J., pain au chocolat, a baguette with jam and butter, a nutella muffin, and parmesan scrambled eggs with potatoes and a side salad.

FullSizeRenderTry to tell me this doesn’t look like the best plate of scrambled eggs you’ve ever seen.

Eating is one of my strong suits. There are few things that I love doing as much as I love eating, and therefore, I can eat a lot. That being said, I was absolutely stuffed after this meal, like the kind of stuffed where you think you’ll need a wheel barrow to roll you out of the place. So forget what you heard about those tiny Parisian portions and get yourself to Cat Café. If that doesn’t have you sold… look the pure, unadulterated joy on my face below.

IMG_5681On the verge of tears because I was so happy to be reunited with a kitty.

After brunch we moseyed on over to the Centre Pompidou, an art museum that stands out for its modern architecture. Personally, and I’ve heard that many Parisians feel the same, I think that the Pompidou is kind of an eye sore. It is made up glass walls and grey metal piping with an external escalator. Despite its hard shell, the Pompidou is hands down my favorite Parisian sight so far. There is no denying how beautiful classic artwork is, such as those that hang in the Louvre, but I’ve fallen in love with modern art because of its power to tell stories and evoke emotions in the most creative ways. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.

IMG_0093Fashion illustrations inspired by Grace Jones.

IMG_0096Grace Jones masks.

IMG_0097This is instrumental.

This room is what sparked my new-found appreciation for modern art. It had lyrics printed on the walls in silver letters and multiple sets of headphones spread across the room playing indie music. Surprisingly, most of the songs and lyrics were in English, but I didn’t recognize any of the songs or even the artists. Art can exist in so many more forms that just on a canvas, and I loved this room because it showcased just one of the mediums that one can express them self through.

IMG_0116Obligatory selfie in a reflective surface.

IMG_0117Larger than life photography.

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I had no idea that you could see basically all of Paris from the top of the Pompidou. If you look to the top right of the horizon in the photo above you’ll see Sacre Coeur. If I turned my body 45 degrees to the left then the you could see all of the sights of the southern Paris, like the Eiffel Tour and Notre Dame. I will most definitely be returning to the Pompidou, and when I do, I’ll make sure to do it on a sunny day and get a big ol’ panorama of the entire city.

Color combinations 101: Cédric Charlier collection review

I know I’m a little behind on my collection reviews, but between my schoolwork and social outings, I’ve been pretty tied up. But don’t worry, the wait is finally over because my Cédric Charlier collection review is finally here!

Out of the four shows that I attended during Paris Fashion Week, Cédric Charlier presented my favorite collection. Situated at the Palais de Tokyo, Charlie showcased beautifully wearable pieces in hues of kelly green, salmon, and navy. The shapes were structured and feminine, but styling and pairing of colors is what really made the pieces pop.

IMG_0003(1)Now it’s time for the clothes… I apologize for my vantage point, but no one ever attends their first fashion show in the front row.

IMG_0004IMG_0011IMG_0014IMG_0015IMG_0020IMG_0024Cobalt and kelly green.

IMG_0029This salmon-colored coat with fur trim was my favorite look of the show.

IMG_0030IMG_0032A little sequin action for one of the final looks.

IMG_0036IMG_0039The man himself, Cédric Charlier.

The wonderful thing about this collection is how simple it was. Charlier used classic, feminine shapes and made them come to life with colors that couldn’t have been more complementary. Personally, I think kelly green can be a bit frightening on the styling frontier, but Charlier rose to the occasion by pairing it with cobalt, maroon and salmon. Thanks for styling inspiration, Cédric!

Make sure to follow High Fashion between Classes for more fashion show recaps and Parisian adventures.

Sugar rush

In case you haven’t realized it yet, I’m trying to consume of much as Paris as I possibly can. Whether it be squeezing in trips to museums before class or aimlessly wandering around random arrondissements in search of a new café, all I want is to enjoy Paris to the fullest. Besides exploring the city, I’ve found another wonderful way to enjoy Paris– sampling snacks along the way.

FullSizeRenderAfter an unsuccessful attempt to enter a fashion show, we decided to head to the world famous Angelina tea house for some hot chocolate to lift our spirits. Although this might have been the only chocolat chaud that I’ve sampled so far, I can completely understand why this stuff is so famous. They give you a little porcelain pitcher filled with what is essentially melted chocolate and then accompany it with a shot of whipped cream.

FullSizeRenderFor some reason, I thought that it would be a good idea to order a chocolate tarte along with our ultra indulgent hot chocolate. Chocolate tartes are one of my favorite desserts, so I figured what a better place to try them than Angelina? Luckily, we ordered a plate of french fries to serve as our palate cleanser (aka our salty savior).

FullSizeRenderDespite the chocolate overload, I was all smiles at Angelina and I immediately went from disappointed that I missed out on a show to happily sitting in a cocoa-filled cocoon. Needless to say, I’m going to be keeping my distance from chocolate for a few days.

FullSizeRenderAfter finally emerging from my chocolate coma, it was time for my most anticipated event put on by my study abroad program– the cheese tasting. We sampled two cow’s milk cheese, one sheep and one goat cheese. As much as I hate myself for saying this, I much prefer my American favorite cheddar to the incredibly potent sheep and goat cheeses. I thought I was a cheese fanatic, but I was mistaken. I think as wild as I’ll be getting from here on out is a little bit of brie with my baguettes.

FullSizeRenderIf there is one thing that I have been denying myself since I’ve been in Paris, it’s the pastries. Thanks to some wise words from my mother that went something along the lines of “You go get yourself a pastry, Bertha,” which is my ever so endearing nickname, I decided to treat myself to une tarte à la fraise this afternoon. Let me tell you, but it was well worth the 2.90 euro splurge. The tarte shell delivered the perfect crunch without being too sweet, because it knew that they vanilla pastry cream and glazed strawberries were sure to deliver a sugary, delightful finish.

I hope you enjoyed reading about all of my little indulgences from the past two days. This weekend I plan to visit a special café that is known for not only it’s five-course brunch, but also hosting a few furry friends. Along with that, collection reviews for Paris Fashion Week will be up soon as well, so make sure to check back soon to get a firsthand look at the Automne/Hiver 2015-2016 ready-to-wear collections.

Seeing double

After a weekend trip to St. Malo and Normandy, I’m finally back in Paris. We visited beautiful monuments and I learned so much about World War II, but I’ll get back to that in a later post. For now let’s get back to Paris Fashion Week. In case you missed it, I’ve been having some pretty awesome luck with getting into fashion shows. Although my primary concern each day was “How the eff am I going to pull this off?”, my secondary was “What the hell am I going to wear?”

IMG_0076Trying to create outfits would actually keep me up at night, but I think I come up with some of my best ideas right before I hit the hay. I’ve always been intrigued by the denim-on-denim look, but never had an appropriate place to try it. After seeing some sick double denim street style outside of the Guy Laroche show, I decided to try it out for myself.

IMG_0082I paired a chambray shirt with boyfriend jeans and an over-sized shaggy cardigan. The weather is finally starting to get warm in Paris, and I cannot tell how you wonderful it felt to walk around without a coat on and to be able to show my ankles. My Nastygal cardigan kept me nice and toasty, but also added a much needed change of texture in this otherwise monotonous look.

IMG_0072I added in a pair of pointy-toed pumps to give the outfit a feminine edge and my Tory Burch cross-body for some color (I know tan isn’t really a color, but I’m only working with like 10% of my wardrobe here). I topped it all of with some pink lipstick and the classic fashion girl RBF.

There are still three days left of Paris Fashion Week, and with my first French exam coming up this Thursday I’m not sure how many more shows I’ll be able to (try to) attend. Right now my tally is at four, so make sure to check back here soon for my collection reviews!

Spring break necessities

Even though I’m in Europe, spring break is here for all of my friends back home. We’re going to Cabo. Or Rocky Point. Or Mission Beach. Or where ever else you can make a complete fool of yourself for a week and it’s 100 percent acceptable. Although what happens on spring break should stay on spring break, there will be pictures. Drunk eyes and unforgivable facial expressions are inevitable, but poor style doesn’t have to be. Here’s the lowdown of a few spring break necessities that will leave you looking adorable from the neck down.

A good bikini

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This is where I kind of stumbled along the way last year. During spring break you spend pretty much all day in your swimsuit, so make sure it’s a cute one. Every girl really steps her bikini game up, so make sure that you aren’t the one wearing a Target swimsuit that you’ve had since high school (low key, that was me and I’ll never forgive myself.) Don’t let the fear of weird tan lines keep you from buying a cool bikini, I promise it will all even out in the end.

High-waisted shorts

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Okay Emmy, we’ll alert the media that you need high-waisted shorts on spring break. But there’s one thing you have to be absolutely aware of when you pack your shorts for the trip. Make sure they fit. There is nothing worse than trying to squeeze into a pair tiny Levi’s with a belly full of mango margs. Opt for a size larger, because not only will you be a whole lot more comfortable, the bigger size will make you look slimmer.

Body suits

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I don’t know what it is about having your shirt securely wrapped around your entire body, but let me tell you it is comforting. God forbid you get a little overzealous during the all-time classic “Get Low” and something pops out of your shirt. This is where bodysuits come in. They keep everything in the same place and make sure to provide that little extra bit of support that we could all use during spring break.

Final note… make sure to bring shoes you don’t care about. There might be one day where you just get sick of wearing them and decide to bury them in the sand at Mango Deck… or maybe that’s just me.

A great day for a prêt-à-porter

I attended Paris Fashion Week.

These are words that I never thought that I would be able to say anytime soon. After months of stalking schedules and imagining what it would be like to get into a show, my dreams finally came true. I’m not even joking, I teared up when I first sat down in my seat (yeah I somehow got a seat, too). How did I get in? We went to the venue about an hour before the show and waited outside. As the crowd began to pour in, we made sure to keep our spot at the front of the line. Once all of the ticketed attendees entered the building, it was time for us to take our spots at the Dévastée.

FullSizeRenderUpon entry we were given a booklet that contains the entire Paris Fashion Week schedule. This is available online, so it wasn’t anything too exciting, but then we realized that this book contained something a little more exclusive. Filled with cocktail hours, designer showcases and exclusive meet and greets, this booklet is basically the Holy Grail of fashion week. Granted, you need an invitation to get into some of these events, but there are just any many where you don’t.

We tried to get into three different shows today, and let me tell you it is absolutely exhausting. I’ll post my full collection review of Dévastée soon, but for now here are a few of my favorite shots from the show.

FullSizeRenderFullSizeRenderFullSizeRenderFullSizeRenderI’m not sure if you can tell from the pictures, but I had the perfect vantage point to get shots of both the front and back of all the looks. I took of video of the final walk, so check out my Instagram (@ehmeebaby) to make sure you don’t miss it! My eyes are closing as I write this, so that’s all for now. I’ll be attempting to attend even more défilés tomorrow, so make to keep a close eye on HFbC to stay updated on Paris Fashion Week.

And the bucket list begins…

I feel so sorry for people who only get to spend a week or two in Paris. I have four and half months here and I’m stressed about seeing everything. It’s absolutely insane how much there is to discover in Paris– you could live here your entire life and still not see everything. So in an effort to see as much as possible, I’ve made a list of all the sights that I want to see while I’m here. This weekend I crossed off a quite a few of the touristic giants.

The Louvre

10981950_10154186410192837_3533867580661463133_nAttempting to contemplate art…

IMG_0031The Venus de Milo

IMG_0050Fought my way through a sea of tourists to get this photo for you lovely people. In case you were wondering, the Mona Lisa is actually pretty tiny.

IMG_0037Lounging in the Louvre.

IMG_0054Just one of the few artists that we saw recreating paintings right in the museum.

I once read that if you spent eight seconds in front of each piece of art at the Louvre it would take you one year to see everything. I’m not sure if this is true, but I can say that this place is absolutely huge. It’s broken up into three sections and then divided by different regions. During our few hours at the Louvre we saw Greek statues, French and Italian paintings (including the Mona Lisa), and ancient Egyptian relics.

La Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

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13057_10154186410407837_964556655945867876_nHalfway there…

10959006_10154186410492837_8830112490861940974_nThe Sacré-Coeur is a beautiful Catholic church nestled in the top of Montmartre (18th arrondissement). It felt like we were hiking a mountain to get there, but as you can see the view from the top was totally incredible. It’s bizarre to see just how big and dense Paris is, because there are very few places where you can actually see all of it. We went inside of the church and it was absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures, so I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Le Moulin Rouge

1970484_10154186410567837_844571629512630447_nI think after the Sacré Coeur, the 18th arrondissement is the most known for the Moulin Rouge. Besides the famous red windmill, the place definitely isn’t as exciting or beautiful as it looks in all of the pictures you see on Pinterest. On top of that, the cheapest ticket to see the show is 92 euro. Maybe I’ll decide to splurge, because I’m sure the show is incredible, but I’ll probably just end up spending it on food.

A little travel tip… For those of you planning on visiting the 18th arrondissement anytime soon, make sure to do it during the day. When we stepped off the metro we were surrounded by sketchy men trying to sell us iPhones. For as long as we were on the main street (Boulevard de Rochechouart) we were holding onto our purses for dear life and making sure our iPhones were out of sight. But as soon as we started heading north toward Sacré Coeur, things took a drastic change for the better. There were so many chic little boutiques and decently priced cafés filled with normal, non-threatening humans.

Overall, it was a wonderful day. I can’t wait to visit the Louvre again because there’s one section that we didn’t even touch. And although Montmartre was slightly terrifying upon first sight, I’ll definitely be returning. Apparently there is a fondue restaurant in the 18th where they serve wine in baby bottles and you have to climb over tables to get to your set because the place is just that tiny, so you know I’ll have to check that out one night. That’s all I have for now, but check back soon to see what else I cross off my Parisian bucket list.