Monday, June 29, 2015

Paris Snapshots

The city of light (aka Paris) is a magical place. Every street seems to be more picturesque than the last and the smell of cappuccinos fill the air from the thousands of adorable cafes lining the cobblestone streets. 

Although from my instagram, it may look like I spend the whole day wandering the city and eating my weight in croissants (which I have done) I also work, everyday.  Having an internship is a full-time job and definitely not all play. I am super thankful though to have the nights and weekends off to explore this magical city !

In case you don't follow me on insta, here are some fun snapshots I've taken so far! 

Au Revoir from Paris!




Friday, June 26, 2015

Parisian Stroll

Last Friday I was able to meet up with Ashley again from History in High Heels! It’s so much fun being in Paris because there are constantly visitors and friends you can meet up with! When we met up for the first time in Florence we instantly clicked and when she mentioned she was coming to Paris, we knew we would have to arrange to see each other again!

So after work, I made my way to Le Marais, an adorable little shopping area on the right bank of Paris. The cobblestone streets, vintage shops, and crepe places on every corner make it a quant little walking area. Oh and did I mention the doors in this area….the doors. So of course we had to take pictures in front of multiple of them.

I had actually walked over to Gap the day before on the Champs Élysées (it’s dangerous that it’s right around the corner from my work!!) and picked up this dress. It’s super lightweight and I loved the silhouette of it.  It’s a simple white dress that will be perfect to dress up or dress down for any summer day!

There's nothing better than spending your Friday evening wandering the Parisian streets searching out pretty doors! 


Au Revoir,


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

4th of July Outfits

Just because I won’t be in the country for 4th of July doesn’t mean I have any less patriotism. The 4th of July is my all time favorite holiday and so I am in a little denial that I won’t be in the best county in the world for the celebration. I even brought my Lilly Pulitzer firework shorts all the way to Paris just so I can wear them on the big day.  However, for 4th of July weekend, I am headed to our family friends who live on a base in Germany near where I used to live!

Nothing beats American themed parades, popsicles, fireworks, and everything red, white, and blue. However, my favorite part about 4th of July is the fireworks. They never get old. Luckily, Bastille Day (France’s equivalence to 4th of July) is the 14th of July so I’ll get to see fireworks again!

To be honest, I always have the worst time deciding what to wear. As you can probably tell, navy and white is one of my all time favorite color combos so a majority of my wardrobe contains navy and white. So how on earth are you suppose to choose what you are going to wear on your favorite day of the year when you have so many choices?! 

Since I won't be in the states on the 4th I want to see your 4th of July outfits! Snapchat me your outfits (shannon.hessen) or tag me in your Instagrams (@prepavneue) so I can vicariously live through you!

Can't wait to see your outfits!




Monday, June 22, 2015

How To Live Alone

 Moving from home to college is an adjustment. For me, I went from never sharing a room, to sharing a teeny, tiny dorm room and not getting much alone time. Emilee (my roommate) and I became great friends and we’re basically always together and we always seemed to have friends in our room. I went from spending a lot of time by myself, to barely any time alone. I got used to constant interaction and always having someone to talk to.

Sophomore year, I lived on my sorority hall and I loved the constant chaos. There was always something going on on the hall or someone willing to watch Netflix or do homework with me. I was home for exactly a week in between school and Italy, and then from Italy, I came straight to Paris. During that short week at home, I realized how much I loved having a roommate. I would get so lonely at night not having anyone to talk to when falling asleep. Now, halfway done with my college career I have come to learn that I am quite an extrovert and love being surrounded by friends!

Therefore, coming to Paris and being on my own and working for two months was quite the adjustment. Suddenly I was by myself, in a foreign city nonetheless, unable to speak the language, with no one I knew. I have now been in Paris for 3 weeks and have learned a lot about myself in that short amount of time.

I have always loved the idea of alone time, and occasionally I need some time to myself, but constant alone time can get lonely. I have learned what it’s like to live alone in a new city and I have never felt more independent. It’s definitely a shock at first, but I have quickly fallen into a schedule and learned how to live alone without constant interaction.

1. Plan social outings
Sometimes it’s easy to stay in all day and binge watch Netflix (some of my favorites!). I am totally guilty of this (currently watching How I met Your Mother and so addicted). Who wants to get out of bed when you could stay in your PJs all day?! It’s so easy to fall into this rut, although it is crucial to get out and have some social interaction! Luckily there are 14 other American interns all around my age staying in the same building as me! We are all working different places and don’t usually see each other much during the week since we all work so much, but it’s nice to have them on the weekends! This past weekend we went on a Champagne tour! Even though it’s easy to stay cooped up, it’s important to get talk to some real people, although Netflix is great ;)

2. Don’t be afraid to be alone
So many people are afraid of being alone. It’s something you have to embrace and learn to love! I have always loved alone time, but I also love being social. There are so many benefits to living alone! You can do your own thing and be on your own schedule. Living alone can teach you a lot about yourself and teach you how to independent! 

3. Use your time to something you’ve always wanted to do!
I get off work every day around 6 and I try to do something after work for myself! Some days it’s simple and I come back and go on a run and make dinner and other days I pick a spot in Paris that I want to explore and wander around for a little bit before heading back! Use your time to be productive! Is there a book you’ve always wanted to read? Or a documentary you’ve always wanted to watch? A blog you’ve always wanted to start? ;)

4. Don’t be afraid to do stuff by yourself.
Is there a place for dinner you’ve always wanted to go to? Go to it! There’s absolutely no shame in doing anything by yourself. I’ve gone shopping by myself and explored many parts of Paris and I’ve enjoyed doing things on my own schedule! There’s no shame in doing/ going places by yourself.

5. Know that your friends are only a phone (or skype) call away!
I talk to my friends/ parents  A LOT. It’s easy to get homesick and wish that they were closer. Thankfully technology these days rock and I know I can easily skype with them whenever I need to!

Living by yourself is a definitely a transition. I’m learning to enjoy living alone and all the benefits that come with it! By the end of July I think I’ll be ready to go home but right now I’m still excited to be here! Luckily Paris is such a great place for visitors and I have lots of friends and family coming to visit me while I’m here.




Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father’s Day to the best dad out there!

Thanks for teaching me what it means to serve our country, the importance of adventure, and the countless pep talks! Can’t wait to explore Paris with you in just a few days!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!




Friday, June 19, 2015

How To Dress Like a French Girl

Everyday at lunch I walk to a nearby park and eat my sandwich on a bench people watching. It’s one of my absolute favorite parts of the day and there’s always so many people out and about wandering the park (especially when it’s sunny outside!). It’s always a mixture of runners, business people also on their lunch breaks, and lots of kids. Think central park on a smaller scale and with a French twist.

My favorite part about my lunch hour is looking at all the outfits. I took a seminar calls my freshman year in college called “French Women in the American Society.” We studied the stereotypes of French women in the American society and for my final paper my thesis was that French women are not more fashionable than the average American (although there stenotype says they are).

And I hate to say it, but I think my thesis was wrong. I see so many French women wandering the park and look so put together and have that certain je ne sais pas. Effortless chic mixed with a classic, timeless style. Crisp whites and blues are a constant and there is no shortage of flattering silhouettes.

Simple flats are big, as well as scarfs and lots of navy and white (my dream). Jean jackets are super popular to throw over everything and I may or may not have had my mom ship me mine over (thanks mom!) J

Here are some things pieces that remind me of the French style:

What do you think of French style?




P.S. I think I'm going to a Q & A post soon so email ( tweet (@prepavenue) me the questions you want me to answer! 


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