Paris/Mallorca 2018 - Part 1

We recently returned from a two-week trip to Paris and Mallorca, of which I shared a bit via Instagram. This is the first of a series of posts I’m planning as well to help Rich and me remember some of our favorite moments and memories from our recent travels.

We took a direct flight from our hometown Dallas to Paris, landing in the City of Lights on a mild and overcast day that was perfect for exploring on foot. After arriving at our hotel, Hotel des Grands Boulevards, we quickly changed clothes and set out to see what we could find. We didn’t have a plan; we simply wanted hot chocolate from Angelina. So we plugged our destination into our GPS, but let our whims do most of the guiding

 Our “Parisian Eaves” room on Hotel des Grands Boulevards’s top floor.

Our “Parisian Eaves” room on Hotel des Grands Boulevards’s top floor.

Blind luck led us through the Place de la Concorde (where we first spotted the Eiffel Tower in the distance), and into the Tuileries Garden with wide gravel walkways, fountains, flower beds and perfect topiaries that felt like a true welcome to the French city.

 Tuileries Gardens

Tuileries Gardens

We then passed by the Louvre, right on the other side of the Tuileries, as we continued on our way in the direction of Saint-Germain-Des-Prés, toward Angelina on Rue du Bac.

 Passing by the Louvre, right on the other side of the Tuileries.

Passing by the Louvre, right on the other side of the Tuileries.

You happen upon picturesque scenes at almost every turn while walking in Paris, making me miss living in Washington D.C., similar in that it was designed by French architect and urban designer Pierre Charles L'Enfant. I love walkable cities with a sense of history.

 Crossing over the Seine. How could this ever get old?

Crossing over the Seine. How could this ever get old?

Finally! We began getting closer to Angelina. We needed caffeine and could almost taste the hot chocolate, although we did begin to worry it would close before we arrived…

 That’s the cafe Le Saint-Germain tucked into a breathtaking example of building architecture in Paris.

That’s the cafe Le Saint-Germain tucked into a breathtaking example of building architecture in Paris.

 Even the street maps and metro signs are pretty in Paris.

Even the street maps and metro signs are pretty in Paris.

Bright-painted doors (which reaffirmed my decision to paint our own front door at home a Bunny Mellon-inspired green) and flower shops kept distracting me and I began to lose focus on our ultimate goal: hot chocolate. Luckily, Rich was there to keep me semi-focused.

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Alas, we finally made it to Angelina! We ordered “deux chocolats chauds et deux croissants” and found the nearby Square des Missions Étrangères, where we sat and watched the Parisian world go by around us. Children playing, people walking dogs, friends chatting…

The hot chocolate—which had the consistency of a melted chocolate bar—was worth our pilgrimage.

 The shade of pink on the to-go cups at Angelina made the hot chocolate that much more delicious.

The shade of pink on the to-go cups at Angelina made the hot chocolate that much more delicious.

As we made our way back to the hotel, we stopped at a café for dinner a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower, and decided on a whim to purchase tickets to the summit. It was late so lines were short, and we made it all the way to the top. I love the picture below because it perfectly reflects how we felt that night. A bit hazy. Exhausted from a 9-hour flight before walking miles around the city. But elated to be there together. It would be one more café stop and a long walk before we returned to our hotel that night, happy to rest our sore feet and excited to finally be flying to Mallorca in Spain the following day.

 Exhausted but happy!

Exhausted but happy!

Riding the elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower and standing high above the twinkling city was spectacular, as you’ll see in the video below. That’s the Palais de Chaillot visible across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, and if you look carefully you can spot the Arc De Triomphe in the distance as well.

Lulu & Georgia + Mindy Mae's Market

I've spent the majority of my spare time the past two months illustrating the 20+ guests invited to the Lulu & Georgia + Mindy Mae's Market #SaludtoSLC luncheon in Salt Lake City. Despite numb fingers from so much drawing, I had a blast and was so happy each invitee loved her illustration! Below are a few shots from the event (including me working on some additional live illustrations).

Huge thanks to Lulu & Georgia and Mindy Mae's Market for having me!

*Photos by Jessa Kae Photo

 A few of my illustrations lining the wall and waiting to go home with each guest!

A few of my illustrations lining the wall and waiting to go home with each guest!

 Who says drinking and drawing don't mix? I'd never turn down a mimosa!

Who says drinking and drawing don't mix? I'd never turn down a mimosa!

 Such gorgeous wallpaper at Finca in Salt Lake City.

Such gorgeous wallpaper at Finca in Salt Lake City.

 Gorgeous PAPER floral centerpieces by  The Lovely Ave.

Gorgeous PAPER floral centerpieces by The Lovely Ave.

 

 

Ciao, Betty.

Betty was not the most likeable of Mad Men characters. However, she was certainly the most stylish.

My two personal favorite fashion moments were her equestrian look and this black dress and pearls combo she wore to dinner with Don in Rome. I loved this scene, and getting to see Betty and Don interact outside of the usual suburb setting. They made quite a pair - while it lasted.

My First Post.

I don't know where to begin, except to say I'm so glad to finally be drawing again!

Not too long ago, I sat down for the first time in a very long while and sketched. Somewhere along the way, I had thrown my love of drawing aside to focus on other things (law school, grad school, etc.). Well, if I've learned anything in my 30+ years, it's that we should make time for things that light us up. Things we don't mind staying up all night doing. Things that make us get up at 5 a.m. because we can't wait to get back to them. That's what drawing is for me.

Anyway, it seemed appropriate to feature this Zac Posen-inspired lady in my first post, as she is the product of that first sketching session I mentioned above. She helped remind me of my love of drawing, and will always remain one of my favorites.

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