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Taking Off for Paris and London

by habituallychic

11 . 21 . 13
One of the things I will never become jaded or complacent about is traveling.  At its worst, it’s expensive and exhausting but at its best, it’s inspiring and invigorating. It opens you up new places, new experiences, new friends, and in the best of circumstance, new romances.
Things have been a bit stressful lately and this trip could not be coming at a better time.  I am in desperate need of a change of scenery.  While I’ve been to both cities before, the beauty of Paris will never cease to amaze me and the politeness of London is always a welcome reprieve from the brusqueness of New York.
The beginning of my journey will be spent in Paris with new and old friends. I look forward to staying in Saint Germain and dining at Ralph’s, a restaurant that has won over even the fickle French, I might brave the Louvre again to view the Napoleon III Apartments, and maybe even climb to Montmartre.
I will EuroStar over to London in the middle to meet with new friends and see as many sights as possible.  The Sir John Soane Museum is at the top of my list and I can’t resist the British Museum.  I look forward to staying at the Firmdale Hotels designed by Kit Kemp and the new London Edition Hotel designed by Ian Schrager which  is the talk of the town. I also can’t wait to visit some of the fabulously talented interior designers at their chic shops and showrooms. I might even photograph a few people for my second book.
I will end my trip in Paris which was planned for the express purpose of shopping the brocante de la rue de Bretange that I found on my trip to Paris earlier this year.  But it’s a good thing I double checked the dates my friend gave me because it looks like it’s actually taking place the first weekend I’m in Paris.  Oh, the best laid plans of mice and men. I look forward to staying in the Marais this time to mix things up.  I’ve booked the Hotel Bourg Tibourg which is part of the Costes family of hotels.  My friends at Flair suggested visiting the Victor Hugo Museum in the area too. The last two nights, I’m switching to the Pavilion de la Reine hotel on the Place de Vosges which looks amazing.
I was going to return to New York on Sunday, 1 December but I was persuaded to stay until Tuesday, 3 December by the chic peeps at Cartierto attend their new exhibition at the Grand Palais. I would walk over hot coals if Cartier asked me to so staying two extra days in Paris is not really a hardship.  The exhibition Cartier, Style, and Historywill open to the public on Wednesday, 4 December and should not be missed. It will include over 600 Cartier pieces, including jewelry, objects, watches and clocks. Designed as an art history exhibition, each of these creations will be presented alongside dresses, coats, accessories, furniture and fashion magazines to give visitors an idea of the art and taste of the time
Probably the only black mark on my trip has been dealing with Air France.  Or I should say dealing with Delta who picks up the phone for Air France in the US.  But as I joked on twitter, sometimes when things seem to be going too right, the universe will give you a middle seat when you change your flight just to keep you in check. Although, it does have extra leg room so at least there’s that.

Speaking of twitter, you can follow all the fun in real time on Twitter and Instagram. I know some of you will be disappointed that I didn’t photograph my outfits for a packing post.  I just ran out of time.  I will try to pull something together for Instagram while I’m away but I can tell you I will be wearing this Merino Sweater Dress from Talbots in each color most of the trip.  I cut the buttons off though.
While I’m away for the next two weeks, I will definitely be posting to the blog so fret not.  You will still be able to wake up with Habitually Chic, just read each post with a French or British accent depending on the day.
Au revoir and cheers!

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  1. Brittany November 21, 2013 | 8:24 pm

    sounds like a great trip! tres jalouse over your invitation to the cartier exhibition–i read about it in the daily mail (don’t judge) and the pieces look phenomenal. can’t imagine how they look in real life! enjoy.

  2. Pam @ Cherish Toronto November 21, 2013 | 8:25 pm

    I sooooo wish I were able to tag along for the ride. I haven’t had a vacation in just over a year and both London & Paris would really hit the spot right now. Maybe in the spring…

    Have a great time and safe travels, Heather 🙂

  3. always chic November 21, 2013 | 8:43 pm

    Safe travels to my FAVORITE CHIC
    BLOGGER!! Looking forward to your
    fabulous and inspirational posts.
    Tally Ho HC!

  4. Katerina Kosta November 21, 2013 | 9:00 pm

    Enjoy your journey!!!Looking forward to your posts from there..

  5. Amber Gallihar Boyes November 21, 2013 | 9:05 pm

    safe travels! looking forward to all your photos.

  6. Hilary November 21, 2013 | 11:38 pm


    Ate at a great little restaurant in the Montmartre area last fall – LE PANTRUCHE (www.lepantruche.com)…delicious/cozy. They were open for Sunday dinner which was a plus – so many are closed that night. 3, rue Victor Masse (9eme) and the # is 331 48 78 55 60. Bon Voyage!

  7. Alie November 22, 2013 | 2:17 am

    Safe travels. Look forward to experiencing it via you 🙂

  8. Karena Albert November 22, 2013 | 5:38 am

    Oh you will have such an amazing trip Heather. Enjoy and we will look forward to your travel post.

    Great travel dress by the way!

    The Arts by Karena

  9. Windlost November 22, 2013 | 8:30 am

    Have a wonderful time Heather. Paris is my favorite place on earth…heaven! But chilly there this time of year.

    xo Terri

  10. MJH Design Arts November 22, 2013 | 11:55 am

    Hi Heather, As always, best wishes for a wonderful trip with many new adventures and friends. Paris–the most magical of cities.

  11. A Note On Style November 22, 2013 | 2:30 pm

    Wow! Enjoy your trip. While at The London Edition hotel have a drink at their gorgeous bar … http://anoteonstyle.com/drinks/ …look forward to your posts from abroad.

  12. chicplaisir November 22, 2013 | 2:52 pm

    Heather, this is just beautiful. I hope you’ll have a wonderful stay in Paris ( say hello to Eiffel from me) and i hope you’ll enjoy London as much!


  13. BRASWELL November 22, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    What a trip! + london is my favorite city + be safe traveling. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  14. Unknown November 22, 2013 | 8:20 pm

    Have a wonderful trip, Heather! I hope you enjoy the flight/s that Air France operates…my son-in-law, who makes the trip monthly, would not fly any other airline between NYC and Paris. The dress you will be wearing is lovely and should be perfect for Paris and London in late November. Fly well and have fun! Leslie

  15. Debra GW November 22, 2013 | 9:49 pm

    Have a great time! What a wonderful trip!!

  16. Lisa Mende November 23, 2013 | 2:18 pm

    Did that exact trip in Sept with the exception of Cartier but I love both cities. What a wonderful trip. I love the Eurostar. Have a great time!

  17. clotheshorse November 23, 2013 | 7:59 pm

    Yo’re right – I am dissapointed that you didn’t have time to photograph your outfits! Completely understand as the time before takeoff is always a flurry of activity of me, but please do instragram your outfits as I would love to see them (maybe a post when you’re back on american soil?) Your style fills a niche that is lacking in all other design blogs – sophisticated, mature, chic.

  18. historyglass November 23, 2013 | 10:09 pm

    I’m sure you’ve been to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London before but have you ever had tea in their tea room on the ground floor facing the courtyard fountain? If not try to make it, the only way to describe it is as the most beautiful 19th century room in London.

  19. Whits November 24, 2013 | 6:14 am

    A tip on the way back: be sure you check in online 24 hours before for your return trip. My husband and I went to Paris in July and had our nice two seats on the aisle for months. We got to the airport super early and checked in — they had given our seats away! I have never had that happen before and of course we were furious — we live in SF so its quite a long flight. They finally gave us aisle seats but they were the very last row of the plane. That was one of my first times flying Air France and I can’t say Im looking forward to doing it again.