Friday, 18 July 2014

Minibreak: Monochrome packing rules

Clockwise from left: Sandals: Vagabond, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Blush: Bobbi Brown. Jumper: Theory (buy similar here). Bag: Zara.

My last post on packing proved a success, and I realised I don't often do 'how to' posts very often. As someone who travels (light) A LOT with work, I take things like packing for a minibreak for granted.

This time in Paris, I think I really cracked it. As it was only one night I was uber minimal but also discovered that a monochrome packing system really solves any wardrobe dilemmas, everything matches and has the added bonus of always looking chic. Et voila!

Sandals: Vagabond.  Jumper: Theory. Culottes: Asos

Lightweight trench: Maison Scotch at Atterley Road (sadly sold out but there are lots of other great coats in the sale)

Side Note: culottes make EXCELLENT travelling trousers! I was dubious about culottes but since buying my first pair, I have not really taken them off. This pair from Asos are super comfy, have pockets as well as an elasticated waist, and look just as good with flats as they do with heels. Also, the outfit styled up on the website couldn't be more apt...

Culottes, £30, Asos
My monochrome wardrobe at the Hotel
Coat: Atterley Road. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Jumper: Bella Freud. Jeans: Paige Denim. Shoes: Jimmy Choo (buy similar here). Bag: Zara.

Where We Stayed: Hotel Verneuil

The lounge area in Hotel Verneuil
We found this Hotel via Conde Nast Traveller: Best boutique hotels in Paris for under £200 - our perfect link! We knew we wanted to stay near Musee D'Orsay and this lovely hotel in St Germain was beautiful, really comfy (if slightly tiny) rooms and a stones throw from everything on our to-do list.

Where we ate: Brasserie Lipp

Steak frites in an age old Parisien establishment - what more could one ask for?! (and yes, those chips tasted as good as they looked).


What better way to escape the rain than a cup of pure, molten hot chocolate? Heaven...

See my outfit post via YouTube here:

Au revoir until next time, Paris!


  1. What a chic edit & so perfectly Parisienne. I'm going to make myself a Charbonnel et Walker Hot Chocolate now as Angelina is a bit far for me today ;)

    1. Haha! Yes, we risked our dairy intolerances for the day ;)

  2. Looking utterly gorgeous as always x

  3. Love your monochrome theme, perfect for chic Paris. I am so with you on culottes, a complete convert...who knew they would be so comfortable, practical and (I think) pretty stylish! Looks like you had a lovely break...and seriously I could swim in that hot choc from is pure heaven! Xx

    1. Yes! Funnily enough, I bought some city shorts at the same time but feel too claustrophobic in them - need the breeze!

  4. Oh Paris looks heavenly- and I adore the Parisian style stripe.

    1. Thanks! I think I od'd on stripes a few years back but I'm now fully back in them!

  5. Love your blog and loved the culottes! After reading your packing rules and being inspired by pics, have decided to try out culottes, 30o weather has also had a say in the matter, feel they're good summer essentials too. Could I ask, are the sizes pretty true (re your ASOS culottes)? Or would you advise to size up/down? Merci(!) in anticipation Lin xx

    1. So sorry, only just seen this for some reason! Apologies for the delay...hope you found something? x


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