Simone Rocha dress (out of stock; similar Simone Rocha dress on deep sale here! shop the designer herehere, and here)

Louis Vuitton bag (here)

Hermes bracelet (here)

Chanel cuff (similar here)

Thierry Lasry sunglasses (here)

Christian Louboutin nail polish (here)

Christian Louboutin heels (previous season; similar here)


Paris : the Louvre + Le Palais Royal (both located within walking distance of my hotel, Hotel du Louvre)


One of my favorite things to do is to plan what I’m going to wear when I travel. I’m not sure exactly why, but I just love that process. Perhaps it’s because it combines two of my passions: fashion + travel. Perhaps it’s because I love learning about new designers in different parts of the world. Perhaps it’s because I just love dreaming about ideas for the perfect outfit for a given place and occasion.

When I decided to make a quick trip to Paris recently to visit my friend Kelly, I was already toying with the idea of this blog. Being the awesome person and creative type that she is, Kelly offered to snap a few photos while I was there. And the gears went into motion…

Parisian chic. What does that mean to me? Two defining characteristics kept coming to mind.

1. Black and white: Parisian women have a way of saying so much with simple black and white. No need for loud color or pattern to communicate their sartorial message. Just simple black and white.

2. Femininity: Parisian ladies always seem to emanate refinement and sophistication in a ladylike way.

With these two concepts in mind, this look was born. For accessories, I threw in some accessories from French fashion icons such as Louis VuittonHermes, and Christian Louboutin. And for the finishing touch, I added this beautiful Chanel bracelet that I picked up in Paris at the home of Chanel. The best kind of souvenir, don’t you think?

What do you think of when you hear the words “Parisian chic”? If you could plan your perfectly Parisian outfit, what would it look like?


Photography by Kelly Purkey


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Lili!

  1. caroline says:

    Excellent and very exciting site. Love to watch. Keep Rocking.

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much!

  2. whitney says:

    this is such a chic outfit, and what an amazing backdrop. I have a Paris trip coming up in March and I can’t wait!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you, Whitney! Awesome about your trip. I’ll try to do a post with some recommendations soon.

  3. nunu says:

    i love that dress. so gorgeous 😉
    if you want check it out my new post, it will be my pleasure 😉

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you, Nunu!

  4. Auna says:

    This is such a lovely look with a beautiful back drop! Just stunning!

    xx Auna | http://simplyauna.com

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks very much, Auna!

  5. Tina says:

    These photos are beyond amazing. Love the details and the angles. I will definitely taken you up on your offer of contemporary art museums in Paris. I’m excited to start planning!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Tina! Yes, Kelly did such a fabulous job on the photos. And it was so easy – these beautiful locations just on either side of my hotel. We had taken all these photos before we even had our morning coffee. Ha.

  6. Stunning! You look beautiful and the photography is amazing. Makes me miss Paris so much!

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    1. Carrie says:

      So nice!Thank you very much, Jenny. And yes I miss Paris too. So magical. 😀

  7. Monica says:

    Oh Paris!!! The perfect backdrop to such a dreamy outfit. One of my favorites 🙂 xox

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, sweet friend! Paris is always a good idea, right?

  8. I am 100 percent in love with this outfit. Very Audrey. xoxo

    1. Carrie says:

      I 100 percent love ya and appreciate your comment! So nice, S. :)))

  9. NINA says:

    I absolutely love this post, Carrie! What artistic photos and your look is so elegant!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you so much for the sweet words, Nina. 🙂

  10. Sheri says:

    Hi Carrie,
    I popped back to this post as I am looking for a necklace to go with that fabulous black dress from Banana Republic you helped me find a couple of years ago (similar in style to the dress you were wearing here).

    Where did your necklace from? Would you have any reasonable costume jewellry suggestions? Looking around Bauble Bar….


    1. Carrie says:

      Let me see what I can find…

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