What To Pack: Paris

Je t’aime Paris.

No matter what day of the week, area of the city or person you run into, everyone is just chic. When I moved to Paris I remember feeling so completely clueless about how to dress myself in an attempt to fit in. Of course, I didn’t have to fit in, but there’s something about a Parisian woman with a fur coat that just makes you want to be her.

You should know that although Paris is on trend in regards to fashion, it’s best to play it safe with classic, fashionable items in your suitcase. When deciding what to pack for Paris, you should choose outfits that transition well from day to night and know that you can never go wrong with a black and white combo!

A statement necklace should help to pull your items together and don’t forget to wear thick tights if you go in the colder months!

what to pack for paris
1. High Waist Jeggings / 2. Casual Blazer / 3. Jumper / 4. Green Blouse / 5. Leggings / 6. Penny Boots / 7. Coat / 8. Flower Necklace / 9. Fleece Tights / 10. B&W Jumper / 11. Low Back Dress / 12. Slip Ons


I Hate Halloween

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Seriously guys, I hate Halloween and whilst that makes me feel like the biggest Halloween style Scrooge ever, I’m not even sorry about it.

I’m not sure if I have ever liked Halloween. I don’t remember a time where dressing up and knocking on people’s front doors was appealing to me, nor the ‘excuse to wear a slutty outfit’ parties that come along once you hit your late teens.

As a child, I was left disappointed by the sweets provided on the few occasions I actually did trick-or-treat. Is it just me or did anyone else have neighbours who used to just find old crap they didn’t want, then hand it out to the neighbourhood kids? If it’s just me, I definitely drew the short straw there.

Once I hit my late teenage years, and I use late pretty loosely because I was an early developer, I was still a little chubby. This meant that wearing slutty outfits was just not an option for me. The one time I did go to a party like this, I went dressed as Wednesday Adams, only to find everyone else at the party in crop tops. Spoiler Alert: I was the only girl who did not get kissed that night.

Seriously now, I am not trying to create a pity party here. I don’t dislike Halloween because I had a few bad experiences with fashion faux pas and poor chocolate selections, I just don’t have any passion for the holiday whatsoever.

How can people even call it a holiday? It’s the same with Valentines Day… but let’s not go down that route today.

In England, we aren’t so big on Halloween that it’s unavoidable. I spent many blissfully happy years in England not celebrating Halloween and on a few occasions it passed me by without any recognition. Then I went travelling and met a bunch of Americans.

Jeez, you guys just LOVE Halloween don’t you?! Every year my American friends are here to remind me of this ridiculous “holiday” and how we should all get together, do shots, wear funny clothes and act like idiots.

It sounds like I’d have an incredible time. Except I know it’s Halloween. And I know it’s lame. I will happily act like a idiot with whomever should ask me, I’m pretty good at it, but I refuse to do it dressed up as a slutty cat. Sorry.

Now, I’m not saying if you celebrate Halloween this year that I am going to think any less of you, whatever floats your boat my friend, but I am saying that I will not be celebrating it with you. I will not be excited by your various pins related to candy treats and I will not be interested in your posts sharing “outfit inspiration”.

Can someone just wake me up when we all start raving about Christmas decorations and pies? I am so down for that.

The Best Christmas Markets In Europe

The Best Christmas Markets In Europe

Europe is the place to be for Christmas Markets. From hot, mulled wine to cheesy, delicious treats, you will find everything you need to get yourself in the Christmas spirit and find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Take your pick from this list of the best Christmas markets in Europe to visit this December or even better, try to squeeze in more than one!

Most Christmas Markets in Europe begin towards the middle/end of November, which means now is the perfect time to book up a last minute trip. Read all about the markets below and then see my trip planning advice for routes and the best modes of transport.

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg Christmas Market
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Strasbourg’s Christmas market is the most famous in France and is located in the Alsace region. What makes Strasbourg an interesting place to visit is that because it is on the French-German border, you will find a mixture of French and German when you visit as well as a mixture of traditions. Be sure to look out for spiced wine and a Strasbourg speciality, spicy hot orange juice.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna Christmas Market
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Vienna’s Christmas market is home to over 150 stalls of Christmas related goodness. From hot gluhwein (mulled wine) and chestnuts to hand made decorations and gifts, it has everything you would want from a Christmas market. If you have time to travel, you could also try heading to Salzburg in Austria to visit one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe. It’s not as big as Vienna’s market, but it doesn’t make it look any less like a fairytale.

Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg Christmas Market
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You can find the Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas market) in Nuremburg on the main market square in the old quarter. This market also has a children’s market called Kinderweihnact, which has an old-fashioned carousel, ferris wheel and steam train, as well as a Nativity scene running between the two markets. Not only that, but the stall holders regularly compete with each other to be voted the most beautiful stall each year, meaning that in a nutshell, it’s pretty damn magical to be around.

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels Christmas Market
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The Brussels Christmas market features an ice skating ring in the middle of the market, which is perfect if you love to skate or you feel like taking a break from shopping to admire/giggle at ice skaters, depending on their talent! This market has many live attractions and also features a giant ferris wheel. What more could you want to get into the Christmas spirit whilst you shop?

Basel, Switzerland

Basel Christmas Market
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This Christmas market is considered to be the prettiest and largest in Switzerland. It is made up of two markets in the same city and highlights two of the best areas in Basel, the old town and right next to the city’s most well known landmark, the cathedral. Head to either of these markets to feel like you’re part of a fairytale wonderland and be sure to check out the Christmas tree, which is “designed by a Christmas tree specialist”. Yep. You’ll only see that once in your life!

Plan Your Trip

If you are looking to take a tour of several Christmas markets this year, then I would recommend your trip route look something like this (for the most efficient route): France – Belgium – Germany – Switzerland – Austria.

Whilst some of these trips will be cheaper as flights, which you can check out via Skyscanner for the cheapest deals, you may also find other methods of transport to be cheaper. Check out my top money saving travel tips for flying for the alternatives, particularly for transport between Switzerland and Australia as well as France and Belgium.

I’m hoping to visit Nuremberg and Paris this year to do my Christmas shopping because I can not get enough of Christmas markets! There is something about hot wine, cold noses and lots of red, green and gold that just makes me feel warm inside. Actually, it’s probably just the hot wine.