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A French vacation (part 1)

January 4, 2017


I’m finally around to getting our France trip up…took me forever with the holiday bustle! If you didn’t catch my day to day in France on Instagram (@vogueinvines), we flew into Paris, spent 1 night exploring the city, and then took a train down to Bordeaux (the original wine country). Through Joe’s connections in the wine world, we got the privilege of exploring the most famous wineries in the world. A full dive into the chateaus we visited is coming, but here’s a quick peak of some outfit highlights from the trip.

Since it was the middle of winter, it was pretty chilly! I wore as many layers as possible and loaded up on the accessories (hats, gloves, scarves, etc.). For my post on what I packed for this trip (including in flight necessities and what luggage I use), find it here.

VINCE coat: shop here // H & M suede leggings: shop here // STUART WEITZMAN boots: shop here and less expensive version here and here // MARC JACOBS scarf: shop here // ASOS fur gloves: shop here

(^ you can’t go wrong with all black! I layered up a cashmere turtleneck under this VINCE coat, threw on some suede leggings and OTK boots, and then kept warm with a scarf and much needed gloves)

TOPSHOP faux fur pink coat: shop similar here and here // ASOS sweater dress: shop here // JOHNSTON & MURPHY chelsea boots: shop here

(^you guys…these boots are EVERYTHING. They are extremely comfortable, can be worn with dresses, jeans, skirts, you name it. AAAAAND they are waterproof!! I wore these almost everyday and thought they felt more comfortable than my sneakers…you NEED a pair)

One of my FAVORITE parts of our trip was lounging in our Airbnb. We rented this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in the heart of Bordeaux. We were located on the 3rd floor above all the cutest French boutiques in the middle of downtown. How adorable is this spot!?

Another thing I enjoyed most about this trip was being able to explore the city and country side. Living in Napa, I have such a solid feeling of what wineries, vineyards and the surrounding towns are like. But France is a completely different world! The town of Bordeaux has a San Francisco feel to it if the city was built hundreds and hundreds of years ago. And the wineries are rooted in so much history, it makes Napa feel brand new. Joe’s winery Robert Mondavi just celebrated their 50th year in the valley, while most wineries we visited in Bordeaux are going on 200 or 300 years!

(^My packing list wouldn’t be complete without my Ditto sunnies! I wanted to bring a pair that was versatile and had a classic eye shape, so I swapped out my last pair for these Prada stunners. Remember: use code “vogueinvines” for 1 month free!! A year’s subscription is less than 1 pair of designer glasses AND you have access to hundreds of styles that you can swap out for at any time. It’s seriously the best thing I’ve discovered 🙂

Another highlight of the trip was exploring my favorite museum in the world: Musee d’Orsay. I visited this museum for the first time in college during my summer abroad (a 4 week art studio course in the south of France and Paris) and fell in love instantly. It houses some of the most famous artists and pieces ever created, and rotates new exhibits constantly. Which pieces are your favorite?

(^how stunning is this building?)

I wish these photos could portray how spectacular these paintings are. This depiction above is about 20 ft x 30 ft and so amazing!

Phew, it’s hard to squeeze all my photos into a post! I have another ‘France’ post coming with photos and content about our time in Paris, and then a full blown write up on the wineries we had the pleasure to visit. If you have any questions about what airline we flew, our Airbnbs, hotels, rental cars, or anything else travel related, feel free to leave a comment or email me at

I’ll be sharing more from this trip soon so stay tuned!




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1 Comment

  • Reply Megan Davis February 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Love the red bag! What brand is it?

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