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I had read about the eclectic Marais quarter before we left and I knew we had to spend some time there. This morning we hopped on the Metro and headed across the Seine to the Le Marais. We got off at St. Paul and the moment we looked around we knew this place was special. It felt quaint, but big at the same time and everywhere we looked there were narrow, winding cobblestone streets. We quickly decided to just wander these streets to see what we could ﬁnd. One of the ﬁrst areas we stumbled upon was the Jewish district… which we both fell in love with immediately! The store fronts were all meticulously kept, the bakeries and delis had delicious breads in the window and the butcheries all looked family owned. We found ourselves on this little backstreet that had beautiful grafﬁti and there were school children gathered around listening to their teacher talk about the meaning of the street art… fascinating!
Next up, the Louvre! We walked through a passage way and peeked in the windows to see just how massive the interior of the Museum was… it was beautiful and overwhelming at the same time! We kept walking until we popped out of an archway and landed smack dab in the middle of the courtyard right in front of the pyramid that holds the entrance. We sat down at one of the water features to relax a bit after walking a bagillion miles. The people watching was so great and the view was unreal… so we just sat, sketched and took in the scene. We never did make it inside… next time.
I couldn’t wait to get to the Tuileries and hang out among the trees, ﬂowers and statues so we kept on moving until we ran right into them. First stop… the ice cream cart … and it might have been some of the best I have had! Plus I will never forget the impeccably dressed little girl in the red coat waiting patiently for her treat. Hmmm, how do I get my girls to do that I wondered?
We found a big water pond that was surrounded by lounge chairs… SCORE! We plopped down and I immediately felt like I was in heaven! The sun was shining, people were enjoying the day, Micah was sketching and I was people watching… apparently my specialty on this trip.
One of the most inspiring and thought provoking things we saw on our recent trip to Paris were these beautiful doors that lined the city’s streets. While I (Erin) was busy taking pictures and admiring the colors and craftsmanship of the doors, Micah was obsessed with figuring out what was on the other side! This gives you a little insight about how we work together here at Lately Lily.
Each door was just a little different from the next and if the timing was right, we were able to peek inside! ♥ Erin
- We headed over to Inkwright Screenprinting to check up on our tees… and admire their ink kitchen!
- Erin got to work organizing and assembling the new hangtags.
- We headed to Culver City for a meeting and stopped off to visit Erin’s brother at the fire station… Thanks Tommy!
- Checked out this super new restaurant, LYFE. Let’s just say, eating your lunch surrounded by herbs growing out of the wall just makes you feel good!
Paris Trip: Introduction
Why did this season just happen to be Paris, you ask? Well, first and foremost, it’s the most romantic capital of the world; two it has the best hot cocoa and baguettes; and three, we just wanted an excuse to go there!
Yes, that’s right… last October Micah and I were insanely lucky enough to board a plane and jet off to the notorious City of Lights to do some R & D for the new Spring line! During these next few weeks, we will share with you excerpts from our journal (Erin) and drawings from sketchbooks (Micah) that we kept while getting lost in this big, fantastic city!
Day 1: Erin’s Journal
We boarded the plane in LA and quickly realized they had secretly upgraded us to business class… really?! While quietly screeching with excitement, I couldn’t help but think that this trip was destined to be amazing! Exiting the plane in Paris, I couldn’t believe how beautiful the Charles de Gaulle airport was. Green tinted glass everywhere, sleek, modern architecture… it was like walking through an art museum.
We grabbed our luggage, exchanged currency and headed to catch the next train into Paris. We jumped on the train and that’s when things got a little tricky. It was rush hour and at every stop, more and more people jumped on and soon Micah and I were squashed into a corner. About an hour into the trip, the train came to a screeching halt and everybody looked confused… most notably Micah and I. We were trying to read faces because we had no idea what was happening! All of a sudden, everyone jumped off the train. It wasn’t our stop, but we grabbed our bags and followed. It seemed like the train conductors were playing tricks on us because about a minute later, everyone jumped back on the train… then everyone jumped back off the train! We looked at each other and wondered if we were going to be sleeping in the train station for the night. Just before I almost had a nervous breakdown… everyone jumped back on and the train took off for the next stop… whew! We finally made it to our destination… Pasteur… in the 15 Arrondissement and I couldn’t have been more relieved! We hopped off the train and headed up the stairs to street level. As I was walking up the stairs I had a rush of excitement because I could hear the bustle of the city. We popped up into the middle of a very busy street and directly in front of us was the Eiffel Tower… glowing in the night sky. It took my breath away and for a moment… I felt like I was dreaming.
Hi friends! Check out our behind-the-scenes pictures from our Spring 2013 photo shoot. What a fun day!
Isn’t this colorful fishing village in Fjällbacka, Sweden mesmerizing? I think every day would be a good day when you walk outside and see the colorful houses that line the water’s edge. I picture Lily wearing this bright, whimsical outfit sailing through the tiny islands off the Swedish coast while peering out her binoculars at the seal colonies she passes. What a surreal day indeed! ♥ Erin
There are just so many cool things about Venice, but I’m going to focus on two of the most fun for this post… gondolas and gelato! This outfit is inspired by the gondola…. tough on the outside, soft and romantic the inside. Jean vest + studded hightop… tough. A lacy pink dress… so romantic! This outfit would be perfect for kicking back in a gondola, cruising the picturesque canals with the perfect Italian gelato in hand. ♥ Erin
Today’s Style File inspiration comes from Myanmar, otherwise known famously as The Golden Land. Myanmar truly sparkles with its gilded treasures and golden pagodas. One of the best ways to admire the beautiful temples and monasteries is by flight on a hot air balloon! How fun! So, what would Lily wear on a hot air balloon flight in Myanmar? I think of Lily wearing this darling little outfit while floating high above the ancient kingdom. What a wonderful experience! ♥ Erin
Top: Lamantine Athena Blouse; Skirt: Scotch R’belle; Stockings: Gap; Shoes: Chupeta Paris; Photo Credit
Hey all! Erin here, co-founder and design director of Lately Lily. The Traveling Girl is at home anywhere she goes. She has an effortless, utilitarian sense of fashion that adapts to suit her locale. I like to imagine Lily in the places we send her and think of what she might actually wear. Its fun! I’ve grabbed a beautiful photo that inspires me, in this case a prairie in Iceland, and used it as a jumping off point for putting together the perfect outfit, pulled from the current offerings of some of my favorite designers in the Kids space. Then, I hand it off to Micah for a quick sketch of The Traveling Girl herself, sporting her perfectly adapted new gear. It’s a little feature we like to call The Lately Lily Style File! ♥ Erin