'Marissa' the Midi

Meet Marissa. No I'm not talking about myself in the third person - meet 'Marissa' the midi skirt. When I saw the Iris & Ink 'Marissa' tie-waist crepe midi skirt, I didn't even bat an eyelid. I knew I had to have her. A skirt with my name, that looks good and (thankfully) fits well = a no brainer. But I didn't just buy it for the name, it also makes the perfect trans-seasonal skirt. Wear in spring when it's not quite warm enough to don anything above the knee and it makes the perfect cover up for summer with sandals - when you're not on holiday, on a beach and don't feel like getting your legs out, along with the unwanted attention that comes with extra skin on show. It also makes a great evening option - I wore this exact outfit to dinner in Portugal (which you would have seen it if you follow me on Snapchat - marissacoxparis.) Plus it has a tie waist - big news for fashion this year (notice how you've been drawn to everything with a bow or tie recently?) - making a flattering addition. It certainly helped hide my full belly while I ploughed my way through the epic 15 course meal at Belcanto in Lisbon. Practical and stylish, I'll take it as a compliment. 

Leopard Print shoes from J.Crew, similar here // Iris & Ink Marissa Tie-Waist skirt from The Outnet // Bomber jacket from & Other Stories, similar here // Ribbed Tee from Topshop, similar here // Cream leather Clutch from ME+EM here // Ray Bans, here.

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Photos by Haleigh Walsworth, edited by me. 

Notes from the Weekend

I finally kicked my chest infection after taking a round of antibiotics, so was a happy to get out and about again in Paris and looking at what I got up to below, I think I made the most of it!

+ Friday eve I dined at

Le Potager du Marais

(a good choice for any vegetarians/vegans visiting Paris!)  It was one of the best vegetarian meals I've had.

+ Saturday I guzzled pancakes at the

Rose Bakery

, wandered around le Marais buying candles at Muji, an umbrella at Uniqlo and a glass mug at Merci

+ Saturday eve we dined with friends at

Marylou

in the 10th. A lovely little (and reasonably-priced) bistro serving small plates. 3/4 is enough sharing between two. Followed by drinks at

Le Rosie

in the 18th.

+ Sunday we roamed around the market at Bastille on rue Richard Lenoir - open until 3pm, shopping for fruit, veg and the bunch of tulips featured on the mantlepiece.

+ Sunday afternoon I met friends for afternoon tea at the newly refurbished

Pavillion des Canaux

Paris Apartment Update

It's freezing cold and grey in Paris, so since I've been back I've been spending most of my time inside, cocooning as much as possible, cosy on the sofa, bundled under throws and drinking numerous cups of herbal tea - the January health plan is currently underway. I went on a bit of a framing frenzy at the weekend, so thought I'd share a little update. (There's nothing like nosy-ing around someone's home to distract you from your current task!) 

Furnishing the apartment these past few months has become an ongoing job and pleasure (read obsession). Yet at the same time I'm apprehensive about showing more and can already see things that need improving in the photos I'm posting - such as a 

new bedside table and lamp for example, but for now the boy's vintage side table and old Ikea lamp do the trick. 

We finally have a sofa, but still need a table, chairs, rug, curtains, coffee table, wardrobe… the list goes on. 

You can often find me staring across the main room envisioning various pieces of furniture and trinkets – mapping them out in my mind. The boy must think I’m a nut as I change things on a daily basis – I like to call it 'curating'. I’m a perfectionist and like things just so. There are a few corners I’m (almost) happy with - namely the fireplace and free-standing shelves we bought from

Muji

, which I’m constantly styling and rearranging. As the apartment is in an old Haussmannian building (big plus), we can’t fix shelves to the walls just in case they crumble down (slight negative).

There are already a few cracks, which I’m a little concerned about, which might scupper my prospective art wall of framed prints in the bedroom...

Atop the shelving, the print is from the newly renovated,

Picasso Museum

(a must see if you come to Paris). I'm a big art fan, but more and more prefer prints with minimal colour. I would rather have a neutral palette with pops of colour in the flat, a bit like the clothes I wear. The bowls were made by my mum who has been potting for years - I love the turquoise and blue colours. (My new year's resolution is to learn.) And I currently have a thing for copper and picked up the lamp and candlestick I picked up in Amsterdam. The apartment is slowing taking shape and it's feeling a lot more like home.

I'd love to know what you think?!

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