The Snakeskin Boots

LK Bennett Boots, similar here, here and here // Acne Studios Scarf, similar here // Sisley Anti-Ageing Fondation // Ray Bans // La Redoute rug

Fergie once said (yes, I am indeed quoting Fergie of Black Eye Peas fame): "the right pair of shoes can change the feel of an outfit and even change how a woman feels about herself." I've always thought this to be true, but I'm not sure how many times I've actually experienced it. For example, I do feel more womanly and sexier in high heels, but the fact that they usually rub my feet, leave blisters and make me never want to wear heels again, does slightly mar the whole event. Never has a pair shoes truly changed the way I feel, until now. Let me introduce you to the snakeskin printed leather boot. I've had my eye on a pair of boots like these since last winter, but somehow neglected buying them. But as soon as the weather started to turn colder in Paris, I began eyeing up boots, as one does and remembered how I had wanted a pair just like these. And since buying them I've hardly taken them off. Besides being comfortable leather, just the right heel height so as not to batter the balls of my feet too much when I'm pounding the pavement, they make me walk taller, with more confidence and more purpose. In fact I've caught myself positively strutting on a few occasions (a bit like Dave in that MoneySuperMarket ad - if you're a Brit or work in advertising, you'll know what I'm talking about, if not you can watch it here.) And to top that off, I've been getting a lots of compliments (or maybe my friends are just being polite after I force them to look at my boots). Either way I don't think I've been this excited about shoes since Clarks launched Magic Steps in the 80s (again you'll need to be British to know what I'm talking about.)

Have you ever bought a pair of shoes, or any other item of clothing for that matter, that has had more than a physical affect on you? 

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The Blue Pearl

Breakfast at Casa Perleta. 

Breakfast at Casa Perleta. 

Do:

  • Walk up to the Spanish Mosque (about a 30min hike up a hill) to watch the sun set over Chefchaouen
  • Get out into the streets at 7am before everyone else wakes up to get some shots

Eat:

  • Don't miss lunch (make that dinner too) at Bab Ssour - they do great tagines for around €5. Head up the stairs to the terrace for a breeze and a view over the rooftops. 
  • To be honest I didn't eat much besides a crepe, but grab at least grab a drink here to have an excuse to go up to the terrace and oogle the view, one of the best of the city. 

We stayed at Casa Perleta, but if I'd been a bit more plush, I'd probably have stayed at Lina Ryad and Spa.

 

White Heat

Ah heat -  the sun briefly reared its head a couple of weeks ago, only to disappear behind a blanket of grey cloud more recently. These photos were shot on a fortuitously sunny day at the Palais de Tokyo (one of my favourite Paris galleries) before we had our little short-lived heatwave a couple of weekends ago (remember me wearing my off the shoulder Ganni top?). Luckily, in between passing clouds, brilliant white sun shone down onto the sand coloured stone building – making it look deceptively hot and like I'm basking in its rays. It was nippy at best (and freezing in the shadow).

{An aside note: now you may or may not know that I'm British (well half - other is American, but I spent my whole life in the UK before moving to Paris, besides an ERASMUS year in Valencia, Spain during university), and we are notoriously known for talking about the weather. I do it on a daily basis, it's part of my culture - having grown up on an island that is regularly battered by the elements, so forgive me if I often prattle on about it!}

As soon as spring hits, I fish out my parka – it’s lightweight so good for the (ever so slightly) warmer weather, and has a hood – protection for any of those frequent spring showers. I’m currently looking out of the window at a friend's in London, while I write this and am watching the grey sky fill with rain clouds – so a hood is a necessitiy, if not one of those clear hooded gagools that they dish out at the Niagara Falls for example? I joke (kind of).

This particular one is from A.P.C and I’ve had it going on 5 years.  A parka is a wardrobe essential and you can’t go wrong Khaki – it goes with everything and it’s refreshing adding a little green to your closet as the season changes. Other great options: here, here, here and here

I also start wearing white when spring comes around. This year I'm being a bit more daring and wearing it top to toe, rather tricky when you live in a city, it's better on the beach - but I will persevere!  It crops up on the catwalks every year as it's just so easy to wear (as long as you don't go near red wine, spaghetti bolognese, animals, general everyday life) and will keep you cool when the heat finally hits. [Scroll down for outfit links!]

I'm wearing:

ME+EM white jeans (they run a little big so take a size down // & Other Stories Silver Shoes // Ray Bans // COS bow front shirt shirt - similar Topshop one here, Ellery one here and Tibi here // Tom Ford  // Noir Jewellery earrings from the Outnet, similar here

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Photos of me by Roxanne Matiz, edited by me. 

Market Fleurs

One of my favourite things to do when I'm home in France is go to the market (simple pleasures). Finally the weather and me being in Paris for the weekend convened, so this morning I donned my off-the-shoulder Ganni top (it's a little more than I'd usually pay, but great quality and actually stays off the shoulder, unlike most tops which seem to pop off every time I lift my arms) that I picked up in Copenhagen last week, my (self-labeled) ugly sandals, which I happen to love (hopefully I'm managing to pull them off and don't look like I'm about to go on a hike into the Amazon - although obviously I plan to wear them for that too!) and picked up a couple of Velibs (another favourite past-time) and cycled to the market at Bastille. There we ate oysters (there are a couple of stalls where you can get 6 for 6€ and a plastic cup of white wine for 2€ (the best kind of sunday lunch), followed by canelés, picked up the week's food shopping and bought that all-important bunch of flowers (white peonies!) for an Instagram photo (clearly the real reason for a market visit). You can see it all on my snapchat: marissacoxparis. 

// Ganni top //

I'm wearing Ganni top //  Ray Bans // Lancome lipstick

I'm wearing Ganni top // COS jeans // Teva Sandals // Ray Bans // Iris & Ink bag, similar here // Lancome lipstick

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'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. 

Spring Blues

Iris & Ink bag, similar here,  Iris & Ink Gilet ,  Stan Smith trainers ,  Ray Ban Sunglasses ,  COS jeans , White tee, similar  here  and  MAC lipstick .

Iris & Ink bag, similar here, Iris & Ink GiletStan Smith trainers, Ray Ban Sunglasses, COS jeans, White tee, similar here and MAC lipstick.

As I write this, the rain is pummelling against the window (Tina Turner style – ironically she’s live from Rio here, which is where I’d much rather be right now…), and yes I can’t stand the rain. It's cold and it’s miserable out there, nothing I wear seems to protect me from the big huge drops falling left, right and centre, and I’ve literally felt like I’ve been cold for six months, travelling with a hot water bottle (unless it’s to somewhere tropical) wherever I go. Suffice to say, it might be time to emigrate to LA…

So my intention with shooting a spring(ier) style post (i.e. sans big warm dressing gown coat from COS, which I’ve been living in during those said cold six months), was to help kickstart warmer weather (even if it’s just in my mind). I photographed it on a much sunnier, yet not much warmer day (fittingly), outside a blue door that I spotted on a recent bike ride through le Marais - thinking it'd make a nice backdrop to my almost all blue attire. Despite being the colour of cold, I’m a big advocate for blue, or rather navy. It’s not as somber as black, but just as easy to wear - throw on and mix up with neutral shades and pretty much any colour and pattern. And it can be worn right through to summer – it’s an all season, all weather colour. Just top with a beige trench and slap on a lighter lip colour and you’re dressed for spring(ish), just don’t forget your umbrella!

Photos of me by Haleigh Walsworth, edited by me. 

Lisbon // Part 1

If you're following me on Instagram, you might have seen some colourful, sun-drenched photos popping up on my feed as I spent last weekend in Lisbon. Having spent just a day a few years ago in Portugal's capital, I have been eager to get back and explore more of the city ever since. Luckily the weather was perfect - blue skies every day with an average temperature of 18 degrees - my idea of spring! Along with five other photographers and Instagrammers from Berlin, London, Paris and the US, I was invited to stay in the city with HERE, a navigation application that allows you to (among other things), find your way around a city or new country offline - a huge advantage when I travel so much and don't want to come home to a huge phone bill, having used all my data abroad.

So.. after checking into the beautiful Pestana Palace on Friday afternoon, I ordered a cab and quickly headed over to the centre of Lisbon to meet Alice at Cafe A Brasileira to get my chops around some tasty pastel de natas and make the most of the first afternoon in the city.  We wandered around visiting A Vida Portuguesa to pick up some pretty soaps and Cutipol to drool over the cutlery (this brand has been on my list for a while). Then we headed back to the hotel to join the rest of our group for dinner.  I have a ton of photos, so there's going to be a couple of parts, but first here's the city of Lisbon. Scroll down for my little guide and let me know if you have any other tips! 

Pastel de natas at  A Brasileira

Pastel de natas at A Brasileira

Alice Gao  browsing books in  Livraria Sa Da Costa

Lisbon Guide:

  • Stay - Pestana Palace
  • Eat - pastel de natas at Cafe a Braseilera // lunch at A Cervicheria  or Cervejaria Ramiro or Mercado da Ribeira  // dinner at Belcanto restaurant 
  • Cafes - Copenhagen Coffee Lab // Cafe da Fabrica 
  • See - Arco Triunfal da Rua Agusta // Basilica de Estrella // Sao Jorge Castle 
  • Shop - A Vida Portuguesa // Cutipol 

Thanks to HERE for making this trip possible // All opinions my own.