Paris, State of Mind

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, March 28, 2016 IN: Fashion Lifestyle


Paris, State of MindNovember 2016, Hubs and I will discover what river cruising is all about.  September last year, I was totally hooked when I stopped by the local AAA office.  I learned the most popular way to experience Europe are the river cruises, so I booked a ten-day Seine River Cruise.  SInce that autumn date, I’ve been in a Paris, state of mind.

Paris, State of MindLast year, hubby and I celebrated our milestone birthdays with low-key celebrations.  This year, we decided we did not want to overlook the opportunity to commemorate our mutual benchmarks.

Paris, State of Mind
My BFF Cynthia, and her hubby, decided they wanted to join us for the adventure with two extra days in Paris.  We even found a non-stop flight direct from Philly to the Charles De Gaulle Airport.  There are many promotional discounts when you book early.  We received a discount from AAA as well as from Ama Waterways because we booked by September 30.
Paris, State of MindWhen viewing the Christmas windows in New York City in December, I couldn’t resist the temptation to purchase the late french empress of fashion, DIane Vreeland’s Smashing Brillant perfume at Bergdorf Goodman.  Diana’s family is doing an amazing job carrying on her legacy with an exclusive line of DIana Vreeland perfume that is being carried by select retailer’s like Bergdorf Goodmans.

Location: Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York; Wearing: ASOS oversized coat, J. Crew wool dress, Clare V leather pouch and Nine West booties.

Wearing: ASOS oversized coat, J. Crew wool dress, Clare V pattern leather pouch from Anthropologie  and Nine West booties. Photos by Channing Hargrove.

I thought I would get to see Diana Vreeland showcased at the New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology exhibit titled “The Women of Harper’s Bazaar” on the noted columnist but it ends April 2.  However, I was able to dine at the french restaurant, Rotisserie Georgette for brunch on Easter Sunday.

Diana Vreeland Smashingly Brilliant eau de parfum and book about her years at Harper'sBazaar.

Diana Vreeland Smashingly Brilliant Eau de parfum and “Diana Vreeland, The Modern Women, The Bazaar Year 1936-1962”  book about her years at Harper’s Bazaar.

Not just in my conscious mind, the Paris, state of mind continued with my February visit to the Met Museum exhibit of the french aristocrat, designer, fashion icon and businesswoman, Jacqueline De Ribes.

A pack of Jacqueline de Ribes notecards that I plan to frame.

A pack of Jacqueline De Ribes notecards purchased at the Met that I plan to frame.

While in New York City that weekend, I selected the invitations for my daughter’s annual afternoon tea in April.  My favorite place for notecards and invitations is Papyrus.  What did I find?  The clerk was very helpful but it was slim pickings for tea invites.  I found note cards with the delectable treat, macarons, c’est magnifique!

2016 Tea Settee

Papyrus macaron invite for Afternoon Tea with my antique Old Royal bone china tea cups on a tiered tea cup stand.

One cannot think of the City of Light without considering the iconic and majestic wrought iron lattice tower on the Champs de Mars.  One of the most recognizable structures, the Eiffel Tower which opened on March 31, 1889.  Just in time to celebrate the Exposition Universelle of 1889.


1889 photo of the Eiffel Tower being built for the 1889 World's Fair in Paris, France.

Photo of the Eiffel Tower being built for the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, France, construction started January 28, 1887 and was completed March 15, 1889. Opening date was March 31, 1889.

I have a yummy memory of discovering the Italian hazelnut spread, Nutella in a crepe while standing around the Eiffel Tower in 2012 watching the long lines of visitors waiting to dine or take the elevator to the observation tower.  I now know to make Eiffel Tower dinner reservations before we get to Paris.

My Paris selfie standing near the Eiffel Tower, August 2012.

My 2012 Paris selfie standing near the Eiffel Tower, August 2012.

The Eiffel Tower is not only a symbol of the city of Paris, I’ve since developed my own fascination with the edifice.  I started collecting Eiffel Towers and recently added an Eiffel Tower charm to my collection of Tiffany charms.


My silver Eiffel Tower with my Tiffany charm bracelet (it's hard to see the Eiffel Tower charm)

My silver Eiffel Tower with my Tiffany charm bracelet (it’s hard to see the Eiffel Tower charm)

Anyone else develop a travel passion?  A place you can visit again, again and yet again?  If yes, do share!

Have a fabulous week!





  • I saw your beautiful cream outfit on IG and had to come over and see if you had it on your blog. I think creme is so elegant. And your pictures are beautiful this week-a great way to start out the week!

    • Terri,
      Hi! You just never know what matches! It’s so funny my millennial always says that I’m too matchy matchy but sometimes matchy matchy works. Thank you for stopping by Terri.

  • Glenda Harrison

    Eugenia, you look stunning. I will live vicariously through you. I look forward to your post about your trip.

    • Glenda,
      Hi! I always appreciate you stopping by The Age of Grace. I am so excited about the trip to Paris. I look forward to sharing deets with you when the time comes.