October 27, 2017

A Month In




Proud to say I'm thriving here in Paris!! It's only been a month and I feel like so much has happened. I've learned so much and have had the most amazing opportunities pop up all around me. I've broken this post up into three different categories- travel, passion, and self-reflection, in order to make it somewhat more organized.




T R A V E L

In the month that I've been here, I've traveled to Nice, Honfleur, and Copenhagen. UMMM what? Am I insane? Possibly.
But honestly, it's so hard not to travel every single weekend. Flights and train/bus tickets are so cheap! I've been trying my best not to travel as much as I could because I really want to be able to spend more time in Paris. After all, there's a reason why I decided to study abroad here. I think my goal is to just do at least one thing from my Paris Bucket List every day on the weekdays. BUT- more on that in a future post.
Nonetheless, I suffer from a lot of FOMO, so sometimes I can't help but just book trips heh.


My first stop was Nice, France! I've actually been wanting to visit Nice for the looooongest time after seeing pictures of it. Hello??? A small little beach town with colorful buildings and the most beautiful views? Tell me the date and I'll be there.
It was my first weekend trip and I'm so glad we decided to go here! It was starting to get cold, gloomy, and dreary in France and seeing as I'm from California, I was starting to miss the good ol' sun. I remember stepping out from the hostel with my friend and just smiling the entire time we walked to the beach. The sun was just beaming down on us and the warmth felt sO GOOD.
I think I'm going to end up making mini travel guides for all of the places I go to, so keep an eye out for that!
ALL IN ALL- Nice was 10/10 and such a good trip to take. It was close to Paris as well so that was really nice!! :) 


Honfleur was a quick trip with my study abroad program, and it was so nice to get out of the city for a day! We just walked around the town, went to a local farmer's market, did a hike up a hill, and ate some yummy crepes for lunch!


HEJ!! Next stop- Copenhagen, Denmark. I was so excited to visit because I've been wanting to see Denmark for such a long time now. It was the cutest lil town and had (DARE I SAY) the best pastries. Seriously. My life changed that weekend when I discovered chocolate wienerbrød.
We walked around the city (which was really easy to do!) and just discovered the coolest places scattered all around! Highly recommend going to Copenhagen if you're looking for a nice relaxing place to go to for a few days :)

P A S S I O N

As most of you know, fashion has been a part of my life for as long as I could remember. I've always wanted to get more involved in the fashion industry but was never in a place where I was able to. However, seeing as Paris Fashion Week was happening while I was abroad, I immediately tried to see if there was a way that I could get a press pass or something into a show. Alas, after a lot of research, I couldn't figure out a way to (let me know if you know of a way!). A week or so after my search, my study abroad program sent out an email that Badgley Mischka was looking for interns during Paris Fashion Week.
UM. HELLO? YES, IT'S ME, I WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER.
I sent in my application as soon as I got the chance, and then later got the reply that I got the internship!


I'm honestly still in shock that I got to do this. It was such a dream come true and the internship has definitely helped me realize that I want to pursue a career in the fashion industry. YES, I mostly steamed clothing but like..I was steaming thousands of dollars worth of clothing. Literally works of art. So I was 100% fine with it. It was an incredible experience and I can't wait to learn more about the industry!
Let me know if you want a more in-depth post about the internship! I'll probably do one soon :)

S E L F

Before I arrived in Paris and started this whole thing, I promised myself that I would try my best to get out of my comfort zone, try new things, and be as open minded as possible. Here are a few things that I've learned-

I've learned that free food is a way to get me to go anywhere.
Case in point: The only reason why I wanted to go to this club was because they were having free sushi...um duh, of course I'm going to go. Also yes I was basically the only person out of my group of friends to eat the sushi.
And I did (almost) demolish it.
IT'S FREE OK

I've learned that no matter how hard I try...I just don't like the taste of alcohol lol. 
I've learned that surrounding myself with the right people is so important.
I've learned that the amount of baguettes and pastries I eat is quickly becoming dangerous to my health.
I've learned that I find comfort and happiness in Chinatown. It might be because I'm surrounded by Chinese people or that I get to speak Cantonese to strangers. I haven't been able to pinpoint the exact reason, but I just know that Chinatown feels like my security blanket.
I've learned that it's okay to take rest days, but it's important to make the most of every day. 
I've learned that being healthy is (obviously) a form of self love and I need to treat my body better!!
I've learned I can get through anything I go through.


I still can't believe I'm in Paris, but I only have a few months left! I hope you enjoyed reading this post :)
I'm about to head to the airport because I'm on Fall Break now so be sure to follow me on Instagram (@classifiedcloset) and Snapchat (@xxshirl3y) to see where I'm traveling to.
Talk to you soon!


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