When I got wind of the attacks on Paris last week I was heartbroken. I’ve only been to Paris once, and it was one of the most magical experiences of my life. It breaks my heart that a city full of so much love and light is hurting. As a New Yorker, I know that the citizens are surely feeling the sorrow, but know they will build their city back up, together, stronger than anyone could ever imagine.
When I went out over the weekend, I reached for my Eiffel Tower necklace with thoughts not of the usual love and happiness, but with a heavy heart, praying for my favorite city, and clasped it around my neck in solidarity.
I thought it was a nice, and subtle, way to show that I’m thinking of them. It also got me thinking of other ways to show your solidarity.
Of course, donating is the most impactful way to show your support, and here are a few ways you can go about doing so:
I totally forgot that yesterday was Bastille Day! It is one of the more memorable days of the year for me because I’ll never forget the day my marvelous Aunt Stephanie came to pick me up for our annual trip to Manhattan wearing a fabulous hat in honor of the holiday! In honor of the holiday, here’s a belated list of celebs wearing their chicest hats!
Let’s kick this list off with the fanciest of the fanciest, my personal fave – the fascinator! No one rocks a fascinator like the Dutchess of Cambridge. Check her out:
Nicole Richie is one of my favorite style icons, and took a fashion risk with this yellow hat and blouse, but being the fashion maven she is, pulled it off beautifully:
KoKo is usually seen out and about in more casual baseball hats, but jazzed up sailor hat is certainly a show stopper:
Only Taylor Swift can make an ordinary hat look chic:
And of course, a list by me wouldn’t be complete without some Britney love:
The situation over in Paris right now is really upsetting. Paris is one of my favorite cities, as it was where my husband proposed. Paris is magical. It is the real life fairytale that stories and works of art make it out to be. The terror, deaths and protests are really putting a dark cloud over a really special place. The streets of République where my husband and I overlooked every morning are now filled with protestors, fighting for justice. Of course I understand their passion, and agree with their actions, but it makes me sad.
My best friend went to Paris last Sunday (January 4th) to embark on a non-profit mission for Womanity, something that would be a life-changing event in her life, but no one expected that just days later she would be in the center of terrorist attacks. While she is thankfully safe, it did keep her on high alert, and has decided it was time to brave the city alone and discover Paris.
I was reflecting on this over the weekend, and I got a case of the feels. I remembered that my mother-in-law put a Metal Earth Eiffel Tower, and decided now was a perfect time to put it together as my own tribute to the city of light.
This concept of a brooch is a bit new for me. It began a few years ago, when my aunt gave me one of my grandmother’s opal brooches. She knows that I love opals because they are my birthstone and figured I would get the most use out of it than anyone else in the family.
I was kind of puzzled. I was super excited to get it, but I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. Being in my mid-twenties at the time, and at a job where jeans were the norm, I didn’t think I would ever really have the chance wear it.
When blazers started making a comeback, and when I was brave enough to buy one that didn’t make me feel old or butch, it dawned on me that I could pin it on the lapel.
Since then, there has been no turning back. I’ve been wearing that opal brooch on every lapel that ever touched me. I never felt the need to get a new one, since the one I have has such sentimental value to it. But, a few months ago, November 8th to be exact, I did find a beautiful Eiffel Tower brooch on Etsy. The Eiffel Tower is another thing that holds a special place in my heart as it is where my husband proposed to me. I didn’t think twice, I bought it.
Although I love it, I couldn’t bring myself to wear it right away. I couldn’t imagine replacing grandma’s pin. This past week was the first time I wore it. It was a nice change, and it added a pop of color to my gray and black ensemble, which made it easier to wear. I’m looking forward to adding it into my rotation.