Thursday, January 31, 2019

My Recent Trip to Paris: What to do in Winter

What to do in Paris when it's Cold. 

This is the question everyone has been asking me since I got back. Despite Paris being hundreds of years older than anything in America, believe it or not, it's quite up to date on heating! I know, crazy and I'm sure I just blew your mind. It was quite a concern going into a few places, more specifically Notre Dame. Though fictional, I think I had Quasimodo and the 1800s on the brain. It's so easy to be transported through time in Paris. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

My Recent Trip to Paris: What I Ate

What I ate. 

Yummmmm. My goodness, I have been spoiled, my lovely friends! My sweet cousins we're so kind and really treated me to a true Parisian cuisine experience. Each meal was prepared and cooked morning, noon and night. Surprisingly enough, locals don't like to over complicate their food but they do like a nice warm meal surrounded my family or friends. Many of my meals were based around appetizers and warm drinks. Who could complain about that?

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

My Recent Trip to Paris: What I Wore

What I Wore In Paris Winter

If you're following me on instagram, you probably caught a sneak peek of me out and about in Paris! I was fortunate enough to snag an amazing roundtrip deal from Seattle to Paris via Iceland Air and took advantage of having family in the city. Merci, Sandrine, Frederique and Stephane!

My darling cousins were kind enough to host my youngest sister and my mom for 4 nights in the city of love. I ate more bread, macarons and wine then I ever have in my whole life those 5 days but, my word, I was happy. It was bitter cold but my long grey sweater dress, thermals and my S13 puffy jacket saved me from freezing to death. Dramatic much? Always.

After try SO hard gather my whole trip into one post, I've realized it just won't work! So I've broken this post up into 3 sections: What I wore. What I ate. What to do in Paris when it's cold. Today's post is all about what I wore on my day out and about in Paris.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Catching up with Corduroy Play Shorts

I'm writing this post at 6:36am from the Reykjavik airport. I arrived about 30 minutes ago from a 7 hour flight from Seattle. I don't sleep on planes and as much as I think I did... I know I didn't. Despite the minor back pain and dehydration, I'm surprisingly awake enough to know I shouldn't get a coffee before my next flight. I'm tired enough to still keep my eyes shut and try sleep.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Easy Chicken Instant Pot Soup

Instant Pot Easy Chicken Soup

Maybe I'm lazy. Maybe it's exhaustion from a full day of work or because I'm hoping to get a jump start on cooking. Maybe it's habit. I don't really know. All I know is that every time I go to Trader Joe's I always pick up their container of Mirepoix.

What is mirepoix? The french word, mirepoix, doesn't actually translate to anything in English. However, the italian word for mirepoix is Soffritto which means "to sauté" or "stir fry". The term is also know as the "Holy Trinity" of cooking but to us in the good ol' US of A... it simply means chopping carrots, celery and onion.

Each region seems to have it's own special blend for this mix but I prefer the french base and a hefty amount of olive oil to get a nice even browning coat.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Fluffy Grey Sweater & Blue Jeans

sweater with scarf

sweater with laugh

Can we just have a moment to say "yay!" for sisters? Both my sisters have been super supportive of me and of Peplums & Pie in 2018. My youngest sister, Sarah, is always so kind and willing to take my photos but she's also always ready to make me laugh. We could be doing absolutely nothing and the next thing we know, we're doubled over with the giggles.

Thank goodness for sisters and the work out of a good laugh.

Today I have another outfit where I'm wearing pants! During 2018 there were a lot of dresses and skirts. My challenge is to re-style many of those basic pieces, but I'd like to incorporate more everyday styles to the blog. Which is why today's outfit is not only two pieces but also is a great example on how to mix warm and cool tones together.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Woodsy Plaid Jacket & PomPom Beanie

Plaid Jacket outfit with pompom beanie

Happy New Year, friends! What a week! This New Year is going to be amazing, I can feel it! For the past two years I've created a private vision board on pinterest. I update it through out the year, add to it and edit it. This year I've got a lot of big things I'm looking for which means I'll be cutting my budget to save up. Which is an exciting challenge for me, and for Peplums & Pie! I'll be doing a lot more thrift shopping this year as well as recycling my clothes to show how to re-style pieces with other outfits. 

You guys know I love a good challenge. Especially a good budget challenge. Speaking of, this woodsy lumberjack-eque plaid jacket is on sale. Let the challenge begin!