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Turning 23 in Paris

April 25, 2017

zara stripe scallop top IMG_3646 Moo's Musing Seine River Louvre Musuem Siene River Laduree Birthday Lovure Musuem scallop bell sleeve zara Louvre zara scallop top outfit tuileries garden Moo's musing Laduree Paris Laduree Paris Birthday Paris streets Bell sleeve blouse outfit orangerie museum Laduree Macarons Moo's Musing Zara outfitOur third day in Paris was my birthday!! Literally could not think of a better place to turn 23 in than Paris. I mean it’s Paris! This Europe trip wasn’t planned to be a birthday trip, it just seems that I travel on my birthday a lot. Last year I was in Seattle, and now this year Paris! I definitely am not going to complain about traveling for my birthday though! It’s seriously just so fun!

We started our day a little late, but it was enjoyable to sleep in and take our time to get ready. Our first stop was the Saint Chappelle since we didn’t have time to see if the day before. It’s right across the way from Notre Dame and it is so amazing! The entire room is covered in stain glass windows and all the colorful light coming in is just magical. It’s amazing to me how old and beautiful churches are overseas. In Southern California it’s very rare to find a church with such amazing architecture.

We then took the trek up past the Louvre to Ladurée Paris au Printemps de la Mode for my birthday lunch. Ladurée is one of my favorite places, and I’ve visited both of the ones we have in New York. Visiting one in Paris was seriously on my bucket list, and I was not missing out! It was such a perfect birthday lunch. I felt like I was living in a dream. Tori and I split a sandwhich, we had wine, and ended the meal with desert and tea. It was so cute, they even put a candle in a macaron for my birthday! You can bet I save that little ribbon too!

After our perfect little lunch we headed to the Tuileries Garden and sat and watched the boats for a little bit. That’s also where we took the outfit photos which are seriously some of my favorites from Paris! I think I need Tori to just always be my photographer. From there we headed to Musée de l’Orangerie which is just on the opposite side of the gardens. The people we stayed with told us all about this museum, and I’m a Monet fan so I was really looking forward to it. The Orangerie totally lived up to expectations too! I absolutely loved sitting in the oval room, and learning more about the water lilies painting.

To end my Parisian birthday we also met two different cats on our walk home. They just made my birthday that much better!

Top: Zara


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  • Joscelyn May 15, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday! I hope to go back to Paris again one day soon. It’s one of my most favorite places in the world!!

    • Mariah May 22, 2017 at 6:41 PM

      It was so amazing! I’m dying to go back already.

  • Justine @ Little Dove May 14, 2017 at 4:31 AM

    What a fun birthday! I’d love to go to Paris someday. What do you think was your favorite thing you saw there?

    • Mariah May 22, 2017 at 6:41 PM

      I loved the Musée de l’Orangerie with Monet’s Water Lilies painting!

  • Shane Prather May 11, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    I spent my 23rd in Monaco! Happy Birthday beautiful!

    • Mariah May 12, 2017 at 6:40 PM

      Oh my gosh how fun!

  • Marie May 11, 2017 at 3:56 AM

    love, love, love this look!! Happy Birthday!

    • Mariah May 12, 2017 at 6:40 PM

      Thanks Marie!

  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate May 11, 2017 at 3:14 AM

    How amazing to be in Paris for your birthday! I bet it was super special! LOVE your photos! (Happy birthday!)

    • Mariah May 12, 2017 at 6:40 PM

      It was so amazing! Thanks for reading Patricia!

  • Rachel May 11, 2017 at 2:51 AM

    Happy birthday!! I love traveling somewhere new for my birthdays too – looks like you picked a great spot!

    • Mariah May 12, 2017 at 6:39 PM

      It makes birthdays so fun!

  • Aubrey Yandow April 26, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    turning 23 in Paris sounds perfect! Also love the travel blog and HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

    xx. The Coastal Confidence – Aubrey

    • Mariah April 27, 2017 at 6:13 PM

      Thanks Aubrey! It was a dream come true.

  • Lydia April 26, 2017 at 3:09 AM

    Wow – it sounds like you had the best birthday. I’ve been to Paris once a long time ago and loved it so much. I need to go back again. I really love your top with those super cute bell sleeves =)

    Lydia | chicandmodish.com

    • Mariah April 27, 2017 at 6:13 PM

      Thanks Lydia! I absolutely fell in love with the city.

  • Nikki Arnold April 26, 2017 at 2:14 AM

    What an awesome way to spend your birthday!! I have not been to Paris yet, but I can’t wait to go.

    • Mariah April 27, 2017 at 6:13 PM

      It’s such an amazing place! I hope you get to visit soon.

  • Louisa April 26, 2017 at 1:11 AM

    Happy belated birthday! You look gorgeous. OMG French macaroons are the best! I miss those.

    • Mariah April 27, 2017 at 6:12 PM

      French macarons are my favorite! So good!

  • Rachel April 26, 2017 at 12:18 AM

    GORGEOUS (per usual)!!! So glad you got to spend your birthday in such an amazing place!

    Rachel / http://www.helloher.co

    • Mariah April 27, 2017 at 6:10 PM

      So much fun! Thanks Rachel!

  • Gloria Gordon April 25, 2017 at 8:49 PM

    Wow, this sounds like the perfect birthday!! Paris is a dream! And your photos are so well done, I really enjoyed this. Happy Belated Birthday!!

    • Mariah April 27, 2017 at 6:10 PM

      Thanks Gloria! It was an amazing trip.

  • Kiara April 25, 2017 at 8:29 PM

    Hope you’re having a blast traveling Paris for your birthday! My birthday was last week and I spent the week in Boston! It’s always wonderful to travel and take time to celebrate your birthday!

    • Mariah April 27, 2017 at 6:09 PM

      I loved Boston! What did you think?

  • Melody Rosa April 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Happy belated bday hun looks like a birthday well spent in Paris logging in youtube to watch the video now.

    • Mariah April 27, 2017 at 6:09 PM

      Aw thanks Melody!