Today's Everyday Fashion: Lemon Print Dress

 
Lemon print dress, yellow purse
Lemon print dress, yellow purse, denim jacket
Lemon print dress, yellow purse, denim jacket
Lemon print dress, yellow purse
Lemon print dress, yellow purse, denim jacket
Lemon print dress, yellow purse, denim jacket
 

I've had a thing for lemon print for as along as I can remember (see here and here), and just couldn't resist ordering this dress about a month ago. It looks great in person and was really fun to wear, but as I discovered, it's also a bit of a pain! It was too low-cut in the front so I had to safety pin it, it wrinkles easily, and the slightest breeze sends the skirt flying. I still think that for the love of lemons it's worth the extra effort (at least, for indoor occasions) and I'm tempted to add a little lemon or pineapple accessory to my closet this summer, as well. Check out all the cute options below! 

Jacket: J.Crew Factory, $51 (similarsimilar
Dress: Forever 21, $20 (similar below)
Purse: Marc Jacobs/Saks Off Fifth, $51 (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Charlotte Russe, $20
Earrings: Amazon c/o, $18
Sunglasses: Foster Grant, $15 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Approx. dates: Purse is 2 years ago. Jacket is 1 year ago. Earrings, dress and shoes are new.

Lemon and pineapple shopping on a budget

Today's Everyday Fashion: Off the Beaten Path in France

 
Mont Saint Michel
 
Mont Saint Michel
 
Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel
 
Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel

1. Mont Saint MIchel in Normandy, France

One of the coolest parts of our trip didn't include many "outfit photos" per se, but I wanted to share it nonetheless. If you're considering traveling to France, these are some off the beaten path places we highly recommend! First up is probably the most well-known of the three - Mont Saint Michel (all the photos above). A monastery and historical site, it is an absolutely spectacular site to behold. You can spot it miles before you get there, standing out in stark contrast against the countryside that surrounds it. And after paying an admission fee you can spend an entire day roaming around inside.

 
 

2. Montfort-sur-Meu, France

Next up is a little town that's near and dear to my heart - Montfort-sur-Meu (photos above). This is where we stayed with my family for three nights. With a population of about 5,000 it reminded me a lot of the village in the new Beauty and the Beast movie (adorable!). We visited the farmer's market on Saturday morning, attended mass on Sunday, and shared lots of meals and family time!

3. Rennes, France

Only two hours by train from Paris, with a population of about 200,000, Rennes is a wonderful place to get a taste of France without the hustle and bustle of a big city. There was so much to see - churches, government buildings, public parks with so (!) many beautiful flowers in bloom, the fish market and great restaurants and shopping. We spent an afternoon, but I'd love to go back and stay a couple days to really soak it in. (I think I even like it even better than Paris!) 

Two other places we didn't visit this time, but make great day trips from Paris are Versailles and Monet's home in Giverny. What other spots do you recommend in France? We'd love to add more to our list!

All photos Ā© joshuacjohnson

Today's Everyday Fashion: Outfits in Paris

 
Eiffel Tower - leopard coat, black turtleneck
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Eiffel Tower - leopard coat, black turtleneck
Eiffel Tower - leopard coat, black turtleneck
Eiffel Tower
 
Eiffel Tower
 
Eiffel Tower - leopard coat, black turtleneck
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These pictures were taken almost one month ago today in Paris! During our 3-week trip to Europe we spent two nights in The City of Lights. With limited time and lots of ground to cover, we decided to do the "hop on and off" bus tour. Sitting on the top deck watching Paris go by was such a great way to see it, and we were able to disembark and spend time at a few stops - the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, and the Louvre. (The churches - Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur - are also both free to enter.) I loved wearing this leopard coat with black turtleneck and jeans - it was comfy and I felt appropriately chic for one of the best-dressed cities in the world. My outfit for the second day (sweater and jeans, below), however, was not my favorite. I was fighting a cold and didn't have the energy to put much effort into getting dressed, and it wound up being much warmer than the weather report had predicted so I ditched the jacket. Regardless, we had a wonderful time. I mean, it's Paris...how can you not?! Every moment is beautiful!  

Coat: H&M, $80 (similar, similar)
Sweater: J.Crew Factory, $36 (similar, similar)
Jeans: Stitch Fix c/o (similarsimilar)
Shoes: Nine West c/o Amazon, $70
Sunglasses: Express, $25
Purse: Marc Jacobs/Saks Off 5th, $288 (samesimilar)
Approx. dates: Sweater, coat, jeans and purse are 6 months ago. Shoes and sunglasses are recent.

 
Notre Dame - leopard coat
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