Outfit Ideas // Topshop, Zara, and Aritzia

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      The other day, I was asked on Tumblr if I could put together some of my favorite items at the moment from Topshop, Zara, and Aritzia. Originally, I was just going to compile them all in a collage format, but I thought making an outfit for each store would be more of a challenge! At this point in the year, the weather is in sort of in a weird in-between period, and so all of the stores are putting out sales, meaning you might need to adjust based on your climate. I hope you guys enjoy these looks and let me know which one you prefer in a comment! :) 

Zara Favorites
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This first casual outfit is compiled of all items from oh-so-wonderful Zara. When I (often) go to the actual Zara boutique in Rennes, I usually leave empty handed, however their online selection doesn't disappoint. I've always been a fan of Zara's variety of quality knits as well as their shoe section, and this outfit shows off both of those aspects. I saw these shoes in a random Teen Vogue online slide-show not too long ago, and fell in love with the sneaker/boot style with the cheetah print. While the shoes may add a little excitement to the outfit, adding a giant plaid sweater ups the "chic factor", if you will, when you're all buttoned up in this black lab style coat. 

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This next Topshop styled outfit is a bit edgy yet glam at the same time, and something I would totally wear. And in all honestly, it is a slight variation of my go-to outfit as of late- a giant sweater, distressed jeans, and booties have been my favorite thing to wear mostly because of the wild weather we've been having. If you were to wear this sweater with just a winter jacket or denim jacket of sorts by itself, you might find your self freezing later in the day, which is where the leather jacket comes in. Wearing a leather jacket over a sweater is an easy and comfortable way to ensure that you won't freeze in case the weather changes drastically, which often happens in Brittany. Depending on the weather forecast, you can always switch out these zipper booties for some Docs to trudge through the snow/rain. 

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      Finally, this last outfit is probably the most sophisticated of all three, and what I hope I'll be donning once I get older and live that New York-Blair Waldorf-Gossip Girl lifestyle (a girl can dream!!). Aritzia, in my mind, has always been an outlet for anything chic yet sadly expensive, and this outfit fits that bill. The main attraction of this outfit is the well cut black dress, which you can wear with just about anything. I threw in a nice wool jacket for this outfit in case any of you haven't found a winter coat yet, because Aritzia has plenty of nice quality ones. Accessory wise, I've been drooling over the many bags Aritzia now carries, including this somewhat structured burgundy bag. When paired with the dress, jacket, scarf, and boots, this outfit says, "I mean business", as long as business means Netflix marathons, then I'm 100% with that. 


January Favorites

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I'm not usually one to do favorites posts, however I've been loving a few things lately that I wanted to share with you guys! If you have anything you've been liking lately, feel free to leave me a comment letting me know so I can check it out! Hope you enjoy this post. xx 

1. The Kooples Jeans: Ever since coming to France, I've become more appreciate of a) the selection of things America has and b) the significantly lower prices. I have been looking for a good pair of waxed style jeans for quite some time, but for some reason never went for the popular J Brand version. I was reminded of my search for a good pair when I started seeing them more often here, often styled with chunky knits and boots. While out and about with my mom in Rennes over winter break, we went into The Kooples and I came out with the perfect pair of black waxed jeans! They're somewhat stretchy and they fit completely true to size- I'd definitely recommend them! 

2. Russh Magazine: When I was in Paris, one stop my sister, my mom, and I took was a trip to Colette department store. I would describe it as a mix between Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys, but it's even on another level. After cringing at the clothing prices, we walked around the gadget and book section, where I found Russh Magazine. I saw a picture of the cover on Tumblr, which is how I recognized it. I just had to pick it up after perusing through the beautifully photographed/style editorials. It is kind of a pricy magazine, but it's definitely worth it if you're in the market for a fashion focused magazine that has awesome fashion photography. 

3. The Giving Keys: My best friend Allison has always been one to give me creative gifts, but I think this one might be my favorite thus far. Not too long ago, she received a necklace from her grandmother- specifically from The Giving Keys.  Each key was once used for some other purpose, and transformed into a necklace with a phrase engraved in it. The idea is that you give the key to someone you think is in need of it or that it would be useful to, and if so compelled, they can pass it onto someone they think needs it more than them. I was given "Inspire" by Allison, and every time I look at it, I remind myself to keep working towards my goals, no matter how overwhelming they may seem right now. 
The Giving Keys also provides work to those wishing to transition out of homelessness, which in itself is commendable. I simply love the concept and there's also a more in-depth story over on their website if you want to check it out!

4. Winter Candy Apple by Bath and Body Works: So around November or so, my mom sent me a boat load of things in a care package, and a set of winter candy apple scented products was included! Something I've missed while being here is definitely the different seasons of scents at B&BW. The scent is in harmony with the name, as the apple is quite strong but it has hints of other sweetness that I can't put my finger on- I'm clearly a pro at describing scents (jk). 
I'm not sure if you can still buy it at this point in the year, but here's a link to it on Amazon.  

5. Deborah Lippmann Nail-polish in "Luftballoons": Before Christmas break rolled around, I made a few purchases on Sephora for my mom to bring with her from the States, and by chance, this nail polish was a 100-point perk at the time. I've always been a sucker for Deborah Lippmann's glitter nail polish, ever since I laid my eyes on the gorgeous shade "Candy Shop". However, I do have to admit that this mini-size polish in particular is a bit clear, and takes about two or three coats to become opaque. In addition, being that glitter polish is a pain to take off, I usually wear this color as an accent nail and it is a lot easier to maintain. 



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Wearing:// Shirt: Aritzia (on sale!), Faux-fur Jacket: Zara (Kimichi Blue Faux Fur Coat) (Staring at Stars Fur Coat), Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, Shoes: Minelli 

             I'm not sure if it's just me, but there's something about Disneyland that just makes me throw in the towel and go *all out* in those alluring Disney boutiques. Anytime I go into one, I can't help but pick up all of the incredibly adorable merchandise that fills each of the many stores at the parks (all of which my mom and I scoped out, of course). Some of these items include unnecessary sweatshirts, keychains, snow globes, and of course, the famous Minnie ear headbands. I mean, when else is there a time when can you wear them without being judged?!? In an effort to not completely throw my dignity out the window, I decided to dress up a bit on this last bitter-cold day at the happiest place on earth. Wearing my go-to black skinnies and a snake-printed blouse, I opted for a slightly cropped faux fur jacket from Zara. Anytime I put on something like this I always feel a bit like I'm straight out of the 1920s, until I realize that it is in fact 2015, even though I've been writing '2016' on my papers in school....Just time travelin' I guess!!

         Speaking of school, things may have been a bit tough lately, but I still can't believe that January is already practically over! Looking at our schedule for school, February basically doesn't count considering we're in school for two weeks total, and I'll be going to Paris (with school) and Strasbourg/Germany (with my friends) for the other two. So much traveling! March will be pretty low-key, April will consist of some voyages to Spain, and then May 28th will be here before I know it! I honestly wish I could slow things down more than anything. It seems like I spent the whole beginning of this experience wishing it would go a bit faster, and now that it's 1/2 way done, I can't help but wish I could go back in time, even to when I could barely speak French and I felt so displaced. I guess that's how you truly learn to live in the present. Until May rolls around, here's to more travel bloggin' coming very soon! Hope you guys enjoyed this. xoxo Isabelle 


Disneyland Paris Photo Diary

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[Cinderella's Castle]


[Anna from Frozen]


[The holiday parade]


[Christmas tree at the entrance]


[Night light show]


[Buzz Lightyear in Playland]


[Christmas décor at Disney Village]


[4,518 miles from Orlando]


[Disneyland Paris at sundown] 

After spending quite some time in Paris, my mom and I took a trip out to Disneyland Paris- aka the happiest place on earth. I've been to Disney World and Disneyland Hong Kong, but never the Paris location. Our visit to Hong Kong Disneyland was a bit of a let down considering the only roller coaster they had was Space Mountain, but Paris was a nice surprise. We came across rides that don't exist at Disney World, like Crush's Coaster and the new Ratatouille ride, which were both adorable. The hotel was within the park, which made for easy access to our room and the park. One of my favorite things was when we were walking along "Main Street, U.S.A" and it started "snowing"- aka soap snow began soaking up my hair- but at the same time, it was still a cute idea. It was practically snow weather anyway, and so that threw me off a bit. Most of all, seeing the Christmas parade and just the park in it's Christmas getup was so cheery and gratifying, despite hearing Christmas songs on continuous repeat. (now wishing I could play Santa Clause is Coming to Town....jk) 

And finaalllyyy my Christmas break roundup of posts is coming to a close (minus one more outfit). As I've said on just about every social media outlet, time has been scarce, but I am finally getting around to posting these pictures. It'll probably seem like I never left Paris ,however, because we're going again February 7th-11th as a school....and then 9 days in Germany for me and my friends! More on that soon. But if you have been there/and or live there, feel free to shoot some suggestions my way! :) xoxo Isabelle 



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Wearing:// Shirt: Aritzia (Babaton 'Irwin Blouse'), Skirt: Aritzia (Talula 'Meloy Skirt'), Jacket: Aritzia (BB Dakota Faux-Leather Jacket), Boots: Chanel (Dolce Vita Chelsea Boot)

          I'm not sure what it is, but something about Paris and other bustling cities can make one strike up the feeling to be "daring". Whether it be trying a new macaroon joint (like one I suggested in this post), or strutting around in heels you'd never think about wearing to school (ex. these beauties), this city has a way of affecting everyone who passes through. On something I'd personally call an ultimately "daring adventure", my mom and I explored around our hotel near Place Vendome, until we found a blog post suitable location. For Christmas, I received some clothes just that same day, and felt the need to wear them like all new things- one of which was this skirt. Mind-you, this was around two weeks ago when Paris suddenly resembled Antarctica and wearing a skirt was basically asking for frost bite. But alas, we came out of the experience with these pictures, showing my lovely burgundy skirt paired with a plaid button-down- both from Aritzia

Something not so daring but rather courageous that I've taken on is some dreadful SAT prep, which is why I haven't been on my blogging game. Between juggling those weekend prep classes/practice, actual school homework, and learning French, I've just about ran out of free time. When I am behind on Pretty Little Liars and Dance Moms episodes, that's when you know it's the real deal. I'm going to try to ration my time better this week, hopefully successfully take the SAT next weekend, and try to keep sane all the while! Enough of me feeling bad for myself- how have you guys all been doing? I fell straight on my knees on the sidewalk today, but got up like a champ- if that tells you how I'm doing. 

 While I sometimes get messages on Tumblr and the occasional e-mail, I feel like I haven't talked to you guys in a while! If you want to drop me a line to chat about being abroad France, blog post suggestions, or even delicious macaroons, you can always email me at lostbutnotfound1@gmail.com or message me on Tumblr (@lostbutnotfoundblog)! Hope you guys are all truckin' through the first month of 2015! xoxo Isabelle 


Paris Photo Diary | Part 2

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[On top of Montmartre]


[The Champs-Élysées during Christmas time at night]


[Jardin des Tuileries in full flight]


[The National Academy of Music]


[The Pont Des Arts all boarded up]


[Being touristy atop the Arc de Triomphe]


[The beautiful ceiling inside the Academy of Music]

[La Seine river]


[An artist at Montmartre "in the zone"]


[The beautiful architecture of Paris]


[Hanging out at the Louvre]


[The French Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower at night]

Here's the second part to my 2 part photo diary from Christmas in Paris! If you haven't already seen the first post, I posted a bunch of photos and roughly summarized what we did for the first part of our trip. 

Continuing on with my little story, Christmas day was like none other! We started the day off by swinging on over to the Louvre, which was busy because all of the shops were closed. After eating lunch around there and walking around Notre Dame, we went to our hotel to get ready for our Christmas river cruise along the Seine. For some reason, we have been on a lot of random boat rides or cruises of sorts, like when we went to Egypt, so we weren't expecting too much, but it ended up being actually very nice! On our walk home from the cruise, we saw the DeLorean time-travel car, from the Back to the Future movie. My sister and mom were ecstatic, while I am not as familiar with the movie, however it was still super cool! The next day, we went to explore Montmartre, which was busy as ever. We walked around for a while, saw the small art market my mom loves go to, and then took a short walk to our Cook'n with Class macaroon making class, where we made chocolate passion fruit, caramel beurre salé, and raspberry macaroons. Yum!! The following day was very cold, yet again, and we decided to go to the top of the Arc De Triomphe. For whatever reason, I had never been to that part of the Arc, and it was awesome being able to see all of Paris from one spot. And to our dismay, my sister left the next morning to go back to Texas. 

I'll be doing another outfit post from Paris, as well as Disneyland posts coming very soon! Hope you guys enjoyed these two posts. :) xoxo Isabelle 


Paris Photo Diary | Part 1

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[The Eiffel Tower looking beauteous from a side street]


["La Source", a ballet we saw at the Paris Opera House]


[View from the top of the Arc De Triomphe] 


[Place Vendome looking cheery at night]


[Christmas cheer by the train station]


[Macaroon making class at Cook'n With Class]


[Walking along the Seine in the bitter cold]


[Hanging out at Place Vendome shooting this post]


[Cute puppy at a café by Le Bon Marché]


[Night shot during our Christmas river cruise on the Seine]


[Atop the Arc De Triomphe with my mom and sister]

For about the millionth time, if you didn't already know, I've spent this Christmas break in Paris, taking a detour to Champagne, Normandy, and Disneyland Paris. We spent the vast majority of our time in the city of lights, which of course means I have tons of photos!!! This is just part 1 of this two part photo diary from my time in Paris with my mom and sister. 

These photos aren't organized in any particular order, however I suppose I should try to cover what we did in a nutshell. After starting our trip with a day in Normandy and another in Champagne, we spent a day exploring Paris and doing touristy things, like taking pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower and getting "famous" hot chocolate. Basically the rest of our time was spent trying out recommendations from our guide from Normandy/Champagne. We first checked out Le Bon Marché (from my last post), and scoped out all of the clothing. After not having any shopping luck, we went on over to Rose Bakery, located in Le Bon Marché, where we chatted over tea and mini-cakes. I'm almost positive we spent the next day or so doing some photographing and sightseeing all of the bridges. To my surprise, the famous "Love lock bridge" was all boarded up (pic in next part)! After some research, I  found out that the locks were starting to make the bridge collapse, and so they are preventing more locks being added. And then it was already Christmas eve! We went to the Paris Opera House to see the ballet "La Source", which was so beautiful! The costumes were impeccable. While we didn't know the story inside and out, we got the gist of it just through the expressive dancing.

 To know what we did from Christmas day on, look out for part 2!! To be continued.....

Also, follow me on Instagram (@lostbutntfound) to see other pictures from day to day in Paris!

xoxo, Isabelle 

5 Hidden Gems of Paris

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       To say the least, our time spent in Paris for this break was a time of discovery- despite having been to the great city of lights many times, this time was unique in its own way. We were given many different "local" recommendations; from food, shopping,to everything in between. We had a pretty hefty list, however we managed to try all of them throughout our trip. Moreover, I thought I'd share with you guys all of my favorites that we tried for if you're ever in Paris! I hope this is helpful to you guys and let me know which place sounds the most interesting to you! xoxo Isabelle 


    First up, we have Le Bon Marché, a Parisian department store located on the left bank. I think it's pretty universally known that Galeries Lafayette is a nice stop for general items, however this department store definitely tops it. I'd say it's comparable to American stores like Nemain Marcus or Saks Fith Avenue, although you will find tons more in addition to your typical brands. They have European marks that you probably won't see elsewhere, and there is a vast variety of styles for everyone. If you actually go there, you might be confused at first, but there is two separate buildings on each side- one for Women and Accessories, and the other for Home/Men. 


        Next up we have Rose Bakery, which you will actually find inside of Le Bon Marché, so you can shop & eat! I actually found this place on Carin Olsson's Instagram (@parisinfourmonths), and just had to try it! If you're looking for some delicious tea and cakes, this is the place to go. They have a huge selection of cakes to choose from, or you could even get apple crumble like my mom did in the second pic (she says it was delish!) In addition to the delectable desserts, you're also seated atop a beautiful view of Paris, which is always stunning, as long as you head to the one inside of Le Bon Marché. 


        Hmmm...well, I just realized the rest of these places are all food, but it's no big deal! Food is always good, especially when it is basically potatoes with a side of salad. As per recommendation of my sister's friend, we tried Le Relais Gascon, which supposedly is known for it's salads. But to be honest, it is basically a giant potato salad! With each bite, it seemed as if our savory salads only grew, but it was just so yummy that we eventually finished the whole thing! To add to the whole package, it was quite cheap for all of our meals and the service was rather speedy. 


       Something that people associate with France but probably don't eat much when visiting here is cheese. Usually people come for macaroons or other small pastries, but never cheese. One recommendation we had was for Barthélemy, a cheese shop full of different types of cheese that you've probably never heard of. When we went there, we were surrounded with tons of locals and for a few minutes, we felt even just a little bit more French. You can also find some bread there to go along with your Brie, Camembert, or whatever type of cheese you fancy. 


Last but not least, we had some Pierre Hermé macaroons! I personally have only ever heard people rave about Ladurée macaroons, but I never knew that other options really existed in Paris. I guess it depends on your taste, but Pierre Hermé has something on Ladurée that I just can't put my finger on. Besides the unique flavors, the actual product is full of flavor and they're also very photogenic (do it for the 'gram, am I right!!). As you can see in the first picture, they have a wide variety of flavors and I would definitely recommend trying it out! 

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Just a fair warning, I'll be posting Paris posts for at least the next few posts, so look out for those coming soon. Have a wonderful day guys! xx
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