Traveling is a time when I find myself in a constant state of happiness, so I try to travel as much as possible. I have been dreaming of Paris since my first visit there in 2007, so I was pretty pumped when the hubby and I decided to spend my birthday in Paris this year – my favorite city in the world.

This time around, I had a much different experience than my first trip when my bestie and I were college students, and I was working part time at the neighborhood Kroger.  In Paris, we enjoyed the fine dining at McDonalds; splurged on cheap seats for Moulin rouge; and window-shopped the entire trip! Despite not being able to do much besides explore and the frigid temps in March (for a Texas girl), I fell in love with Paris.

I made a promise to myself that I would return to the City of Lights and truly experience what the city has to offer once I was a bit more established. Luckily, that plan became a reality 7 years later. This time around I stayed just steps from the Champs-Élysées in a suite at the Hotel Keppler Paris and at the Four Seasons Hotel George V.  Rather than window-shop, I went on my first (and last for a long time) shopping spree in the Golden Triangle at Hermés, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, Valentino and Chanel. True to my modest upbringing, I made sure to find some steals at H&M and Nike.

While the shopping was amazing, my favorite part of the trip was eating street cart crepes! To this day, I fondly remember that during my first trip the street cart crepes were delicious, and this time around I had no interest in eating a crepe unless it was made on the street! We stopped at multiple carts around the city, and I must say they were just as great as the first time I tasted one in 2007.  My sweet tooth would not allow me to settle for just crepes, so I made sure to pick up some pastries and macarons from Ladurée.

We celebrated my actual birthday by enjoying afternoon tea at the Four Seasons Hotel George V and watching a cabaret show at the Crazy Horse de Paris. On our last day, we explored the city, visiting the Arc de Triomphe, Jardin des Plantes, Place de la Concorde, and of course, the Eiffel Tower!

It was an amazing trip, and I’ve already made some new promises to myself for the next visit! I hope you can experience some of Paris through my photos.


-Lisa Dawn

Dream Big. Stay Chic. Be Unrealistic



  1. Tatiana

    Definitely looks like a dream trip! Seeing this makes me want to travel there someday.