Monday, July 25, 2016

Hotel de la Trémoille


Bonjour! I'm back from my Europe adventure and have SO much to share with you guys!  This week is going to be filled with travel posts from a Life Chats describing the whole experience to a London Diary & Paris Diary recapping everything.  I have so many photos to go through and truthfully need to get all of my thoughts together because this whole solo journey was another life changing one. My emotions have been all over the place since I got back.  I've been catching up on sleep all weekend as I've been exhausted and still a bit jet lagged.  My mom is also on vacation right now so I probably won't have any new content for the blog until next week.  Hope you enjoy this "travel week" though!


  I decided to kick things off with my stay at Hotel de la Trémoille, a boutique hotel in Paris! I mentioned a few weeks back that I was going to be partnering with them. I found them on TripAdvisor and have to admit the first thing that made me fall in love were their balconies!  I always dreamed of staying at a hotel in Paris that had a balcony.  The views from my room overlooking the street were so dreamy.  I seriously couldn't stop staring at all of the Parisian windows and architecture.  It was everything I hoped that it would be.  The hotel is located in the 8th arrondissement.  It's a short walk to the popular shopping street, Champs Elysees, and was surrounded by so many different restaurants, cafés and stores.  Champs Elysees has the Arc de Triomphe on one end and the big ferris wheel on the other.  I loved seeing both of these every day.  There were so many street performers too, which I enjoyed so much.  The hotel is also a 15 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower and is located near several metro stations.  I was so proud of myself for learning to get around Paris this way!  I love that La Trémoille is on a quiet street so it's far enough from the hustle and bustle of Paris, but still a short distance away.  


My stay included breakfast, which I think is great when traveling.  I honestly didn't get hungry until later in the afternoon so I ended up saving some money by not eating out every morning. I loved starting each day with breakfast in bed too.  I was seriously spoiled for those 4 days and ate more baguette and cheese than I can count!  It was so yummy.  The bed was so comfortable and the room was huge, especially compared to my tiny one in London. I had plenty of space to store my things, move around and spend time in the room when I wanted to. The most amazing morning light shined through the room every morning.  That's not something I always get back home.  I wasn't able to get a good shot of the bathroom, but it was spacious and clean with pretty decor.  I had all of the amenities that I needed including free Wi-Fi, which is so important to me when traveling. One of the days my iron didn't work so housekeeping came in to help.  They ended up taking my skirt to press it for me, which was so nice! Also I have to say that after traveling in Europe a few times, I never have good luck with the hairdryers.  Theirs was probably one of the most powerful ones I've used in Europe, so I was happy to not have to shut it off every 5 minutes. I have a lot of hair!


I ate dinner once at the hotel restaurant, Le Louis2.  It was delicious! There weren't many people in there when I was eating so it was a nice and quiet dinner, which I really enjoyed.  I had been out all day doing the tourist thing and just wanted to have a relaxing dinner.  The hotel also has a spa and it includes a fitness room, sauna and jet shower.  I didn't personally get the chance to check it out though.  I have to say that I prefer boutique hotels over chain hotels when I travel.  I just think that I get a better feel for the place I am in and boutique hotels always feel more cozy.  The staff at La Trémoille was so helpful whenever I had a question or needed recommendations during my stay.  The concierge helped a lot when it came to me taking the metro. They provided me with maps, which I actually used several times. Everyone was honestly so sweet!


I spent so much time researching hotels in Paris and looking into all of the arrondissements.  Each one is different so it was definitely hard for me to narrow it down.  I have to say that for my first time in the city of lights, I chose a great spot.  I felt safe and comfortable.  Everyone has a different experience when they travel, but I highly recommend staying at La Trémoille whenever you decide to visit Paris. It really is in such a great location and serves as the perfect home base during your trip.  Their rooms start at  360 (£299) and that includes continental breakfast each day with free Wi-Fi.  Make sure to check out their Instagram too.  I took over their account during my visit. :)

Thank you La Trémoille for such a great stay.  Can't wait to share the rest of my trip with you guys this week. <3 

Disclosure: I partnered with Hotel La Trémoille during my stay and in exchange received a media rate. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Dark Summer Vibes


What I'm Wearing 
Jeans: TopShop | Vest: Dynamite | Tank: Cotton On 
Shoes: Aldo | Clutch: ClareV | Sunglasses: Forever21

 It's been such a hectic week since I am leaving tomorrow night for Europe! I won't be posting much on the blog while I am away, so this will most likely be my last post on here for a bit.  The best way to stay connected with me would be through instagram @natybaby and snapchat @natymichele for daily posts of my trip!  Of course I will recap everything on here once I get back and if I am able to pop in with a quick hello from either or London or Paris then I will make sure to do that! I hate taking too much time away from the blog, but I think it's best for when I am traveling.  A break away is always good and definitely needed.

I wore this look yesterday and darkened up my summer color palette just a little bit.  I've been wearing white denim so much lately, so I decided to give that a break and switched it back up to my favorite black pair. These jeans are seriously going to walk away on their own soon. I swear.  I'm bringing them on my trip too.  Time for a new pair? Probably.  I ended up styling them with this long vest that I wore a few weeks ago with my distressed denim shorts.  I've always been a fan of pieces like this because of their versatility.  They work great for several seasons too, which is always a plus. I could easily style this differently and wear it during the spring and fall.  I really like this army green color too, especially when paired with the leopard clutch.  Leopard is always a fun way to incorporate  print into an outfit and since I consider it a neutral, I would pair it with pretty much any color. 

Do you prefer lighter or darker color schemes for summer?  I think it's fun to switch it up!  Thanks for stopping by today and I will be back soon.  You can catch all my travel adventures on Instagram with #natystravelgrams. <3 



Monday, July 11, 2016

Mia Angel's Baptism



Yesterday my niece, Mia Angel, was baptized and I became her Godmother.  I am so thankful and feel so blessed to have this little girl in my life because she truly is the biggest gift from God.  Words can't even describe how much I love her.  She is the closest thing I've got to having a child of my own and all I want to do is love her, teach her, guide her and protect her.  Yesterday was so special and it was amazing to share it with our family. Of course the only one missing was our dad.  Special moments like this are always extremely difficult without him, but I have been feeling his presence so much lately. Over the weekend I had to go to my grandparents house to sort through a bunch of my dad's things and damn, it was hard as hell.  But it did make me feel even more connected to him and I know he is with us in spirit.  With all of the evil that is constantly happening in our world, days like yesterday are such a great remainder that there is still so much love and so much good that happens too.

After the christening, we went to Son Cubano to celebrate with family.  These photos aren't the best quality, but I wanted to share them anyway because it was such a special day! 




My brother-in-law & sissy with their beautiful Mia. 




My Godmother, me, my Goddaughter, my sister and her Godmother. <3 



 
Look at those cheeks!  I found her baptism outfit on Etsy!  Love those little shoes. 



My mom is the happiest grandma!


And here's a little snapchat video with my munchkin. 


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This little girl is so very loved and I am honored to be her Godmother.  I look forward to so many more amazing moments in her life.  <3