Je T’aime Paris

Day one exploring in Paris. Wearing my new GAP button up that I think I’m obsessed with.
Inside Palais de Royale, there’s an Australian owned coffee shop called, Café Kistuné. We had three chai’s all around. They were SO delicious.The most incredible falafel I’ve ever had at L’as de Falafel in Marais, which may be my new favorite neighborhood in Paris.

On Tuesday I headed out to Paris with Lauren of Fashionably Lo and Megan of Lush To Blush. An impulse trip on my end if you recall here. We purchased insanely cheap flights out of MIA which meant we just needed to buy an even cheaper flight to MIA from ATL (usually around $100 round trip). This meant that my checked bag had to be picked up from baggage claim and rechecked and blah blah blah. When I arrived at the airport Tuesday afternoon I asked if they could graciously have it go straight through to Paris as if it were all booked like a connecting flight. Sure, they said! Great. Off I went for a long day of travel and anxiously await to arrive in beautiful Paris.

As we arrived after our 9 hour flight from MIA, and after realizing during landing that there were comfy foot rests we failed to discover, I noticed my bag wasn’t ever making its way to the baggage carousel. It’s gone. Gone for good. I boast that I check a bag every single flight and have yet to lose it. So here I am, in a foreign country, with nothing but a spare pair of panties (one of my long travel day tips) one pair of jeans thanks to a 56 pound bag that needed to be reduced down a bit and one extra pair of sweatpants. Well, let’s do this.

Thankfully I’m with two fashion bloggers who both have packed everything and more. But being without a dozen fresh panties, your own razor and makeup, and not to mention outfits you are needing for a collaboration for the blog, I was a little bummed. So here’s my lesson to you so that you learn from me. Always pack spare panties and one spare outfit. I don’t ever do this on domestic flights, but I’m officially going to start. Because yes, I still refuse to carry on unless it’s a 2 day trip. You may also remember my tips to a long travel day here where I talk all about it.

Since this is my first ever experience losing luggage, I thought I’d share some things I’ve learned along the way so far so this doesn’t happen to you. And if it does, you’ll at least be a little more prepared.

  1. Always pack an extra outfit with you. Even if it’s just leggings and a tank
  2. Extra panties are your best friend. Pack them in your backpack!
  3. Contact your airline immediately to file a claim and follow up diligently 
  4. If you have to purchase anything like toiletries and such, be sure to save receipts as most airlines can reimburse you for certain things at their discretion (I’ll keep you posted on how successful this part was)
  5. Check with your hotel or AirBnb host for any assistance on essentials
  6. Find an inexpensive store locally to grab a few clothing musts, but no need to splurge. Bonus points for returning items you didn’t wear or shopping at a store you have at home so you can do returns if needed
  7. Don’t panic! You’ll actually survive without these things and life will go on
  8. Learn to just carry the fuck on next time

I’m heading to Boston in a week for just a few days and I ALWAYS check a bag no matter how short the trip is usually. This is partially because #bloggerlife and I need all the outfits and options to shoot. But also because my checked bag is always free. So why not take advantage? I’ll be challenging myself for this upcoming trip to pack light and still be super stylish. Stay tuned for the outcome.

Before we go, if you have any off the beaten path recommendations for me to visit while in Paris, please let me know. I’m looking to avoid all the touristy things this trip (well I have to see the Eiffel Tower light up tonight, duh) and really see the city for what it is.

Have a great weekend! PS more photos to come from Paris but thought I’d share a few highlights from our first day. Be sure to follow the fun over on Instagramstories.

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    Laura Leigh

    Ah Jess I am SO sorry this happened to you! Such a bummer. I hope they are able to come up with your bag. Enjoy Paris though! I’m sure it’s hard to be too bummed when you’re in the beautiful Paris!

    xo Laura Leigh


    Happy new day! Thanks for the tips and have a beautiful trip!


    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

    So glad you and the bag are finally reunited! YAY for being pretty again!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl


    These tips are so helpful! Thanks for sharing!
    Jae ||

    Aïchatou Bella

    That falafel sandwich looks absolutely delicious!

    Aïchatou Bella


      It was SO good. I’ve never been into Falafel but this has changed everything.

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