a day in paris with ariel gordon

{Editor’s Note: While I’m off strolling down cobblestone streets, mainlining croissants and gelato, I’ve asked a few of my most stylish globetrotting friends to share what they’d be doing – and of course, what they’d be wearing – on a dream day abroad.} Paris style

Statement jewels have their place, but my heart belongs to those classic, delicate pieces of jewelry I can wear 24/7. And truly, I’m not sure anyone does delicate better than my superstar friend Ariel Gordon. Beloved by editors, celebs and even us ordinary people, Ariel is the reigning queen of California cool, but has some serious global style cred too. Paris is one of her favorite places to be, so she was happy to tell us how she’d spend a day in the City of Lights. Take it away, Ariel!


What to Wear:

I like to be comfortable when I travel (let’s be honest… I like to be comfortable all the time), so this outfit is really my go-to no matter where I am. Saint James striped shirt is so French, and so classic, you can’t go wrong! Black Acne jeans won’t show the dirt from the Metro (or the crumbs from a stop at Laduree). I love me some Chucks and I love me a heart, so these Comme des Garçons Converse are a match made in heaven, and they’re perfect for walking all day! 

It’s all about layers when traveling, and Iro makes the perfect biker jacket (bargain option here). I picked up this Goyard tote bag last time I was in Paris at their famed Rue Saint-Honoré store. Little known secret: these babies are cheaper in France by a few hundred dollars, plus you get the 17% VAT tax refund at customs when you leave. Ain’t mad at that! And of course, a pile of Ariel Gordon Jewelry goes without saying. These are the pieces that I never take off: Pavé Huggies, our new Diamond Triad Necklace, and a Diamond Droplet Bracelet. And I’m all about stacking rings, so I’ll layer on my Pavé Love Knot, Mini Pavé Diamond Ring, and add a Jumbo Signet ring – all of my engraving is done by hand, which really gives this piece that heirloom feeling.


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What to Do:

My favorite thing to do in Paris is rent a cute little apartment (preferably in St. Germain in the 6th arrondissement). In the mornings I’ll walk over to the corner patisserie and pick up some croissants and fresh fruit. I’ll spend the morning wandering the gardens at the Musée Rodin, then take a long walk along the Seine. I’ll post up on the riverbank somewhere for a little picnic of baguette, brie, and charcuterie (making sure to cut across Ile Saint-Louis for a stop for some ice cream at Berthillon afterward).  Next I’ll hit up Merciwhere I’ve always been able to find some little treasure either for me or for my home. 

As the sun sets I’ll stroll past Notre Dame on my way to Sainte Chapelle. There is nothing more magical than dusk at Sainte Chapelle, with the light streaming through the enormous stained glass windows while listening to a string quartet play Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. A cozy dinner of French comfort food (boeuf bourguignon perhaps) and good glass of wine, then it’s off to bed. If it’s a weekend, you’ll find me bright and early at Clignancourt, a Parisian flea market you do not want to miss!

Merci beaucoup et bisoux, Ariel!!

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