Bonjour semain deux! Mine and Babe’s first week together absolutely flew by! It’s been amazing spending time together, exploring, and getting to come home to the same place at the end of a fun night. For the past few days, Babe and I have both been feeling under the weather, so on Sunday we decided to slow things down and just relax for the first time since I arrived. We spent most of the day snuggling in bed and watching Netflix, but decided to get a bit of fresh air and took the bikes out for a ride in the park. We showed up to Le Jardin Public- a stunning park with ponds and walkways in the heart of Bordeaux, surrounded by old French architecture. As we got closer to the park, we could hear the sound of heavy bass getting louder and louder, and noticed that most of the bike racks were already full. Upon arriving at the park gate, there was even security! Curiosity got the best of us, and we entered what we later learned is the Open Air Festival. The park was jam packed with festival goers, most of whom brought blankets to sit on, coolers full of wine and snacks to enjoy, and a group of friends to hang out with. There have been several moments in Bordeaux, this being one of them, where I really envy those who live here permanently with a good group of friends to do stuff like this with. The French lifestyle appears to be so fulfilling and enriched to these carefree 20-something people who always seem to be enjoying themselves wherever I spot them. Babe and I spent our afternoon exploring the park, enjoying the music, and trying to find the most outrageous festival outfits. One trend that seemed to be extremely popular involved loose clothing items, which was so smart because of how hot the weather is.
In many parts of Europe especially France and Poland, from what I’ve seen (vs North America), it’s obvious that women will dress for style rather than sexuality (I’m talking Mom jeans at the club with sensible footwear instead of short skirts that are constantly being pulled down and blistered feet due to beautiful but uncomfortable heels). While in Canada and the USA, people jump at the opportunity to get done up for EDM festivals like this:
(photos from @iheartraves on instagram)
European festivals take on a more freeing, comfortable look, like this:
I have never been one to shame girls on whatever they choose to wear, and this post isn’t doing that either. I will admit though, that I still have no idea what the purpose of tying ropes up your legs is, especially when they’re snug and dig into your skin, which makes any girl feel self conscious. Judging by the amount of readjusting I’ve seen at Canadian Festivals, these itty bitty outfits can’t be all that comfortable. Anyway, this is not a rant on the impracticality of EDM outfits. I’m simply inspired by the carefree, easy “breezy” French vibe that I’ve been engulfed in this week. A few common themes I’ve been seeing is one pieces, culottes/palazzo pants, and structured shirts:
In the 20-30 degree Celsius weather, it feels so good to not be restricted by tight waistlines and hip hugging shorts, and instead have the freedom to reach for any macaron or canelé in my arm span. These pieces can be paired with toques and sneakers for a casual, “just threw this together” kind of look, with heeled slides and a neck scarf to amp it up a little, or with a bold or nude stiletto for a comfortable, formal night out style. Basically what I’m saying is that it’s hard to go wrong with these pieces! Walking down rue St. Catherine, I’ve seen so many variations of these pieces that I’ve had to say goodbye to a few items I brought from home, so that I can make room for some french-inspired vêtement.
It’s a beautiful thing, being in a place where bodies aren’t objectified. I say this with confidence after stepping foot in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in my life, while experiencing another first- visiting a topless/nude beach (or in Europe, simply “the beach”). Whether or not I went bare is not part of this post…. When in Rome right?! But I found it very interesting that those who freed the nipple were not under any more or less surveillance than those fully clothed. The tan lines are more forgiving, the hemlines and styles are more beautiful, and there’s less pressure to have a waist that’s half the measurement of your hips. Overall, I can’t wait to continue to evolve as I try to fit in to the France culture as well as a cute pair of palazzo pants.