Paris, je t’aime

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It’s kind of funny. I’ve been in Paris for over 3 months, and even though I’ll still be here until the end of January, I’m starting to get a bit of that excruciating nostalgia that accompanies the  finale of every great journey. All of the editorial piecesParis Fashion Week coverage, and other projects wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t come here, but I feel like I need to take a moment to step away from the professionalism and get a little personal.

The first time seeing the Eiffel Tower could be best described as an emotional experience, and if that doesn’t do it for you, just wait until it sparkles at night. The same beautiful lights outline every avenue and boulevard, from the iconic Champs Élysées to the unbelievably chic Saint Germain. While navigating through crowds of immaculately put-together Parisians, you could probably collect enough immaculately crafted sculptures and architectural details to put in a museum. But why do that when the real museums present endless resources to explore unlimited subject matter? Although Paris’ typical smells might not always be the best, every taste of every meal is a reminder that there is such a thing as culinary artwork.

No matter how many books, films, or anecdotes describe Paris as the most magical place on Earth, it’s difficult to adequately convey how indescribably incredible it feels to be here. Nowhere else could truly embody the idea of “giving me life”; I’ve never been in a place where I consider nearly everything beautiful, where there’s so much history and culture in every crevice.

Stepping completely out of my comfort zone, I have never felt more inspired, motivated, or genuinely happy as I do while in Paris. The only thing I’m more thankful for than the experience I’ve had so far is the fact that this amazing dream is not yet finished.

Although no photo could every completely do this real-life fantasy justice, here’s a selection of some I’ve taken so far.
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All photos by Scott Shapiro

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