À la prochaine, Paris! These past two weeks have been unforgettable, first with @thesignatureatelier, then with Matt joining me for some research. We're on our way home now, and while I can't wait to squeeze our pups, I'm already looking forward to my next adventure in France! - Also, I'm OBSESSED with my new @delseyofficial spinner bag (the Chatelet, in case you're curious)! If it's wrong to bring a piece of luggage over to one of my top spots in Paris for a few photos to accompany a future blog post, then I don't want to be right. @delseyusa #delseyusa #sponsored - Photo by the one and only @mattygracephoto, who changed his Insta handle back from the more appropriate @matt.springm because so many of you said you liked the MattyGrace version better 😂 #abbygraceineurope #thesignatureatelier
I have a lot of favorite places in the world, but this is easily within the top five. The Petit Trianon (the small chateau, the Queen's residence) at Domaine de Versailles- these gardens, that architecture, the overwhelming sense of peace I feel whenever I'm there. I haven't found anywhere else that makes me feel the way I do at Versailles! I'm SO thrilled @katherinebignon & I got to share this slice of heaven with our girls during @thesignatureatelier last week! #thesignatureatelier
I've been dying to photograph @peytonlilly of @thewashingtonballet for months now. Truly- months. So when her dates at the Paris Opera Ballet coincided with mine for @thesignatureatelier, I was ecstatic! And then this morning happened, and it made all my #abbygraceballerinas dreams come true. Complete with a French blue, taffeta ball gown skirt by @katherinebignon. - Peyton, you're flawless. And photographing you was a highlight of my summer!! I can't wait to show you the rest!!
A few months back, my bottle of Coco Mademoiselle cracked and leaked all over my office. The good news is that my office smelled AMAZING for a few weeks! - But I was obviously in need of a new bottle, so rather than heading to Sephora or the Chanel counter at the mall, I waited until we arrived in Paris. I've stopped into Chanel in Marais a number of times, and this time I finally had a reason to purchase! I splurged a little and, instead of the eau de parfum, went straight for the best- a bottle of pure parfum in my signature scent, Coco Mademoiselle. That black wax seal is my favorite accent! - I cracked the seal this morning, right before we walked out the door for an #abbygraceballerinas session here in Paris. Sounds like a perfect morning to me 😍 - Styling by @katherinebignon at @thesignatureatelier, florals by wildly talented @floresie, silk ribbon by @ruffledlane. More from #thesignatureatelier coming soon!!
I know it's been quiet over here the last few days, but it's because so much of our week has looked like this- reflection, a bit of quiet in the morning, and then go-go-go from 9am-2am (sometimes 3am). - And it's been IN.CRED.IB.LE. - I honestly don't have enough words to tell you how marvelous this last week was with #thesignatureatelier! From our welcome dinner on Sunday night to our farewell outing to the flower market Friday morning, our attendees (and new friends!) bowled me over again and again with their passion, intelligence, insight, creativity, and humor. And their ability to keep going when I know they were tired, because we were all just so excited to be where we were, when we were. - @katherinebignon, thank you for being the world's best workshop co-host. I have so much more to say, but I'll save it for another time. - @jennhellerdesignco, thank you for making the transatlantic trek to assist us in making this an unforgettable week for ALL of us. Katherine & I mean it- we couldn't have done this without you. - To our sponsors, thank you for blessing the socks off our attendees. I can't wait to show you how amazingly everything came together! - And to Katie, Sabrina, Amanda, Marie, PJ, Lina, Alicia, Jessica, Casey & Dawn, you have no idea how much it means to us that you trusted us with your time, and believed in what we were offering enough that you'd venture to Paris in order to experience it all. K & I are so inexpressibly grateful. - Dress custom designed & handmade by @katherinebignon, jewelry by @bekah_anne_accessories, film sponsored by @thefindlab, and our lovely models are one of my 2015 couples(😍!), @arienneswinson & Kevin
We're HERE! And it's starting!! We're here in Versailles with all 13 of us, ready for the next several days of education, inspiration and FUN! First order of business today: pain au chocolat straight from the oven at a local boulangerie. And yep, it's as delicious as you can imagine. #thesignatureatelier
Packing essentials for Paris: 1) red lipstick, and 2) ample amounts of black clothing. Also, 3) your best smirk.
Happy Independence Day, my fellow patriots! #Brexit1776