The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in Paris

Following my trip abroad I’m working on several travel diary style posts to share my favorite spots to visit alongside where to eat / stay and all sorts of fun photos but in the meantime I wanted to share a post on some of the most Instagram-worthy spots to seek out when in Paris.

Frankly, I could photograph every inch of Paris and not get bored I’m quite sure but ever since Instagram came about it’s been fun to visit my favorite city the past two years and document special spots with my followers!

If you, or someone you know, is planning a trip to Paris soon I hope you’ll find this post a fun sort of guide to many pretty things to see/eat and do!



The Tuleries


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The gardens that span out from the Louvre are stunning in Spring, Summer and Fall and mysteriously beautiful during Winter. If you can go early, head to the outer part of the park that runs alongside Rue de Rivoli. You’ll see pristine tree paths like the above that’ll have you wondering if you’re still in a city or heading up to a chateaux in the countryside. 75001

La Tour Eiffel
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I’m not sure you can take a photo of the Eiffel Tower from a bad angle but there are certainly places to get the best shots. The Trocadero is one of those and I highly recommend going before 9am. I shot photos there for upcoming outfits and it was already bustling at 9 so if you want to really take it in and avoid the crowds for a good Instagram shot, you should awake early. Other good spots to see the tower are from a Bateaux Mouche ride, on Avenue des Camoens, from Quai Branly and from Pont de Bir-Hakeim. 75016

Place Vendôme
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Famed for being home to the Paris Ritz Carlton and some of the most luxurious shops, Place Vendôme was under construction upon my most recent visit but it’s still worth a visit for the pristine exterior shots of the stores such as the one I captured of Chanel above. 18 Place Vendôme, 75001

Musée d’Orsay

The iconic train station turned museum has magnificent clock towers that make for beautiful photos. Head to the second floor and shoot the interior of the station as it spans over some of the world’s most precious art. Then head to the cafe and get up close and personal with the clock faces which will provide a beautiful silhouette of whatever stands in front of it. 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007

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Visiting the Louvre during the day will almost certainly never net in a worthwhile Instagram but if you go after the museum has closed and the sun is setting, you’ll not only be entertained by a beautiful light show over I.M. Pei’s pyramid, but you can get wonderful shots of the Louvre’s interior structure and of course the pyramid. 75001

Notre Dame
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Beautiful from so many angles, I like to view the church best during the day from The Petit Pont or early in the morning or evening from the Pont de l’Archeveche which is at the back end of the island Notre Dame sits on. 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004

Luxembourg Gardens

The Most Instagram Worthy Spots in Paris I wit & whimsyThis is one of my favorite spots in Paris. It is so peaceful despite a flurry of activity always going on. The palace on site is always stunning with its surrounding gardens and it is the ideal spot to wander as you start or finish your day. Photograph the sweet iconic green chairs or the palace with its florals peeking out.




I had lunch on our last day in Paris at this beautiful eatery that is filled with natural light. Grab a table next to the windows and be able to shoot the gorgeous fresh pressed juices and delicious avocado toast and quinoa salads. 1 Rue Charles-François Dupuis, 75003

Ob La Di
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My friend Mary turned me onto this place for its beautiful floor and equally beautiful hand crafted coffees. Grab a stool near the door and utilize the darling menus or floral arrangement to stage the perfect coffee shot. 54 Rue de Saintonge, 75003

Boot Cafe
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I was amazed at how small Boot Cafe was! Only two tiny tables but so much to look at and use for your photo at this place. I took the above as I enjoyed my daily noisette19 Rue du Pont aux Choux, 75003

Ladurée Saint Germain

The Most Instagram Worthy Places in Paris I wit & whimsyThe original Ladurée is on the Champs Elysee and you can expect to wait at least 45 minutes in line to score your macarons. I highly recommend getting your fix at the smaller, more quaint and far less crowded Saint Germain outpost of this cult favorite. The light inside the store isn’t conducive to photos so I recommend buying one of the darling boxes of macarons and staging your photo outdoors. 21 Rue Bonaparte, 75006

13- a baker’s dozen

IMG_5298While owned by an American, this place has such a warm and cozy French provincial feel to it. The food is as pretty as it is delicious and a photo of the venue down a spectacularly quaint alleyway in Saint Germain can’t be beat. Your photo instantly looks like a tucked away secret. 16 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75007


IMG_5408The most instagram-worthy boulangerie would be Secco in my book. There are several locations but the above is the one in the 7eme arrondisement on the way to the Rodin museum. 31 Rue de Varenne, 75007

Out and About


Céline headquarters

The Most Instagram Worthy Spots in Paris I wit & whimsyParis offers endless Instagram opportunities of great doors but some of the best I saw happen to be home to Celine at 16 rue Vivienne as seen above. Head to the nearby Palais Royal after for additional photo opps. 16 Rue Vivienne, 75002

Doors of the Marais

The Most Instagram Worthy Spots in Paris I wit & whimsySpeaking of doors, the Marais is home to some of the best to photograph. Seek out your desirable color palette and have fun with them like seen in this image. Mary also has loads of inspiration for you on her Instagram. 75003 and 75004

Hotel Relais Saint-Germain

The Most Instagram Worthy Spots in Paris I wit & whimsyThis hotel in Saint Germain takes my breath away a little bit every time I see it. The perfectly placed flower boxes against a pristine white washed building are a dose of Parisian excellence. 9 Carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006

Cafe de Flore

The Most Instagram Worthy Spots in Paris I wit & whimsyI’ve never eaten at this famous eatery but it’s beautiful on the outside and holds such history that it is iconic in Paris. Cafes are one of my favorite things to shoot all over Paris. They provide an air of romance and peace and tradition. Stand across the street early in the morning and capture the glow from within and remember to look up! Many have beautiful architecture or florals that make them all the more appealing. 6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006

Rue Cler

The Most Instagram Worthy Spots in Paris I wit & whimsyThis tiny street is often without cars on it and boasts some of the best shops to prepare for the ideal picnic at the Champs des Mars by the Eiffel Tower. It’s also home to one of my favorite flower stands but you can find dozens of beautiful shots here at the small purveyors of fine goods. Rue Cler, 75007


IMG_5560This shop is three stories of great finds but the little mini cooper emblazoned with ‘Merci’ on the license plate is what everyone takes a photo of at this spot. Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003

Maison Rose

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Perhaps the prettiest building in Montmartre is Maison Rose. It’s perfectly pink on the outside (not to mention they serve a delightful Sancerre alongside some great people watching.) Grab a photo on the hill just above the restaurant or at one of the tables lining the sidewalk. 2 Rue de l’Abreuvoir, 75018


Other spots not to miss include Galeries Lafayette, The Palais Royal (although note the black and white pillars are a temporary exhibit through the end of the month) and Ile Saint Louis.

And if you head to Paris you must let me know so I might live vicariously through you! Alternatively if you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them! I hope to be back in the city of lights in May :)

[Photography by Meghan Donovan]

My Travel Uniform + Travel Must-Haves

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If you’ve been following this blog for quite some time you know I travel a lot. I recently shared my Nashville travel diary and my travel style for weekend getaways and I feel like I spent my 20s honing my travel routine. My family is spread across the country (and currently the world with one brother living in Africa for the summer) so I visit them, I travel to see clients for work and for events and then revel in getting to explore U.S. and beyond (as we all do, of course.)

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When I first started traveling for work, I couldn’t make 5 days work in a carry on suitcase. When work travel became more frequent (I was doing trips to NYC every 6 weeks from San Francisco) , I had to figure out how to be more efficient. I started rolling my clothes to maximize space, cut down on my toiletries and making a more conscience effort to bring pieces that had more versatility (tops that could be paired with skirts + heels and with jeans, etc.) Nowadays I can work a whole week in a carry on – hachacha!

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I’ve also learned what I have to have with me when I travel…

1. Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones:

HOLY Game Changer. While they don’t get rid of all noises, they certainly help you not hear that background lull of the plane and they seem to help in getting less annoyed with the crying children or noisy chatty Kathys on the plane. I really can’t believe it took me to being 28 to get a pair of these. A life changing investment if you travel frequently.

2. iPad:

I primarily bring my iPad for reading because I always have a solid amount of new reads downloaded on it. It’s slimmer and more convenient than lugging books around. I just finished The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., am currently reading Big Little Lies and downloaded My Paris Dream (at Taylor’s recommendation) and Astonish Me for my next reads.

3. A good suitcase aka The Delsey Belfort:

My carry on broke on a trip to Dallas in December. Handle damn well came unscrewed and bent and lord knows how it all happened but Jess and I spent a good twenty minutes in our hotel room trying to sort it out. We were requesting power tools to no avail and then resorted to tying a lanyard on the top handle, forcing me to drag my bouncing suitcase around DFW and LGA. What a site I was. My woes were solved by the acquisition of this amazingly sleek, super lightweight Delsey suitcase. I love it. It’s come on at least four trips with me already and I’m pretty obsessed with how chic and European it looks. Not to mention it has all these great interior features and a lock that will ward of anybody thinking about putting their hands on it – ha!

4. Longchamp Tote:

I’ve tried to be the person who carries one of my more expensive, nicer bag when they travel but all that ends up happening is the bag begins to look worn down. So I now almost exclusively travel with this Longchamp. It’s durable, sleek and fits my laptop, my headphones, wallet and my pouch with all the little essentials and more.

5. Eye Mask:

I wrote about my need for an eye mask here but trust me when I say it actually helps a considerable amount with sleeping on planes. (Particularly when combined with the aforementioned headphones). I take about 3-4 Red Eyes a year and this is my trusted combo (plus one of these!)

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And my travel uniform these days? It focuses on comfort and consists of a T-shirt (this censor tee is hilarious so I had to have it but these are my other favorite tees for travel- only $15!) + distressed denim (favorite pairs here and here) + leather jacket (best investment I made last year) + Tieks. Comfortable and no worrying about shoe issues at security or being cold on the plane. I shot these photos just before heading to the airport to fly to San Francisco last month and I’ll be repeating this same look when I take flight in a week to head back out there!

p.s. if your week needs a pick me up…I’m doing a pretty stellar giveaway on Instagram with some of my favorite bloggers! 

Shop the Post:

Cynthia Rowley Tee (I also love this one and this one that are equally as fun- and both on sale!)

Leather Jacket

Gap Jeans

Tieks Ballerina Flats (c/o)

Celine Sunglasses

Delsey Belfort Plus Spinner Carry-on Suitcase (c/o)

Longchamp Tote

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[Bekka Palmer Photography]

Nashville Travel Diary

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As previously mentioned, I headed to Nashville last month with a few girlfriends to celebrate the big 3-0! It was hands down one of the most fun weekends I have ever had and I fell head.over.heels with this town.

People were beyond friendly, the food was ridiculously good and there was live country music everywhere. I hope you enjoy the snaps I took over the course of the weekend and below you’ll find a guide to my favorite eats, drinks and where to stay!

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Wearing: Topshop Dress (only $68) // K. Jacques Sandals / Cuyana Bag // J.Crew Vest

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Wearing: Anthropologie Top // Club Monaco Eyelet Shorts (on sale!) // Cuyana Bag // Max & Chloe Necklace

Brunch at Acme in Nashville, TN

Downtown Nashville


Where to stay:

The Hutton Hotel:

Perfectly located just down the road from all the action, The Hutton was the perfect spot for us.

Where to eat:

The Southern:

A menu with something for everyone, this was our first stop when we arrived in Nashville. We got seated at a great big booth and dined on fish tacos (with loads of hot sauce of course), salads and burgers.

Rolf & Daughters:

This place was so delicious. Not to mention it provided the perfect hideaway as a thunder and lightening storm was raging outside. We were tucked into the corner and had a long meal full of crafted cocktails and one of the best pastas I’ve ever eaten.

Biscuit Love:

My god is this place heaven. Besides having ridiculous biscuits piled high with gravy (they don’t look appealing as you can tell from the above photo but trust me when I say W-O-W) they also excel at Bloody Marys, iced coffees and those stuffed doughnuts you see in the above photo.

Acme Feed + Seed:

We ended up at Acme twice during our short stay. First for afternoon drinks amidst live music and then for Sunday brunch. Their brunch menu is off the charts. We all ordered something different and the food is very Southern and very good. The entertainment is low key and the bartenders fun.

Where to drink:

The Stage:

We ended both Friday and Saturday nights at The Stage because the live music was that fun. The dance floor is crowded but the bands played so many great songs that had us singing along that we didn’t even notice those around us.


Tootsies is famous and the crowd confirms that. We stayed for only a few moments at night but revisited during the day when it was less crowded. Make your way to the roof deck to see the main strip from above.

Honky Tonk Central:

Three floors with live music on every floor, we set up shop both Saturday during the day and Sunday after brunch at this tourist spot, sipping on Bud Lights and making new friends while loving all of the small bands that will take requests with a $20 donation.

All my girlfriends and I are trying to plot a return to this boot-scootin’, country lovin’, delicious town ASAP because it was that good of a time. Have you ever been? If you haven’t, I can’t recommend it enough!

A big thank you to The Hutton Hotel for providing a media rate for our stay.