One thing you may or may not know about me is I love looking at data. I find it fun and challenging. My early career days were spent training as a buyer and manager for a department store. This is where I discovered my love for numbers! I look a lot at numbers now for the blog in terms of what content you love and the items you are buying. This helps me serve you better as a blogger. I hope you love this roundup of what you loved the most in 2023.
This list is in no particular order.
Madewell Sidewalk Low-Top Sneakers have been a reader favorite for years. They run for $88 and typically go on sale throughout the year. I wear a size 8.5, and they run tts. You will want to break them in a bit before a long trip walking in Paris. Once they are broken in, you will love them! They are a hit with so many of you. I love hearing how many of you enjoyed them for Paris.
This may be the most popular item on the list. The Gaspard cardigan can be worn multiple ways, open, closed, and with the buttons in the back. Style details include the most beautiful pearl buttons. I am wearing the grey one now while I write this post.
I have four colors of this sweater in my closet, and I wear it year-round. The black one was a staple around our wedding in Florida because it was a lot colder than I had planned. Throw it over a dress in the summer on a cool night.
The sweater is $120 and is a Sézane staple. This was one of my first purchases from Sézane. I always recommend it as an entry-level purchase to the French brand. In terms of sizing, this one does run a bit larger. I tend to go for my normal size small as I like the way it fits. You can always order two sizes and return one if you are stumped on sizing.
Over-the-knee Boots were a huge trend this year in Paris. These Blondo boots have been a favorite of mine for years. They are comfortable, and the best part is they are waterproof. My Blondos have held up for over four years, so they are worth the investment. The boots typically run under $250. I have seen them occasionally on sale at Tuckernuck. I have purchased mine at Nordstrom. Blondos also come in brown suede and black leather.
Style them with a sweater dress or a skirt. I love to wear them both ways.
The Sézane trench coat is one of my favorite pieces in my closet. I have worn it so many times since purchasing it. Some great details, like the buttons down the back side, make this coat beautiful. A trench coat is an iconic French wardrobe staple and something you will see worn in Paris in the fall and spring. This was my best-selling piece from Sézane for 2023 for a good reason. In terms of sizing, I wear my normal size 4/36. You can fit sweaters under the coat in the fall, giving it a little room for layers.
This particular style sells out often, but don’t be discouraged. The Sézane trench coat is essential and is restocked often. Sign up for a restock alert on your account to be notified!
There are a few Merit products that you couldn’t get enough of in 2023. The minimalist concealer stick is a great all-in-one product. You can use it as a concealer and foundation. I recommend using the blending brush to apply it. My color is Bisque. There are many color options, and the Merit team can help you choose the perfect shade!
This Birkenstock was a surprise hit! I ordered them for my honeymoon in Italy, and they were so comfortable and perfect for beach travel. So many of you ordered them, too! The white did end up getting dirty by the end of the year. They are $50 and come in multiple colors. The shoes run true to size.
I knew I had to have it when I saw this Mederick coat on the Sézane website. The price is $485. It is an investment piece, for sure. I have owned mine now for two winters and wear it regularly. The cost per wear has been worth it. My navy isn’t available anymore, but they have great color options, including the most beautiful pink and the camel.
Size down one size as this coat runs large. I ordered a four initially, as I do with all Sézane coats, and it was too big. A 2 was the perfect size for me.
I have owned and loved my Margaux Demi flats for years now. They have held up over the years and have made many trips to Paris. Ballet flats have always been a classic French girl trend, but they are popping back up everywhere now. This is a brand I love, and so many of you do too. The price is $245 for a pair and has increased from when I originally bought them. The Margaux demi flat is an investment but worth it. You can walk a good amount in Paris with these without any issues.
Design details for the demi flat include a bow at the top, which helps tighten the fit of the overall shoe. Don’t be afraid to use this bow to tighten or loosen the fit of the flat. This was a game-changer for me! It also has padding! The flats do not have arch support, so if you need that, these aren’t a good fit for you.
Photos of me by Katie Donnelly Photography
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