As tough as social media can be at times– whether it’s making you feel bad about your life, disrupting your sleep, or the source of bullying– it can be a good thing. Obviously, I blog full time and have been able to see a lot of the good of social media, but one thing that I hadn’t expected when I started my little ole blog 10 years ago was how many people I would ultimately meet– and become friends with.
A good portion of my friends are people I met through social media. And you don’t have to be a full-time blogger to reap the benefits. (I think it goes without saying that you have to be safe about it….) Maybe I would have crossed paths at some point with one or two of my friends? But probably not. Instead, I’ve met amazing women (and men) through their blogs, my blog, Instagram, etc. I do feel like you get to know people that you know right off the bat you have things in common with. And the best part? Geography doesn’t matter!
One of these friends is Daphne. We can’t remember when we started following each other on Instagram, but once I found her account it was friends at first like 😂It was pretty much virtual following, liking, and commenting for a while and you really do get a sense of friendship. (Even typing that out seems strange!!) During one of Daphne’s trips to NYC, we got together and immediately hit it off “in real life.” It’s a bit of a relief when you actually meet someone who you have only communicated through a screen before.
She lives in Paris and I like to think of her as my French twin. My French is extremely limited but she speaks English perfectly (and even speaks/sounds like American) so we don’t have a language barrier.
Every time we get the chance to see each other, we make it a priority. While I was in Paris, we even double dated and stayed at the table for I think over five hours– the four of us couldn’t stop talking! (And we already can’t wait for another one in December when she and Vincent, her will-be-husband, travel to the NYC.) I wanted to shoot a new Gal Meets Glam outfit with a professional photographer while I was in Paris and asked Daphne for recommendations. She had just received her new GMG dress so we decided to do it together.
If these photos don’t make you want to book a trip to Paris, I’m not sure what will. Every single corner of the city is more charming than the last. We shot these on Île Saint-Louis, which is one of the islands on the Seine. It feels like stepping back in time, which was perfect for the GMG vintage-inspired dresses.
I am wearing the cutest tweed matching jacket and dress. The detailing of the tweed is so pretty with hints of metallic and great texture throughout. The actual dress and jacket both have velvet detailing, including a velvet bow on the dress!
Photos by Margot Mchn– if you need a photographer in Paris, I can’t recommend her enough.