Time flies when you’re thirty-one…

Photo of lifestyle blogger Cee Fardoe at Laduree in Paris, wearing a black pinafore dress and Nike sneakersPortrait of brunette fashion blogger Cee Fardoe, wearing Celine Audrey sunglasses and blowing a kissDetails of personal style blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera, wearing a Celine trio bag and Nike Blazer sneakersPortrait of style blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera, wearing a Metisu dress at Laduree in ParisPhoto of fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera, wearing a Metisu dress and Celine trio bag at LadureeMetisu dress (c/o)
Aritzia tee (similar)
Nike sneakers
Celine bag
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Madewell rings

Well, I’m not twenty-three anymore. (I realise, looking through the archives, that I haven’t really acknowledged the transition from my twenties to my thirties, but it definitely happened a few years ago. I turned thirty-one last September.) That should surprise no one, of course, least of all me, but I’m feeling it acutely right now. When I was twenty-three, I spent a little over two months living in Paris and travelling Europe with Ian. It was the longest I had ever been away from home up to that point and, while it ended too quickly, as holidays inevitably do, it still felt like we were away for a long time. What a difference (a little less than) a decade makes. At thirty-one, I experience the passage of time a lot differently. Today is May twelfth, the third last Friday we will spend in Paris. We have two full weeks left in Europe and, by this time in the first week of June, we will be starting to get our life organised back in Canada.  We have done so many amazing things since we arrived, and there is still time – time enough for most of a week in Prague, and a day trip to London, just for a start. But part of me feels a bit like I blinked and missed all the long, luxurious days we were supposed to have because I can’t believe how much time has gone by already. That is, of course, just all the more reason to say yes to every pastry, yes to every museum exhibit and yes to every pair of shoes that I’m not sure I will actually be able to fit into my suitcase. But I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I am already sorry to see this beautiful adventure coming to its inevitable end.

Je vous reviens en français des lundi, mes belles. Bon week-end.

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  1. It really is hard to believe it’s all coming to an end!! In a way it feels like you’ve only been gone for a little awhile and forever at the same time. Haha, if that makes any sense! 😉 And yes take it all in, I know I would, and SO excited you’re off to Prague… can’t wait to see your beautiful photos and hear what you think! Also, this outfit is so perfect and that gorgeous back drop doesn’t hurt either!! xo


  2. Cee, don’t be sorry its over, its just too amazing it happened and that you had the opportunity to see all those museum exhibits, eat all those pastries and buy those shoes 😉

  3. This is exactly how I feel when I travel lately – it all just blows by so quickly in a way that I’m not sure it did when I was younger (and had more energy!). Also, I love seeing you in sneakers – they’re so cute on you.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  4. It is always sad to see an adventure end. However, you have all these amazing memories to remind you and there will always be future adventures to look forward to.

  5. It’s such a hard thing to imagine how quickly time will and does pass. No amount of planning and preparation is ever enough to squeeze all the fullness you imagine into the span of time you have. You want to slow down and savor while simultaneously scheduling every minute to cram it all in.

    I suppose the most you can hope for is to create as many wonderful memories as you can, and hold them close forever.
    Chic on the Cheap

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