On Top of the World

Fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera stands on Paris rooftop looking out a telescope wearing a Zara sweater and Aritzia pleated skirtRooftops of Paris and the Eiffel Tower, captured by travel blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & VeraFashion blogger Cee Fardoe sits at the rooftop cafe at Printemps in Paris, wearing a blush Zara sweater and white pleated Aritzia skirtPortrait of Winnipeg fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera looking out over Paris wearing Anine Bing Paris sunglassesFashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera stands on the rooftop of Paris department store Printemps wearing a Zara blush sweater and Aritzia pleated skirtDetails of style blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera at Printemps in Paris with a view of the Eiffel Tower, drinking tea with her Chanel handbagBrunette fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera looks out over the rooftops of Paris wearing a white Aritzia skirt and carrying a black Chanel handbagZara sweater (similar)
Aritzia skirt (similar)
Raye heels (c/o REVOLVE)
Chanel bag
Anine Bing sunglasses
Leah Alexandra earrings

The past week has been perfect. As perfect as anything can be, that is – so, not really perfect. But I have been blissfully happy. On top of the world, even, like I was, in a more literal sense, when we took these photos at the rooftop cafe of Printemps in Paris.

A week ago yesterday, we were engaged in the Herculean task of moving all our belongings out of storage and into our new home. I was, as I’m sure everyone expected, not a great deal of help with the heavy lifting. But we managed. We emptied the storage locker. We unpacked the boxes. (Although I admit, I still haven’t found my kitchen scissors – and probably a few other things I haven’t noticed I’m missing, either.) We have most of our furniture in the rooms where it belongs.

Granted, we still have to sleep in the living room on a hide-a-bed while we wait for our new bed frame to arrive. We have moved into a fourteenth floor condo just blocks from the city centre. The space is twice the size of anywhere we have ever lived, and I am still adjusting to the reality of having multiple rooms, not to mention a hallway. But I have my own space. When Ian goes to work in the afternoon, I settle in with a pot of tea (usually followed by a glass of wine), a good Spotify playlist and the manuscript I just can’t seem to finish. Basically, I get to spend my days doing exactly what I want.

It’s too good to last, and I know it. This feeling of being on top of the world, of having everything I want, will fade away. In fact, the countdown has already begun. Three weeks from tomorrow, I will resume my day job, the one I haven’t done in almost five months but that it still feels like I left yesterday. My work phone is on its way and my laptop will soon follow. I’m still sorting out exactly how I feel about my return to work, but blissfully happy isn’t it. (I am, I admit, looking forward to receiving regular pay cheques again.)

I’ll be honest and say I’m really not sure how I’m going to feel about life three weeks from now. But for the moment, I’m enjoying being on top of the world.

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  1. Cee, I am so happy for you! It’s hard moving and putting things in place, but when things come together it is such a good feeling. That’s the way I felt about the remodel. You look so pretty! Love that top and your sunnies. Looks so good on you! You hair is always superb.

  2. Even though you know this time will end, it seems like you are relishing every moment of it, and to be able to enjoy it rather than fixate on the return to the job you know is coming anyway, sounds like a huge success. The 14th floor might not be the top of the eiffel tower, but it sounds pretty luxurious all the same.
    Chic on the Cheap

  3. Oh yay so happy to hear you’re feeling more settled + isn’t the larger space refreshing?!! I still love having extra room to roam and the extra privacy is so lovely too. As much as I love my hubby, and I really do, I love being able to sneak away when we’re both home and get some quality V time, with wine of course!! 😉 And eeps, can’t believe it’s been 5 months since you took a job break, um amazing, and enjoy every minute of your next 3 weeks. What a treat!! xo


  4. Oh Cee, is we could only bottle that feeling… enjoy it and I hope you max it out.
    It does sound like the top of the world.

  5. The whole white outfit looks amazing.
    Good luck with the rest of the move: I know how difficult it can be, but sounds like you have a great new place.

  6. I’ll admit I’m a hippie on the inside (and on the outside too, to a degree!), but I have learned that living in the present is really the only way to be. So enjoy this top of the world feeling while you are here. You deserve it. And these photos need to be in a magazine!

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