packing can be difficult, especially if it's for a week or a little more. there are so many items that you could need. what if your shoes hurt your feet or the sole falls off in the middle of a cobblestone street? is one fancy outfit enough? how many sets of pjs do you need? what if the weather is all over the place?
luckily, I got pretty good at packing last year when I was wandering all over Europe. for my two week adventure I managed to fit my life into one small rolling bag and purse. and I think that Paris is pretty accepting if you decide to wear the same pair of black jeans 4 days in a row or if your hair hasn't been washed in 3 days. isn't that just part of the je ne sais quois that Parisian style is all about?
it's easiest to just pack a bunch of your favorite things that all easily mix and match and are perfect for layering. when I think of Paris, all I want to wear are flat riding boots, black jeans, a navy polka dot blouse, black cardigan, a slouchy grey hat, and a black wool jacket to top it all off. I'll stuff my leopard prints scarf in my black purse along with my Canon Rebel and a tube of red lipstick. easy, right? and these are all things I already have (and may have purchased at Zara the last time I was in France) and I know that I'll be comfortable, warm, and hopefully my American-ness won't stick out like a sore thumb.
and, non, exercise clothes are NOT on my list. I plan to walk off the pounds of macarons & baguettes by wandering around the Louvre, thank you very much.