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One of my girlfriends is going to Paris next month. While I don’t know what clothes she’s planning to take, I saw these Cuyana pieces and thought of her. They’re timeless and versatile, and since they’re neutrals, she could mix them with almost any color.

So dear friend, for your consideration…

I like Cuyana because they design timeless, quality pieces that will stay in our wardrobe forever, and you can add a little something new each year, like a different scarf, purse or jewelry, to give them a fresh new look. Cuyana believes in “intentional buying,” that less is more when it comes to what hangs in our closet. When have you heard of a clothing brand telling you to buy selectively as opposed to buying everything they have?

Quality over quantity.

Layering is the key to building a small, yet versatile travel wardrobe. Whether we’re on an airplane, in a restaurant or a museum, or we’re walking through a Paris neighborhood, a cape/a poncho is indespensible.

This cape from Cuyana is 100%, soft baby alpaca and is double faced with checks on one side and stripes on the other.

You can layer it over a sweater and pants…

…or throw it over your outer jacket or trench coat This trench also comes in black. Once inside a restaurant, you can drape the cape over your shoulders to keep you warm.

A cape is a must when traveling especially in months, like March, when it will still be cold, and if you haven’t been there this time of year… Versailles will be cold.

You can wear this reversible cape along with a black and/or a white sweater, a pair of black, dark grey or maroon pants and add a raspberry scarf for a punch of color…

…and this hand hammered, silver-tone necklace on black cords from Soft Surroundings. You’ll look like a Parisian!

This is me at the Rodin Museum in Paris three years ago. My back and shoulders don’t like the weight of a big tote while I’m walking through a museum or an historic sight, and because they’re open at the top, it’s easy for a thief to reach in and steal your belongings. Also some museums have size limits on bags and/or make you check your bag before entering.

This saddle bag is a great size—9″ x 11″—about the same size as my bag and has enough room for a guide book, credit cards, cash, makeup and glasses. It comes in black and caramel, has lots of interior zip pockets and the shoulder strap adjusts easily. 

You’ll also need a great walking shoe, like Vans Classic Slip-on, and a pair of flats or ankle boots.

I hope you get to visit the Rodin Museum… I was there in my early 20’s and had never forgotten it… It was worth the wait to see it again…

…have dessert at Angelina’s and drinks at the George V Hotel.

Have fun in Paris, girlfriend. Bon Voyage!


  • Taste of France February 8, 2019 at 1:10 am

    I have a cape that I bought many years ago. Nothing like a cape for drama! I took it with me to the U.S. on one trip, and ended up leaving it with my mom–she had such trouble getting in and out of her coat with reduced flexibility in her shoulders. Plus, she used a wheelchair to go long distances and had to get her coat wrapped just right before sitting down–not easy because it was hard enough for her to get into the wheelchair. The cape made it so simple. And the downside of the cape–that it’s loose and wind blows into it–were negated in the wheelchair, where it was like wrapping her in a blanket. If you have an elderly relative, consider gifting them a cape.
    My mother died not long after that trip. Now when I wear the cape I don’t think of the many years I had it before but I think of her.

    • Brenda Coffee February 11, 2019 at 11:43 am

      TOF, This comment tells me a lot about you; that you’re compassionate and in tune with what people need. Your cape was a thoughtful and great solution to your mother’s problem of how to get into something that kept her warm when she was in her wheelchair. I’m glad you have memories of her when you wear it. xoxox, Brenda

  • Cindy Graf February 8, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Everytime I travel especially on a plane I wear a cape or large cashmere scarf. I hate those blankets on the planes and a cape is so much more stylish. I adore that coat. I’ll definitely look for one for myself. Thanks Brenda!

    • Brenda Coffee February 11, 2019 at 11:44 am

      Hi Cindy, Airplane blankets are soooo thin… They don’t do much good, do they? Capes are perfect for traveling. Thanks for letting me know you liked this post. xoxox, Brenda

  • Judy Freedman February 8, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    A cape is a great idea for cool days in Paris. I also like a cashmere pashima because I like to keep my neck warm on chilly days.

    • Brenda Coffee February 11, 2019 at 11:47 am

      Pashminas are a great travel idea as well, Judy! I wore one Saturday night when I went to see Fleetwood Mac. After the concert it was raining, I couldn’t get an uber and had to walk, uphill, for 20 minutes until I could get transportation. My pashmina was draped over my head and protected my ears from the cold wind and my head from the rain. I was so glad I wore it. xoxo, Brenda

  • Doreen Pendgracs February 8, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    I, too, like a cape or sweater poncho when travelling. Very warm, comfy, and stylish! That chocolate dessert from Angelina’s has me wanting to return to Paris real soon! Wish I was going …

    • Brenda Coffee February 11, 2019 at 11:49 am

      Hi Doreen, My friend, Essie, and I made a beeline for Angelina’s. It was cold and misty outside, and we lingered over hot tea and chocolate. That afternoon they were our idea of comfort food. Thanks for reading and leaving me a note! Brenda

  • LA CONTESSA February 9, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    My traveling DAYS are at a STAND still for the moment YOU KNOW WHY!
    I must call YOU………TOMORROW!

    • Brenda Coffee February 11, 2019 at 11:51 am

      Elizabeth, I did see your wonderful post on Penelope. So glad her home is still intact after the last rain where she lives. She must feel like she’s the only refuge of paradise in Hell. Thanks for calling me Sunday!! Always love our conversations! xoxox, Brenda

  • Donna O'Klock February 13, 2019 at 8:51 am

    That Trench Coat is a beauty!! Actually, everything is lovely.
    Being petite, I always feel swamped in capes and ponchos… so I opt for shawls and pashminas. Do capes come scaled for us shorties, do you think??
    XO Donna

    • 1010ParkPlace February 13, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      LOL, Donna! I think you’ll find capes are a universal size, but your idea of a shawl and pashminas are right on the money. Check out my Fashion Friday post later this week about Stevie Nicks’s wardrobe. She’s only 5’1″ and wears capes and kimonos and shawls. xoxox, Brenda

  • Kippi February 21, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Beautiful classic pieces. Love to have the cape.
    Happy Day,
    Kippi #kippiathome

    • Brenda Coffee February 21, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Kippi, I’m with you about the cape. It’s beautiful. Thanks so much for stopping to leaving me a comment, Brenda

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