This trip has been like a dream… Being back in my favorite cities and doing what I love to do!! The city been so exciting between getting to see all my favourite places again and also seeing some shows, designers, familiar faces I haven’t seen in years! It’s so good to be back.. Another plus about this trip is the sense of ease that I’ve been able to have courtesy of my CIBC Air Canada AC Conversion Prepaid Visa Card! Whether it’s been on the go, in between shows, before a night on the town or whatever! I have been able to manage my funds and currencies all on one card from wherever I’ve gone.. I am not just saying this but the CIBC Air Canada AC Conversion Prepaid Visa Card has seriously changed my whole travel game.. In the past, I’ve had to bring a certain amount of cash with me and in some cases under-budgeted for the night or the other way around, I over budgeted and literally LOST my money! Can you imagine the nauseating feeling of literally loosing hundreds of dollars with so many more days to go! #UGH.. Yikes right!?.. With the CIBC Air Canada AC Conversion Prepaid Visa Card you are able to reload your funds from an app right on your smartphone or tablet and exchange your Canadian dollars to 10 different currencies (AUD, CHF, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, MXN, USD, TRY & CAD)!!! The way it works is, it locks in foreign exchange rates when you load a currency so you don’t have to worry about fluctuating rates when you travel and you aren’t charged any additional fees when you use the card (excluding ATM fees) – so you’ll know EXACTLY how much you’re spending on every single transaction! Plus, if you ever do need to make an ATM withdrawal, the card will allow one free withdrawal per month, per country. You can use it in 45 countries around the world wherever Visa is accepted, including online!! This card & technology (which comes with chip and pin security, tap-and-pay, and isn’t linked to my personal bank accounts) has really helped manage and budget my funds on the daily and feel secure while here in Paris which has made the trip that much better!! If anything ever happens to the card, or if I lost it for example, it comes with an emergency card replacement service, emergency cash service and protection from unauthorized use, so I know I’m covered and will still have access to cash when I need it. Oh, and did I mention? It’s free! Or $15 if you want it couriered to you. That all said… I have so much more to share from this beautiful trip so STAY tuned as there is much much more to come!!! XOXO BISOUS JAY

 

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Just when you thought the #STRUTwithCHANEL #STRUTavecCHANEL posts were over think again, there is still so much from this amazing experience.. here is a little video the talented Matt Adam put together of the experience with some footage I shot while in Paris.. The video features quick little snips of what is to come from the Ateliers, Lesage, Lemarié & Massaro as well as some of the epic Chanel Shopping Center runway show and then a little sneak of Mademoiselle Chanel’s apartment! This is just a teaser of what is still to come from my experience… Discovering the world of Chanel…!! Enjoy and stay tuned!!! XOJAY

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So… I have a question for you…. Have you ever wondered what it is like to have enough CHANEL around you and readily available for you to play with that it made you slightly light headed!?!? Well… LISTEN UP & LOOK NO MORE HUNNIE because do I have something for you!.. I did Paris Fashion Week as a guest of Chanel for a super amazing project where 6 bloggers from around the world were selected to DISCOVER the world of CHANEL. For day 1 of my unbelievable experience with CHANEL here in Paris, I was given a tour of the new Avenue Montaigne boutiques (right across the street from each other). One boutique, number 42, is specifically made for accessories and jewelry while the other, number 51, carries the pret-a-porter, fragrance, beauty & some accessories as well. It was such a pleasure to learn about the details of the boutiques, how they vary but still stay the same and the incredible details that go into them as well, from the art (even in the elevator) to the architecture and the inspiration all thriving from Mademoiselle Chanel, herself. After this lovely tour we were escorted to the private change rooms on the top floor of 51 Avenue Montaigne where we were greeted by a humongous fitting room filled from wall to wall with EVERYTHING classic, iconic and new from Chanel. It’s here where I had the chance to not only play with some of the most iconic Chanel clothing, accessories, jewelry, bags, etc. I was also lucky enough to select some pieces to wear for the show the following day.. What a dream right?!?!… And to believe, this was only day 1!!

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Just another stunning Parisienne night, stumbling on the cobblestones from L’Avenue on Rue François. Then coincidentally stumbling across those same cobblestones to le’ boutique who so happen to be wearing = THIS situation right here outside of the Balmain boutique on 44 Rue François. As if you didn’t know that THIS was was bound to happen at some point during the days in Paris…

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Oh the wonders of Paris and OH what you are in store over the next 3 remaining days here during Paris Fashion Week. I am beyond excited to share that over the next 3 days I will be sharing an intimate and one of a kind experience of the world of Chanel! THis is going to be a personal tour like no other and as you can imagine I am just beyond words excited for this all to unfold! So that being said, stay tuned to my social media outlets as well as to my personalized #STRUTwithCHANEL #STRUTavecCHANEL hashtags where imma be postin’ up a STORM!!!

Oh Paris, I love you!

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As you know during Paris Men’s Fashion Week I was running around a lot! Hustling, flowing getting it done HUNTIE! I came to WIN!! On my stop-list was the Balmain showroom where I was capturing the menswear show, little did it would end up in me meeting one of my favorite designers for one of, actually read, my favorite design house, Balmain. It was like the Bamain boys finally got connected haha!

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Here are some dark and intoxicating moments from the Julius Fall/Winter 2014/15 menswear show that I had the pleasure of attending during Paris Men’s Fashion Week a couple weeks ago now (wow hot damn, does time go by ever so quickly!). I loved how just plain out dark and to the bone the show was, the actual show elements for the runway were quite intense from the screeching music to the ever so equally intense strobe lights. It was quite the experience.

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Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of joining creative director, Olivier Rousteing for an intimate, appointment only, showcase of the Balmain Homme Men’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection at the Balmain offices/showroom here in Paris! The experience in itself was something that I will never forget, considering for me I am so a big #OBSESSEUR of the brand ~That being said, I was really glad to be able to capture menswear and have this initial experience with the house the way that I did ~For Men’s FW14-15 the collection is very Urban TopGun, with the leather jumpsuits, leopard blazers and army prints. There is also a [naturally] very luxurious swag about the collection, one of which let’s you just look at it and KNOW it is exactly what you think it is. To make a long story short I love this kind of menswear, it’s fun, exciting, fresh, luxurious and still so masculine at the same time. It’s the perfect parisian bad boy blend of everything a guy should wear, maybe I should start trying to wear menswear now!? #IfOnlyItWouldFit!!

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Paris Fashion Week, on my own at my age, doing what I was doing was such a liberating experience for me and among it all I really learned that waiting for things to happen takes to long. Waiting for things to come to you is to risky. Everyday that I grow, learn and experience more I also learn and realize how proud I am of myself. I have such a ways to go in making my dreams come true and I am definitely aware that it can take a very, very long time, lot’s of heart-ache, lot’s of heart-break but at the end of the day I know that I am not waiting for my wings to fly. I am chasing my dreams, I am pursuing my passions and fulfilling my needs, with every new cultural experience, every person I meet and every moment, wherever it may be, and for this I am blessed! This is just the beginning! There is so much more to do, to see, to experience and to connect with! I can’t wait to share all of the amazing upcoming opportunities and journies around the corner! xo

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As it is clearly evident by now, I journeyed over to Paris for the wondrous and magical Paris Fashion Week. Something I had not yet embarked on, so, with little to know idea of what to expect I packed my things and I headed to what would be one of the most magical times of my life. Every single day of this trip was an adventure in its own. From Carine Roitfeld’s CRFashionBook Launch Party for her second book to a day & night with Elie Saab from his show to his beautiful home in Paris… Over the next few days I am really going to do my best to share with you the magic that I got to experience while in Paris for Paris Fashion Week… Hopefully I can do this trip justice, if not, I will just have to go and try again (hahaha)..

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