how to make your outfits versatile | travel diary french river cruise pt. 1

  1. Dottie Weaver says:

    I was in Paris for 8 days this August. As well as enjoying the sights in the city, we took a side trip to Bruges, Belgium. It was a medieval city with a huge city square and canals. We fell in love with it. What’s not to like about Belgium chocolates or waffles?!

  2. cb2jean says:

    ripped jeans 🙁

  3. Sheron Davis says:

    Hi Beth!
    Looks like you really enjoyed your cruise. My husband and I will be on a Viking Cruise spring 2020. We will be in France at the end of our journey. Starting out in the Swiss Alps and then Germany. We love going to Europe. So much history. We are travelers. Originally from England and now living in Canada.
    I love your blog sense of fashion and great disposition. I’m sixty two years old so nice to still be able to look smartly dress, wherever you go.
    Thank you for showing us your beautiful fashions and sharing your life with us.
    Sheron Davis

  4. Becky Taylor says:

    I had the privilege and honor to visit the Normandy area two times and take in the history as much as possible. My father also served in WW II and was in the Battle of the Bulge and various other events. He never liked to talk about his war experience and now I wish I had pressed him for more information.
    We were staying in the French countryside and were eating a quaint little local inn and a French fellow came up and thanked us for what the US had done for his country. I still get the chills over this memory! That really stirs up. my patriotic soul!

  5. Mary says:

    I’m sorry Beth, but I would never wear jeans with holes in them in Europe. Nor bright colors combined with patterns. I find simple and classic works best.

    • Beth Djalali says:

      no need to be sorry. you should always wear what you feel confident and comfortable in. but don’t be afraid to step outside of the style box.

      • Grace says:

        A TON of people in Europe wear ripped jeans just like yours! They look great and you still look comfy and polished! It seems like a lot of the fashion rules we’ve been told about traveling to Europe have expired. I was always told not to wear sneakers, jeans, or shorts, in Europe, but when I lived and studied there a couple years ago, pretty much everyone wore chic sneakers and jeans. It’s really up to you and what you feel you’re best in!

  6. Jeannette schacht says:

    I will be going to France and Normandy next September! Your movie today was awesome! Thank you it was very helpful! Love everything about you!

    • Beth Djalali says:

      you will love Normandy! what breathtaking scenery.

      • Sandi Bush says:

        I m interested in the trench coat with no belt. I have a belted one
        and have decided I like the straiter one. Do you know town has them?
        Also, I spent the afternoon for an ivory chasmere turtleneck sweater and a they seems so thin. I’m wondering who might have thicker ones.

  7. Joanne Strondak says:

    My husband and I did a river cruise a few years ago in France. Such an awesome trip. We also visited Normandy and the American Cemetery. The French people did a service for us that brought tears to our eyes. I will never forget it. I never knew my grandfather as he did in WW2 and is buried in the Philippines. So it was very heartwarming that the French were so appreciative. Love ready your blog and style

  8. Julie Mycock says:

    Hi Beth, looking very stylish there. We did a Viking river cruise a few years ago and we had problems from day one so it put us off completely. Hope that you are enjoying your river cruise. Xoxo

    • Beth Djalali says:

      so sorry to hear that, julie! i know that there are more cruise lines getting into the river cruise space these days which helps up the ante so to speak. our trip was top notch all the way. i’ll have a recap next week.

  9. Stephanie Bailey says:

    Love the lavender blazer, been to Normany twice, so moving
    Looking forward to seeing friends in CA soon, hope the fires subside

  10. Lorna K Blake says:

    I love the day outfit! I own three of the items (shoes, trench, jeans) so no surprise there. We also just returned from a trip to Normany and Bayeux which was amazing and inspiring on every level. I agree with the poster above that in Europe I would prefer to wear skinny straight legs or black leggings rather than the cute ripped. Evening outfit didn’t work for me– even when I saw it on the jcrew site, I thought it was a tad too pajama of a look for me to pull off. Your cruise looks amazing. Can’t wait for more posts!

  11. Linda L says:

    I have done several Viking cruises over the years including the Paris to Normandy. Brings tears to your eyes to think of the sacrifices that were made! We’ve had nothing but the best on Viking and we’re planning to take one of their ocean cruises to the Baltic’s in 2021. Clothing has sure come a long way making traveling & dressing so easy. Love those shoes! Thanks for sharing Beth!

  12. Marilyn says:

    Lovely and poignant pictures. We also have military members in our family.
    Was not enthralled with the tiger slacks.

  13. Vivian says:

    Your post and pics brought back many fond memories of our last trip to France a year ago in October. This time my husband and I took a road trip from Paris along the Normandy coast and then through chateaux country and back to Paris. We stayed at a quaint bed and breakfast in Arromanches for a few days while we visited the various sites. When we arrived back in Paris it was shirt sleeve weather.

  14. Diane Sargent says:

    I’ve wanted to do a River Cruise and am encouraged by yours. I believe you traveled with someone. My question :what were your observations re women ( and men ) traveling alone. Do you think these river cruises are a good & comfortable experience for a solo traveler since It is a small number of passengers. I’m in my 70’s and my husband died 8 months ago.
    I have done a Caribbean cruise alone on a 300 passenger ship & that went well.
    Any thoughts are appreciated. Also there appears to be a great deal of walking on the tour you took…?
    Thank you
    Diane sargent….Avon, CT

  15. RayeLynn Fletcher Longhini says:

    We spent 2weeks in France, summer before last, on river cruises. The week we toured the Seine, we also went to Normandy. What a humbling experience. My husband’s father had actually landed at Omaha Beach. It was so emotional and well worth the experience!

  16. Meg Anderson says:

    We are on our way to Germany and Prague next week and your travel posts have been so helpful in thinking about what to pack. Thanks 😊

  17. Lacey says:

    We traveled one week prior to your trip to the same area. Started in London, Paris and then sailed the Sein River on Tauck. What a wonderful trip and weather was better than forecasted. It is a moving experience and one we will always remember.

  18. Suzanne M Smith says:

    Jr Style is doing a great job with beautiful photos. My younger sister went to France and visited Omaha Beach last trip out. I have not been there, but she said it was very moving. My dad was part of the Greatest Generation during WWII, and so I think of him every Memorial Day, Veterans Day, etc. I’ve been all through France in the past but your river cruise sounds excellent!

  19. Joan Batty says:

    Hi Beth
    I will be leaving Australia on 15th November for a French River Cruise. We start at Avignon and cruise to Lyon where we transfer to Paris and then another ship to Normandy. I am enjoying your articles immensely and am finding hem extremely useful in my wardrobe planning.

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