The Haute Pursuit’s Guide To Paris

As admirers of any girl sporting an expertly edited, minimalist wardrobe, we find ourselves crushing on social media stars who embody this style, especially when it comes complete with a beautifully curated Instagram feed. Enter Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, who, in addition to showing off her enviable wares, shares her jet-setting lifestyle one flawlessly filtered photo at a time. The seasoned blogger has parlayed her creative direction into a full-blown online shop, solidifying her status as an Internet supergirl. Currently on the ground in France, Vanessa shares her City of Light favorites as well as the essentials that get her through Paris Fashion Week.

P.S. Follow along as Vanessa takes over our Instagram account for the day with real-time updates from PFW!


Vanessa's Guide To PFW

Designers She's Excited To See

Photo: @harmony_paris

"I'm looking forward to seeing Harmony Paris (my friend David Obadia's streetwear label), Alexander Wang for Balenciaga and Raf Simons for Dior."

Favorite Parisian Hotel

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"Hotel Amour in the Marais is always a fave!"

Best Place For A Midday Bite

Photo: Yelp

"Mi-Va-Mi has the best falafel in the city—and it's only 5 euro!"

Top-Notch Party Spot

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"You can't beat Le Baron—it's always a fun time."

How To Get Around The City

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"I always recommend that people rent from the Vélib' (the city's bicycle-sharing system) for the week and explore Paris that way."

Skincare Go-To

Avene Thermal Spring Water, $18

"My skin gets so dehydrated when I travel, so I need this as much as I need to drink 4 liters of water a day. It also sets makeup beautifully."

Makeup Staple

La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation, $200

"I used to hate wearing foundation until I found this one. My friend Margaret Zhang (who has perfect skin) recommended this, and I've been hooked ever since."

Must-Have Accessory

THP Bound Cuffs, $169

"I can't live without my THP Bound Cuffs. I wear them with casual daytime outfits as well as out at night—they're ideal for the minimalist girl in all of us."

How She Stays Organized

Smythson Textured Leather Notebook, $80

"Because I'm working on at least 3 different projects at the same time, I need to keep all my creative thoughts in order. I was once advised to write everything down in a notebook in order to truly manifest it (yes, spooky!), so I've been doing that earnestly on every trip."