Travel with Mia, The Blonde Salad, and Gary Pepper Girl in Paris

the blonde salad and gary pepper girl in paris

Well, the title suggests that I was in Paris with The Blonde Salad and Gary Pepper Girl. However, it was a chance meeting but it resulted in me skipping with joy. Check out the story of how I met The Blonde Salad and Gary Pepper Girl in Paris.

The Blonde Salad and Gary Pepper Girl in Paris

While visiting Paris, my husband and I were enjoying on one of those bus tours I talked about in my Barcelona post! As we passed Pont Alexandre III and admired its beauty, my husband commented: “those women are pretty fancy!” As I turn to look, I notice the three fancy women are none other than my three favorite bloggers/entrepreneurs, Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Girl) and Zanita Whittington (ZanitaZanita).  I was absolutely floored to see these beautiful, successful and all-around awesome women just standing on a bridge in Paris as I rode past.

the blonde salad and gary pepper girl in paris

(Behind the scenes photos by Travel with Mia)

Get off the Bus!

Obviously, my husband and I exited the tour bus at the next stop and headed back to the bridge to see if I could snag a picture with the trio.  After our half a mile walk, I stood like an idiot watching the girls get ready for their shoot, not knowing what they were shooting for.  Finally, I worked up the nerve to ask for a photo and I was immediately shot down by the set producer (or whoever she was).

Take the picture!

As I hung my head and walked back over to my husband, I heard someone say “hey, go ahead but make it quick.”  So, I ran back over to Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) and Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Girl), jumped in the middle of them and struck my best fashion pose as my hubby snapped away with our fancy camera… I wasn’t leaving this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity up to my cell phone camera.

After we snapped this awesome photo, I realized that one of the cameramen had been filming the whole encounter and he asked if I was happy and I replied “YES” as I skipped away wondering if the video might end up on the internet somewhere!  For the rest of the day, I wandered around the streets of Paris with the biggest smile on my face.

Star Struck!

I’ve never been star-struck! I was a flight attendant for 7 years and worked many first-class flights filled with celebrities. And don’t forget my time spent as an entertainment publicist working in Hollywood.  But, this was different.  I respect and admire Chiara, Nicole, and Zanita for their hard work, determination, and entrepreneurial-know-how.

As I begin my own blogging career, it’s encouraging to see where these ladies began and how far they’ve come.  I was genuinely happy to meet them and they were as nice as I imagined they would be. Unfortunately, Zanita was in the midst of a wardrobe change when we took the photo. So, I didn’t want to press my luck by waiting for her to finish.  I was told they were on a tight deadline.

Paris is always a good idea!

Needless to say, our trip to Paris was nothing short of amazing.  Realizing I was there for the Lucky Magazine cover shoot, for Chiara, Nicole, and Zanita, was pretty freaking awesome!!!  Check out the cover below and click the link to read the full article at Lucky Magazine.

Thank you, Lucky Magazine for the awesome opportunity!  If you have that video, I’d love to see it!!  FYI… Chiara was sweet enough to like the photo I posted of the three of us on Instagram. Nicole was just as sweet when she “favorited” my tweet about this post on Twitter!  Gotta love those ladies!


Have you met any of your favorite bloggers, celebrities or idols?  Tell me all about it in the comments!


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    • Brian
    • January 21, 2015

    So cool! And how lucky are they to have a photo with you?! #jealous

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      Haha! You’re right, they’re super lucky to have a picture with me, lol! #loveyouBrian #dragemback

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    That’s awesome! It’s so great to meet people you follow and admire in person! It’s doubly exciting when they are as genuine and nice as you hoped they would be! Just wait, one day soon someone will be running up to you asking to snap a quick shot with you!

    1. Reply

      Haha, thank you! I was very impressed with how nice these ladies were and how absolutely stunning they are in person!

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    This post should be required reading for every celebrity or future celebrity on exactly how to treat fans. What a thrill for you! I’m so hopeless at celebrity spotting, I stand in awe of your ability to do so from a moving bus! Fun post!

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      Honestly, I don’t recognize celebrities on a regular but I was in Paris at the end of Fashion Week and I knew lots of celebrities were in town. So, when my husband said they were “fancy” I knew it had to be someone famous. I’m just glad they were nice!

    • Will
    • July 25, 2015

    Since I have started blogging, it has been amazing how connected the world is with many people who I consider are ‘famous’ writing to me and encouraging me. I wrote a post on my top 21 books to inspire travel, a few of the authors wrote to me and said how happy they were to be listed. I hope to catch up with many bloggers when i next travel the world in August!

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      I totally agree with you! It’s very cool to interact with someone you follow or admire and realize they follow/admire you as well. I love that some of the authors you listed reached out to you.

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    So amazing that you recognized them! I am so bad at recognizing people, especially in public places. And awesome that you have the gumption to go up and meet them. So many people would have just wished that they would have.

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      Haha, I figured I had nothing to lose! Also, I saw a girl walk up to them right before me and they took a pic so I decided to ask as well. 🙂

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    Wow–I am definitely not that observant while riding a bus, especially for people! I don’t think I would have had the nerve to go up to them! Bravo for getting your picture with them! I had a wonderful lunch a few weeks ago with Dana from The Talking Suitcase. I’d love to meet more of the bloggers whose stories I read, and who inspire me to keep blogging!

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      That’s great you had a chance to hang with Dana! I hope one day people will be inspired by meeting us! I’m always up for meeting and learning from people who have done what I’m trying to do.

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    Now there’s an eagle eye for spotting a celebrity. We ran into the governor general of Belize at a bookstore…but that’s not a chance encounter like the streets of Paris. What a fun memory!

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      Wow, that’s pretty cool that you saw the governor at the bookstore! It’s funny because I really don’t pay attention to celebrities but for some reason these ladies really stood out!

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    While i have never “met” any of the travel bloggers i admire, i am giddy whenever they like my post or when they reply to a question i have posted! most of the time they even inbox me tips and i am “STARSTRUCK!” they usually laugh at my comments, saying they are just normal people traveling with their families, but its like meeting a reality TV star, when you watch them (or read their blogs in this case) almost every day, they are “stars” to you!

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      Yes, exactly! I have followed Chiara and Nicole from their small beginning to where they are now and I was excited to meet them as I’m on a similar journey.

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    Wowww how cool! I really want to meet Chiara, I love her blog! I also really enjoy Nicole’s work as well. They are such an inspiration! That’s really cool that it happened to be for their first US magazine cover shoot as well, what are the odds?!

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      Yes, it was a very cool experience and not knowing what they were shooting for was a tease for months! I know how many bloggers there are out there and it’s nice to see that some of the super successful ladies are still very nice and humble.

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