Secret’s Out: I’m Moving to Paris!

Secret’s Out: I’m Moving to Paris!

Hi! I am back from a much needed break. Hope you missed me, thank you for sticking with me, and if you are new, welcome!

There have been a few changes made both to the website aesthetic, and my focus/niche as a whole. I encourage you to visit my About page to discover the future of this platform.

This post marks the end of my hiatus, launch of the entirely remodeled Only Wear Dresses website, and announcement of the most incredible news of my life.

As many of you know, I came to Paris in June 2017, for what was supposed to simply be the duration of summer. However, about 2 weeks into my trip, I knew I never could leave.


I’ve spent the past 3 months sorting logistics, meeting unforgettable people, having the time of my life (off of social media), and most importantly, rediscovering myself. So much has happened, and so much has evolved within me in this short time.


I am so thrilled to finally share what a lot of you have already speculated:

I am moving to Paris long-term!

I have been officially enrolled into an integrated master’s program for Interior Architecture at my top-choice art and design school, located in the heart of Paris. I will spend the next 5 years in France doing what I love most: studying, learning, and utilizing my creative passion to its full extent.

Before going to Paris initially this past June, I had changed many things in my life in order to become healthier and happier. The missing piece to my puzzle was an important one: what I wanted to do with my education and career. Having changed majors 5 times (yes, seriously), and still undecided, in this regard I was completely lost.

While preparing for my initial trip at the beginning of summer, I had no idea what to expect or what would happen. I just knew in my heart that I had to take that leap, particularly by myself. Immersing myself in the city I felt most in touch with my inner soul, and removing myself from the influence of others, was the only way loose ends could be tied. I was positive that it would provide definitive direction to my next step.

Some people doubted, but many more supported, whether or not they fully understood (most didn’t, and I didn’t expect them to). Across the spectrum, a lot of people found it crazy that I was going to a foreign city alone, where I didn’t speak the language, living completely by myself for the first time ever, for a reason I couldn’t even really explain.

But I didn’t let those opinions influence me. I had an unshakeable, unmistakable intuition. I knew what I had to do, and I followed through.

I trusted myself and I trusted the Universe. Blindly, but fully, and rightfully.

One of many roses I found in Paris. I truly believe they were a sign from my angels.

My time over the summer was not all sunshine. Yes, I mostly mean that metaphorically (anyone in Paris gets the joke – I’m looking at you, rainy days). Being alone was, well, sometimes pretty lonely. Leaving my comfort zone was uncomfortable. Before you say “duh!”, let me explain.

Going into this, I didn’t think it would be easy. But I also didn’t realize the extent of how overwhelming some of those moments would be. Some of my days in France were really, really hard. Being thrown into a new culture is hard. Especially when the only base in which to rely is your own two feet, and as we know, feet can fail (especially when the ground is ripped from under them).

But even in the midst of the difficult days, I never considered quitting. In fact, in the throws of them is when I made the decision to move permanently. Having confidently decided that on a low, versus a high, is how I knew my decision was right.

I’m excited to see what this experience brings. I’m excited to begin formal education for something I’m wholeheartedly passionate about. And I’m excited to be surrounded by international and likeminded people.

Truly, this has been the best summer of my life. I thank you for reading, and I can’t wait to use this platform in order to help others convert their dreams to reality – whatever they may be, and however crazy they may seem. Anything is possible.

À bientôt!

xx, Lena



    • Lena Zell
      September 11, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Thank you so much, Amy!

  1. Daisy
    September 11, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    Lena, so happy to hear you have found your home. Praying for only the best to come your way. Keep the journey going as this is your begaining.

    • Lena Zell
      September 12, 2017 / 4:08 am

      Thank you so much, sweet Daisy! I appreciate any and all prayers. It means so much to me.

  2. September 17, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    What a beautiful blog post love! I am sooo excited for you and wish you all the best.

    – Vy |

    • Lena Zell
      September 19, 2017 / 4:47 am

      Hi Vy! Aw thank you so much for leaving a comment. You’re such an adorable ball of sunshine. I will see you this December!

  3. Shari Ruvkun
    October 9, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    I’m delighted for you. While i’m not in Paris for school or work, it took me from1972 (the first time i visited) until February, 2017! It took a while and i attest to it being difficult. However, visiting Paris is different than being a tourist and i’m getting into the swing of it. Changed any lightbulbs yet?

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