Ode To The Parisian Rooftops

Ode To The Parisian Rooftops by Stella Asteria

I have always been captivated by the magnificent view of Parisian rooftops. Their beauty has inspired Van Gogh and many other painters, poets, filmmakers and photographers, and soon the Parisian rooftops may be listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

As a child, my favorite animated movie was the Aristocats (still is). I was watching these cats traveling across the rooftops of Paris, always with a heartwarming desire to see this view from the top in real life one day. And that day came a few months ago that we moved to Paris. Our apartment is on the upper level of our building and we enjoy the view of the Parisian rooftops every day. What a bliss!

However last Friday, we decided to go up on the rooftop of our building! I still can’t believe I did it since I have been afraid of heights for as long as I remember myself, and those who know me well will be probably surprised with this post! Over the years though, I have been really pushing myself to overcome this fear, by exposing myself slowly and progressively to greater heights. So I guess this was the peak. It turned out, I was way more passionate to enjoy such view from our own Parisian rooftop, than afraid of climbing up there anyway.

The view from our rooftop is magnificent! We enjoyed 360 panoramic views of Paris and most iconic monuments like the Sacre Cœur, the Eiffel Tower, Centre Pompidou, Notre Damme and many more. Unfortunately, we didn’t stay much as it started raining after a while, but I promise to show you more of these views next time we go up there.

I think it’s really important to know your fears and do the opposite. Fears are holding us back, and facing them can help us succeed in more ways than we have ever imagined. But I will stop here, before I should retitle my post to ‘ode to overcoming your fears’. If you want me to write a post about this topic though, please let me know and I will gladly do so.

Thank you for stopping by and have an amazing week!

xoxo

Stella

I was wearing:

Zara dress (similar here, here and here)

Miu Miu shoes

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47 Comments

    • Stella Asteria
      13/03/2017 / 10:34

      Thanks Melanie, glad you like it! 🙂

  1. Jo
    13/03/2017 / 10:41

    Good Monday to you my Dear. I’m loving that floral maxi dress you are wearing. It looks lovely and soft and floaty.
    As for heights. I too went through a period of hating them. Even looking at a photo taken from up high would turn my tummy upsidedown. Took me five years to overcome my fears. I would love to read your views on this subject.
    Love, Jo x

    • Stella Asteria
      13/03/2017 / 11:18

      Happy Monday my dear Jo! I am so glad to hear that you overcame your fear of heights! It took me much more time. I so feel you about your feelings about watching even photos taken from high, I have been having nightmares about heights so often. Thank you for letting me know, I would love to write this post for you! Have a great week my dear and take care! xo

  2. 13/03/2017 / 11:20

    Hello my dear floral princess, I’m obsessed with this dress and with the hole rooftop scenery Stella )

    The floral prints are so on point this season, but I remember you alwas love wear them and they suit you sop well )))

    Happy Monday my dear Stella

    Hugs and kisses from Kiev

    • Stella Asteria
      13/03/2017 / 12:44

      Happy Monday my dear Julia! So glad you like my post! And yes, you remember very well, I do love floral prints all year round hehe! 🙂 Thank you for your always lovely comments! xoxo

  3. 13/03/2017 / 12:51

    My lovely Stella, I am so blown away by this look! *.* I love the floral dress and they go really well with these cute Miu Miu Ballet Slippers <3 Aristocats used to be one of my favorite Disney movies when I was little, therefore I totally understand your love for the view from parisian rooftops. So glad you were able to beat your fear of heights! Whenever we overcome our fears, we are having the best experiences of our lives! And I am the biggest scaredy cat in the whole wide world 😀

    I wish you a wonderful and sunny week honey!
    Sending lots of love from Cologne to Paris <3

    XO
    Verena

    http://www.my-philocaly.com

    • Stella Asteria
      13/03/2017 / 16:20

      Hello my darling! Hope you’re having a great start to the week! Isn’t the Aristocats like the best Disney movie (if one could ever choose)? I like it so much! You are so right about overcoming our fears my dear. It’s what they say that life begins at the end of our comfort zone. It may sound as a cliché already but it’s so true!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and have an amazing week! Much love xoxo

  4. 13/03/2017 / 16:12

    What beautiful photos, Stella! You look right at home on that rooftop, just like an Aristocat! Well done you for conquering your fears. I’m not afraid of heights, but I am terribly claustrophobic… being in small spaces always panics me, so I’d love to read a post on conquering fear!

    Your outfit, as always, is just beautiful! I’m wishing you a lovely week and looking forward to seeing you soon xxx

    • Stella Asteria
      13/03/2017 / 16:16

      So nice to hear from you my dear Lisa! I will happily write this blog post for you. Can’t wait to finally see you! Have a great week my dear! xo

  5. 13/03/2017 / 16:42

    Oh my goodness the view up there is absolutely magical! So glad you managed to overcome your fear to experience it! I really hope that one day I will get to see it for myself too. You look stunning in this floral dress babe! So gorgeous!
    x Emily
    http://shedoes.com.au

    • Stella Asteria
      13/03/2017 / 17:43

      Oh I hope so too my dear Emily! If you come to Paris, you are more than welcome in my own rooftop! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week! xo

  6. 13/03/2017 / 20:18

    Haha I saw the instastories and crazy that you dared to – but lovely to overcome a fear! And the photos are so gorgeous and capturing Paris so well. Hahah I expect that we’ll get more fashionable outfit pictures from the rooftop now – they’re gorgeous! Have a lovely week gorgeous Stella! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    • Stella Asteria
      13/03/2017 / 20:39

      So glad you like them hun! Thank you and have a great week! xoxo

  7. 13/03/2017 / 20:48

    Oh my god. Actually obsessing over these shoes! This is the perfect Parisian look.

    Check out my blog if you get a chance girl!

    • Stella Asteria
      14/03/2017 / 18:19

      Thank you Brittany, glad you like them! I will check your blog 🙂

  8. 13/03/2017 / 21:27

    To shoot photos on the rooftop, Oh Yes..we have actually did that..You are lucky because this is your building, when I had this idea, I didn t realized that it is not to easy, you had to ask people who actually lived there and ask that you want to take pictures, I finally found, my sister had flat roof and we had a photoshoot:)
    Since than I have always looked on the top of buildings “hopping” that I find perfect spot for our next shooting;)
    I was thrilled when i saw your photo on instagram :D, the photos are perfect, and the view are incredible.!!!
    The floral prints are so IN this season, and I love it:)

    • Stella Asteria
      14/03/2017 / 17:29

      I am so glad you like it and that you have done this to! Isn’t this view just amazing? I don’t know how or why but it was always captivating me! Your sister had flat roof? That sounds like a big manifestation to me! Please send me the link to the photos if they are on your blog! I would love to see them!
      Have a great week ahead and thanks for stopping by my friend!
      xo

      • Maja
        04/04/2017 / 22:30

        You are right, without her we never had this photos on the roof, I think that you have seen them.. http://www.mycosmosoul.com, the last post:)…but Parisian roofs still posses some kind of charm:)

        • Stella Asteria
          10/04/2017 / 12:25

          Oh yes, they are amazing and this look and pearl details are mesmerising! Fabulous my friend! xo

  9. 14/03/2017 / 18:16

    Congratulations on overcoming your fear to climb out onto the rooftop. What a gorgeous backdrop. And of course, your floral print dress with the ballerina flats is such a beautiful subject to shoot. You look stunning, although your photos made me a little nervous – I too, am afraid of heights!!
    xo,
    Janea
    the STYLetti
    http://theSTYLetti.com

    • Stella Asteria
      14/03/2017 / 18:18

      Haha sorry for making you nervous my dear Janea! I believe the photo I am sitting right on the edge gave you some chills. I have had nightmares about this thing so I am really glad I did it. Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment. Have a great week! xo

  10. 14/03/2017 / 19:22

    One thing less to overcome Stella ! YOu look spectacular in dark florals.
    I am afraid of bridges, so a few years ago I decided to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge in SF. That was the end of it.

    • Stella Asteria
      14/03/2017 / 23:00

      I am so glad to read that you overcame your fear about bridges Lorena! Now that I think about it, I have this fear too! Thought the end of it was climbing up to our rooftop but I have to cross a big bridge like you did as well! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! xo

    • Stella Asteria
      15/03/2017 / 10:28

      Thank you Marianne 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      15/03/2017 / 10:28

      Thank you!

  11. 15/03/2017 / 01:53

    Nothing like the beauty of Paris even on a random corner, so lucky to have your gorgeous outfits enhanced by such a stunning city!

    • Stella Asteria
      15/03/2017 / 10:27

      Thank you Scarlett 🙂

  12. 15/03/2017 / 03:06

    You look so lovely in that floral printed dress. I love those ballerinas! 🙂 You are brave to beat your fears, but it was all worth it for that view, I bet! Oh, how I envy the beautiful views of Paris that you have. 🙂 Now you can go and enjoy it all the time now that you know you aren’t quite so afraid of the height anymore! 🙂 I hope you are having a lovely week darling.

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

    • Stella Asteria
      15/03/2017 / 10:27

      Oh my dear Miki, you are always welcome for wine and macarons on our rooftop! Hope to see you again in paris soon! Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely evening! Love

  13. 15/03/2017 / 07:52

    The view from your rooftop is spectacular! I have to ask, how did you get up on the roof?? I would be so scared of falling! And your photographer was able to find a spot far enough to get some stunning scenic shots too! You look absolutely stunning as usual! That floral maxi is so gorgeous and I love those edgy ballet flats! Hope all is well with you love <3

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

    • Stella Asteria
      15/03/2017 / 10:26

      Ah climbing up there was the most difficult part! There was an iron trap door that was standing open only with a wooden stick and there was a danger of this trap door falling in our head if we accidentally touched it on our way up. Thankfully we did it 🙂 And I am really glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by and have greta rest of the week hun! xoxo

  14. 16/03/2017 / 23:32

    WOW Stella! You’re definitely living the dream! 🙂 Even though it might’ve started off a little scary, you definitely look very relaxed in the photos and like you belong there! One of my favorite movies growing up was also Aristocats so I can totally relate. I’ve always wanted the classically Parisian apartment- complete with a little art studio and the amazing airy windows letting in plenty of light and plenty of rooftop views.

    I’m not sure if that will happen in my life or not (who knows, maybe?) but in the meantime I’m really enjoying your Parisian life and your adventures. Kudos to not letting fear stop you from fully enjoying every aspect of life!

    xo
    N
    Style Tomes

    • Stella Asteria
      17/03/2017 / 00:24

      I believe that if you want it so much as I feel you do, and believe it can happen, it will! Trust me, if it happened to me, it can definitely happen for you too darling! And in the meantime, you’re always welcome to our rooftop when you come to Paris! 😉 Happy almost Friday! xoxo

  15. 17/03/2017 / 03:22

    Oh you are such a lucky girl to have this as your rooftop!! And I really love your dress! I also love the Aristocats, hahaha! Hope you will have an amazing weekend and shoot some more of these amazing outfits in beautiful Paris! Big Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

    • Stella Asteria
      17/03/2017 / 11:10

      So glad you like it my dear Susanne! Have a great weekend! xo

  16. 19/03/2017 / 18:39

    OMG Stella you are so beautiful in this lovely japanese dress !! And this spot is just amazing ! I have never been there on a rooftop like that ! It’s stunning !! You are a real Parisian !

    J’ai hâte de te revoir ! Profite bien de tous ces moments et continue de nous faire partager ces supers moments en photos 🙂

    Agréable dimanche ma belle Stella,

    • Stella Asteria
      19/03/2017 / 19:18

      Aw thank you so much Serena! This coming from a Parisienne means so much! <3 Happy Sunday and hope to see you soon sweetie! Hugs xoxo

  17. 20/03/2017 / 12:59

    Wonderful photography my darling! I believe the next step would be picnic on the roof!
    The dress is so feminine and hugging your body at the right places.
    Sending lots of love your way!
    Have a great start into the new week!
    Love from tbymallano.com/

    • Stella Asteria
      20/03/2017 / 20:05

      Happy Monday my darling T! Yes picnic on the roof is on our must-do list before we leave for Mykonos! It’s so wonderful up there! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great start at the week! xoxo

  18. 21/03/2017 / 18:49

    You look so chic in these photographs Stella. What a luxurious outfit! The detailing on your dress and a rooftop picnic sounds oh so romantic!

    Hope you’re doing well lovely lady!

    Laura xo
    http://www.shehearts.net

    • Stella Asteria
      22/03/2017 / 00:28

      Thank you my dear Laura, so glad you like it! Promise to show you more views next time we get up there! I am doing great, thanks for asking what about you? How is married life? 🙂

  19. 07/04/2017 / 07:54

    Your move to Paris seems like it has only been such a great transition. Sure it’s a big change but you definitely seem to be taking advantage of it in the best way possible. To have an apartment that has the rooftop so close to you is amazing! I love that you get to step outside and get such great views. The 360 of the city is amazing not only to take in visually but to capture photographically. I love that you did these photos and stepped out of your comfort zone and faced your fear of heights. You go, Stella I’m so so proud of you!!!!!

    • Stella Asteria
      10/04/2017 / 12:22

      Thank you my dear Danielle, you are so sweet! I promise to go up again and take more photos of this beautiful view! Still can’t believe I did this haha! xo

  20. 03/06/2017 / 05:08

    OMG, I’m dreaming now!!! So amazing! You must have a beautiful apartment in Paris (I can’t wait to see) and it must be accessible to get to the rooftop, too. Arghhh!! I really miss Paris, and your photos just make me wanna go back now. 🙂 Have you been to the rooftop of Printemps? It’s one of my fave roof top restaurants in Paris. 😉

    With ♥ From Marj At,
    Paris Chic Style

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