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A as Attitude…

Is the Parisian’s world class admirable style only linked to Attitude? A as Attitude¹…

Without a doubt she has that indisputable look, that way of being chic with not much, ‘ Oh this? It’s Arjen’s shirt, mine’s at the dry cleaners .’ The way the Parisian does these things (always act cool but never wanting to look perfect) with such insouciance makes foreigners mad with jealousy. But alas truth be known, anything can be learned my friends. You don’t have to be born or grow up in Paris to be comme la Parisienne…So let’s get to it! It is a way of being, of moving, of thinking. That’s exactly why she is recognizable from afar, from NYC to Shanghai. It’s all in the Attitude so it’s 4 am … Can such panache of body language be seen anywhere else even in just hailing a taxi while perched on high heels (and she keeps the damn heels on from evening start to end of night, no cheating you American gals I’ve seen you!) (and well by then she is most probably drunk but let’s not mention that and rather focus on being chic shall we)? The movements are audacious and apologetically authoritative, but the smile she puts on will melt the poor taxi drivers’ heart. No taxi available this morning? The Parisian will grumble:’ Putain! Fait chier! Merdeeee!!!’ (FYI: typical phrase to memorize and say this with no moderation. I think it’s listed on any Paris survival guide) and you’re welcome 🙂

There is a kind of graceful arrogance also in the way she moves; be it flipping back her hair and throws a pfff (a sound that only exists in the French language). This sound can be used for everything and every time she expresses her discontentment or her disapproval or simply because she feels blasée… It’s 11 am, she could also be putting on big 70’s style sunglasses (because it’s still too early) while sitting at a terrace, looking above a cup of coffee at Café de Flore²’s (too touristy so let’s just say at any of her fav ‘ café’s terrace) and flirting with le beau jeune serveur because why not it’s already une VDM (Vie De Merde, locals would know the real Paris life haha but I assume that I am writing for non locals otherwise I’d get a pfff on this post anyways haha) (translation= FML) in Paris but life is still beautiful anyways. That is her well kept secret that our Parisian would never reveal… ‘moi, flirter? Non.’ This attitude and a poised look to make a simple white shirt, jeans and flats outfit look chic!

¹ Having the right attitude is more important than looking just all good to be the Parisian Chic. I am very excited to share with you a project in parallel with Parisian Chic in which  I am aiming at helping people to advance and reaching their goals via providing you all with guides I am currently working on. So stay tuned!

² Note on Café de Flore: Arjen and I don’t really quite enjoy having our ptit dej at this place so much to be honest. It’s so crowded of tourists who want be seen there. A bit pretentious in my opinion. Let alone the price pfff Non merci! So we never quite get the experience we enjoy having: relaxed, low key, and intimate atmosphere. In fact, in Paris I prefer a cozy restaurant where we can converse with the server, the neighbors, or the owners. It makes the dining experience far more fulfilling other than the food itself. Yeah ok we are social creatures like that :p

For a bit of humor, I am leaving you with this video extract of french comic Olivier Giraud on ‘How to become Parisian in one hour.’ His tutorial on how to survive in Paris is hilarious so check it out here! And it’s in English 🙂

 

Photo: Courtesy of Eleonore Toulin 

Coachella 2017

Hello Everyone! It’s been a crazy beginning of the month here from having to recover from the Euro trip jet lag (this usually never happens to me but it did) then Coachella happened… and we survived!!!

I had so much FUN and may want to live this crazy experience again in the coming years. I made some minimal preparation when it came to Coachella outfits/style as you can see from below collage at home. Truth be told was that I didn’t want/need to spend money on buying new clothes just for the sake of fitting into this event so I brought out whatever was already in my closet and tried to mix and match with some sensibly paired accessories. When I spoke with some gals from around the country at the camp site, they too felt that Coachella people were way way overdressed and that fashion manifested as a main stage in itself apart from going to see one’s favorite artists. The pressure to look great was certainly felt by me too but you know (shrugging my shoulders) I just wanted to go party and have fun, which was my main focus there.

Maje M bag, Caroll ethnic printed blouse, Theory shorts, Castaner espadrilles, Rag & Bone panama hat, Sezane denim jacket, Sezane La femme Tee, Sessun skirt, Isabel Marant dicker boots, Xirena romper
A printed romper from my 2015 Barcelona trip, Sezane denim jacket, Maje M bag, Isabel Marant boots, APC navy cardigan, Gerard Darel white peasant blouse, Sezanne La femme tee, Sessun skirt, K.Jacques tan flat sandals.

Feeling comfortable was essential to me as the heat was raised up to 30C + during the day while night time switched to a super chilly and windy environment so I wanted to be able to confront this extremely dry Palm Spring desert weather but also tried to incorporate some chic and fun elements to my simple outfits. Here were my ensembles 🙂

Outfits dissection includes: My beloved Isabel Marant brown ankle boots was a life saver for comfort and style and safety (I don’t know about you guys but I always fear to get stepped on during the dance party). I wore most of the items I prepared for except the lovely Sezane denim jacket was too heavy weight to tie around my waist walking  around during the day so I didn’t get to wear it unfortunately and I also did not get to wear my mom’s pick of the beloved Caroll blue printed blouse. Too hot for dark long sleeves top 🙁 Last note, the black Xirena romper was worn during the camp site day but not shown. It was a smart way to dress in that for a quick free style outdoor shower (the shower site was way too far and way too long line) by wearing a bikini under. Life made easier 🙂 The Maje bag was a great on sale purchase and was exactly what I have been looking for so great timing. I typically don’t carry a handbag around but in this situation, it revealed to be handy and quite stylish. The bandanas from Madewell were so versatile and chic so very pleased with these adds. Wore my Aurelie Bidermann red bracelets added a dose of chic to any outfits! My white light cotton peasant blouse from Gerard Darel worn every summer for the past 3 years is ripped and falling apart so will be on the look out to update it soon.

Lastly, I’ll share with you some of the personal raw photos from the event with my boyfriend Arjen, my little sister, and our friend Rene. Although this year the line up was not as impressive as previous years and with Beyoncé’s cancelleation, we still enjoyed very much listening to Radiohead, Empire of the Sun, Shura, Lady Gaga was so fun, DJ Snake and DJ Khaled, Lorde and Kendrick Lamar, Arjen’s fav Justice and the most impressive Martin Garrix!!! Enjoy and have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

UnPacking

Sorry for the silence on my blog but lately it’s been so hectic with work, school, and travel…my life.

Today, I wanted to talk about unpacking instead of creating a post related to packing and trip preparation for a change. What I like about whenever I unpack is the retrospect and the fact that I can quickly judge from unzipping up my carry on what’s dirty and needs laundry aka worn a lot aka success packing item versus what’s still clean.

Above is a quick snapshot of what I had packed for a week and half throughout Europe (Amsterdam//Paris) with activities ranging from work (officially it was supposed to be a short business trip in the Netherlands) then I went to France to visit my family so a lot of casual wear and some visits with my new niece from Seattle strolling around Paris, and the countrysides for wine tasting and lots of picnics in the region of Loire Valley.

Since I travel in a carry on, I tend to pack light so I usually prepare an approximate mental list of daily outfits that fit most situations to make sure I don’t take too much. Overpacking is definitely uncool perhaps even Un-Parisian Chic. I pack a very edited selection of pieces that are versatile and can be mixed and matched to work for meetings, days out, and nighttime. I then pack the shoes in cotton bags (that usually comes from buying Chanel or Isabel Marant) and my dressy outfits in garment bags (usually comes for free with APC purchase). My makeup essentials are packed in a pouch (here is a bright pink Chanel pouch given as a gift from my favorite people at the Chanel counter in Eindhoven), which can later be used as a clutch. I also love the packing travel bag from Aesop that is discreet and practical to store the little bottles. I’ve learned to keep a travel case with a duplicate of all my beauty products and french pharmacies, that way it’s always ready and that is one less thing to think about. My tip is to be friends with a French Pharmacist because I always get tons of free full size samples of all my beauty products (same with Chanel’s skin care and lip sticks and perfume and more), so I never had to buy more for travel.

My favorite packing pieces are generally a well-cut blazer or a leather jacket, a warm jumper, a good pair of jeans, a white shirt, and a Breton top. But this time with the weather forecast in mind (unlike any other times where I was mindless), I decided to swap my favorite Caroll blazer with a knee long colorless overcoat from Beneton which I purchased in Eindhoven the last time I forgot to pack a jacket. I am truthfully a catastrophe when it comes to packing for Europe but with the frequent trips I began to learn (hopefully). I feel I can pat myself on the back this time for having a warm hat to wear, a long coat, and a pair of ankle boots for the brief low temperature moments but luckily unlike last year during the same period, this trip was surprisingly warmer than expected so I also packed light shirts and my favorite Sessun skirt.

I wore my black jeans and my tailored black cropped trousers from Gerard Darel to work paired with a nice statement top and my Repetto pumps on repeats. After work, I threw on my leather jacket and my Isabel Marant boots then I was ready to go out and grab a drink with friends. It’s important for me to be comfortable, so I stuck to comfy, basic pieces that I mixed with strong pieces from the current season’s collections like the APC casablanca red top. A very comfortable fabric, boxed cut, bateau neckline and some gold hardware details top. This blouse is cut with a 7/8th sleeve length which reveals my wrist just enough skin to show, which I am fond of.

Paris & Loire Valley, April 2017

The Isabel Marant Boots (in brown shades) are so chic and comfortable to walk around Amsterdam’s cobbles streets. I love them so much and make any outfit far more chic. My Sezane leather jacket was also a key garment for making any outfit instantaneously cool and I love the feel of the texture as well as the cropped fit. Lastly, the Chanel flats finally returning home since they had to be resoled in Paris chez le Cordonnier Minuit Moins Sept (Galerie Véro-Dodat, 10 Galerie Véro-Dodat, 75001 Paris). Top quality soles and craftsman work, they gave these footwear a new life 🙂

Onto next: On my wishlist includes the Cat eye Gucci sunnies as my Rayban’s are scratched. A travel bag as the Celine trio is really versatile during my travels and can hold a bunch of stuff but it’s getting beat up quickly so I am looking forward to the Celine seau or a new leather tote. I currently carry my backpack because my laptop is huge! It’s a workstation for CAD designs but I no longer do mechanical engineering work so may be requesting a smaller laptop that will nicely fit in a tote.

Packing (again!!) to the Coachella trip this week. I do want to take some time to share more about my travel (adventures) next time hopefully because clothing topic is ok sometimes on the edge of boredom to me. In my mind, talking relentlessly about clothing and building my wardrobe was intended to support my hectic lifestyle and I hope to avoid navel gazing if possible since life out there has so much more interesting and fascinating things to offer. Catch up later!