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La Marinière

La marinière ahhhh the enduring power of the effortlessly chic French-girl style that never ceases to amaze the world. Really?! No more cliché gaaah the web doesn’t need anymore. Who still writes that?! Sorry, so let’s start over…

To me, what I enjoy the most about wearing this quintessential striped pullover lies in the good ole memories of my trips to Bretagne (eating lots of galettes) or along the Pays de la Loire and hang out by the seaside and eat a bunch of sablés. Hello to a reminiscence of Chanel in Deauville inspired by les Marins’ uniforms who made the marinière so coveted. There are Breton tops everywhere at the market and crochet bags in la Guérande (even my mom got hers during our vacation both the stripes and tote bag haha).  How to be like a tourist, ask my mom lol. Continue Reading “La Marinière”

Effortlessly Cool

The graphic Tees made a forceful come back in fashion as it is a cheap and an effective way of communicating succinct modes of expression in an accelerated image-driven culture (Thank you Instagram!).

We live in a mass communication information age where many young people have a short attention span and an identity crisis. A printed tee is a quick, sure-fire way to communicate and express your identity

– Excerpt from The Return of the Graphic T-Shirt on Business Of Fashion.

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How to Suck at Finding a Sartorial-Self (Part 2)

More scribbles on my relationship with clothes today and if you haven’t read the previous part yet, it’s here:

So let’s dive into the influence of culture and travel on defining our personal style and how we build our wardrobe. From my experience, travel purchases (often on impulse) are the most successful ones because they are unexpected findings and there is a sense of reminiscence of good memories associated with them as well as a story to tell. Care to know my recount on my last buys from France and South Korea?  (Get ready, here comes another lengthy post… but more visuals this time) Continue Reading “How to Suck at Finding a Sartorial-Self (Part 2)”

How to Suck at Finding a Sartorial-Self (Part 1)

And every morning when we rise to face the day we have to make a decision about what to wear. The two are interconnected. The selection of something to put on is not merely an aesthetic decision. It’s not just about what looks nice. It’s about what feels right, what suits our mood and how good it might make us feel.

– Mind What You Wear: the Psychology of Fashion, Professor Karen J. Pine

Ever since I’ve finally acquired the well curated capsule wardrobe of less than 50 hero items composed of basic building blocks of a minimalist wardrobe, I thought naively to myself that I would have reached the culmination of the worldwide sought after perfect “french” wardrobe, the one that would give me so much satisfaction in getting up in the morning to put the “best” clothes on myself. For a few years I was rather content to be able to dress in a coveted effortless french chic way. But in truth, during the last couple of years as I stopped writing about style and preaching about the quest for attaining such bizarre perfection, I realized I was cruising through life on auto-pilot and became utterly uninspired and dissatisfied with my clothes and even with the basic act of self-dressing (Luckily for me my mind was put towards my career and finding inspiration in traveling in the meanwhile). There was one major flaw (there are in fact many but let’s just say one for now) that I identified in following the process of curating the minimalist wardrobe, can you guess what that is?

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CRSSD Fest 2017

The end of summer in San Diego is marked by one event; the CRSSD music festival taking place at the beautiful landscape of the Waterfront park. Between the skyscrapers, the sea, the boats, lots of palm trees, the water fountains, the perfect weather and great music mix of house x techno, I’ll admit that life here isn’t so bad. (Come visit me!!!)

For this festival, I was honestly struggling to dress myself this time and I cannot understand why I felt stressed over these kind of first world problems. Don’t I have more important things to worry about?! And like at Coachella, I didn’t wish to throw more cash on this type of outings seeing that ticket prices are already skyrocketing high (out of budget for Ultra Miami 2018 already Urgh!!!) and so what did I end up wearing? Continue Reading “CRSSD Fest 2017”

Not That Complicated

Have you seen the Filippa K campaign #NotThatComplicated circulating around lately? Well, it didn’t pass unnoticed by me with a 20% discount, I couldn’t help myself with getting my hands on the sought after (at least to me it’s been coveted for a long time…) cropped navy trousers. Call it indulgence, impulsive, and irresponsible mindless shopping, but today I really feel no justifications nor a need for logical rational to explain this purchase as opposed to my thoughts and feelings spelled out/spilled out on this post here on being a mindful shopper and living life intensionally.

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A Mindful Holiday

As we watch leaves turning brown, it just doesn’t feel like it is yet time for proper city and setting a serious tone sartorially speaking. How about a time to reflect, to love, to experience, to feel grateful, whether in the motion or in the stillness, reducing life to its barest  simplicity… a mindful holiday whether it’s going on a faraway adventure (read more here) or drifting away inside a book at the deck. I am unveiling some of my travel secrets to stay sartorial at the beach, in the country, or in the city where no rules apply in my mind.

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How to Nail a Beach Date (Part 2)

Hello Everyone! It’s the end of summer I know but it’s never too late to revise and complete the list for what to pack on a beach date, right? So shall we get to it!

If you’ve missed the first part of this series, don’t feel bad and head over here!

Beach date essentials
  1. Cool Pair of Sunnies: I used to stick to a classic pair of black or a tortoiseshell which never falls out of style—it’s neutral with a subtle pattern but I wish to take more risk with my style. Have you seen the cat-eye sunglasses that are an effortless way to nail a vintage look like the iconic Gucci cat eye sunglasses. My crave! Alternatively you probably have seen me parading around festivals this summer with this mirror lenses pair from Anthropologie. Indeed, I don’t have to break the bank whenever trying out a new style I am unsure of (my trick!). Also since I seem to always lose/break them, a cheaper pair of shades isn’t a terrible idea after all in adding a dash of style update.
  2. An Oversized Straw Hat: I love that nostalgic flair when I wear my Lack of Colors wide brim boater! A reminiscence of the young Coco Chanel wearing hers with a breton top by Deauville.
  3. Entertainment like a book (if you want to be have a solo moment) and paddle board (if you want to be with friends). I personally like to play beach Volley Ball but when going out on a date, I’d opt for swimming together.
  4. Something Colorful: a bandana for style or ethic bracelets.
  5. Cover ups: I like a light men’s button up shirt tied at my waist because it’s the sexiest thing to wear right now! The one I am wearing is from Steven Alan.

Extra: Water Bottle: I like using my refillable water bottle because the planet doesn’t need more  plastic waste at the shores (not pictured).

These photos were taken during my trip in France at La Baule (in the Pays De La Loire) and what you are seeing is the Atlantic ocean. It was a beautiful trip so stay tuned as I’ll soon update you with many stories to share 🙂

La Baule, Pays De La Loire, France by my sister