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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”

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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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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Thoughts on Streamlined Style

To me trends are like white noise in my life. They don’t always fit in my personal mission and are a mere distraction. Do you like me feel constantly bombarded by the media pressuring you to click and buy, dress and look like the best try-hard copy paste version of the It girls, internet influencers, and trendy Instagrammers. Can it get any more mainstream than this?! (new word learned from the lovely Kristina of @uniformlydressed, thanks for the conversation!) I declare the beginning of the end of personal style! White noise in fashion describes a meaningless commotion or is a chatter that masks or obliterates underlying content. White noise alienates me to want things I do not need and to consume mindlessly more such that I am now forced to assess my own reaction against what it means to be a modern woman. Please help! Continue Reading “Thoughts on Streamlined Style”

What to Wear For… A Night Out

I have been so stressed out and over worked lately so going out clubbing can be a great way to shake it out and be in the moment. Some of you may already know that I enjoy EDM. So I went to see Dash Berlin at Omnia San Diego a couple of weeks ago and it was just simply awesome!!! I used to never record videos of my night life, but I’ve started to notice how much social media has taken over the dance floor seeing many people pulling up their phones when a new song was playing. And so I started sharing too (see my Instagram) but I still want to keep it fun and almost secretive about it.

Then, the way of dressing came to my mind along with the consciousness of avoiding to be seen during the night. Suddenly after reading this article here and an extract from our favorite blogger Garance Doré’s book Love Style Life, it started to make a bit of sense for how I felt on clubbing and dressing: Continue Reading “What to Wear For… A Night Out”

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!

 

 

Thoughts on Mindful Shopping and Living an Intentional Life

A vast majority of us are guilty at obsessing over material things. My boyfriend frequently reminds me of finding joy in other things because when it comes down to it, they bring no value to our lives. Truth be exposed, he threw a disapproving face when seeing all my Chanel shoes…True fulfillment is acquired by going out into the world and fostering palpable and benevolent things. Buying a new pair of shoes might make you feel confident in the short term but will not enrich your life in the long term.

Undoubtedly, the world would be a stall place if we all wear the same exact thing everyday. Yet, we might all consider simplifying our lives a bit more by reducing the amount of time we spend thinking about pointless aspect of our day (currently reading this book). Life is complicated enough, so don’t allow the little things dictate your happiness. Simplify, simplify, simplify! Have you ever thought about how much time you likely waste deciding what to wear in the morning? I already suffer from decision fatigue from work and life but started tackling on the easiest issue being my wardrobe. And so for the past five years, I have been carefully editing my wardrobe to this point where an eruption of self doubts emerge… Since I was painfully trying to limit my contribution to an excessively materialistic and superficial society, there are times I feel conflicted whenever I am consuming… Continue Reading “Thoughts on Mindful Shopping and Living an Intentional Life”