samedi 10 janvier 2015

Bonjour tristesse

This week, I came back to work full of energy after a long week-end of celebrations, maybe still a little drunk with the pleasure of the holidays, reflecting on the unexpected little things that happened in 2014, bustling with projects and ideas for the new year. I even wrote 2 drafts and was ready to get back to blogging. I had a few pictures I wanted to share on Insta. 

Then Wednesday came and I was stunned, shocked. Thursday and Friday brought even more grief and scare. 

During these 3 days, I looked at my insta feed (I might be a bit addicted!) but I just didn't feel like expressing my emotions with a hashtag. I wanted to be with my fellows, the ones who frustrate me on a daily basis, the ones with whom I complain of almost everything not working well in this country. 

I want to be with them to ward off the terror and hate, hoping that in front of the danger we'll stand united to honor peacefully and fight for all the innocents who all over the world have been murdered, are held hostage and suffer in their flesh because of the criminal psychopaths using religion to prey and kill. 

So I will get back to blogging on clothes and fashion but maybe not as soon as I intended to.

In the meantime, I wish you all a happy, healthy new year. Be safe and take care. 

vendredi 28 novembre 2014


Rather than specific items, this season I'm more attracted to color.

I'm not turning into a neon sign just yet mind you but my red bag gets more mileage these days, as well as my camel coat -sometimes I wear both at the same time (haha!) and I found myself trying on a light blue sweater at COS the other day thinking it would look great with all my grey clothes. Baby steps. 

Here are a few inspiration pictures that I gathered on my laptop over the past months.

Black tweed coat and kaki sweater, a Fall winter classic material teamed with this season's trendy  but in my opinion equally timeless military green. One of those "safe" color if you know what I mean. It's color but not much risk of going overboard or mismatching. I actually just saw a Black woman in the subway wearing a scarf in this shade of green over her grey anthracite coat and she looked fantastic -eye-catching and understated, my favorite criteria for a look. Now I want something green. 

 (Steven Alan)

Shala Monroque adds some twist to her camel coat with a bordeaux beanie. I'm so doing a copycat of this color combination... 

Keri Russell's simple casual look is updated by the printed bordeaux (again) scarf, kaki green (again) sweater and grey jeans mix.  So good.

And always fabulous in darker season, black and grey with accents of white lights up the whole outfit. Following Phoebe Philo's lead (and zillions of others), I've been wearing my white Stan Smith a lot, makes me feel like a cool kid. Regardless, whereas a black shoe would still make the look completely chic yet very binary, white sneakers add a bit of unexpected brightness.

Julianne Moore

Phoebe Philo

vendredi 21 novembre 2014

Be kind: Rekindle, recycle

Dress by Isabel Marant Etoile

Back in August, I put this dress for sell, feeling a major fall out for it. I thought the cut wasn't that flattering, suddenly it had too many flaws, I needed extra cash so it had to go. Simple as that.
But the listing dragged on, weeks passing by, no sale happening and the dress remained hanging there, set aside, among my other clothes but unworn, waiting for a new home. 

Around exactly the same time, during summer sales, an APC skirt from the fall collection caught my eyes: the knee length, flirty pleats, side pockets and lightweight wool instantly attracted me, it was such a well-made basic. Trying it on in the Bon Marché changing room, I could already imagine it worn with so many of my items but I was and still am trying to restrain my fashion budget/purchases so I decided to wait to gather enough funds or to stalk second hand places for a lucky find. So far, I failed on both accounts.

   APC "Line" skirt

However staring for a prolonged time at the set aside lone dress must have triggered something or maybe the possibility of being left with an unwanted item sparked my brain because I don't know how but suddenly I saw that my dress could turn out to be the skirt I was crushing on by simply wearing a top over it. 

I thought about it for the first time a few weeks ago:

Zara trench/ COS sweater / Isabel Marant Etoile dress & scarf / New Balance x Comptoir des Cotonniers sneakers / Céline Trio bag.

And this thursday, my workwear version:

I'm wearing: Blazer, dress, scarf: Isabel Marant Etoile / sweater: H&M / striped tshirt: New Look / Mittens : C&A/ Tote bag: Céline / Brogues: Dries van Noten

So nothing new under the sun. Just so satisfying to rekindle an old love and make it fresh/new again which is why I wanted to share.

mercredi 19 novembre 2014

Tenue du jour: workwear

Ever since undertaking major renovation work in my bedroom, I've been basically living for the past weeks in my living room, "essential" clothes piled on a single rack. It's the perfect excuse to repeat the same uniform looks day after day. Also as a result, outfits pictures sessions have been limited so sorry for the lack of updates.

Today for the first time in a long time, I wore something else than dark jeans/grey or black pants - one of which I'll certainly wear tomorrow (old habits die hard! hehe!). 

So here I am, wearing one of my favorite fall/winter combination: skirt and brogues and to top it off a useful kaki parka - the hood was more than welcome to shield my head from the cold and drizzle when leaving work tonight, definitely wearing my beanie tomorrow. 

I'm always into masculine/feminine contrasts especially for work as it allows me to keep a streamlined and comfortable look without being too sophisticated: The parka is casual but worn with a simple knit and skirt ensemble, the shoes are flat but the shape and patent finish add a polished touch... At least that's what I like to think! 

Voilà, that's all folks!

I'm wearing: Gap parka / Cos sweater / Zara skirt / Isabel Marant Etoile scarf / Frateli Rossetti patent brogues / Céline tote bag

dimanche 19 octobre 2014

3 thoughts

I want to try the white pants during fall so instead of storing them away till next year, I kept my Zara summer cotton pants. Planning on wearing them just like last spring with grey, classic navy on white stripes and sneakers. If I'm really into the look, I might buy one that's more cold season appropriate like the Gap skinny cords. 

Old outfit pics from last May. I was wearing: 
jacket, striped top & scarf: Isabel Marant Etoile - sweater: COS - pants: Zara TRF - sneakers: New Balance x Comptoir des Cotonniers - bag: Céline 

As much as I love my Hope oversized turtleneck sweater, it's quite thick making it not the most practical knit to wear, so with the recent profusion of oversized sweaters now in stores, I found one that's on the thinner spectrum which I plan on wearing like this:


I got the oversized jacket from the Isabel Marant x H&M collection last August. I keep trying it on as it's finally getting possible to wear it -not this week-end though, it's 25° C in Paris. Yes, mid-October, it's still summer... Not complaining at all! Anyway, I'm just on the fence with that jacket, it looks so good on others:

(Andy Heart)

I was thinking on wearing it in a casual/minimal way, very much like Andy Heart or à la Man Repeller (with a lot less accessories). But here comes again the contradiction between what I like and what I find flattering, sometimes luckily both sides coincide but on this instance, I'm not so sure...

Because I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by the cut at the shoulders. So I'm toying with keeping it because it's a beautiful item or selling it back. Thoughts? 

dimanche 5 octobre 2014

Indian summer

Oh the joy of the last taste of summer in the early fall. Depending on time of the day, it's a bit all over the place, temperature wise yet the constant is that beautiful sunny weather. No requirement of full layering yet, a light knit or jacket is enough to keep the cool away and enjoy this respite.

To keep the summer alive, I've been alternating and mixing:

- light, soft colors - lots of grey, white, beige  

- the full return of the black, 

- but with sandals - the last hurrah for my favorite summer shoes, 

- typical fall touches like a pop of red or plaid.  

Here are a few examples of what I wore these past days, during the week-end - that's when I have the time to shoot outfits...  

Last sunday I was wearing / dimanche dernier, je portais:
cashmere sweater/ pull en cachemire, pants/pantalon: Zara - scarf/écharpe: Isabel Marant "Ghazo" / sneakers/tennis: Bensimon - bag /sac: Céline

Last Friday, I wore / Vendredi dernier, je portais :
cardigan, shirt/chemise: H&M - jeans: Uniqlo - shoes/chaussures: Birkenstock "Madrid" - bag/sac: Céline 

And this Saturday, I was wearing / Ce samedi je portais:
Sweater / pull : H&M - jeans : Uniqlo - bag/sac: Céline - shoes /chaussures: Dries van Noten

It was fun while this indian summer lasted. Next outfit post should be definitely set in full fall mode!

mercredi 24 septembre 2014


This post has been stuck in the draft section for the past 2 weeks and it's almost already irrelevant since we sent from crisp to hot and now truly cool... I thought I'd publish it anyway.

I'm making the effort to wear other shoes than sandals once/twice a week even if there's no rain on the horizon, the temperatures warm in the noon but it is getting crisp. It's my way to process (physically and mentally) the incoming change of season. After weeks of freedom, my feet are rebelling against being confined back to closed shoes and make me suffer a bit in retaliation...

In the same transition spirit, I've been mixing lots of summery blues with black and grey. Like a blue oxford shirt, light grey knit tunic and dark grey pants or last wednesday's work outfit - dark blue linen pleated skirt plus black sweater- worn last wednesday. The contrast of the different blue shades - ocean, blue sky- with the urban grey and black. 

I'm wearing:
Pull/sweater + jupe/skirt: COS - ballerines/ballet flats: Jonak - tote bag/cabas: Céline