vendredi 20 mars 2015

Tenue du jour

C'est le printemps! Bye-Bye winter! Welcome spring! 

However official it is, the weather didn't magically turned Disney-style bright sun, warm temperatures and birds chirping! Today has been quite cold and gloomy with the heavily polluted grey skies keeping the sun hidden under a thick veil till the afternoon. 

But enough with the Paris weather report! 

Following on from my new found appreciation of the white palette, I decided to fight the depressing atmosphere by marrying different shades of it to get an overall light and soft look, the last thing I wanted was to add up dark colors and blend in the background!

I'm wearing
Coat: I sabel Marant "bator"/ Sweater: Isabel Marant "Risha" / Cords: Gap / Boots: Isabel Marant / scarf: Dries van Noten / Bag: Céline

jeudi 19 mars 2015

Fingers crossed

In the span of 24 hours I made 2 online purchases. Quite unexpected for me as I usually prefer "real life" shopping. However after a string of shitty days, I guess rash decisions were to be expected and better throw a bit of money away than dealing with the consequences of telling the boss to fuck off. 

First impulse purchase, a(nother) denim jacket. I've been quite obsessed with denim outerwear lately - will do a post on that later. 

It's quite rare that I browse the Topshop site, I don't think I'm in their demo anymore, the models look so so young and not having the possibility to physically see nor try most of the items make me rule it out of my online shopping sightings. 

But not yesterday and when I saw that jacket, sporadic yet not so random thoughts collided transcripted below: 

Wow!! It looks like that Isabel Marant jacket I've been crushing on since last year (with all the right details: patchwork, raw dark denim, kimono, quilted, pockets) + useful + functional (for mid-season) = Oh my God, oh my god, oh la la, it's so cool, I want it right now!!! 

Hyperventilated a bit in the process especially when I realized my size was still available and I could get it. Quickly looked at the general conditions and made my first ever Topshop online purchase. 

Fingers crossed it will be as good as I'm dreaming it.    

As for my second grab: I've been crushing on these lace-up leather espadrilles for the past month. The shape is very original yet understated, reminds me of something Lemaire would do or maybe did hence why I have this vague déjà-vu feeling. 

Problem is my size sold out fast and ever since I've been stalking the website and all 3 Paris stores to no avail. Even questionned the unhelpful client service. 

Today a 37 popped out and even though it is not my size, I was overjoyed and bought them anyway... Now I'm just praying HARD that my 37,5 38 will fit in... Haha! 

& Other stories

Will keep you posted when I receive both items. Hoping that images aren't deceiving and that reality will match my own preconceived ideas of what these things should look and feel like... 

Hum, I guess I'm not the only one resorting to comfort shopping, what were your recent impulse purchases?   

dimanche 15 mars 2015

A week-end apart

Here are a few week-end outfits shots from earlier in the month that sum up what I like wearing right now when off duty. 

So with spring playing hide and seek, casual outfits revolve around:
  • pants : skinny jeans or my work tailored pants when I want to up the game. I'm just not feeling dresses and skirts at the moment.
  • Since it's a bit too cold still for ballet flats, my footwear of choice is either sneakers (from slip ons to everyone-has-them-in Paris Stan Smith) or Marant suede boots for which I've a new found appreciation and as it's been dry on week-ends, I've been wearing them quite often.  
  • I'm injecting a lot of beige / camel /off white whether it's knitwear, outerwear, pants. I like how it instanstly soften and brighten any outfit.    
  • a colorful/patterned scarf because after months of alternating between grey/black/camel, I appreciate more and more the power of a nice print or of an eye popping tint.

I was wearing:
Gap parka / Isabel Marant pour H&M scarf/ H&M sweater / Uniqlo jeans / Isabel Marant boots

I was wearing:
Filippa K coat / APC sweater / COS jeans / Celine bag/ Eden sneakers

vendredi 6 mars 2015

The end of winter coat

It's cyclic, happens at the end of every winter, when obviously sales are over that I want to buy that last coat because I'm so so fed up of wearing the same outerwear for the past 6 months. 

This year, I'm also finally coming to term with the fact that my absolute favorite coat from Comptoir des Cotonniers is living its last season, no matter dry cleaning, regular strokes with my Perigot brush, the material is just getting more and more stale.   

So of course I'm trollling the stores and the net for that last winter saviour item. Have you noticed how every brands from cheap to unaffordable ones now offer coats in their spring collections? And I mean made up of actual wool... Guess fashion is finally catching up (a little) with this thing called seasons

I was quite smitten with a navy number seen at Zara but was unwilling to pay full price because Zara - as Miss Sophie rightfully observed- doesn't have the best quality track record these days. Boy, I was right not to. I found it for a 40 euros bargain on eBay and have been delighted to wear it for the past 3 weeks. Yet it's now already showing good signs of pillage and at this rate, it will be wearable till March 20th and not much more longer... Well, I'll enjoy it while it lasts.  

Anyway, what also factors in my end of winter outerwear craving is fantasy. I'm not the most excentric fashion centered blogger but there's something about being deprived of light for several months that triggers my attraction to colors and patterns. A navy coat is a lot more subtle, even if, for me it stands out and works quite easily with the rest of my mainly grey/black/camel clothes.

Work version: Zara coat / dress: Balenciaga  / Otk boots: Stuart Weitzman / scarf: COS / Bag: Céline

Day off version: Zara coat/ Sweater: Isabel Marant Etoile / Pants: Gap / Sneaker: New Balance / Bag: Balenciaga - necklace from Bénin.

vendredi 27 février 2015


(Grace Bol in Harpers Bazaar UK - February 2015)

...This whole look.

It sums up several of my aesthetic tastes and pulls: minimal, sporty, feminine, grown up, light and neutral. I can't really see myself doing the (leather) pleated skirt thing because I don't find it flattering, it just adds more hips to my hips - not something I like no matter how lovely it looks on the model.
Still, this picture awakens my inspiration and come spring, I want to wear grey loose sweatshirt with knee length skirts preferably in batik or wax skirt.

lundi 2 février 2015

Renovation therapy, purchases and what I wore recently

One of the benefits of renovating my bedroom space and sleeping in my living room for weeks was that I had to drastically reconsider the storage capacity for my clothes/shoes/bags etc... I never considered myself a minimalist in terms of number but in my mind, the quantity of my items was you know, reasonnable. Mainly because it would fit in the space dedicated to it, not without challenges sometimes but it worked out mostly ok. 

So imagine my "surprise" when I had to move my entire collection on a rack, a few IKEA boxes and realized that it wouldn't do. 

In front of the foreseeable chaos, I took matters in hand and without any mercy, threw away, sold, gave as much as I could stand to part with. Also as much as I disliked it, I put my summer clothes in the cellar (I liked having these at hands because you never know I could jet out to a tropical destination right this minute and really, cellars just give me the creeps).

After all this hard work (I'm not kidding it's exhausting), buying more clothes took a different perspective. On one hand, after weeks of frustration because I had limited (and for once successfully) my purchases to a minimum, I wanted more than ever to buy pretty much anything but the idea of falling back again in the circle of adding more -mainly unworn after a few times- items prevented me from relapsing. 

As a result, from october 2014 to january 2015 I bought:  
  1. a down jacket (eBay) - to replace my Uniqlo parka which was really worn out, not to mention that the XS was getting a bit tight... Yeah, I didn't buy (that much) clothes but I didn't starve myself obviously... It's an Isabel Marant Etoile number which was styled so well on Nitty Gritty that I crushed on it to the point of saving the picture in my never ending wishlist folder for more than 2 years without ever having the opportunity to try it on, mind you. Fortunately, I absolutely love it on me, even though it's completely unflattering I find it utterly cool. Go figure. 
  2. Margiela shearling boots (eBay) - For when it's a bit cold but Sorel duck boots are not yet a necessity i.e. most of the time in Paris - I like how they're boyish, gritty - with a wild wild west vibe - and cosy. They definitely bring something new to my footwear collection and spark some fresh outfits ideas: I especially had fun playing the frontier look a few days ago with a hat, giant scarf and oversized coat. The ensemble would have come up entirely different with another pair of my boots but the Margiela fit with the whole theatrics.
  3. After dramatically shrinking my colorblock Isabel Marant Etoile sweater (Why did I set the washing machine to 40°C??? WHY?? <insert howl of despair>) and getting rid of a few other tired jumpers, I impulsively bought a caramel hued mohair sweater from H&M during the sales which actually is incredibly lovely and comforting. Also a different color than grey is a welcome change.
  4. Adidas Gazelle in black and white (Vestiaire Collective) : to fulfil my teenage in the 90's fantasy. I wanted these so badly back in the days but never got around to have this specific classic combination in my size, they kept selling out (Weird how some things never change, huh) with no eBay at the time to come to the rescue - or maybe there was but in its early mysterious stages. Well, 15 years later, they're mine (dream come true! haha!). I've not been wearing them recently though as I find them to be quite slippery so not ideal when it's wet and cold...
  5. Oversized cardigan, the one I've been drooling on since august 2014, the "rider" by Isabel Marant Etoile (eBay) but just couldn't justify dropping more than 300 euros on it. You gotta love eBay sometimes - and recently I loved it pretty well- because I found my gem for a third of its retail value. And it works just the way I envisionned it, so good to warm up an outfit underneath a coat.   
  6. Muji tactile gloves - so practical and cute (a rarity) with their gray/navy stripes + panties (because sales is the perfect opportunity to stock up on fresh underwear of quality).  

Voilà, the grand total. Ideally, I would like to maintain this rate of 1 or 2 items max per month in the future. 

Of course, not going to lie, I already spotted a few lot of "interesting" things from the spring collections - more on that later though - but I'm keeping myself in check because, as I know it deep down, I'm a creature of habit wearing the same things over and over again as this little recap of outfits I managed to capture during these past weeks prove. 3 recent aforementioned purchases are featured in these looks by the way.

I posted most of these pics on Instagram - so for those looking at my IG feed that's no news, still pretty sure size does matter so here they are in bigger resolution! 

I'm wearing:
beanie / bonnet: Eric Bompard - coat / manteau: Uniqlo  - scarf / écharpe: Acne Studios - jeans : Zara - sneakers / baskets: New Balance x Comptoir des Cotonniers - bag / sac: Céline. 

I'm wearing (from left to right):
1. coat / manteau: Comptoir des Cotonniers - scarf / écharpe + shirt / chemise: H&M - jeans: Uniqlo - boots: Acne Studios - bag /sac : Céline.
2. hat/ chapeau + sweater/pull : H&M (new addition) - coat/ manteau: Comptoir des Cotonniers - scarf / écharpe  : Acne Studios - jeans: Uniqlo - boots/ bottes: Margiela (new addition) - bag /sac: Balenciaga.
3. down jacket/ veste matelassée: Isabel Marant Etoile (new addition) - scarf / écharpe: COS - jeans: Uniqlo - sneakers/ baskets: Adidas
4. Pull/sweater: Isabel Marant Etoile - jeans: COS - boots : Margiela.

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.