lundi 6 avril 2015

Spring coverup


Designer Yvonne Koné in her Mads Norgaard coverall jacket


A denim work jacket is what I have in mind for spring like the one worn by Danish designer Yvonne Koné.

I've been quite attracted to the work version rather than the standard jacket (which I already have) - without the mildly useful 2 breast buttoned pockets but actual front pockets I can easily shove my hands/ iPhone/ metro card into.

I would like soft but not paper thin denim in a medium wash or raw indigo blue with an oversize longer cut - to cover part of my bum- and generous pockets.

Ideally, it would be this old Acne jacket...

Maria Van Nguyen (rodeo.net)

I'd counterbalance the utilitarian non-descript style of the jacket with my favorite combinations of basics: loose clothes, shots of color, a bit of Dutch wax/batik prints, a prim dress -to dress it up and flats. 


denim jacket

dimanche 29 mars 2015

My picks at... H&M

This last Friday, after the end of another round of renovation work in my appartment - you wouldn't believe how happy I am about my new boiler and radiators in place! Haha! - which involved lots of furniture shifts, dusting, cleaning so when order was finally restored, all I wanted was grab a few home stuff at Hema, go to the bookstore and stay home for the rest of the week-end. 

Somehow though between home and book shopping, I took a turn by H&M and found myself with half a dozen items in hand... My typical spring/summer casual picks: loose clothes, soft colors, linen and cotton materials. 

First item I tried and forgot to take a modelling picture of was this lyocell blouse. However I wasn't pleased with the item: what interested me was its retro 70's vibe but worn it was just too dull for me.


This shirt had a lot of eye catching elements for me : I like linen so much and blue is an all time favorite. The length and fit of that top were nailed down, it's a solid basic and I was really tempted to buy this number. Eventually I didn't though it remains in the back of my head.



h&m 

This denim-like shirt was shown on a mannequin in full denim on denim look, accessorized with a delicate sliver pendant. The result was pretty well done, the kind of display that I can relate to.
The shirt in itself seems like a good deal, no bust gap, the shorter hem is trendy without any risk of navel or muffin top exposure, the lyocel material soft and supple, the medium blue denim wash very easy to mix and match.  Overall though, I wasn't taken with it.





That shirt dress below is is the kind of clothes that makes me come back to H&M. 
It looks insignificant on the rack, then I put it on and Bam! That's so what I want right now yet I feel that I could like it for a long time as it ticks a lot of my boxes: classic dress cut ☑ that won't go out of style by the end of spring 2015 - versatile ☑: I can wear it to work as well under a blazer or trench with wedges, flats. Only downsidesadly recurrent with almost any range of clothing brands - it's not lined, so a slip would be necessary in my opinion. 



A shot of color in all my picks with these mango/ocre chino pants. I don't think I would have looked at these really if it wasn't for the Atelier Delphine lookbook which made me aware of this kind of color's potential especially mixed with my favorite summer blues. 
H&M is quite good at producing these pants and I already have several pairs. They have that right amount of slouch and tapered, the cotton is both sturdy and soft. 
I couldn't find this item on the h&m site, it seemed to be among the latest store arrivals though so it may be added in the days to come.



Also a classic that I love for the warmer seasons, the boyfriend jeans. This striped light blue slightly destroyed version is such a cute update. Something I plan on wearing with white blouse, tan sandals later and with sneakers or Isabel Marant suede boots just now. Again, I was unable to find this item online but they're from the LOGG collection.



And on the same occasion took a what I was wearing picture:


Zara leather jacket + pants - H&M sweater - Adidas Stan Smith sneakers - Céline Trio bag

samedi 28 mars 2015

Fingers uncrossed

A quick follow-up on my online shopping ventures.

First came the & Other Stories shoes.

They looked identical to the website's picture and I really liked the butter soft leather. The only problem to be expected was the size, I could squeeze my feet in them but it kind of distort the style as you can clearly see that my toes are grasping for some space not to mention that it's just uncomfortable. So back they went!



 



As for the Topshop jacket:

I think I should have taken the 38 instead of 36. I thought the fit would be more oversized and it actually is not at all. 

That said, I'm overall undecided because even though delivery is quick I'm not sure it's worth going through the back and forth process. It's the kind of item that I may warm up to if I find the right outfit combination but it's safe to say that it doesn't come close to what I imagined it would be like. So it has 95 % chances to go back on Monday...  




These fails only confirms that online shopping is rarely working for me and that in time of crisis I should shop within close quarters!

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.