lundi 8 septembre 2014

An ode to dirty sneakers

(via FashionMedley)

Can't find any real explanation behind it but I hate brand new sneakers. I hate when they're all shiny and new. Especially when they're white.

I remember how self-conscious I felt a few years ago when wearing my Adidas Stan Smith or Spring Court sneakers for the first times, so so bright and so so spotless... The horror! The more grimy, broken in they became, the more relieved and content I was.

Unlike my other "real" shoes, I take extra care of, with regular visits to the cobbler, delicate before and after wear cleaning, mosturizing and waterproofing sessions, sneakers only get minimal care treatment because in my opinion they just shouldn't be too pristine.

That's why I never got the appeal of the luxury sneakers, to me it's a paradox. The Lanvin sneakers for instance: they're "too perfect" and should remain so. No wonder the first pictures popping up on Google were of the FLOTUS and Olivia Palermo wearing them. They look meant for showing off in upper proper places and not lived in, as a commoner like me would.

Wearing my sneakers is not about being dolled up or pointedly seductive, but rather comfortable, down to earth, a bit - "Je m'enfoutiste" - careless: when wearing them, I don't pay extra attention to my path - just watch out for dog poo but that's a given, they're meant to be beaten up, used.

Case in point, my old Nike Blazer x Comptoir des Cotonniers original look:

(Comptoir des Cotonniers)
About 8 years later... 

And yet, I'm so not ready to let them go... 

lundi 1 septembre 2014

The 4 for Fall

The circle of life - the fashion consumption edition is on again and trying to claim yet another victim -me- with its temptations of new clothes: you know the ones that will magnify you and make you feel like a brand new powerful elegant goddess woman while (wearily) commuting and working to actually pay for said clothes... 

No way I'm going through a budget crisis because of clothes and shoes, which means focusing on the essentials. 

That is, what needs to be replaced, will be worn on a frequent basis, is most likely to last more than a season.  

So far after much thinking (of what I already have - a lot, my habits - always wearing the same few items in the end), editing and trying out sessions, I came up with these 4 items I'm planning to buy:

1) pants - essentially for work;
2) classic everyday black boots;
3) the trendy yet versatile cardigan;
4) slim/straight jeans.

Last winter I lived in these COS slim black pant and since it's so annoying to shop/find "good" pants, I'm considering the easy way out and simply buy a second pair of said pants. The length is ideal for flats as well as for heels, the material is comfortable (cotton with a bit of stretch), easy maintenance (if I feel fancy I'll give it a slight ironing but it's not even that necessary in my opinion). The perfect "get up and go" pants.

slim black pants (COS)

Walkable sleek boots: that simple clean pair that gets you (comfortably) through the day and these timeless DvN boots would be the dream. The heel is about 2 to 3 cm lower than my 2 other pairs of black boots (Acne "Pistol" and Colisée de Sacha) but it's significant enough to mean business. I also think they'd work perfectly with the above-mentioned COS pants for instance, likewise with skirts/dresses and opaque black tights.
I saw and tried similar boots and certainly less expensive ones but I'm hopeless. Once my mind's set on an item I couldn't help but notice the flaws (made up or real) of other boots. There's always a nagging issue: some kind of decoration, a bad omen - like when I try on the shoes and get an instant cramp, a "defect"...  Anyway, the Dries got me but will I get them?

As much as I wanted this COS cardigan as a budget substitute, it's a pity but it just lacks the extra length, the rich color hue and cosy texture of the Isabel Marant... 
First I'm a sucker for knitwear especially one that reminds me of my teen grungy phase. Second, I like that it's either outerwear or layering piece. It's suitable for the fall transition when you don't know what to put on for the cool but still warm days. It would also look great underneath a trench or a coat, over a dress or slim pants when it gets really cold. Plus I could wear it all over again in the spring. Third, I atually need to refresh my cardigan stock.

The oversized cardigan by Isabel Marant Etoile (Mytheresa)

Le Bon Marché staff styled the cardigan in a very casual but cute way, I'd just swap the sneakers for loafers or ballet flats.

(my picture)

I've been having a sort of jeans crisis lately, feeling like I should get rid of most of them (I haven't - yet) and renew my personal stock. I've been especially drawn to the raw deep indigo tint and slim cut, a very classic but trendy at the moment take on denim. 
I tried the APC models but they don't fit me, plus are too expensive. The Acne ones didn't impress me that much either. 
So once again I'm back to looking at COS and Uniqlo's straight/slim jeans and after trying the latter, they keep coming back in my mind. That's a good sign.
Among my boyfriend/skinny/ not really slim anymore older jeans, this sober model would fit right with my classic but casual state of mind, teaming them with a blazer and Stan Smith sneakers for instance.


So considering that I'm set on 2 very expensive items, I've been making inventory of what I can sell to gather some funds which -except for the obvious couple don't work anymore items - turns out to be more difficult than expected but that's another matter.
I don't know if I'll be able to get these items, both pants do seem far more within my reach than the boots and cardigan! So that's a start I guess...
Have you figured out already what will be your next fashion purchases ?

lundi 25 août 2014

9 to 5

The 9 to 5 work look has been deliberately laidback this month and these past days, I just gave up trying to look remotely business-like.

Everyone's away, there are no clients showing up so I'm allowing myself a break from the formal wear.

Plus the weather is really not helping -see my moody tired face- it's cold, one minute sunny, the next super cloudy/rainy.

Whatever I'm still clinging to summer wear, i.e. maximizing the use of my sandals/lighter clothes, letting my skin breath as much as I can till we're back to fall clothes.

On tuesday, I wore:
jacket + skirt: H&M - wax top made in Bénin - scarf: Zara - sandals: Dries van Noten

On wednesday I wore:
cardigan: Isabel Marant - linen top: Isabel Marant Etoile - skirt: Cos - sandals: Dries van Noten - bag : Céline - earrings from Bénin.

On Friday, I wore:
Cardigan : Isabel Marant - sweater + pants: Zara - sandals: Dries van Noten - bag: Céline - necklace: Isabel Marant x H&M

jeudi 21 août 2014

La Baule

Long walks under the pines,

followed by lengthy and hearty meals filled with fresh fish, seafood, a good Coteaux de Layon wine to drench it all, Armoricain cake, fresh summer fruits.

Fun at the beach in the Atlantic ocean waves,

napping and reading sessions,

the mandatory (delicious) all crêpes dinner doused with cider,

sleeping without earplugs because no city night noises to disturb the peace,

marvelling at the sight of classy boats, the architectures of the splendid late 19th century villas,

and above all cuddling my 10 month old baby nephew.   

I'm cherishing all these moments spent at La Baule and I can't wait to make another trip back !

mardi 12 août 2014

Last thursday

Here's what I was wearing last thursday.

I'm wearing/ je porte
linen jacket/veste en lin: Monoprix - chemise sans manches/sleeveless shirt: Uniqlo - pantalon/pants : Zara - sandales/sandals: Dries van Noten - bag/sac: Céline

vendredi 8 août 2014

Paris - La Baule

I'm heading off to La Baule for the week-end and this is what I feel like bringing with me and wearing on the Atlantic shores. The temperatures forecast are rather "invigorating", so a cardigan and a light scarf will be added in my bag. Have a great week-end!

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