vendredi 27 février 2015

Wanted...

(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. 

vendredi 28 novembre 2014

colorama

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?