When I went to the La Garçonne store, I tried on nearly the entire collection of La Garçonne Moderne, added a few things to my basics wish list, but ended up buying the book White by Kenya Hara. This book has been on my reading list for a few years and I was happy to stumble upon it while shopping. In his book, Hara explores the depth of white as a color, a feeling and almost as a spiritual entity. Living in an overly colorful world, I’ve grown very fond of the absence of color, it feels refreshing and calming. I’m only a few pages into the book, but I intend to continue my philosophical exploration of white while upstate this weekend. Here are a few quotes from the book that resonate with me.
“There is no such thing as “white.” Rather, “white” exists solely in our perception. Therefore we must not attempt to search for “white.” Instead, we must search for a way to feel whiteness…. As we achieve this rapport with white, our world glows more brightly, and its shadows deepen.”
“White can be attained by blending all the colors of the spectrum together, or through the subtraction of ink and all other pigments. In short, it is “all colors” and “no color” at the same time. This identity as a color than can “escape color” makes white very special.”
My April design inspiration is more abstract than usual, with only a few certain ideas: strong lines, texture and the color blue, yet again. I love the idea of dresses/tunics over pants for transitional dressing, so I am exploring this by playing with proportions. Stay tuned for the final product!
It looks like I am swopping out black for white this season, are you surprised? At the moment, I can’t get enough white in my life, between the white blooms on the flowering trees and the overwhelming amount of white apparel available in stores at the moment, it makes me want my entire black wardrobe duplicated in white. While that would be my dream come true, it isn’t likely, so I set my eyes on a few new white pieces for the season. Since they’re white they are considered basics right? (5 Piece French Wardrobe challenge is harder than I thought)!
I took this photo on our street yesterday and then did some shopping. I tried on these two white gems at Zara, the crisp white poplin top is cropped and voluminous, a must have staple for this season. You’ve heard me go on and on about my search for the perfect white jeans, well I think I found them! It has taken me so long because I was always going for white skinny jeans, when all along, white distressed boyfriend jeans were my secret soul mate.
Unfortunately we have to wait until Fall for the permanent COS shop to open in New York, but until then the goodies at their Pop-up shop at Opening Ceremony will tide me over. I stopped in to view the collection this morning in search of must have basics, and I was in luck -the bulk of the collection came in neutral or near neutral colors. The biggest draw for me are COS’s fabric qualities, and their no-fuss, simple silhouettes. I feel like most of their clothes could be unisex, I ended up trying on part of the men’s collection as well and buying a knit long sleeve sweater with a collar… I’m wearing it here. The other two pieces I bought were from the women’s collection and included a perfect white button down shirt and a new bikini.
I only buy a new swimsuit once every 3 or 4 years and I only go to the beach a few times every summer, so I consider the swimsuit an accessory (therefore it won’t count towards my 5 Piece French Wardrobe). This is the first time I’ve moved away from my go to bandeau silhouette. I couldn’t pass up the sophisticated navy piqué fabric with triangle top and the bottoms with slightly more coverage. It is a bit of a grown up swimsuit, but let’s face it, I’ll be 30 next year so it was bound to happen sooner or later. I’m still debating on whether or not to have the bottoms altered to sit slightly lower on my hips. The boyfriend votes yes, but I have some time before swimsuit season sets in to make that decision. I love the idea of wearing the top under sheer shirts this summer.
Last season, the COS pop-up sold out over the weekend, so try to stop by today for the best selection.