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5 Piece French Wardrobe Update

Are you sick of hearing about this yet? In my quest for the perfect 5 pieces for the season, I was originally overwhelmed, but now, four months into my first season (which ends June 30th), I have narrowed my scope and thought I’d share my progress. Here’s a little refresher of the 5 Piece French Wardrobe guidelines.

I bought my first piece of the season about a month ago, a pair of white linen wrap pants from New York based brand Apiece Apart, I posted a preview of them here. I promise to post a better photo once it is warm enough to wear them outside. As for the rest of this season’s pieces, here is my wish list.

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Atlantique Ascoli Ballet Russe blouse // I love the feminine structure of this blouse, but I can’t find it anywhere. Let me know if you come across it somewhere in your travels, I would be eternally grateful.

Trench Coat // I am aware that the coat in this photo is not actually a trench coat, but instead a camel wool coat. But wouldn’t the color and the easy shape translate beautifully into lightweight waterproof fabric? Didn’t I mention this was a wish list?

Jil Sander sandals // I spent the better part of Thursday afternoon scouring my favorite Soho shops for the perfect summer shoe. I stopped by Tibi and tried on these loafers, and while they pair perfectly with black skinny jeans, they don’t work with any bottoms shorter than a two roll cuff. I found myself at the corner of Howard and minimalist heaven when I tried on these Jil Sander sandals. Flat, strappy and black, all the things I look for in a summer sandal. I got them, so that’s two down, three to go before the end of June.

 Jil Sander bag //  Compact, multiple compartments and minimal styling, this makes a perfect little black bag. Now that I don’t go into the office everyday, it is more practical to downsize. Now I have to pull together the cash and this little guy is mine. I just hope it stays available and on sale until that happens.

Did I mention I bought a winter coat yesterday? Right, maybe it counts towards this season’s 5 pieces, or next season’s, I haven’t decided. But since I’ve been looking for a new winter coat for over 3 years, I couldn’t pass up the blue (same color as the leather skirt I made a few weeks ago) alpaca coat I found at the Maria Cornejo sample sale for 75% off.

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Loafer Love

I fell in love with slip on loafers when I first saw The Row Spring 2014 collection back in September. The ease and comfort of a slipper, the laid back sophistication of a proper loafer, and of course I love the menswear vibe it exudes. My budget doesn’t really stretch to fit the version the Olsens designed for The Row, and I don’t even know where to find them, but the Denni Loafer from Tibi is a great alternative.

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April List

Ahh April,  it feels so good! Another month into 2014 with more promising weather ahead, and the inevitable change over of our wardrobes. So many things on my mind this month…

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To Watch: There’s nothing better than a little fashion cinematography and this month the documentary, Dior et Moi, debuts at the TriBeCa film festival. An in-depth look at Raf Simon’s process leading up to his first couture collection for the house of Dior, which was one of the most anticipated moments in fashion history.

To Do: This is my favorite time of year because we start to plant our summer garden. This year we are expanding from herbs in the kitchen window to vegetables on the rooftop. We are also looking to expand our interior plant collection, but with our cats roaming around, the plants don’t stand a chance to survive. This Bosske Sky Planter will allow us to hang greens from the ceiling, out of cats’ reach.

To Shop: Looking forward to stopping by The Apartment this month to get a closer look at the sophomore collection of Protagonist. The versatile pieces this season offer a sure-fire spot in my 5 Piece French Wardrobe. I am most looking forward to trying on the strapless pieces including the tunic (pictured above) and the curve bustier. I imagine wearing them layered over pants and dresses for truly transitional dressing all year round.

To Read: The travel magazine, Holiday, gets a relaunch this month with Paris based creative director Franck Durand (Emanuelle Alt’s husband) at the helm. The magazine picks up where it left off in 1977 at issue 373 with inspiring editorials including the one pictured above, styled by Clare Richardson. As if we needed more inspiration to go on holiday!

To Do: Go bare-faced! Fresh faces and natural beauty trends are much easier to pull off this month because there is more moisture in the air to hydrate our skin and more hours of sunlight to lift our spirits. This image from Schön magazine is all the inspiration I need.

To Wear: I am all about neutrals as you know, so switching over from dark grey nail color to Sand Tropez by Essie is a welcomed change. I can see this color taking me well into the summer.
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Editorial Eclipse: Sunday Undone

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This was one of those perfect weekends with no real structure, only a few moments of lounging around, brunching with friends and long walks in the sun. I hope you had an equally as wonderful weekend! On that note, I thought this editorial entitled “Structure Undone” was a perfect representation of an effortlessly styled weekend.
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Images via Interview Magazine

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Project de. March Design

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The best part about separates is their versatility. When worn together (with my favorite Helmut Lang blazer) these pieces make a modern feminine tuxedo (check it on instagram if you haven’t already). I loved this look for attending a wedding, but I will get more wear out of these pieces when I mix them with other items from my closet. (Which I prematurely switched over to summer today).

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Inspired by Victorian pajamas and tie back aprons, I designed a simple charmeuse top with delicate ties and squared off armholes. The shiny charmeuse top creates perfect contrast when worn with slightly slouchy boyfriend jeans and my favorite Marni mules.

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Equally as easy, wearing the crepe-back satin skirt with minimalist sandals and a fitted white tee removes it from the evening wear category and straight into casual night out. With darts on the butt and easy pleats in the front, this skirt is sure to show off your shape.

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Skirt worn with Vince tee // MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela sandalsProject-de.-March-Design-by-Christina-DeSmet-Crepe-Back-Satin-Black-Pleated-Skirt-with-Slit-DeSmittenView the inspiration board for these designs here.

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