In honor of Bastille Day in France, I’m sharing the 3 secrets to French style, that I’ve learned from my French friends through the years. For an effortless, practical and put together look, try these French styling tricks…
Less is more // With makeup, steer clear of foundation, let your complexion shine through. Take a pointer from French model, Constance Jablonski who does the natural makeup look quite well. I use un-cover up by RMS Beauty to help cover up dark circles and redness, but it blends seamlessly with your skin so you don’t need an all over foundation.
Lower heels // It’s impossible to look put together when you can’t walk through the city streets in your sky-high heels. Keep it simple by wearing a lower heel. Saint Laurent has so many great options to choose from at the moment, so there is no excuse. Afraid of the kitten-heel craze? Le Fashion shares 11 Ways to Wear Kitten Heels.
A little undone // Leave one element of your look a little disheveled, whether it’s having a bit of bed head, à la Caroline de Maigret, or wearing a perfectly crumpled tee under your blazer, one undone element is the key to effortless style. To get Caroline’s unkempt locks, try Yorak’s feed your roots mousse. If you wear tees made of a linen blend, slub jersey, sand washed or have a burnout effect, they already look well-worn in, so there’s no need to sleep in it before wearing it on the streets.
I know, it’s too early, or just too hot, to be thinking of such cozy textures, oversized outerwear and chunky knits, but I can’t stop looking at this editorial from Vogue UK’s August 2014 issue. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Julia Nobis looks stunning in The New Now defined by oversized coats tied with slim belts, architectural hats, platform shoes and sheer skirts that we could get away with wearing now. Styled with some of my favorite designers for Fall including Chloé, Céline, J.W. Anderson, Jil Sander, Haider Ackermann and Calvin Klein. I have to admit, I am setting my sights on Fall pieces to shop, I pulled some pieces inspired by this shoot, so be sure to scroll through. I will introduce my must-have pieces throughout the rest of the summer, so stay tuned!
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 bookWhite 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 retail dreams came true when my favorite online shopping destination, La Garçonne, opened their flagship store in New York last month. I finally had a chance to visit the minimalist space, and of course, I fell in love with the ultra white walls and simple decor. In the quiet neighborhood of TriBeca, the large open space is behind a beautiful wood framed entrance with a poplin swaddled dress form in the front window and a tiny etching of La Garçonne on the glass front door, as the only indicators of what’s inside. Overhead, an oversized paper lantern floats above as you browse their namesake collection, La Garçonne Moderne in its entirety. Jewelry and accessories are laid out on custom-made islands with felt wool tops, some encased in antique glass boxes for easy viewing. The back of the store houses the home goods and loungewear, in their truly minimalist aesthetic. While the space doesn’t stock the vast online selection of international designers, there are plenty of specialty pieces to discover that you won’t find anywhere else.
Minimalism can often feel stark, but this is not the case with the La Garconne store, it was warm and inviting and made you feel at ease when browsing and trying on clothes. I pulled together some minimalist pieces to bring the La Garçonne shop aesthetic to your home.
Finding the perfect little black dress is like looking for a boyfriend. You spend hours trying them on, you may even commit to one out of necessity, only to give it to charity the next season. Luckily, I already have a boyfriend and now my search for the perfect LBD is over. I am on the design team for Piamita, so I was able to work on designing the perfect LBD with our team. We started with the idea of a 90′s slip dress, but elevated it through the details… Delicate straps, curved back neckline, abbreviated length, and most importantly, using stretch silk twill for the body skimming silhouette. The fabric offers luxurious comfort and versatility, making it an ideal dress to transition from day to night. The only drawback is we have to wait until November, when this style hits stores, to get our hands on it! For the perfect LBD, it’s worth the wait.