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…


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.

Editorial Eclipse: Sunday Undone


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.
Structure-Undone-shot-by-Josh-Olins-and-styled-by-Ludivine-Poiblanc-for-Interview-Magazine As promised, I would like to announce the winner of the leather giveaway, congratulations Dangi!Structure-Undone-shot-by-Josh-Olins-and-styled-by-Ludivine-Poiblanc-for-Interview-Magazine

Images via Interview Magazine


Project de. March Design


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).


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.


Top worn with vintage belt // R13 jeans // Marni mules (similar here)Project-de.-March-Design-by-Christina-DeSmet-Charmeuse-Top-with-Tie-Back-Detail-DeSmitten


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.



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.


Belated March Design Inspiration

I know we are a few days into April already, but of course I waited until the very last minute to make my March garments for Project de., so I apologize for the delay. My March designs (yes, I made two this month) came out of necessity – figuring out what to wear to a wedding last weekend. When I say last minute, I am not exaggerating, I was still sewing the day of the wedding.


I am always jealous of men when getting dressed to attend a wedding, no matter what the occasion, a suit will always do. So I took this idea and translated it to womenswear, designing separates for the event in lieu of a dress. Inspired by clean, deliberate lines, the idea of tie back aprons and the contrast between shadow and light led me to the most classic of color schemes, black and ivory…. I know, shocker! If you follow me on instagram, then you already got a sneak peek of how I wore my designs to the wedding. Tomorrow I will show you how versatile these separates are, so stay tuned!



DIY: Leather Wrap Skirt + Giveaway


I’m investing more in blue these days and I think indigo leather is a welcomed alternative to denim and black leather for Spring/Summer. With this in mind, I designed an easy leather wrap skirt taking silhouette inspiration from the refined flared skirts Nicolas Ghesquière presented at his première show for Louis Vuitton. For added comfort and design detail I used black exposed elastic.

This DIY leather wrap skirt comes with your chance to win a $50 gift card to the Leather Hide Store, which is where I get all of my leather for my DIYs! Simply like the Leather Hide Store on Facebook and leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Tell your friends! (Open to US and Canada only).


When choosing my leather color, I went for a blue that mimics a medium wash denim with a hint of grey. A color that can transition from day to night and through the seasons.

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