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In Phillip Lim

Photo by Sandra Semburg.

Off to Paris!

And we’re off to Paris!

A few things I’m thinking of packing and more on Pinterest!


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Off to Paris!

And we’re off to Paris!

A few things I’m thinking of packing and more on Pinterest!


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Aurélie’s New Store

Aurélie has opened up shop in Soho!!!

As you know, I love her work and I totally fell in love with her gem of a boutique in Paris – we even made a video about it. So when she told me she would open in New York, I immediately asked her if it would be possible to document each step as she got set up.

There are so many details to consider when you open a store – I got an idea of what it was like when we set up our pop up shop. The location, the space, the colors, the sounds (at Aurélie’s, it’s a mix of Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley, and 80s French pop), the traffic, the scents (here, it’s Frédéric Malle Rosa Rugosa).

Aurélie was telling me that what she likes most is going out to look for things to decorate her space. That pineapple on the shelf? She found it in a vintage boutique. We also went along with her to one of her favorite stores – The Future Perfect.

She collaborated with David Mann, MR Architecture + Decor, and Atelier Franck Durand, who she’s been working with for a long time, to create a 60s and 70s ambiance, with a hint of California in New York.

One of my favorite things is the magnificent fresco in the entry by Remed (you remember, he made the cover of Holiday Magazine).

…And the jewelry, of course ;)

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Aurélie Bidermann, 265 Lafayette Street, New York / Translated by Andrea Perdue

PS: Here is the video!

Spring Trends: Suede

The Trend: Suede

How I would wear it: Designers have ruled it more than appropriate to sport suede in warmer temps. For me? I’m going for a suede jacket or skirt come spring.

The best looks: From left to right, Tibi, MM6, Gucci, Burberry and Derek Lam.

At the Farm

My friend Laura, who is an amazing stylist (we worked together with Joan Smalls for Estée Lauder, and she’s also Senior Editor at Large for Glamour) had been making me dream about her farm upstate for a little while.

“Come up and see us!!!” she kept saying.

So that’s what I did on Sunday and it was amazing.
Not only do Laura, her husband Fabio, and her son Matteo, have a real farm with chickens, vegetable fields, apple trees, honey bees, tractors, and well, pretty much everything – they are also making a little paradise out of it that people can go visit – even if you don’t know them.

What’s incredible is that the farm is kind of a project they fell into while they were looking for a house Upstate. They got really into it and started cleaning it up and planting, and today it’s become their passion project when they aren’t in New York working in fashion (Fabio is a photographer).

But it actually fits perfectly with Laura’s vision – to her, style goes beyond fashion – it’s how one lives their life and energy and the environment we create around us. I totally agree with her…

And because this is such a great project, people gather around it. Their friends Paola and Chicco make pizzas with vegetables from the farm on weekends. This weekend was so cool; Fabio’s mother baked, Laura’s mother was also visiting, everyone was speaking Italian – it was kind of paradise. You can have lunch there, eat an ice cream, pick raspberries and blackberries, meet lots of people, kids are running around everywhere, and you can take lots of organic goodies home with you.

If you’re in the area this season, go for it! It’s two hours away from New York, the drive is gorgeous, it’s the perfect season, everyone is so welcoming and the pizzas are to die for.

It’s exactly what I needed before taking off for Paris Fashion Week.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Westwind Orchard, 215 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord, New York 12404 / 845.626.0659

The farm is open Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm. Pizza is served from 12pm-6pm.

Edit No. 1 / Part 2… The Suit

The suit!

As you know I love it, it even used to be my go-to for events. For fall it’s nice to dress it down a bit, make it a little more relaxed. Dianna and I thought a long shirt dress as a top would be the perfect piece. I like that even if you un-do a few buttons, it still looks dressed up and sexy.

How would you wear it?

On Alana: Shirt dress, Adam Lippes; Jacket and pants, Alexander Wang.

Styled by Dianna Lunt / Makeup by Tatyana Makarova / Hair by Eloise Cheung

For Part 1 of the fashion story, click here!

Tenue de Soiree

I never know what to wear out at night.

It always annoys me and I end up wasting way too much time. I lose confidence in myself and in my taste, I spend forever in front of the mirror, I take dumb selfies and send them to my friends, and since they can’t see anything anyway because I’m terrible at selfies, it’s even worse, so they stress me out by saying things like:

“Need another photo, I can’t even tell what you’re wearing”
“What’s that thing in front of your dress?” (my phone, obviously)
“What color is that? Cat pee yellow?” (bad lighting)
“How can someone who’s a photographer be so bad at selfies?” (shut up right now)

Yep, because obviously I always wait until the last minute.
So I stress everyone out.
Because I hate evening wear.

Usually when I want to dress up to go out at night, I always start out thinking I’ll wear a dress.
Yes. I have this idea in my head, like most girls, that “night” means “dress”.
Don’t try to figure it out, that’s just the way it is.

So then I start the useless and frantic search for the “perfect last minute dress” which:

1/ Doesn’t exist
2/ Is very, very expensive
3/ Can’t be found at the last minute. To be perfect, a dress always has to be altered, otherwise you’re a model, in which case, what are you doing reading this post?

By then, not only am I irritated, I’m also exhausted AND frustrated.

For a while, I had resolved my problem with a few really cool tuxes, but one mustn’t go overboard with the joys of wearing a suit, especially when you have short hair.
If you do, you’ll quickly turn into Ellen De Generes, and even though I ADORE Ellen, I really don’t want to have her look.

You know, because at night, I want to be super feminine, a bit femme fatale.

But the problem is – no dresses look good on me.
No dresses look good on anyone, actually, if you really want to know how I feel about it.

That’s always what I’m thinking to myself when I watch the awards.
I like them well enough, I play the game, I choose my favorites, I feel like I’m taking a trip to planet tralala – it’s fun for about two seconds.

But most of the time in those ceremonies, it’s like “cool” has left the building and been replaced by slightly awkward women forced into an obsolete definition of sexiness (with their breasts imprisoned in push up bras, their waists strangled) that doesn’t look anything at all like the free woman in motion that I love and want to be.

Oh hey, by the way. Since we were talking about Céline on Friday, and how Phoebe Philo redefined the way we dress and the kind of women we have the right to be (cool, sensual, comfortable) – just looking at her collections makes you realize.

Not a single evening gown.

The closest thing is a romper. Hands in pockets, high heels – her rompers totally borrow from the “woman in a tux” attitude.
So it’s back to the same idea.

There are exceptions, of course. Valentino dresses that make you want to cry they’re so beautiful. Dior by Raf Simmons. Cate Blanchett in Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy. But girls who have Cate Blanchett’s allure are very rare.

So when it comes to evening wear, there aren’t many places left for me to look for ideas.
I look at what Jenna Lyons does, what Emmanuelle Alt does, and what Phoebe Philo does, on the rare occasion she goes out.

So that’s the thing. It was when I went to a black tie event that I realized what my real problem was. I don’t like evening gowns.

I ended up in pants and a bustier, but honestly, I really would have liked to have something new and beautiful to wear. A new attitude, a new femininity – something truly modern.

But I think it’s clear now: for the time being, that doesn’t exist. Or it’s very, very rare.

I really think it’s time to redefine evening wear for women, don’t you think?

Translated by Andrea Perdue

In Transition

Photo by Sandra Semburg.

At the Studio with Mrs. Sewell

Photos of me again!!! (Just let me know when you get tired of it.)

The beautiful Yasmin Sewell has just launched a collection with Barneys.

She had told me about it in ultra secret mode back when she was working on it and of course, I immediately tweeted her secret to the world – uh, just kidding, but it was pretty difficult for me not to, given how I excited I was for the collection to come out.

You know, I’ve always loved her style – she’s been working in retail for years, she’s got a great eye and a sense for quality – so I knew it would be an exciting collection.

Exciting, but maybe not for me, I thought. Because, as you can see in the photos, Yasmin and I do not have the same body type. I mean, we’re pretty much opposites. And I was convinced that most of the things that make up her style wouldn’t be things I could ever wear.

(Oh, but now she’s pregnant, so our differences have balanced out a bit, huhuhuhu)

I told her that I would never in my life wear a crop top (there are two in her collection) and she promised me that she was going to prove me wrong.

So she came by the Studio in between shows and had me try on her collection.

See, she even made me wear a crop top.

“This was all about proportion, I wanted the skirt to sit high enough on the waist so it really elongated the leg, and the top was designed to pretty much sit perfectly at the high waistband. Again, I was thinking proportion and a slim fit skirt and oversized wide top I think is a great balance. I don’t believe in total body con, it’s gotta be balanced out.” – Yasmin

Ok, let’s not exaggerate. We all have our own body type. We definitely burst out laughing when she tried to have me put on the mini crop top with a tee-shirt underneath – one of her signature outfits, which I promise on the head of Anna Dello Russo, will never become mine.

But the rest of the collection is just as perfect as I imagined. The coats with subtle stripes, the super well-cut pants – everything is really lovely, very Yasmin, but also perfect for everyone.

“Seeing this [coat] on Garance made me very proud, she wears it exactly as I imagined it when I designed it. A lot of the collection was about classic items but I pushed a little with fabric and colour. This coat will hang off a lot of women, of any age or shape, but in aqua alpaca stripe it goes somewhere else. I think its still super effortless to wear.” – Yasmin

I love it when my friends do great work like that. I hope you’ll like it just as much as I do.

And tomorrow, a video of me riding a horse naked on the beach!!! IN SLO MO!!!
No, just joking.

Kisses!

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Translated by Andrea Perdue

At J.Crew

I loved the J.Crew collection this season. As always, the styling was so great (Jenna Lyons for President!) and is already inspiring my wardrobe!

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Chic Moms

Last week during fashion week, kids were also going back to school in New York, and on my way home from the Ralph Lauren show, I ran into Sari and Meghan.

In the middle of all the excitement of the week, I really liked getting back to the idea of a chic, everyday look. Chic, comfortable, elegant, and real. It’s nice to see, right?


Have a great start to your week. ;)

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Renata

Photo by Sandra Semburg.

What I’m Wearing #2

Okay, so this is technically a guest edition of What I’m Wearing because this bag belongs to Yasmin

She came over to shoot a story with me at the Studio in between shows (I’ll show you the photos soon!) and she was carrying this cool new Chloé bag. I keep finding myself drawn to red bags lately… I also really love the hardware on this one, it’s simple but still striking.

Do you like it?

Upstate

We made it – NYFW is done and now I need some things to wear upstate!

Find even more ideas on my Pinterest.


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Upstate

We made it – NYFW is done and now I need some things to wear upstate!

Find even more ideas on my Pinterest.


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Detail: Michael Kors Sandals

As you know, this week in NYC felt like it was still summer, so seeing all the sandals and light clothes on the runway really made me dream. I loved these sandals from Michael Kors, the ultimate gladiator platform!

Céline in Soho

If I had the time (but I’m at Starbucks in between two shows) I’d tell you the story of how Céline has been totally revamped ever since Phoebe Philo arrived, how the brand started over completely from scratch, how they perfectly orchestrated the way they would change their image, and the incredible impact Phoebe’s arrival had on the fashion world.

Nothing was left to chance, not even the things that take a long time to manage, like the redistribution and redesign of all their stores.

But anyway, you know all of that already, plus, I’m at Starbucks.

When Philo arrived, she basically tore down the wall papers of the existing stores – the blank walls gave the stores an unfinished look that worked so well, we all wondered if it was just Céline’s stores new signature style.

Then there was a wave of reopenings – and this store (which is right by our Studio, help!!!) is the first one I’ve seen with the new renovations.

The unfinished look is gone – everything has been carefully thought out down to the smallest details, from the (unbelievable) marble flooring to the natural furnishings, all the way up to the ceiling, which is made of layers and layers of flame retardant spray.

I love it, so I decided to go take some photos there the other day, and I think I’m going to copy the big plant idea (it’s the only thing I can actually copy, haha) for my new apartment.

So there you go – now I’m doomed to walk by this magnificence every morning and it’s going to be sweet torture.

Thanks to who? Thanks to Phoebe.

Céline, 67 Wooster Street, New York NY

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Translated by Andrea Perdue

My Hair

The more time goes by, the more I love my short hair.

One year (ONE YEAR!!!)(it’s the anniversary of when I cut it, I should celebrate, right?) after getting it cut, people still tell me how much they like it on me (so proud) and I still think it’s the easiest thing in the world to maintain (so lazy) and plus, little by little, my hair stylist Clyde and I have adjusted the cut to make it softer and more feminine.

We’ve been adding longer layers, softening the color and most of all, trying to keep it as natural as possible.

So the other day, I was thinking it would be cool to show you the different kinds of hair styles you can do with my type of cut. You can even braid it!!

I did all of these myself without any help, so it’s not pro (but I don’t know anyone who has a hair stylist available in her bathroom in the morning anyway) and Brie is the one who did the braid. (It’s easy, all I have to do now is get used to doing it myself). Other than that, I just used a bit of Elnett hairspray.

Super simple!!!

And now you have a little idea of the highlights I did this summer. I really like them because it really adds depth and movement.

Voilà!!! You have a photo of my hair, as promised!

Which style do you like best?

PS : Ohhhhh crap it feels so weird to publish photos of me like that!!

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Translated by Andrea Perdue / Photos by Taea Thale / Makeup by Tatyana Makarova, Haircut by Clyde at The Drawing Room

At Victoria Beckham

On Sunday, while I was sitting at the Victoria Beckham show, the team went backstage to take a look at what was happening. After they explored the buffet (and didn’t bring me anything at all) they were able to take some photos.

I always like the simple and warm atmosphere of the Victoria Beckham show.

Okay I have to admit, one of my favorite moments is (actually not spying on David sitting next to Anna Wintour at the front row, even though he’s pretty awesome and charming and all) to check the way Victoria herself is dressed when she takes her bow at the end of the show.

I have a soft spot for her style because she does “woman” so well. I think this collection reflected that very well.

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Spring Trends: Yellow

The Trend: Yellow

How I would wear it: I love a bold pop of yellow in an outfit, so I was excited to see it on the spring runways! I think a yellow coat is at the top of my spring shopping list!

The best looks: From left to right, Creatures of the Wind, Karen Walker, Michael Kors, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Lacoste.

Edit No. 1 / Part 1… Alana

I’ve always wanted to do a fashion series for the blog.

Since I’ve been doing them for magazines for so long, I felt a little bad for not taking the time do them in the place that matters to me the most.

I’ve always loved fashion stories – they are the first thing I look at in magazines and it’s a format that I think is missing online.

We see a lot of “streetstyle” online, a lot of “personal style” (blogs where girls dress themselves), but we rarely see fashion stories – it’s like people think it’s something that can’t be done on the Internet…

So we decided to go for it this fall. We organized a photo shoot at the Studio, and we will be showing it to you little by little. I hope you like it!
We did it with my friend Dianna, who is a stylist, and whose style I’ve always loved. The idea is to show you everything that inspired us this season.

One of my big inspirations right now is Alana – a gorgeous model I spotted a few months ago in a Diane Von Furstenberg show. Her presence was magnetic – completely different from the other models, and plus, I had been thinking about cutting my hair at the time, so I was totally captivated by her.

After that, I pretty much stalked her on Instagram (ah!!! the modern world where you can just invite yourself into anybody’s life as you please) and then finally, when Dianna and I decided to shoot this fashion series, we didn’t hesitate for a second: we were definitely going to ask Alana to do it.

Here is the first photo of the series that I’ll be presenting to you over the next few weeks.

For this outfit, Dianna and I wanted to show you one way to wear the big floral prints this season. A big wool sweater and socks help to calm it down a bit, and flats, because that’s how we spend most of our days!!!

Voilà!!! Let me know what you think! Big kisses!!!

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PS: We are going to work on developing a system so you’ll be able to see options at all different price ranges for the items you see here. Voilà!!! Kisses!

Sweater, Kim Haller; Dress, Dries Van Noten; Shoes, Peter Nappi; Socks, Falke; Earring, Céline.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Lilli at The New Museum

Installation by GCC at New Museum, New York.

This is our new design!

WELCOME TO THE NEW BLOG!!!!!!!!!!

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(Can you tell we are excited?!)

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We’ve been working for months on this new designs with our wonderful friends at Colorz (the best people ever, amazing pros, amazing humans – we’ve been working together for years and they never ever disappoint me) and we’ve been holding our breath to present it to you like it’s our new baby!!!

I wanted to take some time to talk to you about the changes you are seeing here and of course, if you have any questions or any issues, please let us know!

The Layout

Bigger, bolder images. My love for full blown images is not new, I even remember the day I updated this blog to be able to have big horizontal images, how new it was and how I got a few funny reactions about it.

I love it, and I wanted to take it a step further to allow the navigation to stay as exciting from the top to the bottom of the blog. We totally removed the sidebar, but you can find all the elements of navigation along the blog.
Of course, we kept the chronological navigation as it is. To me it’s what a blog supposed to be, a flow of posts that’s easy to follow, like a diary.

Post Layouts

To me, the blog is about telling stories, be it of style, of beauty or lifestyle – and I was starting to feel the urge to be able to present our posts in a way that would be more flattering for our images and storytelling. I’ve always been a lover of magazines and beautiful layouts, and if there is one thing that I can find frustrating with inline publishing, it’s the fact that it’s so complicated to play with it.

We’ve come up with a few great ideas and changes, you’ll be able to see that very soon and I really really hope you like it.

Mobile

The new site is optimized for your phones, your iPad, your tablet, EVERYTHING! This is really cool because I know I look at the blog a lot from my phone and I’m always pinching all over my screen to see everything that is happening. No more pinching! It’s still just as easy to find everything and 100x easier to read!

The Menu

I wanted to make a menu that was simple, but still showed you all of our latest content. You’ll see that our categories have stayed the same, it’s just a bit easier to navigate!

Contributors

Finally, you can really meet the team! The new contributors page gives you a look at the people who make up the Studio and what they do. We are going to be featuring more of our contributors on this page, so keep checking back. Also, you can now click on the name at the end of a post to see more all the posts written by them.

The Minis

Our minis posts are fast and fun, and they are what we are really talking about at the Studio. Now you’ll see them as part of a new grouping, you can scroll across to see the latest and also click through to see everything.

Newsletter Sign Up

Signing up for the newsletter is easier now with a new banner at the top of the blog or by clicking the sign up link here. We really love doing the newsletter and being able to share with you everything going on at the studio!

Garance Doré Goods

It’s now easier to shop for my stationery, posters and favorite items in Garance Doré Goods. You can also find a full list of stores worldwide that carry the stationery collection.

Okay!!! That’s it for the moment, let me know what you think!!!

Audacious

We just launched a new creative!!!

I’m very happy to present you this video we created for NARS’ new Audacious lipstick collection at the Studio. I love it, I hope you do too!


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The Row

What a great atmosphere this morning at The Row! I loved the play on neutrals and volumes. Here are three angles of one of my favorite looks!

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Crème de la Crème

I really like the style of this New York Fashion Week a lot.

A truly relaxed kind of chic is upon us, we’ve been seeing a lot of girls walking around with great ease (says the girl who only sees what she wants to see while 70% of the girls do happen to be wearing heels) and with flowing fabrics, which gives them a lovely relaxed look, and we’re also seeing a lot, I mean A LOT of light colors and cream.

Ok, obviously everyone copied me, starting with Carine, I could tell she had been checking out my style – but I forgive her. That’s just the price you pay when you’re the leader of the cream trend, right?
I don’t care, I’ve got her beat by a long shot. I’ve already bought a cream colored coat for this winter. Yep, nothing can stop me, I’m headed straight for a total cream look (help!)

Ok, enough nonsense. Here are a few photos of the crème de la crème. Click on the arrows to see more photos, and see you back here a little later for more news on trends that will make you turn pale they’re so radical.

Translated by Andrea Perdue.

Denim Vibes

Photo by Sandra Semburg.

What I’m Wearing…

I thought it would be fun to show you a few of the things we are going to be wearing out and about to the shows these next few weeks!

I know I told you I was ditching heels for flats BUT these are a serious exception. They are by Alexandre Birman– and I can’t decide if I like the brown or white pair more! What do you think?

NY Fashion Week

It’s finally here – fashion week!

A few ideas of what I’m looking to wear and more onPinterest!


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In Pictures

My love for Zara is no secret…

So I was super excited when they asked me to be a part of their pictures campaign! You can see all the photos here, plus photos of some of my friends– Janice and Langley!

Photograph by Taea Thale


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Giorgia

You may have gotten the memo, it’s fashion weeeeeeeeek!!! Drumroooolls!!! Just kidding. Fashion week changed a lot – I’m getting a post ready about that – but I still love the looks we can capture at the shows.

Even more if it’s Giorgia’s look: eternally perfect, never too overdressed, overbranded, overaccessorized but always perfectly cool and femme fatale (which is possibly my life goal, so here it is for you today, no need to say thank you ;))

All right, on these very wise words, I’m off! Happy fashion weeeeeeek!!!

Constance on White Street

We ran into Constance after an Estée Lauder party yesterday, she was so cute !!! I love that look.


Fresh and sexy, perfect for an end of summer evening.

Yes! Bags

We can’t go on talking about fall fashion without calling out one of the best parts of the whole thing: new bags.

I can definitely blame back to school nostalgia for my always being on the hunt for a new handbag in the fall. At the Studio, we looked everywhere to find some of our favorites for the season (and a classic with an irresistible color thrown into the mix).

These are the bags we are willing to invest in – or just dream about : Proenza Schouler, Rochas, Mansur Gavriel, Céline, and Balenciaga.

What are you carrying this season? What is on your bag wish list?

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Change it Up

The other day when I was trying to make my impressive pile of hats fit into my microscopic cabinet (why are cabinets always microscopic?) – I thought to myself… “Wait, when was the last time I actually wore a hat?”

When I thought about it, I realized hats aren’t the only thing that used to be a big part of my style that have now disappeared completely. I have also witnessed the slow disappearance of…

Heels.

I don’t know if it was the heels-at-all-costs trend that made me so brave – (remember the dizzying heights we used to get to?) but I wasn’t afraid of anything. I wore heels like you wear a pair of sneakers, and simply tried to forget in the morning that a few hours later the horrible torture would begin and I would be ready to do anything just to be able to sit down, even if only for a few seconds.
Or end up barefoot.

What happened?

It’s simple: I realized that I was a little crazy. Seriously – because you just can’t spend the day in super high heels without being in pain – it’s physiological. And then wearing flats came in style and I jumped on the bandwagon like my life depended on it.

Ok, sure. I still wear heels a lot.
But I wear them like a reasonable person – in the evening, when I know I’m not going to be walking very much and carrying a million things around. Or during the day for important meetings.
I still love wearing them out at night. And wearing them less often has made it so that when I do wear them, I feel really, really irresistible. Silly, I know.
But you’ll very rarely see me perched on my 12-inch heels taking photos anymore.

What took their place?

Flats!!! Sneakers, super chic ballerina flats like my Valentinos, sandals, slippers, lots of easy and chic things. And on days when I really really want to be taller, I always keep a pair of ballerina flats in my bag – always.

Ok, but that I just can’t do.

Kitten heels. Every time, I want to like them, especially when Emmanuelle Alt wears them (I believe in everything Emmanuelle Alt wears) but they make my size 9 feet look giant and it’s simply a fake kind of grace. I’m better off with my feet flat on the ground so I can jump.

Another thing I can’t do: The boyfriend jeans look – men’s shirt – short hair – flats. That just guarantees someone’s going to say “Hello, sir” and I really do not like that at all, AT ALL.

Oh, by the way, apparently someone noticed my change of heart (well he didn’t notice my hair change, but it’s fine, I’m still very flattered, as this appeared in the T New York Times.

T New York Times Konstantin Kakanias

Hats

I used to love hats. I wore them all the time, I have lots of photos of me wearing hats. I thought it was glamorous – and also perfect for bad hair days.
I don’t wear them at all anymore, except in extremely sunny conditions, but in those cases, it’s not about fashion, it’s a matter of survival.

What happened?

It’s mainly due to the fact that I cut my hair and when I try to wear a hat, I feel like a little bird with no hair showing – but also because I was kind of sick of them – they’re really not very practical. They can fly off, you can’t give anyone a kiss without poking someone’s eye out, and you never know what to do with them when they aren’t on your head. It also sometimes made me look too polished, like trying too hard – I know that might sound like a bit of an exaggeration, but that’s usually what I think when I see myself in the mirror, so I end up leaving the hat behind and going out bare headed.

What took their place?

Nothing at all, well, actually, a hair cut that I really love. I still love beanies, though…And those are much more flattering with short hair than hats are.

Ok, but that I just can’t do.

Baseball caps. I used to like them to dress down an outfit, but now, with short hair, it’s not even ironic. It just doesn’t work at all.

Short nails.

I used to always keep my nails short, and in optimal moments – short red nails, which to me feel super parisian.
I liked the way they looked, it was easy, and most of all, I was convinced that long nails were not my thing.

What happened?

I don’t know why, but I started letting them grow and only filed them lightly. I started painting them with natural colors and thought it looked really lovely, feminine, and cool. And most of all, I discovered that my nails had a nice shape to them and that having long nails almost made my mitts pass for sophisticated lady hands.

What took their place?

Ah, haha, well, nothing, except a layer of clear polish – and every now and then I go crazy and get a red manicure, and when I do, it’s sublimely sexy, almost too much, and I love it. But I only keep it for two days: with long nails, you really can’t have chipped polish, or it looks super cheap.

Ok, but that I just can’t do.

I tried to do a “fun” manicure the other day because I was invited to a salon who specialized in them. Ok – personally, I’ve never been a big fan of manicures with crazy patterns, I leave that to Zooey Deschanel and Alex who wear them very well. But on long nails, it’s really in bad taste and hopeless and not funny. I kept it for about an hour and then took it all off, my sister is still laughing at me.

My red lip.

It was pretty much my signature before – even my illustrations had red lips.

What happened?

I finally found a way to do my eye makeup! I found a smoky look that fit my almond eyes and I like it even more than lipstick. It’s more mysterious, softer, more everything.
And plus I was sick of leaving red marks everywhere. Eye makeup is much more stable than lip color – it changed my life. No more touch ups!!!

Oh, and one last thing – red in photos is tricky.
Half the time, it gives you a pinched look, and I’m totally against a pinched look.

Ok, but that I just can’t do.

My face at four in the morning after dancing all night. Mascara on my cheeks and smoky eye smudged on my temples – even if occasionally, by accident, all of that smeary mess ended up looking pretty sexy.

My watch.

Before, I couldn’t live without my watch, my beloved steel Rolex that my mother gave me when I turned 18 and it was such a symbolic and special thing.

What happened?

Between my phone keeping the time (and since I have my eyes fixed on it permanently) and the fact that Rolex has become one of the most seen, seen, and over-seen accessories to the point of almost becoming vulgar (the big gold Rolex, let’s just say you have to know how to wear it, right?) I eventually started leaving my Rolex behind in my jewelry box, looking at it fondly and thinking of my mother every time I change jewelry.

What took its place?

Jewelry! Jewelry came back and I got passionately into it – and since I don’t like piling it on, I always felt like my watch was a little too much.

Ok, but that I just can’t do.

I just can’t accumulate too much jewelry. I like the idea, and I think it looks good on other people, but I can only do one piece of jewelry at a time – but I change it every day.

My chignon!

It was the life saver for my unmanageable hair.

What happened?

Well, I cut it all off.

What took its place?

On bad hair days, my new life saver is slicking my hair back with extra violent orange Vivelle Dop gel which smells like fake oranges for three miles around. Fortunately, it doesn’t happen that often – I only use it in extreme situations.

But that I just can’t do.

Run my fingers through my hair. Nope, no way.

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Voilà, I think that’s everything, and I still have a real love for men’s shirts, white jeans, red nails, ballerina flats, coats, parkas, silk blouses

What about you? Has anything like this ever happened to you? Are there things you firmly believed in that you’ve slowly left behind?

Translated by Andrea Perdue

On Point

I’ve always loved a flat with a pointed toe (sorry Porselli– I still love you!!) and there are so many good ones this season. These though, these are my new favorite. They are from J.Crew and while I normally gravitate towards a more neutral color on my foot, this silver was just too good.

What about you? Are you going for a pointy flat this fall?

Cheese!

I had been thinking for a while about teeth whitening.

I had wanted to try, because because because… Well, let’s just say I like red wine, tea, coffee, and sometimes a cigarette… And that after a while, it shows.
But I was totally paranoid about it.

I was afraid it would hurt (I’ve heard it can be very, very painful), afraid it might ruin my teeth, which are super fragile and finally afraid of ending up with something too white, Tom Cruise type teeth.

Obviously, big worrier that I am, I never imagined doing it anywhere other than with a specialist. There was no way I was going to do it at home. I wanted to make sure my teeth were in very good hands.

Even so, people had been telling me about whitening strips for some time – the little strips you buy at the pharmacy and leave on your teeth for 5 minutes to an hour depending on the level of whitening you choose. My sister, who has good, solid teeth, asked me to bring some back for her (apparently, they aren’t sold in France) and she really liked them and thought they were super effective.

So I decided to talk to my dentist about them. He told me there was no risk involved and that they were worth a try – so I finally decided to go for it.

And that’s what I did this summer. I bought them from Crest, doing the least intense treatment – I put the strips on for 5 minutes per day right before going to bed. I also decided to drink my coffee with a straw while I was doing the treatment – that wasn’t written anywhere, but I figured a little extra enthusiasm couldn’t hurt.

Feedback:

Sensation, pain?
Zero, other than the fact that the taste isn’t pleasant – a little like bleach, but it doesn’t last long. It didn’t hurt at all.

Application?
Super easy. You get the hang of it really fast. I put them on before brushing my teeth, because it says you can’t do it after.

Results?
For the first week, I didn’t notice much of a difference. I was about to stop when I started to notice a slight improvement. By the end of the second week, I could really see a difference, even though it was subtle. By the end of the month, I was happy. I didn’t have teeth the color of a porcelain sink, but that wasn’t my goal. They were just a little brighter and natural looking, exactly like I wanted.

So there you go!!! I don’t know if they are available in your country, but I think whitening strips are a perfect solution when you don’t want to go through the more intense treatment or if you’re not looking to get extra white teeth.

What do you think? Have you ever tried whitening? Did you get good results?

Translated by Andrea Perdue.

Pink

This summer, a sort of pink sunglasses wave happened — even I gave in and I usually love my glasses to be super extra classic. Alright, so I didn’t wear them nearly as often as my black pair, but I still love them very much.

And like Hannah in the photo, I’ll keep wearing them in September, it will remind me of the long days of summer…

Would you wear pink sunglasses or is it too much?

Labor Day

Another holiday weekend has me wanting to keep it simple.

A few things i’m looking for and more on my Pinterest.


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At Narcissa

Narcissa has quickly become one of my favorite spots for a meal in New York, especially for brunch– which as you might know, is a big thing here in NY. For many of my friends, brunch is the most important meal of the week, whether it is low key or a total crazy mimosa party. Narcissa is more on the low key end of things (but you can get a pretty good mimosa!).

Not only do I love the food (and their desserts are to die for) but the atmosphere is easy and not too loud. I love to sit out in the backyard, it’s a total escape from the busy vibe just outside the restaurant on Bowery. The other day Janice and her husband, Andrew let us tag along on their brunch date!

Click on the arrows to see more images…

One + One

“But I’ve been doing that for years!!!!”

You know that feeling, right? A trend pops up, it gets huge and all the sudden you are like wait…waiiiittttttSTOP! I’ve been doing that for forever! Seriously forever. Since like, G-ception.

I don’t really know why, but I’ve always worn my earrings only on one side. We can maybe trace it back to not wanting to look like The Laughing Cow, a very popular cheese in France.
Also, wearing two pairs of big earrings made me feel way too proper.

The thing is, I’m doing it so much that people often tell me, with a horrified look : “Miss, I think you just lost an earring!!!”

Anyways, I found a solution to stop people in their tracks when they’re about to tell me I lost an earring: I wear a big one on one side and a smaller one on the other. That way, you can see the unbalance is not an accident, and everybody’s happy. I mean at least I’m happy.

Here are some of my favorites mix and matched earrings!

Short + Curly

This must be one of the first times I’ve seen a short AND curly cut work so well. In my mind, that combination is a synonym with hair disaster.

I’m not saying it would look good on me, but honestly, it’s so adorable and different on Alyosha that it makes me think about all the things I could do with my current (short) length.

Ok, ok – what wouldn’t be adorable and different on Alyosha, I have to wonder…

My hair has grown out a little, and it’s kind of cool, I think. I’ll have to show you. I’ve been thinking about new possibilities for this fall.

What are you doing with your hair this season?

Translated by Andrea Perdue

La Beauté Lupita

I don’t know how I missed this video, but honestly, it’s really worth watching, especially on a blog where we often talk about about beauty and self acceptance.

And to never forget the “deeper business of being beautiful inside”.

This photo is from Lupita’s campaign with Lancôme!


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Summer Recap

It’s the end of the summer, so it’s time for my summer recap, because I miss summer already* and the only way to make summer last a little longer is to talk about summer.

What? I repeated the word “summer” five times in the same sentence?
Yep. As we say in France, when you love something, you don’t count. So here we go, RECAP.

This summer, I…

Was a judge for Project Runway.

It was kind of unbelievable, I agree.

Finding myself on the panel of such a cult show with such famous presenters like Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen and Heidi Klum (super nice) could have stressed me out to death, but I did what I usually do in those situations: I pretend no one is watching me and promise myself not to watch the show afterward so it’s like it never happened.

It’s kind of ostrich behavior, I agree. But it worked!!! I even managed to say a few words without throwing up my snack (sorry for the visual). So, not bad, right?

Plus, I got the cutest text message in the world from my sister Sacha, who’s 20 years old and not afraid to say it like it is. I say, thank you Project Runway for making my sister Sacha very, very proud ;)

text-message

[Translation
Sacha: So you're going to be on a show??? That's huge!!
Me: Yep, it's true. Project Runway.
Sacha: FUCK That's huggeeeee
You didn't tell me!!
You are truly the pride of the family
Soon the city pride
More like national
Me: Ahahaha thank you!!]

Got me some highlights.

Remember when I cut my hair and said that now I would be brave enough to try anything and that my next thing would be to go platinum blonde?
I lied.

I almost did it, though. I went to Clyde’s hoping for sunny highlights (“Put lots of sunshine in my hair, Clyde. Clyde, I want to be blonde!!!”) and when I saw his deer-in-the-headlights look, I lost a little bit of enthusiasm. He suggested that we do caramel highlights instead, which I accepted without hesitation since I love caramel (salted butter caramel).

A little later, I had lovely highlights, and Clyde told me they would get lighter during the summer, which filled me with a suspicious joy**.
And it’s true! Not only did they get lighter, but I also got a tan – and everyone thought it looked pretty, except for my mother who only likes me the way she made me.

Now they’ve gotten so light that I’m on the verge of zebra, but Clyde and I planned ahead for that and we’re going to go back to a darker chocolate color for winter – my caramel highlights will be a good starting point for adding depth (=hair stylist jargon)(but you get the idea, right?)(chocolate fudge brownie)

Summary: I love changing my hair color. Even if it’s very subtle, it’s cool to change colors with the seasons!!!

Moved.

This is crazy, kids: I live alone.

I would love to tell you more about how I feel, but honestly it’s too soon, so I just wanted to let you know that all your messages were really touching.
And I also wanted to say to those of you who wrote to me who are going through the same thing right now, that you shouldn’t be afraid – just let life flow. Sometimes it’s painful, but we always end up finding our way. And you often end up finding yourself along the way too.

That was just a quick little Psychology Magazine side note, now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

(No, but seriously, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!)

I haven’t done the Ice Bucket Challenge (yet).

I thought I might have slipped through the cracks, trying to make myself very small to go unnoticed so no one would challenge me, and I figured that the excitement was mostly over, so I was going to be ok now.

A few people very kindly asked if I would mind if they challenged me and I pretended not to see their texts (sorry @LolaRykiel! I hope you’re not too mad at me!!!) and other people went for it and texted me AFTER they’d already challenged me (“You’re going to hate me, but…”) Yep, @SammyGaga, I hate you, I despise you.

Now, what do you think, should I do it or not? Who should I challenge in return?
(I’ve got 5 hours to decide)

PS = the Ice Bucket Challenge didn’t come out of nowhere, it’s a campaign to support the fight against ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and we can all donate here.

Stopped wearing a watch.

Ok, ok, fine, it’s a very #whogivesafuck piece of information (I mean, except for the watch industry who must be worried that no one really needs a watch anymore because of these damn phones that do EVERYTHING)(like, even in the countryside, people don’t even buy flashlights anymore: they have their phones!!!)(don’t even talk about the map industry now that we have Google Maps!!!)(ok, I’m getting SUPER off topic) but I used to be the kind of person who always, always had the exact time and my watch was always on my wrist, but now time has gotten a little fuzzy and I really like that.

I wonder which watch I’ll fall for next.

Spent 20 minutes in a helicopter.

SERIOUSLY, I MEAN, WHAT! NO, REALLY. It had been on my bucket list for years (not my ice bucket challenge list, mind you) and I had never been in a helicopter before!!!

So this summer, when my family came to see me, we decided to take a ride in a helicopter over New York. For some reason I happened to talk about it to my agent, Walter, and he sent me the following text:

“Oh, but those things crash every two minutes!!!”

So I couldn’t sleep all night (thanks, Walter) even though, logically, I think that if those things really did crash every two minutes, we would hear about it – even so, I spent the night clinging to a helicopter propeller, rescuing my mother from the waves, while trying to save my Saint Laurent bag simultaneously.

The next day, I was a little nervous (and I’d chosen a Zara bag) but in the end, being in a helicopter was much less scary than being on a plane. You feel weightless, the take off is really easy, it’s really pleasant.
AND THE VIEWS ARE INCREDIBLE!!!! I posted a bunch of them on Instagram, if you haven’t seen them yet…
Well, that’ll teach you not to follow me. Pffff, come on, seriously.

So anyway, I recommend going on a helicopter ride over New York. Experience of a lifetime, I say.

Finally went to Quebec.

I can’t believe it took me this long!!! I was welcomed like a queen and I gained five pounds, just like you should – the food is so good in Montreal!!! I already want to go back, it was fantastic, and it’s only one hour away from New York. I should totally take a helicopter to go there.

Finally went to Germany.

I mean, finally!!! It was great, and there again, everyone was so nice, and it was so beautiful, and so fun, and I ate so many sausages (yep, you have to honor the culture of the country you’re in!) and I already want to go back. Munich – amazing. Next time I’ll go to Berlin!

So, there you go, for now. Long live summer, and if you still have a little vacation left, please enjoy it for me. Send some photos. Finish all the rosé. Big kisses!

Oh yeah, so what about that Bucket Challenge?

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* Like every September, New York Fashion Week is going to fall on us while we still have sand in our hair and we’ll have to put away our sarongs with a tear in our eyes.

** No one should be that happy about the possibility of changing their hair color.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Total Ease

I’ve had a long time love for jumpsuits, even though I don’t wear them very often. It’s one of those pieces that becomes so easy to wear. You can wear it with flats or sneakers during the day and all it needs is a shoe change to wear out at night and dress it up a little bit. Emily even wore one to a black tie wedding last summer and it was totally cool.

I love this one from Isabel Marant on Michele– the perfect piece to go from end of the summer into fall… (Yes, it’s really coming, we can’t keep avoiding it…)

Jumpsuit, Isabel Marant; Heels, Jimmy Choo; Bag, Prada

Back to School

I may not be actually going back to school, but here’s a few things I would like anyways.

Even more ideas on my Pinterest.


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Daphne & Pali

My friends, Daphne and Pali, got married this summer, and it was so beautiful that I wanted to share a few photos with you.

Obviously, I wasn’t there in reporter mode, so these are just a few moments I caught – and a few pictures of Daphne’s dress.

The first dress was hand made for her by Bill Bull, who has been working with Vogue for years and has an old school skill with an incredibly modern eye. The dress is one cut of fabric cut on the bias – so it took 10 fittings to get it to be perfect; every tiny adjustment would change everything. I love it’s amazing, very 90s simplicity.

She also wanted a dress she could dance in, so she and Bill chose a dress from Lanvin – completely different from the first, ultra feminine and super fun.

I’ll let you go with the photos – the wedding was upstate, it was beautiful, full of love and joy and dance and I wish them a lifetime of happiness.

What about you? Do you know what type of dress you’d want for your wedding? Is it something you’re dreaming of?

Click on the arrows to see more images…

Translated by Andrea Perdue

My Summer Bag

I bought that tote at Zara in the spring and it’s been with me ever since. I love it, the leather is great, the color is amazing, and you can throw your entire life in it.

It’s been to Corsica, to Germany, to Greece, to Canada and later today, it’s going to the Hamptons with me. All my other bags are super jealous (the girl who thinks her bags have a soul).

No but seriously, Zara. Too good.

Justify My Love

I don’t know why, but this photo really makes me think of Madonna’s album cover (be ready to dive straight into the 80’s), Like A Prayer.

A total 10’s version (how do you call this decade? The 10’s?) of the cover that made a mark on me so much when I was a kid.

So, obviously, I love the over-the-top jewelry with the distressed jeans. Yeah, even if I have a hard time admitting it because of her recent weird media theatrics that feel a tiny bit sad, I’m a fan of Madonna. So just for you, here is the cover :

Madonna-Like-a-Prayer

And here is the video as well.

Aaaah, I love it !

Jeweled Bracelets, Givenchy

Tie Dye

Such a pretty shirt — I love the tie dye (especially the blue, it reminds me of fisherman clothes, of Greece, and of vacation) and I’m even wearing one just like it right now!

I’m also a big fan of wearing your bracelets high like this- makes for really pretty arms!