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Business Casual

Ok guys, sometimes we have to dress for work, but I like to keep it business casual.

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At Buly

When we were in Paris, we went to take a look at Buly, the sublime boutique created by Ramdane Touhami and Victoire de Taillac.

It certainly takes you by surprise – you feel like you’ve suddenly entered an old fashioned pharmacy, and you’d be right. Ramdane based the design on a 17th-century dispensary, and he worked with artisans to create the shop using techniques from the period.

The idea came from Ramdane and Victoire’s passion for 19th century literature – Balzac and Zola, and also because that was the time when cosmetics and beauty products as we know them today were invented.

Equipment x Garance Doré

I’m coming to LA!

Equipment is hosting an event to preview my newest stationery. If you happen to be in LA, make sure to stop by next Wednesday, October 29th to the Equipment store on Melrose for a very special sneak peek.

Happy shopping! Kisses.

Equipment, 8459 Melrose Place, Los Angeles


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Equipment x Garance Doré

I’m coming to LA!

Equipment is hosting an event to preview my newest stationery. If you happen to be in LA, make sure to stop by next Wednesday, October 29th to the Equipment store on Melrose for a very special sneak peek.

Happy shopping! Kisses.

Equipment, 8459 Melrose Place, Los Angeles


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Edit No. 1 / Part 6 …. The Midi Skirt

No but I love this outfit.

I’ve really had a thing for midi skirts lately but I have to warn you : they’re not easy.


I have three of them. Two whites and one blue. I wear them with little sweaters and high heels. It’s beautiful, very feminine. For winter, with high heeled boots it’s awesome, sexy, 70’s.

But of course you know me – the idea I love the most is to wear it with flats, like on the photo. It’s so elegant and gives a cool attitude, plus it’s comfortable, so you can really wear it in your everyday life.

BUT after trying a few times, once with ballet flats (too granny goes to the market) with sneakers (too Dover Street Market intellectual for me) and with brogues like on Alana in the photo (okay, so beautiful, but for me? Not so sure), I’m not 100% sure it works.

Still, I think a midi skirt is a great staple to have in our winter wardrobe. In white, so cool. And with a huge cardi like in the photo, love.

Do you like midi skirts? Have you tried wearing them? How do you do it?

Caridgan, Michael Kors; Top, Lisa Perry; Skirt, The Row; Shoes, Alexander Wang.

Model Alana Bunte at The Lions NY / Styled by Dianna Lunt / Makeup by Tatyana Makarova / Hair by Eloise Cheung

Kind

This summer, I lost some weight.
I didn’t do anything in particular, I just got lighter without even thinking about it.
In one month’s time, I got back to my normal weight, without doing anything at all, and since then I’ve stayed the same.

For those of you who follow me, you know this subject had actually been bugging me for the last few years – I had been going around with about 10 pounds more than I weigh now, sometimes more, rarely less.
It felt so weird to me – I didn’t really feel like myself. Even weirder since my New York friends hadn’t ever seen me any other way, so when I talked to them about it, they’d always say, no you haven’t changed at all, you look great!!!


I had tried a few things to get back to my normal weight (not skinny, just me) and we talked about it – but I’ll never be a pro at diet torture, and even less at juicing and all the other silly things I thought of at times, like when I had to fold my mauve leather YSL skirt and put it way in the back of my closet so I wouldn’t see it anymore, since it didn’t close anymore and I hated it, the stupid thing.

I tried to accept my new body (honestly, naked, it was rather pretty and sexy, just heavier and more difficult to dress up) and I did tons of exercise, but nothing changed the fact that I just didn’t feel like myself.

I know what you’re going to say.
With all the changes in my personal life lately, it’s not surprising you shed some weight. And you know what? You’re right.

That’s exactly what I want to talk to you about.
Not my personal life so much. What I mean is that my breakup is just the visible part of a much larger change of cycle. Not premeditated at all, but still pretty deep.

So the fact that I suddenly got myself back really made me think.

I thought about all the times I told myself I’d started the unavoidable weight gain that happens after 35 and that there was nothing I could do except become a crazy food maniac.
I thought about all the times I told myself that my problem was that I didn’t have any will power (I even tried to work on my will power and motivation!!! I bought a book on it!!!) and all the times I hated myself for that.
I thought about all the things I had held against myself when actually, it wasn’t really me deciding any of those things – that’s what I’ve finally understood.

Because actually, what happened is that my body was telling me (and others) something.
Not anything good or bad, but that during that time in my life (which was a great time in my life, by the way – just because you gain a little weight doesn’t mean you’re unhappy), that’s just the way I was, what I was manifesting.

I’m still really surprised when I weigh myself. I feel much better in my skin, much more myself, and I think it’s important to say that our bodies reflect the things we are experiencing in life. And if you’re feeling uncomfortable, there may be things to explore, if you feel ready, without stressing out about it.

To not automatically believe that our body is a battle field – but more a reflection of what we are inside.

There’s no point waging war against yourself, despite the many completely freaky examples of pregnant women going back to their natural weight two weeks after giving birth, or the pseudo-role models who show people how to conquer their bodies as if they were hostile territories to rule over, when in fact, it’s just a matter of communicating with yourself deep down. And of course, of looking at ourselves with kindness.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

What’s Your Favorite Magazine?

So many things have changed in the magazine world.

We read them differently, we buy them differently, we get rid of them differently (???).There are a lot more deluxe and art mags than there used to be (most of them are independent ones) and a lot fewer funny, smart ones that don’t take themselves too seriously.

I don’t really know which ones to focus on anymore, so I kind of skim over all of them without really reading anything. It’s too bad!

So I was wondering what you all are reading right now. Are you addicted to any particular magazine? Do you read them online? Do you buy them?

Translated by Andrea Perdue


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What’s Your Favorite Magazine?

So many things have changed in the magazine world.

We read them differently, we buy them differently, we get rid of them differently (???).There are a lot more deluxe and art mags than there used to be (most of them are independent ones) and a lot fewer funny, smart ones that don’t take themselves too seriously.

I don’t really know which ones to focus on anymore, so I kind of skim over all of them without really reading anything. It’s too bad!

So I was wondering what you all are reading right now. Are you addicted to any particular magazine? Do you read them online? Do you buy them?

Translated by Andrea Perdue


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A Beauty Minute with Elisa…

Morning : I wash my face with Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream, then I spray my face and neck with the Dr. Hauschka facial toner. If it’s winter I mix 2 drops of the Huile Protectrice to my Melissa cream always, both from Dr. Haushcka.


Day : Not much to be honest ….I barely wear make-up….but I always have a hydratating lipstick like the cold cream lip balm from Avène, my Mac matte orange lipstick, and a black Chanel Inimitable Mascara multi-dimensional.

Night : If I’m not wearing mascara, I just wash my face with the Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk, then I spray some facial toner and that’s it ….because that’s what my beauty guru says is good for the skin. If I have been wearing mascara, I would first take it off with some cotton pads with Crealine H2O solution, from Bioderma.

Voilà , as you can see I’m a TOTAL ADDICT to DR HAUSCHKA !!!! Since I have started using it (it must have been at least 4 years now) it changed my skin radically !!!! I stopped taking medicine that my dermatologist prescribed, including antibiotic pills. You just have to find the right thing for your skin ….especially after 30.

- Elisa Nalin

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On the Street…Louise

It’s really hard work being a street style photographer.

I’ve been doing it for years, so I know what I’m talking about. You spend your life outside, so you’re at the mercy of the weather, you sometimes waste whole days looking for the right shot and never finding it, you end up having to deal with grumpy people, and plus, you can really hurt your back, because the cameras we use are super heavy and you spend all day carrying them around.

The New Mini

Attention please, the new minis are here.

They’re high waisted and make your legs look super long. They’re worn like in the 60’s (just in case you hadn’t noticed, we’re getting hit by a pretty strong 60’s revival) and this is how they’re going to be worn on the street, or let’s say, for women with normal legs and normal life with a lot of commuting included, with a good pair of reassuring tights (ew, metro / taxi seats)

Weekend Inspiration #195

At the home of Antoine and Gwen in Montmarte.

The Jumpsuit

Fall is the best time for jumpsuits, and this one is sort of perfect.


You can find more ideas on my Pinterest!


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The Jumpsuit

Fall is the best time for jumpsuits, and this one is sort of perfect.


You can find more ideas on my Pinterest!


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Poppy

Do you know Poppy Delevingne ?
I love this girl – with her blondness and sweetness and English-style cheekiness.

Here are a few photos we took for my new Happy Diamonds project with Chopard. We wanted the photos to feel like you were spending the day (an amazing day, of course – it’s Chopard after all, it’s sublime) with her at home.

Poppy

Do you know Poppy Delevingne ?
I love this girl – with her blondness and sweetness and English-style cheekiness.

Here are a few photos we took for my new Happy Diamonds project with Chopard. We wanted the photos to feel like you were spending the day (an amazing day, of course – it’s Chopard after all, it’s sublime) with her at home.

Flying Over New York City

This summer, for the first time in my life, I rode in a helicopter.

It had been one of my dreams in life, I don’t really know why – and it was when my family came to visit me in New York that I finally decided to go ahead and do it. It’s very easy to take a helicopter to fly over New York – you just have to go to the heliport… It’s a bit expensive, but a great gift if you dream of seeing the city like you’ve never seen it before.

Helicopter NYC

A lot of people totally scared the hell our of me before I went (“You’re going to crash!!!” “Those things will explode against a building if there’s even the tiniest bit of wind!!!”)(let’s just say that people who are afraid of heights don’t go easy on you when it comes to convincing their friends not to risk their lives) so even though I do have a little bit of a dare devil in me, let’s say I was quietly freaking out.
But hey, it’s very organized and regulated, ok, and hoards of tourists show up to do it every day, so in terms of danger, the risk is probably close to zero. But still.

You’re going to think I’m crazy, but the thing I was most excited about was the take off. I’ve always had a thing for the propellers, the wind, the noise… And that crazy forward motion the helicopter makes when it leaves the ground. I thought being inside must be kind of like riding Space Mountain. And I LOVE Space Mountain…

But I was a little disappointed, because you actually you don’t feel anything at all. You take off from the ground like it’s some kind of magic, and a few seconds later, you’re flying over the Statue of Liberty.

Helicopter NYC Statue of Liberty

And that’s when it starts to get really amazing. I won’t tell you much more about it – I’ll just share a few photos with you. It’s beautiful, it’s sublime, it’s magical. You feel so small and big at the same time, it’s like you could take the whole city in your hand. You can see the full expanse of Central park, the full height of the city, the beauty of its bridges, and the incredible romanticism of it all. It’s simply sublime.

Helicopter NYC Skyline

You have to do it at least once.

If you’re not afraid of heights, of course.

Big kisses!

Translated by Andrea Perdue


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Flying Over New York City

This summer, for the first time in my life, I rode in a helicopter.

It had been one of my dreams in life, I don’t really know why – and it was when my family came to visit me in New York that I finally decided to go ahead and do it. It’s very easy to take a helicopter to fly over New York – you just have to go to the heliport… It’s a bit expensive, but a great gift if you dream of seeing the city like you’ve never seen it before.

Helicopter NYC

A lot of people totally scared the hell our of me before I went (“You’re going to crash!!!” “Those things will explode against a building if there’s even the tiniest bit of wind!!!”)(let’s just say that people who are afraid of heights don’t go easy on you when it comes to convincing their friends not to risk their lives) so even though I do have a little bit of a dare devil in me, let’s say I was quietly freaking out.
But hey, it’s very organized and regulated, ok, and hoards of tourists show up to do it every day, so in terms of danger, the risk is probably close to zero. But still.

You’re going to think I’m crazy, but the thing I was most excited about was the take off. I’ve always had a thing for the propellers, the wind, the noise… And that crazy forward motion the helicopter makes when it leaves the ground. I thought being inside must be kind of like riding Space Mountain. And I LOVE Space Mountain…

But I was a little disappointed, because you actually you don’t feel anything at all. You take off from the ground like it’s some kind of magic, and a few seconds later, you’re flying over the Statue of Liberty.

Helicopter NYC Statue of Liberty

And that’s when it starts to get really amazing. I won’t tell you much more about it – I’ll just share a few photos with you. It’s beautiful, it’s sublime, it’s magical. You feel so small and big at the same time, it’s like you could take the whole city in your hand. You can see the full expanse of Central park, the full height of the city, the beauty of its bridges, and the incredible romanticism of it all. It’s simply sublime.

Helicopter NYC Skyline

You have to do it at least once.

If you’re not afraid of heights, of course.

Big kisses!

Translated by Andrea Perdue


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Different

Azzedine Alaïa showed his collection in Paris on Tuesday night – in his studio as he usually does …

… according to his own schedule, not during fashion week, away from all the top models and drama of the front row. He’s been excusing himself from the obligations of the fashion world for years, and even so, he’s been able to maintain all his influence and importance. His company only keeps growing, and all the while, he remains fiercely independent.

He created a real atmosphere in his studio – a warmth – something special. One of my dreams is to be invited to one of his private dinners where he cooks for his friends… it sounds like the ambiance is amazing.

I just wanted to say it makes me dream, and even if I’ll never have his genius, I hope to be able to follow the same kind of path – creating something great, but intimate, special, and different. And cook for my friends!!!

Azzedine_Alaia_2
Translated by Andrea Perdue

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Different

Azzedine Alaïa showed his collection in Paris on Tuesday night – in his studio as he usually does …

… according to his own schedule, not during fashion week, away from all the top models and drama of the front row. He’s been excusing himself from the obligations of the fashion world for years, and even so, he’s been able to maintain all his influence and importance. His company only keeps growing, and all the while, he remains fiercely independent.

He created a real atmosphere in his studio – a warmth – something special. One of my dreams is to be invited to one of his private dinners where he cooks for his friends… it sounds like the ambiance is amazing.

I just wanted to say it makes me dream, and even if I’ll never have his genius, I hope to be able to follow the same kind of path – creating something great, but intimate, special, and different. And cook for my friends!!!

Azzedine_Alaia_2
Translated by Andrea Perdue

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Instagram vs. Real Life

Ummmm, hang on. Excuse me for just two seconds. I can’t talk now, I have to Instagram something. Oooook….there we go.

Send.

Ok, all set. It’s posted. Woooo, 10 likes! In two seconds!!! Heheheh. Oh sorry. I’m here. How’s it going? Are you on Instagram? How’s your Instagram life? Super cool, right?

The thing with Instagram, it’s the difference there is between our real life and the dream life we post. Ok so we’re all supposed to know it and take Instagram life with a grain of salt, but let’s be honest, we all forget.

We really think we can follow people’s life on Instagram. And then things happen like :


Friend : “Oh, sorry – I didn’t reach out too much these past week, I saw on Instagram you were busy travelling and very happy.”
Or things like : “Oh my gooood, you had the best summer didn’t you!”

Me: “Huh? What are you talking about? I mean, I went through a break up, I moved, it was kind of a mess there for a minute. Ohhh, you mean my INSTAGRAM? Well, yeah – it’s my Instagram account!!! Don’t judge me by my Instagram!!! I had a summer that was sometimes amazing, sometimes boring, sometimes awful. Just like everyone else. And four nice photos of Greece (Okay I have to admit, one pretty amazing week) don’t make my whole summer amazing.

But at the same time, I totally jump to conclusions too. One of my friends spent three weeks posting lovey selfies with her new guy, and I said:

Me: “Oh honeeeey!!! I’m so happy for you! You met the love of your life! He’s so cute with his beard!”
My friend: “The guy with the beard? That asshole? No, no – it’s over now. Good riddance! But since you can’t really make a break up announcement on Instagram (unless you post some inexplicable quote that only three people will understand, like “All ends are beginnings” “Love is never enough” “Singles do it better”) everyone thinks I’m still with him.
But no worries – two weeks without cheesy love selfies and everyone will have forgotten.”

So there you go. That will teach us to only post the happy photos, right?

But have you ever tried posting a photo of something normal, or even a little depressing?
Oh la la, total disaster, unfollowing festival, disappearance from the planet of likes.

Even in friendship, Instagram can create complicated interferences. Like :

Friend : “Hey so you’re spending your life with *insert name of new friend* !!!”
Me : “What? No I’ve seen her twice! Okay maybe three times but totally randomly.”
Friend : “Ah yeah? Well you certainly spend your life on her Instagram account, look.”
Me : “What why do you follow her. Ooooh what shit, I hadn’t seen that, also looks like I’m (Okay I was) completely drunk!”

Ok, fine, I’m exaggerating. It really depends what you’re looking for with your Instagram account. There are still normal people out there (= old people, from before the selfie generation and the age of narcissism) who just want to stay connected with their friends.
There are even people with private accounts!!! I even know a few of them! They exist.
My twisted brain thinks it’s because they’re too pretentious to join the race for likes. But the nice part of my brain says they’re totally right to do that.

I’m surprised it’s even an option anymore, actually – a “private profile”, such an old world concept.

So other than those rare creatures with private accounts, we know the story.
The more followers you have, the more validated you feel. The more followers you have, the easier it is to use Instagram for work. So you end up in situations like :

Friend: “Merde, I have to work tonight!! I’m being paid to Instagram this party for *insert brand name* and there’s nothing to Instagram. No celebrities, nothing – not a single thing worth taking photos of. It’s dark, everyone is bored, no one is dancing except for that it-girl from 2006 and if I post her they’ll probably fire me. You wouldn’t want to take a selfie with me, would you, Garance?”
Me: “Oh come on really? Fine, ok.”
Friend: “Ok, but wait, you have to at least look like you’re having fun!!!”
Me: “Ok. Woooooh!”

Or things like :

PR : “Too bad you couldn’t come to our party the other evening but I saw you still had fun on the tables of the Boom Boom Room! It’s wonderful that you weren’t sick after all!!! Good for you, good for you!”
Me : “…”

Yeah.

So here’s the thing. Between Instagram and real life, I say, always pick real life.
Just know – Instagram always wins in the end.

 

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Those Boots!

I love the idea of wearing a simple, monochrome look with a killer accessory.

Here, for example – a pretty perfect silhouette for fall, don’t you think ?


Glitter Finished Leather Ankle Boots, Saint Laurent

Photo by Sandra Semburg.

Cecile Cassel

Cécile Cassel is the kind of rock-star cool you dream to be in your french dreams – but just where you would expect some moody parisian songs, her super bouncy energy, her died blonde hair and her bold voice make her really stand out of the crowd.

She has a totally awesome band called HollySiz, its sort of mature electro pop with a rock influence.

Fabulous Dress + Classic sneakers

When I predicted the arrival of flats 26 seasons ago (Garance is in Susan Miller mode), I never would have thought they’d reach such a deep layer of the fashion world. Take my friend Lisa Marie Fernandez, for example – there are over 10 photos of her on this blog and there’s not even one where she’s not wearing heels (except for the ones we took at the beach – we’re not at Hugh Hefner’s, after all), and now, all of a sudden, bam!!!

Adidas Gazelle.

Ok, sure, she wears them Lisa Marie style, and that’s what’s interesting about it.


 

Sweater Weather

Its finally sweater weather and I couldn’t be more excited.

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Sweater Weather

Its finally sweater weather and I couldn’t be more excited.

Find more shopping ideas on my Pinterest!


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Edit No. 1 / Part 4… The White Coat

This is one coat I have totally fallen in love with for the fall. My coat obsession isn’t really a secret anymore and after seeing this one on Alana, I immediately added it to my collection. I love how chic but still easy a white coat is, you can wear it with absolutely everything– just be careful where you sit ;)

Coat, Nili Lotan; Skirt, Proenza Schouler; Turtleneck, H&M; Bag, Other Stories; Shoes, Stella McCartney.

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

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White Noise

As you know, I’ve been following Gaia’s work for a while. The more time goes on, the more impressed I am by her talent and the quiet, elegant way she goes about turning the high end jewelry world upside down.

Her jewels are always so beautiful and she always offers new ways to wear jewelry. We saw this with the knuckle rings and the earrings that you wear as a cuff on your ear.

I was at her studio at Place Vendôme the other day, trying on some wonderful beauties (the diamonds !!!) that I will probably never own, when she offered to let me borrow the rose gold White Noise rings.

“But take more than one, it’s better if you wear a couple,” she told me. In the beginning I didn’t know – I hadn’t thought about wearing them like that. I left with them on my fingers and that’s when I fell in love with them.

What I really love is the idea of jewelry that you never take off and that is a part of you. I haven’t found mine yet but these few days with the White Noise rings, that make me think of a drawing on my skin, really inspired me…

PS : Here ! A photo I posted on my Instagram :)

Gaia Repossi White Noise Rings Garance Dore Instagram

La Perfection

In New York, the city of perfection, you always have this chronic feeling of being a little bit out of it in the back of your mind: honestly – like, you’re doing ok, but you could do better.

No big deal, as long as you decide that it’s not your goal in life to be perfect. But you’d almost have to make yourself a tee-shirt that says “I don’t care about perfect” (or “Fuck Perfect” if you’re Cara Delevingne) to get people to leave you in peace with your averageness.

Because here, and, um, in fashion in particular, the cult of perfection is really tough, even though we all love “Girls”!!! (It’s so nice to see normal people!!!)(On TV!!!)

So here’s what I want to talk to you about today – after almost five years of carrying out sociological studies in New York, it seems to me that the pursuit of perfection has its roots in the search for…

The perfect man.

Being in a couple in New York is a serious thing. So. Serious.
Like, you better not mess up.

It’s like some kind of extreme casting call – Survivor style (the last person who can keep their balance standing on a buoy in the middle of an ocean of failed love stories wins). It’s a type of dating* where everything about the guy is a test – from the places he likes to go (“He took me to eat a BURGER! Can you imagine? MEAT??!! I’ll NEVER reply to his text messages again, do you hear me!?”) to all his different skills (sexual, professional, Does He Wear a Pair of Common Projects Like He Should) and you can test him to your heart’s content without actually having to commit to a relationship (for French people who understand nothing about this subject, see the box at the end of the article)(ok, fine, we can’t do boxes on the blog yet, even with our awesome new format. Next version, there will be boxes, I promise).

Marriage is such an institution here. It’s kind of like the sign that a person “Wins at Life”.

Let’s not even talk about how wedding ceremonies here are the culmination of years of fantasizing and social pressure (as you can see in the 75463523 romantic comedies about marriages that always end well), let’s just focus on the myth of the perfect man.

Who is the perfect man?

Well, you can’t trust American movies where the woman (who is adorable, beautiful, stylish, funny, and has a good job) ends up with the nerd (who is slightly chubby, and a little weird, but so funny and irresistible!!!) – those movies were made precisely by the nerdy guys. I think it’s safe to say it skews the story a little bit.

That’s not how it works in real life. Oops, I mean, in New York.

In New York, to be perfect, a guy has to have a really great job (first criteria), has to be relatively attractive (but mainly just the great job)(stable, well paid, respectable), has to be relatively not too much of a jerk and… well that’s about it actually.
Pffff, it’s easy to be the perfect man in New York.

What’s not so easy is being the perfect girl. There’s a big imbalance. Because what is the perfect man looking for? The perfect woman. Yep, of course, why not? There are loads of perfect girls in New York, apparently like five times more than there are guys.
So let’s see who our perfect woman is. Here we go.

Ok, first of all, let’s talk a little bit about the perfect New York girl’s body.
We’ve talked about this before (actually we talk about it all the time): New York girls are thin and muscular, and anyone who doesn’t have that “perfect” body is seen as the really nice friend who isn’t really part of the game (I happen to think those are the girls who are winning at life, but once again, that’s just my personal point of view as a girl who’s a little off in her own world).

I don’t know if that’s what the New York guy looking for the perfect woman actually wants deep down, but in doubt, I’m going to assume he must tell himself that’s part of the package and plus, socially, it’s just the body you’re supposed to have.

So, body wise, I want to give a little shout out to my friends who are truly thin, they exist, LIKE BRIE WHO EATS COOKIES ALL DAY LONG (and healthy things too) but apart from those rare AND annoying girls, you end up with skinny, muscular girls who are kind of obsessed with whatever non-food they’re not going to eat next time they won’t be at all hungry (I mean, right this second!)

Not to mention all the hours spent at the gym, on top of it all. You have to work to be perfect. And say you love it, too. We’ll come back to that later.

You also have to have the perfect job, and that, kids, is not easy.

I was talking to a friend of mine who works in PR (it’s a great job, actually, when you think about it) (You can get into the cool parties!!!) and she was telling me that the guy she was dating was dating another girl at the same time (I warned you!) who had a dream job, something to do with traveling (so much better than getting into cool parties – you can fly off on cool trips for free!!!) (with free massages included!)
The problem is that the same guy was also dating (I know what you’re going to ask, and no, I have no idea what the limit is on how many people you can be dating at one time) a model, which pretty much tops all the cool jobs, even if there’s no real benefit to dating someone who is a model other than the fact that you can say “my girlfriend is a model”.

Ah yeah but give them a break, it must feel pretty good.

You have to have a dream job and in a city of dreams, it’s not easy.

So it’s kind of the battle of the dream jobs. And even if what you really want deep down is just to be plopped down at your computer procrastinating at a job that doesn’t stress you out too much (there must be people who want that, right? so what?)(I totally root for them) well – you feel dumb on a date.

Other thing to be perfect, you have to have a group of perfectly edited friends.

You have to have your BFF, of course. The BFF of the moment (the one you want to be seen with at parties)(ok, I know, I’m being cynical. But this whole post is cynical, so don’t pretend like it bothers you, and plus I’m French, cynicism is our religion!!!)(I tricked you with a super romantic illustration and here we are killing any hope of romantic encounters) the group of lawyer friends or friends in finance for the day when you need investors (and apparently they’re good contacts for finding a husband), the group of happy artist friends who like to party (nice but a little loud), the group of power friends (CEOs, EICs), the famous friend (if you live in New York and you don’t know anyone famous, you don’t live in New York), and finally, of course, the gay friend, how could I forget?

A network like that takes years to create, but you must persevere! Perseverance is a sign that you’re a perfect girl who never gives up (and, oh the horror!!! gains 10 pounds after three months of marriage!!!)

Ok, so all of that is just the basics.
Like the ABCs of perfection.
And then there are all the extra options to choose…

But difference does it make when you know that the competition is so intense!!!
(if you want to know just how intense the competition is, please see the box that’s not in a box at the end of the article)

In order of importance.

1/ Have a great apartment. Ok, it depends on your age, but a great apartment counts. It has to have a doorman (who knows why, but having a doorman is a real sign of social success in New York)(I don’t have a doorman, I’m so screwed) Or even better – a rooftop!

2/ … In the right neighborhood!!!
Ok, if the apartment in question is in Harlem (even if we all agree, Harlem is THE up and coming neighborhood!!) it’s not as good as if it’s in the West Village, right.

3/ Have amazing clothes!
Yep, in New York life, you’d better have fashion connections. So you can wear all the clothes you can’t afford to buy yourself, like Carrie Bradshaw (now I finally understand how she was able to wear all those amazing clothes on a journalist’s salary! She had friends in PR how ignorant can a Garance be!!!)

4/ Be ‘in the know’. Know all the good restaurants. Know the owner of the restaurant so you can snag a table at the last minute. Get into a club in the blink of an eye. A huge plus, you have to admit.

Yeah.
It’s a lot.
Of things to do.
And you can’t just do them. You have to do them perfectly, if possible.

And you have to make it look totally natural.

That’s the fifth pillar of perfection, and it’s the one that drives me the most crazy making a fuss in my little innocent French brain. You have to do all of that, and on top of it all, pretend like you’re cool with it.

But you can’t be good at everything in a city as stressful as New York AND be relaxed about it all. To reach that degree of perfection, there’s some part of you that has to be a control freak. But since no one likes a control freak, you say things like:

“I love burgers!!! They’re my favorite thing!”
“I’m such a party girl!!!”
“I love beer!”
“This apartment? Nah, I decorated it myself little by little, with my best friend” (best friend = my decorator)
“I’m real, you know, friendship is a deep thing for me”

So there you have it. It took me almost five years to decode, but now I’ve finally understood – nobody perfect is cool and nobody cool is perfect.

* A little note on dating here. It doesn’t quite mean the same thing in French (or anywhere else in the world)

It’s so simple in France. No, seriously. You meet a guy, you get along with him, you don’t ask too many questions. Is he The One or not The One? Who cares. Life will tell you. In the meantime, “Are you coming to my place tonight???” We’re SO innocent!!!

In the US, you date, and it’s super hard to explain – I was even trying to explain it to Emmanuelle Alt (= fashion credibility insert) the other day and she was shouting “No way! WHAT?! I can’t believe it!!!” But yes, it’s true. Here, let me try to explain here:

A “date” is a guy you “see”. It means you plan evenings together or days together, you learn about each other. It may mean that you kiss, or not. You may sleep with the guy the first night, or not until weeks later.

But dating doesn’t mean you are “with” him. You’re not his girlfriend, he’s not your boyfriend. He’s just a guy you’re dating, and it’s perfectly possible that he’s dating other girls. And you totally have the right to date other guys, he wouldn’t have anything to say about it.

When I make big eyes at people when they tell me this, they always say “But it makes sense!!! How else would you know which person is the best for you?”

Pfff. So now I have to talk to you about the idea of “the best person” but I’ll do that next time, it’s like deep, deep deep subject, you know.

But come on, LIFE IS NOT A JOB, MY DEAR NEW YORK FRIENDS.

Ok, so apparently, there comes a time when you have “the conversation” otherwise known as DTR, “Define The Relationship”. Like, if you really love each other and all the other guys you’ve tested out don’t measure up, you might decide to become “exclusive”.

In other words, (if I understand this correctly, there are still a lot of nuances I don’t get) you become boyfriend and girlfriend.

Yeah, it’s bizarre. Or not. I’m not sure.

Is competition tough in New York?

So apparently, according to my friend Joyann, there is one guy for every four girls in New York, which explains the number of single and fabulous girls and the number of guys who are not single and not fabulous at all and still get so much heat in girls salons.

I think these kinds of numbers are only here to increase the poor New York woman’s anxiety levels and paralyze the hell out her into spending three more hours on a treadmill, so I say, fuck statistics.

We might as well just all go move to Ohio. Erik is from there, so it can’t be too bad.

A little note on French Love explained to Americans, because they are just as surprised when we talk to them about the way we fall in love.

For us French people – we meet someone. It might be a friend you’ve had for a long time, or someone you’ve just met in a bar. Suddenly, it clicks. You talk for hours. You kiss. You might sleep together, if you want to. Anyway, you don’t make a big deal of it.

The next day, if the guy (or the girl) is still there and you’ve made them a coffee, BOOM. It’s done.

You’re boyfriend and girlfriend! Whoo, just as simple as that. And no need to go looking elsewhere. You don’t try out the merchandise in France.

You like someone, and you go for it, right away.

Maybe that’s where we get our super romantic reputation from.
And why people are so fascinated by our non-fascination for perfection. Who knows ?

Translated by Andrea Perdue

At the Canal

There are a few things I miss from Paris – one of them is the beautiful atmosphere around the apéritif.

No one in New York has been able to reproduce the carefree atmosphere that reigns around apéritif time in Paris cafés, and even less the free flow of the end of the day around some of Paris’ most famous places…

Getting Creative

I know what you’re going to say, since we talked about it the other day in the comments about Ji Hye Park’s suspenders: overalls aren’t for everyone, you have to be super skinny, etc. Let me be the first to say that if anyone can understand, it’s me, with my very discreet body type that’s all right angles.

But that doesn’t stop me from trying one on from time to time. Every time I do, I cry laugh for two seconds, and then forget about it.

So what are we supposed to think now that people are getting creative with suspenders?

In theory, it’s a catastrophic idea to wear both suspenders on one side – it’s something a 12 year old kid might be able to pull off (Punky Brewster, are you there?)(What, you don’t know Punky Brewster?)(OMG we have to do her bio for you) but actually, here, with the neutral colors and, you have to admit, that big, genuine smile, I find it super charming.

Ok, so I’ve got three things to say about this photo:

1/ Suspenders are IN which means I am OUT.
2/ Sometimes it’s ok to go along with the weird, creative trends that pop up (remember Kriss Kross and their backwards pants? No? OMG we have to do their bio for you)
3/ And sometimes not. (Miley’s boob stickers at the Wang party were a bit TOO creative)(What do you mean it has nothing to do with suspenders?) (Ok, fine, I’m jet lagged, ok??)

What do you think?

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We Have a Winner

The grand prize for heels…

…that can make it through anything this season goes to these flawless, super comfortable Zara pumps. You can literally go jogging in them – that’s how perfect the heel height is, and they don’t make you look like a flight attendant either (you know what I’m talking about, flight attendant shoes – the ones for sensitive feet that look like melted heels – trust me, I know from experience – I used to wear them when I was a hostess, one of the worst jobs I’ve ever done in my life, and let me remind you that as far as terrible jobs go, I also taught wind surfing in a nudist camp, remember?) but these stay looking great.

Tested and approved by you during fashion week, these shoes are the winners. And plus, they’re not even expensive!

Translated by Andrea Perdue


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We Have a Winner

The grand prize for heels…

…that can make it through anything this season goes to these flawless, super comfortable Zara pumps. You can literally go jogging in them – that’s how perfect the heel height is, and they don’t make you look like a flight attendant either (you know what I’m talking about, flight attendant shoes – the ones for sensitive feet that look like melted heels – trust me, I know from experience – I used to wear them when I was a hostess, one of the worst jobs I’ve ever done in my life, and let me remind you that as far as terrible jobs go, I also taught wind surfing in a nudist camp, remember?) but these stay looking great.

Tested and approved by you during fashion week, these shoes are the winners. And plus, they’re not even expensive!

Translated by Andrea Perdue


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Spring Trends: Eyelet

The Trend: Eyelet

How I would wear it: I really loved this eyelet detail from the spring collections– it’s delicate and feminine but still feels cool. I think the pants from Isabel Marant are my favorite!

The best looks: From left to right, Chloe, Louis Vuitton, Isabel Marant, Valentino, Hermès

For more spring trends, click here!

2 Girls

If there’s one thing I like maybe just as much as getting deep into a lively conversation with a friend, it’s catching two friends in the middle of a lively conversation.

A Bientot!

A few things before I head back from Paris…

It has been SO lovely there’s no need for a jacket.

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A Bientot!

A few things before I head back from Paris…

It has been SO lovely there’s no need for a jacket.

More on my Pinterest!


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The Perfect Combination

Leather jacket? Check. Striped tee? Check. Super cool oversized red sunglasses? Check.

The perfect combination!

Lolita / Paris

It’s been a while since our last Paris City Guide and for this one I thought Lolita would be perfect! I always ask her about the cool new spots when I come to visit and she never disappoints! So, here is Lolita’s Paris!

What are three words that define Paris?
Electric, character and grey.

What makes someone a Parisienne?
A girl who doesn’t brush her hair and is polite enough to get her way.

How do you get around the city? Metro, bike, walk, scooter?
I love the bus! I know all bus lines… it’s scary.

Any secrets to navigating the Paris streets?
If your not a native to Paris, I’d suggest an iPhone

What is your favorite arrondissement and why?
The 6th, Rive Gauche always, because it’s the most refined.

What hotel do you recommend to visiting friends?
Hotel l’Hotel on rue des Beaux arts or Relais Christine on rue Christine, both in the 6th.

The best place for…

A café: Telescope, rue Villedo, 75002

A baguette: Any boulangerie that has hot baguette just out of the oven. Boulangerie Carton, rue de Buci.

A glass of champagne: I prefer a glass of cold wine but I’d say Cafe de Flore or La Palette.

What is one restaurant you must eat at while in Paris?
Ferdi on rue du Mont-Thabor in the 1st, Le Dauphin on Avenue Parmentier in the 11th or Chez George, rue du Mail in the 2nd.

What’s the best thing you can get at Picard?
I havent been in a while, but I remember their fondant au chocolat like it was yesterday!

Where do you like to go out with friends?
I like an apartment party otherwise any club where my friend Clara 3000 is DJing.

I have to ask, because of a bit of a Studio obsession with French hair, where do you get yours done?
I get mine done at David Mallet, rue Notre Dame des Victoires. It is the best! My color is done by the wonderful Louis, supervised by genius, Remi.

Do you have a favorite spa? What do you get done there?
My favorite spa is Maison Popincourt on rue de Verneuil for the Iyashi Dome, a Japanese sauna.

Where is the best place to get a manicure?
Le Bon Marche at the OPI corner.

Where do you go to get in a good work out?
I’ve started boxing recently but otherwise aqua biking at Maison Popincourt.

What are some of your favorite places to shop?
Le Bon Marche and Chez Moi.

Where can you find the best vintage? (And by best vintage, we mean all the Birkins…)
Les 3 Marches, rue Guisarde in the 6th or the flea market of Saint Ouen.

The best park to spend an afternoon in?
Jardin du Luxembourg.

Is it ever okay to wear a beret in Paris?
Unless its worn ironically, then non, merci.

What is one souvenir to bring back from Paris?
Saucisson.

Pharmacie must haves?
1. Créaline Bioderma
2. Doliprane, for headaches.
3. Magnesium Vials by Oligosol for energy.
4. Botot tooth paste

The best view of the Tour Eiffel?
Trocadero I’d say, even if I hardly ever go.

One thing you can do when visiting Paris to look like a Parisian and not a tourist?
No backpacks, no deliberate comfortable clothing, no socks with sneakers, no map and make an effort to speak French.

Okay, now some really hard questions…

Left Bank or Right Bank? Left
Louvre or d’Orsay? Louvre
Croque Madame or Croque Monsieur? Madame
Coco or Karl? Karl
Macaron or Chouquette? Chouquette
Monoprix or Monoprix? Monoprix or la Grande Epicerie, obviously.

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Mellow Yellow

I had to show you the rest of this look from yesterday!

Nothing like some bright yellow to add really make your outfit pop… and those Dior sneakers don’t hurt either!

Mellow Yellow

I had to show you the rest of this look from yesterday!

Nothing like some bright yellow to add really make your outfit pop… and those Dior sneakers don’t hurt either!

Spring Trends: Denim

The Trend: Denim

How I would wear it: As you maybe alreayd know, I’m a pretty big fan of white denim which means I usually never wear blue denim. I think that might change for next spring…

The best looks: From left to right, Fendi, Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney, Chloé and Kenzo.

For more spring trends, click here!

Thank you, Tabitha.

I stopped by Tabitha’s spring presentation on Sunday and of course, found a few pairs of flats that I felt a instant connection with.

I mean it! I especially like the denim ones and that pointy toe is perfection!

Thank you Tabitha :)


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Thank you, Tabitha.

I stopped by Tabitha’s spring presentation on Sunday and of course, found a few pairs of flats that I felt a instant connection with.

I mean it! I especially like the denim ones and that pointy toe is perfection!

Thank you Tabitha :)


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Le Boot Café

The other day between shows we bumped into Laura grabbing a coffee at Le Boot Cafe in the 3e.

Viv

I was so happy to get the chance to catch up with Viviana – and with her style !!! this week.

You know how I’ve always loved her very Italian style – she has such cool, unique pieces that she mixes so well with classic items. Those white sequin jeans with a pair of Stan Smiths? Too cool. Her black brogues with perfect white socks, mod dress and army jacket? Really really too cool. Also, the fact that she’s wearing flats? So so so so cool.

Okay! I hope you get inspired!!! I’m on my way to try to find an outfit for the last day of Paris fashion week!!! At this stage, it might be jeans and tee-shirts. I hope you don’t mind ;)

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Viviana is wearing: Jacket, Zara; Dress, Valentino; Shoes, Valentino; Sunglasses, Ray-Ban / Jacket, Blazé; Shirt, Current Elliot; Jeans, Pinko; Bag, Saint Laurent; Shoes, Adidas Stan Smith; Watch, Rolex Sea Dweller and Swatch x Vogue Italia / Skirt, shoes and bag, Valentino.

At Coperni

Coperni Femme was a brand I was really looking forward to see during Paris Fashion Week…

Spring Trends: Karate Belts

The Trend: Karate Belts

How I would wear it: I love this easy knotted belt, especially with a cool pair of trousers like at Loewe. I won’t be waiting for spring for this one…

The best looks: From left to right, Loewe, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Tome, Alexander Wang and Marni.

For more spring trends, click here!

Suits

There is a real difference between the jumpsuits I wear and have been showing you recently on the blog. Mine are a little used and oversize, sunday-at-the-farm vibe and the ones I’m showing you today, that are way more fitted.

Social Eyes

Last week we met Cècile Togni (maybe you remember her from our project with Whistles?! ) to check out Safilo’s new Parisian sunglasses showroom.

In celebration, Cècile invited a few of her friends to pick out their favorite singlasses, we caught Candela in some funky Fendi speckled cat-eyes, while Lou and Pauline went for more classic styles from Gucci.

Her showroom was a perfect place to run into some cool girls!

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