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Thanksgiving

Everything is super calm today in New York. It’s Thanksgiving — America’s favorite holiday that no one else in the world celebrates.

For someone who isn’t from here, it’s a fun long weekend when all the Americans are with their families and all the expats get together to hang out. It’s a good time to recharge, get caught up on work, catch up on sleep and also get drunk like everyone else, because after all, even if you’re not from here, Thanksgiving is a holiday everyone ends up loving.

You’re always invited somewhere for Thanksgiving. Everyone checks to make sure you’re not alone. It’s funny, it’s the least commercial and the most touching of all the holidays I know. If you’re not busy trying to get a giant turkey into a tiny oven, you’re quickly overcome by emotion.

It’s the time of year when we say thank you.

It’s also the perfect time to sit down and reflect on the year that’s about to end. Such an incredible, interesting, complicated year. This year, I often felt like I was venturing out into the unknown. I didn’t always understand what was happening to me, I had to rethink my way of doing things, and leave behind certain comforts without knowing what would be waiting for me on the other side. Sometimes I lost sleep over it, and I had some real moments of anxiety – but there was always someone there to help me, whether it was my friends, my family, or my team — officially the best team in the whole entire world.

I also received dozens of emails — of course, a lot of them were about my break up and they wished me happiness, even though the difficulties I mentioned above weren’t only to do with that.

But most of all, the emails were from readers who told me their stories, their worries, and thanked me for being there. Those emails, and also everything I’ve heard from my friends, make me think that I wasn’t the only one who had a rocky few months.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like all of us got shaken up a bit these last few months. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but a lot of us had to leave behind old habits and adopt new ways of thinking.

I put the final period on my book yesterday — it’s been in the works for such a long time. This was the first time I had worked on such a long-term and profound project. Writing a book is like disappearing, and when you’re in the middle of it, it’s like being in the middle of a crisis. In the middle of the ocean. You feel like there’s no beginning and no end and you’ll never find your way out.

But you just have to keep moving forward and believe in it wholeheartedly — you have to be sure that if you keep moving forward little by little, one day you’ll make it to the shore.

I really do have so much to be thankful for. Big hugs and kisses to you all.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Overalls, Always

Overalls instantly make anyone’s style look more relaxed.

They are such a great way to anchor an outfit, like Fernanda does here… bringing together chunky patent boots, a white turtleneck, black coat, mini messenger bag and her seriously long hair.


But somehow it all works because her overalls relate to all of those different elements, drawing them together…

 

Les Deux

I know what you’re going to say… here she goes, talking about coats again but I really love them! And besides, there’s a lot to talk about! One thing that you’ll know if you live somewhere with a long, cold winter is that it can get tiring wearing the same coat day in and day out.

Really, you need at least two (or three?). Fine, Two. One neutral and one in a great color, like Jenny wears here.

 

Soft Color

I really love light colors during the winter, and even more on a brunette like Sheila…

Sheila wears sweater and shirt by Rag and Bone.

Bath Rituals

I could spend my whole life in the bathtub, but since I don’t really have the time for that, I usually reserve baths for Sundays – and I won’t even tell you how big of a ritual it is for me.

Well, okay actually, you know how it goes : I am going to tell you.

Oh, I’m sorry to disappoint, but that’s not my bathtub in the photo. I am lucky to have a bathtub at home, but it’s more like size XS. I remember when I visited the apartment for the first time, I shrieked with joy when I saw the bathroom – totally unaware that sure, there was a bathtub, but as for the size, we were pretty much in dollhouse scale.
Then, when I drew my first bath, with bubbles and everything, I realized my legs were sticking out by about three feet, and my chest was pretty much completely out of the water.
Disappointment. Tears. Rage. Cold breasts.
And then I got used to it, actually.
But if you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I love to check out places with big bathtubs. Anyway – it’s one of my rituals.
In the photo, it’s our friend Caroline in the bathtub at Hotel on Rivington.

Okay, so, rituals.

1/ First of all – you have to have music. It’s super important. Jazz is good for bath – the Aretha Franklin station on Pandora, usually.

2/ Then you have to have a good selection of books and magazines. Nothing too precious okay? – they’re going to get humid and the pages will get puffy.

3/ Make sure you have a little towel next to the tub so you can dry your hands – otherwise your hands will be wet and you’ll ruin your magazines even more.

4/ Leave your phone in an other room. I know it’s hard. Put it on silent mode. Super hard.

5/ Time to run the water. If you decide to exfoliate with a Moroccan mitt (I’ll talk to you about that in a second), you shouldn’t put any bubble bath in the water, and make sure the water is very hot.

6/ Get  in the bath. Read some magazines while you let your skin soften slowly.

7/ STORY OF MY LIFE (#TMI) : EXFOLIATING WITH A MOROCCAN MITT
You probably already know this since I talk about it all the time, but my grandmother was Moroccan. So she obviously had bath science and when I was little, she would put me in the bath and scrub me carefully with her naked hands until all of my dead skin came off in the bath. I know – it doesn’t sound too pretty, but it’s a really beautiful act of love, and I adored those baths with her, especially afterward when my skin was soft for days.

And then I grew up and left home and had to find something else to replace my grandmother‘s hands, so I discovered Moroccan exfoliating mitts.

So, I scrub myself all over – from my heels to behind my ears and down to my lower back (I have very chic techniques for doing this) until I get the same result as with my grandmother, which is bathwater that’s uhhhh, mmmmm, GROSS, and skin that’s absolutely divine. I don’t do this every week. It’s more of a once a month thing, but it’s really my favorite ritual.

8/ Next you have to drain the bath and fill it up again. Otherwise, it’s pretty disgusting, kids. Ew. I apologize to the environmentalists out there about the two baths in one session story, but I have a tiny bathtub so it doesn’t count! And you can’t do the Moroccan mitt at the end since you need a clean water to do it.
So second round is when I put in my bath salts and bubble bath. I tend to prefer bubble bath over bath salts. I love bubbles. I have a bubble party all by myself in the tub.

9/ Shampoo. As usual.

10/ Hair mask – leave it on as long as possible.

11/ While I wait, I exfoliate my face with Fresh Sugar Face Polish – it’s so soft and smells divine.

12/ Face mask.

13/ While you let everything sit, do all the unmentionables – shaving, singing Dido, etc.

14/ And now the water is gross again. It’s time to switch to the shower.

15/ Shoot, I still haven’t even had time to read a magazine!!!

16/ Yeah, but it’s okay – my fingers are all wrinkled now so I’m going to have to get out.

17/ Time to dry my hands, reach for my phone, and change the Pandora station to Missy Elliott because a shower’s not a shower unless you dance and sing.

18/ Yes, I know. I lied.
I never manage to leave my phone behind. It’s not my fault!!! It’s because of Pandora!!!

19/ After I dry off, I use ultra rich hydrating cream to moisturize to the max.

20/ And then I collapse. I’ve been polishing my body every which way for an hour – it’s exhausting. Time for a nap.

Voilà !!!!

It’s a lot of work, right?
And to think that my mother took the bathtub out of her house because she prefers showers. Pfffff.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Business Denim

I’ve been thinking about this for a while… is it acceptable to wear jeans to the office now??

At the Studio we all wear denim, and recently I’ve seen more and more people wearing ripped jeans to work. The line between business and casual seems to be blurring…

Even though it’s not as formal, it’s still chic — with a blazer or coat like Paulina‘s, jeans look stylish even for business meetings (please say it’s true — I wear jeans to meetings all the time!!).

What do you think?? Do you wear ripped jeans to work?

New Coat!

Three coats may not be enough this winter, looking for one more to keep me warm!


More ideas on my Pinterest!


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New Coat!

Three coats may not be enough this winter, looking for one more to keep me warm!


More ideas on my Pinterest!


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Ramdane & Victoire’s Apartment

When I was last in Paris, I visited my friends Ramdane and Victoire in their beautiful apartment in the 7th (okay so I was there first for his birthday party — such a fun day! — but it was such a special place that I had to go back during the day to take photos for you!!). Ramdane is pretty cool in Paris, he does all sorts of interesting projects (remember Buly??), and his unique sense of style is reflected in his home.

Every little nook had a captivating detail, from the colorful wallpaper of the dining room (that also functions as an office) to their collection of chairs and sofas in the living room… the classic French bathroom is also lovely — and filled with Buly products, of course! Oh, and the terrace! Ramdane’s wife Victoire made tea and cookies that we had while we enjoyed their view of the Eiffel Tower…

An eclectic, truly Parisian apartment.

These Pants!

How clever are these Céline pants??!

There are buttons leading to the hem, so you can expand the flare down the side for a super wide bell bottom (they’re making a come back)!! It’s such a discreet design detail that you wouldn’t even notice if the buttons were all done up, which makes it that much more stylish.

Plus, it makes it makes it super easy to swap shoes if you feel like an outfit change…

Do you think this could become a trend??

3 Coats

You know I love winter coats.

And since I have three new ones that I love, I decided I should show them to you.

Actually, I thought it would be kind of cool to show you my real, everyday style. It’s super simple – a lot of times it’s just jeans, a sweater, and comfortable shoes (I walk everywhere!!!) so don’t expect to see any crazy fashion week monster type of things!

These are the outfits I wear when I come in to the Studio, and the shots were taken at the Studio.

Ok, so here we go…

First of all, there’s this printed one from J. Crew collection. It’s not the warmest, but it’s super stiff, which gives it an amazing shape. And even in New York, it’s not always 5 degrees below freezing!!! (Ok, those days are rare, I admit)

Next is the sublime camel coat (I know, I already have three camel coats, but I seriously think you can never have enough camel coats) by Isa Arfen. It’s the kind of coat that makes people stop you in the street, and it makes your friends want to snuggle in close to you when it’s cold out. It’s super soft, cuddly like a teddy bear, and it keeps you really warm. It’s already a big winner this season – it’s what my hand always reaches for in the morning when it’s time to leave.

And finally, my blue coat, the COS coat of the season. Every season, COS makes one or two coats that are absolutely sublime and of impeccable quality, and you have to jump on them because the price is totally insane for how beautiful they are.

Last season, it was this gorgeous gray one, and now, in my opinion, it’s this one.

So which one do you prefer?
And what is your winter coat this season?

Translated by Andrea Perdue


Look 1: coat, J.Crew; stripe sweater, Equipment; sneakers, Zara; Look 2: coat, COS; jeans, AYR; Look 3: coat, Isa Arfen; heels, Valentino.

Watch Your Back

“Does my butt look ok?”

That’s the number one question my friends ask me when they’re trying on jeans.
How your butt looks in jeans – the basics, right?

I actually tend to forget about my butt (even though I do have an aversion to ugly jean pockets, whether they’re too big, too little, or too embroidered, ew, no way) since it’s behind me, after all – but right now, it’s becoming more and more difficult to not look my butt right in the face, hahaha.

Especially since Nicky Minaj‘s Anaconda (!?)(just too much), J.Lo and Iggy Azalea with their intense butt rubbing (!!?)(ok, I admit, it’s kind of sexy) and the Internet breakage attempt by Kim K’s elastic curves (!?!?)(I don’t even know what to think about that – I’m turning to Fat Jewish to get a clear perspective on the subject). See references at end.

Having a prominent, slightly soft butt (you know, so you can shake it) is super fashionable right now in a certain realm of show business.

But I’m not sure – I mean, like most people in fashion, I don’t care about butts very much: I’m used to the micro-butts of models like Freja. Inexistent butts that disappear in a pair of skinny jeans. Or the butts of the 70s – slightly flat and worn proudly smashed into a pair of a high waisted jeans. I totally like that.

I’m also used to butts like Gisèle‘s, even though those are more rare. You probably saw hers in the most recent Chanel n°5 ad, since the camera spends a good minute on it trying to shake whatever can be shaken in clear waters.

But it’s not easy, even when they have her sprinting on the beach – Gisèle butts (or Karlie butts, or any Victoria’s Secret model butts) are butts that don’t jiggle.
They are sublime butts – perfect, high, without an ounce of fat, muscular, and pre-photoshopped from hours of intense exercise.

So, even though it’s not the chiquest, I kind of like the Nicky Minaj-style butt of the moment because it’s round and proud of it. I figure it must be helping millions of girls get over any complexes they might have about their own unperfect butts.

Then again, I’m not sure all the soft-porn and objectification of the booty is really the best way to celebrate women’s bodies.

But hey, as we all know, I’m a romantic… :)
(And I’m going to start doing Pilates again tomorrow)

What about you? What’s your type? Is your butt a super important part of your body, the first thing you check in a pair of jeans?

References:

kim kardashian butt garance dore fat jewish photo

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Winter Tan

There’s always so much talk about color, but how about neutrals??

The reason neutral tones are so popular in most wardrobes is because they are effortless — you can incorporate them into any look (nearly!) and they can be worn again and again in so many different ways.

But it can be nice to break up an outfit of neutrals with contrasting colors, like Whitney does here with her tan coat… Her look is so classic and elegant, perfect for Uptown New York where this photo was taken.

Do you prefer an all-neutral look or more color?

It’s Cold!

It’s ridiculously cold in New York today, and we had been wanting to explore all the options for the cold fall weather for a while now, so we went to Central Park with Danica and Vania the other day (did you see the colors in the park? It’s seriously the most beautiful season…!!!) to give you an idea of how we really like to dress when it’s freezing outside.

No heels, lots of layers, and a slightly tomboy look. You know – real life, right?

What about you? What do you wear when it’s super cold outside?

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Studio News

Hey guys!!!

I’ve kind of been caught in the whirlwind of things, and didn’t take the time to update you on Studio news!!!

After two beautiful years with us, the lovely Alex and I have decided it was time for a change, and so that’s what we did and she is now working at Yahoo if you want to keep on following her thoughts about beauty. She’s been amazing to us and I hope we’ve been as amazing as a Studio, but sometimes change is good!

We welcomed Neada last week. It took a long time to find someone that I felt I would love, and even more importantly that you would love and have fun reading. Neada is Australian, she’s a real cool girl but doesn’t have a crazy ego, and as with everyone I decide to work with, is a very kind, very gentle, very caring person. I’m pretty sure you’re gonna love her !!!

That’s it for the moment! Have a wonderful day!

G


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Studio News

Hey guys!!!

I’ve kind of been caught in the whirlwind of things, and didn’t take the time to update you on Studio news!!!

After two beautiful years with us, the lovely Alex and I have decided it was time for a change, and so that’s what we did and she is now working at Yahoo if you want to keep on following her thoughts about beauty. She’s been amazing to us and I hope we’ve been as amazing as a Studio, but sometimes change is good!

We welcomed Neada last week. It took a long time to find someone that I felt I would love, and even more importantly that you would love and have fun reading. Neada is Australian, she’s a real cool girl but doesn’t have a crazy ego, and as with everyone I decide to work with, is a very kind, very gentle, very caring person. I’m pretty sure you’re gonna love her !!!

That’s it for the moment! Have a wonderful day!

G


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Head to Toe

It’s always easy to wear head to toe black, but how about head to toe color?

It makes an outfit much more intriguing, and some colors work with everything almost as well as black does. So if wearing rainbow print in winter can feel a little out of place, focusing on one color like burgundy keeps it minimal and makes it look effortless.

And introducing different textures, like Laura did here with her cool jacket, adds another layer of interest…

My favorites are white, khaki and burgundy. What are yours?

Photo by Sandra Semburg.

The Fall Cape

Everyone should have a cape in their wardrobe and this one is timeless…

More ideas on my Pinterest!


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The Fall Cape

Everyone should have a cape in their wardrobe and this one is timeless…

More ideas on my Pinterest!


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At Phillip’s Studio

The other day we paid a visit to Phillip Lim‘s showroom and studio. It’s every bit as beautiful as you would imagine… (or more!)

I’ve always adored the space he’s created, so I wanted to share some photos with you. It’s filled with light (coming in from the stunning atrium ceilings) and there are so many small details that Phillip added – perfectly picked flowers, the coolest unique furniture pieces (a lot from BDDW – an amaaaazzzing store here in Soho) and of course art!!

Textbook

My telephone is going to explode, I think. It’s definitely going to happen one day, and I’m not even the worst when it comes to phones.

When I see my friend Lauren’s phone, she always has 56 unread messages (and I’m not even talking about emails, I’m only talking about texts)(number of unread emails: 8000), so I figure I actually don’t have it so bad with the four unread texts fighting for my attention.
 
The thing with texts, though, is that I do something I can’t even do with emails anymore: I respond in real time.
 
And it starts really early.
 
7am: I have all my French conversations with my family and French friends in the morning. My mother, my sister, and my best friend who happens to be on tour and is stuck in a bus all the time, so he has nothing to do but send texts, and we end up having real conversations about life, death, love, and everything – all over text. And then a few of my girlfriends too. It’s like we’ve forgotten what it was like to have an actual conversation on the phone.

Even my mother texts me. She uses emoticons and everything.
 
8am: My New York friends start to wake up and I always end up texting with one or two of them about whatever is going on in our lives, like – so how was your date – it was a disaster he asked me if I wanted to have a threesome can you believe it, on the first night? What about you, how was your evening, etc., etc.
 
Sometimes I even end up taking my phone into the shower without realizing it. Or on the toilet. Don’t look at me like that, I know you do it too.
 
9am: That’s when the avalanche starts. The Studio opens, and if I’ve decided to start my work day at home, my phone and computer buzz non-stop.
 
There’s the “beep” of my texts, the “boo beep” of Skype, and the “voom” of Viber, it’s like a concrete music concert that lasts until 10am, when I get fed up with it and close all my apps, since I’m still in my pajamas and haven’t done anything productive with my day yet at all, except for sharing information that may or may not be all that important.
 
My problem the last few weeks is that I made the big mistake of installing text messaging on all of my devices. Both of my computers, my iPad, and my iPhone receive my texts, and since I’m a well trained doggy, I’ve developed the habit of interrupting whatever I’m doing so I can respond to my messages immediately.
 
It annoyed me so much the other day that, in a moment of rebellion, I decided to uninstall everything. I almost uninstalled text on my phone but then I was like, wait. No.
 
Let’s be honest – we’re all addicted to our phones. We’re all a bit crazy when it comes to checking them in every possible situation. Have you seen the people who jump back on their phones right after a movie like their life depended on it?
 
The thing with phones is that every little notification – whether it’s a text, a like, a comment on Instagram, or whatever else – gives us a little buzz, and we get excited about it. It’s not even related to the notification itself, necessarily. It’s just that buzz that counts. Makes us feel alive.
 
In fact, I have lots of friends who have relationships with guys that happen entirely over text.
 
And I tell them what I think about that: “But don’t you think the relationship is actually with his phone? Maybe it’s just a way for him to feel reassured, and to be sure someone’s thinking about him. When’s the last time you guys actually saw each other?”
 
(Me, aka the super buzzkiller friend)

(And obviously, this conversation happens over text)
 
So anyway. Whether a text relationship is real or not, I’ll leave that up to Pyschology Magazine to decide.
 
I don’t even have time to wonder about it, because around 4pm, we’re back in business.
 
A friend who’s shopping sends me 50 photos of a pair of shoes and I send 10 text messages trying to convince her to buy them and telling her that $800 is really nothing compared to $2500, a number I’ve picked out of nowhere, but it works right away – I should totally be a sales girl at Barney’s. 

 The shoes are crazy expensive, I agree, but my friend can afford them, and they are gorgeous. So if she wants my true opinion, here it is: buy them.
 
Around 5pm, the evening I anxiously (I’m one of them) start texting to see what everyone’s doing tonight to make sure nothing extremely exciting is going on without them knowing about it.
 
Around 6pm, it’s all the “where should we meet?” texts for those who have plans, and a big moment of texting loneliness for those who don’t. Good time to go to the gym if you want my opinion.
 
From 7-8pm, it’s pretty calm, unless you’re a millennial, who totally knows how to have a conversation AND text AND Instagram at the same time. The other day, I actually spent the evening responding to the desperate messages of a friend who is 24. She was texting me while she was right in the middle of a date because she didn’t know how to react to the weird things the guy was doing.
 
“Are you crazy? Put your phone away! The guy will probably go back to being normal!!!”

“Oh no, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.”

Pffff, there was no going back. And the worst thing was I knew she was definitely texting three other friends at the same time as me, because they were all texting me to talk about the fact that she was texting in the middle of her date and that it was kind of over the top, who does that.
 
Ah, the millennials – they’re never quite all the way with you, and never quite really somewhere else.
 
10pm – that’s when the drunk texts begin.

Aaaah, drunk texts, I tell everyone to send these to me, please.

Ok, first of all, it makes me burst out laughing, and also because it’s better to send them to a relatively kind and thoughtful friend (me) than to put something ridiculous on Twitter.
 
At some point in my day, I’m ready to go to bed, whether it’s after a party (like the one the other day at Indochine – I spent the whole night glued to my phone texting my friends to see where they were because we kept losing each other, and I was promising other friends that the party was definitely worth it, so they’d better come out, and after all of that effort, I ended up leaving on a whim before they even got there, without texting them to let them know, because I just have moments like that when I’m too drunk to text when I like to feel independent from everything) or after texting with a few friends.
 
Sometimes I’ll go to bed and try to think about how many people I’ve communicated with that day. Without counting emails and phone calls for work, it’s probably between thirty and fifty virtual conversations every day, with people on the other side of the world, or just on the other side of the Studio.
 
I’ve probably been distracted at least 500 times during the day, I’ve had to pull my thoughts together and refocus 334 times, only to get interrupted (and respond) all over again three minutes later.
 
And I repeat, I’m not even the worst. And I’m definitely not a victim. I’m totally responsible for over texting.
 
I don’t know if it’s good or bad, though, because the truth is I love having all the people I care about within phone’s reach. I talk so much more often now with my mom and my best friends, and I’m able to be so much more present for my friends. Or well, I mean, I get them to be more present for me, hehehe.
 
I guess I might just need to try to manage the flow of information a little better, and maybe get into meditation like everyone else.
 
One day, when we have lives where our brain power is multiplied, or we have as many virtual relationships as real ones, or we’re able to be in two places at one time, and our phones are part of our bodies (I tried the Apple Watch for the first time in Paris (AND HOLY SH*T I MET JONY IVE) and it’s obviously an amazing thing – but when the watch started to vibrate on my wrist, I suddenly felt like I was chained up like a slave) – learning to meditate and disconnect from all of that won’t just be a cute new age thing anymore.
 
It will be a matter of survival, don’t you think?
 
Oh hey, by the way, when I started writing this post earlier at the Studio, I said: “I’m writing an article about interruptions, so don’t you interrupt me!!!”
 
And then I counted. While I was writing this post, I responded to four people over text, and six people on Skype. I also did a photo shoot, edited photos, said hi to someone who stopped by the Studio, and ordered a really good macrobiotic lunch. Then I had an appointment, so I was interrupted for about an hour.

Yeah, I know, you can tell by the quality of the writing, thanks.
 
It’s easy to make fun of all of this. But what about you? What’s your relationship with your phone like? Are you like me, or do you think I’m a lost cause?
 
Translated by Andrea Perdue

Textbook

My telephone is going to explode, I think. It’s definitely going to happen one day, and I’m not even the worst when it comes to phones.

When I see my friend Lauren’s phone, she always has 56 unread messages (and I’m not even talking about emails, I’m only talking about texts)(number of unread emails: 8000), so I figure I actually don’t have it so bad with the four unread texts fighting for my attention.
 
The thing with texts, though, is that I do something I can’t even do with emails anymore: I respond in real time.
 
And it starts really early.
 
7am: I have all my French conversations with my family and French friends in the morning. My mother, my sister, and my best friend who happens to be on tour and is stuck in a bus all the time, so he has nothing to do but send texts, and we end up having real conversations about life, death, love, and everything – all over text. And then a few of my girlfriends too. It’s like we’ve forgotten what it was like to have an actual conversation on the phone.

Even my mother texts me. She uses emoticons and everything.
 
8am: My New York friends start to wake up and I always end up texting with one or two of them about whatever is going on in our lives, like – so how was your date – it was a disaster he asked me if I wanted to have a threesome can you believe it, on the first night? What about you, how was your evening, etc., etc.
 
Sometimes I even end up taking my phone into the shower without realizing it. Or on the toilet. Don’t look at me like that, I know you do it too.
 
9am: That’s when the avalanche starts. The Studio opens, and if I’ve decided to start my work day at home, my phone and computer buzz non-stop.
 
There’s the “beep” of my texts, the “boo beep” of Skype, and the “voom” of Viber, it’s like a concrete music concert that lasts until 10am, when I get fed up with it and close all my apps, since I’m still in my pajamas and haven’t done anything productive with my day yet at all, except for sharing information that may or may not be all that important.
 
My problem the last few weeks is that I made the big mistake of installing text messaging on all of my devices. Both of my computers, my iPad, and my iPhone receive my texts, and since I’m a well trained doggy, I’ve developed the habit of interrupting whatever I’m doing so I can respond to my messages immediately.
 
It annoyed me so much the other day that, in a moment of rebellion, I decided to uninstall everything. I almost uninstalled text on my phone but then I was like, wait. No.
 
Let’s be honest – we’re all addicted to our phones. We’re all a bit crazy when it comes to checking them in every possible situation. Have you seen the people who jump back on their phones right after a movie like their life depended on it?
 
The thing with phones is that every little notification – whether it’s a text, a like, a comment on Instagram, or whatever else – gives us a little buzz, and we get excited about it. It’s not even related to the notification itself, necessarily. It’s just that buzz that counts. Makes us feel alive.
 
In fact, I have lots of friends who have relationships with guys that happen entirely over text.
 
And I tell them what I think about that: “But don’t you think the relationship is actually with his phone? Maybe it’s just a way for him to feel reassured, and to be sure someone’s thinking about him. When’s the last time you guys actually saw each other?”
 
(Me, aka the super buzzkiller friend)

(And obviously, this conversation happens over text)
 
So anyway. Whether a text relationship is real or not, I’ll leave that up to Pyschology Magazine to decide.
 
I don’t even have time to wonder about it, because around 4pm, we’re back in business.
 
A friend who’s shopping sends me 50 photos of a pair of shoes and I send 10 text messages trying to convince her to buy them and telling her that $800 is really nothing compared to $2500, a number I’ve picked out of nowhere, but it works right away – I should totally be a sales girl at Barney’s. 

 The shoes are crazy expensive, I agree, but my friend can afford them, and they are gorgeous. So if she wants my true opinion, here it is: buy them.
 
Around 5pm, everyone who’s anxious about plans that evening (I’m one of them) starts texting to see what everyone’s doing to make sure nothing extremely exciting is going on without them knowing about it.
 
Around 6pm, it’s all the “where should we meet?” texts for those who have plans, and a big moment of texting loneliness for those who don’t. Good time to go to the gym if you want my opinion.
 
From 7-8pm, it’s pretty calm, unless you’re a millennial, who totally knows how to have a conversation AND text AND Instagram at the same time. The other day, I actually spent the evening responding to the desperate messages of a friend who is 24. She was texting me while she was right in the middle of a date because she didn’t know how to react to the weird things the guy was doing.
 
“Are you crazy? Put your phone away! The guy will probably go back to being normal!!!”

“Oh no, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.”

Pffff, there was no going back. And the worst thing was I knew she was definitely texting three other friends at the same time as me, because they were all texting me to talk about the fact that she was texting in the middle of her date and that it was kind of over the top, who does that.
 
Ah, the millennials – they’re never quite all the way with you, and never quite really somewhere else.
 
10pm – that’s when the drunk texts begin.

Aaaah, drunk texts, I tell everyone to send these to me, please.

Ok, first of all, it makes me burst out laughing, and also because it’s better to send them to a relatively kind and thoughtful friend (me) than to put something ridiculous on Twitter.
 
At some point in my day, I’m ready to go to bed, whether it’s after a party (like the one the other day at Indochine – I spent the whole night glued to my phone texting my friends to see where they were because we kept losing each other, and I was promising other friends that the party was definitely worth it, so they’d better come out, and after all of that effort, I ended up leaving on a whim before they even got there, without texting them to let them know, because I just have moments like that when I’m too drunk to text when I like to feel independent from everything) or after texting with a few friends.
 
Sometimes I’ll go to bed and try to think about how many people I’ve communicated with that day. Without counting emails and phone calls for work, it’s probably between thirty and fifty virtual conversations every day, with people on the other side of the world, or just on the other side of the Studio.
 
I’ve probably been distracted at least 500 times during the day, I’ve had to pull my thoughts together and refocus 334 times, only to get interrupted (and respond) all over again three minutes later.
 
And I repeat, I’m not even the worst. And I’m definitely not a victim. I’m totally responsible for over texting.
 
I don’t know if it’s good or bad, though, because the truth is I love having all the people I care about within phone’s reach. I talk so much more often now with my mom and my best friends, and I’m able to be so much more present for my friends. Or well, I mean, I get them to be more present for me, hehehe.
 
I guess I might just need to try to manage the flow of information a little better, and maybe get into meditation like everyone else.
 
One day, when we have lives where our brain power is multiplied, or we have as many virtual relationships as real ones, or we’re able to be in two places at one time, and our phones are part of our bodies (I tried the Apple Watch for the first time in Paris (AND HOLY SH*T I MET JONY IVE) and it’s obviously an amazing thing – but when the watch started to vibrate on my wrist, I suddenly felt like I was chained up like a slave) – learning to meditate and disconnect from all of that won’t just be a cute new age thing anymore.
 
It will be a matter of survival, don’t you think?
 
Oh hey, by the way, when I started writing this post earlier at the Studio, I said: “I’m writing an article about interruptions, so don’t you interrupt me!!!”
 
And then I counted. While I was writing this post, I responded to four people over text, and six people on Skype. I also did a photo shoot, edited photos, said hi to someone who stopped by the Studio, and ordered a really good macrobiotic lunch. Then I had an appointment, so I was interrupted for about an hour.

Yeah, I know, you can tell by the quality of the writing, thanks.
 
It’s easy to make fun of all of this. But what about you? What’s your relationship with your phone like? Are you like me, or do you think I’m a lost cause?
 
Translated by Andrea Perdue

Edit No. 2 / Part 1…Sensual Sweaters

There is no real winter in LA, but evenings are beautiful and chilly. People always carry a sweater with them.
For this new edit that I shot when I was there two weeks ago, Annina and I wanted to explore that feeling and show you a couple of different ways we like to wear our sweaters.

Go-Go

The 60′s are coming back for fall, and the very mod go-go boot is no exception.

Take for example the leopard / giraffe / printed knee boot – best worn with tights and a mini skirt, what do you think?


Leopard Printed Boots, Gucci

Zara & Moi

Tons of photos of me!!!! Heeeeeeelp!!!

Well, at the same time, I couldn’t not mention this Zara campaign, we’ve been shooting it since last summer.
And it’s not like you haven’t already seen it – I feel like the entire world goes to Zara – you should have seen the number of emails and texts I got saying “I saw a huge photo of you in the store!” or “I went to the Zara website and suddenly, boom, it was you!!!”

Black & Brown

I’m looking for brown and black this weekend, feeling inspired to break the rules like Brianna.


A few more ideas on my Pinterest!


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Black & Brown

I’m looking for brown and black this weekend, feeling inspired to break the rules like Brianna.


A few more ideas on my Pinterest!


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At Grazie

Right now in Paris, a lot of places are inspired by New York… That were inspired by Paris.

We paid a visit to Grazie, a pizza place designed and decorated by the very chic Stéphanie Cohen.

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We have new posters!


New posters, classic illustrations, and in all different sizes for every frame in your house. Plus, the new prints are on a special paper, extra nice! Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, or perhaps to fill in that missing space on your own wall.

You can find all of the stationery and prints on GaranceDoreGoods.com, shop now!


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Posted!

We have new posters!


New posters, classic illustrations, and in all different sizes for every frame in your house. Plus, the new prints are on a special paper, extra nice! Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, or perhaps to fill in that missing space on your own wall.

You can find all of the stationery and prints on GaranceDoreGoods.com, shop now!


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For a Rainy Day

Ok, once again here’s Veronika. Like I said before – such cool style. And somehow she makes dressing in the rain effortless.


I love how she keeps it simple with a classic black raincoat (I just got one I think is just as shiny, and probably equally as squeaky), a feminine white knit dress and then of course those awesome Calvin Klein boots.

Photo by Sandra Semburg.

Style Story / Morgan

Men dress so great in the fall, it felt like it was time we toured a man’s wardrobe for a change. Case and point, Morgan, our very first men’s style story!

Along with two friends , Morgan started Saturdays Surf NYC, a cool lifestyle and clothing shop that also happens to serve coffee, sell their bi-annual magazine and yes ok, some handsome guys might work there too.

Alex Wins, Again

Maybe you’ve already heard way too much about it, but it’s been a long time since I’ve gotten this excited about an H&M collaboration with a designer (except for the fact that I did buy the entire Isabel Marant collection for H&M, ok, ok OK).


So, it’s super smart. I think the fact that they went for a very sporty collection instead of another version of his hits was a super idea. I was at the show, and the clothes are incredible – they’re real investments, there are lots of beautiful pieces, and a few parkas that will make the New York winter much nicer (can you tell how nervous I am about the polar vortex?)

And also, this super video, which couldn’t be more perfect for the science-fiction and martial arts fan in me (the next big big date in my calendar is the release of Interstellar, of course). This video is great and very well-produced. I saw it premiere at the launch party and I couldn’t wait to show it to you all. Besides, this is the music we were dancing to in the studio that day.

In short. Bravo Alex and H&M. Seriously. And you know I don’t say that often.

Translated by Andrea Perdue


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Alex Wins, Again

Maybe you’ve already heard way too much about it, but it’s been a long time since I’ve gotten this excited about an H&M collaboration with a designer (except for the fact that I did buy the entire Isabel Marant collection for H&M, ok, ok OK).


So, it’s super smart. I think the fact that they went for a very sporty collection instead of another version of his hits was a super idea. I was at the show, and the clothes are incredible – they’re real investments, there are lots of beautiful pieces, and a few parkas that will make the New York winter much nicer (can you tell how nervous I am about the polar vortex?)

And also, this super video, which couldn’t be more perfect for the science-fiction and martial arts fan in me (the next big big date in my calendar is the release of Interstellar, of course). This video is great and very well-produced. I saw it premiere at the launch party and I couldn’t wait to show it to you all. Besides, this is the music we were dancing to in the studio that day.

In short. Bravo Alex and H&M. Seriously. And you know I don’t say that often.

Translated by Andrea Perdue


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Unique

I went to the dermatologist the other day – as we’ve mentioned here before, the beginning of winter is the perfect time to have your moles checked out and any other undesirables that might have shown up or changed over the summer.

So I get naked* and the inspection begins. As far as moles go – nothing, but I had noticed a tiny sun spot on my face. I mean, maybe. I wasn’t sure. It was hidden among my freckles, so I wondered if I was just being crazy, since I know I’m usually pretty ridiculously paranoid**.


“Did you grow up in a sunny place?”

Bingo. It was definitely a sun spot, and I swear, I’m really careful. Well, ok, I did spend my childhood running around naked on the beach back when women smeared olive oil and lemon juice on their bodies to get a better tan, but once I turned fourteen and discovered The Cure, I stopped going to the beach and learned the joys of sunblock.
But even so, I still got a sun spot. Merde!

“What can I do about it?”

“Well, you can try a laser! But for you, it’s going to be complicated. If you do it locally, it will make the freckles around your sun spot go away, and it will look weird. You’ll have a white spot there. The other option a lot of women choose is to laser your whole face. I actually do that a lot – I remove freckles entirely.”

“What!? No more freckles ever again?”

“Nope. I mean, you’ll keep the darker ones, which are actually beauty marks” she told me, pointing out three lonely beauty marks on my face.

So I tried to imagine myself without freckles. I know a lot of people hate their freckles and have them removed. But my freckles…they’re one of the things I like most about myself. I only have them on my face. They get lighter in the winter, they multiply and get darker in the summer, and I always look forward to that.
A lot of people see them as a flaw, but I’ve always found them beautiful. And you know how critical I can be with myself!

I loved them even when I was ten years old. I thought they made me look different. I was the only one in my family who had them. I always thought they were lovely on other people, and especially so in Peter Lindbergh‘s photos.

I can remember certain photo series where I was so touched up that every single freckle was removed by an editor who probably thought I’d be really happy about it. But in the end, I didn’t even recognize myself.

So after thinking about it for 35 seconds, I decided to say no. I’m keeping my sun spot, I’ll just put on twice as much sunblock from now on.

It made me realize how much we identify with certain things about ourselves. They mark our personality and define us.***

It also made me think of the Renee Zellweger debate. You’ve probably heard about it : this year, she literally changed her face, and she’s getting a ton of hate about it. But really, she’s not the first one to have plastic surgery, so what happened?

I think that what’s different is that she touched something that made her unique : her lids. It must have been crazy to wake up and see a new face. Because I’m pretty sure that even the things we hate about ourselves define us and help us be in touch with who we are.

Do you have that yourself? Something a little bit imperfect, that you love and that you would never change?

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*Well, almost. Actually, it’s really funny. In the US, doctors are really weird about nudity. So I had this gigantic smock on held together by a string and the doctor looked at one part at a time, like it was some kind of bizarre dance. So I told her I could just get naked if it would be easier, I don’t mind. But I saw a fear pass over her: maybe she’s afraid I’ll accuse her of sexual harassment later? Or maybe she’ll accuse me? So I kept the weird smock on and thought to myself how people are a lot more relaxed about nudity in France.
And then I remembered my last visit to a beauty salon, where the esthetician told me (when i was completely nude) “Alright, now get on all fours!!!” (I looked scared for a second and then did as I was told) but ok, she’s Korean. But all of this happens in the US. So what are you supposed to think, I wonder.

** I have a mole on my back that I’ve been really nervous about and have had checked at least five times because it’s right in the spot where my bra clasp sits. Every time, the dermatologist tells me right away, “No, this mole is nothing to worry about. You’ll never have any problems with it, ever.” “Are you absolutely sure?” “NEVER?” But that doesn’t stop me from worrying about it every few years and thinking that it’s changed and that maybe the dermatologists don’t know what they’re talking about. I’m crazy.

*** Like that time I lost too much weight and looked like Gisele’s hotter sister, but I didn’t feel like me.

A Beauty Minute with Jeanne…

Morning: Every morning, I wash my hair with a gentle Klorane shampoo made with oat milk. I also put Opalis almond cream on the ends. I always let my hair air dry so it has a natural shape to it. Every single day of the year, I put moisturizer on my face after the shower (Aésop mandarine hydrating cream) and on my body (La Roche Posay Lipikar liquid gel) and a drop of 50 SPF sunscreen every day (best beauty secret of all time: protect yourself from the sun).


As for my makeup, the products I use, even when I don’t wear makeup are: Mac brow gel to bring out my eyebrows, then I curl my eyelashes every morning, and I apply Mac Sheen Supreme lip color (in Venomous Violet) with my fingers – I use it as a lip balm. After that, I’ll apply a different matte red depending on my mood (red, prune, pink, orange red). I apply it generously with my fingers to get a melted, messy look. While I’m putting on makeup, I keep my damp hair in a low chignon. At the end of the morning, I take out the chignon, and it leaves great natural- looking waves in my hair.

Day: The product I can’t do without is my colored “lip balm” – Sheen Supreme Venomous Violet lip color. I apply it multiple times throughout the day (if I’m not wearing lipstick) because I hate having bare lips.
I also take my YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch luminizing pen with me. It’s the only thing I put on my skin during the day. I also keep my hand cream with me (Nuxe honey dream) because I hate having dry skin.

Night: My favorite makeup for going out, the one I use the most, is my prune colored lipstick made of a mixture of Sheen Supreme Venomous Violet, Diva matte, and Viva Glam 3. I apply all three of them generously with my fingers and I go outside the lines, then wipe off the excess with a cotton swab.
For my eyes, I wear a very thin line of black eye liner just to lengthen the eye, and I always curl my lashes (I almost never wear mascara – I like natural lashes)
Then I put on a bit of blush and my luminizing pen to brighten my skin.

When I get home, I use Bioderma makeup remover to take off my makeup. Then I apply Nuxe honey dream.

- Jeanne Damas

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Winter Sunglasses

One of the reasons why I love New York is that even in the middle of winter when it’s really cold and life is just one eternal blizzard and your Sorels get stuck in brownish blocks of ice and you want to wear a parka on top of your parka, there’s still sun. Vitamin D!!!

It’s rarely gray outside, so people wear sunglasses all winter long. But the light is different here. It’s lovely – it hits you at an angle, it’s softer. It’s perfect for wearing lighter lenses that give you a bit of style even when you’ve been wearing the same coat for 34 days in a row. So today, we’re showing you a selection of our favorite sunglasses.

Break the Rules

Its like an old no-no in fashion, but I’ve always thought it works.


Brown is such a rich winter color that feels more modern mixed with black. Especially when its with a cool jumpsuit like Brianna is wearing.

And sneakers of course!

Everyday People

Our friend Saada throws a brunch once a month called Everyday People that’s more of a dance party disguised as an all afternoon meal. The energy, the music, the dancing… it’s so much fun!! We stopped by last weekend so we could share a bit of the vibes from the party/brunch.

LA Days

A few days in LA and all I can think about is what to wear to the pool!


Its always sunny somewhere, more shopping ideas on my Pinterest.


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LA Days

A few days in LA and all I can think about is what to wear to the pool!


Its always sunny somewhere, more shopping ideas on my Pinterest.


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Bell Bottom Alert

Have you noticed that bell bottom jeans are making a come back?

It’s still a micro trend, but if you don’t mind, I’m going to choose to keep hiding behind my skinnies and ask my friends to stop me the day I say something like (“I need bell bottom jeeeaaaans!!! RIGHT NOW!!!”) and even if I’ve kept my favorite ones from 4 (wait, 6?) years ago.


The problem? Well it’s calling for a perfect silhouette and crazy high heels. Let’s not pretend we haven’t noticed the platform shoes hiding under the jeans in the photo. So you find yourself tight in the waist and walking uncomfortably.

As a side effect, you also clean the ground around you, which is not so bad if you think about it, until it rains on you and you become a human mop.

Not so cool.

But you know the drill. First we hate, then we need.

Are you ready for them ?

Photo by Sandra Semburg.

Career / The AstroTwins

I have to admit, I read my horoscope. Kind of often, actually. It might seem crazy, but it’s something I’ve always done, probably because of all the fashion magazines I’ve read throughout the years.

I don’t know if I really believe in it — it’s more like a pastime, but I know that my favorite is the one by the AstroTwins. They are fun, modern, funny, and they don’t take themselves too seriously.

So that’s why I suddenly wondered — what is an astrologist’s career like? How do you get into it, how do you build it as a career, how do you make a living out of it?

The AstroTwins answered all of our questions, and honestly, I find them just as inspiring in real life as they are in their horoscopes, and whether you believe in it or not, that’s what counts!!!


What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Tali: We wanted to be artists. We both went to art school; we have fine arts degrees. But then we also wanted to be writers, so we kind of get to do both now.
 
Where did you go to school?
Ophira: We always wanted to go to the University of Michigan, we grew up in Detroit, so we thought it was the best school and were fixated on going there.
 
They didn’t have a great journalism program, so we actually ended up starting our own magazine, our own women’s magazine, while we were there.
 
How did that come about?
O:  Everything happens through love a lot of the time. Tali had a little summer romance with a guy who lived out in New Jersey and she wanted to find a way to meet him, so she entered a contest for Sassy’s magazine reader produced issue.
 
T: He had come to visit at our school and he got me obsessed with New York. I thought I have to get to New York and I want to see him. It never occurred to me to just save some money and buy a plane ticket.
Instead I entered and won Sassy’s Magazines’ reader produced issue contest. I got to replace the art director there and I got this 3-week whirlwind trip to New York.
 
I forgot all about the guy, who turned out to be a loser anyways. But my love of journalism and woman’s media was really born—it was in me—but I think the universe places these things in front of you sometimes. I didn’t know I would love putting a magazine together that much even thought I had writing and art and my favorite things.
 
O: It also brought together all of these 15-20 year old girls. We just got really into giving women a different message than the one they were getting in the media—making it fun and making it stylish, and really bringing people together. But astrology is really the best way we found. It doesn’t offend anyone usually.
 
T: And when we were publishing our women’s magazine the thing that would bring everyone together was astrology. It was kind of this hobby and we’d have women of all different cultural backgrounds. It was at The University of Michigan and the university back then was a bit more segregated so everyone hung only with their culture and we really wanted to bring everyone together and show the beauty of all women and give everyone a chance to have their stories in the media. But the thing that was the best ice breaker was always astrology. Like, “Oh you’re a Gemini you’re a Gemini.” It doesn’t matter what your background is.
 
O: It erased cultural barriers.

We tell people the story of who they are. And then we look at timing based on where the stars are now. Should you leave your job? Should you leave your husband? Should you stay?

 
What did your parents do? Did it have any influence on your aspirations growing up?
T: I would say in a bizzaro way. They’re both very entrepreneurial.
 
O: Yeah, dad is from Israel—he came here right before we were born. He had his own landscaping business.
Then our mother is a rabbi. She was a school counselor but her dream was to be a rabbi. So there’s some spirituality. Our tag line is we bring the stars down to earth, so we have the spiritual from our mom and the dirt from our dad.
 
T: Yeah we worked with our dad when we were teens. We were cleaning people’s yards, but we really liked being outside and on the move, we’re Sagitarians. It was an unconventional thing to do. It also gave us humility and a respect for being of service to people. We really try to bring that into our horoscopes—how can we be of service to people.
 
When did astrology first touch your lives? What’s your first memory of astrology?
 
T: We always read our horoscopes. We had a paper route and we’d read Dear Abby and the horoscopes, they used to be right next to each other.
Then Ophi’s college boyfriend did a chart for her 21st birthday for her. It had this 30 page booklet and we knew we were Sagitarians but we also have Mercury, Mars, Moon and Venus in Scorpio, so when we were reading those descriptions we were like oh that sounds so much more like us.
 
O: It was like someone gave us this secret owners manual that they say people don’t come with. So we wanted to do it for our friends. I think as twins and maybe it’s just our personality, we were always trying to figure people out and giving advice from an early age.
 
T: We’re computer geeks too and Ophi was working at the computer lab at the University of Michigan. Astrology is very geeky by the way, if you haven’t noticed. I try to explain it to guys and they tune out. If you want to see women be a bunch of math geeks, teach them astrology. It just has to be applicable to human behavior.
 
Did you always want to work together, being twins?
 
T: We naturally do, it wasn’t even a choice.
We had our own language in the crib, we even remember a few words. We’ve just always been very connected, we’re lucky like that because not all twins are.
 
There are differences; I mean Ophi is more the practical one. She has kids, I met my husband at burning man; I don’t have kids. I’m more the traveling nomad bohemian and she likes to take the business courses and things.
 
At what age did you start making astrology into more of a career for yourselves?
O: In our mid twenties.
 
T: Yeah we wanted to learn web design in our mid twenties—it was the 90s—and we loved media. We saw the web coming and we were geeks and wanted in on it, also to learn web design and maybe turn that into a career path.
So we taught ourselves web design by building our own astrology sites. Mine was Astrology Queen and Ophie’s was a Star Wars Astrology page. Then people kept coming to talk to us about astrology. One of our friends got a job at Teen People Magazine and she offered us a column. We literally haven’t stopped since
 
And did you move to New York right after school?
 
T: We stayed in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a little while with our magazine but then as soon as we decided to let it go we came right to New York. We would come here whenever we could, we just feel so at home here.
 
Were you working at the time when you got the column?
 
T: Yeah we were working more in web design. Ophi was hired as an associate editor at Ms. magazine after we sold our magazine. Ms. didn’t have a website yet and very few people knew how to build them! I built the magazine’s first website with Debbie Stoller who founded Bust magazine.
Since we happened to work in feminist media, it was a no-brainer for them to hire us. Ms. had just been bought be an all-female investment group organized by Gloria Steinem, called Liberty Media for Women, so they were also keen to work with women.
 
Our magazine we started at school, HUES, ended up going national. We published it on our own for six or seven years, and it became financially unsustainable as the web emerged as many magazines did. Everyone we met from there ended up getting jobs in women’s media and they pulled us into the astrology career.
 
I was doing more of the design and Ophie was doing more of the editing. We both write equal amounts now, but I definitely do more of the creative stuff whereas Ophie is more of the strategy and web.
 
When you say design, were you working as webmasters or graphic designers?
 
O: Everything. We built our first ones in hand-coded HTML in 1996. Then we started designing them in Photoshop, slicing them up and putting them into Dreamweaver. Now we’ve taught ourselves WordPress a few years ago, along with the CSS coding and a tiny bit of PHP. So we’ve built a bunch of author and entrepreneur sites, to keep our skills fresh and because it satisfied the eternal art school students in us.
 
Up until a year ago, the Astrostyle site was completely designed and coded by Ophi. We relaunched in WordPress last December, and Ophi collaborated on it – choosing the colors, fonts, images, etc. When needed, we go into the CSS code and make changes.

I think astrology is most useful when people are going through a time of uncertainty: dating someone new, crisis in the relationship, motherhood, a new job or trying to leave a job they hate…We try to meet people at those places and give them useful tools to get unstuck.

 
How has everything evolved from the column into the site and everything you’re doing today?
 
T: It started with the column. Since it was Teen People it was more teen and pop culture and celebrity focused.
This was in 2001 and 2002. Shortly after that we were given a book deal by Simon & Schuster to write a teen astrology book. That was our focus for about 3 years.
 
In 2005 Teen People folded. We thought now we’re a little older we’d rather write for women and address meatier topics. So we revamped our website. We wrote astrology for home décor, astrology for a break up, a lot of that content is now in our e-books that we sell on the site. We gave it away for free for a long time.
 
Then Lifetime TV syndicated all of it for their website so they brought us on as their astrologers. Then our old Teen People editor pulled us in to Brides.com and then our Brides.com editor gave us the dream job, which we still have for Elle.com.

O: Elle.com was in 2009, so it was inching up over time to the audience we really love to write for which is that stylish, successful, smart women.
 
How far in advance can you do a daily horoscope for your site and the columns?
 
T: You can do years in advance. It’s called an ephemeris. It’s like a guide to where all of the planets are. You can go hundreds of years. Nasa has it all mapped out. We’re only 2 months ahead, not 100 years.
 
O: We started doing weeklies and monthlies in 2006.
 
T: Yeah, and we decided to do our own site. In 2006 we redesigned our site because we had enough people coming to us, so we decided to do that on the side. We were still building people’s websites for them until 2009 when the Elle job started and after that we decided to commit 100% to astrology.
 
Was money tough in the beginning when you first got the column?

T: It was Time Inc, and it was a daily—we were paid pretty well. I wish people were still paying like that!
 
O: Astrology is usually the most trafficked part of all of these sites.
 
 But we had some clients and we also had another book deal to write this book about men called Love Zodiac. That helped to put us more on the map in the niche of love.
 
T: In 2010 we started doing readings. We never wanted to do them. I didn’t want to be like Miss Cleo or Psychic Hotline because I think that diminishes it. But we now we each do a reading 5 days a week with some amazing clients and it ends up being like a life coaching and strategy session.
 
How did you teach yourself astrology?
 
O: Books and books. I got the chart from the boyfriend and then at the computer lab where I worked at there was this woman, she was a Scorpio and we were the only women there, and we were obsessed with astrology. She found a little piece of shareware that did charts—Cosmic Portrait. I put it on a disk and brought it home.
 
We would just remember everything we read. But it would stick because when you’re applying it to a person you just go oh ok and then you just never forget. I think I got that program in 96. I can still see someone I went to college with and I still know if you’re a Libra or a Virgo.
 
Do you think that anyone that’s passionate about astrology can become an astrologer?
O: Yes, if they have intuition. We’ve actually created a 5 part class that’s done as a retreat in Tulum, Mexico every year to become your own astrologer.
 
We’ve found it to be a really practical tool and the more that you understand it the less you worry and obsess. It’s not because you know things are going happen and you wait around for them, you just get an idea of what might be ahead so you might choose your actions in a different way.
 
How would you explain that intuition?
 
O: You have to give a shit about someone besides yourself. You also have to be into yourself too. It’s a combination of obsessing over yourself and asking why do you do this, but you have to be interested in other people too. Kind of like a puzzle person. Cracking a code in the way.
 
If you had to explain the theory of astrology in simple terms what would that definition be?
 
T: It’s a math of where the planets are in their orbit at any given time and there’s a legend that’s associated with it, and there’s a system of interpreting it so that it makes sense here on earth.
 
O: It’s also like a cosmic roadmap. Your chart is the instruction manual that you don’t come with. I like to say it’s your factory settings. If you take an iPhone out of the box it’s the same as any other iPhone it has it’s system but you can customize it with backgrounds and apps, so we’re all the same, we have our factory settings but as we go through life you can make choices and free will to make choices that customize your settings. But you’re either an Android or iPhone, you are what you are.
 
And that is all based off of when you were born…
 
T: Yeah, your exact minute of birth.
What you read in the papers is a sun sign, so that’s where the sun was in relation to the earth’s orbit around it. But there’s so much more: you have a moon sign, Mercury, Venus, Mars—all the planets are orbiting around the sun at different speeds so you freeze frame them at your exact moment of birth when you look at your chart. They’ll all be somewhere in that circle lining up with one of the 12 zodiac signs or 12 houses, we divide that circle in 12.
 
Why is the chart done at time of birth and not another time, like conception?
 
O: It’s the time your soul incarnates into a body, and it’s road map to your life as a “spiritual being having a human experience.”
 
How would you explain what your business is comprised of now?
 
T: Our philosophy is that if no one is going to give you a chance, build it yourself. And if it’s good enough, it’ll get picked up and that’s happened for us.
 
O: But I believe in the generosity model. Give people really good, useful content for free. We don’t charge people to read our monthly and weekly horoscopes on our website because it a barrier for them knowing what we do. We give a lot away for free.
 
We do syndicate it to places like Elle and that pays for us to be able to do that. But you have to be your own billboard. You have to show people, not tell them. We like to give a lot and it takes a certain amount of trust and people get addicted to the horoscopes and then they buy a book or do a reading.
 
I guess our business model is provide as much value as possible for people.
 
T: And the right people will come to us. We don’t chase after advertising. I think we really try to make sure that we’re putting something quality out there and we’re hard on ourselves.
 
But in terms of what we offer now we have a lot of content. We have daily, weekly, monthly horoscopes, and then we have a lot of columns—on Elle, Elle Australia, Interview Germany, Refinery29, so we’ve gone international. We do readings—about 8 to 10 readings a week between the two of us.

The best thing to do is to take the information and then live your life. If your intuition tells you to go left and your horoscope tells you to go right, you should go left because nothing is a better guide than your intuition. But sometimes what you think is your intuition is actually all your fears and preconceptions.

 
Do you separate for the readings?
 
T: Yeah, it’s too much for us together; otherwise people have to wait a long time. What we have in development is a pod cast where you call in with people.
 
O: We also have our retreat in Tulum and we’re planning to do more teaching and interacting—maybe more videos, people like it when we do them.
 
T: And we have the books, Men of the Zodiac and Momstrology. Ophi became a mom in 2010 and her daughter actually charmed an editor that gave us a book deal. So now we have a spin off website called Momstrology.
 
O: I think astrology is most useful when people are going through a time of uncertainty: dating someone new, crisis in the relationship, motherhood, a new job or trying to leave a job they hate. When you’re at any kind of a transition the tendency is to get stuck in analysis paralysis and just stay in a crappy situation or frozen like a deer in headlights. We try to meet people at those places and give them useful tools to get unstuck.
 
Do you feel like you’re rebranding astrology in the way that you approach it?
 
T: Yeah, for sure. Fashion people love astrology. I think creative people are the ones that love astrology the most.
 
O: But why do they need to see it on a purple or blue background with stars or wizards capes. We love style and we went to art school, so why not make it stylish? There’s no excuse to make something look so shitty when it’s something people want to read.
 
Is it something that you do consciously? Is it something that you want to be recognized by? It’s on your website, but it’s also in your writing. You always provide interesting links and you’re very in tune with what’s happening. You’ll talk about a spinning class. You’re very current.
 
T: We really want to be known for making astrology relevant to peoples’ lives. We bring the stars down to earth. If you can’t use it here on this planet, there’s really little point for it.
 
The human spirit is something we’re really interested in. We all share that one-ness. I think astrology, even though it divides people into twelve, it is also this unifier. Astrology is the ultimate icebreaker.
 
There’s no religion. You can connect with everybody.
 
T: It’s also fun, so you can take it with a grain of salt. It doesn’t push people’s buttons unless they’re super religious. But I do have some really religious clients. I did a reading for a born-again Christian. Muslims from Dubai.
Since Twitter started, a lot of people found us on Twitter and Google. We do readings for people all over the world: Iceland, Finland, Dubai, India, Hong Kong…
 
What kinds of clients do you have that are a bit more surprising?
 
T: I had one of the Secretary of States of New York for a good time. She still checks in. I had the daughter of an African king who went to Columbia. I helped advise her on what to do when she went back to her country and wanted to set up clean water access. It was an honor.
 
O: I had a famous neuroscientist. Mostly women. Sometimes men. Coaches. A lot of entrepreneurs.
 
T: People who just want to live a rich life. They want to make every moment count.
 
O: We don’t really have unhappy people coming to us. They’re people who are interested in personal growth and being their best selves.
 
T: They’re not fundamentally unhappy, but they can be going through hard times.
 
O: Maybe they’re just stuck. They have a blind spot and we help them.
 
T: The reading isn’t over until the person has a plan and hope. We stay on the phone with them until they are like, “Okay, this is what I need to do.”
 

We really want to be known for making astrology relevant to peoples’ lives. We bring the stars down to earth. If you can’t use it here on this planet, there’s really little point for it.

What does a reading entail?
 
O: We need their time, date and place of birth. We do their chart. They can ask three questions. They fill out a form. They can ask about three people, but of course it usually goes into more sometimes. Just to focus them a little bit.
 
T: We tell people the story of who they are. And then we look at timing based on where the stars are now. Should you leave your job? Should you leave your husband? Should you stay?
 
How closely do you think people should follow what you’re telling them?
 
T: With energy periods, it doesn’t matter because it’ll find you anyway.
A lot of times people will say that they listened to the recording a year later and everything that you said happened. The best thing to do is to take the information and then live your life. If your intuition tells you to go left and your horoscope tells you to go right, you should go left because nothing is a better guide than your intuition. But sometimes what you think is your intuition is actually all your fears and preconceptions.
 
How do you work with brands?
 
T: We’ve started doing more teambuilding stuff. We did an off-site with Nike. We managed to do a one-hour teambuilding presentation for fifteen people on a staff where we looked at all their charts and showed their “star-powered synergies.”
 
O: We read who works well together. We did a breakdown session of which signs should sit with each other so that they didn’t cluster into too much like-mindedness.
 
T: We did something for Nordstrom where they sent us around to the pop-up shops that they’re doing with Olivia Kim.
 
O: We just did the Kate Spade Saturdays lookbook. We did a whole 2015 horoscope. Their “eureka” book. We’re asked more and more to provide this specialty content. We did dinner at the Waverly Inn for Monika Botkier’s NYC relaunch.
 
T: We’ll do readings or brand extension type things.
 
O: We’ve done internal corporate retreats for a holistic nutrition company.
 
How do you communicate with your audience? How do you put yourself out there?
 
O: A lot of people find us on Elle and Refinery 29. We did this whole video series with Refinery, so that gave us some good exposure. Twitter for sure. We also do a weekly newsletter on Sunday nights.
 
T: Word of mouth though, really. People read it, they like it and then they send it to their friends.
 
Do you guys have a team that helps you out?
 
T: We have someone who does social media. We have a publicist and we have a great assistant who is like a shaman. She’s an amazing herbalist and she should be a life coach. She loves people. She’s a Taurus. But we’re a pretty small crew. We work separately though. We don’t have a centralized office.
 
Do you work from home?
 
T: Yeah and we come here, to our apartment in Manhattan.
 
O: I have an office up in Nyack. If you want to get out of the city, it’s so fun.
 
T: My husband owns a Polaroid camera store in Seattle. I work with him in his store. He’s an Aries, so we get all creative together. I need a certain quiet.
 
How long does it take you to do a chart?
 
T: I’m pretty fast. I can write an entire week of daily’s now in a day-and-a-half. It’s scary. An hour for a day.
 
Do you feel that once you know someone’s chart, you feel biased in the ways that you interact with them at all?
 
T: I just feel closer with them. I wouldn’t say biased. People rarely surprise us.
 
I’ve read a lot about how people say “No, astrology can’t be real. The maps are all wrong.” How do you deal with that?
 
T: Astrology does take into account the shifting constellations. Susan Miller did a great explanation of them on Elle.com. She says the constellations are just markers, because ultimately the planets are going 360-degress around the sun. The constellations were markers, but there were certain energies that were happening during that time. It’s more based on the seasons and where the earth is.
 
T: Trying to prove astrology — Susan Miller thinks that you’ll be able to one day — but I don’t necessarily think about it like that. Can you prove Christianity? Can you prove shamanism? Can you prove art?
 
How do you deal with the haters? People who are like, “There’s no way.”
 
T: That’s fine. We just do their chart and then they’re like, “…oh.” They’re usually Capricorns or Aquarians. The occasional Sagittarius man. They’re almost always men.
 
O: I remind them of what the true definition of a skeptic is, which is someone who suspends their disbelief, tries it out, and then forms a judgment. If you say you’re a skeptic, you’re actually not. You’re a cynic because you’re judging this without giving it a fair shot.
 
What do you think is the biggest challenge about your profession and what you do?
 
T: Just writing as much as we do. Time never stops. We never get a day off.
 
What do you find the most rewarding about your job?
 
O: I like to be able to give people a breakthrough of some kind. Helping people stop suffering in their head. No matter how great we all look on the outside, you sit down with a person and they’re in the middle of dilemma of some kind.

Trying to prove astrology — Susan Miller thinks that you’ll be able to one day — but I don’t necessarily think about it like that. Can you prove Christianity? Can you prove shamanism? Can you prove art?

 
What does your average day look like? A mix of writings and readings?
 
T: Mostly writing. I wake up and turn on the coffee maker.
 
O: Hope my daughter doesn’t wake up. I love that morning coffee buzz hour. That’s the best concentration.
 
T: We wake up, have coffee, write, and then the Sagittarius kicks in and we get cabin fever and have to wander to some interesting place like a café or a restaurant or a hotel lobby. We always have to go somewhere to do some writing or reading.
 
O: We go to some vintage stop. Wandering and meeting a friend for lunch.
 
T: Then going back to writing and reading in the late afternoon.
 
O: There’s a lot of location scouting for new and interesting places to write. Having beauty around us is really important.
 
T: Most of our readings are on the phone. Most of our clients are from around the world.
 
Do you ever do them in person?
 
T: Sometimes. It’s much better on the phone because then people can just relax and listen. It can be distracting sometimes. When I’m reading, I’m looking up blankly and just seeing the chart. We don’t want other senses to interfere with our intuition. That’s why I think we want to do a podcast.
 
Some people are scared of bad news. How do you deal with that? Of people being afraid of bad news?
 
O: Bad news is usually a fear of someone dying or getting injured and a fear of being caught by surprise or not being ready for something. Usually, it’s lazy astrology for someone to tell you that they see an accident. I hate when people do that.There’s no way anyone can know that.
 
Do you feel like you have a mentor?
 
T: We have a number of them. My shaman is a mentor.
 
O: Our financial advisor. He’s our Yoda.
 
T: Vajra Ma who does amazing empowering women’s work. Our dad was an entrepreneurial mentor. He told us to never work for anyone else if we didn’t have to. Susan Miller is an inspiration because she paved the way for Internet astrologists. She has a different approach than us.
 
O: She made people read their horoscopes on the Internet.
 
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
 
T: This 80-year-old woman named Lenore once said, “Advice is something for people who already know the answer but wish they didn’t.” She was like our old weight-watchers leader. (Laughs)
 
How do you think astrology works with other kinds of mystic sciences?
 
T: I think they’re all the same. Whichever entry point it is for you. People who are into astrology tend to open themselves up to other things.
 
O: It gives you a system for learning that’s accessible.
 
What is your dream for astrology?
 
T: My dream is that everyone knows what their chart is so they gain the self-acceptance and understanding. When you understand yourself and you can be in harmony with yourself, that is the only way to world peace.
 
O: I think it’s also about understanding people. We have this e-book called, “How To Get Along With Anyone, Yes Even That Person.” It’s about how your distance between signs actually creates energy and how you deal with them. Is this person meant to be my best friend or a teacher for me? I’d love the opportunity to teach people that more because it’s a really simple tool.
 
What’s your dream for yourselves and your business?
 
T: A radio show is really exciting to us. I love Dan Savage. My dream is to do something like that so we can go around and answer people’s questions and laugh.
 
O: Then with a big group where we give people an overview of the month and people just asks us questions. We’re really good at answering questions on the fly. It’s really like stand-up comedy astrology in a way.  
 
You can find daily weekly and monthly horoscopes from the AstroTwins on their website, AstroStyle, as well as their 2015 Planetary Planner, to get you ready for the year ahead!

Winter Skin

Freezing cold temperatures, dryness , the wind! This is New York when winter hits. All you want to do is put some oil all over your face to make the dry skin disappear, lotion your hands every 5 minutes, and its still not enough. Top it off with realizing that what comes after winter is spring/summer and really we should be thinking about all the things you want to look great for then, like your legs, or that glowing fresh face. We wanted to speak with Joanna Vargas, who knows more about skin than we do to help get us through winter looking bright!

I’m Busy!

Okay so this post has absolutely nothing to do with style or beauty, seeing as this blog is becoming my personal space for ranting about existence on earth in general and the new developments of my everyday life in particular, but I have to ask you, WHAT’S WRONG WITH PEOPLE?


We were talking about that on Sunday with two of my French friends at Ladurée Soho, which is the clichéest thing you can do as a group of French girls, but nonetheless delightful. Even more if you’re screaming (have you ever heard a group of French girls talking in French as if no one could understand them? Has it annoyed you? Yes, sorry as that was us yesterday in the back dark corner of Ladurée.) (thing is, Laura had ordered TWO giant palmiers – a sort of crazy French cookie that’s as huge as a Céline Classic and that is a delicious but deathly blend of gluten and sugar, so we where soon hyperventilating, on sugar high, telling each other how much we were totally not having dinner that night.).

Bianca was telling me how she can’t stand living alone, Laura was telling me about how now she’s doing okay and has actually learned to enjoy solitude with a Dalai Lama expression on her face.
Yet, she’s probably the busiest girl I know and has a dinner party every night and weekends in Tulum everyday.
I looked at her with a raised eyebrow, very French On Sugar High of me.

So there, there. WHAT’S WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!

I mean, what’s wrong with me?

Since I’ve been living alone, my life is hell. I have way too much to do, too many friends, too many dinners, I’m busy, I’m busy, I’m busy.

It’s like suddenly, you’re not in a couple and the demons unleash, super fun friends come out of the woodworks and the things you thought you would NDA (never do again) suddenly feel like very valid options, like let’s say bar hopping from The Bowery (high end and annoying) to Tom and Jerry’s (dive bar and annoying) and drink like there is no tomorrow.

It’s like, since I’ve moved in to my new place, I’ve spent… What.
Four evenings alone just hanging out with myself?

Yeah.

So for a little while, I thought it was just because I’m just so busy.
I’m so in demand. I’m so crazy popular, what can I do? Right?

And I mean, it’s not like I’m alone being in the popular zone. Except for one friend of mine who’s in burnt out territory (new York will do that to you if you’re not careful!) and is living a love story with her bed, most my friends have a crazy, neverending, high voltage social life.

Dinners every night, OF COURSE. Pre dinner drinks. Lunches. Crazy New York weekends that I probably already debriefed for you in the past.
We’re actually all pretty crazy popular if you know what I mean. No time to be alone ! Way too many people to see and too many things to do ! It’s like having a burning social fire up your ass 100% of the time.

Till the day you forgot to make plans.

That’s the Southern French speaking to you, here. The girl who, before becoming a New Yorker with loneliness anxiety, would never ever make any plans and would call her friends at the last minute (if she felt like it) and check up on what they were doing.
Usually they were just hanging (probably smoking pot and laughing around) and they would all meet organically, no stress. No plans. Organic. Weed. Huhuhuhuhuhuhuh.

Anyways, so sometimes I do forget to make plans. You have to forgive me. With such a crazy busy social life, sometimes you don’t even have time to book your next weekend!
And then I find myself alone, in my apartment, with no plans, and I am the happiest person there can be on planet Earth, it’s so great.

Aaaaahhhhhh.
Mmmmnnn.
Goooood okay.
Okayokayokay.
Let’s make a tea.
Oh, a text! Emily sending me a photo of her on the trapeze! Trapeze afternoon! Fun!

Wait.
Why am I not doing something exciting like trapeze right now again?
Oh yeah cause I didn’t make plans.
Why didn’t I make plans again?
Oh yeah, cause I didn’t have time to. Maybe I didn’t really want to?
Or because, my friends are all doing exciting things and I’m left out?
No.
Remember, Sarah asked me if I wanted to play tennis and I said no?
I could have had a plan, had I wanted.
See? So all is good. I’m gonna stay here and enjoy my beautiful solitude.
But wait. Let me just check to make sure. What is Paul doing?

Garance to Paul : Hey what’s up?
Paul to Garance : I’m in Japan you just woke me up [guns and skulls emoticons]
Garance to Paul : Who sleeps with their phone not on silent? Even more when they are in Japan? Pfffffff. Come back soon.

Yeah so okay so it’s all good so I’m just gonna stay here and enjoy my own company for once.
Let’s try to read that Lena Dunham book.
Mmmmmmm
Okay but first let’s check what Delphine is doing.

Garance to Delphine : Yo what’s up?
Delphine to Garance : I’m biking on the highline with Wes! Come with!!!
Garance to Delphine : No way I’m enjoying solitude as we speak. So good.
Delphine to Garance : Then why are you texting me?
Garance to Dephine : Aaaaargh shit okay I’m coming.

That’s it. Some people write books called 100 Years Of Solitude and some can’t even spend a New York minute alone. Guess who’s the literary genius of the two? Yeaaaaah (read that book it’s amazing by the way)(if you can stand to be alone with no external stimulus for more than five minutes that is)(Lena, I’m on your case. Your books seems amazing, I’m totally reading it.)

So, hey now. WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?

Well, I guess I forgot how to be alone. In the city that never sleeps (oh my God that formula was even more cliché than three French girls spending an afternoon at Ladurée) you can spend 100% of your time out and connected.

Being busy is a sort of natural state today. People LOVE being busy, people glorify being busy, people feel like they’re not actually existing when they are not busy. I don’t know where it came from, that feeling of self importance we derive from our busidom.
Some people will go very low to not be not busy (like go riding a bike on the highline ahahah just kidding Delphine)(or shopping for things they don’t need)(or going on a date just out of boredom like my friend that just can’t stand a Sunday evening alone) and be with themselves.

We’re like kids who want to be entertained all the time.
Yet, we all know that leaving kids alone playing on their own in their bedroom is the best way for them to develop a creative and interesting life.

The first time I lived alone after university, right after years of living with my best friend, was a real shock for me. I didn’t know what to do with myself. But after a few weeks of freaking out, one evening I got inspired, put on some jazz, and made my first collage.
It was beautiful. Super meaningful. I still love it.
It was the first time I was creating something on my own, for me, just because.

It’s probably that collage, that moment, that paved the way to the creative life I’m living today.

Had I not put myself in a real moment of solitude, I would probably be a banker and would have never invented the iPhone like I did.

So, WHATS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?
They’re just too crazy busy!

I’m not anymore. I’m enjoying my solitude.

DON’T call me.

Please?

Eheheh.

At Marine’s

Paris is full of small cool spaces. We stopped by to visit Marine at her home in the Marais, a converted space that feels more California bungalow than an apartment in a major city. 

I love that you get that great sun from the skylight, it really makes the space feel open and warm.  Marine, a stylist at French Elle and her photographer boyfriend Eddy, also happen to have filled their apartment with tons of cool things from their work in fashion, from an entire wall of years of magazines and books to those perfectly hung frames.


 

All Grey

I’ve always had a passion for greys. It’s the best color to mix – it goes with everything, and it also had that comfortable, relaxed vibe that I love.

And because it’s my favorite color, it kind of took the place black usually takes in a wardrobe so, on lazy days (like yesterday), you can see me wearing all grey (jeans, sweater, coat, scarf) from head to toe.
Okay I’ll wear white shoes to break it up.

Business Casual

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

See the rest of my first Fall shopping picks here, on my Pinterest!


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Business Casual

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

See the rest of my first Fall shopping picks here, on my Pinterest!


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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.