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Le White

We stopped by, ok took a train out of the city, to Saint-Ouen in the north of Paris to visit a very cool new concept store called Le White.

It’s part shop, part art gallery.  You’ll find an intriguing collection of objects, paintings and photos by young artists and designers, and in one harmonious color : white!


The store comes from artistic director and photographer Violaine Carrère, who wanted a store much like her entirely white home.

Is white the new black?

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Le White, 77 rue des Rosiers 93400 Saint-Ouen

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!

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.


 

Our Newsletter

Can you believe we’re coming up on our 10th newsletter??? Time flies! Since we started the newsletter in March 2014, we’ve shared lots of fun items that you haven’t seen on the blog.

In case you missed them, each newsletter includes an interview with friends and members of the Studio, a Studio playlist and some of our favorites from the shop, the blog and Pinterest. We also do this cool new thing called “Club Exclusives,” where readers have the opportunity to interact with the Studio in various ways.

In past newsletters, we’ve invited our readers to breakfast in Paris (one reader came in all the way from Poland!) and given away posters personalized by Garance. We’ve interviewed friends like Wes and Delphine Del Val and gone “behind-the-scenes” with Théo from Colorz, the web design and development agency that makes the blog look so great. Also, Alana once made us an awesome Spotify playlist, which you can still listen to here!

There’s lots more to come, so make sure to sign up!


By studio

Our Newsletter

Can you believe we’re coming up on our 10th newsletter??? Time flies! Since we started the newsletter in March 2014, we’ve shared lots of fun items that you haven’t seen on the blog.

In case you missed them, each newsletter includes an interview with friends and members of the Studio, a Studio playlist and some of our favorites from the shop, the blog and Pinterest. We also do this cool new thing called “Club Exclusives,” where readers have the opportunity to interact with the Studio in various ways.

In past newsletters, we’ve invited our readers to breakfast in Paris (one reader came in all the way from Poland!) and given away posters personalized by Garance. We’ve interviewed friends like Wes and Delphine Del Val and gone “behind-the-scenes” with Théo from Colorz, the web design and development agency that makes the blog look so great. Also, Alana once made us an awesome Spotify playlist, which you can still listen to here!

There’s lots more to come, so make sure to sign up!


By studio

The Del Val #37

Almost everyone recognizes their designs, but if you haven’t seen their great films, start with the super classic “Powers of Ten”, still so fresh despite being made in 1977.

In the need for clever, handsome gifts for someone stylish in your life? Always look here. And when in NYC you must visit one or both of their locations.

Wow, a lot has happened on our planet since you were born. Go ahead and put in your information and it will show you!

Phoebe Philo. Or Saint Phoebe, or Queen Phoebe, or High Priestess Phoebe, or Goddess Phoebe. That’s what she is to these (and many other) people.

These make us want to play a card game. Any game. Just to get to hold them in our hands.

The most important and influential American musician and performer of the 20th century finally gets the documentary treatment he deserves.

It’s not too late to catch sight of those beautiful fall leaves.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #37

Almost everyone recognizes their designs, but if you haven’t seen their great films, start with the super classic “Powers of Ten”, still so fresh despite being made in 1977.

In the need for clever, handsome gifts for someone stylish in your life? Always look here. And when in NYC you must visit one or both of their locations.

Wow, a lot has happened on our planet since you were born. Go ahead and put in your information and it will show you!

Phoebe Philo. Or Saint Phoebe, or Queen Phoebe, or High Priestess Phoebe, or Goddess Phoebe. That’s what she is to these (and many other) people.

These make us want to play a card game. Any game. Just to get to hold them in our hands.

The most important and influential American musician and performer of the 20th century finally gets the documentary treatment he deserves.

It’s not too late to catch sight of those beautiful fall leaves.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val


By delphine and wes

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


By admin

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


By admin

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


By admin

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


By admin

Maman Mia!

Here we go again….


Down the street to a new little cafe called Maman.

Just when we thought we’d exhausted all of the usuals for lunch, bam! A super sweet spot opens. And French to boot. Emily and I passed by for a take-away lunch of avocado toast, butternut squash soup and potato salad – all pretty tasty. They may have also had some delicious treats like a chocolate chip cookie, which we were obliged to try while we were there.

Comfort, farm fresh food just in time for the winter!

Maman, 239 Centre Street (between Grand & Broome)


By brie

Maman Mia!

Here we go again….


Down the street to a new little cafe called Maman.

Just when we thought we’d exhausted all of the usuals for lunch, bam! A super sweet spot opens. And French to boot. Emily and I passed by for a take-away lunch of avocado toast, butternut squash soup and potato salad – all pretty tasty. They may have also had some delicious treats like a chocolate chip cookie, which we were obliged to try while we were there.

Comfort, farm fresh food just in time for the winter!

Maman, 239 Centre Street (between Grand & Broome)


By brie

Matisse’s Cutouts

In honor of the new “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, which opened October 12th, we’ve found some Fall/Winter 2014 looks that evoke some of the artist’s most famous works. The masterful combination of contrast, line and color that Matisse was able to create with scissors is no doubt something that fashion designers today strive for as they cut their garments.

Perhaps these images will inspire you so much that you’ll want to go at your clothes with a pair of scissors…

matisse-2

RMN108831NU

matisse-4

“Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City October 12, 2014 through February 8,2015 


By studio

Matisse’s Cutouts

In honor of the new “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, which opened October 12th, we’ve found some Fall/Winter 2014 looks that evoke some of the artist’s most famous works. The masterful combination of contrast, line and color that Matisse was able to create with scissors is no doubt something that fashion designers today strive for as they cut their garments.

Perhaps these images will inspire you so much that you’ll want to go at your clothes with a pair of scissors…

matisse-2

RMN108831NU

matisse-4

“Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City October 12, 2014 through February 8,2015 


By emilia

Weekend Inspiration #195

At the home of Antoine and Gwen in Montmarte.

The Del Val #36

700 free movies. You’re guaranteed there will be something you’ve not seen. And if you start one and don’t like it, just drop it, it’s free!


A look into the workings of one of our favorite magazines in the world, and for which we’ve proclaimed our love before.

What will be the next hot thing in tech? Consult this 27-year-old.

Let these pieces be your inspiration to head out the door and see the world on your own!

Saying you’re a “creative director” today is as easy as labeling yourself a “curator”. Both are too often thrown around, but here a major retailer calls her their Director of Creative Projects, and in this case the title is valid.

Baby pandas being adorable. There is nothing else to say.

For all of us (which is nearly everyone) who use it everyday but don’t think twice about it (unless we’re complaining because of a poor connection): the internet is amazing! Seeing it physically might as well be like exploring space (again, to nearly every one of us.)

The State of the Book, the best from all 50 of them.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.?FR: La sélection de la semaine des meilleurs liens sur le web par Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #36

700 free movies. You’re guaranteed there will be something you’ve not seen. And if you start one and don’t like it, just drop it, it’s free!


A look into the workings of one of our favorite magazines in the world, and for which we’ve proclaimed our love before.

What will be the next hot thing in tech? Consult this 27-year-old.

Let these pieces be your inspiration to head out the door and see the world on your own!

Saying you’re a “creative director” today is as easy as labeling yourself a “curator”. Both are too often thrown around, but here a major retailer calls her their Director of Creative Projects, and in this case the title is valid.

Baby pandas being adorable. There is nothing else to say.

For all of us (which is nearly everyone) who use it everyday but don’t think twice about it (unless we’re complaining because of a poor connection): the internet is amazing! Seeing it physically might as well be like exploring space (again, to nearly every one of us.)

The State of the Book, the best from all 50 of them.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.?FR: La sélection de la semaine des meilleurs liens sur le web par Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

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


By admin

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


By admin

Eating Well

From a new restaurant to a new trendy food (I’m talking about you kale!), the way we eat is something that is a huge part of our everyday life. I was really excited to have the opportunity to spend some time with Melissa and Jasmin Hemsley, authors of the new cookbook (okay, it’s new for us in the US, it’s been in Europe longer!) The Art of Eating Well. Their message is simple: you should eat good food that makes you feel good. Their family business is to help people who want to live healthier and more energized lives. The recipes that they’ve developed in their book are just that, from a black bean brownie (seriously, it’s insanely good) to pastas made from vegetables, they present a fresh take on treating your body well. I tagged along while they shopped for groceries at the Union Square Farmer’s Market and made dinner for friends while in New York this fall and I learned a lot. So here it is, The Art of Eating Well!

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

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.

Workplace Etiquette

Do you work in an office building?


There’s this funny thing about working in a communal atmosphere that makes you think twice about how you should go about doing day to day activities . Like :

1. Do you stop talking in the elevator? or continue your conversation (no matter how private)?
A. At the studio we never stop talking, no matter who comes in the elevator. BUT, half the industry is in the building so I suppose we should be more careful.

2. What do you do when you go into the bathroom and both stalls are occupied? Awkwardly wait or just as awkwardly leave and let the attendees hear the door shut?
A. I generally do the latter and leave and even more awkwardly stalk the bathroom from the office to see if someone left.

3. Are we supposed to say hello to everyone in the building?
A. Yes, of course, that’s nice isn’t it?!

4. Is it ok to brush your teeth in the bathroom?
A. I say no. Too personal, I barely know which office you came from.

5. Can you flirt with someone who works in the building? Like if there’s a really cute guy from the Saturday’s floor can you just go up there…
A. Not sure on this one, but the elevator opens up right to their office so pretty easy to walk right in. Just saying…

6. Should you reach over everyone to hit your floor in the elevator or just ask generally and hope someone pushes it?
A. I always get in first so I tend to hit my own button :)

7. When there’s a huge queue at the elevator terminals, should you bum rush into the first one that opens (even though you’re the one who was running late and technically the last one there)?
A. Be polite. Wait it out, the remaining people are probably less stressed and therefore a nicer elevator ride.

Ok so that’s just a few things, what do you think twice about in the workplace?


By brie

Workplace Etiquette

Do you work in an office building?


There’s this funny thing about working in a communal atmosphere that makes you think twice about how you should go about doing day to day activities . Like :

1. Do you stop talking in the elevator? or continue your conversation (no matter how private)?
A. At the studio we never stop talking, no matter who comes in the elevator. BUT, half the industry is in the building so I suppose we should be more careful.

2. What do you do when you go into the bathroom and both stalls are occupied? Awkwardly wait or just as awkwardly leave and let the attendees hear the door shut?
A. I generally do the latter and leave and even more awkwardly stalk the bathroom from the office to see if someone left.

3. Are we supposed to say hello to everyone in the building?
A. Yes, of course, that’s nice isn’t it?!

4. Is it ok to brush your teeth in the bathroom?
A. I say no. Too personal, I barely know which office you came from.

5. Can you flirt with someone who works in the building? Like if there’s a really cute guy from the Saturday’s floor can you just go up there…
A. Not sure on this one, but the elevator opens up right to their office so pretty easy to walk right in. Just saying…

6. Should you reach over everyone to hit your floor in the elevator or just ask generally and hope someone pushes it?
A. I always get in first so I tend to hit my own button :)

7. When there’s a huge queue at the elevator terminals, should you bum rush into the first one that opens (even though you’re the one who was running late and technically the last one there)?
A. Be polite. Wait it out, the remaining people are probably less stressed and therefore a nicer elevator ride.

Ok so that’s just a few things, what do you think twice about in the workplace?


By brie

Sweater Weather

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

Find more shopping ideas on my Pinterest!


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Sweater Weather

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

Find more shopping ideas on my Pinterest!


By admin

The Del Val #35

The clock stops for no one and here are 25 women on its effects upon them.

You’ll want to enter this pink room and bathe in its glow.

Here’s a good-looking new site, make sure to visit its different sections to fully enjoy. We especially like The Look.

Everyone knows assistants do much of the work, but rarely get the credit…until now.

We like the way Yasiin Bey does his things. A lot to be said for that today.

The main reason is because we love the design of the album covers, but if you have adventurous taste in music and sounds, stay and listen to some of the samples.

Graphic designer Herb Lubalin was a breath of fresh air in 1961 for a staid US magazine, and proved to be too fresh. If you don’t know his work, you simply must!

Speaking of people who made a page look better, Saul Steinberg made every one his work was printed on brighter.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #35

The clock stops for no one and here are 25 women on its effects upon them.

You’ll want to enter this pink room and bathe in its glow.

Here’s a good-looking new site, make sure to visit its different sections to fully enjoy. We especially like The Look.

Everyone knows assistants do much of the work, but rarely get the credit…until now.

We like the way Yasiin Bey does his things. A lot to be said for that today.

The main reason is because we love the design of the album covers, but if you have adventurous taste in music and sounds, stay and listen to some of the samples.

Graphic designer Herb Lubalin was a breath of fresh air in 1961 for a staid US magazine, and proved to be too fresh. If you don’t know his work, you simply must!

Speaking of people who made a page look better, Saul Steinberg made every one his work was printed on brighter.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

Hey Mickey

Rock n’ Roll

There aren’t a ton of rock photos from the 70s so chances are that most of the ones you know are by Mick Rock.

His images have transcended time and generations. I only know that one Givenchy blazer was based on a jacket David Bowie wore in 1973 because of Mick’s photo, you know, this one.

I had the chance to take a tour of his new exhibition with the man himself before it opens in New York where he told us the stories behind a few of the images.

“He wanted a bit of that Mick Jagger notoriety” – on Rod Stewart wanting the images published from a rowdy night Mick Rock captured. Rock’s response “No, I’ll keep them for 80 years …”

Mick Rock

On Iggy Pop and the back bend: “That’s about the most rock and roll picture. He couldn’t do that now.”

Mick Rock Iggy Pop

On David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed: “I used to call this one the terrible trio – but now I call it the unholy truth.”

Mick Rock Bowie Iggy Pop Lou Reed

You can almost imagine being there. And the truth is, nobody else was there to take those photos, if Mick hadn’t gotten them they wouldn’t exist. Thanks Mick for transporting us to a time when musicians styled themselves and selfie’s didn’t exist.

‘EXPOSED’ , Mick Rock at Sumo Gallery, On now through October 19th | Tues-Sun | 11am-7pm. 37 Walker St, New York, NY 10013


By brie

Hey Mickey

Rock n’ Roll

There aren’t a ton of rock photos from the 70s so chances are that most of the ones you know are by Mick Rock.

His images have transcended time and generations. I only know that one Givenchy blazer was based on a jacket David Bowie wore in 1973 because of Mick’s photo, you know, this one.

I had the chance to take a tour of his new exhibition with the man himself before it opens in New York where he told us the stories behind a few of the images.

“He wanted a bit of that Mick Jagger notoriety” – on Rod Stewart wanting the images published from a rowdy night Mick Rock captured. Rock’s response “No, I’ll keep them for 80 years …”

Mick Rock

On Iggy Pop and the back bend: “That’s about the most rock and roll picture. He couldn’t do that now.”

Mick Rock Iggy Pop

On David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed: “I used to call this one the terrible trio – but now I call it the unholy truth.”

Mick Rock Bowie Iggy Pop Lou Reed

You can almost imagine being there. And the truth is, nobody else was there to take those photos, if Mick hadn’t gotten them they wouldn’t exist. Thanks Mick for transporting us to a time when musicians styled themselves and selfie’s didn’t exist.

‘EXPOSED’ , Mick Rock at Sumo Gallery, On now through October 19th | Tues-Sun | 11am-7pm. 37 Walker St, New York, NY 10013


By brie

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…

The Del Val #34

You have a device to read e-books on, right? You like beautiful art books produced by one of the world’s great galleries, right? You like free things, right? Look here If you answered yes to #1 and to either #2 or #3.

Want more for free? How about Inez & Vinoodh and Penny Martin next Wednesday talking about 90s fashion magazines.

You’re addicted to binge-watching and sometimes regret not ever getting that time back spent glued to your screen? Here’s some help.

Steve Jobs had his uniform and Jony Ive has his. Must be an Apple thing.

Ooh we can not wait for Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film. The trailer is doing it for us.

These sunglasses don’t lie.

If you’ve not seen the views from the apartment of this American Apparel Creative Director, you’re probably going to be very jealous.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #34

You have a device to read e-books on, right? You like beautiful art books produced by one of the world’s great galleries, right? You like free things, right? Look here If you answered yes to #1 and to either #2 or #3.

Want more for free? How about Inez & Vinoodh and Penny Martin next Wednesday talking about 90s fashion magazines.

You’re addicted to binge-watching and sometimes regret not ever getting that time back spent glued to your screen? Here’s some help.

Steve Jobs had his uniform and Jony Ive has his. Must be an Apple thing.

Ooh we can not wait for Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film. The trailer is doing it for us.

These sunglasses don’t lie.

If you’ve not seen the views from the apartment of this American Apparel Creative Director, you’re probably going to be very jealous.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #34

You have a device to read e-books on, right? You like beautiful art books produced by one of the world’s great galleries, right? You like free things, right? Look here If you answered yes to #1 and to either #2 or #3.

Want more for free? How about Inez & Vinoodh and Penny Martin next Wednesday talking about 90s fashion magazines.

You’re addicted to binge-watching and sometimes regret not ever getting that time back spent glued to your screen? Here’s some help.

Steve Jobs had his uniform and Jony Ive has his. Must be an Apple thing.

Ooh we can not wait for Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film. The trailer is doing it for us.

These sunglasses don’t lie.

If you’ve not seen the views from the apartment of this American Apparel Creative Director, you’re probably going to be very jealous.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

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.

Click here for more city guides.

Le Boot Café

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

Playlist: From the Runway #2

The Paris Fashion Week Edition!

Coming to you straight from Brie’s Shazam app! It’s totally fine if you start practicing your runway walk to this, we won’t tell…

Tracklist:
Julien David
Étude Op. 25, No. 4 in A minor, Frédéric Chopin

Chloé
Strangers, Portishead

Chanel
It’s Alright, Pet Shop Boys
Schattenkraft, Mike Väth
I’m Not Scared, Pet Shop Boys

Maison Martin Margiela
Sweet Harmony, The Beloved
La Haine, Cut Killer

Carven
Walking Backwards, Leagues
Sea Within A Sea, The Horrors
Ankle Injuries, Fujiya & Miyagi

Kenzo
F for You, Disclosure
Juno Jam, Genius of Time

Dior
Loss (Regis Version), Ike Yard

Anthony Vacarello
Can’t Do Without You (Tale of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix), Caribou

Valentino
Body Double, Pino Donaggio


By studio

Playlist: From the Runway #2

The Paris Fashion Week Edition!

Coming to you straight from Brie’s Shazam app! It’s totally fine if you start practicing your runway walk to this, we won’t tell…

Tracklist:
Julien David
Étude Op. 25, No. 4 in A minor, Frédéric Chopin

Chloé
Strangers, Portishead

Chanel
It’s Alright, Pet Shop Boys
Schattenkraft, Mike Väth
I’m Not Scared, Pet Shop Boys

Maison Martin Margiela
Sweet Harmony, The Beloved
La Haine, Cut Killer

Carven
Walking Backwards, Leagues
Sea Within A Sea, The Horrors
Ankle Injuries, Fujiya & Miyagi

Kenzo
F for You, Disclosure
Juno Jam, Genius of Time

Dior
Loss (Regis Version), Ike Yard

Anthony Vacarello
Can’t Do Without You (Tale of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix), Caribou

Valentino
Body Double, Pino Donaggio


By studio

The Fashion Watch

This will make you really want an Apple Watch.

I’m not the kind of person that has to have the latest and greatest tech accessory (I have an iPhone 5C, which I call my “Fisher-Price phone” and I have no plans of ditching it any time soon) but if these imagined Apple Watch designs were to ever become a reality, I would be the first person waiting in line (which means, I would need to get in line now, right?).

I’m torn between the Chanel and the Vuitton. Come on Apple, make these happen!

finz-lo-watch_awang1

finz-lo-watch_givenchy

finz-lo-watch_lv

finz-lo-watch_mmm

Finz Lo was commissioned by High Snobiety to create these illustrations of high fashion versions of the Apple Watch.


By alex

The Fashion Watch

This will make you really want an Apple Watch.

I’m not the kind of person that has to have the latest and greatest tech accessory (I have an iPhone 5C, which I call my “Fisher-Price phone” and I have no plans of ditching it any time soon) but if these imagined Apple Watch designs were to ever become a reality, I would be the first person waiting in line (which means, I would need to get in line now, right?).

I’m torn between the Chanel and the Vuitton. Come on Apple, make these happen!

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Finz Lo was commissioned by High Snobiety to create these illustrations of high fashion versions of the Apple Watch.


By alex

City Greys

Taking inspiration from the city (Paris of course!)…

…and shopping for soft greys this weekend. See more on my Pinterest!


By admin

City Greys

Taking inspiration from the city (Paris of course!)…

…and shopping for soft greys this weekend. See more on my Pinterest!


By admin

The Del Val #33

Do your closet, the environment, and yourself some good in one simple action.

They’ll never stop coming and they’re largely taken for granted, but obituaries don’t write themselves. She has produced over 1200 of them and one is never like another.

This man travels. A lot. When he provides travel advice, you take heed.

“Oh, you’re a celebrity? PLEASE share some of your spotlight with me on social media. Pretty please?”

Admittedly neither of us has been into toys, sorry, collectible figures, since we were children, but wow, have advancements been made in creating likenesses to film characters and props!

For a long time we’ve been meaning to say how much we like the design and cultural references these three routinely make “In the Air” for T magazine. Go through the archive and you’re sure to see something that delights your eye.

“Nowadays, if you don’t have a tattoo, people think you’re square.” Those who don’t blindly follow the pack today know it’s just the opposite, but still, an interesting look at culture right this very minute.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #33

Do your closet, the environment, and yourself some good in one simple action.

They’ll never stop coming and they’re largely taken for granted, but obituaries don’t write themselves. She has produced over 1200 of them and one is never like another.

This man travels. A lot. When he provides travel advice, you take heed.

“Oh, you’re a celebrity? PLEASE share some of your spotlight with me on social media. Pretty please?”

Admittedly neither of us has been into toys, sorry, collectible figures, since we were children, but wow, have advancements been made in creating likenesses to film characters and props!

For a long time we’ve been meaning to say how much we like the design and cultural references these three routinely make “In the Air” for T magazine. Go through the archive and you’re sure to see something that delights your eye.

“Nowadays, if you don’t have a tattoo, people think you’re square.” Those who don’t blindly follow the pack today know it’s just the opposite, but still, an interesting look at culture right this very minute.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Flower Market, Part 2

As promised!! A few more photos from the beautiful Marni pop-up!