Style talk on a monday

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I just checked my schedule for the coming weeks and I am heartily relieved. The good news is, I have a few easy weeks ahead of me. There will be little if any demands on me, which means I have time to devote to music rehearsal, blog and wardrobe planning.

Seeing that I am heading back to Paris in two weeks, I need to fine-tune my list of items I want to look for. As mentioned in my shopping resolutions post, I will concentrate on the basics. Thus far, I know some of the items I want; linen t-shirts and trousers from Isabel Marant, breton shirts and petit standard jeans from A.P.C.Vara flats from Salvatore Ferragamo and essential basics in general. Otherwise I will follow my instinct if I happen to stumble upon some unpredictable finds.

Apropos of unpredictable finds: I recently came across this profoundly stunning silk dress above, obviously from Isabel Marant. As a devout old Isabel Marant fan, it’s no wonder that I’m head-over-heels for this dress as it immaculately reincarnates the lately absent bohemian bourgeois aesthetic of Marant. Who really needs accompanying garments when you’re decked out in this exquisite Isabel Marant tidbit? Though, this dress is very reminiscent of something Sofia Coppola would wear but exemplifies a garment I can only admire from a distance.

Also, it ought to be said that the silk feels like polyester, unfortunately.

Resolution: Catching up on reading

In spite of being acutely inundated with a flurry of inescapable work and duties, catching up on reading is one of my few resolutions this year. Alas, 2010 did not provide much time to be completely immersed in enjoyable literature, but I believe it is a matter of prioritization. Realistically, I can make time to devour twenty-six non-school related books parallel to required reading.

Candidly, 2010 was such a destructive year, both metaphorically and literally. I suppose the missing ingredient was reading. Having read, since the beginning of 2011, novels by Salinger and Camus – I feel a lot more vital, happy and inspired. It is as though I have thoroughly forgotten that reading is the most amazing form of meditation. I must never forget that reading also equals gaining courage to face every aspect of life, whether it is misery or malady.

Nonetheless, a lot of marvelous novels are waiting for my perusal. I also want to re-read some of my favorite novels. Franny and Zooey by Salinger, for instance.

Une veste, cinq tenues

I have reluctantly been engrossed in a mightily avalanche of schoolwork and piano tutoring as of late. To take off my academic cloche for a little while: it’s high time for a weekly dose of frivolity in the form of making collages that are congruent to my personal taste and style. I have created five seamlessly simple ensembles à la Fleurette melded with this immaculate, utterly coveted jacket from Balenciaga.

As you may have noticed, my collages are always composed of the same items. It is by no means synonymous with being barren of creativity. In terms of style and clothing, I gravitate towards a sense of consistency. Once you have found your signature style, consistency in that style is essential.

Faliero Sarti scarf, Isabel Marant jeans, Isabel Marant suede bottines, The Row t-shirt, Balenciaga city bag,
Calvin Klein bra, Omega wrist-watch, Chanel rouge noir lipstick
Isabel Marant Etoile linen t-shirt, Saskia Dias necklace, The Kooples boots, Sofia Coppola for Louis Vuitton bag,
Calvin Klein bra, Falke tights, Omega wrist-watch, Joseph skirt, Coco Mademoiselle perfume
Thakoon cigarette trousers, Salvatore Ferragamo flats, A.P.C. breton shirt, Celine bag,
Chanel rouge noir nail polish, Cartier wrist-watch, La Perla bra
Isabel Marant Etoile linen t-shirt, Zara suede heels, Sophia Coppola for Louis Vuitton clutch, Chanel rouge noir nail polish, Cheap Monday jeans, Denis Colomb scarf, Brunello di Montalcino wine, Cartier wrist-watch
Acne knit, Boy by Band Of Outsiders shirt, Stella McCartney bra, Repetto boots, Omega wrist-watch, Current/Elliott jeans, Celine bag

10 Wardrobe essentials


I’ve been meaning to complete the series of my personal wardrobe essentials, but I haven’t gotten around to writing it until now – a half-year later. Needless to say, I have admittedly been utterly remiss. Back into the bloggy swing of things, here is my belated wardrobe essentials post:

1. Isabel Marant gray herringbone coat.
This is what I literally live in except for when it is too sultry outside. It is a mere simple, understated coat with subtle, masculine details. My figure slithers naturally into it. Every time I put my coat on I feel like I am falling in love all over again, as though an infatuation is being relighted. This jacket imparts a perpetually effortless, off-the-cuff sophistication to my style. No words could possibly convey my fondness for it.

2. COS black crew-neck sweater, made of 100% lambswool.
I practically wear this sweater every day because I adore it and it keeps me warm during winter. I like the sleekness of this piece as it caters to a streamlined and polished look. At first glance, it looks like a plain black sweater, but the truly gentle and scarcely discernible details subtly elevate any outfit. Did I mention how perfect the length is?

3. A vintage white and bleu marine breton shirt.
Acquired in Paris three years ago, it is one of the rare pieces that have remained in my closet. The fit is exceptional. There are minor visible stains on this shirt, which stem from the previous owner. Yet I love the look of a shabby garment with its sort of imperceptible deformations. I have an abiding penchant for stripy shirts, boat necks and cropped sleeves that expose my wrists – this particular breton shirt epitomizes my partiality.

4. Isabel Marant taupe suede ankle boots with a small heel.
Weather permitting, these shoes are as glued to my feet and bring a breezy, nonchalant chicness to my everyday uniform. They are easy to walk in and appear to be very versatile despite the color is neither black nor navy.

5.Cheap Monday black skinny jeans.
I purchased my first pair of Cheap Monday jeans at the age of fourteen, and I have been loyal to this brand ever since. Neither high-rise nor low rise, these are a perfect fit. Like wine, these jeans get better as they grow older.

6. A handbag for everyday wear.
My love affair with the Balenciaga city purse has certainly been rekindled as of late. Nevertheless, a black hobo from Marc by Marc Jacobs is more convenient for school and work, besides it slouches sublimely against my body.

7. Barely-there lingerie made of luxurious silk.
Not only does gorgeous lingerie make me feel good and comfortable, but also the clothes fit much nicer. Never underestimate the importance of good underwear.

8. Tiny gold anchor pendant necklace.
I don’t wear much jewelry but this specific necklace has always been special to me. I never take it off. It truly enriches my simple look with its elegance, femininity and luxury.

9. Gold masculine wristwatch.
My everyday watch that adds slight masculinity to my look. I like dichotomy in style and this watch surely contradicts the rather feminine gold necklace.

10. A patterned light blue button down shirt.
It tended to belong to my grandmother and imparts an extra touch to zest my humble outfits. I love the rather loose fit of this shirt. Sometimes I like to wear it buttoned up with a navy or white t-shirt under.

Shopping resolutions for 2011

My new year’s shopping resolutions post turned out to be a lot lengthier than predicted. It’s called “the art of being concise” for a reason. Initially, it was supposed to be a short list of resolutions, so feel free to skip the discursive part.

Through trial and error, I have indeed learned my lessons and become more aware of my style and taste. Moderating my consumption hasn’t been a hard task at all. I obtained less than 10 garments in 2010, including basics. Last year, I bought some clothing that I ended up reselling. I suppose I’ve finally learned that certain looks and garments can only be admired from afar no matter how pretty they are. This year I am aiming for items that will remain in my closet.

It’s evident that I am fairly good at adhering vehemently, sometimes too religiously, to lists. Unfortunately, I missed out on several staggering finds because I was acutely fixated on merely buying the 4-5 items on my seasonal list. At times, I failed to notice the minor faults in some of my purchases. Moreover, I somehow managed to overlook my consistent style when hunting for the items on my list, in the sense that my purchases didn’t have the intuition of congruity.

What I am trying to indicate is:
I’ll try to ease up on adhering to my lists. I have to learn to give in to a few unpredictable buys if they have the immediate gut feeling of rightness (trust me, I’m so picky that this happens once in a blue moon). From my experiences, the unpredicted purchases are the most successful purchases and the most cherished items in my wardrobe.

2011 will be the year of apostasy from dictatorial lists. I need to trust my instincts more and quell the over thinking. Being vastly selective is a beneficial skill I’ve developed, but when I know that an unanticipated item is absolutely right (e.g. my Isabel Marant coat or boots, both unpredicted purchases, yet the most worn and much-loved items), I won’t hesitate even if it isn’t part of the plan. By all means, I will shop with conviction.


The shopping method I’m using this year is the same one I exploited back in fall 2009. It worked out superbly, which is why I’m repeating it. The method is a cross between sticking to a very strict list of items and mindless, haphazard shopping. I have an extensive list – which is regularly amended – of items I consider as wardrobe necessities. I allow myself to buy 4-5 items a season, but only if they are perfect by my standards. I use the list as a basis but I won’t let it dictate the shopping.

I would also make a smaller list of currently available clothes that I’d take into consideration. Then I’d put these items through an extended deliberative process. I like to wait a couple of months before I settle, because the item must be right. Regarding items such as expensive designer bags, I am willing to wait a couple of years before settling. Inevitably, I always end up eliminating 4 of 5 items from the list, so a deliberative process is required. However, some designers don’t give much thinking time, e.g. Isabel Marant. In this case, I just have to follow my guts.

Rather than being determined to get hold of certain pieces that I don’t seem to unearth, I will move on to the other items on the list and search for something else that may be available. Otherwise I will end up with items that are completely uninspired or just wrong, only because my list says I have to obtain them or because I try to intentionally fill a gap in my wardrobe.

On a different note: I haven’t covered all the basics yet because I’ve been prioritizing statement pieces. In addition, I am quite picky about the basics as they must be perfect. This year, I want to focus on the basics because they are pretty much my style as much as they are my foundation. Then again, if I stumble across a special piece of clothing that ticks off all of my requirements, I won’t bypass it. Incidentally, I will not exceed the limit of 15-20 items a year. Nevertheless, what are the odds of finding 20 perfect basics in a year?

Last but not the least, I have to stop settling for second best. Once second best, always second best. I know that sooner or later I’ll regret and resell the item. I once stated, “I want perfection, not fast fashion”, and I’m sticking to my statement.

To sum up my musings, here are my shopping resolutions for 2011:

  1. Admire certain garments from afar and face the truth that they will never work for me
  2. Not fall into the list trap
  3. Give in sometimes to unpredictable finds
  4. Go with my instinct more and quell the over thinking
  5. Focus more on the basics
  6. Not exceed the limit of 15-20 items a year
  7. Stop settling for second best

Fall wardrobe planning pt. V (final follow-up)

In the beginning of September 2010, I compiled a list of five items I wanted for the fall/winter season.

- A pair of brogues or loafers
- Isabel Marant tweed/bouclé jacket
- Clutch from Balenciaga or Mulberry
- Black O-neck sweater
- An intense, inexplicable desire or an item from Isabel Marant

I revised the list once and replaced 3) Clutch from Balenciaga or Mulberry with “Hobo from Balenciaga or Marc by Marc Jacobs”. Probably the smartest move I made. Later on I realized that I no longer wanted the clutch from Balenciaga.

I purchased everything on the list; a pair of loafers, Isabel Marant ‘tweed’-like jacket, hobo from Marc by Marc Jacobs, black crew neck sweater from Acne (image) + ‘an intense, inexplicable desire’ from Acne. In addition, my mom gave me a pair of tapered trousers from Zara and another crew neck sweater from COS.

Although I adhered to my list faithfully, I haven’t succeeded, as I am not fully content with my purchases. I think the problem lies in the fact that my shopping became overly dictated by the list, as if it was a list of tasks I was obliged to solve in order to finish my homework. Admittedly, I was a better consumer last fall. If I remember correctly, I bought only three items that I still cherish today; my beloved coat from Isabel Marant, Balenciaga bag, and a shirt from Isabel Marant I bought on a whim in Paris.

Having that said, I love the loafers I bought but they are a tad too small for my feet and I have given up trying to expand the shoes.

Regarding the Isabel Marant ‘tweed’-like jacket, I love the fact that I managed to get my hands on my dream jacket, but I hate the fact that I suppose I’ll never wear it because I can’t get over the visible silver zippers. Additionally, I figured out that maroon doesn’t go with my wardrobe’s color scheme. Regardless, I am keeping the jacket to see if the color and zippers grow on me. The jacket is such a rare and stunning piece of clothing, but I think I settled for second best.

On the other hand, I am very happy with my hobo from Marc by Marc Jacobs. I wear it every day and it is practical for school. I am also very happy with my crew neck knit from Acne (image). The knit is from the S/S 2009 collection and I ordered it from Acne’s outlet. As a matter of fact, I didn’t like the knit when I received it, but eventually it grew on me.

I ended up re-selling the item that was supposed to be an intense, inexplicable desire – an asymmetric shirt from Acne that wasn’t really my style, I found out subsequently. The shirt was merely an impulse buy, which I tried to label as ‘an intense, inexplicable desire’.

Needless to say, I have learned a lot from my mistakes and I have made some shopping resolutions for 2011.

Playlist: January’11

Here is the playlist of the month for the readers who have access to Spotify. For those of you who cannot use Spotify; check out the track list below.


01. Round the moon – Summer Camp
02. When we’re dancing – Twin Shadow
03. We tried – The Drums
04. Blue headlights – Shout Out Louds
05. Boyfriend – Best Coast
06. Don’t wake the dead – Guards
07. On melancholy hill - Gorillaz
08. Live in dreams - Wild Nothing
09. Long division blues – Peggy Sue
10. While we’re young – Department of Eagles
11. Tighten up – The Black Keys
12. Sing sang sung – Air
13. No surprises – Radiohead
14. I look to you – Miami Horror
15. VCR – The XX
16. I can’t stand it - The Velvet Underground
17. Blue moon – Kendal Johansson
18. Look – Sébastien Tellier
19. Koop island blues – Koop
20. Bermuda – Kisses
21. I’ll try anything once – Julian Casablancas
22. Hey cool kid – Cloud Nothings
23. Forget you – Cee-Lo Green
24. Vacation - Beach Fossils
25. Don’t you want me - The Human League 
26. Toxic – Mark Ronson featuring Tiggers
27. Shelia – Atlas Sound
28. Bitch – Plasticines
29. You’ll never know - The Platters
30. Older brother – Pepper Rabbit
31. Time on my hands – Billie Holiday
32. You know – JJ
33. In the sun - She & Him
34. Spectacular girl – Eels

Chic comme une Parisienne

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There are several reasons why almost every Parisienne possesses a pair of suede bottines; the bottines are ultra chic, walkable, versatile and adds a nonchalant air to all outfits. These lovely bottines from A.P.C. embody the true Parisian street style. I want to get my hands on these because I’ve been dreaming of a pair of bottines in camel suede leather for years now, but first they have to pass through an extended deliberative process. Fortunately, I’m going back to Paris soon!

Bonne année!

Bonne année et bonne santé à vous tous !
Thank you all for making 2010 a great blogging year. You cannot believe how your words of support and comments cheer me to blog more. I really appreciate it!

One of my blog’s resolutions for 2011 is to post more outfits (requested by readers), but I don’t think it will happen because it would be like posting the same picture over and over again. Regardless, all I have to offer is a (poor quality) video of my New Year’s Eve outfit. It was completely unpredicted as I was supposed to wear something else. At the last minute, I switched from wearing the intended outfit to what I was wearing all day. Strangely, I also wore this particular sweater to the Christmas party and on Christmas Eve.

I wore a chunky crew neck knit from Acne, a pair of soon-to-be perfect tapered trousers from Zara which I eventually decided to get my hands on (the cuffed hems will be fixed soon), heels and my regular outerwear from Isabel Marant.

Bon Chic Bon Genre

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Voici les looks que je préfère! Inspiring photos from Inès de la Fressange’s newest book ‘La Parisienne’. The excerpts from the book look very promising and inspiring. For those of you who wonder: The utterly chic Parisienne in these photos is the author’s daughter Nine.