Archive for April, 2011

French Connection cap sleeve top
22 GBP – very.co.uk

Mod coat
$90 – modcloth.com

GAP stretch denim jeans
$70 – gap.com

Diane von Furstenberg platform shoes
$255 – nordstrom.com

Old Navy open toe shoes
$25 – oldnavy.gap.com

Strap bag
$35 – modcloth.com

Sterling silver jewelry
725 EUR – tiffany.com

The origin of the word is French, and it initially meant “urchin.” Applied to style, it refers to the iconic look,
defined by a boyish, youthful, naive style; it is always somewhat playful and mischievous but never frilly.
When I think about Gamine, always Audrey Tautou comes to mind in “Coco before Chanel” – simple classic pieces that are functional rather then decorative, everything having its purpose, carrying essense of menswear
but is very feminine at the same time. It’s all about finding balance between practicality of menswear, boyshness and coy femininity.

Key pieces:

Striped sailor bateau top
Classic trench
Quilted bag
Espadrilles
Capri pants
Baby doll dress
Boyfriend blazer
Wedge sandals
Cigarette pants

what to wear, where

Nice little book that offers not only an advice on appropriate attire for any occasion, but also beautiful photographs with two sample outfits for each. The occasions range from bowling with friends, or a night out with the girls, to black-tie events, meeting your beau’s parents and going to an art gallery. I found it entertaining and useful at the same time. A lot of beautiful photos too.

I often thought the world needed a book like that, especially after going to an early afternoon summer wedding this past summer, and being astonished at the parade of rather formal dark navy dresses completely unsuitable for such an event, not to mention uncomfortable and impractical. So yes, the world needed a book like this to help people not to be either underdressed or overdressed for various events.

In addition to extensive list of events, in the back of the book there are two lists of wardrobe essentials for each of the two authors of the book – Katherine and Hillary and an index for every single article of clothing from the photos along with a designer name which a found very helpful since I liked a couple of things and wanted to know where I could purchase them.

I greatly enjoyed the book, even though I find some examples unacceptable, like leather jacket with pearls or chiffon dress with biker boots. But even though I did not agree with everything in this book, I found it a delightful read and I did pick up some interesting. One outfit in particular struck my fancy – Ines wearing navy polka dot belted dress with olive cardigan and light brown kelly bag, just like the one I have.

I will definitely give similar outfit a shot as well as navy sweater and menswear blazer with pushed up sleeves.

I loved the list of basics that is different from list of basic you can find elsewhere:
menswear blazer, trench coat, navy sweater, tank top, little black dress, perfect fitting jeans. I never owned menswear blazer or sweater in navy and now I am inspired to give them a try.

This is not your typical style book, it is a guide to experiencing Paris and I will take it with me when we will go there with my family.

The whole book has an air of effortless chic and I will definitely read it again and again.

My shopping desires

Posted: April 6, 2011 in Shopping

Here are a few things I found in J. Crew catalog I am currently craving to buy.

Mod

Posted: April 6, 2011 in Style
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Irwin Jordan pleated dress
165 GBP – theoutnet.com

Dorothy Perkins high neck dress
32 GBP – dorothyperkins.com

Windsmoor black coat
99 GBP – johnlewis.com

Moschino cropped tweed jacket
402 GBP – net-a-porter.com

DKNY opaque stocking
$15 – nordstrom.com

Theory pleated skirt
$255 – theory.com

Marc Jacobs patent pumps
295 CAD – gravitypope.com

Jimmy Choo ballerina flat
$195 – net-a-porter.com

Mod is mainstream fashion style associated with the mid to late 1960s. It originated in London amongst working youth.
Mod is bold and graphic, it focuses on bright colors, exaggerated patterns, geometric shapes, and horizontal and vertical lines.
Color was used against black and white.
Think minimal, streamlined and bold. Eye popping accents like a bold-colored shoes or a simple coat topped off with a covered, oversized button, geometric cuts and boxy shapes.
Dresses, pants and skirts are a-line and slightly flared. Skirt waists were dropped to several inches below the natural waist,
and dresses often had no waist, had dropped waists or had empire styling. Wide pleats were popular on dresses and skirts,
but they always started at the hip, not the waist.
Dresses were worn with contrasting (or the ever-present black and white) opaque tights and brightly
colored shoes. The hemlines for dresses and skirts were either mid-thigh or just below the knee. Sailor-style pants were most popular.

Key pieces:
Black turtleneck with 3/4 length sleeves
Opaque tights
A-line dress with embellished neckline
Cropped and boxy or tent shaped jacket with large buttons
Bright-colored mini skirt
Sailor pants
A-line skirt that sits low on the hips
Ankle Boots
Balet flats
Round-toe pumps with chunky heel
Geometrically shaped earings and necklaces

Bohemian

Posted: April 5, 2011 in Style
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Miss Selfridge coral top
25 GBP – missselfridge.com

Dresses dress skirt
$70 – eshakti.com

Stephen Dweck handcrafted ring
$238 – nordstrom.com

Kenneth jay lane jewelry
73 GBP – net-a-porter.com

Generally, the term “Bohemian” is applied to people who live unconventional, usually artistic, lives. When talking about personal style, “Bohemian” is earthy, layered, loose, relaxed and natural. thnk gypsies or hippies in 60’s or 70’s
Essential fabrics are cotton and linen,flowing sihhouettes, mxi dresses and flared pants, with everything having weathered look, earthy colours, with lots of brown accessorized with organic jewelry.

Key pieces:

Peasant blouse
Empire waist dress with wide sleeves
Long flowing gypsy skirt
Large cocktail rings
Shell necklace
Gladiator sandals

Stripes rule

Posted: April 3, 2011 in Accessories, Shopping

One of the top styles for the upcomming summer

I am in love with those!