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Turtleneck Top – New Look/ASOS

Skirt – ASOS 

Sneakers – Nike 

Bonjour mes amis,

I was in Paris at the end of the month for my best friend’s birthday and thought I’d try to rustle together a blog post to commemorate the trip (and her birthday ofc). Firstly, I just want to say that button up skirts are some of the cutest articles of clothing ever! They make me feel like I live in the countryside, on a prairie like Dorothy – or maybe that’s just the feel that this skirt in particular gave me with its rust colouring and two toned stripes. Either way, I need to invest in more of this particular style of skirt. This outfit was very conservative with its high neck and tights but I quite enjoyed it, it not only made me feel quite mature but gave me these later 80 campus feels (like Clueless but with a longer skirt)

Another thing I became aware of after arriving in Paris – apart from how well I seemed to blend in – mostly because I was wearing mostly black, was how undeniably chic the women there were. There is definitely a cultural appeal about Parisian women, namely that they are immaculately, effortlessly, becomingly stylish and chic, carry themselves with poise and have an explicit presence. More than how they dress, it is not their style that gives them that presence (although it definitely doesn’t hurt) but their attitude.

“You have this ‘Je ne sais quoi’ quality about you”

“She has this Joie de vivre”

Are both French qualities that are constrained within the French language and although they can be prescribed to others outside of the nationality, they cannot be translated. In a way, it is the French attitude that is unable to be transformed or transfigured into any other kind that is not what it first was (French). I feel like that got a bit complicated whilst I was trying to figure out what it was that I was trying to say but ultimately, the French have this sexy confidence that is expressed through their style and the way they carry themselves. Something I both admire and attempt to emulate within my day to day life.

Another interesting element of my trip was the discovery of Paul Signac’s work. So, if I remember correctly, he was an early 20th century Neo-impressionist French painter who painted in dots of pure colour. His paintings were not only fun to look at but incredibly breathtaking when peered closely at. It was crazy to view all the dots that made up the trunk of a tree or the sea – oh wow, the way this man painted the sea! I was in awe truth be told, not only because he was so talented but also because I’m so lazy that to think that someone would take hours on end to paint in dots and create such a masterpiece stirs all sorts of emotions within me. Mostly  it makes me wish I wasn’t so lazy haha.

I’ve included some pictures of his work below for you all to have a look for yourself, although if you want the real deal – Go to Musee D’Orsay if ever in Paris, you will not regret it. Asides from Signac, there is a lot of incredible art (Van Gogh, Picasso etc etc) to enjoy 🙂

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And last but not least, here is a picture of my bezzie’s cute butt, Happy (now Belated) 21rst Birthday beautiful!

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As always, let me know what you think and I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx

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Balmain Paris A/W14

Once in a while (not as often as you’d think) a seasonal collection will take me by surprise and completely override my thoughts until I spiral on the brink of insanity due to the intense desire I feel to don said collection’s garments. This season during Paris Fashion Week my eyes and heart was overtaken by Balmain’s A/W14 collection. As soon as the first image was uploaded on Instagram I knew it would be THE collection I would obsess about for months to come and why not? It’s pretty fu*king perfect!

Olivier Rousteing is quite frankly one of my favourite creative directors – having taken over the position of being Balmain’s near the start of the current decade. Considering the fact that he’s quite young as well as being immensely talented I have come to the conclusion that he is the perfect man (did I mention he was French?)

Now Balmain has always had talented creative directors – Oscar de la Renta being one of them – and I have in the past often flicked through their seasonal collections expressing my delight and adoration for the designs but I was not prepared for the sheer perfection of this years A/W collection. Woah. That’s all I can really (not really) say in response to the combination of looks present in the Balmain Paris Fashion Week’s catwalk show.

The direction that Olivier has taken in reference to the influx of influences from the 80/90’s is simply breathtaking – the retro glamour of leather (lots and lots of it), studded embellishments, crocheted design, the feathers, the fur, the chunky gold accessories, the chokers, the animal patterns, the flattering cuts paired with the cinched waist detailing were almost a bit too much to take in all at once!

There is such a thing as overdoing it in fashion (thought many will deny this) and I feel that this collection had just the right balance reverberating through it from start to end.

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(Skirts over trousers? I guess that’s making a comeback too)

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Do you see what I was talking about?

It’s an incredible collection and every inch of my being is dying to possess it. The last time I coveted something this much was when Meadham kirchhoff showed off their S/S14 collection –  And I’m still absolutely taken by it!

Of course there still begs a question, who wore it better?

Model

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Or

Popstar?


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It’s got to be Rihanna for me! Her whole appearance was styled perfectly to the T. The bob hairstyle, the pointed bronze heels, the accessories, the assortment of Khakhi coloured leather – a prominent colour theme throughout Balmain’s A/W14 collection which was very military styled on closer analysis – She’s even wearing her own lip shade! Which is an excellent marketing strategy in my opinion. I wonder if she thought the same…

However one of my most prominent favourite looks had to be the all matte black leather jacket, the cinched high waist leather biker pants, woven crop top bedecked with golden detail and the chunky gold hoop earrings. This in my opinion was just an effortless combination of raiment. It instantly transported me to the scene of late 80’s early 90’s old school attire and had my gaze transfixed.

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*Sighs deeply and devastatingly*

One day. One day.

Lovely Lace

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Dress – Either Asos if you’d like the dress to be pure white or Hurleys/Fantasia Boutique for the same peach white colouring of the dress in the picture.

Similar white Lace coatYesStyle or AliExpress – The latter coat can double as both a dress and/or a coat.

Shoes – Exact match at Missguided!

I hadn’t ever thought about combining white lace together in one outfit before I saw this woman. She truly was able to pull it off and had such a sweet look about her!

Adore peach white lace dress underneath the coat, a slight throw off from the rest of the pure white colour scheme but it worked beautifully.

Earlier this year there was an influx of white in Spring collections. Broderie , brocade, lacework, you name it.

This trend has seemingly leaked into Autumn/Winter collections and the Moncler Gamme Rouge collection Autumn/Winter 2013 at Paris Fashion Week is a prime example!

Perhaps a little over the top for some people and none can attest that it was beautifully executed.

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The ethereal white colour scheme, the glittering crystals, mirror panels and snowflake detail on the winter gear brings the White Witch Queen of Narnia to mind almost instantly (for those that have either read the books or seen the movie anyway).

Overall it created a grandiose imagery of seductively beautiful, well dressed, icy hearted winter fairies.

White is often thought to be semantically linked with purity, innocence and most of all the season of winter.

What other way would there have been to bring out all of these elements other than to parade statuesque ice maidens down a catwalk dressed in the colour that ties it all together?

I’m going to take my own advice through the apparent ardour I have for this particular collection and invest in a beautiful white winter coat now.

London Fashion Week is also officially over!

It was great, it was good, it was inspiring, it was awe-spiring and we must sadly say goodbye to it until next year.

I wasn’t able to go to any shows this year but definitely will in 2014!

London Fashion Weekend however starts tomorrow and is on until the 22nd *Claps hands excitedly*

If you’re interested in buying tickets to the events which will be held at Somerset house, this link will direct you where to go.

Hope you’ve all had a lovely London Fashion Week and are looking forward to the next as much as I am!

Beijinhos **