Thursday, May 16, 2013
Another wishlist! This time a little bit more expensive one than usually;)
It's funny how I work: I fall in love with certain pieces and have them on "my list" forever. I guess for most of these pieces it's actually really going to be forever. Well, let's dream a bit.
From far left, clockwise:
1. Balenciaga Watch: I know, I know, I already have that one in two colors (for al the people who asked) but ever since I saw this one, I can't get it out of my head anymore. Best watches ever.
2. Cartier Love Bracelet: Oh my, the number 1 on my list, for so long already. I love the one with a few diamonds, of course. I love everything that glitters!
3. Rodarte Dragon Earring: Remember that one from the Spring/Summer 2013 show? How amazing it looked on Jessica Stam? I definitely do!
4. AS29 Flower Ring: So delicate and available in plenty of colors! I've been staring at it "forever"...well, my kind of forever.
5. Repossi Berbère Earring: Been staring at these beauties forever too. For a change. For donations: Every size and color is okay with me. The whole collection is just to die for. Rings included.
6. Chanel First Watch: That one has been love at second sight! It would be a nice contrast to the bigger and heavier Balenciaga ones. (I'm not actually complaining. That would be too much.) Love the white version with diamonds the most.
7. Givenchy Earring: For my inner Lisbeth Salander. I just think these are so cool, especially to combine with classic outfits like suits, or purely girly ones: perfect with a little flower dress!
8. Repossi Ring: Matching the delicate AS29 flower ring. Another delicate one, timeless and beautiful. The kind of Jewel I would see myself wearing for a long long time.
9. Bijules Ring: Very minimalistic, it always reminds me of claws around my finger. That one in silver please?
10. Dior Bois de Rose ring: You all know that I never take my "oui" ring off, it's my lucky charm! I like the Bois de Rose collection, it's so romantic and girly, perfect to combine with the "oui" one.
11. AS29 Flower Earrings: Just because they are so beautiful. Look at these colors! You should check ou the red ones, just wow.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Keira as Coco by Karl.
What a marvelous short movie, I can't stop watching it!
I love how Karl Lagerfeld manages it every time to transport people into other worlds. And Keira, as usual, is just pure perfection.
By the way: How beautiful is her hair in this movie?!
Take a look at this, it's worth it.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
First (and only so far ) warm day this "spring"! So before going back to the grey, rainy days I decided that it's time for the kind of outfit that you hide like a treasure in your closet, just to take it out when the timing is perfect and the weather allows it: Tadaaa. I'm totally in love with this Sandro ensemble, I don't even need to start with the shirt (because you all know my endless love for silky, printed shirts) and these jackets - they are really the best when it comes to make endless variations of these round collared, boxy and slightly baseball inspired jackets. A welcome change to the more classic suits I like to wear, and hey, for that one: there's even glitter on it. This is definitely going to be one of my favorite summer suits!
Let's all hope that spring is going to arrive soon - because right now it still feels like winter. Usually I prefer winter to summer, but right now I'm craving lazy afternoons at the Tuileries!
Jacket, Shirt & Shorts - Sandro / Clutch - Givenchy / Shoes - Balenciaga / Ring - Maison Martin Margiela / Bracelets - Hermès & Isabel Marant
all pictures by Agata Wolanska.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
These m2malletier beauties have been on my radar for quite a while now, seeing them here and there I finally took a closer look and I was right: they fascinated me since I first saw them and with every look they get better and better. Some color, minimalistic shapes and some metal, exactly what I like. I'd probably go for the classic rectangular one, preferably one in every color. Or just in purple or camel. Or both. Ah, another old/new crush on my endless list. The best thing is: I still can't decide if they are just plainly odd or simply minimalistic. Perfect combination of both I guess.
all from m2malletier.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
If you are following me on Instagram and Facebook, you're probably already going to know this picture! I rarely really like Instagram portraits, but this one is actually one of my favorite pictures of myself. So I figured I could share it here as well, I hope you enjoy it! I've been wearing this Sandro jacket for days and days now, it's one of my absolute favorites...soon you're going to see it again, as well as my clutch!
Thank you for all your support on Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr and of course here on my blog. It means so much. A xx
hat - vintage / jacket - sandro / shirt - american apparel / jeans - dr.denim / bracelet - hermès / clutch - givenchy
picture by James de Stadler.
Monday, April 15, 2013
So here it is, the obligatory "whats in my bag" post! I got so many questions about what I carry around with me during the day, and here is (more or less) everything. I guess now you know why I prefer big bags to small ones: Seeing this looks like I'm leaving for a long weekend, not for grocery shopping around the corner. But hey, you never know, maybe you'll need your passport or nailpolish on your way. Better be prepared. The world is unpredictable and carrying a nintendo DS around with me adds a lot of safety.
1. Colette Chocolates: I always keep these, I often eat at Colette (the best caesars salad!!) and if someone ever asks me for chocolate I have not only chocolate, but cute looking ones. Btw: the asking part really happened before.
2. Tissues: My dear friends know that I have a very strange "problem": my nose is always, always running as soon as I'm outside. Summer, Winter, no idea why but it's not the sexiest thing in the world. Tissues needed!
3. My Perfume: Okay so I don't actually carry around this huge thing but I fill little vials you can buy separately I've been using Comme des Garçons 2 Men for an eternity and I'm not looking for a new perfume. It's simply the best. I always use mens deodorant and perfume. I'm not into smelling like a vanilla flower.
4. Kiehls Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion: I use this all the time. As you might know I have very bad skin and struggle with acne quite a lot (and no, you can't see it because I take tons of hormons so that it stays away!) so I'm very careful which products to use. I don't like hydrating cremes, so I just use this one instead and it works perfectly and it doesn't leave a greasy feeling on your skin.
5. Mirror: I bought this Marc Jacobs one because I love the heart shape. I don't think I ever used it. It just looks cute.
6. Contact Lenses: Since I'm blind as a bat without lenses and glasses, I always carry some around with me to make sure I have an extra pair. Wearing contacts instead of my big heavy glasses is the best thing ever.
7. Hairbrush: This Mason Pearson is the absolute best hairbrush ever. I keep it like a treasure. Always with me.
8. Eyedrops: I have very dry eyes. Not the best if you wear contacts all day, so I look after them very well!
9. Lipbalm: My favorite one is this Cocoa Butter one from Body Shop. I tend to bite my lips when I'm nervous so they often look like a mess. I've been looking for a colorless, none glossy balm for ages and this is the solution. Because no, when my Lips are bleeding and look terrible, I don't want a strawberry pink gloss balm on them to accentuate it.
10. Powder Brush + Mac Fix Powder: Cant.live.without. I'm not the biggest fan of makeup and foundation so I just make my skin look clearer with a bit of covering powder. Attention: I said "a bit", otherwise you look dusty.
11. Meds: Yes, I'm a freak when it comes to that stuff. After 3+ food intoxications while I was NOT at home I decided to carry around everything that could save my life. Ever since I'm known as "the wandering pharmacy".
12. Hand Gel: Paris is a dirty dirty city and I want clean hands. Easy.
13. My Phone: Always with some funny cover of course. I'm one of the phone addicted people but I don't actually like phoning people. I can't leave the house without this phone, sad but true!
14. Ninendo DS: With a pokémon game! I have no idea what I thought when I bought it because I only know the 150 first pokémons. So I have actually no idea what I'm looking for in this game. And I have no idea what i does in my bag either.
15. My Keys: Okay, that's an easy one! Of course they only come with a very kawaiii USB Stick. I'm such a girl, I know.
16. IPod Mini: I avoid taking out my Phone in the metro and in busy streets in paris (I guess that's why I still have it!!), so I'm using my favorite IPod ever to listen to music on my way. very old, but very precious.
17. Headphones: I often use these at the office when I want to be quiet (which never works!!) to not hear everyone around me. Open spaces can be very, very tiring. But also very very funny, especially when everyone is tired and on their nerves. Funniest moments.
18. OPI Nailpolish: I only use OPI and it slowly but surely gets difficult for me to find new colors I like and don't have yet. So you can only imagine how addicted I am to these nailpolishes. I started collecting them 5 years ago and my nails always have to look impeccable. I just can't handle old looking nailpolish. Hands tell a lot about peoples characters in my opinion!!
19. My card wallet: I got this one from comme des garcons recently and all my annoying train cards fit in. Train prices in france are just ridiculous btw. Of course it's also perfect for my credit cards, which are not ridiculous but the best thing on earth. When they work.
20. Some self protection: I don't like strangers coming too close to me, and in case of very evil ones every girl should carry around a bit of help.
21. Sunglasses: I recently got these from the awesome brand Rigards and I love them. We always hope for sun here in Paris!
22. Passport: In case I don't find my ID, because I lose that one every second day. So in between I carry this one around in case i need to identify myself.
23. My golden Pen: Its not just a pen, its a golden one. Makes your writings look nicer:)
24. My actual wallet: Always with wayyy too many coins in it!!
I just realized that I carry about 24 relatively random thing with me every single day. So is it true that the handbag tells a lot about a persons character? If yes, I'm really worried about mine. Just thinking about the combination of a nintendo and tons of meds. And why is it then that I also love avoiding handbags in outfits usually? I don't know if you've noticed, but in outfit posts I rarely carry one. Maybe just because it feels almost like a little bit of freedom to not carry your second self around for a while.
Only for a while though. Until you see a new handbag you absolutely NEED in your life. Oh, how often that happens...:)
bag: Alexander Wang
Saturday, April 6, 2013
It's been a while now. Yes, it's been a while since Hedi Slimane started teasing the fashion world and got some major attention from changing the name of the brand Yves Saint Laurent. From now on it should go back to the basics. Back to "Saint Laurent Paris", the start of a new era with a new designer to reinterpret the history of the legendary house. Oh it was all major drama - the black packaging, the dissolution of the oh-so-famous logo of the brand, the announcement of something groundbreaking. All the provoking, good or bad, and then there was the first show.
True, there was the smoking, the mousselines, the pussy bows, the tassels, hey, all a little hint of YSL and a hell of a lot of Hedi Slimane. A lot of noise, Daft Punk and a huge show for what? Sure if you're into Rachel Zoe and some Sixties inspired long black dresses with floppy hats you're in the right place. A nice rocky bohemian girl. But that's something truly groundbreaking? The highly anticipated 'self-supported' comeback? What a disappointment.
I often have strong emotions right away when I see shows or garments. Often it takes one, two or three assessments for me to really judge something. Not with the heart but with the head. I tried and tried and tried with Mr. Slimane for Saint Laurent and yeah that silk blouse I wore during a shooting was nice (apart from the fact that it falls apart when you move your arm). Finally I got used to that new universe of Saint Laurent. I tried to forget the subtle, thoughtful, respectful and purely beautiful version of the brand that was when Stefano Pilati was still in charge. Until I saw the last show.
Believe me with that one I tried.
The second womenswear collection (after the nice series of black and white portraits of Sky Ferreira teasing us the pre-fall collection) surely was a good and robust continuation of the menswear show. Where the models have been traded for mostly singers and other 'übercool' looking dudes. Who needs models anyway right? Hedi is doing everything "differently", but it seems more out of principle and provocation rather then trying to honestly communicate his vision . It's sad that so quickly it just gets boring.
Decidedly I was happy to see some real models on the runway for the womenswear show. As I said, if I can say one good thing about collection, it would be that at least now the Saint Laurent guy found his perfect girl. I'd say that they both equally love buying their stuff at Topshop and combine it with the remnants of their parents old wardrobe. And if after all this if they have some money left for some serious shopping, then they can afford that super nice looking leather jacket on top. "Thats the way I dress anyway" somebody was quoted on style.com. That feedback probably brought it to the point. This season, YSL was buried and the new grungy Saint Laurent girl took the lead. Only, it's sad to think that this new lead led us straight back to the past - to what every teenager knows and had known for years - vintage stores and "nonchalant" styling is a secure route to "looking cool". This generation, with Mr. Slimane - we can only hope that his clientele has a slightly more bloated bank account if they chose his brand to complete this generic look.
Hedi Slimane obviously plays a lot on the attention, the media, the shock effect, the music (because it's oh-so-inspiring to him). The big show. No wonder that for the campaign this season with Saskia de Brauw dressed as a boy and looking like a Beatle, and Anja Rubik exposing her bare breasts where just not enough.
Shock- Rocker Marilyn Mansons face on superzoom with a hint of a perfecto jacket makes much more of a disturbing impression... coupled with the still so destroyed, messed up Courtney Love striking a very druggy pose.
If thats what the elegance of the brand and the history of the house has dropped to, what is going to be shocking enough next? I'd say that, without offense after Courtney Love you can't really sink much lower. The game of Hedi Slimane with YSL - let's see what he's going to let us experience next season.
As you all know I'm very straight forward. Its something that I qualify as a positive characteristic. There's nothing worse than people without an opinion, but I thought a lot about whether i should write this article or not. It might seem like I'm just absolutely panning the brand or that I don't see the good, but I really tried to get into that whole new "vibe" of Hedi. The menswear colletions at Dior were brilliant and he's proven with his shows that at the least he is a good stylist. But what I personally hold against him the most is the lack of respect for the history of the brand. Designers come and go, times change and so does the brand. Dior by Galliano is missed. Dior by Raf Simons is surely totally different. Nicolas Ghesquière was such a perfect match for Balenciaga that everyone was deeply saddened when he announced his departure from the brand, but Alexander Wang has now proven that he's on a very very good way with his beautiful, solid debut collection. It's all in the respect of the history. Every designer has their own signature, but it's about mixing it with what has been there for decades. It shows respect and knowledge on how to deliver a solid collection, even with all these obstacles in the way. Mr. Simons and Mr. Wang succeeded - but Mr. Slimane? He just seems to have taken over completely, and thats what saddens me the most.
Who knows, maybe one day the "good old" will come alive again through his collections - and by "good old" I certainly don't mean the Second Hand look.
And now let's share some wisdom: Ain't Saint Laurent without Yves? What do you think?
all pictures via style.com
Sunday, March 31, 2013
As promised previously, voilà, a picture of my current haircut. Well, now it's more like...the out grown version of it. Tommy Ton took this picture at the Dior show and I love it because finally someone managed to get a good snap of the whole idea of the cut (no wonder that it was Tommy hah.) And I love it because now my actual head with my FACE (!!) is on style.com, not just a zoom on my non existing extravagant shoes. Maybe because I always wear the same black heels. I need new ones...okay, you get what I mean. It's nice when your head seems more interesting than the latest Manolos.
Speaking of an "important" head, looking back I've always been linked very closely to my haircut, sometimes I even have the feeling that it's only because of my cut that people appreciate me. And my eyebrows, of course. I try to ban that idea fast though, because I don't like the thought that people could reduce me on these two characteristics of mine, even if they are indeed very present and strong, and maybe even different from other peoples. Honestly, even if they do, it's probably my own "fault. So in whatever way, I can live with it, sometimes more, sometimes less, sometimes I love the thought of being known for it, sometimes I wish that I'm more than just a haircut on legs.
I know that as long as I can remember, I always loved playing with my hair. When I was around 14, it was fire-red (that looked horrible. Imagine that with the black eyebrows. Definitely a low point ) because apparently at one stage of your teenage hood you are only cool if you have red hair. So that was that. Then I went blonde for a while, well a strange mix between blonde and brown, let's say yellow highlights on deep brown hair. Imagine the result, voilà. Finally I decided that both looked more than crap and decided to not dye my hair again, good decision, so I fought with about 10000 hairdressers to get a fringe. You know the hairdressers you go to, you know what you want, and then they tell you that it's just going to look crap? Is that actually their job? No, just cut my hair please. Crying in front of the mirror if it's bad is going to be my part anyway. That was when I found my hairdresser that I go to until today, Vito. Fringe? You? Perfect! That's the kind of reaction I want. He tries everything, remains honest and just makes things work, its so easy with him. So then I had a fringe, and then one day I just cut it short. And ever since, as you all know, it stayed short. From the beginning i got so much good feedback that I never even thought about letting it grow back. If you have been following me for the last years, you probably know that Vito & me tried nearly everything possible with my hair. It's been so much fun and it still is. He even made me dye it black once, and I loved it! (Not enough to do it again though;) So recently, I started asking myself more and more what I would look like with long(er) hair again. It popped up in my head once, then disappeared and it's been floating around ever since, so one day I just decided to let it grow. The last time I saw myself with long hair was when I was 16, so I visibly changed a lot and would love to see myself again with it. Just out of curiosity.
So here we are now, at Vitos salon, asking him to cut it in a way so that its short and long at the same time. Usually he doesn't need much description, he does what he wants anyway (in a good way!) That undercut was a brilliant idea and I love it, it adds something edgy and fun to the boring phase of outgrowing hair. Without it, I would probably have cut it already again. I can't deny that sometimes, even now, I miss my short hair. But after all this time of trying, I decided that I'd actually try and have fun with something new.
Let's see how long I can make it, literally.
picture by Tommy Ton for style.com
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Look what I recently stumbled on a friends Instagram : Charlotte Olympia Kitty Boots. Yes, Boots.
As you probably all know by now, I'm totally obsessed with the kitty flats, have been since the beginning and I finally got mine just a few weeks ago
(I'm walking home barefoot in the rain so that they don't get wet. That's love.)
So now I've seen this: officialy on my wishlist from today on.
(I'm walking home barefoot in the rain so that they don't get wet. That's love.)
So now I've seen this: officialy on my wishlist from today on.
I can't wait to see them in the stores this winter. Do you like them as much as I do too?
photo from Géraldine Dormoy-Tungate.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Out for a little stroll in icy Paris wearing the best: my favorite 3.1 Phillip Lim sweater and the nicest denim jacket (studs! studs! studs!) from Sandro. And of course - THE Balenciaga shoes, I got them back in November in addition to the flat ones I already bought a few years ago, they never get old! And so comfortable - to make it short: just the coolest and best shoes ever.
Can you see how much my hair has grown? It's funny how I start "styling" it again, like here this messy 80ies hairdo...it's strange to see that even after so many years (over 6 now!) these reflexes still come back....I guess some things you never forget. Ever since I decided to let them grow for a change I've been quite happy with the result- so far I think it quite suits me! Soon I'm going to post a little picture where you can see the cut more clearly- cause of course, there always has to be a short part somewhere:) What do you think, do you like it?
pictures by James de Stadler.
pictures by James de Stadler.