Style Crush {Ines de la Fressange}

Still inspired by airs of Paris, today I just really wanted to share with you all my biggest style crush: Ines de la Fressange.

Ines has a style that I absolutely love. She tends to pick up clothing items, shoes, colours…traditionally masculine but turns them into this perfect feminine style that, to me, reflect a strong, confident woman. She’s also quite funny and doesn’t seem to take herself too seriously. To top it off, she has the cutest French accent. She is the Parisian woman.

What about you? Who’s your biggest style crush?

 

 

 

 

A Functional {Travel} Wardrobe

As in my day-to-day life, I’ve been trying to make my travel wardrobe a functional wardrobe.

This is not just because I’ve had enough of carrying heavy suitcases, but mostly because I think that holidays are better spent enjoying the moment, not wasting time wondering what to wear.

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Wandering through old streets in Porto: Travel is for wandering, not to spend time wondering what to wear!

As you may be able to tell by my previous posts, I recently spent a few days in Paris. I took with me exactly 5 outfits – one for each day I was there, plus travel day. It turned out that even that was one outfit too many. It never got cool enough to wear my long sleeve black dress.

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That was fine because, with an ever more functional wardrobe, most items I took with me could easily be mixed and matched to create a new combination if need be.

I didn’t always pack this way in the past, and pretty much always ended up overpacking. But this time around I decided to put some thought into it – how many days I’d be away, what I was going for, what the weather would be like…

Then I made a list of the items I thought would work, including shoes and accessories. I worked on that list, trimming it and writing down possible outfit combinations. A few days before packing, I laid out the outfits and removed anything that appeared unnecessary (a foulard here, a cardigan there).

And that’s how I ended up with a perfectly functional travel wardrobe and a light suitcase, with plenty of room for some annual shopping. The hubby introduced me to Uniqlo and we took the opportunity to replace some basics. But that’s a story for another day!

:::Thanks for reading and happy weekend!:::

Paris Day 3 OOTD: Le Breton à le Musée d’Orsay

While the Louvre is definitely a museum not to be missed, le musée d’Orsay is my personal favourite. I love the history of the building, its architectural style, and, above all, it contains some of my most adored pieces of art.

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I put some thought into planning this outfit before I left. Initially, I thought about wearing my Popbasic’s Le Breton with navy trousers. That works well too. But I wanted something a bit more special for this museum and for my first outfit with Le Breton.

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I’ve had this Mango skirt since early 2010 and it’s a constant in my Summer travel suitcase. It’s very light, doesn’t wrinkle easily and works well both day or night. It’s a very special skirt as my aunt gave it to me for my birthday and first visit to New Zealand. So, it was only fitting that I’d wear my special skirt to see my favourite paintings.

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I have to say it was a bit of an emotional encounter. Honestly, I’d never experienced such a reaction at the sight of a painting. Maybe it was all those years admiring Monet’s work. Maybe it was the waiting – it’s been about 14 years since I’d last been to Paris and Orsay was closed at the time so I couldn’t visit!

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Whatever it was, it resulted in an unforgettable museum experience. I’d go back in a heartbeat!

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The outfit: Popbasic’s Le Breton, Mango polka dot foulard, Mango skirt, ShoeDazzle leopard print flats, Cuyana Tote (stone). The makeup: Chanel Vitalumière Aqua foundation (30 Beije), Bourjois little round pot blush (Rose Coup De Foudre, 16), Antipodes Hit Me With Your Best Shot lipstick.

Paris Day 2 OOTD: Louvre

That pyramid, under that blue sky! Such a beautiful example of how to mix different architectural styles, the old and the new, in perfect balance.

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We spent day 2 at le Louvre. No matter how often you’ve been before, this is such an amazing museum that it’s always worth a visit.

I ended up revisiting my favourite galleries instead of new ones. It never fails to impress me what the French brought back from the east!

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I often wear this outfit to museums in the Summer. It’s perfect for wandering along cool, old buildings and galleries but can still take the hot outdoors when it’s time to emerge back to reality. Both the knitted dress and the cardigan are Mango.

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Of course we were exhausted by lunchtime. We took it easy and enjoyed the reclining chairs in the Tuilleries.

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Have you been to le Louvre? What did you enjoy the most? And what’s your favourite museum outfit?

Paris Day 1 OOTD: Sightseeing

We traveled to Europe just a bit over a week ago and, minus the minor jetlag, it has been great to be back.

We spent the first few days in Paris and enjoyed beautiful weather in a beautiful city.

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For day one we decided to take it easy after about 32hrs of traveling across the world.

We walked down LaFayette and hopped on a tour bus by the Opera.

This was the best way to get around town with minimal effort.

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I planned my outfits before I left and took only what was needed – I like to travel light!

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For day one, I picked something ultra comfortable and fuss-free. This is a tried and tested outfit which I love. Great for mornings that demand little indecision!

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Since I got my Cuyana tote three months ago, I’ve used no other bags. It has proved itself perfect for work days, weekends, and now too for touristing.

The trousers are Zara and I just love the fit. The foulard is Mango and the belt I can’t recall. The sandals are handmade and from my favourite shoe shop in my hometown.

The shirt however, is one I bought earlier in the year but it’s such awful quality that it looks like it’s decades old. It’s one of those “cheaper ain’t better” examples. It’s on its way out…

Do you have one of those in your wardrobe?

Polka Dots

Guess what? Popbasic has just released two polka dot blouses for pre-order! Aren’t they gorgeous? 

Popbasic Polka dots

You can pre-order them separately ($55 each) or as a set ($80). I’d probably go for the white one. I already own something like that but it works so well for me that it’s definitely a pattern I would re-purchase. Which one would you pick?

If you’re planning on picking up one (or both) of these, don’t forget you can get $15 towards your Popbasic purchase here* or clicking the button on the sidebar.  

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{Not} A Glass Slipper Story – OOTD

I read this post by Kristian at Never Fully Dressed (Without a Style), and immediately thought of my very own “perfect item” that immediately turned out to be  a bit of a struggle to remix.

This is one of those items that I’ve had for many, many years. I was 16 when this skirt and I first crossed paths. For the first few years, I couldn’t think of any other combination than to pair it with a black top.

For that reason, and also because there was a while there it just didn’t fit with my Uni student style, I actually didn’t wear it for many Winters. But I couldn’t let go of it either – I loved it and deep down knew it had potential. I just wasn’t able to unlock it back then.

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Over 10 years had passed when, during a very cold and snowy Winter in England, I ventured out into a beautifully sunny and white Brighton day wearing this skirt with my new (at the time) Cath Kidston polka dot blue gumboots.

I put those two together out of necessity – my warmest skirt with the most appropriate footwear – but a light went on. I couldn’t believe I had never tried to pair this skirt with anything other than black! Since then, I’ve paired it with blue, brown, yellow, salmon, forest green…

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My current favourite though, is the combination below which I came up with this Winter. I felt like wearing this skirt one morning but didn’t want to wear it with a turtle neck. I opened my shirt drawer and that stripped one was right there. Ta-Da!

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For work, I often wear a red belt over the cardigan to add a bit of definition. I call it my Winter Nautical look. 

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 And there you have it. A skirt that remained a bit difficult to wear for many years but that I finally uncovered its remixing potential. Considering its great quality, I’m thinking I’ll be remixing it for many Winters to come! 

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Thanks Kristian, for inspiring me to put this post together on my very own [not] a glass slipper. 

If you have such an item, don’t forget to share your story below! I’d love to hear about it.