9/13/15

29 Rooms

Here are excessive amounts of pictures from the 29 Rooms exhibit put on for the 10th anniversary of Refinery 29 :






"Give a woman the right makeup and she can conquer the world."







Head in the clouds.

7/15/15

Le 14 Juillet



On my daily commute to and from my internship, I've started a new habit of listening to podcasts to pass the time. I honestly can't rave enough about it. I'm obsessed. One of my favorites has quickly become Stuff You Missed in History Class. My inner nerd lives for their fascinating takes on historical events. I recently and coincidentally listened to one on the French Revolution.


Many people who don't live in France are confused by Bastille Day and what it actually is. Well, for those who don't know, Bastille Day, or as it's more commonly referred to in France "La FĂȘte Nationale" or "Le 14 Juillet," was the start of the French Revolution. It is essentially their version of Fourth of July, except instead of a bunch of old guys signing a paper, it involves the storming of a prison.

The French people were long dissatisfied with the rule of Louis XV, and when his teenage son took over the thrown with his ostentatious wife (Marie Antoinette? You might have heard of her?) they had had enough. On July 14, 1789, they stormed the prison, killing the guards and setting the prisoners free. They also managed to steal all of the gun powder that was inside, thus beginning the French Revolution. And well, for those who know anything about history, you know it doesn't end well for Marie Antoinette and her husband, Louis XVI.

France as a Republic didn't last long though before Napoleon Bonaparte became emperor. There are a million more details to read up on, and it really is incredibly interesting. I definitely recommend these podcasts to anyone looking to learn more! There were several podcasts specifically on each of the monarchs as individuals which were equally fascinating. If French monarchs aren't your cup of tea, there are plenty of others including the history of peanut butter and the proposed hippo farms of the early 20th century.

These pictures are from the Bastille Day on 60th celebration which was held this weekend in honor of the holiday. I got to eat delicious pastries and listen to people actually speaking French causing me to reminisce on my days as a Parisienne.





I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday as much as I did! Especially those in France who got to enjoy the real celebration!

Bisous! x

7/1/15

The Chipped Cup


I spent my day off work with a good friend in this little place in Harlem. As an uptown girl (and I mean 242nd St. Uptown for those New Yorkers who know what I'm talking about) I always scoff at those who say they would never travel above 96th. Well I'm here to tell you that we got a bad rap. 

Shirt: Forever21, Necklace: Mango


 This coffee shop, The Chipped Cup, is a little slice of heaven. The charming decor inside is only trumped by the garden patio exterior. And can I just say that this croissant was to DIE FOR. 




I would sit hear and work or read for hours in a heartbeat. I also can't complain about the convenient color coordination that went on.



Shorts: Thrifted, Bag: Coach, Sunglasses: Triple Graces

We explored Harlem a little further, catching our train at 157th where we spotted several restaurants and cafes that I will definitely try and get to in the future.

Boots: BC Footwear

 In short, if you visit New York or, even more so, if you live in New York... Don't let your biases dissuade you from exploring this beautiful city. There are so many more gems like this where you might not expect it. 


4/17/15

Baby, You're So Classic



 Living in Europe changed my style more than I ever thought possible. I still love a good trend, but I gear way more towards classic pieces and minimalism. I love this simple shift dress, the classic trench, and the staple boot. Seeing all the women running around in their perfect trench coats was inspiring. It's the easiest piece to throw on and instantly look like you have your life together.

This is something I'm trying to add into my daily life in addition to my clothing. Minimizing the excess to focus on what's actually important. I've made mini-goals to procrastinate less and to focus on doing things right away instead of waiting until I "feel like it" because (spoiler) if I'm putting it off I probably will never "feel like it". Some things you just have to do. My room is consistently cleaner than my mother ever would have thought possible and my work is being done before midnight the night before. I would say it's a pretty good start, but I still have a ways to go before my life is as pulled together as this trench coat.


Dress and Trench: Thrifted, Sunglasses: Asos

Boots; ShoeMint

3/15/15

3 Rules for French Dating

"Even the wicked dream of love."
I don’t discuss a lot of aspects of my personal life on this blog. I’m a fairly private person in those regards. One thing that most of you wouldn't know without knowing me in real life is that my boyfriend is French. Like living in Paris, French. Between dating him and just living in Paris for so long, I've come to realize how different dating culture is in the United States.

But if you’re looking to woo a Frenchman (I highly recommend, I’m a big fan of mine), then here are some tips to save yourself some time and possible frustration along the way.

Rule 1: You are probably not going to meet a random boy in a bar. That’s not how it works. The majority of the French really tend to keep to themselves, so most people start dating by going out with a group of friends first. There aren't really “dates” like in the United States. “Dates,” as we would see them, tend to be for older couples or couples who are more established. There’s not a “first date” where you get to know the person, and have to worry about all of the sometimes fun, sometimes confusing components, including the first kiss. If you are going on a date with a French person, you've probably already squared that all away. The French see the American standard of dating as putting too much pressure on a situation. Why put yourself in an awkward position if you aren't sure you even really like the person yet?


Rule 2: If you are going to go out on a date with a French person, do not put on your nice dress and heels. In a country where looking fabulous is all about looking like you just threw something on, that will most likely be seen as trying too hard. Most French women will wear exactly what they’ve been wearing all day. Why would they dress up for this person? If your date wants to be with you he will appreciate you in the clothes that you wear on a daily basis (but remember French girls don’t wear sweatpants outside the house anyways, so stick to jeans). If you want to dress up an outfit, try a swipe of lipstick or a pretty scarf to enhance your ensemble.

Rule 3: Guess what? If you reach the point where you've kissed, and especially if you’re hanging out one-on-one, congratulations! You've got yourself a French boyfriend. There is no “talk” that you need to have. The French will not date more than one person at the same time (unless he or she is a total scum-bag, but that’s pretty easy to spot). This takes out all of the questions in a new relationship. You don’t have to be worried about not being on the same page. Playing head games and playing the field aren't really very French, at least not if you've been seeing each other consistently. If they like you, you'll know it.



What do you think of these French dating rules? Have you had similar experiences? Let me know and bonne chance !


2/21/15

New York Fashion Week 2015

I was lucky enough to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week again this season. I went to two different shows: the AMCONYC and the Art Heart's Fashion Show, presented by the Aid's Healthcare Foundation. Both shows were amazing.

AMCONYC is a company striving to give up-and-coming designers a platform to showcase their wares. The show was located at the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel. There was a pop-up shop before hand where the designers were out and greeting clients, so that everyone could get a good look at the clothes.

One thing I have to say though was that the organization was sub-par.. The doors to the show were supposed to open at 6 pm, but we ended up standing around waiting for almost an hour. Thankfully we finally found our seats and the show was great. I was so impressed by the variety of models that were used on the runway. It didn't seem to be just straight-size or plus-size models, but rather models across the spectrum. It was a great representation of how amazing diversity can look (hint, hint to the major designers).

The second show was equally if not more incredible. It was at Lincoln Center on the last day of fashion week, so things were winding down. All the designers did such an AMAZING job. The clothes were incredible. I have to say that the standout was Michael Costello. It wasn't just a fashion show; it was a performance piece. The first girl who took to the runway came out to eerie music, not walking but almost dancing. As she got to the end, she dropped her cape, to everyone's shock she was wearing naught but her birthday suit and an intricate paint job.

Overall the show definitely contained a lot more nudity than I was expecting (there was also a male model who wore a gold sock and not much else), but everyone loved it.

I'll see you next time fashion week.













2/5/15

Barcelona

I'm finally home from studying abroad, and all I can say was that it was magical. I'm going to try to get some more new content going on this page, but for now I'm going to share some pictures from my travels!

First up, beautiful Barcelona, Spain. I visited during the week of Toussaint, which is a week break over the week of Halloween!



In the photo above you see me in a garden near this incredible structure (seen below). If you don't recognize it, it's called the Sagrada Familia and it is pretty much the symbol of Barcelona. An enormous church designed by Gaudi, it's actually still under construction. It's a little expensive to visit inside, but please do yourself a favor and GO SEE IT. It was one of the most incredible things I have ever seen in my life. I tried to take a proper photo of the interior, but my camera did not do it justice. Seriously.



My FAVORITE place in Barcelona was the Park Guell. It was designed by Gaudi (along with numerous other buildings in Barcelona), and it TOOK MY BREATH AWAY. I am all about a curated park, and the architecture and the view are stunning. Now, you can get a good look from the outside sections, but it recently became a paying park. In my humble opinion however, I think it's worth the seven euros.




The Gothic District was also incredible (the entire city was incredible). The narrow streets, the little shops, the gelato..... 


Lastly, go to the beach. I doubt that would take any convincing, but it was breath-taking. We got to see a local band play traditional music and watched everyone dance. It was a beautiful last moment.


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