Monday, August 18th, 2014

Style Inspiration: Les Gamines

Gamine: Classic & Modern

I like to browse through Net-A-Porter for styling inspiration, and loved seeing Charlotte Gainsbourg in this week’s “The Edit” (their weekly e-zine). I’ve always adored what’s often referred to as “gamine” style, originally exemplified by Audrey Hepburn in “Sabrina” and “Funny Face” (featuring the now-iconic dance number in the smoky bar), and Jean Seberg in “Un Coup de Foudre.” The images of Gainsbourg in this article bring a modern (and ageless) sensibility to a classic gamine look.

While often including some masculine elements, the true gamine look is to my eye more feminine, just a little softer than a straight-up tomboy, sporty or menswear style. For a long time, I thought that this style was exclusively for the young and very svelte. And maybe in the most literal of Audrey-esque interpretations, it is. But those of us with curves or more than a few grey hairs can learn from and incorporate some of the best elements of la mode gamine. 

marinières

You don’t HAVE to wear a striped shirt, but it doesn’t hurt…

What’s not to love, anyway?

It’s comfortable. No need to squeeze yourself into stiff fabrics or body-con styles that require shapewear. Especially with today’s fabrics with a bit of stretch, you can find slim pants that still allow you to move, bend and sit. Soft sweaters or blouses, low-heeled or flat shoes…nothing that constricts or constrains.

It’s versatile. With a few tweaks and thoughtful accessorizing, you can go from weekend to office to evening.

It’s classic but modern. Does a pair of slim pants ever really go out of style? Or a perfect cashmere sweater? Yes, hemlines and cuts may change, but this look relies on simple classic items that are almost always available in some form, and can often be updated with a fresh accessory to look totally modern.

It’s elegance without fussiness. In fact, anything too frou-frou or stiff or overwrought will ruin the effect. It’s meant to be fresh and uncomplicated. Done right, this look can hit that perfect balance of polished and insouciant, which leads to…

It’s quintessentially French. The simplicity, reliance on a few good core pieces, the mix of masculine and feminine elements, the absence of anything overdone…it’s everything we admire about French style.

Are you inspired by gamine style? Have you found ways to incorporate into your wardrobe?

TRY IT ON…


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Image sources: Top, Pinterest and Net-A-Porter. Bottom, Net-A-Porter, Pinterest.

 

 

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Up, With Olive

J.Crew chinos, Michael Kors jacket, Balenciaga bag, leopard pumps

Like James Bond, I prefer my martinis with vodka, but stirred, thank you and with as many olives as can be skewered on that little plastic spear. Olive is also a great addition to any wardrobe and these chinos from J.Crew are quickly becoming a workday favorite. If you’re in a Business Casual workplace that doesn’t allow jeans, they’re a great pants option and are available in other colors too.

Jacket: MICHAEL Michael Kors // Tank: Eileen Fisher // Cuff: Hermès Collier de Chien, similar (more options here) // Bag: Balenciaga // Pants: J.Crew // Shoes: Cole Haan

Much ink has been spilled over the LBD, but even more important in my wardrobe is the LBJ (Little Black Jacket). This one from MICHAEL Michael Kors is a great little piece and punches well above its weight. (I bought mine last year, but it’s still available.)

Hermès Collier de Chien, Balenciaga bag

Cole Haan Bradshaw pump leopard

I was SO happy to see the folks at Cole Haan have added a classic 65mm heel pump to their fall lineup. Between that and the perfect pointy toe (with a vamp just high enough for no toe cleavage!) these may be the best leopard pumps ever. While I wouldn’t wear them to walk in all day, they are perfectly comfortable for a full day at work (including doing grocery shopping on my lunch hour). If you are in between sizes, go up to the next 1/2 size.

It’s Friday, so do tell…what’s your favorite cocktail? (Alcoholic or Non)

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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The Beauty Beat: SPF And Then Some…

It Cosmetics "Your Skin But Better" CC Cream SPF 50

I’m always looking to save a step or two in my morning routine. Here’s another wonderful multitasking product that has everything you do want and nothing you don’t. It Cosmetics “Your Skin But Better” CC Cream with SPF 50 provides both a mineral-based sunscreen (great for sensitive skin) and a bit more pigment/color correction than a tinted moisturizer. It reduces the appearance of redness without looking like you’re wearing a lot of makeup. This is a great option for those days when foundation feels like too much, but you still need a little coverage. What I like most about this is that you can reapply your sunscreen if needed every few hours without messing up your foundation!

SPF’ed UP!


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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Love Child: Converse x Missoni

Chuck x Missoni

My sister emailed yesterday to alert me to the latest high-low designer collaboration. No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you….those are Missoni print Chuck Taylors. And yes, they’re still available, but if you’re interested I’d Run Don’t Walk. (In these shoes, you’ll be able to!)

Here’s the whole collection, available now at Nordstrom.com. What do you think of this Love Child…Adorable or Abomination?

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Back And Sides

Haircut collage

I’ve had a few requests to show some side and back views of my haircut, so after Brian finished with my color and cut, I asked him to take a few shots.

It’s kind of counter-intuitive, but we’ve found that cutting some layers into my very fine hair actually gives it more volume and movement.

Have you found that there are certain cuts or styles that work better for your hair?