I got this shirt from a clothing swap years ago, simply because I couldn’t resist the gingham print. It doesn’t even have a label anymore, so I couldn’t say where it originally came from. It’s short and relatively fitted, which means it can easily slip under a dress and which is how I wear it most of the time. Sometimes I may even throw on a sweater on top if it’s chilli. On another occasion I documented for the blog, I knotted it over a dress. Very country. But of course, it also goes perfectly fine with a high-waist skirt or a pair of shorts. It’s just so simple and classic.
How else would you wear this gingham shirt?
Outfit 1 | Outfit 2 | Outfit 3 | Outfit 4
The story of this photo is an interesting one. The pretty girl depicted is a so-called “pacucha“, part of a 1930s-1940s Hispanic/Latino American subculture. Such ladies defied stereotypes and classic gender roles by wearing masculine clothes and hitting the town with their boyfriends, instead of being good, submissive housewives. Their style was outrageous at the time, with exaggerated bouffant updos and masculine/feminine combinations. This particular look is simple, but badass – I love the pleated pants with those delicate sandals, the hair flower, and bold lipstick.
Get the look: Topshop top + Monki pants + Accessorize hair clips + Modcloth sandals
I am now writing from the comfort of my own desk, which has been such a rare thing lately. I landed home from Paris this morning (a little too early for my taste) and now I’m beginning to put things in order after three weeks away. But it’s still Sunday, and there’s still a little daydreaming to be daydreamed. Which makes me think of the beautiful park Andre Citroen, which we accidentally discovered while riding Velib bikes through Paris.
This instantly became my favorite park. As we entered through perfectly cut shrubs without knowing what to expect, we came across a Pinterest-worthy picnic in full swing. Moments later, we were near greenhouses (closed, unfortunately, but normally available to sit in), then on suspended alleyways, then by a waterfall, and then on a wonderful lawn with people resting. We spotted a fountain where children were playing and found a sparkling water spring (you have to know it was a million degrees outside, so both of these came as blessings). It was full of surprises, honestly. And obviously, we couldn’t miss the huge helium balloon in the middle of the park. It took us 300m up in the sky, from where we could see most of the city and duh, take tons of pictures. After seeing the balloon on the sky of Paris for all those days, it was nice to actually be inside it.
Parc André Citroën
2 Rue Cauchy, 75015
I hope you’re all making the best of the last summer days! And if you’re stuck at home this weekend, maybe these fun links will help you relax and daydream a little.
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We found this place by accident on a lazy afternoon, and we decided to stop there for a while. It was empty, except for a man who seemed to be the owner. He was. As we sat down at one of the tables by the street, we noticed all sorts of pictures on the walls. Many of them depicted the coffee shop around the years – an art school graduation in the 1960s, autographed fashion shots from the 1980s – and we even spotted the very same guy in his youth (“oui, c’est moi,” he said). Of course, we started making up stories on what this place must have been, which makes total sense in the surrounding space of Le Marais combined with our limited knowledge of French. We got coffee and tea, and the owner offered to take our picture. Of course, we agreed, cause we never have pictures together, and we took pictures of him too. The place was a beautiful mix of seemingly random things, complete with charming fresh roses on every table.
Now if you google this café, you’ll find Royal Bar has a bunch of negative reviews. It’s not cheap – we paid 10 euros for one hot drink each – but it’s not like Paris is known for being cheap! And as a traveler, you might find it offensive that they don’t allow laptops inside (nor have wi-fi for that matter). But if you’re there just for coffee, you’ll find it’s even more relaxing when no one is staring at their smartphone. We had a lovely time there, and I do recommend this café if you’re in Paris.
19 Rue du Parc Royal, 75003
One | Brooch by And Smile. This sweet little shrink plastic brooch will make your t-shirt or tote bag forever feel like summer.
Two | Cake topper by Pink Poppy Party Shoppe. A lovely statement cake topper, which would look cool as kitchen decor too.
Three | Ceramic figure by Barruntando. This cute little unicorn just sits, with those adorable dots of his. Come sit with me!
Four | Dress by RoEnArt. Pineapples! Parrots! This hand-painted dress features both these things in bright, sunny yellow.
Five | Hello Sunshine by Lisa Sarah. A minimalist, unusual decoration made of stainless steel and shining with contrasting yellow typography.
Six | Sandals by Adi Kilav. Enjoy the last days of summer in these awesome backless sandals (now 20% off!)
For the first time ever, I’m matching some of my own snaps with street style photos in a visual comparison. I can’t help it – Paris is so beautiful and inspiring, there’s something interesting at every street corner. In a stroke of luck, some of the fashionable pictures are actually shot in Paris! As for the phone snaps – some you’ve already seen here or on Instagram, some of them you haven’t. Either way, I hope you’ll enjoy them in this formula!
La Maison Rose // We The People
Beach huts // Song of Style
Ice cream // Street Style Aesthetic
Canal St. Martin // unknown
Montmartre carousel // unknown