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.
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.
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
While it’s too sad and too soon to be thinking about fall, I’m afraid it’s creeping in without us even realizing it. This pre-fall collection from Samuji eases us in since it’s not really a fall collection, just almost. We get to look at fabulous cozy coats while still enjoying the lighter, all-year-round dresses. I love the retro vibes of these images, not only in color but also in the way the model poses and how the clothes are styled. There are some truly fantastic pieces in the collection (take the ruffle collar dress for example) and they emit a sense of timelessness and great craftsmanship.
This dress has been one of my most worn ones for the past few years. The reason is clear: it’s a little black dress in a classic style, which makes it wearable in a number of situations. Included below: a salon opening party, a casual hike, traveling through foreign countries, and everyday wear. I’ve taken this dress with me to many places because the synthetic brocade doesn’t wrinkle. Plus I love that I can wear it in every season, as you can see in the examples below. In summer, all it takes is a pair of sandals. In winter, it goes as far as handling a shirt underneath and a sweater on top. A pretty good deal, if you ask me!
Do you have a little black dress like every woman “is supposed to”?
Whenever traveling, I try to stay away from the touristy places as much as possible. Maybe it’s because I feel overwhelmed by the selfie-sticking crowds and maybe it’s cause I don’t like waiting in line. But I have to admit, all the buzz is rarely for nothing. There’s a reason why these objectives become so popular they’re cliché, and that’s because they’re usually beautiful. It’s the case of Montmartre, the hilly Paris area that hosts the Sacre Coeur basilique. The area is lovely and you get a wonderful view of the city from the top. So wonderful, that you could almost disregard the hundreds of people trying to take the same picture (see this cool article for reference) and the pushy souvenir sellers. Almost! Don’t get me wrong – I did visit most of the famous Paris sights on another occasion, and now I can pretend I’m an unimpressed local.
Biantika dress + Babis Art sandals + museum gift shop pin
You know how when you’re in a long-term relationship you start cultivating the same interests as the person you’re with? Yeah, that, annoying. I like to think of myself as an independent woman with particular passions of my own, but I also find it impossible not to get into the same things as my guy is. So, while I’ve never been interested in architecture more than the next Pinterest-obsessed person, I find myself visiting houses by Le Corbusier twice in two weeks. I find myself buying a pin of his famous Modulor from the Maison La Roche, which is where these snaps were taken. It looks pretty generic from these pictures, but the interior is rather stunning. And here’s the other house we visited last week, a beauty in its own right.
As for my outfit, it’s a classic case of dressing for comfort and against the heat. With over 30ºC on a daily basis, it’s hard to walk around in anything but a casual, wrinkle-free dress, and flats. And this is what I’ve been wearing, mes chères, and this is what I’ll keep wearing. No one knows me here, shhh!
Talking about Brigitte Bardot’s great style and beauty would be redundant. In this photo, she seems to be embodying all the fabulous clichés of French fashion: the breton striped shirt, crop pants and ballerina flats, the messy hair and, of course, the cigarette in one hand. She is wonderfully effortless and this simple outfit is just what I’d like to be wearing these days.
I got my first denim skirt when I was about 4 or 5, my grandma brought it from Israel. It had colorful studs and a pink bow, and you can imagine it wasn’t very pretty. But I wore it for years until it didn’t fit me anymore, and that was the last time I ever wore a denim skirt. Now I’m considering getting one, although I can’t decide which would be the right style for me. The mini button down? That seems to be all the rage in the fashion world. Here are some ways to style that and other denim skirts:
Has denim ever been this sexy? Shala Monroque‘s unbuttoning of that knee-length skirt, casually paired with a chambray shirt, is hotter than any bodycon dress I’ve seen.
There’s a reason why Alexa Chung is such an it girl. She makes everything cool, including a romantic blouse with a 70s mini skirt, sandals and a grandpa cardigan. With animal print, of course. Thanks, Alexa.
Tonya of The Moptop pairs her (Alexa Chung designed) denim skirt with a peasant blouse and basket bag, to very Jane Birkin results. The style is easy and summery.
I’m not one for ripped denim, but this woman (shot by The Face Hunter) nailed it! The colorful silk blouse adds just enough elegance to the distressed pencil skirt to make the outfit great.
Leave it to Harajuku girls to bring the 90s back! This girl shot by Tokyo Fashion is wearing a throwback outfit including a sweatshirt tucked in a straight denim skirt, a backpack, and matching sneakers.
Olivia‘s skirt is a very wearable length and her outfit is super wearable, too. With just a sleeveless floral shirt and a pair of flat sandals, she makes a great day outfit one could wear all through summer.
This Sydney Fashion Week attendee (probably a model) keeps it casual with a denim midi skirt, white t-shirt, and sneakers. I like how those green gingham socks pop.
Who would have thought denim skirts, mules or bomber jackets will ever be in fashion again? Camille Cheriere mixes them all and makes it look pulled together with her Chloe bag and scooter helmet.
This outfit from Le Dressing de Leeloo combines contrasting pieces such as a biker jacket, pineapple tank top, fitted button-down denim skirt and white Converse. It’s edgy and badass.
This is probably the coolest way someone has ever worn a denim skirt: over a tank dress, unbuttoned from the waist down. I just love this look from Tigers Don’t Lose Sleep!