Parisian Chic Style Guide

I, like so many others, have always been inspired by the idea of the french woman. She’s stylish and beautiful without much effort. She eats what she wants (butter, pastries, and cheese included). She drinks wine everyday and she stays slim and fresh. She makes no apologies for living a life of decadence and yet she glows with good health. The allure of the french woman has spawned hundreds of books and articles and it doesn’t seem to be fading away. And for good reason! After all, don’t we all want to wake up with glowing skin and perfectly mussed up hair, maintain our health and still indulge in everything good life has to offer? Unfortunately, as someone who has never lived in France, I don’t have the secrets to mastering this paradox. I do, however, have a pretty decent grip on french style (if I do say so myself) and in this blog post, I’m focusing entirely on the main principles of it. From the must-have spring accessories to the beauty essentials that will give you that oh-so-alluring je ne said quoi, here are my tips and picks that encapsulate French style.


A C C E S S O R I E S

The french approach to fashion is all about the classically elegant capsule wardrobe that is punctuated by luxe extras. Tie a silk scarf around your neck and slip into a beautifully crafted pair of velvet loafers and watch your neutral cashmere sweater and cigarette pants ensemble go from zero to a hundred, just like that. When it comes to accessories (and everything really), buy fewer pieces but make them count. Sure, that designer bag may seem like a ridiculous amount of money now, but if it’s taken care of, it will last and look beautiful from season to season, year after year. Like a fine wine, a Chanel 2.55 flap bag only gets better with time.

1 // Barneys New York – Small Straw Tote Bag

2 // Tiffany & Co. – Sterling Silver Elsa Peretti Bean Necklace

3 // Nine West – Huff Women’s Smoking Slipper

4 // Polo Ralph Lauren – Callie Raffia Smoking Mule

5 // The Cambridge Satchel Company – Cloud Shoulder Bag

6 // The Met – Monet Sunflowers Bangle

7 // Mulberry – Square Silk Scarf

O U T E R W E A R

When it comes to your coats and jackets, look for timeless silhouettes and high-quality fabrics. Once you’ve got a flattering style in mind, keep your eyes peeled for eclectic details and unexpected colours to breathe new life into basics. The mainstays of your spring/summer outerwear arsenal? A lightweight linen trench, a buttery soft cashmere cardigan, a waist-cinching leather jacket and a weekend-casual denim jacket.

1 // Vero Moda – Cool Trench Jacket in Pink

2 // Iro Luiga – Cropped Leather Jacket

3 // (Pre-Owned) Chanel – Striped Knit Cardigan

4 // Rebecca Taylor – La Vie Floral Embroidered Jacket

T O P S

The essence of french-girl chic is looking like you rolled out of bed in a striped Chanel boat neck and Dries Van Noten trousers, swiped on some lipstick and finger combed your hair before strutting outside with all of the confidence in the world. It’s effortless yet stunning. It’s put-together but not too polished. So how does one achieve this tricky balance when shirt-shopping? Look for well-made tops in beautiful, natural fabrics. Subtly sexy, unexpected details are oh-so-French as well. A deep, cleavage-baring v-neck? Non. But a plunging back in your linen sweater or an off the shoulder ruffled cotton tee? Oui. P.S. never underestimate the versatility of a silk t-shirt. It will take you from day to night with ease.

1 // H&M – Ruffled Open-Shoulder Blouse

2 // WtR – Sonnet Belted Silk Wrap Top in Emerald

3 // River Island – Petite Pink Striped Crop Shirt

4 // Chicwish – Focus On Lace-Up Back Sweater

5 // Patrizia Pepe – Silk Blouse in Fuchsia

6 // Mango – Floral Embroidered Striped Shirt

7 // Banana Republic – Cropped Ponte Shell

8 // Galvan London – V Neck Camisole in Black

B O T T O M S

Creating a well-rounded, french-inspired capsule wardrobe definitely requires a few essential pieces. For example, a perfectly worn-in pair of blue jeans for casual-wear is a must – I mean, how many of us live in denim? Also, a pair of dressier trousers that you can wear to work or to a fancier event. Don’t limit yourself to plain black – a classic print like stripes or houndstooth is a little more interesting but still goes with everything. Finally, make sure to have a collection of skirts that can take you from work to play. A lace or silk number is a sexy choice for a night out, while a fluttery knee-length piece can take you anywhere, from a wedding shower to a Sunday brunch. Like with everything else, never skimp on quality and pick pieces that are unique but not trendy – for example, a wide-legged pair of high-waisted blue jeans is ultra-modern but also timelessly flattering.

1 // Dries Van Noten – Velvet Culottes in Mint

2 // Weekday – Ace Wow Blue Jeans

3 // Daily Look – Lily Lace Trim High Waist Shorts

4 // River Island – Beige Paperbag Button Front Pencil Skirt

5 // J. Crew – Okinawa Striped Wide-Leg Silk-Twill Wrap Pants

6 // TOPSHOP – Heart Ruffle Toe Mini Skirt

B E A U T Y

French women are renowned for their simple yet extremely effective approach to beauty that centres far more around skin and hair care than makeup. Forget contouring or gluing on false lashes. French beauty is all about embracing your uniqueness and enhancing your natural beauty, while also taking excellent care of your complexion. Invest in top-shelf skincare and hair care items and stick to your regime everyday. Treat yourself to a bit of pampering as well – a monthly or bi-monthly facial and massage will keep your skin glowing, while also allowing you to gain professional insight on how to keep your face looking it’s best. Also, never forget to wear a bit of perfume. Find a scent you love and wear it until people associate it with you. Finally, go easy with the makeup. A bit of red lipstick and a smudge of eyeliner is all you need to make your beauty look really pop.

1 // Yves Saint Laurent – Rouge Pur Couture The Mat

2 // Byredo – Velvet Haze Eau De Parfum

3 // French Girl – Lumiรจre Huile Pour Le Corps in Moonlight

4 // Avรจne – XeraCalm A. D Cleansing Oil

5 // Bobbi Brown- Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Carbon Black

6 // Peter Thomas Roth – 24K Gold Pure Luxury Hair Mask Treatment

I hope you enjoyed this post! What does french-style mean to you? Let me know your thoughts!

xoxo,

Alicia

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6 Fall Trends I Want To Wear Right Now

Although I love summertime and all of its joys (lazy beach days, nights spent on patios with rose and girlfriends, sunsets with sorbet), I can’t help longing for cool autumn days and the cozy clothes that go with them. As the temperature is still hovering at 30 degrees (Celsius), I am not quite ready to give up my slip dresses, sandals and shorts, but in my head I’m wearing chunky sweaters, slouchy boots and blanket scarves. For any of you who are getting ready to shop for their autumn wardrobe essentials, take a quick gander at these six drool-worthy fall trends. As soon as the leaves change colour and the temperature drops a few degrees, I swear that I’m wearing them all. Possibly even at the same time.


1 // CHUNKY SWEATERS WITH HANDMADE DETAILS

Come fall, there’s no better way to keep toasty than with an oversized grandpa sweater, preferably knit out of chunky yarns. Handmade details and bold, colourful patterns give this trend a nostalgic feel that is a gorgeous blend of quirky and sophisticated. Plus it’s surprisingly versatile. Throw one over a silk slip dress for a night out or pair it with broken in boyfriend jeans for a laid back weekend look.


2 // KITTEN HEEL SHOES

I have always been a fan of kitten heels and I am so glad they’ve made a comeback this fall. Why? They’re the perfect compromise between a pair of flats and sky high pumps. They are effortlessly chic in a Parisian girl sort of way and can be worn everywhere, from the office to a midday lunch with your in-laws. Sweet yet sexy, comfy yet polished. It ticks all of theย boxes a shoe should.


3 // RAW EDGE CROPPED DENIM

Sure, we all need a few polished pairs of jeans in our wardrobes, but every now and then it’s time to live on the edge – the raw edge. Unfinished hems are one of fall’s biggest trends and whether you like them cropped, flared or skinny, they instantly lend a cool girl, ‘I didn’t even try’ vibe to any outfit. Add a blanket scarf, floppy hat and a pair of slouchy boots and you’ve got the perfect autumn ensemble.


4 // VELVET ACCESSORIES

Despite what you may think, velvet isn’t just reserved for flower girls and 80s prom dresses. This luxe fabric is having a revolution and is appearing on everything from boots and bags to bows and chokers. I love to wear velvet accessories with more casual, distressed pieces – say a leather jacket and ripped jeans. It’s glamourous, feminine and over the top – in the best way.


5 // SLOUCHY BOOTS

The slouchy boot is the shoe of the season. Laid back and sexy, they go with everything. When worn with a flowy flowery dress they are boho chic. Pair em with leather trousers and a slouchy sweater and they have a rocker-babe vibe. I don’t know about you but I plan to buy one in a multitude of colours and fabrics – leather, suede, velvet, you name it.


6 // SILKY ‘DRESSY’ BLOUSES

Dressy ‘going out’ blouses are coming back in full force. You know what I mean. Those satiny, beaded, pattern tops that we all used to pair with jean and heels when going out for a date or clubbing with the girls. The best thing about these pieces is their utter simplicity. Throw on a pretty top, pull on a pair of jeans (mid-rise, high-rise, low-rise – there are no rules this season) and slip into a pair of ankle boots and you’ve got the perfect, effortlessly stylish OOTD. Lazy ladies like me, rejoice!

What fall trend is your favorite? Let me know what you think in the comments! I’m so excited for fall I can’t even handle it.

xoxo,

Alicia

An Ode to Coral

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One of my favorite colours for summer is juicy coral. Not quite orange, not quite pink, this exotic shade instantly warms up the complexion and makes me feel like I’m beach-ready! Nothing looks better against a summer tan than this tropical hue. Whether it’s a swipe of coral gloss or a floor-length coral maxi-dress, adopt this gorgeous shade into your own wardrobe and beauty routine and pretend you’re vacationing in Tahiti (or a tropical destination of your choice)! So with that in mind, here are a few of my very favorite fashion and beauty picks in this sunny summer shade. Hello, sunshine.

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CORAL PICKS

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1 // Caroline Svedborn – ร–rhรคngen Alexandra Light Coral Earrings

2 // Kate Spade New York – Flights of Fancy Grapefruit Leather Crossbody Bag

3 // Wear All – Chiffon Gypsy Off Shoulder Top

4 // Sam Edelman – Rochester Flats

5 // Yves Saint Laurent Beauty – Rouge Pur Couture Satin Radiance Lipstick in Color 36 Corail Legende

6 // Fitbit – Alta HR Wireless Heart Rate & Fitness Tracker

7 // Gucci – Bold High-Gloss Lacquer in Crushed Coral

8 // Suzanna Dai – Ombrรฉ Gumball Necklace

9 // Nordstrom Rack – Beauty Sleep Pillow

10 // Pretty Little Thing – Charis Coral Floral Embroidered Shorts

xoxo,

Alicia

Made Of Straw

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Straw handbags, baskets, and clutches are everywhere this summer and they really do lend a farmer’s market chic vibe to any outfit. This season’s styles have been given a trendy update with geometric shapes (retro circle styles are my favorite), intricate beading and bohemian-inspired embroidery. And we couldn’t even talk about straw handbags without also mentioning pom-poms. This fuzzy fixture from your first grade art class is here to stay and is a favorite of streetstyle fashionistas and bloggers. Bonus points if they come in rainbow hues and are accentuated with dangling tassels. Whether you prefer the country casual look with a plain and simple straw tote, or you instead take cues from high fashion with flamboyant embellishments, one thing we can all agree on is that straw bags are the summer accessory. I have a couple, but I can’t help but want to add a few more to my own handbag arsenal. Because really, when it comes down to it, can you ever have too many purses? Clothes yes, bags no. Afterall, accessories are such an easy and fun way to change up the hum-drum outfits you’ve worn dozens of times. So if you’re still on the fence about adding some wicker to your wardrobe, check out these nine drool-worthy totes.

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STRAW PICKS

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1 // Sundry – Sea, Sun, Salt Straw Bag

2 // Sun ‘N’ Sand – Natural Straw Mini Crossbody Bag

3 // Filippo Catarzi – Striped Bow Straw Tote

4 // Lilly Pulitzer – Riviera Straw Tote Bag

5 // BaubleBar – Lemonade Straw Tote Bag

6 // T&J Designs – Straw Pom Pom Clutch

7 // Le Sera – Daybreak Multicolour Straw Tote Bag

8 // Alice + Olivia – ‘Stace Face’ Embellished Straw Tote

9 // Patricia Nash – Levanzo Straw Satchel

xoxo,

Alicia

Let It Slide


It’s official: slides are THE shoe of the season. Whether they are sleek and streamlined or fully decked out in faux fur and bling – slides of all kinds are having a major moment. And with drool-worthy options from brands like Maryam Nasser Zadeh and Dolce Vita, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll find a few pairs that you can’t live without. So here’s to effortless dressing, from head to peep toe. Check out 9 of my absolute favorite summer slides below. Keep on scrolling!

SLIDE PICKS


1 // Loeffler Randall – Vera Ruffle Block Heel Slide Sandals

2 // Barneys New York – Satin Double-Band Slide Sandal

3 // Maryam Nassir Zadeh – Lauren Slides

4 // Dolce Vita – Rilee Slides

5 // H&M – Faux Fur Slides

6ย // Make Me Chic – Heart Eyes Emoji Slide Sandals

7 // Brother Vellies – Burkina Striped Bow Leather Slides

8 // Alexander Wang – Suede Lou Slides

9 // Donald J Pliner – Bold Suede Slide

xoxo,

Alicia

5 Style Trends I’m Loving This Spring

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I’m not a super trendy girl when it comes to my own personal sense of style. I’m often inspired by the glamorous editorials I see in magazines and the cool girl looks I see in streetstyle shots. Still, overall I lean more towards classic pieces and figure flattering silhouettes that I know will make me look and feel polished and put together. Despite all of this, I find myself being drawn towards bolder, in-your-face pieces this spring. And there are a ton of trends to choose from this season. Crochet and embroidery, 70s-inspired bell bottoms and penchant for suede, norm-core Birkenstocks and mom jeans. There’s a lot going on. So after sifting through all of the most instagrammed looks of the season, these are my five favorite trends that spring has to offer.


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1 // Button Back Shirts

I love the idea of challenging fashion rules with something as simple as button placement. Button back shirts are still the staple we all know in love but with a dishevelled, IDGAF update that feels effortlessly cool. Take it one step further and don’t button the back of your shirt completely to show a sexy slice of skin.

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2 // Off The Shoulder Tops

It seems that everyone’s into giving the cold shoulder lately. Literally. I’ve always loved off the shoulder and one shoulder tops and so I was thrilled to see them making a comeback. They are flirty but demure and I love the idea of showing skin in unexpected ways. My favourite thing to wear them with are flowy a-line skirts and vintage-inspired bell bottoms.

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3 // Button Down Mini

The 70s are back again in the form of bell bottoms, maxi dresses, crochet, and embroidery. Another reference to the grooviest decade of the 20th century? Button down skirts in earthy shades of olive, cognac, and russet. Bonus points if the skirt happens to be suede, corduroy, or woven out of hemp. I love this look and I think it’s the perfect combination of sweet and sexy. It’s also versatile and is a piece that could transition from spring and summer, straight into fall.

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4 // Pom-Pom Accessories

It seems that fashion as of late is all about getting crafty with embroidery, crochet, and macrame being some of the hottest fabrics of the season. Another embellishment that you will surely remember from kindergarten craft time is the playful pom-pom. It’s given a chic update when it adorns hemlines, handbags, straw baskets and shoes. It’s a little tacky but in a playful way that feels very nostalgic and optimistic.

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5 // Mixed Prints

I have to admit, I’ve always been a little hesitant to mix prints. Even though I love how it looks when other people do it, it just seemed so easy for mixed prints to look more bag lady than bold. The secret to keeping this look cool instead of crazy? Mix two or three prints, but no more than that. For example, pair a striped top with a floral skirt, but keep your accessories relatively simple. If you’re new to fashion mixology, it is also helpful to keep your prints the same size i.e. polka dots with paisley or gingham with stripes. Still, rules are meant to be broken and we should never be afraid to take a risk and express ourselves through what we wear. So don’t be shy and go ahead and mix it up!

Which of these trends is your favorite? Let’s chat in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

Gingham Style

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Gingham is one of my favourite patterns this spring. It feels very country casual and lends a flirtatious vibe to any outfit. It’s girl next door meets farmer chic in the best possible way. It may be a bold print but it is also surprisingly versatile. You can go all out and mix different coloured checks from top to bottom or dip your baby toe in this trend with shoes and accessories. From a picnic by the lake to a board meeting at the office, you can work this trend anytime and anywhere. Scroll on for a few of the million ways that you can go gingham.


1 // The Picnic – Vintage Inspired Blue Check Gingham Sunglasses

2 // Alexandre Birman – Clarita Gingham Canvas Sunglasses

3 // Edie Parker – Jane Gingham Straw Basket Crossbody Bag

4 // J. Crew – Gingham Bow Ponytail Holder

5 // Solid and Striped – The Anne-Marie Gingham One-Piece Swimsuit

6 // PrettyLittleThing – Lorinda Gingham Frill Hem Shorts

7 // Kayu – Gingham Envelope Clutch

8 // Zaful – Gingham Check Cold Shoulder Blouse

9 // Betsey Johnson – Ann Flats

xoxo,

Alicia