Sunday, July 31, 2011

One month to go: New York City

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It's quite unusual to be happy that summer flies by so quickly, but I have one particular reason to await the end of August excitedly. Today, I'm just a month away from returning to the fabulous city of New York and I couldn't be happier! I'll spend 8 days there with my boyfriend (before heading out for a whirlwind trip to Washington D.C.) and I'm already putting together a list of things I simply HAVE to do in the city that never sleeps. And I'd like to ask you for some help: do you have any hot spots (shops, restaurants, original places) you could recommend? Anything I definitely have to see / do / try? I'd be so glad to learn something about YOUR favorite places! Don't hesitate to share,

Meanwhile, these are the things I surely cannot miss while in NY:

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Stroll down the Fifth Avenue and buy a brand new iPad in the Apple flagship store.

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Have a pizza at Grimaldi's in Brooklyn.

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Have a picnic in Central Park.

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Spy on all those stylish women shot by Garance Doré and Scott Schuman.

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Take my own private Sex and the City tour (I've already started to re-watch all 6 seasons, and the movies, to prepare my program).

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Eat cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery.

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Enjoy some serious eye-candy at Bergdorf's.

Can't wait for the August 31st to arrive!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday's Fancies #7: Silvery blue

The week has come and gone again, and now it's time for one of my favorite weekly activities: putting together my dreamy Friday's Fancies outfit. Intrigued? Be sure to pop over to the lovely blog Long distance loving, and you'll see how many wonderful and stylish women link up there every week! It's just the right opportunity to set your fashion sense free and put together an outfit as if money were no object.

This week I got inspired by a cobalt blue skirt I ordered at Dorothy Perkins. I just fell in love with this rich and vibrant color, that pairs perfectly with some cold silvery accessories and a bold and bright makeup.

1. This amazing dress would be a perfect addition to my summer wardrobe. Its relaxed cut and just the right length would show off  the summer tan (well, still dreaming here, 'cause I haven't seen the sun for two weeks now!)

2. These Louboutins are every girl's dream. One word: perfection!

3. Looking for a more comfortable option? For a busy day of running errands and shopping, I would pair my blue dress with these silvery wedges, designed by Michael Kors.

4. A Marc Jacobs bag never goes a miss! Not too big, not too small, beautifully quilted, it's my dream bag for any occasion. 

5. & 6. Sometimes, I just need some bling in my life! That's where pretty jewelry comes to the scene: a sparkly necklace complements the color of the dress. And the ring...THE ring, I should say. With a price tag of more than 20 000 bucks, it belongs definitely to the dream, where's my sponsor when I need him the most?

7. If anyone knows how to make a fancy lipstick, it's Guerlain. This one not only has the most beautiful pink color, but a fancy tube as well: you can easily showcase it as your new accessory.

8. A dark purple "Katy Perry-esque" shade for my nails....

9. ....a mist of the legendary Dior perfume, and I'm ready to go!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Inspired by: Julianne Moore

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"I like when people challenge themselves. It's not like we have to be on one track for the rest of our lives."

"I always say that to be fearless you actually have to be afraid. That's what I have to do with my fear. Actually do that stuff. When I'm acting I may worry that I'm not going to accomplish what I want to accomplish, but I'm not doing anything extremely dangerous!"

"I'm better with houses than with fashion! I like the process, finding the right thing, combining colors and textures. I like the tension between the architecture of a house and its interior. A house exists as a character, and then you assemble things inside it. And I do like a decorating project. It's fun. But doing houses isn't fast. You have to take your time or you get a house that looks like it came out of a box."

"As I get older, I'm interested in things being funny. Life is challenging - we need to laugh!"

"It's hard to define the human experience. We constantly try to understand it. That's why people love narrative: There's a beginning, a middle, and an end."

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday's Fancies #6: Mondrian Inspiration


Lately, I've been drawn to the whole palette of jewel tones. Even if they're considered more appropriate for winter and holiday time, I just can't help but find them perfect for breezy summer nights. That's why I decided to round up a beautiful jewel-toned selection for this week's Friday's Fancies. Don't you just love these rich tones, sparkling details and a hint of color-blocking? Well, I definitely do!

1. This Mondrian-inspired Dorothy Perkins dress was an instant love at first sight. I just love the perfect cut and a white and emerald harmony. In fact, I love it so much that it's already on its way to me :)
3. Same goes for this beautiful berry-colored cross-body bag. I just HAD to have it!
2. I know that many stylistas are not fond of the outfits that are too matchy-matchy, but this time, I couldn't resist matching the shoes to that fabulous bag. They look absolutely amazing together, plus they complement the dress in an unexpected and fresh way. 
4. and 5. A touch of gold accessories (a stack of bangles and a pair of gold & emerald earrings) gives this outfit just the right amount of bling. 
6. With a swipe of coral gloss and 7. a touch of floral perfume, I'd love to wear this outfit to a romantic summer wedding. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Inspired by: Romance

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The weather has been so gloomy these past few days. And I feel that sometimes it's rather hard to find the inspiration to doll myself up in the morning when all I see through the window is grayish sky and gloomy light. On those overcast days, I find myself dreaming about the romantic flowy dresses, feminine lace, floppy hats and pretty sandals. And right now, these photos are a perfect representation of my mind's happy place. Do you want to dream with me? 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Inspired by: One day I'll fly away...

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John Lennon once said that life is what happens to you while you´re busy making other plans. And I couldn't agree more. I had a whole bunch of inspirational and fun posts in mind for you. And then, something sad happend to my family over the weekend, and I didn't even have time to log on to my blog. I miss you all, though, and while waiting for the things to get back on track, I just wanted to share these beautiful and airy images with you. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Inspired by: Sarah Jessica Parker

(Photos and quotes via Glamour US) there any other woman whose initials are so synonymous to style? I don't think so. Not only Sarah Jessica Parker is the epitome of a bold and innovative personal style (as both herself and her alter ego, Carrie Bradshaw), she is also an accomplished actress, mother, businesswoman, designer, manager and many many other things. A true icon for modern women juggling their multiple lives on a day-to-day basis. 

I recently stumbled upon this interview in Glamour US, and I was impressed to see how her words strike a chord with me. It's wonderful how normal she is, so down to earth and appreciative of everything good in her life. Definitely a woman with opinions to follow! 

So what does Sarah say about... her style has evolved:
"It's just simpler; I don't buy anything trendy. I used to be more easily seduced by some momentary idea of what was fashionable. Now I'm slightly savvier. I still have the same ideas in my head about what looks good on me and what doesn't. I still will not wear turtlenecks."

...what she took from her modest childhood:
"I feel lucky because my background gave me an appreciation for sitting here and having this tea and drinking out of this cup. I am not blind to it. I don't want my children to feel they have a sense of entitlement. I want them to work hard and be challenged. That's hard to do when you have everything you need and want, so I am working on those values all the time."

...her crazy schedule:
"It is the eternal conflict of every working woman, and I am not complaining, because I've done this to myself. The great challenge for me is to be all things to all people; I want to be a great mother, and I want to feel good when I'm at work. But it's hard."

...good bargain:
"I still believe in thrift stores. It's the one place you can be assured of finding something very unique."

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Beauty: Enchanting Emma

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You, my dearest regular readers, could have already become aware of my slight obsession with Emma Watson (like here and here). I promise, no stalking here. I'm just so admiring everything she has achieved in her young age. Despite the fact that she was one of the biggest child stars in the world, she managed to stay true to herself, ambitious and pensive, intelligent and playful. Plus, she is oh-so-beautiful, sometimes it hurts my eyes! She is the proof that when it comes to brains and looks, we can have it all! 

And today, we'll stick to the looks. I've already mused about the gorgeous gown Emma rocked on the recent London Harry Potter premiere. Now I´ll tell you more about her stunning makeup. Well, even better, I will tell you HOW she got that showstopping look! You can have it too! Here comes the tutorial:

Prep your skin with a great covering makeup, hide all the imperfections with an unbeatable concealer and fix it all with a veil of powder: your skin must be flawless, to let your eyes take the center stage! Use the stone-colored eyeshadow on both your upper and lower eyelids, then add a touch of brown to the crease and the outer corner. Rim your eyes with a great eyeliner. And now, brace yourself, here comes the drama: to add a sunny, playful touch to your eyes, use a glittery gold eyeliner on your lower lids. It's just one of those tricks that can change everything, and add a wow factor to an otherwise classic look. Add two or three coats of jet black mascara and finish it all with a swipe of pink blush and light and nude lipstick. Ready to wow the crowds? I bet you are!

2. Yves Saint Laurent Poudre Compacte Radiance, 36,50
3. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit, 31
4. Clinique Fresh Bloom Allover Colour in Posy, 32,50
5. Laura Mercier Eye Colour in Pewter$22
7. Dior Crayon Eyeliner in Black, 19,90
8. Sephora Collection Glitter Eyeliner$12
9. Lancôme Doll Eyes Mascara in So Black!, 27,50
10. Giorgio Armani Rouge a levres brillant in Rose givré, 27,90€ 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer reading, Part 2

One of the things I love the most about summer are the long afternoons spent on the terrace, with a good drink, and an even better book. As you may remember, this year I've decided to organize my summer reads in slightly less erratic way than usual, by the means of a simple Summer reading list. I've already read the number one, Water for Elephants, and I must say....well....I was a little bit disappointed. I've already shared with you my conviction that the book is ALWAYS better than the movie, but this time, I surrender...I think that the movie was ten times better! More dynamic, more poetic, more everything. But of course, this is only my personal opinion, and you're welcome to disagree with me :) 

Here is the second part of my Summer Reading List, and I'd love to hear your opinions! Have you read any of these books? Loved it? Hated it? Have you something much much better to read than what I've chosen? Well, don't hesitate to share - I can't wait to read your suggestions! 

Because the life of Coco Chanel always fascinated me and because the illustrations are made by Karl Lagerfeld himself...this book is an absolute MUST. 

Because I love Gretchen's blog, and because I´m hundred years behind on reading this book!

Because it's about two designers I admire the most: Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent.

Because I don't want my neurons to fall completely asleep in summer! And because I'd like to understand a few things better. 

Because it's Carrie. Period.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Inspired by: The end of an era

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So, this is it. This is the end of an era. I can't even count the hours I spent reading Harry Potter books (in three different languages), watching the movies and reading the interviews with Emma Watson (like this one). And now, the last movie has been released and it feels like a very important part of my life has come to a full circle. I'll miss those weeks and months spent looking forward to the new movie to come out. Thank God I still have my books and DVDs :) And while waiting to watch the last movie all by myself, I can still dream about those stunning and gorgeous gowns Emma rocked during the London promotion. Isn't she just perfect?

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