Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday's Fancies #15: Crazy about boots

1. Tory Burch boots / 2. Alice + Olivia dress / 3. Rachel Zoe cape / 4. Kate Spade bag / 5. Chanel Lilac Sky / 6. Lancôme Trésor Midnight Rose

When I discovered this week's Friday´s Fancies theme, I had to laugh. Was Alison reading my mind? Or have we developed some kind of Friday's Fancies connection? Because I've just purchased three (!!!) pairs of amazing boots, and I've been waiting impatiently for the temperatures to drop so I can finally show them off. And now Alison has given me the opportunity to imagine the perfect outfit styled around the...yes, you guessed, boots! I just love Friday's Fancies!

1. I've been catching up on The Rachel Zoe project for the past few days (and let me tell you, it's ba-nanas!) and I've gradually became obsessed with the faux fur. But before I go all the way and invest in one of Rachel's fabulous creations, I'm taking the baby steps. Enter a pair of gorgeous faux fur-lined boots. I bought a pair that looks very much like this Tory Burch beauty, and I can tell you, I LOVE it!

2. Since the mocha boot is THE star in this ensemble, I've decided to create the entire outfit in the various shades of coffee. And I feel that this Alice + Olivia dress was made for me: it has just the perfect cut, the two tones complement each other beautifully and the long sleeves give it an original touch. If I could, I'd be wearing it all winter long!

3. And here comes Rachel Zoe again. I am completely smitten with her entire fall collection, and this cape is definitely among the top 5 on my fall sartorial wish list. It is so polished and chic, yet it still manages to have this wonderful relaxed feel that invites you to curl up in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot coffee.

4. This is exactly what's missing in my handbag collection: a neutral-colored, structured and quilted bag that would look just as amazing at a business meeting as on the night out. Per-fection! 

5. As much as I love all those neutral tones, I feel like this ensemble miss a little pop of color. Enter Chanel, of course. I grabbed this polish on a moment's notice in the duty free, and ever since I've been marveling over the beautiful lilac shade. 

6. I've never been the one to use only one perfume. I like to switch them according to my mood and my outfit, that's why my perfume garden keeps growing and growing. And I already have an eye on this beauty: the harmony of honey, raspberries and roses epitomizes the essence of femininity, and that, my friends, is all I'm asking for :) 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

From my kitchen: Baked Parmesan tomatoes

Even though the fall is officially here, we've been enjoying the last few days of Indian summer. It's the last occasion to pull out the summer clothes and make the best of the sunny weather to have a diner outside. This recipe has caught my eye on Pinterest, and I immediately knew that I needed to try it while the fresh tomatoes were still available on the farmer's market. I added a thin coat of pesto between the tomato and the slice of Parmesan, and I more than enjoyed this delicious dish and its perfect combination of flavors. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Inspired by: Une femme italienne

(Photos via Madame Figaro)

For as long as I can remember, I've always loved Italian designers. Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani...they all have this unique vision of fashion that makes women feel and look really beautiful. This is the fashion that exudes glamour, that is sexy yet subtle, sometimes over-the-top but never vulgar.

This magical editorial encapsulates everything I love about the Italian fashion: beautiful, 60's-inspired silhouettes, a variety of textures (lace, fur or cashmere), gorgeous prints and mysterious, muted colors. This, to me, is the epitome of style, glamour, grace and beauty. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

My style: White House chic

Dorothy Perkins dress (worn as tunic) and bag, Levi´s Bold Curve skinny jeans, Deichmann wedges,  H&M earrings, Tiffany&Co. bracelet
As you can see, I'm still drawing so much energy and inspiration from my US holiday. And it was not just about New York. As soon as we landed on Reagan airport, I immediately fell in love with Washington DC. It's such an opposite to New York: it'smaller, calmer, and so much greener! That's the one thing I really miss when I'm in NYC: small parks with plenty of benches, trees that provide some shadow under the blazing sun and the flowers. Especially the flowers! That's why I was really happy in Washington.

And as much as I love New York, its energy, pace and shopping opportunities, I must confess that it's in DC that I felt really relaxed and on holiday. It was the perfect city to wander around, admire the beautiful architecture, discover the government buildings and enjoy the weather that was still hot but not overwhelming. All in all, Washington has quickly become one of my favorite cities. I'm definitely going back one day!

Have you already visited Washington DC? What did you think about it?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday's Fancies #14: Casual Fall

1. ASOS cape trench / 2. Levi´s Jeans Skinny Leg / 3. Stuart Weitzman booties / 4. Michael Michael Kors Hamilton cross body bag / 5. Michael Kors watch / 6. Burberry Lip Cover in Ruby / 7. Chanel Le Vernis in Blue Rebel

After a week's pause I'm back to one of my favorite bloggers' link-ups: Friday's Fancies where money is no object and the only limit is your style sense and fantasy. And this week's theme couldn't be more appropriate: cozy and casual fall. This is how I see my perfect outfit for the first gloomy days:

1. A cape trench is the number one on my fall's wish list. It's an interesting twist to the classic, and it looks incredibly stylish.

2. Nothing equals a great pair of skinny jeans to make me feel confident. Ever since I discovered Levi's Bold Curve skinny cut, I've never looked back. I already have at least 5 pairs, but I wouldn't say no to another one :) 

3. I'm always looking for a great pair of black ankle booties, and this one meets pretty much all my expectations. 

4. In the handbags department, Michael Kors can really do no wrong. This little cross-body number has the perfect fall shade and the metallic details give it a little bit of edge.

5. The same goes for his selection of watches. I've been dreaming about them forever (hint, hint :) and this one ´s really amazing.

6. A swipe of ruby lipstick would liven up an otherwise neutral outfit. Plus, this one by Burberry has such a nice and luxurious texture!

7. The perfect finishing touch? Chanel, of course! I've been lusting after this dark denim shade ever since it's been released.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My style: Mondrian meets New York Public Library

Dorothy Perkins dress and bag, Deichmann wedges, Ray Ban Aviators, gifted watch, Tiffany bracelet, I am ring, Revlon Persian Melon lipstick, Sally Hansen Caribbean Coral nail polish

Ever since I created this Friday's Francies ensemble, I've been obsessed with this Mondrian-inspired dress and magenta cross-body bag. Their colors go so perfectly together that I had to have them both.
It was the perfect outfit to stroll down the Fifth Avenue, and I couldn't help but have my own "Carrie Bradshaw" moment, sitting on the stairs of the library where she planned to have the most fabulous wedding of all times. That never happened, of course, but this place still has such an amazing atmosphere...a peaceful haven in the middle of all that New York craziness!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Inspired by: Sarah Jessica Parker

(Photos and quotes via

Sarah Jessica Parker sharing her thoughts on...

...juggling family, work, home and sanity:

"Like a ship avoiding icebergs. The internal lists, the children's doctor's appointments, the letters to write, the school projects..." At night she lies in bed and does what she calls every mom's "strategic planning" for the day ahead: "What you have to do and how to get the kids from A to B, and whatever is required of you at your work. And maybe you can toss in friendships that need to be attended to...The thing that's most surprising to me is how much we do in a day."

...on her personality:

"I'm a bitter-ender. It's potentially my fatal flaw that I do not give up on something. I will not rest. I work and work and work until I can no longer and someone has to remove me from the premises."

...on having help at home:

"We don't have any live-in help. We're pretty hands-on parents. That's something that's important to both of us, and we don't shirk it, because what's the point in having a family if you're not going to really participate in it, you know?"

...on New York and its amazing opportunities:

"The beautiful thing about New York is, you have to expose yourself to other people the minute you step outside the door. There is no choice. And I love that. Plus, of course, there's the cultural life. If I didn't have kids, I would be at the theater or at the ballet every single night of my life. I love the opportunity to wear something really special and go to a wonderful event at some great cultural institution. Not to sound too Pollyanna about it, but I really didn't imagine when I was a little girl that I would be there to see it all myself."

...on how she cares so much about her job:

"I lose my appetite. By Wednesday of the first week on ´I don't know how she does it´, I was sobbing, I was apologizing. I was feeling so awful and ashamed, like I had let the director down. If only they would not tell me when the camera was running, I would be OK. I'm like that two weeks into every movie. But the beauty of nerves is that you can always find a comrade in it. When Pierce Brosnan came on set, he was a nervous wreck! Of course, by then I was really relaxed, but I was so comforted by it."

...on her age and work opportunities:

"I kept thinking that this age was the one to be worried about. Like probably for the last five, six years I kept thinking, Oh, this is that age that I've heard about; this is that bad age where the work slows down. I assumed that at this point in my life I would be feeling frustrated, left behind, or marginalized, playing parts I was reluctant to. But I've been so busy, I'm not so sure that I see this fallow period yet. I'm not saying it's not coming and that it won't hit me like a ton of bricks, but I do find work that I'm excited about and interested in with people that I want to work with."

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New York diaries: Wandering around

{Strolling down and shopping the Fifth Avenue}

As I promised, here come a few pictures from my New York wanderings. Simply looking at these photos brings me back to that wonderful city where something fabulous is always waiting for you just around the corner. 

With my boyfriend we already visited all the tourist spots last year (hello, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty or MET), that's why this time we decided just to have some fun, eat well, and enjoy the time spent together. We saw a Broadway show, a stand up comedy, visited a beer garden with his cousins (where I stumbled upon a Slovak waiter - so fun!), had an amazing barbecue and spent a lot of time chilling out in Central Park. That's what I call the perfect vacation: no fuss, no stress and loads of new and beautiful memories! 

We spent quite some time deciding on which Broadway show we should go to see...

...and this was the ONE: Chicago at the Ambassador Theater. It was one of the most entertaining shows I've ever seen. Amazing music, incredibly talented crew and a lot of fun...Wonderful!

I very much enjoyed wandering around the Central Park...

...and watching those fearless little squirrels running around and begging for some food...

...and letting my boyfriend take me for a boat ride around the Bethesda fountain...

...while enjoying an incredible view of New York buildings. Pure joy.

I've always been fascinated by Times Square by night: it might be overly touristy and corny, but that's where you really understand that this city never sleeps!

And finally, a little clin d'oeil for my French friends: even while in New York, you can go to Paris :) 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Inspired by: Coco Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld

(Photos via Harper´s Bazaar US)

What happens when two master minds get together? When one genius, Karl Lagerfeld, draws pictures of another genius, Coco Chanel. Well, you can see for yourself: no need for words, just enjoy and admire the pictures.

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