Friday, May 25, 2012

My style: Pop of orange

H&M blouse, clutch and bangles, Orsay skirt, Deichmann pumps, Tally Veijl earrings, Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses

There is a three-day weekend ahead of us, and I couldn't be more grateful for it. I'm in desperate need to slow down a bit, organize my thoughts and make a few decisions concerning my future plans. But don't worry, it will not be a serious stuff only: I plan a trip to the Farmers Market to refill our fridge, I want to experiment in the kitchen with some new ingredients (rhubarb is my latest discovery), enjoy a few walks in town with a delicious ice-cream and finish watching the 6th season of 24 with my fiancé. That's quite a program and I'm really looking forward to it! 
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Beauty: Perfume garden

I've never been one of those girls always recognizable by their perfume. On the contrary, I love switching scents according to my mood, my outfit or even according to the weather. I always have at least three or four perfumes ready on my dresser (my current favorites being Love, Chloé, Idylle by Guerlain and Fleur Chérie by L'Occitane). And if I had a perfume garden (which I'm planning to "build" in a very near future), these would be the "flowers" blooming there:

4.  Dior Miss Dior EdT, $66.00 
7.  Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, $105.00 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Classically Charming Giveaway

I have something really special for you today. You may know that I've been a brand ambassador for Peerless Charm for a few months (as seen here, here and here). Lauren is a very talented designer, and it comes as no surprise that her "Perfection" is still one of the most beautiful pieces in my jewelry collection. For the past few weeks, Lauren has been working on the new collection, Classically Charming, and I literally squealed when I learned that there were Swarovski pearls involved! It launches today, and I'm really proud to share the first exclusive sneak peek of her new, charming designs with you. Personally, I fell head over heels for numbers 1, 2 and 3 and I can't wait to welcome them in my own pearl collection.

To honor this occasion, Lauren and I have teamed up to bring you an amazing gift: one of you will win a $50 gift certificate to shop the new fabulous collection. This giveaway is open worldwide and I'll announce the winner on Tuesday, June 5. 
Good luck to everyone!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Inspired by: A day in Paris

Photos via Madame Figaro

They say that when in Rome, do as the Romans do. I would change that to when in Paris, dress like a Parisienne. This incredibly classy and glamorous Parisian photo shoot encompasses all the elements of the eternal French chic: a classic trench coat, an immortal Breton top, Repetto ballerinas, a preppy polo shirt and an indémodable silk scarf. Forget all the it-bags, trendy pieces and whatever comes up as the fashion's big thing next season. Whatever happens in the world of fashion, these pieces will never ever go out of style. And if any of them is still missing in your closet, you should remedy that as soon as possible. I'm already saving up for the perfect trench and a pair of Repettos!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Shopping: Ikea haul

Call me crazy if you want, but I love every single thing I bought!

Ikea has always been one of my favorite shopping spots for all things related to home decor. As anyone freshly out of school and at the beginning of his career knows, there's hardly a better place to find unexpensive furniture and fun decorations. What's more, thanks to its lower price, Ikea furniture lands itself perfectly to inspired DIY projects (I have yet to share with you my bookshelves makeover). It will come as no surprise that decorations from Ikea are scattered all over our place (I am really partial to their candles, candleholders and flower pots). And since I've been more than obsessed with their latest pink collection, I was really happy when I received an Ikea gift card from my mom for my birthday. One shopping spree later, I came home with a bag overflowing with various godies that have been making me happy ever since.

A set of three storage tins that are already holding my favorite tea cookies.

Rose wrapping paper, two pretty dish towels and cute pot holders.

A set of cute pink & green bowls that have already been put to a good use here.

Vintage and romantic art cards, and two pink face towels.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Birthday surprise

Eiffel tower pastel gift tags

Aujourd'hui est le premier jour du reste de ta vie. This amazing and inspiring sentence ("Today is the first day of the rest of your life"), has been guiding me for years now. I believe that whatever you did, whatever happened to you, every new day in your life is a chance to start over again and do things better. Today is my 26th birthday and I'm more inspired by these words than ever before. Lately, my life hasn't been exactly how I imagined it. Many things happened that threw me off balance and it took me quite some time to figure out what I wanted my life to be like. I have many new ideas, plans and projects in mind and I hope this will be the year when I'll be able to make some of my dreams come true. And what better time to put this philosophy in practice than my birthday month? That's what my Project Chic is all about, and that's why I've finally created my own Etsy shop. I've been playing with paper and glue for all my life and my sewing machine is one of the best gifts I've ever received. And I believe now is the right time to share my creations with you. I have tons of new designs in mind, I'll be adding new items regularly and I'll be more than happy to welcome you to my little Etsy space and get your feedback. That would be the most amazing birthday gift I could receive this year!

Blue & violet birthday / Mother's day card
Shabby white Eiffel tower gift tags
Shabby chic Paris photo frame
Yellow & orange birthday / Mother's day card

Monday, May 7, 2012

Dress like a star: Tricolor

There are trends and styles that are fleeting like a light, and there are those that are meant to stay. Color blocking seems to belong to the latter, and you can find inspiration wherever you look: on the street, on the blogs, on people. I, for once, have always been intrigued by the classic French tricolor combo, but I've always feared that it would be difficult to pull off. When you're wearing red, blue and white together, you definitely don't want to look tacky or like you're draped in a flag. But with this Jessica Alba's outfit, I've found exactly what I was looking for: bright blue jeans and classic white tee is something that will always look chic. A cheerful coral blazer adds a pop of interest and brightens the whole outfit. Throw in a ladylike bag and some Aviators, and the styling is perfect. I would love to wear this outfit for an afternoon of shopping or to grab a coffee with a friend.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

From my kitchen: Onion tart

Printable recipe here

I love when a meal or a recipe connects to a special moment (or moments) of my life: I've always loved recalling beautiful memories while enjoying a delicious meal. And this tart is definitely one of such meals: it reminds me of my au-pair years in France, because it was one of my adoptive French family's favorite dishes. On weekends we had a habit of gathering around one large dining table (there were always at least ten people), pcking up on fresh baguette, drinking wine, cuting up this tart and talking about our week. I still remember how special these moments were for me, and I always felt like I was part of that huge and amazing family. That's why I didn't really mind the fact that I cried my eyes out each time I was chopping the onions (that's what I call crying for a good cause). Anyhow, even after several years, this is still a staple on our dinner table, and every time I eat it, I feel so wonderfully French again!   

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