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Giving thanks

For great fashion! Ha, kidding. Well, not so much.

 

I know this makes me downright un-American, but my family has never really been big on Thanksgiving. We’ve done a bit more since I’ve been an adult, but we really don’t do the whole big dinner thing.

 

But, if I was going to a Thanksgiving dinner this is what I would wear.Giving thanks
Giving thanks by shedreamsinperfectfrench featuring high heel booties

 

Really, it’s because I found that amazing retro dress and wanted an excuse to wear it for something. And to show it to you guys.

 

I couldn’t pick something to wear over it, so I thought this would give a couple of nice options. I can’t do sleeveless things, so I always need a jacket or sweater over. I think the blue really complements the orange, but the mustard and ochre also look really nice.

 

Again, I think the cognac color of the boots (heels, flats, and bootie options, depending on your preference) really look nice with the overall color scheme.

 

And because I’m obsessed with this Paris line from Les Néréides, I thought this would be a good place to throw one of the pieces in. (I especially want one of the necklaces!) Even if it is an American holiday. (It would be a very me thing to wear for the occasion. 😉 )

 

(Ugh, now I feel like this entire post should go into Wishlist Wednesday!!)

 

Anyhoo, what are your plans for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate? What festive things are you looking forward to wearing this season?

Allons-y!

It’s no secret that I love to travel. While I’ve only gone on mini adventures in the time that I’ve had this blog, my passion is traveling to Europe. But that’s hard to do when you’ve been unemployed for a while, obviously.

 

And, clearly, I love fashion. I mean, clearly.

 

Which is why I was so thrilled to receive an email about participating in the contest that Fashionchick.com is running to win a trip to Amsterdam Fashion Week!

 

This couldn’t be a more perfect contest for me if it tried. Despite living in New York my entire life, I have never managed to get invited to any Fashion Week events, despite how much I wanted to go. Also, I have dear, dear friends in the Netherlands, so visiting Amsterdam would hopefully give me a chance to see them after all these years.

 

In order to enter Fashionchick‘s contest, I had to put together an outfit that I would wear to Amsterdam Fashion Week. Or, since it sounds so much better in French, “Quelle tenue porteriez-vous pour la Amsterdam Fashion Week?”

 

Here’s what I came up with:
What I would wear to Amsterdam Fashion Week
What I would wear to Amsterdam Fashion Week by shedreamsinperfectfrench featuring yellow gold jewelry

I feel like my Isabel Marant pour H&M dress is a given. It’s the perfect occasion to wear it. But because the dress is so delicate and feminine, I think the rest of the outfit should add some edge.

That merlot biker jacket from Mackage is just amazing and the perfect color. Like everyone else, I have a black leather jacket, but I’ve long lusted after a wine/oxblood leather jacket, and this one looks perfect. (Yes, I know it’s in January. I’ll just throw a wool coat over it or something.)

 

My Calvin Klein Sable boots are elegant and edgy at the same time, a perfect counterpoint to the other two.

 

Rounding things out, I would love a Trixxi Chain from Liliclaspe to keep up the edge and add some sparkle.

 

And, as always, my Giles and Brother Railroad Spike Cuff will be on my wrist. (It has “Allons-y” engraved so that I always keep me spirit of adventure. And it’s a reference to Doctor Who.) (Well, it actually says “Allons y,” since I couldn’t get the hyphen engraved. 😉 )

 

What do you think of my choices? What would you wear if you were going? And can you tell Fashionchick to pick me, pretty please? 😉

Celebrity Fashion Lust #6

I have a love/hate relationship with Jennifer Lawrence, but, like, I think I’d also want to be best friends with her. And I was one of the few people to immediately adore her haircut.

Her fashion trail on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire press tour has been sizzling, but I’m drawn to this pretty simple number by Proenza Schouler.

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I think it’s the mod-ness of it, that appeals to me so much. I adore anything vintage-y. And those shoes don’t hurt, either. Phwoar!!

What do you think of this dress?

Updates of a various nature

I apologize for the sad look of this post. I have no new photos to share. But I want to attempt to do my best to still update despite now being unemployed.

So, here we go.

1. New job: So far, so good. I took a job that paid a lot less than I’m used to because I was trying to switch industries. So far I’m glad I did, but let’s see how I feel when I get my paycheck. 😉 The commute is pretty horrible, but everyone seems pretty nice, so far. I mean, first day, and all. I hope to write more about where I’m working, because it’s somewhat topical to my blog. I’m going to ask if I can even bring my camera in and take some photos. I’ll keep you posted on that and how the job is going!

I do realize blogging is going to be a lot harder. Especially the upkeep part of blogging. Getting up an hour earlier to read blogs and comment is a lot harder when that alarm goes off at 6 am! And I got home last night at 9 and had to put something together. Exhausted is the operative word.

ETA: My favorite coworker so far! 😉

20131119_115633_1 Mabel’s a fashion hound.

2. Isabel Marant pour H&M: I got my order today. As I feared, not only was the skirt too short, it was too tight, as well. Le sigh. 🙁 But the dress fits. I think I look a little lumpy in it, but I’ve been told it looks good by a very harsh critic (my mom 🙂 ), so I am definitely going to keep it. So, in the end, I got the one thing I said I wanted. Although I was sad to open the (huge!) box it came in (why?!) and see they didn’t send the special tote bag with the online orders. Oh well. Also, it appears I can only mail back my return. I hate stores that don’t allow in-store returns!!

Well, that’s it, for now. I got home late last night from my terrible commute and had to get up early today, but I do have a better post prepared for tomorrow. 🙂

Do you think there are more important things than money when considering a job? How long does it take you to get to work? Did you get anything from the Isabel Marant collection? Did it work out for you?

For those of you who work full time and blog, how do you find the balance?

Meet me in Montauk

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my favorite movies of all time. The story is so interesting and different (and who among us hasn’t wanted to utilize the service?), the directing is so innovative, and it’s just about a perfect movie, to me. I know it pretty much by heart at this point, and I cry at the same line, every single time.

Ever since the first time I saw it, I wanted to go to Montauk, like in the movie. Ideally, it would be waking up in the morning, calling in sick, deciding to go. And it would ideally have snowed. To reenact the scene accurately.

(It would not be my first time. I’ve done the same in Cardiff with Doctor Who and Montmartre with Amélie [of course].)

But years passed, and it’s harder to convince friends to call in sick and go with you than you’d think. 😉

So when Rose asked me on Thursday night if I wanted to go to Montauk on Friday, I really didn’t have to think very hard about my answer. Especially since it was a bittersweet thing; it would be our last mini adventure for a while, because I start a new job tomorrow. (I pretty much knew I was getting it, but it wasn’t official till Wednesday. And I had told her earlier in the week I really wanted to go to Montauk before I started my job, and she amazingly obliged.) Good news/bad news, eh?

Because I had to be home early on Friday, we had to leave super early. Like, super early. I still can’t believe she agreed to it, but agreed to it, she did!

DSC_1313I mean REALLY early. It still looked like this when she picked me up. From New Jersey.

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These photos are unedited. So maybe seeing the sky look this pretty made the early call time worth it?

DSC_1320Even the drive was scenic.

DSC_1321Maybe I should get up this early every day? Or not. 🙂

about three hours later, we were finally in Montauk. Understandably, our first stop was for coffee.

DSC_1324Montauk Bake Shoppe boasts the best coffee in Montauk. It was pretty damn good, that’s for sure.

We regrouped in the car, trying to figure out: now that we were in Montauk, what did we want to DO in Montauk?! I obviously wanted to walk on the beach by the house like they did in the movie.

OH MY GOD, YOU GUYS. THE HOUSE ISN’T EVEN IN MONTAUK!! (I know, right?!)

Luckily, it was in Easthampton, which we had to go through on our way back.

But first, we were in Montauk, and determined to see something there. So we headed for the lighthouse.

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I feel like I just won the lottery!!

When the H&M website was already overloaded 10 minutes before noon, when the Isabel Marant for H&M collection was supposed to launch online, I pretty much gave up all hope of getting anything.

Still, I told myself I would try for 15 minutes after it was officially noon and see what happens. Well, this is what happened.

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For the record, because I’m weak (and stupid) (and because it was still available), I got the dress AND the silver skirt. Because maybe it’ll be long enough. And if not, I can always return it.

Did you score anything??

Wishlist Wednesday #9

ARE YOU READY?! IT’S TOMORROW!! IT’S TOMORROW!!!!

I would be remiss as a blogger if today’s Wishlist Wednesday was not about the Isabel Marant for H&M collection.

I, like everyone else, am basically salivating over the idea of getting my hands on something that Isabel Marant designed that I can actually afford. However, as I have mentioned countless times and you’re probably so tired of hearing me say, I’m unemployed and have no money.

So that means I’m going to sit it out, right? Ha, as if. But I’ve made myself pick ONE thing that I’m going to get. Just one.

isabel-06 WHY IS THIS THING SO GORGEOUS?! WHY CAN’T I HAVE IT?!

This is what I want. I want this skirt. So badly, it hurts. However, for reasons I won’t get into, I can’t wear skirts that are too much above my knee, and I’m pretty sure, based on all the photos, this falls under that category. So, no gorgeous silver skirt for me.

Here are some more pieces from the collection that I’m dying over.

isabel-05 Again, I couldn’t wear this, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting it.

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Is this a tunic? I don’t even care!

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Celebrity Fashion Lust #5

Les Cinq Petites Choses #3

Voici 5 choses que j’ai aimées récemment. Here are five things I’ve been loving lately.

1. Apparently I’ve been living under a rock, because I only just recently discovered Lisa Eldridge, an amazing and accomplished makeup artist. I know, I know, you’re all scoffing at me. But better late than never?

And I adore her. We even have similar skin issues and similar coloring (though she has those gorgeous hazel eyes).

I’m not sure if her tutorial videos have seen me through insomnia or if they’ve caused my insomnia since I stay up way too late watching them. (And then I want all the things she uses! This is how I found out about Face Lace.)

But, in particular, I adore the look she uses in this video.

2. After reading about Tom Ford’s Black Orchid fragrance here and here, I was curious enough to go to Sephora and get a sample. It’s touted as a unisex fragrance, and when I sampled it on a card at the Tom Ford counter first, the person helping me told me that Brad Pitt wears it.

I have not worn a unisex fragrance since CK One came out and EVERYONE wore it. And I was young and foolish then. So I was skeptical.

And I have to say, I’m won over. And yet still skeptical. Black Orchid goes on smelling gorgeously fruity. And it dries down to a lovely spice. But a very masculine spice. (I suppose that’s how it works as a unisex fragrance?) I had my brother smell it, and he said it smelled like a men’s scent.

But maybe that’s why I liked it? Hey, if you don’t have a man in your life to smell, just smell yourself instead? 😉

Black OrchidThat bottle. Is sexy.

3. I was lucky enough to discover Rosaspina Vintage when they still had pieces from their summer collection left. All the clothing is designed by the lovely Ale from Turin, handmade by her mother, and sourced from her grandmother’s vintage textile collection. It is the most amazing history for your clothing to have.

In the ensuing days, I’ve been dying over the hints of the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection to come.  Yesterday, it went on sale. And I think I am officially dead from the amazingness. I literally want everything. But if I have to pick a few favorites, these are them.

rosaspinavintage_aw13_cape5The ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ cape in Burnt Orange. I want this so badly it hurts. (The ‘Briar Rose’ pinafore in Floral is also available.)

rosaspinavintage_aw13_dress5I loved every color of this dress. Here, the ‘Gretel’ dress in Mist.

rosaspinavintage_aw13_skirt5This skirt was in my cart. My cart advanced to Paypal. I looked at the price again and reminded myself that I have no money. I cried.

rosaspinavintage_aw13_skirt6It’s so beautiful, it hurts to look at it. The ‘Gerda’ skirt in Chestnut. (The ‘Little Matchgirl’ blouse in Scarlet is also available.)

Sadly, because they are hand made and mostly one-of-a-kind, the skirt will be gone by the time I am working again and can afford to buy it. It breaks my heart.

4. Reading The Penny Rose, I couldn’t help but notice the amazing illustration in their logo. I obviously had to dig around and see if they mentioned who it was by and, of course, they did.

Jessica Durrant‘s work has been seen at Target, One Kings Lane, QVC.com, Glamour.com, and many others. But you don’t need to be a corporation or institution to be lucky enough to have a piece of her gorgeous art. Etsy to the rescue, once again! And, once again, I want everything.

Jessica DurantSeriously. I wonder how much she charges. I need a logo…

5. I am not exaggerating when I say this last thing is a godsend. How many times have you (assuming you are a beauty enthusiast) wanted to try a new foundation, only to be faced with the fact that you have no idea which color to pick? Sometimes that’s not a problem, ie, when you are able to go into a store and try it on. But what if they don’t sell it at a store near you? Or what if you go into the store and no one is available to help you? (This happened to me. More than once.)

That’s where Findation comes in. Plug in the shades of the brands and specific foundations that you know you where, and it populates a list of what your shade would be in countless others. They have a huge array of brands and foundations listed. You’re sure to find something that you want on the list.

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In the interest of full disclosure, I have not yet tested how accurate it is, so don’t blame me if it’s not exactly right. But I’m pretty sure something came up on my list that I had tried on once, in the right shade.

I’m excited to test it out, though!

What do you think of my 5 things? What have you been loving lately?

Celebrity Fashion Lust #4