Nappin’

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Leather with a napped finish (or suede to the layman) is generally an autumn or winter trend in fashion.  Mostly crafted into knee-high boots, shearling stuffed gloves, or buttoned down jackets, this smooth-textured material has commonly been worn to keep warm in chilly terrains.  In fact, we Anglophones mistook the word from the french phrase “gants de Suède” which actually means gloves from Sweden (in case you’re ever a contestant on Jeopardy… you’re welcome!).  Anywho, I’m a big fan of taking a conventional fabric and flaunting it during a not-so-conventional season… hence my nappy leather mini skirt and halter top on the streets of the Upper East Side during a hot New York City summer (check out Persueded).  Other than the obvious fact that the mini and halter don’t cover nearly enough skin to be worn in any season other than summer, the way to pull off this “Swedish” look is to pair it with contradicting light fabrics d’été such as lace, chiffon, or linen as well as summer classics such as open-toed sandals or espadrilles.  It’s fun to bend the rules (isn’t that why they were created in the first place?), so indulge your inner-rebel and join me in Nappin’!  (Feel free to join as well if you’re feeling a little sleepy).

Ventin’

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

It’s July and the weather is hot, hot, HOT!  So lucky for us, the fashion gods have taken mercy on womankind and gifted us a little breath of fresh air… literally. That’s because the cool trend for summer 2012 is all about the cut-outs, aka side-vents.  We’re seeing cut-outs in all shapes and sizes from quirky tanktops, to cutesy jumpers, to sophisticated red carpet gowns.  Also, this may be a first in that looking and feeling stellar is actually secondary when sporting the current statement du saison, because this peek-a-boo apparatus’s primary goal is simply to air out any and all unwanted perspiration zones.  All that’s required is a little wind and enough space between you and your vents to allow the air to tunnel on through.  So when you’re Ventin’, make sure you use as directed and take full advantage of each and every breeze that comes your way.  Check out my side-vents in Black and Blue Tie Affair.

Onesin’

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In French it’s referred to as the Combination.  You may know it better as the Jumpsuit, the Jumper, or the Romper.  But I’m here to tell you that these symantics are all just mere euphemisms for the Adult Onesie.  And just like its toddler counterpart, you simply crawl in, zip or button up, and go, go, go!  It’s fast, seemingly easy, and undoubtedly comfy… at least during the onset that is.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a definite fan, and was able to find super cute patterned and colored onesies all over Paris (see La Combinaison), but as your trusted fashion blogger (wink wink), it is my fiduciary duty to warn any and all users (or potential users, for that matter) of this dynamic design in that it may be hazardous to your health and well being.  Allow me to elaborate.  If you’re considering for even a milli-second to drink a single sip, let alone the recommended amount of eight 8 oz glasses of water per day to keep you healthily hydrated, put the onesie down and back away from it slowly.  Take my word for it — the universal task of relieving one’s bladder is unconditionally hindered by this tricky little ensemble.  It’s probably been decades since you yourself wore one of these get-ups as a child, but if you try to conjure up the memories, I’m sure you’ll soon remember that you needed parental help getting in and out of your little fleece costume.  Many things in life have changed since then, but this, my friends, has not.  So, I only recommend that you join me in Onesin’ if you’re truly comfortable with asking a complete (and potentially scary) stranger to lend you a hand in unzipping you at the public restroom!!  Be brave!

Palazzin’

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Fashion trends are rarely dictated by the likes of comfort and ease (think “Beauty is Pain”), which is presumably why many Americans consciously choose to be dreadfully unfashionable.  The French, on the other hand, have historically been able to bear the brunt of the discomfort and even flat-out suffering that these fads oft induce (though when you think about it, it’s actually painless in comparison to the perpetual stick up their … JUST KIDDING!).  So it was a welcome surprise while waltzing around le très-chic Marais to see all of the self-proclaimed BoBo’s (google Bourgeois-Bohème) sashaying around in wonderfully voluminous, flowy, silky, comfortable Palazzo pants.  I might even had been angry with them at their blatant rebellion against their country’s dogmatic and pristine signature style if it hadn’t been for the instantaneous elation I felt as I effortlessly slid into a delicious pair and then melted into euphoria.  I mean, I was virtually transformed into a lounging silk-clad Cleopatra and even went around commanding young frenchmen to feed me golden grapes from the vine. (You wish I were joking again…)  Anywho, basically what I’m saying is if ever you wanted to jump on a fashion-fad bandwagon and still feel like you’re in your jammies, this is the one to do so.  So don’t wait for history to repeat itself (as you might be lounging in a wheelchair next time) and go get Palazzin’! Check out my silky Palazzos in Le Chat Blanc

Smokin’

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Ironically le Smoking doesn’t actually refer to anything pertaining to tobacco or other substances of choice used to inhale; in fact, this french word was created in 1966 by the late yet never-to-be-forgotten Monsieur Yves Saint Laurent.  Though this ground-breaking fashion god pioneered this look nearly a half a century ago, the Tuxedo for women has once again made a comeback in Parisian streetwear today.  Bowties, satin trimmed tailored blazers, and cropped vests are all common occurences in la mode quotidienne.  These pieces don’t need to be worn all together (unless of course you want to go all out!) yet each brings drama and sultry sophistication to any ensemble.  So keep a lookout New York because before long there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing tuxedo suits and jackets washing ashore the banks of the Hudson.  Check out my Smoking tie in La Ment(h)euse!

Shiftin’

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Are you a size 2?  How about a size 22?  Most likely you’re somewhere in between, but for today’s post, that number just doesn’t matter.  Whether your frame is boyish Coco Chanel or va-va-va-voom Adele, a simply cut shift dress will not only have you breathing easy (literally… your lungs will have ample space to expand!) but you’ll also be feeling confident and sexy thanks to its universal forgiving and flattering fit.  Oh, and just because the cut isn’t overly fancy, don’t think that a shift dress can’t be drop dead gorge.  Lace overlays, sequins, funky patterns, bright color-blocking, you name it, can all be great options for the perfect shift.  So it’s time to quit fretting about that slice of gooey scrumptous turtle cheesecake you snuck in before bed last night because now you can look and feel beautiful while having your cake and eating it too when you’re shiftin’!

Check out my pretty shift dress in Pale Pink In Comparison.

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