Monthly Archives: October 2011

Back 2 Basics >> Dress to Impress

Yesterday, the weather was absolutely gorgeous in Paris so I decided to tag along with my friend Kira and her kids on a cultural excursion to the Paris sewers (yes it’s a bit off the beaten path but nonetheless pretty interesting).

As we prepared to purchase our tickets, the person at the ticket wondow asked Kira how old I was to see if I could benefit from the student discount. He couldn’t believe that I in fact had to pay in full. His eyes literally bugged out when I mentioned that I was turning thirty in two months.

I know that I look younger than my twenty-nine years and ten-months age but it got me thinking that even though we all aspire to look young with perfectly smooth and glowing skin, this might have an impact on my professional endeavors if people are misguided into thinking I’m still a student-and more importantly, that I dress like one. Yes, I can look young but shouldn’t dress too young.

I believe in wearing comfortable clothing which is why you will rarely see me in towering stilettos. It’s just not worth the pain and you need some serious skills to walk in an elegant manner with such a high and thin heel. It’s really a balancing act, as far as I’m concerned.

However, as I’ve stated previously on the blog, comfort doesn’t equate to sloppiness nor automatically casual attire . Case in point with the look above. I’ve paired a flowing silk top (so you can eat to your heart’s content without looking like you’re four-months pregnant) with a cropped pant that gives in a bit in the waist (can you tell that I like to eat?). Chunky heels that don’t weigh you down and that you can actually run around town in. A statement necklace (personally speaking to draw attention away from my problem area, which is to say thighs and butt) and an attention-grabbing purse to tie the look together.

This change has been a long time coming. Now off to the shops for some appropriate professional attire retail therapy!

1: Suzie Mas Suede pumps €165

2: Yvonne Yvonne Gigi Purse in Camel €375

3: Les Petites Curve top in silk €165

4:  Erickson Beamon Cowboy 22-karat gold-plated necklace $735

5: Maje Horse blacks Pants €150

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Pretty Little things >> The LBD-2011


I’m sure many of you are already aware that Didier Ludot has collaborated with Petit Bateau on a capsule collection of little black dresses and I have to say I’m incredibly excited, if not giddy (and really impatient) at the prospect of getting my hands on one, if not two or three of these effortless chic, timeless, yet modern (I know, what an oxymoron) dresses that exemplify perfectly both Ludot’s mastering of the LBD and Petit Bateau’s signature  traits, usually seen with their  T-shirt collection: comfortable, classic and affordable.

Fashionista or not, the little black dress is a must-have item, a staple in your wardrobe. Whether you’re petite, slender or curvy, one of these dresses will fit you like a glove. Perfect for day or/to night looks, usually flattering and always effortless, it’s at the number one spot on my list of incontournables, my go-to items, regardless of the season.

I’m not one to usually push to consumption, but I highly recommend order you to get your hands on this collection inspired by the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy and Catherine Deneuve. Beautiful and affordable, need I say more?

Mark your calendars, the collection will be available on Petit Bateau’s online shop and at the Champs Elysées flagship starting November 30th and in the remaining shops as of December 5th. (Dresses go from 55€ to 145€)

So, are you tempted by this collaboration?

www.petit-bateau.fr

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Mea Culpa

Well it’s been a while since my last post, eighteen days to be perfectly exact and I’m truly sorry for my little disappearing act. But I can explain.

You see, even though I’ve put the shop offline, I still have major admin that I’ve honestly been avoiding (dreading really). Every task I tackle reminds me that the shop is no longer open and that I’ve somewhat failed in my first entrepreneurial endeavor and so I’ve buried my head in the sand, not ready to deal with it all.

But here’s the thing, the more I ignored it, the more it ate at me and it got to a point where I just decided I needed to address all this once and for all. And so, for the last three weeks, I’ve slowly but surely been checking off my list one task after another. It’s been a painstaking effort but maintaining my sanity seemed worth it, non? I’m in no ways done but I’ve reached a point where the immensity of this process is now back to being manageable. It’s also given me time to realize that I didn’t so much fail but rather hit a bump in the road on the way to my next adventure (which I’ll finally be telling you about very soon).

I really love writing this blog, more than I ever anticipated actually but I could in no ways post every day, come up with creative and engaging (I hope!) content and focus on the admin.

Pardon my french, there’s no other word that best describes it but I didn’t want to half-ass my posts. So the choice was easy. Put the blog on hold until I was ready to commit 100%.

I’ve now reached that point which is perfect timing considering I just attended Blogshop Paris, taught by the incredibly talented, kind and fun ladies that are Bri from DesignLoveFest and Angela from Angela and Ithyle. I have learned so many new techniques to improve my visual content which I can’t wait to try out on future posts.

So voilà! You’re now all in the know. I hope you’ll all forgive me? Now let’s get back to all things Je Ne Sais Quoi!

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Private Sale

As most of you know by now, I had to shut down my online boutique shopjenesaisquoi.com back in June. Well I’ve decided to organize a small private sale this saturday with discounts from 70 to 80% off for the last remaining items. So if by chance you’re in Paris this weekend, come on by, I’d love to meet you or catch up with my Parisian friends!

See you Saturday??

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