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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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Paris Fashion Week Ready


You’ve seen my choice of attire for this season’s Paris Fashion Week, now tell me what look would you go for?

1: Céline Forest Classic Box Bag €2450

2: Opening Ceremony Dropped Ruffle T-Shirt Dress €459

3: Kate Spade Bow Bridge Wide Bangle $178

4: Minelli Yoo Wedges €129

5: Asos Green Square Purse $45.74

6: Tara Jarmon Dress €180

7: Kate Spade Bow Bridge Thin Bangle $128

8: Steve Madden Tanngoo Wedges $79.95

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My NYFW Look


You all know the old saying “When in Rome..”? Well, if and when in New York City for fashion week, go all out with a sophisticated look and a touch of  je ne sais quoi, in this case the gorgeous Miu Miu peep toe ankle boots (I’ve been lusting over these for several weeks) and the Corto Moltedo Priscilla tote in Python. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. (can’t afford most of these beautiful items but a girl can dream, right?) WANT. WANT.WANT…

1: Miu Miu Glitter and Suede  Peep Toe Ankle Boots $745

2: Priscilla Python tote €1950

3: Lulu Frost Silvertone Necklace $750

4: Equipment Silk Chiffon Shirt $160

5: Madame à Paris Bermuda Tuxedo Shorts €180


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Fashion Night Out-Paris


Let fall fashion season begin! If there’s one night where you can strut your stuff down Avenue Montaigne in your best sartorial expression, Fashion Night Out (FNO) is the time to do so. Mix and mingle with designers, stylists and celebrities and discover the season’s newest collections while sipping on champagne and munching on petit fours.

This season, I’m really loving the emergence of orange on the runaway as well as the continuing trend of wedges (comfortable + fashionable = perfect!)

What are you planning on wearing to FNO?

1: M Missoni Dress €594

2: Aurélie Bidermann Scarab Earrings €400

3: Noir Deco Cubism Bugle Bead Necklace $300

4: Jessica Barensfeld Knit Chain Sylph Bracelet $500

5: Minelli Wedge Richelieu €125

6: Clare Vivier Foldover Clutch $149

 7: Asos Vintage Filgram and Armor Ring $18.30

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