Couture and Champagne with the Canary

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Paris- Ma Petite Amie: Dating the city





My true love is Paris.  'Why?' many might ask... It's as simple as this: people spend their whole lives looking for a home, sometimes this home can be found in loved ones or partners, other times this home truly is as simply as it may sound, home, a house to call their own.  For me, however, this home is neither a person nor a location, but an intangible idea, a passion, a culture, a way of life.  So now to get a little confusing with all this, how did I declare my love for Paris without even meeting her?  I decided Paris was the one way before I has even traveled to that timezone, let alone the actual city.  And in fact that's the best part of it all.  Loving something you don't truly understand.  And what's the rush when you have your whole life ahead of you to do so?  I love Paris not simply because of the shops or people, food or monuments.  I love Paris because of who I am with her.  When I began loving her she set a fire in my heart, a passion, a goal, a final destination.  Without the determination I have developed I would not be who I am today.  Paris has given me something to works towards and with the city being ever changing that makes it even more convenient for my dreams to change and develop with her.  I love Paris because she symbolizes all the beautiful things in life that are yet to come. 

























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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Où étais-je?

Why sit at home writing about life, when you could be out living it?


Here is what I've been up to...




First day of college got me like...
I attend Paris American Academy, which is a private international school located in the fifth arrondissement of Paris on Rue Saint Jacques, which is the oldest street in Paris.  The school's fashion design program is centered around old couture techniques.
My classes consist of...
Monday: Drawing and draping
Tuesday: Fashion history and French
Wednesday: Flat pattern, old couture techniques
Thursday: Tailoring techniques, textiles,  and costume design
Friday: Basics of Photoshop, couture techniques, and knitting

Shirt: Express
Jeans: Vintage Levis from Kilo Shop
Belt: Naf Naf
Shoes: Fab'rik
Purse: Aldo




Marie Elie Fashion Show
The Marie Elie Fashion Show showcased their ready-to-wear Spring/Summer collection for 2017 as a part of Paris Fashion Week.  This event was held in a private venue located off of George Avenue V.  The collection consisted of vintage laces, intricate beading, timeless embroidery in shades of pastel with black and white to break up the lavish colors.

Bustier: Victoria's Secret 2015 Fashion Show
Skirt: Abercrombie & Fitch
Shoes: Christian Louboutin 
Purse: Francesca's



Shirt: Morgan
Glasses: Eleven Paris


Shirt and Jacket: Express
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: vintage Christian Louboutins
Purse: Kate Spade


Paris Fashion Week Trade Show in the Tuileries Garden
Free champagne and fashion... Count us in!
This weekend long event allowed us to get up close and personal with the private collection shown during fashion week, from shoes to purses to sunglasses to hats to the actual clothes.



Too French to Function
p.s. I wasn't actually smoking

Today I saw the Fantin-Latour exhibit at the Musée du Luxembourg.

Shirt: Free People
Sweater and shoes: Zara
Jeans: Liu Jo
Purse: Minelli
Location: Luxembourg Gardens


Lady Vogue
I saw the Anatomy of a Collection at the Musée Galliera.
Sweater dress: Vintage exposition at Le Carreau du Temple
Shoes: Zara
Scarf: Naf Naf



This Side of Paradise
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Shirt: H&M
Jeans: Liu Jo
Location: Luxembourg Gardens



Halloween
Mermaid or Sirène (as the French say)
Dress with built in corset and adjustable train: Vintage exposition at Le Carreau du Temple at the Tilt Vintage stand
Crown, earrings, and rings: DIY made with starfish and seashells, plants from a local florist, and wire
Necklace: Borrowed from my dear roommate (purchased in Mexico)
Nude heels: Loft
Make-up: Used fishnet tights and Sephora eyeshadows (numbers 279, 273, and 252) with Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Echo


Even the leaves fall for you


"And all at once, summer collapsed into Fall." - Oscar Wilde

Shoes and purse: Minelli
Culotte pants: The Wonder Shop in Wilmington, North Carolina
Shirt and scarf: Zara
Sunglasses: Dior
Starbucks: Chai tea
Location: Champs-Élysées 


Vacation to Florida


You used to call me on your shellphone 


The southernmost point of the United States
Location: Key West



Bodysuit: Express
Skirt: Vintage Standards
Purse: Kate Spade
Sunglasses: Dior
Shoes: Zara


Matching tattoos with my best friend, Erica
xoxo
Who would have thought that the popular girl with the short skirts in freshman year marketing would impact the quiet girl with the loud clothes this much... here's to a friend I'll have for the rest of my life



GNO
Hannah Montana couldn't have said it any better... "You better hold tight this girl's night is without you"



Christmas Couture exhibit at the Theatre Des Champs-Elysées by Sapins de Noël des Créateurs
Cashmere sweater: Saks Fifth Avenue
Skirt: Maje
Shoes: Minelli
Jacket: Express


Vintage 100% silk threads from the Madame Grès couture house 
All my fashion teachers used to work in famous couture houses here in France, so they now teach us the techniques these houses would use.  Some of these couture houses include, but are not limited to, Madam Grès, Yves Saint Laurent, André Courrèges, and Nina Ricci.


Hermès exhibit at Le Carreau du Temple
Backdrop by Hermes Artisan
This exhibit was very educational.  And you know it's an amazing opportunity when the line to get into was blocks long.  At the exhibit you can see the Hermès artists at work while they bind the leather belts and watches and then graph the silk to paint the scarfs.  There was even a class you could take to learn how they do the finishing stitches around the scarfs by hand along with a Q&A session with the designers.
Shirt: H&M
Fur vest: Miss Me
Jeans: Liu Jo
Shoes and purse: Aldo
Necklace: World Market


Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2016 at the Grand Palais
We all have those wildly implausible dreams, and to some, living in Paris would be that implausible dream, but to me that's reality.  Therefore, my wild dream simply must be extravagant.  It is declared that my wildest dream is to one day have my designs walking down that bright pink Victoria's Secret runway.


All you need is tea, warm socks, and a good book.

1) The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree
2)Three Famous French Romances Complete & Unabridged
Sapho by Alphonse Daudet
Manon Lescaut by Antoine François Prévost
Carmen by Prosper Mérimée
3) The Little Dictionary of Fashion by Christian Dior

Tea set by Royal Albert from the Miranda Kerr collection
Tea flavor: thé or (gold tea) by Lipton


The view from my little Parisian apartment.
Sweater: Zara


Bag: An American in Paris- Broadway
Jeans: Liu Jo
Shoes: Nike
Jacket: Forever 21
Location: Les Fées Pâtissières (my favorite cupcake shop- now closed *crying*)


Tea set by Royal Albert from the Miranda Kerr collection
Teapot: Monoprix
Tea: Moroccan rose petals and Egyptian mint leaves
Unicorn emoji cookie made by a local bakery sold at the vintage exposition at Le Carreau du Temple


The view from my classroom at sunset.
My school is a part of the property dedicated to this military hospital called Val de Grâce that was built 1645.




Germany
I went to  Homburg, Germany for my first 4 days of winter break to celebrate my friend Flavia's 18th birthday.


 Cheers, Darling!
Purse: Kate Spade
Stocking: West Elm (promoted by Lauren Conrad)
Mask: World Market



New Year's Eve
And behold, he is making all things new.  Rev. 21:5

Dress and necklace: Zara
Shoes: Vintage Christian Louboutins
Purse: Kate Spade
Cat ear headband: Aldo


"When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better." - Mae West

Stalkings: Target
Garter belt: Sleepy Poet vintage and antique store


















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Saturday, February 25, 2017

La Troisième Semaine

"City streets are the real runway"




 
Shirt: Free People
Pants: Zara (from Vintage Standards)
Shoes: Sam Edelman




Ladurée is the home of the most famous macarons in all of Paris.  With their pale mint walls and golden detailing, they are easy to disgust and hard to forget.


 

  



Shirt: Morgan
Jeans: Fly Monkey brand from fab'rik
Shoes: fab'rik
Purse: Aldo
Watch: Michael Kors


Dress: Naf Naf
Shoes: Francesca's
Lipstick: La Diva by Chanel and Vibrant Violet by Maybelline

Tonight we went to l'Atelier Joël Robuchon.  This restaurant with two Michelin stars, located in the 7th arrondissement.  We enjoyed a 12-course dinner made by one of the most well-known french chefs, Robuchon.  This meal was simply mouth watering.  That night we befriended a lawyer who is a pilot at heart finally crossing his biggest wish off his bucket list, by flying across the Atlantic and dining at this beloved restaurant that was written about in his favorite novel.  The key factor that made this dining experience so divine was being able to watch the artist at work as they intricately build each bite and present it on the plate for your palate to enjoy.

Shirt and Leggings: Express
Shoes: Nike

Moving day:  Let's just keep it simple- A apartment seems a whole lot smaller once all your stuff is inside!


My first piece of mail in France from my dearest friend, Erica.
"You made it and I am so proud of you for never losing sight of your dreams and embarking on such an amazing adventure that others only dream of." 



Shirt: Express
Pants and Jacket: fab'rik
Shoes and Purse: Aldo



"The world is your oyster."
The first days of this journey...


"I often daydream that my life is just as it is now... Only I have well-behaved hair and I live in Paris."

    
Penne pasta with red pesto with fresh red and green bell peppers, camembert cheese, and fresh basil with an authentic french baguette, and 2013 Château Naudin Bordeaux

Cantaloupe with prosciutto di parma. Romaine salad with red and green bell peppers and cherry tomatoes. Pumpkin and squash soup with camembert cheese, homemade croutons, and fresh basil.  2013 Château Naudin Bordeaux.

 

Shirt: Express
Skirt: Abercrombie and Fitch

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