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

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
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

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.

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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