Thursday, 29 April 2010

The Olivia Files.

Opinion is divided with regards to this New York socialite come tv star come stylist, but one thing's for sure, she knows how to dress.

LANVIN, Rue St Honoré.

They never fail to stop me with their wacky, daring window displays.
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Beneath the soil.

Pere Lachaise graveyard, Paris.
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Sunday, 25 April 2010

Venez à la maison.

Maison Michel: designs and sketches.

A deeper shade of nude.


British Vogue May 2010. 
As a serial lover of nude, beige, taupe, flesh, peach, get the picture, these photos caught my eye while leafing through May's issue. The layering and simultaneous translucency is gorgeous.

Thursday, 22 April 2010


Spring 2010.
Kirsty Hume hangs out by the pool in this tranquil editorial from the spring edition of Lula shot by Skye Parrott and style by Polina Aronova .

From Paris with Mode.

I got shot the other day for French online magazine Absolument Magazine.

Vintage fripes in the centre.

Etienne Marcel/Chatelet-les-Halles métro...

Killiwatch, 64 Rue Tiquetonne, 75002
The Parisian vintage haven with everything you could possibly want. All carefully merchandised and very easy to shop. The quality of shopping is thus reflected in the price of the product. Great selection of eyewear and they organise it to fit the trends of the season, thus the shop entrance boasts rails of peg leg trousers, piles of deck shoes and vintage Mum style denim shorts. Great for ideas and the odd buy.

Alison & Sacha, 16 Rue Etienne Marcel, 75002
Two-floor shop along the road from Kiliwatch, this is a very colourful boutique, neatly arranged into rails of the same sort of item. Good variation of clothes but nothing that caught my eye.

Bastille/Oberkampf vintage shopping.

Vintage shopping in Bastille/Oberkampf (to be done in this order)...

Come off at Bastille métro (exit Rue de la Roquette).

Adom, 56 Rue de la Roquette, 75011
A small shop with another one of the same brand en face packed full of vintage bits and bobs. Nothing different, generic vintage shop. Anything I did like was overpriced and I put it back immediately.

Come On Eileen, 16 Rue des Taillandiers, 75011
A treasure trove on three levels tucked away down this little street off Rue de la Roquette. A delightful shop lady who is very keen to help. The top floor has rails and rails of Chloé, Chanel, Marni and many stunning vintage ball gowns all at very reasonable prices. The second floor has a sea of vintage converse and vintage jeans all helpfully ordered by size. The bottom floor is an ocean of men's beige trench coats (yes, there's Burberry), designer everything and more ball gowns. There is also a great selection of vintage footwear (though small sizes), furs and leather items. This is the best vintage store I've found in Paris. Its reasonable prices are a result of its 'off the beaten track' location and everything has obviously been carefully picked. I picked up a vintage Sonia Rykiel suit jacket in palest dusty pink from here and the lady even gave me a price reduction!

La Petite Fripe, 118 Rue Oberkampf, 75011
A tiny little vintage store where the walls, rails (and ceiling practically!) are filled with vintage bits. Dresses for 15 euros and a good selection of accessories, definitely worth a look.

This is the area to shop - careful selections and without the steep unjustified prices of the tourist-ridden Marais. Also a gorgeous selection of antiquités and brocante off Rue Oberkampf on rue Jacquard.

Marais Vintage Checklist.

Vintage shopping in the Marais (to be done in this order...) 

Come off at Hotel de Ville métro.

Free 'p' star, 61 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004
A veritable jumble sale, but likely to find some interesting bits among the piles of clothes and in the 1 euro boxes. I found my friend a great washed denim shirt for 10 euros.

Free 'p' star, 8 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004
Mixture of cheap vintage clothes, with boxes of vintage pieces that cost next to nothing to rummage through.

Fripirium, 2 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004  
 Standard, small vintage shop. Very tight and difficult to get around, but some nice things. A lovely collection of wedding-style dresses 50-100 euros and some wonderful vintage bathing suits.

Noir Kennedy, 22 Rue Roi de Sicile, 75004 
A fantastic, well-organised vintage-mixed-with-modern boutique with no street sign so you could easily walk past. The décor is morbid and rock and roll with sporadically placed coffin propped around the shop. I found a fantastic beaded top for 15 euros here. Great selection of on-trend carefully selected pieces that vary with the seasons.

Le Verger du Prince/King of Frip, 33 Rue Roi de Sicile, 75004
Too "jumble sale" for the faint-hearted. Rails upon rails of pretty average old clothes. I spotted no real gems and didn't have the energy to hunt. 

Mamz'elle Swing, 35 Rue Roi de Sicile, 75004
A little gem that could easily be bypassed. Authentic vintage pieces from the 1930s to the present day. A wonderful selection of dresses, I was tempted by an adorable 60s cream wool shift dress that would have probably spent more time hanging on my wall than on my person.
Coiffeur, 32, Rue des Rosiers, 75004
A renowned vintage store on  the famous falafel street en plein quartier juif. Not really worth the hype, a little granny's-wardrobe-style.

Finish with delicious falafel on Rue des Rosiers........!

Yet to see
  1. V.M.C. Odetta, 76 Rue Tournelles, 75003
  2. Ecrin de mode, 6 Rue de Jarente, 75004
  3. La Belle Epoque, 10, rue Poitou, 75003
  4. La Jolie Garde Robe, 15 Rue Commines, 75003  
  5. Rag, Rue St Martin, 75001

Sunday, 11 April 2010


Taken 10th April 7.30 p.m.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010


Just found these gorgeous peg legs on a great website! Just upload outfit photos, like perusing through a set of very stylish Facebook photos. Addictive!


Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Peg Leg.

Just bought myself a gorgeous pair of cappucino peg leg trousers with an integrated waist belt from Zara. Thought I'd have a rummage online to find examples of How To Wear The Peg Leg (Well). This is what I found.

How to wear peg leg trousers: 

Monday, 5 April 2010

Belle de Mer.

There is something very 1960s, Brigitte Bardot in Le Mepris, French Riviera about this stunning little FCUK Belle de Mer shift dress. To be pranced up and down the bar-lined coast in St Tropez in the summer.


Rue des Abbesses, Montmartre

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