French Style: Real vs. Hype from 2 Seasoned Expat Voyeurs

I got into a heated conversation this spring while at lunch with fellow expatriates Ali and Susannah (from North Carolina & California).  We talked about the differences between what we see on the streets everyday from a french style/life perspective vs how the media likes to romanticize it.  This conversation needed to make its way … Continue Reading

Interview: Fashion Designer Jørgen Simonsen

Hands down my favorite interview…it was a joy to meet this Scandinavian-bred, Parisian trained fashion designer with immense talent.   My dear friend Karin generously made the introduction and Jørgen and I chatted for over an hour.  Hearing his story across five of the world’s most storied design houses (including Chanel and Valentino) was engrossing.  As … Continue Reading

It’s Time for Straight Leg Jeans.

Making a case for classic, straight-leg jeans C’mon… I’m not alone… who else is sick of the second-skin tightness of skinny jeans? My legs are getting positively claustrophobic.  I’m having trouble remembering why I thought skinny jeans were so flattering in the first place … maybe it’s been a winter of too many baguettes, but … Continue Reading

Everyday Style Icon, Annie: Chicago. Joyful Dressing.

Annie, share 3 few fun facts about yourself: My siblings are my wealth. Having 7 siblings nurtured creativity.  I always had hand-me-downs, so I had to alter my clothes!  Rolling the sleeves, cuffing the hems, and making them my own in other ways made me creative and resourceful as a stylist. I met my husband on a … Continue Reading

Best Sightseeing Getaway/Vacation Outfit

Overnight to London We surprised the kids with an overnight trip to London.  I knew I’d be walking the entire time so I needed a vacation outfit that was functional… but of course I also wanted it to be chic enough to take me into the night.  I was super happy with this choice. This … Continue Reading

Fast Forward into Spring with Camel + White

The sun has been peeking out finally – and I’m ready to celebrate even thought it’s still cold.  I love this subtle combo.  Layering a pop of white in with camel completely transforms it into something more crisp and fresh.  And I’m pretty sure simply pulling white denim out again after a long winter provides … Continue Reading

Everyday Style Icon: Emily, NYC. Minimalist Style.

Excited to share Emily’s chic style & honest perspective!  Emily’s minimalist style is understated, never forced, and you can find inspiration and shop the look here. I also loved her perspective on balancing work/home – it reminds me that we’re all in this together!

Best Sunglasses: Inside & Out. Jimmy Fairly

     Both wearing Jimmy Fairly sunglasses. Love the retro yet also somehow futuristic frame on hers (and the red pop!). On mine, I love the marble and clear materials mix.  Can’t go wrong with this shape!   I will try and keep this post about finding the best sunglasses short and sweet.  I am … Continue Reading

Live Large in a Parisian-Style Statement Coat.

A well cut Statement Coat and a Parisian are like peanut butter and jelly.  I love this because not only do they look amazing, but they are actually super cozy and comfortable!  This year I’m seeing a ton of diversity in the statement coats… but one thing seems to tie them all together:  the bigger, … Continue Reading

Blackout: Easy Monochromatic Dressing.

For Your Consideration… Le All Black Outfit During the holiday break, we trekked to the States to visit family.  I write this blog, in part, to help keep myself in check around intentionally carving out time for myself (yourself) and my (your) passions so that we don’t all go crazy.  However, I broke all of … Continue Reading