Jeanne Damas

I haven’t written anything on the blog on the fashion week season, mostly because I’ve been really busy with work and although I’ve been checking around 100 blog posts on a daily basis (!!!), I have hardly had any will to create posts of my own.

But there was one single image from Paris Fashion Week (and yeah, I’m talking streestyle) that really stayed with me and made me research te girl and her style: Jean Damas in a red sweater with the printed logo “1970” tucked in her denim. I don’t know what it is that captivated me: the fact that she looks like a heroine of a nouvelle vague movie or that it was so simple and refreshing among all the craziness, but I can confidently call it my favourite look of all I’ve seen so far.

The girl has a serious game going on though. Every single image of her I found on Pinterest only made me envy her style more.

And here I leave you with some serious inspiration-porn for Friday night.

Bisous!!

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This is a man’s post

Two shaky pictures, so full of style though….

I wouldn’t mind dressing up like these two gentlemen, as I believe no woman would mind their guy dressing up like that.

Refreshing to see style in the streets of the village (aka Brussels) – can’t say it happens that often…let alone with guys! I love the hat on the first pic, the backpack on the second, the jackets on both pictures – a tweed jacket is such a great staple for when autumn comes!!!!

I see many of my girl-friends do the shopping for their guys. I also see them picking up what they should wear every day, pointing out that their shirt has a huge stain on it, or that the pants they’re wearing do not fit them well. I do not know if we are more vain as a species or it just comes down to aesthetics…but I do know that these two looked great.

Merci les mecs :)

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I’ve never held The New Yorker. I don’t know what it feels like, if it’s big or small, if its pages are shiny or made our of recycled paper.

I know though that I love the layout of its website, I find it to be so clean, somehow “fit” for the purpose of pleasant reading.

I love the cartoons as well – I even have one hanging on the wall behind me in my office.

I love how the featured stories are long, novel-like.

And I love how they have been publishing fashion stories from their archives – I find them a tremendous source of inspiration.

It’s funny to see that because of the digital age we have experienced more change in the last 10 years (from when Tavi was an up-and-coming blogger), than in the last 80 (from when Coco Chanel was trying to start a fashion revolution).

I know that posts without pictures are not really that popular, but I would really like everyone to take some time and read these amazing pieces :)

Black

By now, I believe most of you have seen this video by Vogue, in which Anna Wintour answers 73 questions on pretty much everything.

I loved her answer on family heirlooms (“my memories”), as well as her breakfast choices (Starbucks).

What I didn’t like was her answer on what she would never wear: head-to-toe black.

And this post is about proving the most powerful woman in fashion wrong. Like totally wrong.

Listen to this while looking at the pictures – black is really the wonder colour…

All pictures from Pinterest.

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The Model

(No I’m not talking about this, although I would definitely do if I had a music blog.)

When I lived in London I used to see models quite often: on the street, next to you in Topshop or Wagamama, at Notting Hill and Soho (Shoreditch was not yet on the map of cool places).

In the village (aka Brussels), it is quite uncommon. It might even be the first time I saw one yesterday on my way back from work. The girl might not even have been a model, but she looked perfect, her hair was absolutely great and she carried this tiny Chanel bag that actually caught my eye at the beginning.

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A serious case of Vanity Fair

I find Vanity Fair to be one of the most delightful reads one can get. A good mix of politics, celebrity news, interesting stories and some of the finest writing available out there – it’s always a pleasure to get my hand on it.

I hadn’t bought it for a long time, but given my 8-hour flight from Philadelphia to Brussels the other day, I prepared myself with the September issues of US Vogue and Vanity Fair. Needles to say, I did not even open Vogue (shame on me, I know I know).

Imagine my even greater delight when I saw Vanity’s issue being dedicated to style, with a radiant Natalia Vodianova on the cover page.

I couldn’t recommend anything more fitting for a great weekend/travel/having coffee by yourselves read!!

See below for some of the pictures featuring in this month’s edition – for more see here.

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Fall

It’s actually autumn for us Europeans, if we want to be accurate in our command of English (which is not our native language, hohohoho), but I kind of like this word to describe the change of the season: “Fall”

Tomorrow it’s September 1st and change is all over us: autumn leaves, autumn weather, autumn colours all around. It’s true that such things can get one to be rather melancholic, but hey, it’s just the cycle of life guys! How else would we enjoy spring that much if it wasn’t for chilly autumn?

I personally love this slight change in the weather, when evenings suddenly need to be accompanied by a cardigan or light jacket. And I also love autumn make-up, a bold dark red lip, dark purple nails etc etc.

Last year, I made up my mind to dedicate my fall wardrobe to pants (yeah, this is a new thing, I try to make up my mind on where to focus every season, so I don’t get up stock-piling clothes I won’t wear; plus, I might end up with a gorgeous selection of everything in a few years – who knows??)

This season’s focus will be on PENCIL SKIRTS!!

Yeap, skirts. Which I don’t really feel comfortable in, but I’ve noticed that if I find that one that fits me well, it’s much more feminine that anything else I can put on. Pants might be the power suit, but pencil skirts are a woman’s panoply – that’s how I like to see it.

So here is a selection of some favourites I spotted on Pinterest.

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Now I know what it means to miss New Orleans

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Going through these pics, I can’t shake this feeling that New Orleans is a really special city. It is very much US in some ways, but so not American in many other…the people, the feeling of community, the immense politeness, the food and THE MUSIC made this a unique trip, one that I will probably cherish for the rest of my life.

It was only my second time in the US, having previously been to Los Angeles and San Francisco. I don’t know if you also get this feeling when traveling to the US, but especially for Europeans, it is like playing in a movie: all these things we see on screen suddenly coming to life before our eyes makes us go stupidly touristic!! The same thing happen to me in New Orleans, even in a greater scale!! I wanted to take pictures of every single interesting face I saw, of every little corner of the city that looked pretty, of every burger I tried, of every musician I met on the street (and there were lots…)

I would like to go back one day – maybe not in the summer though, as the only drawback of the trip was the unbelievable heat…

Summer is over for now – I hope you loved yours, I enjoyed mine.

Now, let’s see what autumn has in for us :)