Monthly Archives: March 2011

Link Love: 3.24.11

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Liz Taylor with David Bowie. Source.


• The Tenfold Collective has put together a list of portfolio do’s and don’ts.

• The WSJ has a fantastic profile this month on Annna Wintour with main the focus on her business dealings in the fashion world.

• I’ve always wondered how Manhattan got its grid.

• The Cut has the best slideshow of Elizabeth Taylor photos.

• Gala spills all her secrets in The International Playgirl’s Guide To Paris — she’s been there a few times so read up!

• Don’t Call Me, I Won’t Call You is all about how people don’t talk on the phone anymore. I am totally guilty of this and laughed when I read, “It’s at the point where when the phone does ring — and it’s not my mom, dad, husband or baby sitter — my first thought is: “What’s happened? What’s wrong?” My second thought is: “Isn’t it weird to just call like that? Out of the blue? With no e-mailed warning?”

• Graphic Designer Jessica Walsh shares the setup she uses to photograph her work.

• Saul Bass logos: Then and Now.

• Um, you have to read this. Sammy Hagar claims he was abducted by aliens!

• The Japan-inspired cover of The New Yorker is so iconic.


Parisian Fashion

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Ah, Parisian fashion. Admired from afar, constantly imitated in American Fashion magazines and revered for its understated elegance. How do they do it?


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My Paris Fashion Inspiration: Wolford Bondage tights, Loewe campaign complete with chunky gray knits, sexy sheer black plus leather via Reed Krakoff, Dolce & Gabbana Miss Rose satchel, bold basics, ModCloth jacket & dress finally, adding an element of surprise to a basic outfit.


Parisians strike me as being quite sensible.

Their wardrobes are much more edited than their American counterparts with color schemes mostly limited to black and gray. Every day basics are of very high quality. If you want to fit in while in Paris, basic clothing that can be easily layered in dark colors, a great coat and nice quality, walkable shoes will serve you well. The French mastered the art of the basic long ago. When thinking of Paris-appropriate clothing, an equation should come to mind: well-styled + sensible = smart. And, a bright colored scarf in a fun pattern or solid color like red will add some visual interest to any dark ensemble.


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My initial interpretation of French fashion…unfortunately, I had hit fast-forward and arrived a little too far into the future. Photo by Juliane Berry.


What I admire most about the French is that they are very well put together but never overdone. Americans have a tendency feel that more is more when it comes to getting dressed and pile on a little too much of everything — I am sure they come across as gaudy to the sleek and refined Parisians.


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Since it was my first time visiting Paris, I had arrived with the preconceived notion that people would be swathed in very avant garde, futuristic fashions straight off the Rick Owens runway. I had visions of my Fall / Winter Style Direction, Parisian Cyborg coming to life right before my eyes. Once I’d spent a full day in the city though, it became quite apparent that the reality was much different — I think I’d been absorbed in too many French fashion editorials, wrapped up in a big ol’ fantasy world. You see, most of the French are much too practical for such nonsense — they don’t sashay down the street in the equivalent of a costume!

I, on the other hand, ended up walking around town in what might have been more appropriate for Parisian daily wear in perhaps 2050. Though I got some stares, everyone was still polite. Even though the French tend to dress to blend in, I think they still secretly appreciate the element of surprise.


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Photo by Juliane Berry.


This outfit may have been better suited for an 80s movie set in Paris. I’d become an instant caricature of Parisian fashion, thinking that a black dress + patterned legwear + a beret would equal the perfect daily outfit. I’d over-romanticized everything in my head, thanks once again to chic fashion magazines. At least I had a good time in the process! I was wearing an H&M dress, Zana Bayne 4-strap belt, red beret from Juliane, Wolford Bondage tights and Camilla Skovgaard wedges.


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If you are on the hunt for cutting edge, avant garde fashion, Colette has some pretty stunning (and expensive) pieces. It feels more like a perfectly curated museum of modern gadgets and attire than a department store, though. The place was brimming with tourists and who could blame them? I fell in love with a selection of white dresses displayed in the front window, reminiscent of the 60s space age fashion of Courreges and Pierre Cardin.


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Photo by Juliane Berry.


One of my favorite discoveries in Paris was that women appreciate a nice, short skirt paired with patterned leg wear. While strolling around town, I stumbled upon a huge number of shops specializing in just socks and tights. Much to my delight, Wolford boutiques were plentiful, dotted throughout the city.

Though French men and women do wear denim, it’s clean, hole-free and fits well. Baggy and wrinkle-laden jeans can stay bunched up in America’s closets, thank you. I also appreciated the fact that when we went out to dinner, there wasn’t t-shirt in sight. Men tend to wear button-ups or sweaters instead. What I realized is that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to look good!

When you look around the streets of Paris, what you quickly gather is that not every single person is wearing something amazing; nor are they wearing the latest ‘it’ item. Simply put, they just know how to get dressed and pull a look together from head-to-toe. They skip the fussiness, invest in the best quality possible and dress timelessly.


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Nearly every boutique window throughout the city was beautifully curated. If I really was off to Paris to get married on a whim, this dress would have fit the bill. It was so nice and refreshing to not see chain store garbage cluttering every street corner!


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What is more chic, French and timeless than Chanel? When I think of Chanel, a black and white palette comes to mind along with classic cuts featuring a modern twist.


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Photo by Juliane Berry.


Gala and I pretty much play dress-up wherever we go and Paris was our playground. Our vision of what we’d felt was Parisian-worthy attire left us looking more like a girl pop duo from the 60s than anything else. The concierge at our hotel cracked bemused grins every time we walked out the door. They probably thought that we were nuts…just another influx of crazy Americans!

Parisian chic strikes me as fashionable yet understated. Both classic and timeless. They never look dated — their look is always in style. And isn’t that what makes the Parisian sense of style so alluring?


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For more Paris posts:

Paris in Polaroids
A Look Inside Le Marais, Paris
A Beginner’s Guide to Paris
Magic in Le Marais: Hotel du Petit Moulin
Hello From Paris Part 01: The First Time Experience
Hello From Paris Part 02: Architecture and Grandeur
Bonjour From Paris!


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The Typofiles #78: Colette 10 CD


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My hotel nightstand in Paris, February 2011


Up until I was in Paris, I hadn’t bought a CD in 5+ years. Being a minimalist, I try to keep all my music digital beyond my well-loved record collection. But, that all changed when I stumbled into the holy grail of Parisian cool, Colette. Feeling more like a perfectly curated museum of modern artifacts than a store, it’s also wildly expensive. But when I spotted Colette 10 in its series of cult classic mix albums by the register, I had to have it.


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I’ve been following these albums for years, always admiring the sleek, simplistic design of the packaging. The CD now resides on a shelf above my desk.


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Photo by Juliane Berry


While we’re on the topic of typography and Paris, I had to share one of my favorite moments with you. While spending the day with photographer Juliane Berry, Gala and I had the chance to visit a park outside of the city which had a few words in front of it but notably the last spelt out P A R I S. It was raining, but we were determined to get some shots of Gala on top of the letter P. To keep dry, I climbed into the center of a nearby D and watched as a Frenchman tried to hoist her on top of the sign to no avail. She just hung there, slowly slipping away. Juliane and I were looking at each other like “OMG, she’s going to break her neck!” A Kodak moment for sure.


An Adventure in Paris: The White Dress

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The dress. When I was picking out a dress to wear in Vegas last year, I knew that I wanted something that I could wear again. The thought of spending a ton of money on a dress that I could wear once and then shove to the back of my closet didn’t sit well with me. Juliane brought up the idea of shooting me in it and I agreed — because, in reality, if I’d had the time and budget, getting married in Paris would have been the ultimate experience! All photos are by Juliane Berry.


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On our first full day in Paris, Gala and I awoke early and wandered around, trying to find a bakery. A few blocks from our hotel in Le Marais, we stumbled upon this wall. I wasn’t sure who most of the people were (though I did recognize Dali) or what exactly it was supposed to signify but I loved the graphic pop aspect to it.


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Though I wore my wedding dress and headband, I didn’t want to make it look like I was off to get married (again!) so I dressed the look down with the modern additions of opaque black tights and wedges. The dress is actually fairly comfortable to wear since it’s a stretch cotton — judging from the tags, it’s from the 1980s.


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Gala and I were totally enamored with the polka dot carpet throughout the Hotel du Petit Moulin and took full advantage of using it for photo ops. Thanks once again to Juliane for spending the day with us and capturing such great memories!


For more Paris posts:

Paris in Polaroids
A Look Inside Le Marais, Paris
A Beginner’s Guide to Paris
Magic in Le Marais: Hotel du Petit Moulin
Hello From Paris Part 01: The First Time Experience
Hello From Paris Part 02: Architecture and Grandeur
Bonjour From Paris!


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The Week in Pictures: 3.19.11

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This week was extra special because I got to visit my kindred spirit, Nigel the llama. I met Nigel a few years back on a whim as he stood on a corner downtown in front of an REI store, hobnobbing with the locals. I’d never been up close to a llama but with my Dries wedges on, we stood at eye level. He was so sweet as I was petting him and staring nonstop, thinking, “I’m in Downtown Portland, eye-to-eye with a llama.”

For my birthday in 2009, I got to visit Nigel at Wallowa Llamas, his home in Eastern Oregon. You can read more about that experience in my post, I Fell In Love With A Llama.


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When I received an email from Nigel (!!) a few weeks ago letting me know that he’d be in town, I made plans to visit him both nights. When I began walking towards Nigel downtown on Wednesday night, Steve Backstrom of Wallowa Llamas was standing outside with him. First he said hello, then recognized me and said, “Oh, you and Nigel are old friends.” We talked for quite awhile and I asked if many people specifically request Nigel when they visit Wallowa Llamas. I couldn’t help but laugh when he responded with, “Well, people definitely recognize him but you’re one of the few that put in a special request. You’re definitely one of his biggest fans.”


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Nigel is very handsome, all black and has the twinkliest eyes. His demeanor is very zen, even when he’s standing at a shopping mall surrounded by a gaggle of teenage girls, begging for a photo. Needless to say, in the world of llamas, he’s quite the rock star.


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This is the shelf above my desk — I’m always adding and rearranging objects, most often by color. I’m in the middle of tax hell right now, sorting and organizing receipts (hopefully the nights I’ve toiled away will be worth it!) but as soon as that’s behind me, I can’t wait to do some major Spring cleaning and organizing!


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Two weeks ago, I was on a neon orange kick. It’s a bit hard to tell in this photo but his week, it’s all about minty goodness! I’ve been wearing Mint Sprint by Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. Love!


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With all of this talk of Nigel, I wouldn’t want to leave my little buddy Rocky out of the mix. He joined me during a B Store shoot for Solestruck earlier in the week. I love how the ads came out — we actually shot them with me standing on my dining room table!

Okay kids, it’s time to return to the aforementioned tax hell. See you soon! xoxo


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