This just in: runway beauty be cray, especially when it comes to couture week. Raf Simons’s lovely cream-colored gowns and floral frocks at Christian Dior were offset by some serious bedazzling of the mouth. I’d usually gamble that this is the kind of look that won’t see life off the runway come spring, but then again, we are living in the age of Ke$ha. [Image via Style.com]
I’ll be entirely honest: I treasure the finer things in life, and by “finer things” I mean “expensive stuff and anything with a French name.” This is precisely how I became infatuated with Paris-based candle-crafter and parfumeur (ooh, I just love that word) Diptyque. A cult favorite of fashion people and impossibly chic trust fund babies world-over, if the packaging alone doesn’t make you want to replace every candle in your house with one of their gorgeous glass jars, the compellingly complex scents will. Ever since I stumbled across the brick-and-mortar store a few years back, I’ve been coveting their products with an ardency formerly reserved for shoes (and, who am I kidding, Indian food). While at this point in my life my conscience doesn’t allow for a $65 candle, nor a $45 scented oval (though I’ll happily hand over my mailing address should you want to send me a gift), I can totally get on board with their solid perfumes. Poured into weighty black cases engraved with the iconic Diptyque logo and protected by a small velvet pouch, just carrying one of these tiny treasures in your purse is enough to make you feel like a more refined, more fabulous, more interesting, better-traveled, better-looking person. It’s magic. I swear. They smell pretty good, too — my signature scent is Eau Duelle, a smoky, spicy take on vanilla. [$48, Diptyque]
As someone who confines their wardrobe to the darker side of the spectrum (happily, might I add), I naturally shy away from solid brights or pastels. They clash and look kind of silly against my palette of black, grey, dark green, beige, and white, so I find that my monochromes are best brightened with a heady dose of — you guessed it — florals. Patterns add an unexpected touch to any desaturated ensemble, and florals in deeper shades strike the perfect balance between spring’s paler, more saccharine versions and this season’s all goth, all the time aesthetic. The best part? There’s no reason you should have to wait until April (at least!) to show them off.
I am 100 percent, certifiably, should-be-locked-away, threat-to-public-wellbeing obsessed with Diane Kruger. She and Marion Cotillard are my Parisian patron saints. They’re also both rarely caught in casual wear, but when they are, it’s always in chic, reliable wardrobe stalwarts like skinny jeans, flats, striped tees, and — as seen right here on Diane — khaki surplus jackets. Ladies after my own heart! (I wish.) Diane’s all zippered up, but we think she would love the nautically inspired gold buttoned shoulder on this white tee, but if French flair is what you’re going for, you know what to do. (It involves stripes.) I can’t promise you will look as cute as Diane in this laid-back ensemble, but we can sure try, right? Keep reading »
It’s been a pretty mild winter so far here in New York, with temperatures rising above 50 just last week … so it seems only karmic that just when we were thinking we could deal with winter at its best, we’re about to get it at its worst. Rumor has it (I go on Weather.com, sometimes) that temperatures are dropping, and a big chill is coming in a big way. If you haven’t invested in some crazy-ugly, crazy-warm winter outerwear and accessories, well, you might want to hit express on that shipping. I know it’s $15. Just do it. The good news: because we’re technically moving into the next season (spring!), tons of these items are on steep sale. The bad news: you’ll have to get your hands on them quick, before a) they sell out and b) the second ice age arrives. Okay, so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but still. I just hope that when it comes, you’ll have had the foresight to wear these …