If you know me, you know I have a penchant for all black clothing. It’s a color that’s not only flattering and easy to wear, it is timelessly chic. As you can imagine, moving to Paris only cemented this staple in my wardrobe and I found myself collecting more and more black pieces over the last few years. Continue reading
I’m loving the spring color trends this season, and what better way to try them out than on your fingers! The color itself isn’t the only thing I look for in nail lacquer, it also has to be super long-lasting (1 week+) and easy to apply. Check out my picks for a trendy spring manicure below.
I’m totally in love with Pantone’s Color Trend Report for 2016, and can’t get enough of their Rose Quartz hue. Fresh and light with just enough pink to make it wearable, this shade is flattering on every skin tone.
25 Rose Romantique by Yves Saint Laurent – Buy it here for €23,50
Altar Ego by OPI – Buy it here for €13
For a brighter flush of pink (think almost Bubblegum-tinted), I love this shade from the OPI Hawaii Collection. It goes on so beautifully, and it’s a unique, bold pink that is easy to pull off.
Suzi Shops and Island Hops by OPI – Buy it here for €13
This Spring, I’m really into neutrals and nudes. Here are a few great shades that always get rave reviews whenever I wear them. Plus, they can be worn any time of the year – hello versatility.
Muguet by Dior – Buy it here for €24
Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer by Zoya – Buy it here for €10
This shade by OPI has been one of my go-tos for several seasons now. I love the hint of pink mixed into a beige base. This color makes your nails look amazingly long, and the brush is perfect for a flawless at-home application.
Samoan Sand by OPI – Buy it here for €13
If you’re ready for something a little different, try the color Pantone is calling “Limpet Shell”: a lovely light Robin’s Egg Blue. Again, a shade that flatters a wide range of skin tones and really elongates your nails! Pair it with a crisp white top or dress for maximum impact.
Poole by Butter London – Buy it here for €15
Borrowed and Blue by Essie – Buy it here for €12
For a bolder blue, which is also great for Spring and Summer, I love this bright and luxuriously deep shade from YSl.
Bleu Majorelle by Yves Saint Laurent – Buy it here for €23,50
Finally, for those of you who want to add a little sunshine to your life, check out Buttery yellows. Trust me – they look stunning on. Here are a couple of my faves:
Build Me Up, Buttercup by Deborah Lippmann – Buy it here for €18
Jasper by Butter London – Buy it here for €22
Hope you enjoyed my picks! What are your favorite colors for Spring?
All nail polish images are courtesy of the brands.
A long-time fan of neutrals, dark colors, minimalist pieces and of course classic black, I knew I would belong in this city before I even arrived. Over the centuries Parisian style has become so iconic due to its ever-present elegance balanced perfectly with more casual and undone elements.
The key here is a laissez-faire approach, which is a philosophy the French seem to live by. Roughly translated, this means keeping things take their course, without interfering too much. This translates to my personal style as I love being able to pair simple black skinnies with a bomber jacket and feel like I’m ready to take on the world. Parisian style is really about simplicity and basic pieces that make you feel like a million dollars. A crisp white t-shirt or blouse, dark slacks, pants or jeans, and a statement jacket or a bold lip to tie it all together. This basic formula can be tailored to your own personal vibe by dressing it up or down with shoes and accessories. My take on this neo-classical uniform is simple yet classic, edgy yet somehow polished; just undone enough to look like it was all on purpose.
Photographer: Barbora.v (@barbra.v on Instagram)
One of my favorite parts about living in Paris is the seemingly endless access to beauty this city affords: gorgeous architecture, enchanting streets and coffee haunts, and of course the daily inspiration found in people watching. PFW is one of those times when there is such an outpouring of creativity all centered around a single topic: fashion. Several times each year, Paris comes to life with an influx of designers, photographers, models and all around influencers and people of interest. This AH 16/17 season was no exception. Attending shows in between work and heading to showrooms and capsule collection launches at night, it was a busy week to say the least.
Any PFW attendee will tell you the same story, it’s all lovely and stimulating and of course you learn and see so much, but by the end of the week it’s exhausting, and everything starts to blur together. This year, a collection caught my eye and it was something so unexpected yet so incredible that I just have to tell you guys about it.
As I made my way upstairs at the Ozone showroom in the heart of Le Marais, a beautiful, Perisan Blue fabric caught my eye. I headed over to get a closer look and the entire collection blew me away. Enter luxury brand womenswear designer Bav Tailor. Born in London but with roots all over, Bav uses her heritage to draw inspiration for her work. Her collections are entirely produced in Italy, and she is dedicated to using only Eco-sustainable materials and technology while retaining an excellence in craftsmanship. She explained that her current collection draws from 5 different aesthetics: DVAITA, LOKYA, SHAKTI, SUCI and PRANA. Each of these words envelop an ideology which somehow perfectly describes the aura of their pieces. I love how each piece is so original, it’s refreshing to see a collection that is so different yet remains elegant and wearable (not to mention Eco-friendly!!). See my favorite looks from the collection below.
DVAITA entails the concept of dualism, the existence of two separate realities. Each piece within the collection may be worn in at least two different ways.
The LOKYA collection bestows freedom. Pieces that allow movement and flexibility. Precious, noble, natural fibers that flow freely on the skin without restrictions, delicately allowing the mind to breathe, respecting ethics and the environment.
SHAKTI: energy and empowerment are at the core of each SHAKTI piece. Sartorial silhouettes that represent liberation, movement and divine femininity using rich, natural fabrics from silks, bamboo, virgin wool to Eco-sustainable materials that drape effortlessly. Pieces inspired by the strength of a woman exclusively for her.
SUCI: clean and purified lines represent each sartorial SUCI piece. Organic, natural fabrics from silk, bamboo, cotton to Eco-sustainable materials that crisply align with the contours of the skin to cleanse the soul. Pieces inspired by Japanese origami techniques.
PRANA: life force, the PRANA collection incorporates 3D elements which symbolize an energy flow around the body. Pieces inspired by Japanese transformational reconstruction, creating sartorial contours with exquisite materials that encase the body.
Photos courtesy of Bav Tailor. Descriptions of aesthetic themes courtesy of her website.
Spring time and though it may look warm and sunny, the City of Light is still hanging on to those Winter chills. I’m a fan of neutrals and darker colors anyway, but this weather seemed to call for an especially muted look. Enter: the dusty blue Free People jacket.
My first jewelry shoot! I loved working with Mark and Laura, the lovely couple behind the brand Cowgirl Chile Co., an inspired handcrafted jewelry line from the USA. The hammered copper and bronze pieces I wore in this shoot were really unique and are totally wearable for so many different occasions.
One of my favorite ways to modernize the little black dress is with a (not so little) black jumpsuit. This culotte style is really easy to wear and can be dressed up or down depending on your mood. I paired mine with a varsity jacket and black heeled booties for a laid back vibe.
Welcome to my blog! I’m so excited to share my first post with you. La Presque Parisienne is a blog focusing on life in my second home in the city of light. I created this site to be my personal style diary and an attempt to share my love of photography but also to showcase my various adventures in Paris.
This first shoot was a lot of fun, but it was also freezing cold when we took these photos (shoutout to Barbora.V of NeoNostalgie for braving the icy Winter with me).
This first post encompasses so many trends I can’t get enough of, namely: turtlenecks, boyfriend fits, booties and studded leather. I’ve been all about the boyfriend trend this past season, I love being cozy and wrapped up especially during the colder months. The sweater I’m wearing is one of my favorites, a super delicate cashmere by nKo that I actually borrowed from my boyfriend.