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A NAIL POLISH GUIDE TO RED

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A picture says more than a thousand words. And a set of well polished nails says more than a hundred handshakes. At least, in my opinion. Round, oval, square or pointed: regardless of your nail shape, there is one classic shade that works for all. The eternal color of love – and danger! – is one we tend underestimate too often: red. Some people even use it to curb their distraction problems, like texting while driving (the infamous red thumb reminder). Who knew red nail polish could save lives? Explore the potential of a beauty phenomenon responsible for spreading style from the 1920’s. Since all classics come in many variations Sabrina and I have narrowed our red devils down to a top five. From Fifty Shades of Red to simply Nifty Shades of Red.

A NAIL POLISH GUIDE TO RED

FRENCH SUIT

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It is Paris Fashion Week and I put my French suit on, the only thing not so French being my super sized sunglasses (probably a bit too much of an outer space vibe for the average Parisienne). And the fact that I wear an itsy bit of make up, just enough to prevent me from saying/singing I woke up like this all day. The glitter-sock-in-shoes have been major life savers. If it wasn’t for them, these patent friends would have left my heels with some pretty decent war wounds while breaking them in. With the socks, I am easily sliding from Palais de Tokyo to Le Marais and from Grand Palais to the Louvre, Laduree for a tarte tatin and Rose Bakery for their asiettes legumes in between (both obviously ordered with a super Dutch/English accent). You see, Paris is super walkable, you just need to make sure you do it in the comfy shoe variety. And if your shoe is not of that particular comfy variety, make them comfortable like a bathroom slipper. With one and a half more days to go and a hard drive full of inspiring things to share, I can not believe how this Fashion Week season went by in just a heart beat. Maybe because I skipped New York and its horror snow this time? Maybe because everything – mainly on the streetstyle side of things – was extra extra overwhelming. All I know for sure is that I wore a blazer/no coat in winter (heat tech underneath, but does that really count?) and that makes me happy. And I wasn’t cold. PS: This was the only day so far Paris didn’t shed a sh*tload of rain on us. Blazer, Maison Martin Margiela; Sweater, H&M; Shirt, H&M (men’s department); Jeans, Dr Denim; Shoes, Zara; Socks, American Apparel; Sunglasses, Céline; Clutch, Mansur Gavriel (comes with the bag). Pictures by Anna Nooshin.

FRENCH SUIT

BOYFRIEND DENIM

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Here is the jeans in full top to bottom, albeit still hidden underneath a thick pile of other garments. I guess they are particularly good in summer with a chic pair of slides and either a silk crisp white shirt and a red lippy (plus the perfect cross body bag, where art thou?). Did I just sense a little LA homesickness? Or is it the vitamin D that I miss? Since the sun seems to be holiday-ing in some place far, far away and I am not going somewhere tropical anytime soon, I thought I’d try and make it work with my current winter wardrobe. Some think boyfriend denim are made to be saved for the warmer seasons – especially when they’re a light wash like these – I personally think they work all year around. It might be a little harder to find the right boot to pair them with, but they just don’t deserve to be tucked away come fall and winter. Happy Sunday! Coat, COS; Leather Jacket, Acne Studios; T-Shirt, American Apparel; Jeans, MiH; Boots, Balenciaga; Scarf, Acne Studios.

BOYFRIEND DENIM

FIRST OF THE FIVE

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It is official, my 5 piece French wardrobe game is on and the first of my five buys (counting from September 1st to February 28th (no it is not going to be easy, but definitely worth trying!)) is this leather jacket from Acne. It is their all-time classic piece and even though it is +24 degrees outside in Paris, I haven’t taken it off since I bought it two days ago. Who said leather is not seasonless? Now if I would want to cheat, I could file this under ‘basics that don’t count’, since a leather jacket is obviously an investment piece that lasts literally for ages. I mean, this gives any item that is already in my closet an instant update. Buttt since I do really want to stay in the game this time, plus I can not justify anything in this price range, let’s count. 1 down, 4 to go. Leather Jacket, Acne; T-Shirt, American Apparel; Jeans, Acne; Shoes, Kurt Geiger; Bag, Kurt Geiger. Pictures by Anna Nooshin.

FIRST OF THE FIVE

HIGHSTREET GEMS

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After my post about the Zara heels, I took a genuine dive into my newly constructed walk-in wardrobe and found some more of those highstreet gems. What are your absolute favorite affordable pieces? Here is few of what I found: Angora Sweater, H&M Trend (I also have this in black, it is amazing!); Top, H&M Trend, T-Shirt, American Apparel.

HIGHSTREET GEMS

CASUAL MIX

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Cashmere Sweater, Zadig et Voltaire; Striped Top, American Apparel; Jeans, Acne; Shoes, Converse; Blazer, afterDRK.

CASUAL MIX

BEGIJNENSTEEG

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Now that we have a scooter to navigate around the city, this hoodie tied around my waist was more of a functional choice than a fashionable one, since higher speed means more wind which equals instant cold. Yes, I could have easily put on an angora jumper or a snugly coat, but spring sprung a while ago in my books and I might as well try to live up to it – despite the fact that the temperature is still not cooperating. All this tying makes me wonder though, was I ever a non-functional dresser anyway? I mean, apart from wearing uncomfortable heels every now and then and a belt because it is pretty rather than wearing it as a necessity, I very rarely wear things that do not have an obvious role. Hence the minor amount of details and the non-schmuck kind of way that I dress…I guess. This does not mean I get dressed just for the sake of getting dressed – exceptions aside (forgive me as I work from home and my pj’s are so damn comfy) – I do like to get dressed as if I am going to wipe the delivery woman off her feet while I sign for my packages. Hmm, maybe I will take this as a personal challenge, to add a little something of non-functionality to my daily wear-ables. Coat, Rodebjer; Shirt, Rika; Jeans, Paige; Shoes, Balenciaga; Sunglasses, Filippa K; Hoodie, American Apparel.

BEGIJNENSTEEG

TIE DYE

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T-Shirt, Proenza Schouler (via SMETS); Jeans, Diesel; Hoodie, American Apparel; Blazer, Maison Martin Margiela; Shoes, Prada.

TIE DYE

GINGHAM AND SNAKESKIN

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Coat, COS; Sweater, YEP Collection; Snakeskin Pants, NMBR Nine; Shoes, Balenciaga; Bag, Gérard Darel. Pictures by Anna Nooshin.

GINGHAM AND SNAKESKIN