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BEAUTY TALK WITH YOKAW

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I had the pleasure of working with Yokaw (she’s a make up artist!) a few times now. And every time I do so, I am amazed by her creativity and what she comes up with even if I give her the vaguest description of my ideas. Remember our editorial at the beach? Her work. Remember the one in the hotel with the bath tub with that crazy good eye liner? Her again. Time for a Beauty Talk!

BEAUTY TALK WITH YOKAW

GETTING THE 5 PIECE THING STARTED

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Season two of my 5 Piece French Wardrobe journey is about to begin and to get you all on board I thought it would be fun to share a 3 step guide on how to get things started. Clear the decks. We all have our ways to deal with the excessiveness in our wardrobes. Some keep their stuff forever and pile up big time, some throw out too much. My number one tip to get rid of the right items is to turn all hangers in your closet backwards – turn around folded t-shirts and jeans too – and turn everything back to normal once you’ve worn them. Whatever is still turned in a year from your start date (today?!) has to go. A year is looong, but hey you have to give all seasons a chance! Same goes for shoes and all your accessories. Come up with a smart way that shows you if you’ve worn it or not. Sentimental stuff is always a keeper. Get the basics. There are tons of lists to be found on which items are the glue to keep anyone’s wardrobe together. My list of 10 non-seasonal essentials is not going to be completely new nor refreshing, but it is what I believe could be a good way to get this thing started without too big of a threshold. All the basics need to be of perfect quality, so you don’t end up having to replace them each and every year/season. My ultimate 10 – shoes and accessories not included – are, a classic wool coat, a leather jacket, a cashmere sweater, a cotton shirt, the perfect white t-shirt, a silk evening shirt, a suit (can be worn as separates), boyfriend jeans, fitted black jeans and a skirt (any that fits your style and hugs your figure). There’s obviously more basics in the world than this, so don’t worry about counting others – such as a striped t-shirt – as basics. Wish List. Last, but definitely not least. Create a wish list of the 5 items you are imagining buying in the next 6 months. Don’t buy them all at once, try to evenly plan them out (this gives room to unplanned wardrobe necessities). Practically it’s almost an item a month, so it is not as hard as it sounds. My wish list for spring/summer goes a little something like this. A Denim Jacket. Ahh, I should have kept my old Levi’s, it would have been vintage by now… Some Sort of Slide or Slipper. Let’s say my Birkenstock phase needs to be compromised by a more subtle option. It might be a little early talking barefoot when it is not even February, but I can already see myself sliding through summer in these. It is like a luxury hotel slipper with a peep toe, perfect! MiH Phoebe Jeans. I could go on and on about these jeans and if it was not for the uncountable amount of boyfriend bottoms already in my wardrobe (here and here), these would be basic. Why would I still need them then, you ask? They are impeccable. As if someone just really did figure out how to create thé ideal pair of jeans. A Staw Fedora. Totally unnecessary, but such a chic summer staple. I might replace this with a summer dress later, but for now, I am convinced I need a fedora in my life. Since I wear hats all day everyday (never). Right. Timeless Jewelry. I have a little box of gold bits and things from when I was a child and I have thought about selling it, but I think I would rather get it melted and reshaped into something that I will actually wear. As for the basics, I am thinking a striped longsleeve (how could I have lived without it for so long?!) and that blue cotton shirt that is almost glued to my body in white. Who’s with me? And what’s on your wish list this season? Striped T-Shirt, Comme des Garçons; Necklace, Sophie Hulme; Boyfriend Jeans, MiH; Slippers, Newbark; Shirt, Rika; Hat, Maison Michel. Image by Adam Franzino for Elle Australia.

GETTING THE 5 PIECE THING STARTED

7 WINTER ESSENTIALS

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7 Winter essentials that will take you straight through this coldest winter month called January, while laughing (really, really hard) in its face. Layering ingredients The key to keeping warm is three words, layers, layers and layers. This tank top is a good base to start from, being super stretchy and fitted enough to appear invisible underneath tons of other layers. Imagining it with silk slouchy pants for Summer, this is perfect for other seasons too. Too cool for school socks Socks may show this winter, so they might as well be fancy. Fantastic knits The number one must-have for the colder seasons, knitwear! Pick timeless basics, but with a twist so that they don’t need much else and you will be done getting dressed in the morning in a second or two. Basic boots Tall boots are hard to match with your entire wardrobe, ankle boots go with just about any bottom you own. Whether it is mom jeans or man pants, pick a pair that fits them all. TIP: Let your local shoe cobbler add a rubber layer to your favorite boots’ soles. When things get snowy and slippery, you will be the last one standing. Plus, that extra layer of rubber will keep your feet a little warmer. An oversized beanie They say we loose most body heat through our heads, so keeping our brains (and ears) from freezing by wearing a beanie would not be a bad idea. PERSONAL NOTE: I will never forget I had to cry last winter after a severely cold bike ride, because I seriously felt like I was loosing a few of my limbs. Washed black denim Washed black skinny jeans are one of the best in the denim department. They go with everything, make you look lean and are just a tiny bit more exciting than the non-washed variety. A gigantic cashmere scarf Ahh, there is nothing more comfortable than a humongously gigantic cashmere scarf. TIP: Men’s department scarfs are mostly bigger. Top, T by Alexander Wang; Socks, Comme des Garçons; Sweater, La Garçonne Moderne; Ankle Boots, Zara; Beanie, Topshop; Skinny Jeans, Topshop; Scarf, Acne Studios.

7 WINTER ESSENTIALS