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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Jeans territory...

So guess what? I am flying tonight to Sri Lanka. The time for our yearly romantic getaway has arrived and I couldn't be more excited! This means this is my last post for the next week or two. The good news is you can follow my exotic adventures on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. But first, one more second hand outfit!
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I told you before, but what I love about charity shops is that I find things I would never buy in a regular shop. Even though I would like it. G-Star is typically a brand that I find cool and rough. But it is too expensive for me and so I never really paid attention to the collection.
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But I found these jeans in a charity shops a few weeks ago and I love them! They are very special, well the G-Star kind of special and nothing like my regular jeans (which are more, well, regular).
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The quality of the denim is undeniable and so the feel is amazing. The cut is strange, especially at the knees but I love that. And I am also not used to having giant numbers printed on my jeans...
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I was amazed to find such a quality product in the charity shop (who is giving THAT away??). For these pics, I paired the jeans with two American Vintage tank tops that I also found in a charity shop (again, how is that even possible!). My luck!

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Wallace Collection

I've been meaning to go back to the Wallace Collection ever since I moved to London (that's more than 2 years ago...). I love this place, it is the cutest palace with the most diverse and fascinating collection. But how to get the kids to enjoy it with me?
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Believe it or not, it happens thanks to Frozen. Yes, the movie. Since I have now seen it a good hundred times (thank you Stella), During one of the songs, Anna is imitating the characters from the many paintings in her castle. Already I thought that could be a fun thing to do with Stella in a museum. But at some point Anna imitates a girl on a swing. And then I got my genius idea. All the paintings in the movie are super famous. But the Swing is the Fragonard I've seen in the Wallace Collection last time I went (that would be 2005...).
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So I told Stella, hey I am gonna show you one of Anna's paintings, the one with the swing, I know where it is! She was intrigued and then she loved it. Not only the painting but the entire place. Very princess-y!
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The ONE!
We had a blast at the Wallace Collection, well at least for the first 40 minutes. Nino liked the paintings and statues with animals on it and ran everywhere. And I was so happy to be back. I can't believe this museum is free. Gotta love London!
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This is Nino re-enacting Elsa's big move.....

I also discovered that there are quite some family activities at the Wallace Collection, so I will definitely be back. Also you can't beat that neighbourhood, Marylebone: farmers market, cafes and charity shops!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

The long black dress

I wanted to tell you about one of my summer staple: the long black dress. Not the right time? Who cares?
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I spent the last two summers in the long Tara Jarmon dress, that I bought in a charity shop for about £15. I adore it. It survived two kids pulling on it, sitting on it, playing with it; you name it...
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I wear it for school runs, for evening and also for travelling. The length makes it very versatile...
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The dress is not my size, way too big. But the cut is so brilliant and the feel is so nice that I decided it didn't matter.
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When an outfit gives you as much comfort as elegance, it's a BIG win. This Tara Jarmon dress does that for me. I also know the brand well and it uses very good materials (and I don't say that because it is a French brand...).
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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Stylist's Rail Automnal Wardrobe Wonderment

On Saturday, I met with Louise from the lovely blog Pauper to Princess to attend a stylish event in Shoreditch: The Stylist's Rail Autumnal Wardrobe wonderment at the Hoxton hotel.
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It was fun to be back in Hipsterland and the Hoxton Hotel proved to be both a trendy and friendly place! The event is introduced on its Facebook page as: "The ultimate pop-up shopping experience where vendors are a curated collective of London's top stylists, exciting independent designers and vintage labels".
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Mostly I went for non-new clothes and accessories. In this regard, the Stylist's Rail was interesting as it presented both real vintage pieces and items belonging to the stylists themselves. The latest included clothes & shoes from shoots or just the vendors' own stuff. Which I loved. 
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I also enjoyed discovering new brands and designers that I had never seen before, including this cool jewellery collective MagPie On the Run:
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The free Bloom Gin cocktails and the cool tunes from GRLTLK DJs didn't hurt either... After our shopping, it was cool to have a drink and hang out.
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So what did I find? Well, You know me and so I didn't buy anything new. But I bought a pair of MizX Flux Adidas sneakers from one of the stylists present. They are  pretty fun and cost me only £25! It makes me to happy to wear fabulous kicks on my school run!
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Clutch & pants

Fall has definitely settled here in London, but I am still showing you some summer-ish outfits. Sorry for that, but this one can still be done on sunny days (okay, warmer sunny days!)
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I am wearing a Comptoir de Cotonniers silk tee: I love it, but I never get to wear it (try silk with 2 toddlers...). I found it in a charity shop in Camden. The pants is Joseph (!!!!! I know, right?!!!) but you could have probably guessed as the cut is quite impeccable. It is from another charity shop in Islington.
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Finally, the clutch is from my grand mother's closet! I literally stole it from her. Again, like silk, clutch is not something I do often as it is not kids friendly. Yet, it is so elegant, I love it. 
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So here it is another second hand outfit that cost me less than £40 and feels totally fashionable to me. Don't underestimate the hidden gems of charity shops! And if you don't have the time to hunt, look at my own treasure here!
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Vienna Walls

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you know that I went to Vienna last weekend. A very quick round trip for a family event. Which would have been perfect had I not booked flight at 6am both ways... Anyway, I ran into some cool street art in the city and really wanted to share it.
 It love to observe street art in various city. It gives you a different feel on what's going on. Something more alive than say art in museums (which I also love). Plus, when I talk to people about Vienna, they always mention classical music and balls. So here is something else...
I found various types of graffitis and this one above was just behind MuseumsQuartier, one of my favorite hangout.
Keep your eyes open!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Summer mini

I keep posting all these summer outfits, I know we are already in Automn (and if I didn't the rain today would remind it to me), but I still want to show the beautiful pieces I found in the charity shops.
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I love this simple white top. It is from Kate Moss' collection for Topshop, from a couple of years ago. I found it in Cancer Research UK and wore it quite a lot this summer. I love how breezy it was.
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The mini skirt is from All Saints in a very dark denim. It is a perfect contrast with the top. To be honest I don't wear minis much for many reasons, including not practical with the kids. But I often put it on top of leggings and that really works. Here I paired the outfit with second hand sandals from Jigsaw. I am a big fan of both wedges and espadrille soles in the summer!
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I am pretty sure I will wear this outfit again next summer as these are pretty basic solid pieces that won't go out of style. That's probably a good thing since I am writing this on the last day of september....



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Fara Workshop

Last week I finally made it to the Fara Workshop. I've been meaning to go for a looooong time so I was pretty excited!
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The Fara Workshop is not your regular charity shop. What happens is this: people donate used clothes to the Fara Charity shops. They are sold in the shops but some are given to the Fara Workshop to be reworked and transformed into new clothes. Consequently each piece is unique and created in the Workshop!
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Finally, all profits from the sale of the redesigned clothes go back to the Fara Charity, an organisation which provides support to abandoned and neglected children in Romania. 
So it is all based on the fact that used clothes deserve a second life. But this is a very unique second life. Old clothes, new pieces. Each item is an original, and the quality is very impressive!
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In addition to creating and selling clothes in the shop, the Fara Workshop organises several workshops for whoever is interested in learning a bit more about making clothes (or totes!!).
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The clothes are beautiful and have a large variety of styles! I may have bought a lovely pair of shorts there (okay I did).
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What I also loved about the workshop is the vibe of the place itself. Lots of space, lots of light and an attention to detail that gives a quite fancy feel, like being in some chic design store!
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So if you are around Angel, you should drop by. The Fara Worshop is an interesting concept that promotes a sustainable approach to clothes in an original manner. The clothes are really cool and it just rocks to wear something absolutely unique! 
The Fara Workshop: 28-32 Pentonville Road London N1 9HJ
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

The backless dress

I am very excited about that All Saints jumper dress. It does NOT fit into the mom clothes (no pockets, delicate materials) but that could be the reason I love it!
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I found it in a charity shop in Fulham (they have plenty!) and it fits perfectly. I wore it for a date night with Chris and it was comfortable and easy. And check out this back!
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It reminds me of some 960s cashmere sweaters from Marilyn that were totally open in the back. It is a very glamorous dress I think. And I love the long sleeves, it makes for an elegant style.
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The dress was in perfect condition and THIS is the reason I adore hanging out in charity shops. Whoever gave that one away made me really happy (me and the charity too :-)
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Maybe a little too happy...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

London Walls 39

There is a new graffiti in my neighbourhood, on Cross Street. Great tribute to Joan Rivers. Hail to the Queen!
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She deserves nothing but the red carpet! And speaking of awesome ladies, check out this badass fighter I found in Shoreditch:
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Nothing like a ninja chick!