Category Archives: French Fashion

How to Wear a Scarf Like a Frenchie

It’s rare that I’m not wearing a pashmina or scarf of some sort. On the off-chance I forget to wear mine, I feel naked, exposed and more susceptible to catching a cold. That’s also probably the reason why my face is a different, darker shade than my neck.

Despite how frequently I wear a scarf, I often catch myself staring at Parisian women (and men!) wondering how they managed to tie their scarf so it looks so chic. Just this past weekend at a Frenchie bachelorette party, I stared in awe at one of the girls tying a little scarf around her neck and thought, “well, if I did that, it wouldn’t come out that way”.

So when I came across this video that was included in a one-month Paris series New York magazine is doing, I had to share it. My favorite new looks to try are the celebrity and the waterfall. I’m hoping to master some of these scarf-tying tricks before Rio pries my cold, wine-stained fingers from the Paris streets back to NYC.

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Soldes, Soldes, Soldes!

It’s that time of year again – Les Soldes! Beginning today until July 30, stores throughout Paris will have markdowns up to 70%. The markdowns become greater as the weeks go by, but the selection obviously diminishes. These soldes only happen twice a year, so to say it’s a big deal here is an understatement. With lots of vacations coming up, I don’t know how much shopping we’ll really be able to afford, mais on va voir!  After all, I will need some vacation clothes and Rio has been eyeing a pair of Supra sneakers…

Happy Shopping!

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Bag Painting Workshop (& Sweets!) With Kasia Dietz

This morning, I headed to cupcake shop Sugar Daze for a bag painting workshop hosted by handbag designer Kasia Dietz. If you haven’t heard of Kasia, she makes hand-painted, reversible canvas totes and accessories that are sold in Paris, England and Greece. My personal favorites are the Untitled Bag and the Rive Droite bag.

So when Kasia invited me to a bag painting workshop where not only would we be able to make our own bags under her tutelage, but we’d get to indulge in some cupcakes, I said, “Um, hell yeah!”

Here are some photos from this morning. And I also have to mention that the cupcakes at Sugar Daze were delicious. I had the “Lucky Star”, which is a chocolate cupcake with whipped peanut butter frosting. So good! We all got to take one home too, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to resist eating it today and save it for Rio when he’s back from London tomorrow. On va voir!

Hard at work on our bags!

Hard at work on our bags!

Cupcakes at Sugar Daze.

Cupcakes at Sugar Daze.

Waiting for our "wearable art" to dry.

Waiting for our “wearable art” to dry.

And here’s the bag I made!

Kasia Dietz Workshop

Front side.

Reversible side with pocket.

Reversible side with pocket. It looks like Tyler approves too!

Besides these monthly workshops (80 euros per person; or 70 euros per person if you come as a pair), Kasia also does private bag painting classes – perfect as a bridal shower activity or tourists looking for an alternate activity while indulging in sweets.

Sugar Daze
20 rue Henry Monnier
9th arrondissement
Métro: 12 @ St-Georges or 2 @ Pigalle

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Save the Date: Les Soldes in Paris

Mark your calendar, girls. Next Wednesday, January 9 is the beginning of “les soldes” – the big sales season that only happens twice a year in France. I already have plans to do some lunching and shopping with a girlfriend on that day. The one perk of being a freelancer and not having to be with the hordes of people on the weekend!

Les soldes is from January 9 to February 12. Discounts become greater as the end of the sales approaches, however, there’ll be less inventory. And if you’re planning a summer visit to Paris – keep in mind the summer sales will be from June 29 to July 30, 2013.

Here’s a little shopping “guide” I found on

Happy Shopping!

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Heels, boots, open-toed ankle booties – the French are rocking wedges in all different forms. They walk a ton here, and wedges are definitely more comfortable than the four-inch stilettos I typically wear. Ahh – the French, so practical… yet still so fashionable!

Here are a few I can see these Parisians wearing from renowned French brand Repetto. If you’re not familiar with the brand, Repetto’s most famous for their signature timeless ballet flats. Seriously, if you don’t have a pair… get them now! Most comfortable shoes ever and will still look good years later!

My personal favorite!

Safe (ahem, boring) wedge form of the classic Repetto ballet flats.

New… and available at Opening Ceremony in NYC.

What the French are Wearing: Wedges

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