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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

La Belle Montmartre

Today in Paris was so beautiful! It was first day of wall to wall sunshine since I arrived so I went for a stroll around my area, Montmartre. It is such a picturesque area of the city and I took to the less touristy backstreets with my camera in hand.

Shirt - vintage / Jeans - H&M (old) / Chelsea Boots - Dune (old) / Coat - vintage / Hat - vintage

Blue skies and sunshine meant that it was cold so I wrapped up warm in my latest vintage find, a black textured fur coat that bought yesterday for just €10! I will be doing a guide to vintage shopping in Paris because it really is the best city for cheap vintage shops!

These outfit photos were taken down a cute cul-de-sac consisting of houses, which is unusual for Paris and its rows of dominant Haussmann buildings.

Et voilà, some of the beautiful photos from my walk. In other news, yesterday in the Marais I was asked to pose for a Street Style photo and then straight afterwards I spotted French hotty Clémence Poésy crossing the road!

Izzie x

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Fashion Questions

Yesterday I went to this incredible exhibition at my favourite gallery in Paris, La Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Normally there are two or three exhibitions there at once but this time; photographer and environmentalist Sebastião Salgrado took up the entire gallery with his ‘Genesis’ work.  His subjects were people, places and animals who had avoided and escaped the contemporary world and it was really interesting learning about cultures and continents so different from ours.

The first thing that struck me was the different tribal dress. In our modern world we are so obsessed with image and technology, don’t worry I’m not criticising anyone as I am just as obsessed as the next person, that it is hard to imagine another way of life. These people don't care about fashion, they live practically naked and their main concern is surviving off what nature provides. It was incredibly interesting and liberating to learn about this way of life.

What they lack in clothes they make up for in other ways. Large, extreme piercings and permanent scarring are just part of their look the same way hair dye and tattoos are for us Westerners. 

At the other end of the spectrum are those living in the Antarctic who don’t wear fur coats as a fashion statement but because it is necessary to survive. Inuit coats are made of four layers of reindeer skin to keep them warm at the coldest of times. When I next complain of the cold, I will certainly think of them.

Ok, my musings about whether fashion is important, over. It is important for us but imagine if we lived like these people, imagine if fashion was not important?

Izzie x

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Sunday, 3 November 2013

La Vie Parisienne

Blazer - vintage / Disco leggings - American Apparel / Boots - Dune (old) / Fur scarf - Topshop (old) / Bag - Longchamp / Socks - Primark

Hello! I'm sorry that things have been a bit quiet for a while but I have been super busy getting ready to move to Paris! I arrived on Wednesday and there have, of course, already been various difficulties but having lived here before, I expect this. Other than this, I am loving being reunited with my other half, (temporarily) living in Montmartre and pretending to be Parisienne. 

This is what I wore today on a lovely stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries. I am obsessed with tartan at the moment and I picked up this fab oversized blazer at Beyond Retro near Brick Lane when I was last in London. These chelsea boots are nearly two years old and I haven't worn them for ages but I've rediscovered them! I love it when that happens.

As entry to many museums on the first Sunday of the month is free, we then popped into Musée d'Orsay, which formerly was a rail station, to see some great pieces by Monet, Manet, Degas, Van Gough and Picasso. 

As this is a new chapter to my life I thought it might be fun to change the blog up a bit! Of course I still adore fashion and being in the fashion capital of the world is only going to increase this but I am thinking of expanding the blog to a more general lifestyle blog, talking about great places to go in Paris and what I have been doing, as well as purely fashion based posts. This may also prompt a name change but I'm not sure. Let me know what you think! 

Izzie x

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