Chic & stylish on a budget: 5 beautiful dresses under 50€

Hello ladies, I am back with a new kind of article that I hope you’ll enjoy (I know another one! again!). It is named: “chic and stylish on a budget”. I will share with you my shopping selection for beautiful pieces with reasonable prices. Shopping online can be quite time-consuming so I would like to help you in your quest for the perfect dress, accessory, shoes etc.. by selecting items that are both trendy and affordable.

We are four days away from spring and the weather is getting warmer and warmer here in Paris so I am now on the hunt for the perfect little dress to finally show some legs 🙂

I have chosen 10 dresses with very different styles. Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

1. Structured FloralsAsos dress - Floral prints

Asos – Chic Floral dress – 41,49€

2. Pop of color

Asos - Orange asymtric dress

Asos – Orange belted asymetric dress – 45,49€

3. Geometric prints

Asos Asymetric dress with geometric prints

Asos – Asymetric dress with geometric prints – 41,99€

4. Romantic vibesAsos Baby Blue off shoulder dress

Asos – Baby blue off shoulder lace dress – 38,99€

5 – Immaculate White Asos Belted White Dress

Asos – White Belted Dress – 51,99€

6. Simple eleganceAsos Dark Blue dress

Asos – Textured Midi Dress with Pleat Detail – 49,18€

7. Dreamy florals

Asos Knee lenght floral dress

Asos – Midi Dress with Floral Border Print – 45,77€

8 – Scarlet red
Zara asymetric scarlet red dress

Zara – Asymetric red dress – 39,95€

9. Chic printsZara blue and white printed dress

Zara – Printed mini dress – 49,95€

10. Sexy leather 

Zara Burgundy leather dress

Zara – Burgundy leather midi dress – 49,95€

I hope you enjoyed my selection!

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7 facts about my first fashion week

First of all, forgive me for the misleading title. You may believe that I have attended a fashion show but nope, I didn’t! However, it was the first time that I decided to go see what happens right before a fashion show. So, last Tuesday, I dragged a friend of mine to see what happens before the Valentino Show at the Jardin des Tuileries.

Fashion Week IllustrationIt was a really fun experience and I would like to share with you 7 things that happened or that I noticed on that crazy afternoon.

1) I was as excited as a teenage girl at a Justin Bieber concert

I know that this may sound so stupid for most people or anyone working in the fashion industry, but seeing men and women dressed in extravagant outfits was something so amazing, especially in Paris. The city is not known for its creativity when it comes to street fashion and people tend to look at you in a weird way if you dare to wear something a bit too original. Plus I could feel it was a reallly special event since there were photographers, (I saw Scott Schuman from the Sartorialist!), famous bloggers, fashion editors, and celebrities. It was all very exciting to me. Honestly, I tried to act like I wasn’t impressed but I was!

2) I saw all the fashion people that I follow on Social Medias

Anna Dello Russo & Giovanna Battaglia

Anna Dello Russo & Giovanna Battaglia

Ulyana Sergeenko

Ulyana Sergeenko

Caroline Issa

Caroline Issa

Chiara Ferragno The Blonde Salad

Chiara Ferragni – Who is obviously not cold

Mira Duma

Mira Duma

And Suzy Menkes, Belgium singer Stromae, Leandra Medine, etc….

3) And above all I saw Olivia Palermo and her husband!

I have to make a confession: I actually went specifically to this show because I knew that Olivia is a good friend of Valentino himself. So I was 100% sure that she would attend the show. My friends, and the people who follow me on this blog know how obsessed I am with her! She is as beautiful in real life as she is on the pictures. I even managed to take a picture of her. See for yourself:

Olivia Palermo by me

Olivia Palermo photgraphed by me 🙂

Olivia Palermo photographs2

Photos credit: Glamour

4) Street style photographers are very aggressive

There were around 50 photographers, mostly men, running like crazy as soon as a “celebrity” stepped in the white carpet. It was very impressive to see how many they were and how they were fighting to get the perfect picture. They all spontaneously gathered to form a wall when they saw someone worth photographing (as you can see in the picture of Olivia above). At one point, one guy came in front of all of them to take a picture closer to her. All the photographers started to scream and insult him: “go away!”, “move your ass!”, etc…It was very funny and in the same time I could only imagined how hard it must be for them. You have to impose yourself among the bunch of photographers to take a good picture, edit your work quickly, and be the first to send it to anyone who would buy it. This looks like a tough job to do!

5) Random people dressing the part in order to be photographed 

I have seen a lot of people in funny, extravagant or extremely elegant outfit, desperately trying to be photographed. However, I don’t think any of them interested professional photographers. As I said above, photographers are only interested in famous bloggers, celebrities etc… But still it was refreshing, to see so many amazing outfits. Unfortunately I don’t have any picture to show you because…

6) I forgot my camera’s memory card!

You can obviously tell that I am new to this whole blogging thing, since, although I made sure that my camera was fully charged, I realized that the memory card was missing after taking 10 pictures and the internal memory of my camera became full. Seriously!! How stupid is that? And guess what? It was the day I was supposed to shoot my first outfit for the blog!  #epicfail

7) There were some pathetic stuff going on

There was this guy pretending to be someone famous and walking on the white carpet that led to the tent where the show took place. He was holding his phone to his ear like he was having a conversation but obviously he was not! Or this other guy, who was trying to get the attention of the photographers but they completely ignored him.

But the award for the most pathetic person goes to…. ME! Yes ladies and gentlemen, me, the 29 freaking-year-old married women running after a celebrity like my life was depending on it! I am talking about that moment when I saw Olivia Palermo, I literally started to act like a crazy person just to get a picture of her. And by the time I was done, I was shaking. So yeah! Congratulations to me for being a shameless groupie, among all the 14 year old girls.

Et voilà! I hope you enjoyed this little story. Tell me in the comments what you think about this experience! Have you ever done something like this? I would love to hear from you!

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Photos: Vogue, Fashion Wire Press, Glamour and me 🙂

Illustration: Quintessence Parisienne by Rhizlaine

{Fashion} The Statement Coat

Hello lovelies! Since the beginning of the month, I have been telling you how happy I am that Spring is almost here. However, it is still cold and I am not ready to let go of my coat. That being said, the transition toward better days is the perfect opportunity to start wearing something original and colorful. This is the right moment to let go of our black, beige and gray coats. This year, I am really into pastel colored coats especially in baby blue.

Lately, you may have noticed that fashionistas from around the world have been into oversized long coats that go below the knees. They are perfect when paired with high heels (unless you’re very tall and can wear a pair of sneakers instead) and pencil skirts or boyfriend jeans.

Are you ready for Spring? I guess the answer is yes!

Enjoy my selection,


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Baby blue boyish coatBaby pink coat and pink bag Blush Pink coat and white lace skirt Baby blue coat and lace pencil skirtClemence Poesy in blush pink fur coat Flower coat Hot pink coat Mira Duma Immaculate white coat Olivia Palermo Dramatic coat Olivia Palermo Fur Bottom Coat Printed blue and white coat Purple coat Two-tone cashmere coat

{Fashion} Mad about The Boy

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are starting your week in a great way! I can’t believe this is March already. Today I would like to share with you my current obsession: the Chanel Boy bag. I see it absolutely everywhere on the internet and I am pretty sure a vast majority of you have a major crush on this beautiful bag. It was named after Coco Chanel’s Boy Capel, the Love of her life.

The starting price? 2190€ for the smallest version. So for the moment I will keep on browsing Pinterest and Instagram and dreaming about the day this beautiful baby will be mine…

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Chanel with the love of her life Boy Capel

Here is a photo of Gabrielle Coco Chanel & Arthur Edward Capel in 1913. Chanel claimed Arthur Edward ‘Boy’ Capel was the love of her life. In 1919, Capel was killed in a car accident and shattered Chanel’s world personally and professionally.

Twenty-five years later, Coco explained to a friend: “ His death was a terrible blow to me. In losing Capel, I lost everything. What followed was not a life of happiness I have to say. ”

Images: The Blonde Salad, WhoWhatWear and Pinterest

{Style Icone} Nicole Warne

Hello lovelies, today I am introducing a new category of articles called {Style Icone} where I will talk about women who’s style inspire me. You all know an actress, a fashion editor or an It-Girl, who’s style is so exquisite you wish you could secretly rob their closet to look exactly like them. In this section, I will feature women who, from my point of view, have an impeccable sense of style. Starting off this new series with Nicole Warne, the astonishing blogger behind GarryPepper Girl

Nicole Warne in Dolce and Gabbana

“Model, stylist, creative director, social media and brand consultant, digital influencer and ambassador”, Nicole has an impressive range of skills and her journey since founding her e-shop and blog is very inspiring.

In Garry Pepper, she displays an incredible sense of style: delicate, feminine and quirky. And, the pictures, mostly taken by her boyfriend Luke Shadbolt, are simply breathtaking.

I have compiled a selection of looks that I love. Let me know in the comment section if you love her style as much as I do!

If you want to know more about her, there are some great interviews in the Coveteur and in Into the Gloss

Nicole Warne in head to toe Dolce and Gabbana Nicole Warne all white Nicole Warne coffee Nicole Warne fluffy sweater Nicole Warne in Dolce and Gabbana green dressNicole Warne in large pants Nicole Warne in light blue Nicole Warne in London Nicole Warne in Paris Nicole Warne in Suzannah dress Nicole Warne Jardin des tuileries Nicole Warne stripped shirt Nicole Warne white suit Nicole Warne Yellow coat Nicole Warne

Images: Paris in Four Months, Luke Shadbolt, Pinterest

{Fashion} The Hat Conundrum

The case of the hat

I need a hat. A wide one that gives you that mysterious air when you walk down the street. Although I don’t know how practical it must be in the metro…

I believe that a beautiful hat can be a great accessory that can change a whole look. However, I don’t feel comfortable wearing one in public. Call me crazy but it is not that usual to see women with big hats on the streets of Paris. And the city is not known for being eccentric.

Unlike New York or London, people can be very judgmental and will stare at you if wear something slightly hors-norme. So until now I have never had the courage to buy one.

So what do you think? Should I invest in one? Let me know in the comments!

Transparent YSL cape big hate All black look leather pants and big hat Bow blouse and big hat Boyish coat and mauve hat Cape and Hat Coats and Hat streetstyle Hat and Fur Loose coat and black hat Prada bag belted coat and big hat Sand ensemble trench coat and black hatAll images via Pinterest

Illustration: Quintessence Parisienne by Rhizlaine

{Fashion} Chic, Warm & Comfy

Nicole Warne Turtleneck and green skirt and louboutin

It is absolutely freezing in Paris right now. I’d rather spend all day in my bed binge watching Gossip Girl or Downton Abbey with a hot cup of tea. Unfortunately, I have to go outside and it terrifies me. I try to layer as much as I can and I always end up looking like a snowmen: the beanie, the chunky scarf, the big coat, the boots, etc…

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{Fashion} Burgundy Obsession

Burgundy Fur and Leather jacket and Givenchy bag

Deep and intense, burgundy is the perfect colour for fall and winter. We have seen it a lot on the streets lately whether as a head-to-toe outfit à la Mira Duma or as a single accessory to spice up things a little. It is perfect when combined with camel, black, navy or soft pink. What about you? Are you as obsessed about burgundy as I am?

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