Woman of the Week: Carla Bruni

Wife of ex French president, singer, and one of Europe’s top models in the 80s and 90s, Carla Bruni played many roles in her life. Her romantic relationships with several high profile men has had always been under the spotlight, but she lives a great life spending significant time working on her music. There simply cannot be a post about her without her famous song Quelqu’un m’a dit first:

The first time my ears were blessed with Carla Bruni’s raspy milky voice was a song my boyfriend sent me as an attempt to cure my insomnia. I began to do some research and the next thing you know I was on Pinterest and Tumblr looking up old 80s and 90s modeling pictures of her. I have definitely come across many pictures of her I just had no idea she is the same woman who sang Quelqu’un m’a dit as well! Many notices the uncanny resemblance she shared with Bella Hadid and some even think they are long lost sisters?

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Nowadays Bruni either getting pap shots of her on vacation with her family or her holding a guitar. She really inspired me to follow my heart especially when it comes to love. Despite how much the French press has torn her personal love life apart after she started seeing the French president, she still lives with ease and radiates whimsical spirit. That’s something I am still trying to learn in my 20s (to ease up and not take life so seriously!). I thought I would start this post with a song and end it with a collection of her songs. After all, it only seems fitting for a sophisticated woman who looks likes her and SINGS like her.

Woman of the week: Laetitia Casta

French supermodel who became a GUESS girl in 1993 gained recognition from walking in Victoria’s Secret Fashion show from 1998 to 2000. She has appeared in numerous fashion magazines, campaigns, and editorials. She also dabbled in acting as well. Her latest work is the French film “A Faithful Man” directed by Louis Garrel.

Early Years:

I think the cool thing about Laetitia is that she can be both super feminine and super edgy at the same time. She served softer looks in her earlier modeling career, but was able to transitioned perfectly into furious and glam for Editorials. Her signature stare definitely paved the way for the next generation models (Bella Hadid, hello?) to follow her footstep.

Over the years, her modeling career has elevated and as you can tell from her postures and movements, she replaced the flexible flimsy poses with strong statement gazes with powerful body language. I especially enjoy how unapologetically she is (as a superpower every French woman seems to have) with aging and how she redefined her identity through her work.

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She loves to rock variations of black dresses on the red carpet (I don’t blame her. She looks DAMN GUUUD in black). And her event clothes are just so well-put together yet effortless. A true French woman.

Style Notes:

  • Don’t over-do your hair. When in doubt, go out with damp hair.
  • You can never wear enough black dresses. So bring it on!
  • If the dress is a lot then go easy on the makeup, if the makeup popped then wear something simple.
  • Instead of a big smile, stare right into the camera with a smoldering look and pretend you are seducing your enemy.
  • Be the best French girl that you can be. After all, it pays off.

Woman of the week: Monica Bellucci

I decided to start this Series of posts called “Women of the Week” to honor one woman I find stylish and iconic in the history (or present time). This is the first week so I am starting it off strong with Monica Bellucci – the ageless Italian model/actress. Being a 90s baby (1995 to be exact) born in the US, I wasn’t too familiar with her name until one day I watched the 2000 movie Malèna and I immediately looked her up. There are so many pictures of her on Tumblr (I mean, of all places) and I was hooked by the effortlessly sexy energy she radiates in every photograph ever taken of her. I like the unapologetic and confident her images are. I’m drawn to how simple yet incredibly seductive her style is. By the way, does this woman ever aged?

Early years:

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20030201: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Born in 30 September 1964 in the Italian village Umbria. Monica Bellucci originally pursued a career in the legal profession while she modeled to earn money for school. Although enjoying great success as a model, she made her acting debut on TV in 1990 and in 1992 on American movie Dracula by Bram Stocker. PHOTO: BRADLEY PATRICK/HEADPRESS/CITY FILES

Style Notes:

  • Her style is simple and bold. Whatever you’ve got show it! And in this case, opt for a simple formfitting busty one-piece spaghetti dress and put on red lipstick (find the color tone that suits you!).
  • The hair doesn’t have to be styled all the time, but having some volume is always nice.
  • Manicured hands. ALWAYS.
  • Finally, be confident with who you are and pose accordingly.

Last Minute NYE Looks (2017-2018)

One thing that many people aren’t aware of is that final comes after winter break for me, hence doing the absolute bare minimum (leisure activities wise) and lots of hitting books. Needless to say, it really didn’t hit me until this morning that tomorrow will be the last day of 2017. Where DID THE TIME FUDGING AGO?!!! Well, while I procrastinated planning for NYE, this post (which I’ve gathered from various fashion bloggers/brands/internet) is for all my procrastinating angels out there who are still struggling to make a last minute decision. IF there is a place to be and nothing to wear, I hope this serves as somewhat an inspiration to celebrate the beginning of yet another year, in the most stylish manner possible, of course!

 

For my boho goddesses:

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SincerelyJules

 

 

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For my edgy city troopers in heels:

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The thriving baddies:

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Which look will you be rocking this NYE? Let me know!

In the meantime, let’s enjoy these last precious moments of 2017…

 

xo, J

 

 

ERDEM x H&M

Every year H&M does a collaboration with a hand-picked high-end designer brand, and this year is no exception. Not going to lie, this could be the first time I’ve ever heard of Erdem, perhaps due to my lack of fashion knowledge, but I wasn’t too aware of the brand. On one regular school night as I was getting distracted by this thing called “the internet”, I accidentally stumble upon this ad, and needless to say, I was instantly SOLD.

After a couple minutes of googling, I’ve learned that the mastermind behind Erdem is the brilliant Erdem Moralioglu, a Canadian born, England raised designer. This collab is his first attempt to branch out from women’s wear to men’s wear. There are still quite a sweet elegant touches of Erdem on the men’s wear pieces. In fact, I am far more impressed with the men’s pieces since they could easily be unisex items and regardless of where you are on the gender spectrum, there is something for you in this collection.

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Here are some of the items I am just dying to get my hands on from this collection:

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Would you purchase from this H&M designer collab? Leave in the comments below!

 

XO, J.

 

November Inspiration.

Autumn editorial & street styles from the past and present that really inspired me… I find that no matter how hard I tried, I can’t seem to stray from beige/nude color palate. Basically anything anyone decided to put on their faces as makeup, I want the exact replica of colors except in clothes. Should I be concerned with how I obsessed I’ve been with these neutral colors? Think it will stay for now.

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Barcelona Summer ootd…

As some of you know, I currently live in Spain due to my studies. And usually when I tell my friends or people I’ve encountered from North America this fact about me, the usual questions ensued:

“Why? Do you like it? What is your favorite city in Spain? etc. Although I usually answered with patience and preparation (mainly for the lack of knowledge about this country). I always and probably will forever answer the question with Barcelona.

The first time I visited the city with my sister was during a short winter break. It was one of those mandatory trips just because we studied in Spain, and it turned out to be the best decision we’ve ever made and the best time. I think what really made it special was the energy, the vibe of the city, and most importantly, the people. I mean compare to the rest of Spain, Barcelona is probably not known to be the most laid-back destination, but in comparing with other major cities around the world, it is definitely considered one of the best chill-out city to visit. Two years later, I am well and living in this amazing city. While there are a plethora of blog posts on travel blogs about Barcelona, I think it’s time we acknowledge the more underrated topic – the street style of Barna.

A typical Barcelona girl is unlike any girl that we’ve met. They have the year round perfect tan (not the kind that makes you looked orange), long hair that looks like they’ve always got sea salt spray on the stand-by (but they actually don’t need it), and a quirky yet laid-back way of mixing designer brands and your local designer finds. Talking about espadrilles flatforms, fedoras, a flowy tasseled skirt, some bohemian print item, a cigarette in hand, and you’ve got yourself the girl. They don’t want to stand out too much (because that is too much work comfort is key) but when they do, it is irresistible and trendy. Talk about taking Boho chic all day everyday!

I think the perfect representation of what I just described would be fashion blogger Gala Gonzalez from AMLUL and Instagram influencer Nina Urgell Cloquell. Gala Gonzalez is I would say one of the ogs of fashion blogging (same time as Amiee from Song of Style and Chiara from The Blonde Salad). Hence I’ve followed her for a couple years without even knowing that she is from Spain until I moved here lol. Nina is of a younger generation BUT hey, they both are influential Catalan bloggers here in Barcelona (and worldwide) and they both DJs. Fabulouso much?

Here are some of their street styles I’ve gathered to show you what I mean by being a Barcelona girl. Keep scrolling down!

 

»» Gala’s Summer looks:

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»» Nina’s Summer Looks:

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What do you think of this effortless bohemian Barcelona style? Let me know what you are rocking this summer! xx.

 

With love, J.

 

 

 

 

White Jumpsuit.

It’s official that June has been around the corner, which means the start of summer vacation and beginning of various activities under the hot summer sun. Ever since the CFDA 2017 award, my obsession for white (especially during the summer months) is officially confirmed. There were so many interpretations of white gowns and off white pulls on the red carpet everything is practically TO DIE FOR (cue Gigi Hadid*). Every summer I find myself purchasing at least one jumpsuit (or two, guilty). And this year I thought why not incorporating my two favorite summer essentials and find me some white jumpsuits. As always, I tend to find some inspirations online before making a big purchase. Here are wide range of white jumpsuits style to observe and learn from:

 

  1. City Cool

 

I probably would’ve never thought to wear completely white while strolling on the city street because 1. you would you pop out from the crowd (I guess that’s the point) and 2. non-stop stares from strangers 3. at risk for stains/ruin the clothing (but come on, we gotta be rebels somehow). However I love how these bloggers instantly transformed these looks from causal vacay to super sleek white by pairing some sunnies and black heels/dope-ass handbag with the look. With this style I would say, simplicity is KEY.

 

2. Office Chic

 

Again, another city look to take notes from (in this case, Kendall Jenner). White or off white blazer/coats are a working woman’s best friend. I could totally see a girl boss rocking this feminine yet professional look to the office, a business meeting, or even a lunch date. This looks is super versatile and definitely is a confidence boost.

 

3.  V-neck

 

I guess this V-neck loosen silhouette is a classic statement piece that’s been around forever now. I love this jumpsuit interpretation of it. Adding a flare with a bow-tie on the waist to distinguish and accentuate the form of the women. This look is super effortless and holiday appropriate. And you can either wear it with some sneakers or a cool pair of off-white/cream high heels and ready to kill it.

 

4. Vacation Mode: ON

 

This is the wide-leg-don’t-care-because-Im-on-vacation look. Simple, classic, comfortable and effortlessly stylish. Need I say more? I think in this case, accessories is important. Whether it’s play if safe and go with similar white tone, or go completely crazy with the purse/bag. The beauty of this look is that there are no rules! Your outfit is practically a blank canvas for you to get creative.

Hope you enjoy these 4 styles! What are some of you summer favorites? If you have any comments or questions please drop it on the comment section below!

 

Cheers!

xo, J.

 

6 Books Every Fashion Bloggers Should Own.

There is just something so magical about fashion books…they not only serve as a source of inspiration, they also make quite the elegant display on your coffee table or the perfect accessory to your latest Instagram flat-lay. All jokes aside, here are the 6 books I own that brings lots of joys and inventive stimulation when I go through a creativity dry-spell.

  1. It – Alexa Chung

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This is an oldie but goodie. Lots of random thoughts, doodles, and realizations from the “It” girl who’s till this day still taking a permanent “gap life”. She lives the life many girls (including me) desires. This is definitely my go to book when I have brain farts and needed something to get my creativity flow going. How I do it? Flip to a random page and study it like nobody’s business.

You can get this book Here and Here.

 

2. #Girl Boss –  Sophia Amoruso

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Founder of Nasty Gal, and a TV series inspired by her after. I think this is a must read for every girl who wishes to make fashion a career. This book helps me get motivated during the rougher times of my life. My favorite quote from Sophia “Good things come to those who hustle.” Indeed.

You can get this book Here and Here.

 

3. Love x Style x Life – Garance Doré

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This book is like you made a très chic French girl friend whom you can invite to any occasion in life and it would be a great time. From styling advice, to hilarious observation about Americans vs French, this book give just the right dosage of entertainment and fashion. Sometimes I would just read this book and convinced myself that me and Garance Doré are the bestest friends.

You can find this book Here and Here.

 

4.  How to be Parisian – Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas

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Not that we are not happy with our own nationalities (whoever you are/where you are from), but come on, let’s face it – there has to be a reason why being a French women in this world is particularly hyped up and fantasized upon. This book gives you insights into of how French women operates from their day to day life. Whether it’s food, language, vacation, to how to wittily deal with men, every page is so lovable and genuinely hilarious. I think the French spirit is still very much apparent in the fashion industry and no one is complaining to be honest.

Find the book HERE.

 

5. The Coveteur – Stephanie Mark

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I’ve been a loyal reader/subscriber to The Coveteur website for years now, and there is just something so glamorous and fun about the photography. I particularly enjoyed the detailed accounts to their interviews with famous celebrities/fashion people…almost too relatable as if the readers were there to experience it as well. That’s why when I found out they were releasing a book, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. It’s the perfect coffee table book that will serve as closet inspirations for life.

Find the book HERE.

 

6. Capture Your Style – Aimee Song

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If I were to name a few Asian faces that have prominent status in the fashion industry, she definitely will be the first ones to pop in my head. Aimee of Song of Style has inspired so many people with her killer #ootd and impeccable Instagram feed.  Most importantly, she has inspired so many young Asian Americans like me to pursue fashion and chasing the dream that seems impossible. In this book you will learn all the tricks to an ootd (outfit of the day) and all that Amiee’s got up her sleeves (literally). The beautiful destination and fashion shows/travels she has done over the years really serves as an motivation for me.

Get the book HERE and HERE.

 

Hope these books inspired you all the fashion lovers out there!

 

XO, J

 

Relax boho chillin’ vibe.

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Every summer around this time of the year (late May early June) I go through this “phase” that I identified as the Will Davison-photography-come-to-life phase. Everything from bohemian, earthy/nude tone, to being semi-naked and rocking the classic “sea-salt” wet hair, I AM ALL IN. I created this look in honor of the aesthetic…also to satisfy my cravings for buying everything flowy fabrics to Moroccan prints to anything with embroidered flower on it. It’s my soul is subconsciously making a statement for me screaming “I AM a free spirit! Believe me!”
So here you go. I hope these pictures inspired you to chase your own boho dream…

WithChic long blouse
€27 – withchic.com

Alice Olivia high waisted wide leg trousers
€345 – net-a-porter.com

Hollister Co. small heel shoes
€64 – hollisterco.com

Victorian brooch
€1.760 – 1stdibs.com
XO, J.