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.

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.

 

 

 

 

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