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.

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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.

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

 

 

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.