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?

Early Years:


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.



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.

Catch me inside: RENOIR.

Fundacion MAPFRE

Porcelain painter – Amongst Women

A look into Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s World

Dance at the Moulin de la Galette (1876)


From modern to classical ideal:

My first time visiting French artist Renoir art show at Fundació Mapfre Barcelona – and it definitely made quite an impression. It is the perfect balance of femininity, intricacy and exquisite details. I am obsessed with the juxtaposition between the soft hue and bright palate in each painting, the feathery, careless brush strokes yet defined features of the female figures. Renoir spent a good amount of time surrounded by women and feminine energy inspired him to create each portrait. Dance at the Moulin de la Galette (1876) is probably one of his most famous work. I’ve never seen the painting so close up before and the amount of details and color combinations really is intriguing. I spent quite awhile just imagining that I was part of this painting inside the trendy neighbor of Montmartre, fine wine in the hand and enjoying a great afternoon dancing with friends.


Another painting that really caught my eyes was The Large Bathers (1884-87), focusing on three beautiful fair skin women near the bank of a river. This piece grabbed my attention immediately because it is very uncommon especially during the artist’s time. It’s extraordinary to see how it affects the work of playing between modern Impressionism and traditional artistry. I was also quite impressed with the way Renoir depicted women in his time: sturdy and robust, yet romantic and effortless. Even though this women have the quality of traditional forms of “perfect” women with flawless transparent skin, the way he portrayed them allowed these figures to be more “real” and less god-like, thus more relatable. Again the contrast and balance of mixed elements in his painting is what makes them so enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.

Renoir not only did portraits on grown women, he also mastered at painting children with their household pets. He often painted his wife with his son, and his servants and working women who were around him. His style is perfect to illustrate the innocence of child, the love between a mother and son and daily chores that are infused into his inspiration. It’s not difficulty to feel the romanticism of his world through the lens of his artwork.

After seeing the exhibition, I was so inspired and so proud to be embracing femininity figures. I think there is not a narrow concept of femininity. It can be expressed in various ways. And soft and strong can go together hand in hand. Renoir certainly believed in that as this concept was sipping through all of his work repeatedly.

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To learn more about Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s life : HERE.

Some of his famous Art works.


xo, J