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It’s finally Friday! Here are some pretty patterns to celebrate the time that comes bi-weekly, immediately following my receiving of a little white envelope, the contents of which will soon be but a distant memory.

Yigal Azrouël & K. Jacques. Color Burst Beach Towel (via Edition 01)

Geometric dress (via MNZ)

Tucker Printed silk shirt dress (via Net-a-Porter)

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Dress by Sheridan French

 

 

 

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After spending the afternoon reading about one of my favourite style icons–Ines de la Fressange–I decided to sift through the toppling right-hand side of my library, where my favourite books are placed strategically for easy reaching, and dig up her Parisian Chic style guide. With spring here/summer around the corner, it’s time for some serious inspiration–from one of France’s classiest women, and Karl’s muse herself. I had forgotten that I marked some pages with (discreetly placed, as to not ruin the pages) Post-Its, and was delighted to be able to go back and look up some of Ines’s secrets all over again.

Perfectly hued cotton shorts for easy paper-bagging (via Swildens)

Simple, light with just the right amount of sheer (via Sandro Paris)

Tory Burch scarf to elevate any outfit (via ShopBop)

Michael Kors Chrono Watch

Tailored and chic monochromatic look that's perfectly imperfect

A great necklace, silhouette and spring colour palette (DVF)

Tibi sandals that are the perfect blend of feminine, classic with undertones from this season's ubiquitous (and chic!) colour palette

And of course, no French outfit is complete without a feminine silk scarf

So all those sweet music fests are coming up, right? Coachella, Lollapalooza, Osheaga. And you’ve got your ticket, your heart-shaped parking sticker, and a large percentage of your tweets are about the chance of bumping into Blue Ivy or perhaps, sneaking a peek of Jen An (by my calculations, her continuing hipsterfication (see: here) means she’ll almost definitely make an appearance). So, yeah, you’re set to go. But you also know baby Blue will be judging your last year’s fashion sense and she’ll just know you’ve already worn that maxi dress and the ombre fedora at LAST year’s show. So, thanks to Madewell, who already caught on to this sartorial dilemma, worry not. Here’s some stylist-approved outfits for the big day(s).

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More soon!

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We all have those emergencies at the office–be it a wardrobe malfunction or impromptu last-minute dinner plans. I always pride myself on being prepared for a spontaneous downpour or a whim for that post-office yoga class, but realistically I just keep so much crap in my car that the odds I won’t have what I need are fairly small. So, to celebrate my accidental umbrella that saved my morning being found against all odds under the passenger seat,  here are a few accessories to get you through every style emergency on the list.

 

Some cute--or discreet--bobby pins for those unannounced after work cocktails downtown

For all kinds of clothing disasters and discreet fix-ups

A pair of classic black pumps--here, J. Crew's classic Monas, are the perfect shoe. Not too round, not too pointy, not too high, they're perfect for any last-minute occasion or unannounced visit

And, alternatively, a comfy and sleek flat to get you through that day you decide to break in your new heels

Nailpolish in clear, red or a light pink, because you never know, right?

No shower, no problem. (Oscar Blandi dry shampoo, via Sephora)

Whether you're cold, accidentally broke the dress code and hope no one notices, or need to spruce up your outfit for a more casual post-work activity, this (Marc Jacobs Jacobsen Stripe) scarf has you covered.

 

 

A fresh dose of inspiration, to celebrate the amazing weather we’ve been experiencing, and to preface Payday Thursday ( a little early, whatever) with a few key spring wardrobe items to lust after. And hey, I’m keeping them affordable, so treat yourself to one. (or all; the heart wants what it wants).

It would be wrong if I didn't start with some classic J. Crew

Bright! Flowy vs. tight! Free People! Everything is just so right.

 

Classic French label Le Mont St. Michel x classic American label Madewell (PLUS! white lace shorts!)

Sheer, pleated, lavender.

Aritzia loves pastels and flowy feminine fabrics nearly as much as I do

So yeah, Anthropologie x Eugenia Kim

Ok, I know, I know--these aren't cheap and they aren't even from the sale section at Neiman Marcus, but I had to sneak it in here. (Reed Krakoff via Neiman Marcus)

 

Just a few days ago I got the Spring Madewell catalogue and was inspired by its beautiful texture, photography and large-scale heavy paper bind. The catalogue–shot in the heart of Paris–exudes an effortless beauty that is a staple of that Parisian je ne sais qoui attitude that no foreigner can quite pin down. The pastel colours, the breezy air of it all (think the Chanel Spring ’12 campaign, shot in the south of France) and the perfectly messy styling makes this for a perfect seasonal coffee table addition. And, with spring just around the corner, it’s time for a few fresh picks that will transition the decor seamlessly into my favourite season. Rather than spending my spring wardrobe allotment on pricey furniture and designer pillows, a fun and easy way to bring some life into your humble abode is also amongst one of my favourites, since when the season ends, it perfectly contributes to my bookshelf collection, easily accessible for that whim of inspiration.

 

Carine Roitfeld Irreverent(Rizzoli)--not new, but considering it costs a whopping $100 (or $250 for the special edition), it's still on my to buy list

Marisa Berenson Life in Pictures: beautifully composed and edited by Vogue favourite Steven Meisel, this book is a definite decor staple from season to season

Lizzie Garrett Tomboy Style (Rizzoli): Coming out in April, this is one to snatch up asap

James Franco Dangerous Book Four Boys (Rizzoli, April 2012): Really, are we even surprised? Another addition to his pretty okay resume, Franco ventures into the world of books again (and this time it looks like it won't suck)

Diplo 128 Beats Per Minute (Rizzoli, March 2012): Written by Diplo himself (already one of my favourite music and Twitter personas), this book didn't really need the extra amazingness that is the forward by Alexander Wang. But it has it.

 

Written by Ines de la Fressange and Sophie Gachet (Rizzoli, July 2012): I already have her brilliantly chic Parisian Chic, which is a year-round staple of my coffee table roster, to miss out on her sophomore collab with Rizzoli would be a sartorial sin

 

xxA