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les femmes françaises

frenchDraw me dress me like one of your french girls”

Hello–or should I say bonjour?

Today, I wanted to talk about a trend that I think we’ve all witnessed becoming quite popular in the last several years. I feel like now more than ever it is extremely chic and sought after to imitate the style of une fille français (a french girl).

Free People recently released their newest trend-based collection, and the influence of Parisian style is anything but subtle. It’s everything from neck scarfs to billow-y trench coats and wicker hand bags. Their social media promotions even involve an A-Z french vocabulary lesson in between clips of models prancing around town eating ice cream, painting, and riding bicycles… all things that the French do, of course. The advertisement is fun and creative and so is their new line of French-inspired-styles, but that reminds me, why is it that we fancy the French and their fashion so much?

I’m guilty of this too.french girl I dream about sunbathing on the beaches of Cannes, and walking on cobble stone streets with a sun dress on, my hair unbrushed, and a box of macarons in hand. I have at least 15 coffee-table books that are all titled around the idea of mirroring Parisians. I think there is something incredibly feminine and delicate about looking like a French girl, and that is why it’s so desirable. Even WHO WHAT WEAR released an article just yesterday talking about 8 different ways you can dress like the French. This is more than just people having a thing for berets and eating baguettes.Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 12.58.46 PM

To elaborate on my answer , I think we desire to dress  and pose ourselves like french women because they have a certain mature and aged style with only a subtle hint of vanity.

I follow this Instagram account, @fhlurs, and its creator who also doubles as a blog writer. On her blog she writes one of the main rules for imitating the ways of the french is to stay cool and stop trying so hard. Her expertise is bringing attention to french lifestyle and fashion. As a reader and follower, I cannot deny that her social media and blog are both beautiful. She captures what it looks like to be a Parisian girl, and I’d be lying it I said I wasn’t envious of the seemingly effortless cool girl that she is. I guess that’s the ultimate reason we want to be like the french so badly.

Maybe the grass is always greener on the other side and I’m simply ignorant to an American style trend that is booming, but as of right now all I’m seeing is french–and I’m loving it. With that being said, the debate is still on for whether or not I will fix a beret into my accessories, but I’ll keep you updated.

For now, au revoir!

RR

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ultra violet

Around this time last year, I put together a post about Pantone’s chosen color of the year, which at that time was green and I wasn’t too ecstatic about that one. This year Pantone’s prediction is still a little bold, but way more agreeable with my taste. Ultra Violet. Pantone’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, describes it as “inventive and imaginative…[taking] our awareness and potential to a higher level.” I kind of like that appeal.

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“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

In an effort to show more of this color beyond street style fashion and some Pinterest archives, I wanted to offer a guide for living out 2018 in ultra violet.

literature:

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1. The Female Persuasion: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer

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2. Other People We Married: Stories by EmmaStraub

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3. Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro

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4. The Stars In Our Eyes by Julie Klam

music:

  1. Beach House
  2. LÉON
  3. BROCKHAMTPON
  4. Sonder
  5. Rex Orange County
  6. Jesse Rutherford
  7. Phoenix
  8. HOMESHAKE

(real) people to follow on the gram:

IMG_1133  @annabellerixson

IMG_1128 @nourkabbani

IMG_1127 @hannahjanecollazo

IMG_1129 @hopecavelll

IMG_1130 @thatfashiongirl03

podcasts:

  1. Crash On My Couch by Arden Rose and Will Darbyshire
  2. Crooked Conversations
  3. Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso

So there you have it, some of my recommendations for exploring all the ultraviolet color that this year has to offer. I think all of my choices perfectly incapsulate what Pantone’s intentions for 2018 are: brave and original.

Thanks for reading,

RR

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people to follow on the gram

Today I wanted to give a big shoutout to some rockin’ peeps that I’ve been following on instagram for a bit. Some are good friends of mine, and some are pure inspiration for me. I wanted to show off their pages but also leave you to your own opinion making processes. With that being said, I compiled three adjectives per handle so that you get the idea of each grid. So take a gander, give ’em a follow, and who knows? maybe they’re #teamfollowback

@chlojone – monochrome, edgy, bold

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@fhlurs – effortless, Parisian, dreamy

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@maceycharboneau – eclectic, hyper-creative, energetic

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@m.dun – ultimate cool girl

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@hannahmorgan – minimalistic, real, fresh

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@annaecottrell – fluid, imaginative, catalog

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These ladies are my definition of creative self-expression via art and technology, and I’m their biggest fan girl.

Who is your biggest creative inspiration?

Thanks for reading,

RR

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2017: the year of green

It’s 2017 people!! Hallelujah, I made it this far. There are many moments and memories that took place in 2016 that made personal and public history for many of us, plus a whole lot of firsts and quite a few lasts fill my camera roll. All in all, 2016 was either fantastic or it was a wreck (I don’t care, you decide), and my goal for the new year is topantone-greenery exercise my comfort zone whether in the gym, in my wardrobe, or even in my color palette. Pantone (the paint swatch company thingy that you see at like home depot or on twitter sometimes, ya that’s the one) recently announced 2017’s color of the year.

I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t disappointed when I first saw the color with which I base my entire year off of (big shoes to fill lemme tell ya), but the more I’ve studied it the more I find myself intrigued.

Green is honestly a color that I take for granted, which is why I wanted to make this blog post. I wanted to prove to myself, and anyone wondering, that green is worth my time and obsession (at least for the span of 2017). So to my fellow color lovers, please enjoy and admire.

thanks @Pantone for the brilliant color inspo and thank you for reading,

RR

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THE BIG COLOR PROJECT (pt.2)

Overdue because of my own laziness, here is the second part to my color obsession. I decided to curate a wider category other than clothes and style for this one, and I found inspiration in graphics, music, magazines, and other pretty things. enjoy.

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I don’t know, maybe adding and rearranging stickers on your laptop is a college thing, but I’m all about it.

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mk&ashley always look good as the center of a collage

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I consider this wall in my dorm to be like a mood board because with each magazine I add to my bookshelf, I skim to find the most beautiful add ons to my gallery.

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both photos: LANY CONCERT 11/07

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this little project of mine took 4+ hours, but it’s like my child so I’m fine

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in love with the color of Kansas City

Short and sweet, but I hope you enjoy the images that have kept my mind buzzing recently.

RR

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THE BIG COLOR PROJECT (pt. 1)

In recent outfits, instagrams, pins, and magazines, I’ve noticed a common trend: color (and lots of it). Whether patches, pins, loud prints, etc. color has made its way into my feeds, and I’m all about it. But it’s not just colorful posts and outfits that I find inspiring, it’s the contagious energy and noise that recent fashion has put on. With that being said, my friend (@parkerwayshotts) and I rose to the occasion, collaborating our newly found, colorful wardrobe with a fab Saturday photo-op. take a look:

There you have it, part one of my attempt to trend with color.

RR

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color lover: d. robertson

Let’s get one thing straight, I have zero capabilities in painting, drawing, sculpting, or whatever other talents it takes to be considered an artist or to have an opinion on it. Nonetheless, I’d like to introduce to you an artist that you may or may not have seen or heard of before, Donald Robertson.

I first discovered his work a little over a year ago when I picked up a colorful and flirty, printed tee from J.Crew. At the time I didn’t pay attention to the collaboration between Robertson and J.Crew, but several months later when my parents returned from a trip to NY and mom raved about spotting his work in Chelsea, I realized this guy was someone to keep an eye on.

With aimless color and lively ideas, his work embraces a childlike feel, and I’m kind of obsessed with it. I like to imagine what goes through his mind when he begins a project. Each piece is so different from the next, yet all related by the abstract and colorful trademark synonymous to his name.

So now I’ll leave some favorites from his instagram (@drawbertson) and website, and allow you the bliss of first impressions.

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As always, thanks for reading,

RR

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