BACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO REALITY?

September? Already? Summer may be ending, our tan fading, but there’s a new year ahead. Yes, a NEW YEAR. September 1st is, and will always be, my January 1st (high school trauma, I believe).

TABIO: A JAPANESE BRAND FOR SOCKS ADDICTS

My chocolate cravings are back and a few pounds have recently taken up residents on my bottom. Why? Summer ends in three weeks and my body is getting ready to face the cold months ahead.
If I’m currently hyperventilating at the prospect of wearing multiple layers of clothes, there’s one thing I’m actually looking forward to wearing, socks.

EAT SUNSHINE: BEIRUT’S NEWEST HEALTH FOOD EATERY

With an emphasis on organic and local products, Eat Sunshine is Beirut’s newest health food eatery. The owner, Dalia Taher (a certified holistic health coach) prepared the menu under the guidance of nutrition expert Christopher James Clark.

SMALL TALK ABOUT LARGE BAGS

The larger the bag, the bigger the chance you’ll have a hard time finding your lipstick, keys, piece of gum, pocket mirror and that tiny little scrap of paper. You know which one I’m talking about right? It has a phone number but no name on it, and you still keep it even though you can’t remember who gave it to you.

Jane Birkin with her trademark wicker basket
FASHION CRUSH: NATHALIE TRAD’S CLUTCHES

Beirut-born designer Nathalie Trad launched her eponymous accessories brand in 2013 and quickly caught the attention of all the fashion aficionados, whether famous (Olivia Palermo, Sienna Miller, blogger Leandra Medine from Man Repeller) or not famous.

THE BEAUTY OF BEING LAZY

Summer usually comes with light clothes, high blood alcohol level, suntan, Taylor Swift catchy songs and above all laziness.

FASHION EQUATION
THE NEW CHUCK TAYLORS ARE OUT

The Chuck Taylor All Star by Converse is probably my oldest foot companion, my every travel must-pack sneakers, my solution when in a doubt.

SEBASTIEN GAUDARD: LA PATISSERIE SALON DE THE DES TUILERIES

Almost a year ago, Sébastien Gaudard, dubbed “The Tom Ford of pastry” by French magazine Le Figaro, opened a second shop minutes away from the Louvre, Colette and Place Vendôme.

THE MINIONISTAS MANIA

From Suzy Menkes’ mockumentary (watch it here) to the fictional cover of Vogue UK

DURO OLOWU COLORS OUR LIVES

I discovered the work of Duro Olowu thanks to Françoise Auguet, the expert and owner of Ragtime, a must-see vintage boutique in Left Bank Paris (23, rue de l’Echaudé, 75006).

MESSAGE TO ALL THE FASHION SQUEEZERS (AND TO SELF)

Quit trying to squeeze yourself into clothes that are seven sizes too small. And stop listening to any salesperson the minute they tell you “don’t worry, it will stretch”. They know it, you know it, the whole world knows it. Pants don’t expend.

THE CONCEPT STORE LN-CC, LONDON

Today, concept stores are to fashion what Starbucks is to coffee. You’re pretty sure to find one on every street corner. Last time I was in London, I spent some time in the East End and was stunned by the proliferation of such stores. They were cooler than cool but they unfortunately all looked the same… until I set foot in the LN-CC.

LN-CC, the tunnel
DENIM: BEST FRIEND AND WORST ENEMY

Let me start by pointing out a cool fact. The word denim is believed to derive from the word “serge de Nîmes” (referring to the city of Nîmes), which is a fabric known in France prior to the 17th century.
Funny to realize that one of the world’s oldest fabrics has never been as hip as today.

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