Monday, March 19, 2012

French News & Views

Caven for spring.
The photo ops and news bites from the French press, plus bits of this and that I'm learning in my interviews are a splendid way to start the week I think. I hope you agree.

Since the disparate parts do not a smooth story make, here come the headlines. . .

A Possible DIY Project?




These ultra feminine sling-back souliers are from Carven. The bows are so girly. Even for someone like me with absolutely no discernible DIY talents, I think I could tie two bows. Then again if they come untied the situation would probably be an accident waiting to happen.

Where Are All the Spring Coats? 
Princess style Audrey coat from Boden
In a recent conversation with a friend who was searching for the elusive topper, we jointly came to the conclusion that the spring coat appears to be an elusive dream. Oh yes, there are trenches and raincoats and they come in bright colors if that's what we want, but they're not spring coats -- not like the ones we had when we were little girls.

Then, while randomly flipping through one of my magazines I saw an ad for Boden. It's a British label  and I've never heard of it. I headed over to the website and found the sweet navy "Audrey" pictured above. I think that constitutes a legitimate spring coat. Unfortunately it's cotton, I would have preferred a light wool, but it does have a cheery flowered lining.

Less Invasive Than Botox
A few color choices.
Apparently it's the latest trend -- bangs without the commitment. It's a new service offered by the painfully trendy salon, Didact Hair. The real hair fringes clip in (looks complicated to me, but what do I know), and are custom cut and colored to flatter the complexion and face shape of each client.

DIY bangs -- no wait, no worry.
The price: 65 Euros for the cut, color and "pose" -- i.e., the stylist clips them on and you believe in magic.

They cover up what lots of botox fills up.

Trompe L'Oeil
A brand with a sense of humor, B&D "Big City" sport/utility shoes.
If you're searching for the world's most comfortable black stiletto. Look no more.

16 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Ah now those bottom sport shoes would suit me down to the ground LOL Diane

Splenderosa said...

Clip-on bangs. OK, now I've seen it all. I used to have extensions (obtained in France) and I must say they made great hair possible every single day. But, OMG, the upkeep. Now, those shoes...I love....

James said...

Finally, stilettos that make sense.

Northmoon said...

The sport/utility shoes are very funny/funky, but they wouldn't do much for my short stature except cut off my legs above the ankles!

Martha said...

I love the boden styles. The sizing is a bit off for my particular body shape...but sometimes I get lucky. They always have great coats and jackets.

déjà pseu said...

Hah! Love those hi-tops.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I don't think I've ever seen high tops like those before or instant bags...you truly unearth the most amazing tidbits :-)

hausfrau said...

'Fraid I thought Minnie Mouse ears... But I love the 'high heels' and Boden's OK but a bit too recognisable.

Worthington said...

Love the bow on the back - too cute!

Karena said...

Love the Boden coats for Spring.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

NotesFromAbroad said...

I think that coat is gonna end up in my closet :)

Bangs / fringe, got them, can't seem to grow them out, so I live with them in my eyes all the time.
I can't imagine buying them ! lol

besitos. C

SewingLibrarian said...

I'll keep on growing my own bangs. Know what you mean about spring coats. Time for me to make one, perhaps. The shoes with the bows are adorable!

BigLittleWolf said...

Love those big city shoes! (But then you probably knew I would.)

:-)

kathy peck said...

I love your rambling posts - they're my favorites. I feel like I'm sitting with you talking.

Mary said...

No wonder the Boden Audrey coat is in Navy Blue - the company is British! I have been hankering for all things navy after seeing how snappy Kate Middleton looks in all of her navy-themed wardrobe!

Aha - stilettos on my high-tops! Great idea! Maybe I will paint on a pair. It will garner several laughs on the pétanque court, for sure!

Mary in Oregon

Civilla said...

Those sure are perky looking shoes!

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